The Japanese Kitchen: Okonomiyaki

The ultimate comfort food for millions of Japanese.

What will I learn in this class?
In Japanese, “okonomi” literally translates to “what you like,” and that’s what okonomiyaki is: your favorite ingredients mixed up in batter and pan-fried to perfection in a fluffy, savory pancake.

In this class, join two experienced Japanese chefs as they demonstrate and guide students through a hands-on preparation of their own Osaka-style okonomiyaki. Students will make one “classic” okonomiyaki with just pork, egg and cabbage, plus another where they’re free to experiment to their hearts’ desire with a wide range of ingredients.

All participants will receive dessert, tea and their choice of beverage during class as well as recipes to take home.

Who teaches this class?
Junko Takashima grew up with a licensed cook for a mother and learned her way about the Japanese cookbook early. In 2018, Takashima founded JJ Kitchen in Tokyo, a cooking studio focused on introducing Japanese culinary techniques to chefs from other cultures.

Eiko Ishikawa was born near Kanazawa but grew up in California, Illinois, Texas and New Jersey. After working at a number of foreign subsidiaries, moved on to pursue her passion in cooking. She has experience drafting recipes and cooking for small events and currently works with Junko Takashima at JJ Kitchen in Tokyo.


  • Mar 11
  • 10am–1pm
  • Nearest station: Ebisu Station or Daikanyama Station
  • ¥7,700
  • Cancellation deadline: Mar 3
  • An enrichment program registration fee of ¥3,500 is applied to non-Connections members.