Japanese cuisine comes to Diekirch

Japanese gastronomy was at the heart of an enriching exchange at the Luxembourg School of Hospitality and Tourism.

On June 16 and 17, 2022, the Japanese Embassy in Luxembourg organized a Japanese cuisine seminar for teachers.ts from the Luxembourg School of Hospitality and Tourism (EHTL).

The first part of the seminar took place at the residence of the Ambassador : Michel Lanners, the director of the EHTL, and six classroom service teachers were welcomed by the ambassador, Jiro Okuyama, and his wife, Toyoko Okuyama. To begin, Kyoko NishikawaI, the embassy’s official chef, provided a wealth of information on how to prepare dishes, how to serve them and good table manners in Japan. Participants were also able to taste the flavors of the traditional Japanese lunch box, called Shokado Bento.

The delicate art of the tea ceremony

The tea ceremony experience was then presented by Sosen Yamanaka, Tea Ceremony Master of the Omotesenke School, and his assistant, Dr. Teruko Doi. Harmony, perfect aesthetics and mastery characterize this traditional ceremony in which the teachers took part.

The 17th June, it is at the EHTL that Kyoko NishikawaI introduced cooking and baking teachers to the way of washoku, a subtle Japanese approach to food. Inscribed since 2013 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, washoku is a culinary culture that places great importance on respect for nature and the sustainable use of natural resources. Tasty, dietary, harmonious, Japanese gastronomy delights the five senses. Moreover, the participants were able to experience it through the tasting of the bento, this small box with four compartments which seems to contain the whole universe.

A bridge between Japan and Luxembourg

This seminar was also an opportunity to develop traditional Japanese dishes and to learn more about the fundamental elements of miso (fermented soybean paste) and dashi (seaweed, fish and mushroom broth).

By offering moments of discovery, learning and sharing, this seminar brought real enrichment and built a bridge between Japan and Luxembourg.

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