Japan culinary experience

Experience Japan's incredible food culture and lush beauty in an in-depth luxury culinary adventure through Japan with your personal host, the award-winning Chef Makoto Okuwa.  The Japan Culinary Experience features unique culinary and cultural experiences, private cooking classes, accommodation in Japan's best luxury hotels, private airport transfers, and first-class transportation and service throughout your travels in Japan.   Ascend into the spirit and flavor of this history-rich country, as you will visit local markets and specialty food shops, and also enjoy cultural touring that includes the highlights of Japan.   Your experiences will range from learning how to make real sake at a sake brewery, marveling at how samurai swords are made, and dining at restaurants with some of the greatest sushi chefs in the world!



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Culinary Journeys
September 1-8, 2014
Starting at $11,166.00*


Chef Makoto Okuwa


With over twenty years of experience, Chef Makoto Okuwa has developed his own take on Japanese cuisine, where traditional Edomae-Sushi meets innovative flair.  Chef Makoto's introduction to the intricacies of Japanese cooking, especially sushi, began in his hometown of Nagoya, Japan.  At the age of 15, Makoto began an apprenticeship with Sushi Master Makoto Kumazaki; his study continued under the tutelage of legendary Sushi Master Chef Shinichi Takegasa. After ten years of training in Japan, Makoto moved to Washington, D.C. where he began to work closely with Iron Chef Morimoto and was soon asked to assume the Head Sushi Chef role at Morimoto New York and Morimoto Philadelphia.  In 2005 and 2013, he was recognized by the James Beard Foundation for outstanding contribution.

In 2006, Makoto received a New York Rising Star Chef award by StarChef.com.  Following these accolades, he also made several appearances on the Food Network's original "Iron Chef America" alongside his mentor Iron Chef Morimoto.  In 2008, Makoto fulfilled a lifelong dream by opening up his own restaurant, Sashi Sushi + Sake Lounge in Manhattan Beach, California.  Sashi quickly received top praise from Los Angeles Magazine and the L.A. Times.  In 2009, Makoto was asked to appear on Iron Chef America as a competitor, allowing him to showcase his extraordinary culinary expertise.

At his new name restaurant in Bal Harbor, Makoto continues to evolve his style of crafting playful, exquisitely presented dishes which pay tribute to Japanese tradition.  "I have a true respect for keeping with Japanese tradition, but also feel it's important to add my own variation in order to appeal to a wide array of palates," says Makoto.  In his menu creations, he continues to draw inspiration from his colleagues, mentors, and Bal Harbor's well-traveled, sophisticated clientele, in addition to the restaurant's beautiful ambiance.


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