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Sharing Signature Dishes of the World Across the Dinner Tables of Tokyo with Tadaku

Date: 05.14.2018

Life in Tokyo can present language barriers for international residents, but the universal language of food has an ability to transcend boundaries; the simple act of eating together opens a window to others’ culture. Still, it can be hard to share a meal from your country with a Japanese person. And even taking that person to a non-Japanese restaurant in Tokyo can occasionally miss the mark, as cuisine from many countries are often heavily adapted to the Japanese palette, meaning it doesn’t feel altogether authentic.

Tadaku aims to build cultural bridges through cuisine by offering a service that connects international hosts  with people eager to share an authentic taste of home cooking. Its service is primarily run as a home cooking party, where the host teaches his or her guests how to cook their favorite dishes, or a meal-only party, where guests attend to simply relax and eat.

This is also an opportunity for hosts to share their culture, customs, and history with an appreciative audience, all in the comfort of their own home.  

Hosts are in control, so they will choose the menu and schedule. Most teach in English so proficiency in Japanese need not be an issue. Tadaku will provide the host with a fee as well as insurance against fire and theft just in case. To get started, all you need is a home large enough to host two or three guests and a signature dish you are proud to share, so you can see why Tadaku is quickly becoming the toast of Tokyo. 

More than the joy of sharing good food with good company, Tadaku offers a rare chance for international residents to make the kind of relationships with Japanese and international residents that is possible only over a dinner table. In the hustle and frequent anonymity of the city, hosts can offer hospitality and create a network of similarly minded foodies in the process. Many of the hosts report honing their cooking skills and coming up with new fusion cuisine by taking part in Tadaku, so you never know where taking part might take you.

Even with every continent represented and the number of hosts expanding all the time, there is always room for another menu so add yours today and, if you want to include a cultural activity, you are more than welcome to do so.

For both visitors and residents alike, the cuisine in Tokyo is most likely one of the city’s major draws. The endless dishes of Japanese washoku offer discovery after discovery. However, beyond the many ramen shops and izakaya on the city’s streets, it can be hard to learn how to cook washoku at home, and harder still to learn the culture and seasonal subtleties that span ingredients to tableware.

Tadaku offers both cooking lessons and home dinner sessions with Japanese hosts for a rare chance to enter the Japanese home and experience the Japanese omotenashi (hospitality) that has been at the heart of welcoming guests for centuries. Some hosts even offer the Japanese tea ceremony experience and seasonal Japanese sweets. Many of the Japanese hosts are also sensitive to dietary needs and can offer halal, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items that are occasionally not to be found in some restaurants.

Perhaps the most useful service for international residents is a joint shopping option that some hosts offer. For the resident who has difficulty navigating the countless sauces and seasonings in supermarkets or knowing what fish is in season, this is the chance to unlock the secrets of washoku that are usually passed down within the Japanese home.

Tadaku hosts are nationwide, so you can make use of it wherever or whenever you like.  For those who want to reach out through the international language of food, why not sign up today?



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This article was written by Samuel Thomas.


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