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ABC Cooking Studio

Posted in Places, Shops by tokyobling on January 13, 2012

Here’s an idea for the entrepreneurs among you! In the late 80’s a newspaper company started up a small chain of cooking schools called “ABC Cooking Studio”. It is basically a a place where you take short classes in cooking in small groups of students. The school doesn’t train you to be professional, just to enable you to learn new dishes or kitchen skills in a comfortable, fashionable, clean and well lit environment. Three quarters of the students are females between 20-34 and most schools are for female only but a +m sign after the name shows that this school is also open for couples and men. In Tokyo millions of young men and women from all over the country come to find jobs and start their careers and with the famously long hours of Japanese corporations and the fact that there are few large, airy and well lit kitchens in affordable apartments in Tokyo mean that people can have a chance to enjoy cooking for the first time since they left home. Personally I think it is a great idea and many department stores and shopping malls have these cooking studios here in Tokyo. In Tokyo jobs are easy to find but time and space is at a premium, which opens the market for clever companies like this. The one studio I snapped a picture of is in Nihonbashi’s Coredo building.

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