About  Buddha Bellies Cooking School


■Excective chef/instructor Shugo

He kicked off his culinary adventure at the young age of 16, diving headfirst into the world of cooking. Now, he’s the rockstar Executive Sushi Chef at Buddha Bellies Cooking School, dazzling as a Sushi consultant and jet-setting private chef, catering to clients around the globe. With his Osaka restaurant gigs under his belt, he’s honed his craft to perfection, mastering the art of Sushi and Kappou cuisine.

 ■A Founder of Buddha Bellies  Ayuko Kokado(Akiyama)



Ayuko is a founder of Buddha Bellies Cooking School Tokyo and an author of 'Teaching Japanese Cooking in English'


- a professional sushi instructors certificated by JSIA (Japan Sushi Instructor Association)

 - a professional Sake sommelier registered by SSI international

 -has been trained as a professional cook by one of the famous Japanese Kaiseki style cuisine (traditional Japanese Fine dining style) schools-Yanagihara Cuisinary School in Japan

  -is a lover of food and people!

-believes that good foods and nice conversation will make the world peace! 

-loves travelling the world + learning different culture and worlds' recipes! 

-took a professional license as a 'the food sanitation supervisor' issued by Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office (National Qualification)

-has been trained and qualified as a professional English teacher and got a 'Specialized Teacher's license  '(専修免許), which has been issued  by Japanese Government (Ministry of Education/National Qualification)

 -was born and grown up in Japan, educated in UK in her teenage, fluent in English.

 -took M.A. and has been in a educational business field for more than 15 yrs and found the pleasure to teach from her career experience as a professional tutor.




■Publications & Media



  • 2018 Winner! tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence!!!
  • Milano Expo 2015 Official image video of WASHOKU (Japanese cuisine)
  • NHK world 'Tokyo eye' (2017)
  • BBC world 'Food chain'(2017) 


  • Tripadvisor Activities in Tokyo we have been chosen as one of the top activities in Tokyo! We got No.1 prize!
  •  City Guide App by tripadvisor 'Things to do in Tokyo' We got No.1 prize out of 955 activities in Tokyo!
  •  We had been introduced NHK(channel 1) and broadcasted on 5th June 2014 at 15:15~16:00pm


Who worked with us?

We had organized special sushi workshop for 

    -United Nations Global Impact 

    - Mercedez Benz 

    -Yahoo USA

    -Google USA(CA)

   -Itocyu trading company Ltd.


   -Barilla Japan

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