About  Buddha Bellies Cooking School


■Excective chef/instructor Shugo Kokado

He started his career as a chef when he was 16. Being a excecutive sushi chef at Buddha Bellies Cooking School, also works as a Sushi consultant, a private chef (mainly overseas).

Experienced and acquired skill as a Sushi and Kappou chef at the restaurants in Osaka.


 ■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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