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Events - 06.10.2021

Japanese Food Lab |
Chirashi Sushi
with Giada De Laurentiis

Fermentation Master Class with Giada De Laurentiis  

06.10.2021 (Thu.) - 09.30.2021 (Thu.)





Today, fermentation is the hottest buzzword of the food and wellness worlds, but it has been an essential part of Japanese culture for millennia. This summer, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles presents a special focus on the diverse delights of fermented foods - as healthy as they are delicious. To kick off the program, we’re proud to present a special Master Class cooking series exploring fermentation, featuring the chef, cookbook author, restaurateur and Food Network star Giada de Laurentiis, and chef Shinji Ishida, of the Michelin-starred Tokyo restaurant Nogizaka Shin. In this two-part video series, Giada and Chef Ishida share classic fermented dishes as well as information on the ingredients that might surprise even those familiar with Japanese cuisine.

In this first episode, Chef Ishida guides Giada in creating chirashi sushi, a dish where subtle flavors of vinegar, rice, soy sauce and raw fish come together in various combinations. First, Chef Ishida introduces the wonders of fermented rice vinegar and how sake is used to create it – astonishing Giada, who remarks on its similarity to the red wine vinegar central to Italian cooking. Throughout the tutorial, the two chefs compare cooking traditions across their cultures, and find points of exchange. After a detailed demonstration of the Chirashi sushi preparation by Chef Ishida, the colorful dish is ready to sample. Giada admires the layered flavor of crunchy sweet vegetables with the salty tender fish, and Chef Ishida concludes that “vinegar is key”. Both enjoy a final toast of fermented sake to celebrate their new found trans Pacific friendship.

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Episode 2 | Pickled Vegetables and Miso Fish
In the second episode, Chef Ishida introduces Giada to preparing classic Japanese pickles, as well as a healthy and delicious way to marinate fish with fermented miso

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The fermentation Master Class series was filmed on location simultaneously at JAPAN HOUSE LA’s demonstration kitchen in Hollywood, and at Nogizaka Shin in Tokyo.

*To watch the video in full screen, please click on the image above, then click on the YouTube icon on the lower right-hand corner.

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soy sauce and sashimi

Soy Sauce
Each type of soy sauce – koikuchi soy sauce (dark-colored), usukuchi soy sauce (light-colored), and tamari soy sauce (made using soybeans only) – varies depending on the ingredients and the length of the aging period. Koikuchi soy sauce is commonly used in cooking. Different regions in Japan prefer different kinds of soy sauce.

rice vinegar

Rice Vinegar
There are about 4,000 varieties of vinegar in the world, and vinegar can be made by fermenting any kind of alcohol. Grain vinegars and fruit vinegars are two typical examples. Wine vinegars use grapes instead of rice, and can be made from wine, similar to how rice vinegar is made from sake.


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Extra Chirashi Sushi Fish Tips!

We recommend red snapper, yellowtail, tuna and salt-water eel for our chirashi recipe. It is worth noting that scallops, shrimp, octopus, crab and many other favorites also go very well with chirashi sushi.

Sashimi can be raw, marinated in vinegar or marinated in soy sauce. Marinating sashimi with vinegar has a bactericidal effect, which makes it easier to preserve than raw fish. It can also help eliminate the unique smell of fish. In addition, raw sashimi can spoil if not refrigerated properly, but when it is pickled in vinegar, it may be added to lunch boxes and stored safely at room temperature for a reasonable amount of time.

About the Chefs

Shinji Ishida | Chef & Owner, Nogizaka Shin
Chef Ishida opened Nogizaka Shin in June 2016 together with Yasuhide Tobita, who serves as head sommelier and general manager. Within six months of opening, the restaurant was awarded its first star on the Michelin Guide Tokyo 2017. Nogizaka Shin has won a star every year since then.

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Since 2011, Chef Ishida worked for a Japanese restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo, which was a 3-star Michelin restaurant at the time. He was promoted to head chef at a sister restaurant in August 2011, and in 2013, he moved to France to help open a Paris location as sous-chef. He served as the head chef for the group’s main restaurant after his return to Japan in 2015. Chef Ishida originally started his career at a ryōtei (a type of luxurious traditional Japanese restaurant) in Tokushima prefecture, where he gained experience both in cooking and serving traditional cuisine.

Photo by Aubrie Pick

Giada De Laurentiis |
CHEF, Mother, Author, Restaurateur

Giada De Laurentiis is the Emmy award winning television personality of Food Network’s Everyday Italian, Giada at Home, Giada In Italy, Giada’s Holiday Handbook, Giada Entertains, Giada On The Beach, Giada at Home 2.0 a judge on Food Network Star, a NBC Today Show contributor, a successful restaurateur with restaurants GIADA and Pronto by Giada in Las Vegas, as well as GDL Italian in Baltimore.

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She is the author of 10 New York Times bestselling cookbooks, including her most recent, Eat Better, Feel Better, in addition to her children's book series, Recipe for Adventure. She is also the founder of the lifestyle and e-commerce platform,, which features Italian lifestyle content spanning recipes, travel, entertaining and Italian Pantry products.

About the Content Supervisors

Photo by Hirohito Nakanishi

Takeo Koizumi, PhD
Dr. Takeo Koizumi is professor emeritus at Tokyo University of Agriculture in Japan and holds a doctorate degree in Agriculture, with a specialty in food culture, fermentation, and brewing sciences. Concurrently, he is a visiting professor at several universities including Kagoshima University, Fukushima University, Beppu University, Ishikawa Prefectural University, among others.

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Dr. Koizumi also serves as a president of a fermentation school with programs focused on developing fermented food sommeliers.

In addition to his involvement with educational institutions, he is the director of a registered non-profit organization, Fermentation-culture Promotion Agency, and also serves as a food-related advisor for many national and local governmental groups.

As an active ambassador in promoting Japan’s fermentation culture, he has written more than one hundred books related to food.

Dr. Koizumi was born in a sake brewer family in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, in 1943.

Makoto Kanauchi, PhD
Dr. Makoto Kanauchi is a Professor in Department of Food Management at Miyagi University. He has been in Department of Food Management, Miyagi University since April 2005. He was employed at the Institute of Food Science in Fuji Oil Corporation in Moriya, Ibaraki, Japan as a Researcher (2003 Aug. - 2005 Mar.).

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He worked in Prof. Charlie Bamforth’s Laboratory in Food Science and Technology, University of California at Davis, California (Nov. 1999 - May 2003). In March 1999, he received a Ph.D. in Bio-regulation from Tokyo University of Agriculture. Major publications include Lactic Acid Bacteria: Methods and Protocols, Humana Press. 2019, and Brewing Technology, IntechOpen. 2017, etc.


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Dates:  06.16.2021 – 09.06.2021
Time:   Daily 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Venue:  JAPAN HOUSE Gallery,
            Level 2

In this exhibition, Japanese artist Kengo Kito – known for repurposing everyday objects into conceptual art installations – uses hula hoops to create a unified structure, symbolizing the interconnectedness of humanity.

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