TENOHA & | TASTE: Sake Experience with Ayako Yoshida

The Hakken menu continues at TENOHA MILANO but this time we are talking about sake!

sake hakken

TENOHA MILANO once again brings Japan to Italy. Get ready, organize three special days with those you love or with friends to come to TENOHA Milano! This special Japanese drink becomes again the protagonist of a new experience with the collaboration of CBCTV Japan!
The internationally renowned sake sommelier, Ayako Yoshida, will take us on a wonderful journey with the company of different types of sake from two areas of Japan, Hokuriku and Shinshu.

Ayako Yoshida has decided to let us get to know these new flavors directly from Japan! Absolutely unique food and drinks, you can't miss this special occasion! The TENOHA aperitif is always more unique than rare, you can't find the same or better anywhere else, but this time they have outdone themselves! Are you ready? Obviously you will find us from Japan Italy Bridge here in the front row, join us in discovering new flavors!

Sake Hakken Hightlights

※ Special Guest: Ayako Yoshida, internationally renowned sake sommelier
※ Japanese welcome drink
※ Sake selection and food pairing with specialties from Hokuriku and Shinshu
※ Japanese Tea


When: 6-7-8 December from 6.00pm to 8.30pm
Where: &|TASTE TENOHA MILANO — Via Vigevano, 18, 20144 Milano
Cost: 12€

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Japan History: Shimazu Yoshihiro

Shimazu Yoshihiro (August 21, 1535 - August 30, 1619), also known as Shimazu Tadahira and Hyogo no kami. Second son of Shimazu Takahisa, he was the 17th Shimazu clan leader.

Shimazu Yoshihiro

photo credits: japanworld.info

He began serving his brother Yoshihisa in many military campaigns. During the battle of Kizaki, the "Okehazama of Kyūshū" in 1572, 300 men of Yoshihiro defeated Itō Yoshisuke's three thousand soldiers. In 1577 he obtained the supremacy of the Shimazu over the province of Hyūga. Later he participated in the battles of Takabaru (1576), Mimigawa (1576), Minamata (1581), and Hetsugigawa (1587).

The life of Shimazu Yoshihiro: From 1587 to 1600

In 1587 he was appointed daimyō following the submission of the Shimazu to Hideyoshi. He later led 10,000 men in the first Korean campaign (1592-93) from his ship Kotaka-maru. During this battle, a number of servants including his brother Toshihisa protested the call to arms and for this, they were punished by Yoshihiro. He then fought the second Korean campaign in the battles of Namwon and Sacheon. With these battles, he kidnapped some Korean potters as prisoners of war. This created a new style of vases called Satsuma-yaki which subsequently increased trade in the province.

Shimazu Yoshihiro

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During the battle of Sekigahara in the 1600s, according to the novel Rakusuishū of the Edo period, Yoshihiro appears to have been on the side of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Later humiliated by Torii Mototada on arrival at Fushimi's castle, he moved over to Ishida Mitsunari before Mōri Terumoto declared war by persuading Uesugi Kagekatsu to ally with them.

Yoshihiro and Mitsunari

According to his subordinate Kando Kutarō, Yoshihiro was a close friend of Mitsunari. However, novelists of the Edo period distorted reality by saying that Mitsunari had not listened to any of Yoshihiro's plans, including the notorious surprise night attack of the day before the real battle. Instead, that day, Yoshihiro and his 1500 samurai simply presided over their area without a fight. Yoshihiro was stormed by at least 30,000 Ieyasu troops, so he tried many times to get to the same Ieyasu. Yoshihiro retired and his troops simulated a false retreat called Sutegamari when a number of men died repelling the attacks. Toyohisa and most of the troops died allowing Yoshihiro to retire with his wife. He then moved from the province of Settsu to return to the province of Satsuma.

Shimazu Yoshihiro

photo credits: japanworld.info

Shiramine Jun, an important Japanese historian, wrote that Yoshihiro had been involved in the power struggle between Shimazu Yoshihisa and Ijuin Tadamune. In fact, for this reason, Yoshihiro lost the support of Yoshihisa during the Sekigahara campaign.

Ieyasu, noting Yoshihiro's behavior on the battlefield, caused the Shimazu clan to maintain his rule. In fact, he chose Yoshihiro's son Shimazu Tadatsune as his successor. In 1609, Yoshihiro and Tadatsune began a punitive expedition against the Ryūkyu kingdom.
He appears to have fought in 52 battles during his lifetime and was a skilled commander.

The death

Yoshihiro retired to Sakurajima and started teaching the younger generation. He died in 1619 causing the suicide of many of his servants who had joined him for the rest of his life.

TENOHA & | WORKSHOP: customized pop-up cards

We are approaching Christmas and TENOHA MILANO, who has always accustomed us to wonderful surprises, has decided to give us another special event: a workshop dedicated to personalizing your greeting cards!


This is a Christmas edition workshop to wait for the holidays together with a great artist, Anne Lise, aka Lili, who for over eleven years has worked for important international brands as an illustrator. In her Atelier, she organizes workshops to give space to imagination and DIY.

The gift is certainly beautiful, but accompanied by a special and personalized ticket is even better! Do you want to build your greeting card and amaze everyone? You can do it here at TENOHA Milano. It will be an experience not only unique but certainly fun. TENOHA Milano never leaves us without surprises! We are waiting for you!

TENOHA Biglietti pop up


When: 30 novembre dalle 16.00 alle 18.00
Where: & | WORK TENOHA MILANO — Via Vigevano, 18, 20144 Milano
Cost: 30€ pax
Pax: 10 max

Music Week at TENOHA Milano, live performance by Elsa Martignoni

A very special aperitif at TENOHA Milano on November 22nd and 23rd, it's Music Week time!

Music Week

We also want to celebrate the Music Week together, so the special TENOHA Milano aperitif will be accompanied by the music of Elsa Martignoni. Passing from various genres such as world-music, European lounges to Japanese songs. From contemporary electronic experiments to pop, dance to rock, the multifaceted violinist crosses the boundaries of "classical" music to arrive at contemporary electronic experiments. It will be possible to buy her ECLETTRICA album, a collection of his experiences and various musical genres.

A few words about the artist

Elsa Martignoni at the age of 5 began studying piano and violin at 8. She received her Academic Diploma in violin with Maestro Gigino Maestri and in 1998 began to improvise, bypassing the knowledge of classical music. One of her peculiarities is that of moving and dancing in motion performances. Everything happens with the accompaniment of an amplified classical violin designed especially for her and with an electric Yamaha Electric Sonic Cantini Led-Lights Ted Brewer. Her performances are usually accompanied by various artists and live performers of international fame.


When: November 22-23
Hours: 18:00 - 20:30 Aperitif | 19:00 - 20:00 Live performance
Where is it: &|TASTE TENOHA MILANO — Via Vigevano, 18, 20144 Milano

Chef Hiro at TENOHA Milano, book signing event

On the occasion of the Milan Bookcity, TENOHA Milano has a new surprise for all of us: the very famous chef Hirohiko Shoda will present his new book "Washoku, the art of Japanese cuisine". TENOHA Milan also gives the opportunity to meet the chef, directly in the space & | WORK. Here the chef Hiro will be available to answer some questions, sign your copy of the book and let you learn more about this new project.

Chef Hiro

Meanwhile, let's prepare for the meeting by understanding what the book is about before doing it a little more closely together with the chef.

~Washoku. The art of Japanese cuisine ∼

For the Japanese, it is not only the food itself that is important, but also everything that surrounds it, such as serving, conviviality, hospitality and the rules of well manners. A real art that has conquered the West and that UNESCO has recognized as the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

Who is Hirohiko Shoda, better known also in TV shows as Chef Hiro?

Born in Nara, he immediately began studying Italian and international cuisine until he became famous in the restaurant world. He moved to Italy in 2006 and since then he had various collaborations with important chefs and connoisseurs of the art of cooking. Lecturer and author of the Master Japan, a specialized course in authentic Japanese cuisine, Hiro is also the protagonist of the programs "Ciao, sono Hiro" and "Hiro in Japan" on SKY Gambero Rosso Channel.

In March 2019 he received the official title of Ambassador of Japanese Cuisine in Italy from the MAFF Japan (Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Fisheries of Japan), conferred at the Embassy of Japan in Rome.

The philosophy of his cuisine is based on love and respect for nature, each ingredient is enhanced and respected up to the person who will nourish himself with the result. They are real journeys in oriental culture, special atmospheres not to be missed.
"I love Italian cuisine like the Japanese one, they seem distant and different, but in the end they are very similar in their family ritual, in their being a gesture of love, comfort, sharing, pleasure". These are his words and this is his motto: Nature teaches everything.

Don't miss the opportunity to get to know this great personality and to have his exclusive signature on his book!


When: 23 November from 16.00 to 18.00
Where: &|WORK TENOHA MILANO — Via Vigevano, 18, 20144 Milano
Free Entrance

More Information: https://www.tenoha.it/events/booksigning-con-chef-hiro/

TENOHA & | TASTE – the new KOTO • KOTO aperitivo

Winter and cold have arrived together with the new KOTO • KOTO aperitif at TENOHA Milano. Not only can we warm ourselves, but also have fun with a new aperitif formula! Have you ever heard about it?


KOTO • KOTO in Japanese means Hot - Hot. It is inspired by Oden (おでん), which is a typical winter dish from the Japanese tradition. But, exactly, what is an Oden? It is a dish composed of the most varied ingredients boiled for a long time in a broth based on dashi and soy sauce. The most common ingredients are daikon, konnyaku, eggs, various types of tofu (Ganmodoki, Atsuage, Aburaage), octopus and Chikuwa (fish cake).

All these ingredients absorb the broth and make it hot. So we warmed up. But what can you play at? Indeed, what do we play at? TENOHA has also thought of this! First, I mentioned that we can also have fun! Try your luck, you can have the perfect combination of ingredients and enjoy the aperitif! We are waiting for you here and good luck!

Aperitivo KOTO • KOTO Information

When: from November 13th (every Wednesday) 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Where: & | TASTE TENOHA MILANO - Via Vigevano, 18, 20144 Milan
Cost: € 12
Formula: Oden set + buffet + Drink

Additional information: https://www.tenoha.it/



Kintsugi is one of the most beautiful and significant arts in Japan. We are talking about real-life teaching that should be followed at all times.

Kintsugi Kintsugi Tenoha

Usually, when a vase or a cup breaks they end their life because they are thrown away. Kintsugi does not think so, Japan has great teaching to give us in this situation. The broken object becomes an important part of the life of the object itself. They are not an end, but from the moment in which they are fixed with gold, they remember these broken parts.

Every mistake in our life, every break, everything we could see as an end is instead a teaching and a new beginning. This is what Kintsugi means, "to repair with gold". The Japanese have always been used to repair broken objects with gold so that the fracture was easily visible.

TENOHA MILANO, together with Mariangela Zabatino who is a ceramist in her atelier Anima Mundi, proposes a workshop that can be not only a teaching but also a special memory. We as always won't miss it, we are waiting for you at TENOHA Milano to try out another special experience of Japanese tradition!


When: 16 November
Where: & | WORK TENOHA MILANO — Via Vigevano, 18, 20144 Milano
Cost: 55€ pax (workshop + breakfast or lunch)


1st round 9.30 am - 11.00 am (workshop + breakfast)
2nd round 11.30am - 1.00pm (workshop + lunch)

1st round
9:00 am breakfast
9:30 start course
9.30-9:50 introductory notes on Kintsugi through slide projection
9:50 - 11:00 course development and implementation

2nd round
11:30 start course
11:30 -11:50 start of course introduction to Kintsugi by slide projection
11: 50-13:00 performance and implementation of the course
13:00 -13:30 lunch

Minimum number 10
Maximum number 20

Further information: https://www.tenoha.it/upcoming/workshop/kintsugi/


TENOHA & | TASTE – Hakken Menu the return, episode 7

Our journey to Japan continues! TENOHA Milano offers us a new wonder with the Hakken Menu!

#7 Saikyo Yaki & Obanzai

11 Nov ~ 24 Nov Saikyo Yaki & Obanzai – Kyoto Prefecture 関西 Kansai


Have you ever been to Kyoto? If you have been there, you certainly know what we are talking about, otherwise, it is fair to know more. Kyoto is not only an essential stop on the journey to Japan but also one of the most traditional cities we know, located in the Kansai region. Precisely from this prefecture, TENOHA Milano has decided to let you taste a delight called Saikyo Yaki & Obanzai.
We are talking about a typical dish of the already traditional Kyoto, marinated and grilled fish with miso sauce. Obanzai is a traditional style of Kyoto cuisine and dishes can also be tasted as side dishes.

Are you ready to try this new course that will catapult you immediately into the center of Japanese tradition? Let's go to Kyoto all together thanks to TENOHA Milano!

And don't forget the Hakken Card at home! You can't do without the special gift ... Is it just a little and we'll find out? What will be the special gift that TENOHA MILANO has reserved for those who have collected all the stamps on the HAKKEN menu?


More info: https://www.tenoha.it/taste/hakken-continue-2/
Cost: 16,00 €

Via Vigevano, 18, 20144 Milano