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

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CHADO - Tea Ceremony 茶道 with Alberto Moro

Together with the Cultural Association Giappone in Italia, TENOHA Milano presents the new fantastic book by Alberto Moro: “Il mio Giappone”. It will not be a simple presentation but a real trip to Japan, as TENOHA Milano has accustomed you to, so we can enjoy special guests, the practice of the shodo and the tea ceremony.

Alberto Moro

Alberto Moro is President of the Cultural Association Giappone in Italia, we of Japan Italy bridge have already interviewed him in the past for our column Bringing Japan to Italy. A great admirer of Japanese culture in all its aspects, he has been a member of the Urasenke school in Milan since 1993. He practices and teaches chadō (tea ceremony) and in January 2019 he is very successful thanks to his exhibition "Il mio Giappone" at the Luciana Matalon Foundation of Milan. "Il mio Giappone" is an exhibition of 48 photographs that tells of contemporary Japan, a special mix of tradition and modernity, the true essence of the Rising Sun.

What is CHADO 茶道 ~ "Tea ceremony"?

In Japan, the act of preparing and drinking tea has acquired a very important and artistic meaning. When someone is invited to drink tea, he must arrive early, sit in a small room and enjoy the company of the other guests, detaching himself from everyday events.

The most important thing about the tea ceremony is sharing and showing the "serenity with a cup of tea", the possibility of creating a communication between the participants. A great teaching, because it makes us understand that with everything we do we can transmit serenity. This means living Zen in every occasion of life. To learn how to do it and see how the Japanese do it, all you have to do is come to TENOHA for this intense trip! We are waiting for you as always!


※ Entrance at 6.30pm
※ Chado "Tea Ceremony" - Tea ceremony demonstration with Alberto Moro
※ Demonstration of shodo with master Mazuyama
※ Presentation of the book "Il mio giappone" - available for purchase in TENOHA & | SHOP

When: Tuesday 19 NOVEMBER | 18.30 - 20.00
Where: TENOHA MILANO - Via Vigevano, 18, 20144 Milan
Free entrance

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

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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

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Shichi-Go-San / Seven-Five-Three

November 15th is the day of Shichi-Go-San (七五 三, 7-5-3). This festival celebrates the rite of passage for girls aged 3 and 7 and children aged 3 and 5. These numbers are considered particularly lucky, like all odd numbers.


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Shichi-Go-San is the culmination of three traditions developed in the Heian period. The celebration first started among the court nobles who celebrated the passage of their children to "average childhood". It was then adopted by the Samurai class to mark the important growth milestones.

Up to 3 years of age, a child will have shaved hair. After the age of 3, they would then be allowed to grow their hair a little longer. 5-year-old males could wear the hakama (袴, a traditional garment that resembles a wide skirt-pants up to the ankles and tied to the waist) for the first time, while the seven-year-old girls replaced the simple cords, used to tie their kimonos, with the traditional obi (帯, the traditional silk belt). After the Meiji period, this practice was also adopted by ordinary citizens, introducing the ritual visit to a Shinto shrine to remove evil spirits and wish their children a long and prosperous life.

Shichi-Go-San and the subtle changes in the modern era


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Like most Japanese traditions, Shichi-Go-San keeps the rituals of the Meiji period almost completely intact. The only aspect falling into disuse is the hair rule. Five-year-old boys and seven-year-old girls still wear colourful kimono for visits to shrines.
The three-year-old girls usually wear the hifu (a dress similar to a slightly padded waistcoat) along with their kimono. Some children wear clothes closer to western fashion. Today many photos are taken in this occasion.
A decorated envelope containing sweet Chitose ame (千歳飴) will be given to each boy and girl celebrating the Shichi-Go-San day. The name ‘Chitose ame’ means “the candy of a thousand years". It is wrapped in transparent edible rice paper and is shaped like a long thin stick. Traditionally red and white, it serves as a symbol of longevity.

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?


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Cost: 16,00 €

Via Vigevano, 18, 20144 Milano


TENOHA & | TASTE: Sake tasting

TENOHA MILANO takes you again to the land of the rising sun and this time we are dealing with sake.


You will surely know that sake is becoming more and more known and important all over the world. Recently, Italy has become the first country in Europe for sake import levels. So why not spend an entire weekend dedicated to this unique Japanese drink?

It will also be a fantastic opportunity while awaiting the Sake Challenge to be held on Monday, November 11th! In collaboration with Sake Company, a sommelier will accompany you in the tasting of three different and valuable sake:

Friday: Sogen sakagura – 3 tastings of 3 different sake
Sabato: Urakasumi sakagura - 3 tastings of 3 different sake
Domenica: Ninki Ichi sakagura - 3 tastings of 3 different sake

You can choose between the Sake aperitif or the TENOHA Aperitif on all evenings, both excellent choices. You really can't miss it!


Aperitif formula: Sake tasting or TENOHA drink + Bento box
Cost: € 12
When: 8-9-10 November 2019 from 18:00 to 20:30
Where: & | TASTE TENOHA Milano Via Vigevano, 18, 20144 Milano

Cosmo-Eggs, Japan on display at the Biennale in Venice

The events dedicated to Japan continue on the Italian territory, today we move to the Venice Biennale with Cosmo-Eggs, an exhibition open to the public until November 24, 2019.

"Cosmo-Eggs" is the title of the exhibition in the Japanese Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Available in the Veneto region from 11 May until 24 November 2019. A particular installation that involves the senses and art in various dimensions.

This collaboration between an artist, a composer, an anthropologist, and an architect aims to create a platform to reflect on the ecology shared by humans and others. It aims to create a reflection on where and how we live.

Cosmo-Eggs Cosmo-Eggs Biennale Venezia

In the installation we also find the presence of four films of Motoyuki Shitamichi focused on the tsunami-ishi, the giant stones swept ashore from the depths of the ocean. With the accompaniment of Taro Yasuno's compositions, a series of automated sounds, produced mechanically by recorders, reminiscent of birdsong, along with the allegorical stories developed by Toshiaki Ishikura in reference to the local folklore related to the tsunami, Cosmo-Eggs is an installation not to be missed.

The exhibitor Fuminori Nousaku confronted the architecture of the Japan pavilion by correlating images, music, and text to create an integrated spatial experience, unique of its kind and available at the Venice Biennale until November 24th, 2019.

Have you already visited it?

Information on Cosmo-Eggs

When: 11 May - 24 November 2019
Hours: TUE - SUN 10.00 - 18.00
Where: The Biennale Gardens, Calle Giazzo, 30122 Venice VE
Admission with ticket