About Us

Hola, I am Vanessa, the founder and culinary instructor of Nippon Viajero. I grew up in the Southwest of the US in a Mexican home. Being a daughter of immigrant parents gifted me with two worlds full of culture and tradition and most importantly the ability to enjoy extra spicy food! Below you can find a bit of information on our culinary project here in Japan!

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide a space for communities to come together and share a unique Latin-American culinary experience. Our workshops are primarily focused on Mexican gastronomy with the hopes to expand and offer permanent Latin-American cuisine workshops. In the Spring of 2022 we launched our first Latin-American culinary experience. Our events are located in Tokyo and Hayama.

We envision a future that will allow us to take this culinary project throughout the country and who knows maybe even on a global scale. We love what we do, we love learning, shaping, developing, and most importantly, providing a unique experience for all walks of life with all types of culinary skills.

Besides focusing on having the freshest ingredients in all our workshops we cultivate a fun and welcoming environment and easy to understand recipes that you can recreate for your loved ones.

Below are some pictures of the Empanadas workshop an introductory workshop.

About the Instructor

Vanessa’s background includes experience in working in various kitchen restaurants. While that was not what she intended to do professionally before coming to Japan, she has always enjoyed cooking at home for her loved ones. When she arrived to Japan she decided to jump back on the culinary train and took a chefs course in the heart of Tokyo with a Japanese chef.

To this date she continues her culinary investigations as she is passionate and dedicated to better understand the ingredients of Japan.

Her interests involve learning about her culture, experimenting with traditional recipes, and creating new recipes with a modern twist!

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with them… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” – Cesar Chavez

Our cooking philosophy is to cook with intention.

The ingredients and recipes we use to cook have a soul, they have emotions, and if you do not cook with intention it will show maybe not in the end result but in the facial expressions of those who eat it.

We have made it our goal to investigate our mothers recipes and adapt them to your Japanese kitchen.

We want to bring them to your table without compromising the flavor and integrity. It is so much more than making recipes easy. It is an evolution of culture and tradition.

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