Mitsuwa Marketplace Celebrates Shoku-Iku Cooking Class One Year Anniversary

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Mitsuwa Marketplace is celebrating its one year anniversary of the Shoku-Iku cooking class on February 1st. Since February 2014, Mitsuwa has successfully held 11 free Shoku-Iku classes on the first Sunday of each month, with over 200 families gathered together to make different Japanese-inspired dishes. Mitsuwa Marketplace is hoping to promote healthier lifestyles in the young generation through the cooking classes.

“Shoku-Iku” is a Japanese term, but its meaning of promoting healthier living through food is applicable across all cultures. It came to Mitsuwa’s attention that the term “Shoku-Iku” is important for most modern families to learn and practice. It’s not easy to get kids to eat healthy, well-rounded meals. However, one way to get them interested in good food is to teach them how to make it themselves through hands-on cooking.

All Shoku-Iku recipes are healthy, creative yet simple enough so that kids can make their own dishes in 10-15 minutes. Shoku-Iku cooking classes are not to train the next chefs, but to foster a lifelong notion of a healthier lifestyle and the importance of family ties.

Not only are children learning how to make different kinds of food, they are also learning about the importance of healthy eating habits while spending time together as a family. Masami, the cooking class instructor and mother of 2 teenage boys, said, “I also enjoy that as my kids get older, we are able to spend time together in the kitchen. Not too many moms know but cooking doesn’t have to be just a mother’s job. If she can engage her kids, it can be bonding time when the family can prepare dishes together.”

The next cooking class, February 1st (Sunday), will mark the one year anniversary of Mitsuwa Marketplace’s Shoku-Iku cooking class. This class will have a Valentine’s Day theme where kids will get to experiment combining chocolate with different foods. Please sign up at the customer service counter at the Mitsuwa Torrance store (21515 Western Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501) from Jan 15th to Jan 27th. For more event details, please visit

Previous Class Themes:

This past year the classes included onigiri (rice ball), temari sushi (round sushi ball), miso paste, pancakes, ramen salad, hand roll sushi, tofu salad, character bento, wagyu beef rice burger, kazari sushi (flower sushi roll), okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancakes), and gyoza (fried dumplings).

About Mitsuwa Marketplace:

Mitsuwa Marketplace (, the largest Japanese supermarket chain in the U.S., carries a wide variety of quality Japanese groceries, general items, electric appliances, cosmetics and other products at its stores. They were established in March 1998 and currently have nine stores across the US: seven in California, one in New Jersey and one in Chicago.

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