Hi, we are Ayaka (female) and Shinya (male) in Sumida. We are living in an apartment. The name of the apartment is “Engawa(縁側)” which means a traditional Japanese terrace. It is one of the unique functions of the traditional Japanese architecture where the line between 'outside' an 'inside' is fuzzy and seamless. In addition, the place connects the 'inside' to the 'outside'. We hope that the place would connect the local people here and the people from outside including the tourists from overseas.
There are many people with different jobs - entrepreneur,designer,photographer, editor and cool students . All of us are in our 20s-30s and we are all energetic! We welcome guests from all over the world! We will make delicious Japanese hot pot which is perfect for winter and serve Japanese beer. Join us and enjoy "Real" Japanese food.
Japanese hot pot and Dessert
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I really enjoyed my time cooking and eating with Shinya, it was both delicious and interesting. Shinya is a very friendly person and I felt really welcome in his house. The house is very traditional and is in a lovely old area of Tokyo. We cooked together and I learnt how to use a Japanese knife, how to make Yukimi Nabe and I loved it. We talked a lot, about Japanese culture, cinema and history. Shinya is a fun and well read person. Thank you Shinya, it was great !
On 11 sept 2016 we had a dinner with Shinya san, it was our first time to have a meal with a japanese people, so we feel a little excited about it..we also doesn`t have any topics so that makes we a little nervous. when we arrived all of them are japanese, there are 7 japanese ><
so i feel more nervous, but it seems my friends doesn`t feel that xD
so they let us in and we help them to prepare the dinner. Shinya san really a nice person and so funny,, we have a very good meal, so delicious, i even try a natto because Bencho san like it so much.
Even at the beginning i don`t know what should i talk,,but surprisingly we have a really good talk, and we even had a topic that i never expect before,, seriously shinya san and friends really are nice and funny, our jokes also match,,i laughed a lot that night and already feels like I`m in my own home.
i told that i love Hijikata Toshizou so much and then Shinya san gladly told me the story about him,,and also his friend Mr I`m A Man hahahha he`s so funny..i`m so glad that Selena choose Shinya san`s house for the dinner,,all of them was perfect..i really have a good time with them,,this memory, i`ll keep it in my mind forever, really thank u so much Shinya san, Keiji san, Yasuo san. Michiko san, Bencho san, Piyo chan and ..... *gomen xD i don`t remember your name *hiks
thanks again for the delicious meal,, and of course the dessert,,,now i want to eat grape hahha but yup it`s truly expensive.
So if u want to have a great meal with a great japanese companion,,just choose Shinya san :D he`s so nice and funny and u will have a great experience :D
The next time I go to Japan, I will go to Shinya-san`s place again. Will try another Japanese food over there, talk about a lot of different thing, smile, laugh, and make a fuss in there XD
It`s very fun dinner. Thank you for the delicious dinner. I eat that I never eat before, very interesting. ^^
Shinya-san also very friendly and we very enjoying the dinner time.
- Marcellina / Selena
We have had a great time with Shinya! The food, including tofu, edamame, and roasted chicken, were so Japanese and tasted really good! Shinya is very friendly and good at talking! We talked about several issues about the Japanese society and culture! I learned a lot from him and thought communication is the best way to enhance mutual-trust : )
Shinya and his friends created one of our most memorable experiences of our three week trip in Japan. The hot pot was delicious, and we had fun shopping for ingredients before making dinner. But best of all was the chance to converse with so many interesting people about our different countries and cultures. Luckily for us, everyone spoke quite good English. Shinya is warm hearted, exuberant, and a delight to visit. We highly recommend Kitch Hike with Shinya!
We had a wonderful time with Shinya! He was a warm and generous host who made us feel welcome in his home. The food was also really delicious! We enjoyed helping him prepare it and loved hearing him share stories about his life and culture. I would recommend KitchHike, ESPECIALLY Shinya! I hope that during my next trip to Japan, I'll be able to enjoy another delightful dinner with him again! Arigato gozaimasu, gochisousama deshita!
Shinya, Kenta and Teppei are awesome! Foods were great and they were very warm and friendly. Thank you for having us!
Shinya is a very welcoming person! He cooked us several local food and all of it delicious.
None of the food we have tried before so it was a very exciting experience.
Shinya was an awesome host! Had a lot of fun learning about Japanese cooking!
We had a great night with Shinya and his housemates. They are so nice!!!
With my wife and my two kids we had a great time with Shinya and his friends. They showed us how to cook Tako balls (Takoyaki) and they gave us a wonderful taste of the Japanese food. They are all nice people and it has been a great opportunity for us to meet and to exchange with them.
My friend and I were having so much fun with Shinya and his friends. We got the chance to go for local grocery shopping and involved in the dinner preparation too. This is great session in exchanging thoughts and understanding each other's culture. Not to mention, we love the udon dish which is really new to us, and also the childhood DIY snacks!
I am glad to know in Shinya's philosophy where world peace is involving where people from different part of the world can understand and accommodating each other.
Shinya and his friends were the greatest! We went to the grocery store together, made homemade takoyaki, laughed a lot and had a wonderful evening. Shinya even helped us find tickets to the sold-out Giants vs Tigers baseball game we wanted to attend. The food was delicious! The company was wonderful! And I am so happy we decided to spend an evening in Shinya's home during our short stay in Tokyo.
What an amazing experience! Being for the first time in Japan Shinya was an amazing host & cook that made me discover real Traditional Japanese food and ingredients i had never heard of before :)
We went food shopping in the local market , prepared everything all together and ended up being about 10 all around a low table sitting all evening eating, talking and having cultural debates.
It will stay one of my amazing memories of Tokyo and Japan trip! Thank you Kitchhike and Shinya!
I'll be waiting for you in Brussels!
Shinya, Ayaka and other member in sharing house,Engawa were great hosts!!!! The hot pot they cooked for us was quite delicious and beautiful! They put grated radish on the top of hot pot, that looked SNOW!!! We learned that Japanese call it SNOW looking hot pot! Very creative one!
Shinya was so kind, warm and interesting man.:-) We discussed about the difference between Japan and Belgium. We had wonderful time together through perfect meals! Thanks to Shinya and ayaka, we could really enjoyed “Real” Japan! I visited them as a HIKER and left as a best friend!
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