Feb 15, 2018

Native Japanese Shares Cuisine and Culture through FVCC Classes

FVCC’s Continuing Education Center is offering several new classes this spring on Japanese cooking, language and culture. All classes are taught by Yoshimi Yamamoto-Derks, who moved to the United States from Japan in 2014.

“Ramen and Chashu” is scheduled for February 21 and “Oyako Don and Miso Soup” is scheduled for February 28. Both classes will run from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on the FVCC campus. The cost to enroll in either of the classes is $46 per person. Students will prepare the dishes and then enjoy a meal together.

In Japan, chasu is a popular topping on ramen noodles and is made from pork belly braised in a sweet and savory soy sauce. Oyako don is a rice bowl with chicken, egg and sliced onion in seasoned broth. Both dishes are considered traditional Japanese cuisine.

In addition to the cooking classes, Yamamoto-Derks will teach beginner and an advanced beginner classes in Japanese language and culture. The beginner class is scheduled on Thursday nights from March 8 to April 19, with the exception of March 29 when the college is closed for spring break.  Students will learn the Japanese alphabets, useful words and expressions.

The advanced beginner class is scheduled on Tuesday nights from March 13 to April 24, with the exception of March 27 when the college is closed for spring break. Students will practice conversational skills and create Japanese calligraphy. The beginner and advanced beginner classes run from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The cost to enroll in either of the classes is $94 per student.

Yamamoto-Derks holds a B.A. in Education from Bunkyo University and is a certified Japanese language teacher in Japan. She has taught English for 25 years and Japanese for six years as an instructor and private tutor. She also holds a certification of Flower Essence Counselor and Therapist from the International Flower Essence College in Japan.

For more information or to register for the classes, visit or call 756-3832.