For children : Learn about Sado ~Cooking Traditional Sado Cuisine~

There are things that can only be experienced in specific places. In Ogi/Shukunegi in Sado, there is a museum of many old and traditional tools, and elderly men and women who possess the various experiences of using them. Continuing the program from last year, this year, we will focus on homemade traditional cooking form Sado using the tools and ingredients only available here, creating an experience that can only be shared with the people who are here.

“Tezukara” (homemade) means to “nurture the wisdom and skills to apply to our daily lives.” These days, we can cook rice with the push of a button. Through this workshop, we will use our five senses to learn the wisdom and skills, based on what naturally occurred in nature, that have been passed down from previous generations. We hope to give children the firsthand experience of the joy of cooking with their own hands. We plan to create space for the elderly, college students and youth from Sado and outside the island to get to know each other.

Date & Time

Aug. 18 (Sat) 9:30-13:30


The elderly of Sado


Machiko Saito (M.A. Tokyo Gakugei University, Education Research Dept.)


Sado Island’s Ogi Folk Museum


15 people


1,500 yen


4th grade age ~ middle school


09:30 – meet in front of museum

10:00 – Begin cooking traditional sweet in Sado (Kataokoshi and Taigoro)

10:50 – Break

11:00 – building a fire, handcrafts(chopstick)

11:50 – making a rice balls

12:30 – lunch time(a rice ball, miso-soup, pickles, and etc.)

13:00 – conclusion

13:30 – Place of depature

*a souvenir : Kataokoshi and Taigoro*


Commentary will be given in Japanese; however, some English commentary can be added as needed.


Bring your own handkerchief and apron.

Getting to the venue

Please use the Ogi circle bus on the Ogi ~ Shukunegi ~ Tatako-kan route. (Get off at the Ogi Folk Museum bus stop.)

Instructor bio

The elderly of Sado
The elderly men went to school at the Ogi Folk Museum back when it used to be an elementary school. They can tell you a lot about the old tools and the lives of people in Sado in the olden days. They can make all sorts of tools and toys with the plants that grow on the mountain. The elderly women are pros at cooking meals. They can build fires in old-fashioned stoves, cook rice, use tools – they know everything about life in the olden days.




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