Japanese on the North Coast

Last night, Kate and I attended our second cooking class with Miaki Habuka through Duluth Community Education.

Miaki Habuka

Miaki is a Continuing Education instructor at UW-Superior who teaches cooking two or three times a year via the Duluth Public Schools Community Education. (For UWS, she teaches courses in Japanese language and culture.)

Her cooking classes have been spectacular. Held in Denfeld, the gist is: she brings enough for food to be made in groups of four. So you partner up with strangers to make a meal for the four of you — fun, mostly. We have made potato salad, ginger pork, teriyaki chicken, and daikon radish salads, among other cool foods. The event is social and sociable, costs less than eating out, and is considerably more entertaining.

Along the way, Miaki peppers in tidbits about Japanese culture — the significance of colors in diet, for example. Fascinating. She is a gifted teacher of her culture.

Her husband serves as an enforcer (collecting fees before we begin), an occasional thesaurus, and support in helping us cook.

It’s a fun time, overall, and a reminder that it is force of will that makes Duluth awesome. Miaki has made a decision to make Japanese food and culture part of our lives in Duluth-Superior, and we are grateful for it!

See you at Japanese New Year Celebration
When: Jan 29, 2012 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Celebrate the Japanese New Year from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday January 29 in the Yellowjacket Union Atrium. This fun and educational community event is FREE for anyone to attend.

Activities Include:

Japanese New Year’s Games
Japanese Trivia Quiz
Sushi Demonstration
Info Booths
Kimono Photo Opportunity
Tea Ceremony Demonstration
Special thanks to the following organizations: Continuing Education, Office of International Programs, World Student Association, Superior Sister City Commission, Duluth Sister Cities International, Zen House of Duluth.



about 12 years ago

I adore Miaki-sensei! She has such a wonderful sense of humor and is so patient with her students. I didn't realize she was doing cooking courses, though! 

I'm looking forward to the New Year Celebration. You can find me dressing people at the kimono photo opportunity booth!


about 12 years ago

I didn't know she was teaching cooking, either. I may have to get her to put me on the mailing list for that.

Miaki-sensei teaches Japanese language CE classes at UWS, which are starting back up towards the end of February. She's a great teacher, and the classes are easy-but-informative. If anyone is interested, here's the link to the Intro class with links to other levels on that page:



about 12 years ago

Side note: Mrs. Goose has introduced me to several Japanese students at UWS.  Basically, they are  really doing a fantastic job there of bringing in high-caliber international students to our community. This is a tradition at UWS and a great element of the educational experience there.  That's not something that you really hear people talking about much, but by coming here to learn, international students are offering a wonderful gift to the Twin Ports.


about 12 years ago

BREAKING NEWS: here's a link to the Welcoming New Year's video we shot at the Peace Bell at Enger Tower on New Year's Eve.

Akamashite omedeto gozaimasu!



about 12 years ago

This is really fantastic.  It's great to see people out there making this happen.  

It's kinda funny since "Japanese New Year" is usually held on Dec 31/Jan 1 Gregorian style, but trying to host an event like this on that date would probably be kind of a non-starter.  Instead you get to have New Year twice! Excellent.

In other news: Tom Buck recently published his third book on the art and history of Japanese swords and fittings.

Tom Buck - http://www.tbuck.us

The Art of Tsukamaki - http://www.amazon.com/Art-Tsukamaki-Thomas-L-Buck/dp/0984377956

[email protected]

about 12 years ago

Woot!  a good time was had by all!

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