Hi! I am Yoko Bryden
I am originally from Japan, and I now live outside Boston with my husband and three boys. I’ve backpacked and traveled to many parts of the world, gained an understanding of different cultures, and tasted all kinds of foods. I’ve also studied anthropology and art, and in the past I have worked as an interior designer and as a kitchen designer.
All of these experiences have contributed to my interest in exploring foods from various countries and cultures. I now work primarily as a food educator and consultant. I teach cooking and gastronomy classes and work with numerous Japanese corporate clients on recipe development, food trend reports, market research and education on global cuisine.
My favorite things to do are of course eating and traveling. I just enjoy discovering foods whether from a neighboring town or from other parts of the world. I also love playing the piano, drawing, and expressing myself through art.
I hope you enjoy this blog!
I have been building Essence of Japan since 2013 to introduce Japanese food, culture and travel opportunities to a wider audience. I feel it is an expression of my cultural identity. It is a way for me, who lives in the United States far away from Japan, to preserve and be connected to my heritage, and I am hoping to share something unique about Japan through this site.