Natto: Japan’s Fascinating and Nutritious Fermented Soybean Dish

Natto: Japan’s Fascinating and Nutritious Fermented Soybean Dish
Presentation and Tasting with Eien Hunter-Ishikawa

In Partnership with Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Sunday, July 10, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PDT
Instructor: Eien Hunter-Ishikawa
$25 Center Members, $30 General Public
In-Person at the Center


Among Japan’s unique culinary offerings is natto, the fascinating, delicious, and nutritious fermented soybeans. For the unacquainted, the pungent aroma and slimy texture may seem only for the most adventurous of eaters, but beyond its immediate characteristics, you’ll find an incredibly nourishing food packed with nutrients and umami! Nutritionists regard natto as a superfood with numerous health benefits that help with cardiovascular health, brain function, bone and teeth strength, and an improved digestive system.

Join us at the Center for a special presentation and tasting of natto with instructor Eien-Hunter Ishikawa, whose demonstration will include samples of fresh natto and offer ideas for traditional and non-traditional preparations. Because natto imported into the United States comes frozen, this is a very rare opportunity to taste fresh, organic natto, whether you consider yourself a fan or not yet!


This workshop is presented in partnership with the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. OACC is also offering the same workshop at their facility on Saturday, July 9. Click here to view OACC’s workshop event registration page.

About Eien Hunter-Ishikawa:
Eien Hunter-Ishikawa is a musician and educator based in Portland, Oregon specializing in drumset, taiko, percussion, and shinobue.  Born in Japan, his passion for drumming started at an early age through the involvement of a youth taiko ensemble directed by Saburo Mochizuki, a founding member of Tokyo’s pioneering taiko ensemble Sukeroku Daiko.  Eien continues to work in a wide variety of artistic collaborations and offers private lessons, online instruction, and workshops that also highlight his non-taiko areas of expertise including knife sharpening, vegetable fermentation, and natto demonstrations. For more information on Eien’s taiko drumming and culinary workshops, visit his website at:
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Jul 10 2022


10:00 am - 11:30 am

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