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Wasabi History

History of Wasabi

Wasabi is essential for Japanese food like sushi. A fresh-tasting ingredient of Japan, it is being characterized by a nose-burning sensation when eaten.

Wasabi used to be used as a medicinal plant around the 10th century in Japan.

tokugawa kamon & wasabi leaf

The “Cookbook of the Shijo School”, published in 1489, was the first time Koi’s sashimi was described as being dipped in wasabi vinegar.

So it said that wasabi began to be used in cooking at that time. During those days, vinegar was the basic seasoning.

This gave rise to a variety of vinegar like Miso vinegar, walnut vinegar, etc.  Soy sauce was not yet commonly used in that time.

During the Edo Period in the 17th century, wasabi was cultivated in a government farms located in Shizuoka.

Since wasabi leaves look similar to the Aoi-Mon (mallow patterns) of the House of Tokugawa, the ruling shogunate of the day, growing wasabi was hardly left to ordinary people at that time. When it came to be cultivated in areas beyond government farms, it began to be supplied in the town of Edo.

At first, it used to be used as a spice for Soba and for getting rid of the smell of fish.

It began to be used in 1820 when they served sushi, with wasabi between the rice and topping.

Edo-style sushi was said to be perfected when Yohe Hanaya served sushi with wasabi and tea.

Kinds of Wasabi

Water-grown wasabi (River-grown wasabi)
Cultivated in clear streams such as mountain streams and springs.
Shizuoka, Nagano, Shimane and Tokyo

Soil-grown wasabi (Farm-grown wasabi)
Cultivated in cool and humid fields
Oita, Shimane, Nagano, Fukushima and Yamaguchi
Producing countries other than Japan  China, Taiwan, Indonesia and Vietnam

Western wasabi (Horseradish) Hokkaido
It said that Wasabi came to Japan from Eastern Europe in the middle of the 19th century.

horse radish


Source : Data from the Japan Processed Wasabi Association


Tokyo Oume Kaneku(wasabi  company) factory
wasabi factory


Tokyo Sushi Academy Singapore

Nigiri sushi short class

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Tokyo Sushi Academy Singapore other activities

Although our headquarters in Tokyo specialize in training people to be professional sushi chefs, here in Singapore, we also welcome non-professionals to join our classes.

Our aim is to spread the art of Japanese cuisine to people outside Japan.


We hope that through our experienced native instructors, non-Japanese will have the most authentic learning experience and know more about Japanese cuisine, especially sushi.


We also hold team-building events whereby participants not only learn to make sushi but also build relationships with their co-workers in the process.

Corporate Sessions

Although many Singaporeans eat sushi frequently, many do not know that there are actually many kinds of sushi.

Different regions in Japan have their own unique types of sushi.

For example, the signature sushi in Osaka (Kansai region) is the hakozushi (box sushi) Even for Chirashi sushi, the way it is served is different in Kanto and Kansai.


We hope to introduce these different sushi types to Singaporeans in the future.

We are also running a Kazarimaki (art maki sushi) course in our academy.

Students who pass the first level class will get a certificate from the Japanese Sushi Instructor Association and be certified to be an instructor.

Our cooking classes are targeted to housewives and busy working individuals.

Some Singaporeans have the impression that it is very hard to recreate Japanese dishes at home because there are many steps involved in Japanese recipes and certain ingredients cannot be easily bought in local supermarkets.

In our teaching classes, we would like to teach students to cook Japanese dishes using everyday ingredients which they can find in supermarkets easily and which could be completed without much fuss or time.


We even have people who send their maids to our cooking classes so that they could eat Japanese dishes at home easily!

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