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Japanese Knife Sharpening Workshop

July 9, 2022
1:30 pm
3:30 pm

$80 – $90

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In this workshop, Eien Hunter-Ishikawa will teach the basics of Japanese knife sharpening on water stones. Japanese knife culture is distinct in several ways: the blade is sharper and thinner, sharpening is done on whetstones, and chefs sharpen their own knives in order to accommodate their individual cutting needs. After this introduction of basic techniques, you will be able to sharpen your own knives at home and experience the true joy of cooking with a sharp blade.

NOTE: Please bring your kitchen knives to sharpen during the class. Space is limited to 15 spots so early registration is advised.

WORKSHOP FEE* (includes a King KW65 whetstone for each participant to take home)

  • $80 – Regular Admission
  • $90 – Regular Admission + Donation

This event is presented in partnership with the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. The Center is also offering the same workshop at their facility on Sunday, July 10. Click here to view The Center’s workshop event registration page.

*Fees and donations help cover program expenses and sustain OACC’s capacity to bring high-quality workshops to our audiences. If the above fee presents a high barrier to your participation, please email programs@oacc.cc for assistance. 

About the Instructor

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.


July 9, 2022
1:30 pm3:30 pm
$80 – $90
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Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th St. #290
Oakland, CA 94607 United States
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Oakland Asian Cultural Center

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