For children “Learning about Hometown Sado” ~ Homemade Meal ~

In the Ogi Folk Museum, housed in a former elementary school, residents of Sado and Tokyo college students will make a homemade meal with children.
“Tezukara” (homemade) means to “nurture the wisdom and skills to apply to our daily lives.” These days, we can cook rice with the push of a button. Through this workshop, we will use our five senses to learn the wisdom and skills taught by mother nature, that have been passed down from previous generations. We hope to give children the firsthand experience of the joy of cooking with their own hands.

Date & Time

Aug. 19 (Sat) 9:30-12:30
Aug. 20 (Sun) 9:30-12:30
< Schedule >
9:30 – meet in front of museum
9:45 – Begin cooking traditional sweet in Sado (KATAOKOSHI and TAIGORO)
10:30 – Break
10:40 – free time(choose your own activities:【building a fire, handcrafts, stories about traditional life】)
11:30 – making a rice balls
11:50 – lunch time(a rice ball, miso-soup, pickles, and etc.)
12:20 – conclusion
12:30 – Place of depature
* a souvenir: KATAOKOSHI and TAIGORO *


The elderly of Sado


Machiko Saito (M.A. Tokyo Gakugei University, Education Research Dept.)


Sado Island’s Ogi Folk Museum


20 people


1,500 yen


Third grade age ~ middle school


Commentary will be given in Japanese; however, some English commentary can be added as needed.


Bring your own handkerchief and apron.

Getting to the venue

Please use the Ogi circle bus on the Ogi ~ Shukunegi ~ Tatako-kan route. (Get off at the Ogi Folk Museum bus stop.)

Instructor bio

The elderly of Sado
The elderly men went to school at the Ogi Folk Museum back when it used to be an elementary school. They can tell you a lot about the old tools and the lives of people in Sado in the olden days. They can make all sorts of tools and toys with the plants that grow on the mountain. The elderly women are pros at cooking meals. They can build fires in old-fashioned stoves, cook rice, use tools – they know everything about life in the olden days.

From the Facilitator

Many of the elderly women in their 80s in Sado recount, “I always looked forward to making KATAOKOSHI and TAIGORO during festivals when I was a child.” In Sado, there was a long-standing custom of making KATAOKOSHI and TAIGORO for special occasions.
KATAOKOSHI? TAIGORO? You may not know what these are just from hearing them, but they are intricately made dumplings.
KATAOKOSHI had a variety of different colors kneaded into the dumplings and were shaped into flowers, fish, and others to be eaten for festivals in April of the lunar calendar. TAIGORO were wrapped in silver grass or bamboo leaves and were eaten for June festivities when silver grass and bamboo were in season. For this special workshop, participants will make KATAOKOSHI and TAIGORO with the grandmothers of Sado.
In addition, they will build a fire themselves to cook Sado’grown koshihikari rice in an iron pot, and make riceballs with the freshly cooked rice.
While they wait for the rice and dumplings to cook, the participants will be free to choose an activity of their choice, from building fires, making crafts with bamboo, and listening to stories about traditional island life – all while interacting with the older generation of Sado, college students, and other kids from Sado and beyond.

Facilitator: Machiko Saito (M.A. Tokyo Gakugei University, Education Research Dept.)

Ticket orders

Tickets will go on sale on June 16 (Fri) beginning at 9:30. For details, click here.