Events and Workshops

Upcoming events and workshops, open to the public

Learn How Beautiful Japanese Desserts Are Made

Your Instructors

Tomoko Yagi

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Tomoko Yagi has been a dedicated student of the Urasenke School of sado, the Japanese art of tea. Her curiosity in wagashi, traditional Japanese sweets, stems from her tea studies, and also from her experience as a certified nutritionist in Japan. Cooking nutritious and appetizing meals for her diabetic father laid the foundation for her future work as a Japanese food consultant for various restaurants such as Sobaya, Cha An teahouse, and TIC Restaurant Group in New York’s East Village. Tomoko also teaches classes on wagashi at the Nippon Club and at Chakura. Her wagashi classes focus on the authenticity and accessibility of both ingredients and methods for the home cook in NYC, so that traditional Japanese sweets can become more ubiquitous and be enjoyed by many. 

Norie Uematsu

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After graduating from Ecole Hôtelièr TSUJI Tokyo, Norie started her career as a Pastry Chef at Tokyo Hotel Numazu. Moving to New York in 2004, she further developed her skills working at many restaurants around NYC, including Maison Kayser. In 2017, she joined Cha-An Teahouse as Head Pastry Chef.

Chakura is a customizable, tranquil & simple event space, in the East Village of New York City.

Steps above Cha-An Teahouse, you'll find Chakura, perfect for hosting your next cooking class, celebration, and more.


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Chakura has a cozy and professional kitchenette, fully-stocked with Japanese-imported dishware, top-quality appliances, and marbled counter workspaces. It will fit nicely with your next cooking class/workshop, friend potluck party, or food styling/photoshoot needs.



We have an open floor plan that encourages custom seating and party arrangements that fit your event goals. 

Whether you're turning 9 or 99, throwing a farewell party or a warm welcome home, decorate and celebrate however you like.



Going offsite for a team meeting? Need a private change of pace for a monthly brainstorm session? Get the crew together and set-up shop at Chakura. We have a beautiful traditional Japanese restroom on site too, for all those bathroom breaks from all the hard work you've been doing.

Need Delicious Catering?

No need to worry if the food is flowing at your event! We would be honored to cater your next event at Chakura (or your next event anywhere), from any one of our 12 T.I.C. branded restaurants. Learn more about what makes each restaurant unique, then let us know which flavors you want to make your event special.

Fill out the form below for a catering quote and more info:

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Wagashi Class

Now, I understand that there is much more to learn in the world of Japanese wagashi.  It takes a lifetime to develop such intricate and exquisite artwork.
— Nate