Hi, friends!

Hi, friends!

Welcome to Kitchen Princess Bamboo, where I share the joys of Japanese everyday food.

My name is Akino Ogata, and I’m thrilled to have you here. I’ll be uploading a new video every Saturday at 23:00 JST (6:00 PST, 10:00 EST), and I hope the content is helpful for all of you who love Japanese cuisine.

On this website, I’m showcasing how to cook Japanese dishes in the most approachable way – from classic home-cooked meals to beloved street food and baked treats. My goal is to make the vibrant flavors and techniques of Japanese cooking accessible to home cooks of all backgrounds.

In 2004, I opened a beloved pastry shop in Nara, the oldest imperial capital of Japan, before Kyoto. After running this successful business for 15 years, in 2019 I transferred the shop to a social welfare corporation, allowing me to focus more time on developing recipes and connecting with my growing community on YouTube.

Now, I’m thrilled to dedicate myself fully to sharing the beauty and simplicity of Japanese home cooking. My hope is that through these videos, I can inspire you to weave these nourishing dishes into your everyday lives, promoting healthier and happier lifestyles.

So let’s start cooking Japanese together! I can’t wait to see what delicious creations you’ll make.

About Akino

Akino Ogata: The Japanese Home Cooking and Baking Expert Inspiring Healthier, Happier Lifestyles

Akino Ogata is renowned for her popular YouTube channel “Kitchen Princess Bamboo,” which boasts over 230,000 subscribers. Her culinary expertise and genuine passion for sharing the joys of Japanese home cooking have earned her a devoted following.

Akino’s culinary journey is deeply rooted in her personal history. Influenced by her grandmother, a respected restaurateur, and her formative years spent in the Amami Islands – part of the famed “Blue Zone” known for longevity – Akino developed an enduring fascination with food from an early age.

After initially pursuing a degree in English at university, Akino ventured into the corporate world, working for a Swiss jewelry cooperation. However, her true calling was in the kitchen, and she eventually followed her childhood dream, opening a beloved pastry shop that she ran successfully for 15 years.

As foreign tourism to Japan surged from 2016 onward, Akino seized the opportunity to embark on a new career path as a cooking instructor, sharing her expertise in English. This pivotal shift led to the publication of two acclaimed books in 2020, further propelling her focus towards continuous creative pursuits.

Beyond her engaging content on YouTube, Akino actively connects with her audience, offering daily culinary inspiration and tips. Moreover, she serves as an authority on Japanese food and culture, overseeing international platforms.

Akino’s cooking techniques, adored by Japanese cooking enthusiasts, are renowned for their accessibility and ease, making even the most complex recipes approachable for home cooks of all skill levels. Her goal is simple: to inspire healthier and happier lifestyles through the beauty and simplicity of Japanese home cooking.

With a strong foundation in traditional culinary practices, Akino’s unique perspective and creative flair have allowed her to put a contemporary spin on beloved dishes, making them appealing to a global audience. Her unwavering dedication to sharing the wonders of Japanese cuisine is a testament to her passion and her mission to empower home cooks around the world.