グルテンフリーお菓子教室 milktart

Nao Maeda is the owner and chef of Milktart, the company that she owns that offers lessons in gluten-free baking and dessert preparation.  She is currently based in Tokyo, though she is originally from Osaka.  In March, she plans to relocate to Hawaii to work in a Japanese cake shop/bakery. グルテンフリーお菓子教室milktartのレッスンは1月で終了しました。  She is offering lessons until her relocation.  If interested, please see her contact details at the end of the article. She recently published a recipe book in Japanese. It can be purchased here.

How many years have you baked or eaten gluten-free foods?
2 years

How many years have you lived with celiac disease/gluten sensitivity?
I don’t have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.

If you do not have the above issues, why have you chosen to promote gluten-free food in Japan?
My partner have a Hashimotos disease and is following a gluten-free diet.
I’m supporting my partner’s gluten-free life.

Is your baking following a strict gluten-free diet?
My sweets lessons don’t use gluten. Sometimes we use egg , milk and gluten-free grains. But the lessons I give are held in a public space. I think some baking class take place before my class and these classes use wheat or bread. So it’s difficult to say 100%gluten free sweets due to potential cross-contamination.
レッスンではグルテンを一切使わないお菓子を教えています。時々、卵や、乳製品、穀物を使ったお菓子を作っています。 私のお菓子教室は公共施設のキッチンを使うので、私のレッスンの前の人が小麦粉を使っている場合があり、道具やテーブルなどに少しついていたりする場合もあります。使う前きれいにしますが、重度の小麦粉アレルギーやセリアックの方には厳しいかもしれません。


What is your approach to offering food for those with cd/gs?

What do your baking lessons offer?
My lessons include the preparation of gluten-free sweets, vegan sweets and less sugar sweets.  I sometimes host tea parties with people who has celiac disease or some gluten sensitivity.


How do you think Japan can become more friendly for those with celiac disease/gs?
I think restaurant and hotel staff should study and learn more about the gluten-free diet.

More information about Maeda-san:
My name is Nao Maeda
I live in Tokyo
I studied the pastry chef school in Osaka
大阪あべの の製菓専門学校でパティシエの勉強をしました。
I have worked cake shop for 9years in Osaka .
I was vegetarian for one year.
Also I tried to make lots of vegan foods and baking.
And after that my partner and I started following a gluten-free life, though I sometimes eat wheat bread.

I don’t have own bakery shop and I do not sell sweets or baked goods. But I can host classes for 6-10people come to my lesson each time.
I can make English recipe for a lesson for foreign students.
Main language is Japanese.
I’ll support your gluten-free life!!!


日本に住んでいる外国の方で受講したい場合、必要であれば英語のレシピを作る事ができます。 レッスン自体は日本語での授業となります。
Homepage: http://milktart.simdif.com
Twitter gluten free milktart



明けましておめでとうございます!Happy Gluten-Free New Year!

あけましておめでとう!今年もよろしくお願いします.  I wish all of you a wonderful, joyous gluten-free 2016 and hope your travels to Japan are memorable, fun and healthy.

To start 2016 off right, I’ve decided to offer up some link love.  The following links have a ton of information that may be helpful for those traveling (or in the process of moving to) Japan.

First off, there has been a ton of information collected in the Gluten-Free Expats in Japan Facebook group. If you are not already a member, please consider joining it. You can ask questions and offer insight on traveling through Japan or living there long term.

A project I had been working on with another member of the GFEJ group was to create a clearing house site that would offer lists of restaurants that had been verified as safe for those with celiac disease. After living in Japan for four years, one thing that I learned was that restaurants have a difficult time serving those of us who require strict gluten-free diets. I have a difficult time recommending restaurants that might be gluten-free or that allowed someone to eat there but didn’t really understand the importance of eating gluten-free for those of us with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.  That being said, it’s very difficult to travel without being able to pop into a restaurant or know that the city or town (or tiny island) you’re staying has somewhere you can find sustenance.  The following links may help those of you traveling.  Be aware that you will still need to convey to the chefs/waiters that you absolutely cannot eat anything with gluten due to health concerns.

Satsuki Miki-san, a savvy entrepreneur living in Tokyo, has started this clearing house site for restaurants in Japan who can serve gluten-free food to those with celiac disease/gluten sensitivity.  The site is called Gluten-free Restaurant.  Feel free to check it out and offer feedback.

Jodi Ettenberg, the former lawyer turned world traveler/food blogger at Legal Nomads, has put together a gluten-free travel card for those who are traveling through Japan. These cards are comparable to the card I used when I lived there and offer extensive and necessary information for those who do not speak any Japanese and who need to be able to convey their dietary issues to chefs and waitstaff.  She also has a list of restaurants she’s compiled in the link above.

Another blog called Yebtastic! Japan, which focuses on Ebisu, Tokyo, has just put out a list of Tokyo based gluten-free restaurants and places to find food.

The next post will be an interview with Nao Maeda, a Tokyo-based baker who runs gluten-free baking/pastry cooking lessons called グルテンフリーお菓子教室 milktart.

As for me, I’ve returned to the US and am now living in Las Vegas, Nevada where I am pursuing my MFA in Creative Writing. I plan to return to Japan to work after I’m done with graduate school and hope that by the time I do return, Japan will be gluten-free friendly in a way that is different from the way the US has gone gluten-free. I have major issues with how the gluten-free diet has become a huge fad over here and is not taken seriously by chefs or waiters.  There is so little understanding of the insidious nature of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity and its affects on those who have it. I actually feel less healthy living in the US than I did living in Japan, where I followed a strict primal diet mostly because if I didn’t, I would be exposed to gluten. Here, I go out to restaurants that promise gluten-free, but really cannot make good on those promises.  These industries need to be regulated more thoroughly.  I hope that as Japan moves towards its 2020 Olympics, they will approach the gluten-free food industry carefully.

I hope 2016 is the best year yet for you all and hope that your travels through Japan offer you amazing experiences!  Feel free to leave comments and recommendations about any of the restaurants or places you’ve visited while in Japan!

Lots of love.

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