Myself and 2 friends took the vegetarian cooking class with Taro San in October 2012 and it was simply amazing. I'm the only veggie of our group and while not vegan I don't eat eggs while one friend has food allergies and the other is diabetic so we were a motley crew going for our cooking class! He was super helpful before we even arrived fitting us in for a class when we had limited time in Kyoto. We took the class with two other people who were having the beef class but at no point was there any issue with any meat getting mixed with the veggie food, everything was clearly labeled and we used different cooking utensils. I had forgot to mention one of our party is allergic to mushrooms before the class and our main dish was meant to have mushrooms but Taro San was able to adjust the meal with no issues. Before starting cooking we had an introduction to food and cooking in Japan and a history of Kobe beef which while not something I'm ever going to eat it was interesting from the historical aspect of the farming in Japan. We all got to take part in the cooking which was great as I've taken cooking classes before were you just really watched then ate the food at the end. Here we got to slice, dice, smash and taste all the way along and at the end we sat down to a wonderful meal. We made miso soup, three side dishes and a main dish. The main dish was tofu which none of the three of us had ever been massive fans of but we all loved it and cleaned all our plates. We had an awesome few weeks traveling around Asia but this was one of the best experiences by far and highly rec for folks heading to Kyoto.