I thought it was going to be one of those typical mornings for myself and my Airbnb guests. When I brought breakfast to their dining table as uaual, one of the guests looked pale and uneasy. When I asked him if he was OK, he told me that he had a sharp pain on his back. When I looked at him carefully, I recognized that he was wearing supporters to protect his knees and back. He was a retired biochemist, and now working for a company monitoring water quality.
They told me that during the previous day, they were working in the field all day measuring streamflow at the reservoir near Los Gatos, and they were scheduled to go back to the field again to do more research. When I saw the pain on his face, I felt so sorry. So, I offered him a traditional Japanese heat treatment using Konjac on his back. He looked a bit skeptical at first, but he told me that he wanted to try it. So, I gave him the heat treatment along with a foot bath.
After about half an hour or so, I came back to their room to see how he was doing. To my surprise, he was walking properly. His face had eased up and tuned joyous. I could tell he had restored some energy, and I felt so relieved and happy for him. This simple heat treatment with Konjac always brings me a positive result. However during this special occasion, it worked like magic on him. I think the additional foot bath helped to release the pain faster by aiding to smooth the blood circulation flow.
The heart inside our body circulates blood in the body like a pump. After traveling to every part of the body, the blood returns to the heart. It is a constant journey to keep us alive. If you have cold feet, while the blood passes through them, your blood also gets cooler and congested. Then, while your blood is in a poor state it travels to your reproductive system on the way back to the heart, resulting in the temperature of the lower body to cool down. By giving him a warm foot bath, not only was his overall body temperature increased and muscle tension was relieved, but it also helped to boost his immune system as well.
He was so fascinated with this natural remedy using strange looking Japanese Konjac. He asked me where to get it and how to do this treatment so that he could do it by himself at home. This was a joy for me, I was able to share with him the ancient wisdom of a way to release the pain without using medicine. And he was not just a guest. He was one of the keepers of the source of our life - water! What an honor to take care of them as our guests.
The method of Konjac treatment is very simple. All you need is to boil Konjac for 20 minutes. Then, you wrap the Konjac in a towel and apply it directly to your stiffened area such as shoulders or low back. It is also good for gastrointestinal diseases, chronic diseases, cancer, high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, tuberculosis, and other sicknesses. If you have a cramp during menstruation, you could try this method as well. You will be surprised how soothing it can be. If you have insomnia, try to place the Konjac on your belly before you go to bed. It may help you to sleep better.
Here are the items that you need to prepare:
 1-2 Konjac (you can buy at local Asian store)
 Boil water first and put Konjac in the pot and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
 Wrap Konjac in a think towel.
(Since Konjac is very hot, you might need a few towels to wrap Konjac to avoid burning your skin. When you apply wrapped Konjac directly to your skin, you may not feel hot at first, but it gradually becomes unbearably hot. It supposed to be very hot to make your skin slightly pink to bring out the best result, but you need to be careful not to burn your skin at the same time!)
 Apply wrapped Konjac on the liver, kidney or stagnated area and leave it for 20-30 minutes. As for beginners and children, they can start for 15 min.
1. It would be better to apply this method while your stomach is empty.
2. Please make sure that you go to the bathroom before. : D
3. You could use the same Konjac for a few times. But do not share it with others since Konjac has the ability to observe the toxins. After you use Konjac, you can keep it in a container with water in the refrigerator.
What is Konjac?
According to the Japanese Konjac Association, Konjac normalizes cholesterol, prevents high blood pressure. Since it consists of 50% water and 40% Glucomannan (dietary fiber), the body finds it hard to digest, thus sliding right through you and cleaning out your intestines all the while giving you the illusion that you are full. Glucomannan is an amazingly dense, high fiber substance that can expand to 200 times its size upon entering the digestive tract. It envelops calories, carbohydrates, and fats in fiber. Therefore, as these food particles pass through your digestive system, the body regards them as fiber, and flushes them out of your body, along with the toxins in the digestive tract. It’s no wonder the Japanese call it a “broom for the stomach.” Glucomannan also attracts water in the digestive system and becomes a gel, slowing digestive processes and trapping carbohydrates so it helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. Konjac is one of the miracle food for detoxification.
Although Konjac is a wonderful medicinal food, you can use it as an external treatment to nourish and rejuvenate your organs as well. It helps to dissolve stagnation and tension, melt blockages, and stimulate blood circulation and lymphatic flow.
Live Jazz Bossanova in the midst of the woods on a beautiful evening of the summer solstice. Izumi, Paul, Jack & Joshua played cool music for my friends, and I made 100% plant-based Japanese food.
Thank you so much for everyone who came all the way to join us! So nice to see everyone and spend special time together! Love you all💕
Authentic organic Umeboshi plum, Umesu (red & white), Activated ume charcoal, etc. produced by Mume Farm finally came to Santa Cruz from Chico! Their Ume products were introduced to locals at Japanese Cultural Fair on June 8th, 2019.
Ron & Kiyoko took over the plum farm a few years ago from Kazuko and her deceased husband, Junsei Yagi who were students of George Ohsawa, a Japanese founder of macrobiotic. They work so hard to take care of the plum trees while succeeding predecessor's will, and finally, they are producing beautiful products that help to heal our bodies. Japanese Umeboshi has so many medicinal benefits, but so hard to find the one without food additives nowadays. Thank you Ron & Kiyoko for making the wonderful products!
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6975 County Rd S, Chico, CA 95928
Please join us for the special event on Saturday, 6/22 at 4:30-7:30 pm at a private house in Scotts Valley! We just had a wonderful spring jazz concert last month, and it was a great success. Now, we are going to have the summer solstice this month, it will be wonderful if we get together and celebrate the power of the sun in the fresh mountain air.
Beautiful live Bossanova jazz music will be performed by Izumi, Jack, and Paul♬ The fee is $40 including 100% plant-based Japanese dinner. I make everything from scratch using local organic vegetables and grains.
Izumi Hayakawa, a talented jazz singer, has been performing based in the Bay Area and Tokyo. You can visit her website and listen to her music on her website.
The concert starts at around 5-6pm. So, please arrive at 4:30 pm. Cold home-made herb tea will be served shortly after your arrival. After the concert, I will serve you delicious healthy Japanese dinner from 6-7:30 pm. You can check out the blog to see our previous concert, which was held a few years ago.
If you like, you can come much earlier, and walk around the woods or just sit around the porch in front of the house with your friends and enjoy the crispy fresh air! The exact venue will be informed after receiving your reservation. Please email me at Shinobeau@iCloud.com to reserve your seat!
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