On, Friday 11/10 at 5:30-8:30pm, please join our dinner & movie night at a private house surrounded by redwood trees in Scotts Valley (close to Los Gatos). We will have a special guest from Osaka, Japan, Takafumi Tomita (in short, TAKA). who brought a special film for us to watch. The address of the venue will be informed after the reservation is confirmed. The fee for dinner is $15 plus a donation whatever the amount you feel comfortable for TAKA's ongoing peace voluntarily activities.
Please email me at Shinobeau@iCloud.com to reserve your seats. We have a few more seats available now. If you can offer a carpool or need one, please let me know when you make a reservation so that I can make an arrangement.
The schedule for the event is as below.
☆ 5:30-6:15pm Japanese dinner
☆ 6:16-7:30pm “Hopi Prophecy”, a documentary short film will be screened
☆ 7:30-8;30pm Free discussion with TAKA
Here's the menu for the dinner! All vegan & Gluten-free
- Cream of mushroom soup
- Japanese one pot winter dish of Daikon & Konjac (ODEN style)
- Fried rice with vegetables
- Quinoa macaroni salad
- Golden beets with Kale salad
- Matcha cup cake with Azuki bean paste
- Burdock root tea ☕️
🍷Upon request, we will serve a glass of home-made sangria, using organic red wine & orange juice!
We will dine together and watch the documentary film (75min.), "HOPI PROPHECY” directed by Kiyoshi Miyata in 1986 around the fireplace. In this film, the last messenger who was specially selected by Kikmongwi, spiritual leaders of 8 villages of the Hopi Indians, Thomas Banyacya who passed away in 1999 at 90 years old opened up the Hopi Prophecy to the world for a sacred reason.
The original director of this film, Miyata passed away in 2011. it has still been screened all over Japan by a successor of Miyata. Reiko Tatsumi from Land & Life (https://www.landandlife.org) who took an initiate to promote the film and move forward for world peace. Now, approved by Reiko, we can watch this sacred film together. Reiko bestowed this film to TAKA for people who live in the Bay area to watch.
After watching the film, we will have a free discussion with TAKA if you have time. I met Taka last year when I hosted his Japanese old lunar calendar class at my house. It was such a wonderful experience. Everyone who took his class got inspired and began to appreciate the wisdom we inherited from our ancestors. Not so long ago, we Japanese lived resonating the cycle of the moon. Living in the lunar rhythm, we developed such a rich culture in the past. By reintroducing the lunar calendar into our lives, we again can live more peacefully and intuitively... If you are interested, you can ask TAKA about the lunar calendar during the free discussion time.
TAKA has so much knowledge about nutrition as well. For one of his peace activism, he runs the summer camp for a heath recuperation every year for the children who still live in Fukushima after the nuclear disaster in 2011.
There, TAKA introduces to the community the food that can detox and protect them from radiation. If you like, he can share what is really happening in Fukushima right now.
TAKA wishes to invite people to be part of his on-going activism by supporting him in a way you feel inspired to, by a free-will participation fee, which will be collected at the event. He currently has his philosophy on giftivism on his website, but it is in Japanese. Google translate does an OK job communicating his intentions. Please refer to the site as below.
What is giftivism? You can watch this video clip to get the idea if you like.
There will be a potluck gathering at a private house in Berkley on Saturday, 11/4 from 5-9pm. If you are interested, please check the details as below.
Takafumi Tomita is a peace and environmental activist, author, and practitioner of Japanese traditional handicrafts, healing and care, fermentation, and calendar. While based in Osaka, Japan, he has travelled all over Japan holding many workshops and events to share his knowledge and passion on many topics including natural and plant dyeing, miso making, relationship of our body and mind, and alternative calendars (lunar and the 13 moon calendar). He practices and shares plant dyeing, miso making and other traditional handicrafts as his core embodiment of peace activism to empower the community and build more local resilience.
You can see some of his products at here:
His website (only in Japanese)
I am so thrilled to inform you that there will be Bengala Dyeing Workshop at a Community Market in Sebastopol on 11/7 from 10am! Bengala is a mud dye made of natural and sustainable material found in soil. Bengala dye is safe for the environment and for you. Also, no heat is necessary in the process, so children can enjoy dyeing as well. 😊
Takafumi Tomita (Taka), from Japan will lead this workshop! When Taka came to California last year, I had the privilege to hold his class about the lunar calendar which is a Japanese traditional calendar at my house in Scotts Valley. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to relearn the cycle of the moon & the earth. Now he is coming back again, and is willing to share the knowledge of Mud Dyeing to the local community! This will be a very rare chance to learn about the natural dyeing and his philosophy about nature and beyond. I hope many people can come to his workshop. It will be an enlightenment experience!
On a warm Saturday afternoon, I was able to hold a Ramen workshop in a beautiful 3 story house in San Francisco. Thanks to David Cho, who I worked for his spring detox retreat as a chef. I was once again given a chance to share my passion for the healthy cooking to his dearest friends. David organized my Ramen Workshop for his special friend as a birthday gift.
The Ramen workshop was held at one of David's friends's house at Pacific Heights. When I arrived there, I was so impressed with the spectacular panoramic view of the bay. Since the house was located on the top of a hill, you could view the beautiful bay at each story, and the kitchen was so well equipped with everything. It was a dream kitchen for any chef! There, I met so many wonderful people, and it was so much fun cooking together! Also, It was such a great pleasure to share how to make my plant based Ramen broth and noodles.
While we were cooking, I was also able to share the importance of eating properly to keep the balance of our body. All the organic vegetables and grains grew resonating the flow of the universe. They received all kinds of energy from nature such as the sun, rain, and wind. So, they are packed with the information of the universe, I believe...
By eating them as whole, they transform into the blood, tissue and cells inside our body. As a result, we get more tuned, stabilized and much healthier. In olden times, many vegetables including herbs and grains were used as medicine. We still use them as home remedies to cure many symptoms. I met so many people who reversed their terminal illness.
According to the book called "The Cancer Prevention Diet" , the blood cells have a life span of 120 days, and the body is constantly making new blood cells. About 200 million new cells are created every minute, while an equal number of old cells are continuously destroyed. As a result, we think of today's "self" as very different from yesterday's "self", and tomorrow's "self. Our development does not stop when we reach physical maturity: our consciousness and judgement also change and develop during the entire period of life. You can find more info as below.
So, it is so wise to keep feeding good quality food all the way to the end. I witnessed so many miracles including my mom. I think that all those vegetables help us get tuned to the cycle of the cosmos, so your intuitions become more powerful... If you have a doubt, you can try to eat more organic vegetables & grains and avoid the food that contains food additives, pesticides, & chemicals for 120 days to develop healthy red blood cells, and see what happens.
If you would like to use gluten free noodles, I recommend Bgreen's Organic Millet Angel Hair Pasta. You can find it at Marina Food, or New Leaf store if you live in Bay area.
The below is some information that I share at Ramen's workshop.
Umeboshi vinegar is used widely in Japanese cooking as seasonings. It is quite salty, but it boasts a sour, fruity flavor. Besides their dramatic flavor, Japanese pickled plums have remarkable medicinal qualities. Their powerful acidity has a paradoxical alkalinizing effect on the body; neutralizing fatigue, stimulating digestion, and promoting the elimination of toxins. The Far Eastern equivalent to aspirin and apple, they also act as a potent hangover remedy. The oldest Japanese record of pickled plums being used as a medicine is in a medical text written around one thousand years ago. Umeboshi were used to prevent fatigue, purify water, rid the body of toxins, and cure specific diseases such as dysentery, typhoid, and food poisoning. In 1968, a component in Umeboshi was found to have germidical effects on the tuberculosis bacteria.
Daikon radishes have been used in traditional Japanese and Macrobiotic cooking to heal the body and to help it discharge fat, excess fluids and old animal foods lingering in the intestines. This “really big radish” has huge amounts of digestive enzymes which help the body easily deal with fats and proteins. Also used as a diuretic and decongestant, daikon can help ease the work of the kidneys by discharging more water and fluid retention.