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!
We are sorry to inform you that we will be canceling the one day retreat tomorrow, due to a neighborhood blackout that was caused by a tree falling down. Yufuko will be back in August, so we hope we can plan another retreat in fall. Once the date is decided, we will inform you more details. Thank you.
I am happy to inform you that I am going to hold a one day retreat at my house in Scotts Valley this coming Sunday on May 19th from 10 am - 3 pm together with my dear friend, Yufuko at my house!
Yufuko, a teacher (sensei) of Japanese tea ceremony, an incredible pottery artist, and an instructor of yoga will lead us to a beautiful class of gentle yoga (breath, stretch, and relax for all levels), Chabana (Japanese flower arrangement for tea), and Japanese tea ceremony. Yufuko, creator of No Gate Tea in Berkely is now based in Nara Prefecture Japan to deepen her quest of pottery. She will guide us to the new world of silence to connect with our true self through all the classes she offers.
And I will prepare a healing cuisine for lunch to rejuvenate your liver, and gallbladder which connect with the season of spring according to traditional Chinese medicine. Also, while you are having lunch, I will talk about how to take care of these organs.
Here's the schedule of the retreat.
Date: May 19th, Sunday, one day after the full moon
10:00 Welcome drink - Home Remedy Soup to rejuvenate your liver & gallbladder
10:15 Breathing - Introduction to the Respiratory System
10:15-12:15 Gentle Yoga for all levels
12:30-13:30 Healing cuisine lunch (mini-talk for how to take care of your lever & gallbladder)
13:30-14:00 Meditation Walking
14:00-14:15 Chabana - Japanese flower arrangement for tea
(We will use the wildflowers found in the forest during the meditation walking.
Yufuko will bring her beautiful hand-made ceramic vases for us to use for chabana)
14:15-15:00 Japanese tea ceremony
（I will prepare healthy Japanese sweets that go well with Japanese authentic Matcha tea)
Where： private house in the midst of the redwood trees
( I will inform you the address once I receive your reservation!)
I am sure you will find Yufuko's every class profound and give you a new perspective on your daily life. And, I will prepare the meal to balance out your energy. We have limited space for 8 people, so RSVP to Shinobeau@iCloud.com if you are interested.
The photos below are from the autumn retreat we collaborated together last year.
Here's the information about Chabana.
Chabana is neither too informal, nor overly designed, but arranged with the nature of the flower in mind. Like tea, what matters most is the mind in which your arrangements stem from. When you are resting in a calm and balanced space, the arrangement of flowers for tea will reflect these qualities and inspire them in others. It is an art like any other, requiring frequent practice. And like any art to be mastered, freedom stems from the form, meaning more repetition and input in the beginning until you slowly step out of the way and let the creative process naturally work through you. It becomes less of you arranging the flowers and more of letting them arrange your state of being, as they do in Nature...
Japanese lunch box catering service to the Japanese community on a Happy Mother's Day💕 I prepared these lunch boxes thinking about my mother in Hiroshima, Japan. 🙏
It took almost 2 days for just making the preps. I hope everyone enjoyed the food.
♡ Kenchin vegetable soup
♡ lotus root & oatmeal balls
♡ potato salad with home-made chickpea mayonnaise
♡ beet salad together with beets stem and leaf prepared respectively
♡ gluten-free spring roll of bamboo shoots & vegetables
♡ squid ink style pasta using Hijiki & Nori (seaweeds)
♡ garland chrysanthemum leaves dressed with tofu and tahini paste
♡ daikon rice using 2 whole daikon radishes accompanied with boiled green top
♡ sweet azuki bean paste & Matcha mousse with fresh strawberry sauce
I used Kuzu root starch for thickening Matcha mousse. Kuzu is one of the essential ingredients of macrobiotic cooking and traditional Chinese medicine. It improves the entire body maintaining in a well-balanced manner. It has been used for more than thousands of years in Asia. Since it is not synthetically made such as any other drugs, there are no side effects, and it is safe, effective for everyone. Here are some amazing medicinal benefits of Kuzu.
- Purifying the blood - promoting excretion of waste in the blood and improving the quality of blood cells (red blood cells, white blood cells, etc.)
- Promoting blood circulation - smoothing blood circulation helps to enhance the function of general organs, increasing the metabolism
- Improving the immune function - improving the immune cell generation for making body tissue flexible, softening and strengthening blood vessels, muscles, ligaments, joints, etc.
- Stabilizing autonomic nervous system - enhancing endocrine function - the hormones secreted from endocrine glands are well-balanced
- Improving digestive function such as the stomach, intestines, pancreas, gallbladder, etc.
- Stabilizing the blood sugar - an increase of pancreatic activity to regulate sugar metabolism, so high blood sugar drops, and low blood sugar rises.
- Enhancing the liver function - liver, one of the essential organs with the largest size and ability of the human body responsible for over 500 duties, help to enhance blood quality together with functions of whole-body organs.
- Improving the functions of the kidneys - eliminating waste products and other harmful substances from the body to the outside.
- Enhancing the functions of the adrenal glands - Improving the allergies and autoimmune diseases, and help to prevent infections and cancer
- Improving cardiovascular function - strengthening blood vessels and heart tissue by regulating blood quality and circulation.
- Natural pain relief - the pain will be alleviated by sending oxygen while the flow of blood was promoted, and it will help to eliminate stagnant degradation components in the bloodstream.
Please join us for the special event on Saturday, 5/4 at 4:30-7:30 pm at a private house in Scotts Valley! Beautiful LIVE music will be performed by Izumi & Doug in the midst of tall redwood trees♬ The fee is $40 including dinner and one drink!
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.
Doug McKeehan, a first call jazz pianist in the San Francisco Bay Area, will be performing with Izumi! Here's the info. about Doug.
The dinner starts at around 5 pm before music. I will serve you 100% plant-based healthy Indian food including Japanese style of curry! I will make everything from scratch using local organic vegetables! You can check out the blog to see our previous concert which was held a few years ago.
If you have time, 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 fresh air of the mountain! The exact venue will be informed after receiving your reservation.
As of today, The reservation for this event is full now. Thank you so much for having an interest in attending our spring jazz night. We are planning to hold an another jazz & dinner session in the summer again. Hope many of you can join us. Thank you! (5/3, 2019)
I worked as a holistic chef for David Cho's spring yoga retreat at Hidden Villa in Los Altos last weekend. This is my 3rd year in a row, and it has been always a great learning experience for me.
This beautiful retreat center has a wonderful commercial kitchen that any chef ever has dreamed of. There are huge 6 gas stove tops and 2 large ovens, a huge flat-top grill, and an entire table of cutting board. On top of that, there is another fully equipped gas stove and a sink in the corner just for the vegan use... I still remember when I first had set foot in the kitchen, I was totally speechless. So excited and thankful for giving me the opportunity of being a conductor of this lovely kitchen. I felt like I got wings that I could do anything. And it was true. We were able to create so many magic on the plates.
Since it was a spring detox retreat, I used a lot of vegetables and grains that help to detox and nourish the body. According to TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), Spring corresponds with liver and gallbladder. The liver is one of the most critical organs which plays like the role of a chemical refinery plant for the body. All the toxic food including food additives, pesticide residue, and unwasted oil we happen to eat daily get detoxified by our liver so our purified blood can circulate in the body.
When spring comes, our liver and gallbladder are at full blast because all the fat that stored in the winter to protect from the cold is no longer needed, so our life force energy tries to get rid of it just like we no longer need our coats and boots. So, we are ready for the warm season. With upward energy of spring, our organs inside of the body start to prepare for the summer.
Our mother earth prepares the perfect spring vegetables such as leafy greens, broccoli, leeks, arugula, bok choy, beets that help to nourish our liver and gallbladder. So, I use them all to create the food for the hungry yogis. I also used a lot of naturally fermented food such as chickpea miso, homemade amazake, soy source to promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria for improving immune function as well as digestive and heart health.
I also prepared the pile of sliced oranges every morning. The taste of sour associate with spring according to TCM. Those citric & amino acids in the fruits help to support the liver function. So, I used a lot of sour condiments such as organic apple cider vinegar and Umesu for the salad dressings.
Our eyes and tendons/muscles are connected by the meridian of the liver. Hence, if you have eye problems such as dry eyes or blurry vision, or muscles problem such as having a cramp in the middle of the night could be a sign of stagnation of your liver. So, if you have any sign on the above, it is time to take good care of your liver. Eat lots of spring vegetables, and avoid oily food until all the symptoms are gone.
If you could skip dinner, that would be even better! It is said that about 80% of your enzyme in your body is used up for digesting of the food you eat, and only 20% is used for restoring your health on a daily basis. But if you go on fasting, 100% of your enzyme is used for restoring and detoxification for your body. In the natural kingdom, wounded animals usually go on fasting so they get healed faster. Children under 7 also still have natural instincts to protect themselves. So, when they get sick, they usually lose appetite which is a natural way of healing. When we get older, many of us tend to lose or weaken our instincts somehow. If you get sick or not feeling well next time, try to skip the dinner or eat a small amount and see how you feel the next morning. A lot of my friends told me that they felt much better and see their skin more clear even though it was painful for them to sleep their stomach growing so hard...
Thank you, David Cho, for trusting me to cook meals for your precious yoga family members! Thank you all the yogis who ate all my creations with a big smile! And last but not at least, thank you Nao, Rieko and Seiya who assist me all the way through to complete the mission. I love you all!
I catered Japanese sweets - traditional sticky rice cakes called BOTAMOCHI to the Japanese community in Scotts Valley & San Jose.
Today is the first day of the spring equinox week. It is a seasonal week-long event in Japan. Spring equinox is the day when the length of day and night become almost equal. It means that the energy of Yin & Yang reaches the highest point of the year. It is the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. As it is a turning point of the season, our lives are also going to shift accordingly.
During the week of HARU-HIGAN (the spring equinox week), we have the custom to visit our ancestor's grave and offer BOTAMOCHI and flowers. It is a week to respect and honor all our ancestors who paved our ways and celebrate all the livings together.
Since I currently live in California, I can not physically visit our ancestors' graves in Japan. However, I have my sacred space in my house where I can pray every morning and night just to thank and celebrate the ancestors, friends, family and mother earth.
Also, cooking is another form of prayer for me, so the kitchen is one of my favorite places to be. I think while you are doing something you love and enjoy, you have the moments of connecting to the power of something great. For me, it is cooking. While I cook, I forget everything, and so often lose track of time.
So many people are saying that the flow is changing dramatically in so many ways from this year forward. And I have to admit that I see the sign everywhere even my small world. But, I believe as long as I eat good quality of food, my compass inside of me will not blur and lead me to the journey where I want to go. It is simple but so true... The food guide your destiny! I hope everyone has a great week of the spring equinox. Eat well and chew well!
I made 100% plant-based, gluten-free Japanese lunch boxes to celebrate women's lunar new year last weekends. Here's the menu of the lunch box.
- Root vegetable chowder
- Stuffed cabbage roll with sweet vegetable soup
- Azuki and pumpkin stew
- Steamed broccoli salad with roasted sesame seeds
- Red cabbage salad
- Kiriboshi daikon (dried radish)
- potato salad with hand made chickpea mayo
- Sautéed spiral Konjac with savory soy sauce
- Steamed half polished brown rice with lotus seeds (colored by beets juice & Umesu)
Here's the info. about Umesu → https://wanowa.weebly.com/alternative-medicine/umesu-eliminator-for-toxin
- Sake kasu cheesecake (sake kasu is the lees left over from the refining process of Sake production. it is probiotic, and highly nutritious and has robust, aromatic flavor. )
I made the steamed rice with lotus seeds. Lotus seeds have been used as an herbal medicine since ancient times. They contain vitamins, calcium, potassium, and fibers. They are a stabilizer for your nervous system, female balance hormones to help menstrual disorders or menopausal disorders, slowing down the aging process, managing diabetes and many other symptoms.
It is very simple to cook lotus seeds. You can prewash them first, and soak them in the cold water for 6-8 hours prior to the cooking. Then, you can cook together with rice. I try to eat them a few times a month. They have a nutty, sweet flavor and very delicious. I buy them at a store called Heartland organic natural food in San Jose, but you can buy any local Chinese market about $10 or so.
Here's the information that I buy my lotus seed if you are interested.
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