What is Soshoku? = Healthy Japanese Cooking

Soshoku (Example) by Wikipedia

Soshoku = Plain (simple) Diet

Since the Kamakura era (1185-1333) in Japan, the word Soshoku(素食) has come to mean “frugal meal” in the Zen temple. A Sample menu is “One soup with one side dish and rice.”

Over time, Soshoku became the general home diet in Japan and led to the establishment as of the traditional Japanese diet.

Now we need to prevent getting diseases associated with the eating habit of western culture. Japanese Soshoku(素食) is recognized as the balanced healthier diet and will help to prevent lifestyle diseases.

Because Soshoku(素食) is low-fat and high-fiber diet which will help followings;

–         To take out the bodily waste, to enhance good blood circulation

–         To enhance the weight loss, to prevent the over weight

–         To lower the blood-sugar level

–         To lower the cholesterol level

–         To lower the blood pressure

–         To lower the level of neutral fat

Original Sample “Soshoku” menu looks like this

One soup/One side dish/cup of rice


Motoko learned that healthy homemade diet is the basic for healthy life from her mother in the course of nature when she grew up with her mother’s healthy homemade diet in Tokyo, Japan.

Certified Food Protection Manager,

Author, Healthy “Soshoku” Cook Book

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2018/10/20 The Art of Sushi Class

I taught The Art of Sushi class today as a birthday present from husband to his wife who likes Japanese cuisine. I harvested Komatsuna, Trefoil and Green onion from garden. I brought home made miso paste which is 5 years old.

They really enjoyed home style Japanese cooking.

2018/09/22 The Art of Sushi Class

I taught The Art of Sushi class as a birthday gift to customer’s husband who loves Japanese cuisine.

This is surprise gift and he did not know I was coming so he was surprised!

They have lovely three children and especially the youngest daughter was a little princess in their family and she was so cute.

He loves Sashimi but customer does not, so she requested to learn Sushi Roll with avocado & shiso. She and boys loved it.

2018/09/22 Kusama Infinity

I taught cooking class at lunch time and watch documentary film “Kusama Infinity” in the evening.

This documentary film is Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s life story. Her life is so impressive and I was moved so much.

If you are interested in, this film is still showing in San Francisco.


Yayoi Kusama in 1965 at the Orez Gallery in The Hague, as seen in the film “Kusama — Infinity.”CreditCreditHarrie Verstappen/Magnolia Pictures

2018/9/16 “Pope Francis” movie

I watched “Pope Francis” movie with my son today in Monterey and I was so impressed.

We enjoyed nice lunch after movie.

Clam Chowder, Hot Crab Sandwich, Seafood Paella


2018/09/09 “A Whale of A Tale” documentary film

I watched “A Whale of A Tale” documentary film in San Francisco. This film is all about whale fishing in small Japanese town called Taichi in Wakayama which is the traditional way of living in this region. Now Taichi is well known as dolphin hunting practice after “The Cove” documentary film screened in 2009.

I felt the heart beat when I saw the paint on the next building below.



2018/08/26 Vegetables from garden

Of course vegetables grow different every year due to weather & other factors.

This year, vegetables grow so well especially tomatoes & Japanese pumpkins.

Besides these vegetables below,


I harvested many Chayote & Japanese pumpkins today.

JP Pumpkin & Chayote

Busy cooking & eating garden vegetables every day now.



2018/08/18 The Art of Sushi Class

I taught The Art of Sushi class to who love real food from scratch. Fortunately I harvested all vegetables from garden this morning such as shiso, Japanese cucumber, turnips, fudansou, green onion, they are super fresh.

vegetables from garden

They are young couple and husband grew up home made healthy foods, so he knows real foods taste.

Hand wrap sushi

Especially they enjoyed fresh sashimi & Japanese cucumber which is crunchy & tasty.

He asked me “what you are eating everyday?”, then I think about what I am eating and answered “Most likely I am eating vegetables from my garden everyday, because I grew so many vegetables in my garden.”

This is summer garden

summer garden

I grow variety of tomatoes, shiso leaf/green & red, chayote, Japanese pumpkin, rhubarb, turnip, mizuna, okura, banana pepper, green pepper, trefoil, green onion, eggplant Gretel, Japanese eggplant, fudansou, black soy bean, stalk broccoli, Japanese bell pepper. Harvested last weekends.





2018/06/24-07/07 Sweden, Switzerland, Germany Trip

I traveled to Sweden, Switzerland and Germany for two weeks.

2018/06/24-06/26 Stockholm, Sweden

I stayed at my friend’s place and she took me to Milles Garden, Nobel Museum and City Hall.

2018/06/26-06/28 Lausanne

I flew to Zurich and to Geneva and took train to Lausanne. I met my son at the hotel and rode bike to Lavaux Terraced Vinyard which is UNESCO world heritage.

2018/06/29 Jungfraujoch

We stayed at Wengen and took train to Jungfraujoch/The top of Europe on 6/29 and walked on snow glacier.


2018/06/30 Wengen

We hiked from Mt. Mannlichen down to Wengen.


2018/07/01 Interlaken

We took train to Interlaken and stayed one day.

2018/07/02-07/03 Munchen

We took train to Bern and rode bus to Munchen. I stayed my son’s apartment and we visited Tollwood Summer Festival.

We really enjoyed international cuisine, music and unique shops.

2018/07/04 Regensburg

Since my son returned to work, I took train to Regensburg and explorer old town, UNESCO world heritage and rode boat to The Walhalla  

2018/07/05 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

I took train to Garmisch-partenkirchen, rode train & cable car to Zugspitze/The top of Germany. Took train to Kreuzeck Alpspitzbahn and rode cable car to Hochalm, and hike to Kreuzeck.

2018/07/06 Stuttgart

I took train to Stuttgart and visited Mercedes Benz Museum. I joined dinner with my son and his friend at 100 years old local restaurant and enjoyed Swabian cuisine.


2018/06/10 Vegetable Garden

I rode bike to vegetable garden since it was nice and cool this morning.

Vegetable Garden

I planted these tomato plant

Belize Pink Heart

Belize Pink Heart

Happy Zebra

Happy Zebra


Pineapple tomato

I seeded these tomato, still small since we had cold spring this year.

Wild Bore tomato

Wild Bore

Bosnian tomato

Bosnian tomato

Cherry tomato

Cherry tomato

Runner bean

Runner bean

Green shiso, voluntarily grown

Green shiso

Chayote already climb up fence


Red shiso

Red shiso









Sweet Banana pepper

Sweet Banana

JP Pepper

JP pepper

JP pumpkin

JP pumpkin



Kyoto Eggplant

Kyoto eggplant

JP long eggplant

JP long eggplant



JP Cucumber

JP Cucumber

JP bell pepper

JP Bell pepper

Black Soy bean

Black soy bean



Green onion

Green onion



It is really fun to see all vegetables are growing well and I just remember that my mom told me “I like vegetables because they are not complain”









2018/06/09 The Art of Sushi Class

I taught The Art of Sushi class today and the customer would like to know how to cook sushi rice and how to cut sashimi from whole fish.

I cooked brown sushi rice and brought for class, and showed her how to cook sushi rice at her house. But how to cut sashimi part is not so easy to show. I could only bought sashimi block and showed her how to cut sashimi. Since make sashimi block from whole fish require special knife and technique, it will be whole another cooking class to teach how to cut sashimi.