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.

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2019/03/17 Smoke Day

Finally I had time this weekend to replant which I seeded end of February.

I smoke vegetables, squid, chicken and salmon today. I enjoyed nice weather in backyard. When next door neighbor came back, he told me “Smells like camp fire!” and I replied “Yes, I smoke today!”

Celery Roots, Kohlrabi, Parsnips, Squid

2019/03/03 Miso making

I made miso today after few years break.

This is Miso 2019

Miso 2019

Will wait for one year fermentation to become tasty miso.

2019/03/02 Girl’s Day Dinner

I invited my friend to Girl’s Day Dinner since she brought me Hina Arare from Japan which is traditional snack for Girl’s Day celebration.

Girl’s Day dinner

Hina Arare

2019/02/23 The Art of Sushi Class

I taught The Art of Sushi class for young couple’s movie night. We celebrate Girl’s day in Japan to wish girl’s healthy happy life on March 3rd, displaying Hina Doll and serving ball sushi. So I included ball sushi in the menu. I harvested Trefoil, Komatsuna, Green onion from garden in the morning.

This is Hina Doll I made when my kids are little to play.

Hand made Hina Doll

This is my Hina Doll which my parents bought for me.

This is my mom’s Hina Doll which is antique about 86 years old.

The Art of Sushi with Ball Sushi

2019/02/17 Sowing Seeds

I joined Seeds class and sowed seeds today. Originally I plan to buy small greenhouse but changed my mind after today’s class.


2019/01/12 The Art of Sushi Class

I received booking request from customer as his girl friend’s birthday gift. They live in San Francisco so I drove up there, but this is really first time to drive up hill on cable car rail road and parked slope. I harvested Turnips, Komatsuna, Green Onion from garden in the morning and used for this class. They love sushi and also they really enjoyed super fresh vegetables too.

The art of sushi

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