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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2018/06/24-07/07 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.

2018/05/12 Carmel bike ride

I carried my bike to Carmel and planned to ride bike on 17 miles drive from Carmel gate. But it starts steep hill and many cars passing, I changed my mind to  ride bike ocean view road. I enjoyed nice ocean view and found very nice message.

Ocean view


I tried new menu @Flaherty’s Fried Clam sandwich.

Fried clam sandwich


2018/04/28 The Art of Sushi Class for vegetarian

I taught The Art of Sushi class for vegetarian today. Since the customer is vegetarian, I made special sushi menu for vegetarian.

– Miso soup with kelp soup stock, turnip, green onion

– Inari sushi with dried mushroom, carrot and sesame

– Hand wrap sushi with cucumber, avocado and pickled plum paste, fermented soy bean

– Green vegetable with sesame sauce

vegetarian sushi

vegetarian sushi

2018/04/21 The Art of Sushi Class for Birthday Celebration

I taught The Art of Sushi Class as a Birthday Celebration gift for her grandson. For my surprising, the birthday boy does not eat vegetables & fruits!

It was a challenge class for me since my main goal is healthy cooking from vegetable garden to kitchen. I discuss with his mother and decided to teach regular sushi class with miso soup & green vegetable dish with sesame. He cooked very well all dishes and he enjoyed all dishes too! Actually that was my hope if he could taste it little bit green vegetable dish, I am so glad that even he liked it. Also he tasted cucumber & miso soup too.

The Art of Sushi Class

The Art of Sushi

2018/03/04 Spring Vegetable Garden

I rode bike to vegetable garden today since I like to ride bike in cold season. It took me about 20 minutes ride, it is good exercise.

Spring Vegetable Garden

I made Pea tempura, it was so yum!




Norabou/Japanese green leafy vegetable



Green Onion



2018/02/18 Hot Soba Noodle Class for Pescetarian

I taught Hot soba noodle class for Pescetarian. I harvested Trefoil, green onion, daikon radish with leave, green pea from garden and brought chayote squash for tempura which I harvested last summer. I brought “Wasabi salt” for tempura and customers liked it. Customer’s fiance is a chef/Californian & Mediterranean cuisine so both cooked so well.

Hot soba noodle with Trefoil, green onion, daikon leaves and tempura (onion & dried shrimp, chayote squash, green pea).

onion tempura with dried shrimp

with tempura

Cold soba noodle

2018/01/27 The Art of Sushi Class

I taught The Art of Sushi Class on Saturday. This class was a X’mas gift from customer’s sister which customer was looking for long time. I harvested Trefoil, green onion, small daikon which was already tasted by bugs…..

Menu is

-Hand wrap sushi with sashimi, green vegetable with sesame, and home made miso soup.

2018/01/20 Soba Noodle Soup Class

I taught Soba Noodle soup class and I had request for vegetarian version. I already explained that soba noodle soup made from dried bonito flakes and they understood it is not perfectly vegetarian dish.

I brought Trefoil, green onion, Japanese pumpkin, Chayote squash and green leafy vegetable(Fudansou) from my garden.

They made soba noodle with Trefoil, green onion and green leafy vegetable. Also they made onion, Japanese pumpkin, Chayote squash tempura. Especially his wife really enjoyed lots of fresh vegetables from my garden. Also I brought “Wasabi Salt” which I just bought from Japan in December and she liked it too.

Soba Noodle class