2017/07/30 The Art of Sushi Class

I taught The Art of Sushi Class at customer’s house in Santa Cruz. Their house is located right next to Santa Cruz beach, and for my surprising, it was so cool over there around 60F.

This is her boyfriend’s birthday gift class since he loves sushi & fish. I harvested huge Japanese Cucumber, shiso leaf, turnip for this class. Japanese Cucumber is so fresh and crunchy!

Hand Wrap Sushi

2017/07/22 Pickled Plum

My friend gave me house grown Japanese plums. I made pickled plum in May.

After I harvested red shiso leaves, I soaked into pickled plum liquid to make them nice bright purple color.

I dried pickled plum under the sun for three days.


2017/07/02-07/14 Germany Trip

I traveled German Fairy Tale Route and Saxon Swiss mountains. I traveled Germany many times during X’mas market season, this is the first time traveled to Germany in Summer. Because I wanted to visit Saxon Swiss for mountain hike & I wanted to see Water Game @Wilhelmshuhe Castle Park.

2017/07/02 Hanau

I traveled to Hanau where Grimm brothers were born. I saw musical “Fisherman & his wife”, it was so much fun.

2017/07/03 Steinau

I traveled to Steinau where Grimm brothers spend their childhood. There is Grimm Brother’s Museum where they lived. My son picked me up at Hanau hotel and drove to his house in Gotha.

2017/07/04 Marburg

I traveled to Marburg where Grimm brothers studied Marburg university. I visited Elisabeth Church, Old Town Hall, Castle.

2017/07/05 Leipzig

I traveled to Leipzig first time and visited Stazi Museum, Contemporary History Museum, Cafe Baum where many musician visited, and had lunch @Auerbachs Keller which started in 1525. I saw Mephisto attraction during lunch.

2017/07/06-07/08 Saxon Swiss

I and my son took train to Kurort Rathen and stayed there for two nights, visited Bastei Bridge, climbed Rundweg mountain. We enjoyed mountain hike for three days.

2017/07/09 Kassel

We traveled to Kassel where Grimm brothers spent time for publishing many books. We saw Water Game attraction @Wilhelmshohe, World Heritage Castle park. I visited Grimm Welt, Grimm Platz.

2017/07/10 Documenta in Kassel

Luckily “Documenta” was held during our visit which will be held in every five years. We saw many modern art exhibits.

2017/07/11-07/13 Bremen

We traveled to Bremen where is famous place for “Musician in Bremen” fairy tale. We joined City Hall guided tour which is the world heritage, Bettcher Street, Schnoor Street, Paula Becker’s Museum.

2017/07/13 Worpswede

We traveled to Worpswede where Paula & Otto lived and started art work. This is artist historical village you can visit museums & you can see art works. We visited Paula Becker’s museum, The Barkenhoff, Zion’s Church, Paula’s grave.

2017/06/24 The Art of Sushi Class

I taught The Art of Sushi Class on June 24th at their place. One of them has vegetable texture issue and had request to change menu from green vegetable with sesame to something else. I thought if he does like leafy vegetable texture I could change to Japanese pumpkin dish. So I substitute Japanese Pumpkin dish and he liked it! It was challenge for me, but I am glad it worked out well. I brought Japanese cucumber & Turnip & Green Onion from my garden. I just picked, they are super fresh.

2017/06/04 Summer Vegetable Garden

Summer vegetable garden, finally vegetables started to grow after chilly Spring. I am so happy all vegetables growing so well and I am so grateful I could keep cooking these vegetables for my daily dishes.

Chayote Squash growing so well.

Japanese pumpkin growing well too.

Red Shiso leaf is volunteer growing from last year. 

Cabbage sharing with bugs


Japanese Cucumber

Fava Bean

Japanese Eggplant


Black Soy Bean









2017/05/29 Mission Trail Park

I hike Mission Trail Park in Carmel which is small ocean side town. I like this trail which leads to Carmel Mission.


2017/05/21 Pickled Plum

I had lunch with my friend and she gave me lot’s of house grown Japanese Plums total 8kg!

I made pickled plum. I am so happy she gave me Japanese plums since I bring lunch box everyday to work and I put a JP pickled plum everyday. I almost consuming my pickled plum stock.

2017/05/07 Filoli Garden

I joined University Alumni luncheon @Filoli Garden, this is the first time visit for me. We enjoyed nice weather, beautiful garden and updates from Alumni friends during luncheon at Cafe.



2017/03/04 The Art of Sushi Class

I taught The Art of Sushi Class at student’s house. They are pretty healthy diet conscious and very knowledgeable for healthy eating. So I shared my healthy diet concept and vegetable garden pictures.

I am so glad that they understood Japanese healthy cooking concept, and Japanese home style cooking is pretty simple and easy too.

I also shared my experience when I traveled to Germany since his mom is a German. It was very fun class and I really enjoyed teaching them healthy diet and healthy life style.

Today’s Menu: Hand Wrap Brown Rice Sushi, Green vegetable with sesame, Miso soup

2017/02/11 Japanese Rice Bowl Class

I taught Japanese Rice Bowl class today at student’s house. They have nice spacey kitchen.

Today’s menu is Japanese Brown Rice Bowl & Miso Soup

I explained how to cook tasty sushi rice and how to make miso soup stock. I harvested Turnips & Green Onion & Trefoil from vegetable garden this morning and used for Miso soup ingredients. They are amazed and distinguished home made miso flavor.

Rice Bowl & Miso Soup