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Evert time I go back Kyoto, I sit in an old tea house next of Imamiya-shrine,

have fresh baked sweets, Aburi-mochi.


Tiny rice cakes are threaded onto bamboo skewers, dusted with soyabean flour, baked over charcoal fire, served with sweet white miso sauce. All are done by auntie’s hands.

Take a sip of tea, recall the first visit here, girls laughing voice. I was a junior high school student.


This tea shop is far old, established over a thousand years ago. The current tea house was built about 300 years ago. No change. Still alive.


Aunties bake them every every day, piece by piece, serve in fresh baked.


I taste it, the taste of this moment in long long period of time with gratitude.

















I am with my friend in a dried food wholesale shop, asking lots of questions.

Pick up a pack from a soup ingredients shelf and ask again. ‘How do you think?’

‘Yes. It’s good idea, because you teach yoga, speak a lot!’



The pack contains dried fruits and nuts,


‘Moisten lungs tea with Heaven flower’s fruits’.


Wow! That attract me,

me a Chinese Traditional Medicine beginner.


Having cooked according her instruction,

I got Amrita – nectar from heaven.



Rinse white nuts – Sweet almonds in hot water. Rinse other ingredients – Snow pears, Tangerines, Honey dates, Figs in water. Cut figs into half.

Heat 1 liter water in a pot. I use thermal cooker. When water is warmed, add all the ingredients. Boil it in high fire then lower heat to simmer for another 45 mins.

Pour over strainer. Separate liquid and others. Keep fig and dates.


Drink with hot water, or soda and ice cubes.

Or mix with Agar. Make jelly with figs and dates.


Sweetness from heaven soak our throat, lungs and our words.








袋にはドライフルーツとナッツ。ラベルには「天花果 潤肺茶」














End of year I used to go grandma’s house to make Mochi for New Year.

Aunties, uncles, nieces and nephews together steamed rice. Pounded, balled it up.

Grandma gave us fresh mochi-ball with red bean paste. It was soft and sweet.


Can I make that with my favorite bean curd?


Bean curd mochi

Place 150g bean curd, 3 Tbs Tapioca flour and some sweet such as sugar, maple syrup in small pan. Mix completely like smooth paste with hand blender.

Heat tha pan over medium flame. Keep stirring by spatula until it become sticky.

Off the flame. Keep stirring for a while. Pour into glass cups. Leave them till cool down. Keep in fridge.

Serve with some sweetness such as red bean paste, soya bean powder with sugar or ice cream.

Enjoy healthy sweetness!















When I go yoga practice tour, feel tired eating out everyday,

need my comfort food in the room.

My luggage is occupied by commissariat, Japanese traditional dried food.

Soup stocks, dried veggies, seaweeds, buckwheat noodle,

Germinated & roasted brown rice.


Germinated & roasted brown rice

roast rice.jpgLet brown rice germinates.

Rinse it. Drain water well.

Pour rice and some salt into pan. (NOT non-stick pan)

Heat over middle flame.

Keep staring about 8-10 mins

until it become brown and popping gets lesser.

Already edible as snack or salads topping.

roasted rice.jpg

Germinated & roasted brown rice ‘porridge’

Keep rice and water in fridge for several hours. It’s already soft.

Pour in small pot with or without fresh veggie.

Cook until veggies are ready.


Germinated rice is cooked much quicker and sweeter. More life energy.

Good sleep and food are very important for keep going, right?












炒り発芽玄米 粥






Having been living in hot climate, my table was changed.

Love ceramic dishes with its warmness in Japan.

Love glass dishes with its coolness in tropical country.


Glass dishes are my regulars.

They have nice shape, have lids. Rarely need plastic wrap.

They are transparent. Can be found easily in fridge.

Fruits, sweets, salad.  Cool soup. All I love are in them.

Breakfast yogurt with chia seeds, which is prepared in previous night,

goes to table straight away.


Transparency. Straightforward. Love them!












‘No need to compare with others. See your own.’ I shouted.

‘I just wanted to see others to know whether I did same.’ She murmured.

‘We no need to be same. Do our best.’


Wow! Colorful carrots! Red, Orange, Yellow and Purple.

I saw in the market, couldn’t resist to buy all colors.

Let’s cook in same way. See the difference.


I cooked them into glace carrot, soup, salad, pickles. Together and individual.

Red is softer, good in thick size. Orange is stronger carrot taste.

Yellow is lighter and obedience. Purple is harder but sweeter in thin slice.

They are similar but different. Not good or bad. Just different.

They all are lovely sweet.


We all are colorful, aren’t we?


Purple is better to be cooked individually, otherwise all becomes in purple.


Life is experiment. Try and see what’s happening.

Try again and see again. Analyze the result. Change the method. Try again.

Keep going on.


I read an article ‘Baked yogurt’. Sounds interesting.

After experiments, it turned out solid curd, taste like low fat cheese.

Sometimes a bit soft, sometimes solid.

Sometimes a bit sour, sometimes not at all.

Keep going on! Enjoy the process.


Baked Yogurt

Set coffee filter on its strainer. Pour yogurt into it. Keep it in fridge over night.


Yogurt gets thicker. The liquid comes out.

The liquid is whey protein, which has highly nutrition.

Drink it. Fresh taste. Or use as face lotion.

Squeeze the filter. Pour thick yogurt into shallow tray.

Heat oven 170 celsius. Bake 30 min.

Don’t shake, otherwise it will not become solid.

Remove from oven. Leave it until cool down. it becomes solid.


IMG_6675Eat fresh like cheese

or fry like Panir.

Not satisfied? Then try again.


Special thanks to Ms. Conamonn.

Busy morning, I prepare lunch box.

How to fill this space? I need one more ingredients. Poke my head into the fridge.

Oh! Nearly every time.

chick pea

Love beans. But my digestion system doesn’t allow to have a lot.

Love fresh food. Wanna cook beans in small amount.

Food jar jumps into my view. Ok. I find a way.


Soak beans over night.

Pour boiling water in a food jar. Tight the lid. Warm up the jar.

Put beans, salt and water in a small pot.

Let it boil up. Add spice, herbs if you like.

Drain the jar. Pour the ingredients. Tight the lid again and wait.


Fresh cooked beans are awaiting as a small treats. Relax. Have coffee?


Snap snap snap

Break off cauliflower into small clusters.

Just washed. No cooked. But mixed with seasonings.


Crunch crunch crunch.

No worry about calories. Be good as its Vitamin C and immune strength.

Easy peasy. Freshy healthy. Enjoy!


In photo white and romanesco cauliflower with sesame powder and sauce (bottom)


IMG_5768‘That one looks not attractive, but is sweet.’

She points a black thing on a market shelf.



It looks black, but is a purple carrot.

Peel the skin. Purple inside appears.

Purple color comes from Anthocyanin,

which is antioxidant.

Just slice and add in salad.

Crunchy sweetness entertains cheerfully.

Cook into cream or soup.

Smooth sweetness comforts gently.


Be young in body. Be calm in mind.

IMG_5747Why not?

*Why not?

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Confusing pose Marichyasana open twist, is one step before full Marichyasana 1
Twisting pose with one knee bent & upright. Twist towards straight leg side.
間違え易いポーズ マリチヤサナオープン ツイスト、マリチヤサナ1フルポーズの一段階手前。

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Twisting pose with one knee bent & upright, another knee in Lotus. Twist towards bend knee side.
間違え易いポーズ マリチヤサナ 4

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間違え易いポーズ マリチヤサナ3

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Forward extension pose with one knee bent & upright, another knee in Lotus
間違え易いポーズ マリチヤサナ 2

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Forward extension pose with one knee bent & upright
間違え易いポーズ マリチヤサナ1

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