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October 6, 2018

My journey into exploring / spreading shojin ryori included this fantastic hands-on cooking class in the heart of Asakusa / Kappabashi yesterday with Chagohan Tokyo's Shojin Ryori Buddhist Cuisine class. Several years ago, I purchased the excellent shojin ryori cookbook お寺ご飯 (also translated...

January 22, 2018

Avital Sebbag is an certified natural therapist, specializing in nutrition and ancient Chinese medicine. A practitioner of the Kwan Um school of Zen, Avital’s stunning cookbook “Five Seasons in the Kitchen: Zen-Inspired Vegan Cooking” exudes exquisite harmony and utter simplicity t...

October 15, 2016

I've visited Kamakura a handful of times since arriving in Japan 10 months ago; a beautiful beach town with fantastic surfing, it's perhaps best-known for its stunning temples and enormous cast-bronze statue of Amida Buddha dating back to 1252. It's also fairly spread out, with many of its t...

April 14, 2016

Izumi Shoji, Japanese housewife and mother, is the hugely successful vegetarian blogger, author, and owner of the Izumi Shoji Cooking School in Tokyo. Izumi decided to become vegetarian after the birth of her daughter twenty-one years ago through a gradual transition to vegetarianism. Believ...

June 18, 2011

I was stationed in Japan for six months, and while there, I took four Japanese cooking classes. I purchased Kansha from Amazon Japan in December 2010, and enjoyed leafing through the many intriguing vegan recipes inspired by traditional Japanese Buddhism (because of my living arrangements in...

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