Japanese Cooking Blog with Asako Nonaka #1
Asako Nonaka ◆ March 21, 2015
Hi! My name is Asako. I’m a Japanese cooking instructor and a health coach. I have been holding several Japanese cooking workshops at RESOBOX since last year. Starting this month, I am going to write blogs about different Japanese foods and dishes.
I want to introduce myself briefly. I was born in Tokyo. I grew up there, went to university there, and worked there. I came to New York around 3 years ago due to my husband’s work. I have a son who is 4 years old. In Japan, I worked at a Japanese company which has no connection with food. But after my son started to eat baby food, I became very interested in food. I graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. After that, I launched my website “Asakology” to introduce Japanese cooking to non-Japanese people.
There are 2 reasons that I wanted to introduce Japanese food. The first is because I love Japanese food. The taste is simple but profound and I’m not tired of eating it everyday. Japanese dishes use a lot of seasonal vegetables and seaweed that are vitamin and mineral rich, and they use fermented seasoning (like soy sauce and miso) that is good for our digestion. It is said that Japan is a longevity country. I think one of the reasons for this longevity is the food. Japanese food is not only delicious but also healthy.
The second reason is because I want others to live their ideal lives. Everyone has a dream like “I want to be something” or “I want to do something”. In order to do that, we need a healthy body and mind. As you may hear these phrases “You are what you eat” and “A sound mind in a sound body,” what we eat and how we eat are very important. I don’t mean to say that others should eat Japanese food everyday. Japanese food is one of the most healthy foods in the world so I want you to enjoy finding healthy foods you like. I would be happy if I could help you eat healthy and have your ideal life with Japanese food.
I had a terrible diet until several years ago. I loved deep-fried foods, sweets, and meals containing a lot of additives. I had rough skin and I was not feeling well. After I changed my diet and lifestyle, I am in great shape. My mind has changed to being positive as well.
In this RESOBOX blog, I would like to introduce Japanese food culture and the recipes that are easy to cook. Let’s learn about Japan through Japanese food and be healthy together!