Yoga at Horseshoe Bend, AZ 2019

Hey there! I’m Junko!

I’m from Japan. I was born in Nagoya and then moved to Utsunomiya, Tochigi for my career. I have lived in Ohio, USA, for 3 years since the summer of 2018. I moved here with my husband and two beautiful daughters. My favorite things in life are traveling (domestically and internationally), exploring other cultures, casual chats with friends, and practicing yoga.

This site is a place for me to  share Japanese culture with fresh, flavorful, (mostly) healthy recipes and unique, interesting, but sometimes misunderstood manners and etiquette in Japan.  The recipes are what I love to cook and eat in my actual, everyday life as a Japanese person. I think that fancy recipes are available on many other sites, so I will focus on everyday recipes on my website. Likewise, I want to share the Japanese cultural manners and language! I will share the phrases that Japanese people are actually using every day. It perhaps is not going to be suitable for business or formal situations, but I’ll try to share with you what it’s like to have conversations in the regular daily lives of Japanese people. 

My goal of this website is to share with you the food and culture that will make you more excited to learn about Japan. Please share your thoughts with me because I absolutely LOVE seeing and knowing different views of the world. It will make my day if you become a member* so I can invite you to my place and in-person meetings!

*There are two types of memberships available. Please click here for the detail.



GOING DEEPER

Along with all the recipes, I also use this blog to share who I am as well as bits and pieces of my life and characteristic – from photos of my favorite trips, to reflections on life in the US, to life as a mom.

  • Travel: My first country to visit was Hawaii with my family. Since then, I’ve been traveling as much as possible. The countries I’ve been to so far are: China, Taiwang, Hong Kong, Korea, Indonesia, Australia, Cambodia, Italy, Poland, Czech, Peru, Bolivia, Canada, Mexico and the US (Main land, Alaska, Guam and Hawaii).  While we’re staying in the US, I’m trying to visit every state in the US with my family. So far, we have visited 26 states. Oh my gosh, I absolutely love to travel around the nation! You already have “the world” in the US. It’s very interesting to see different vibes, food and people in each state. 
  • Blog:  I’ve been blogging on my Japanese website, “じゅんころのおいしいって幸せ” which is written only in Japanese. I usually get 300 views everyday, and most of  my readers are mothers living in the Tochigi area. It always makes me happy to hear from a reader that she/he knew me before being friends here in the US. Please take a look at my life since 2008 if interested.
  • Motherhood: In December 2012, we welcomed our first baby girl, Kaho. In November 2014, we happily expanded our family with our second girl, Waka. We named our daughters with the same meaning, “Moving forward beautifully,” by using Kanji characters. I’ve written a lot about them and my experiences with motherhood, which you can take a look at many of my videos and blog posts. Any questions about parenting are welcome!

 

PUBLIC RELATIONS JOB

I’m an only child. My parents spoiled me so much in my childhood that I don’t remember if I’ve ever been yelled at by my dad or my mom. So… yes, I was so spoiled that I thought I could do anything I wanted to do. However, I finally realized the world outside of my hometown when I got a job in public relations and started to live alone. 

There was a senior coworker, Ms.N. She was a leader of my group and my boss. She was pretty frustrated by how rude I was even though I was not skilled at that time. Regardless, she tried to mentor me in my PR role. When I reflect back on it, she was very strict but I remember I still felt like she cared deeply for me. She taught me a myriad of business manners, as well as how to manage the tasks effectively and productively. Thanks to her strict but mindful coaching, I grew up so fast that I was in charge of large projects after just a few years, and I truly loved the job. 

My PR job was all about planning and creativity. I would not say this field is easy but if you like to plan events and try new things, you definitely would like the job! As a result of my experience in PR, I became more creative and open to new opportunities.

 

MOVING INTO THE US

Now, I’m in the US.  I had to quit the job that I loved and give up my career so I could move to the US with my family. Not all the things were good, but I had to be positive for my little ones. Everything was new to me. Sometimes I felt stressed and lonely, but it has always been fun to see a whole new world and meet new people. I started the group “Japanese Food and Yoga Lovers” on the Meetup app right after moving into the US to make friends. It became a great success. I’ve hosted around 200 events in two and half years, and it was an easy feat because I was just enjoying planning, meeting new members, and socializing. The number of members in the group grew to over 400. Then, suddenly the Covid-19 pandemic started in the US and we just had to stop “meeting up”. This has all led to the beginning of this web page. So here I go! I just created another page of my life now! 

As I grew the group on the Meetup app, I decided to detail my journey publicly as somewhat of an “experiment.” The way in which you all make friends with a similar way of thinking, similar hobbies and similar experiences is AMAZING. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, what kind of background you have, how you look like, or how old you are. The similarities shared goes beyond all those differences. One of my dreams is hosting a worldwide event and offering an opportunity to gather the people from all over the world with similar ideas.

What I can do on this website is sharing easy-to-understand videos about Japanese culture, cooking, language, and yoga practice. I’d love to make an active community forum, like live monthly events where you can submit your questions and discuss the topics with others. In that way, you can find and connect with new friends (not only with me). I’m planning to hold some special events with regular members in the near future, maybe when  Covid-19 is over. If you’re interested in learning more or becoming a supporting member, please CLICK HERE.  Let’s keep in touch!!

Shichigosan Celebration 2019
Oregano is one of my favorites! It’s super powerful for fighting any kind of virus!! You can use it for babies as well as grownups by diluting with carrier oils.

As A doTERRA Advocate

If you’re interested in doTERRA Essential Oils, please reach me out for questions or any concern.  You can also visit my website.

You’ll be surprised how much you can do with their essential oils.

Diffusing, Cooking, Taking as a medicine/a supplement, Making cosmetic lotions, etc, completely naturally and healthily.