Bonsai Yoko (葉子)

Welcome to our family!

We are pretty chuffed about this pretty new member of our family.
My boy named that Yoko (葉子. Yo葉 literally means leaf of plant) joyfully, because the name related the plant well.

So his idea might be sensible and clever, but for my husband and myself, this is so funny and not pleasant honestly especially for my husband because Yoko is hugely common name for Japanese ladies but not for any pet’s, hence that sounds like too much real human for us Japanese!

Anyway, that is not what I wanted to mention in this post.

Some people might have had know that Bonsai is really difficult work because trees in small vases are alive and real, so they need spot-on temperature, sun light and modest moistness for their surroundings.

I have two young children (cheeky monkeys) who still demand lots of my supports in the moment and also as another my child, my food business is still baby.
Why did I hail this little in my life at this timing?

My reason is quite simple, I have found synch between Japanese cooking and Bonsai using same philosophy.
Sounds crazy? Maybe yes, might be no.

Well, it’s really hard to explain enough my meaning, but let me try to say that they both have own worlds which express the beauty of nature world. In traditional and formal Japanese cuisine, we have to show the season of the moment for a proof of nature worship.
Our ancestors have believed that this spirits is the exact way of showing our respect to harvests from nature.

And in my humble opinion, feeding Bonsai has completely same philosophy to worship nature and create one small cosmic world on vases.

Sounds like I’m obsessed too much, but I hope my crazy raving could sound sensible for you.

Anyway, have you had good start of half term?
Hope you all have a restful but full of fun time.


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Japanese chef, Culinary artist