For people stressed or intimidated by fitness culture

Illustrations by Kaki Okumura

In the United States, I’m often bombarded with images and ads of fitness culture. Athleisure is the craze, and it seems that the majority of people are members of gyms like Anytime Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness, or LA Fitness. Any decent hotel or typical college campus has free access to…

Three life-changing lessons on exercise

Illustrations by Kaki Okumura

From a young age in American public schools, as early as elementary school, my health teachers would talk about how exercise was good for building strong bones, making my lungs stronger, and preventing heart disease.

I didn’t think much of it at the time but reflecting on it, it’s such…

What you write today, can help someone years later

For those of you who aren’t familiar, actually started as a journaling and writing exercise website. I loved writing, believed in its therapy, and how it could help individuals become not just less stressed, but also more creative and happier people.

Over time, that’s evolved as I felt that…

It’s not the ingredients necessarily, but the principles which form the foundation

Japanese food is harmony food

Quite literally.

“Japanese food” in Japanese is read as washoku (和食), with wa (和) meaning harmony, and shoku (食) meaning food. In fact, the kanji 「和」 is often interchangeably used to mean “harmony” or “Japanese”.

The kanji character for Japanese was actually first「倭」, read phonetically as “wa”, but this kanji…

A lesson on how to meet the healthiest version of yourself

Illustrations by Kaki Okumura

It was 2019 and I was logging in over 12000 steps on average a month. At my highest, I was hitting a daily average of 14,426 steps per day.

I wouldn’t have spent that time any other way

Illustrations by Kaki Okumura

I opened my phone to see that my message to my friend on Messenger wasn’t sending. Thinking it was a little strange, I tried to send it from my laptop but was met with a screen telling me that something was wrong.

A quick Google search and I learned that…

and why I think the awful dialogue made the series better

Images by Netflix.

I was scrolling through Netflix when the title came up: Squid Game.

Some of my friends were already raving about it in our group chat, and my sisters had been asking me if I had watched it yet. Like many others, I was curious about this Korean series which had…

Using mindfulness to be better about the content we pay attention to

Illustrations by Kaki Okumura

We were visiting my grandma at her house, a rundown and old house, where the floors are tatami, the doors and walls are wood, the only air conditioning is a big fan, and there is no wifi.

Yet that didn’t stop my siblings and I from pulling out our phones…

True sustainability begins with the Japanese craftsmen’s 400 year mentality

Illustrations by Kaki Okumura

I was visiting a temple in Kyoto, a place called Kiyomizu-dera, when I overheard one of the tour guides share with his group, “This building is over 400 years old, but the structure doesn’t use a single nail! …

Lessons from the spirit of the Japanese bento box

Illustrations by Kaki Okumura

When I think about food as love, nothing encapsulates the feeling better than the Japanese bento box. Carefully planned, crafted, and put together, it is a common way for parents and partners to show their loved ones that they care.

Bento boxes, especially those homemade by Japanese housewives, are famous…

Kaki Okumura

Born in Dallas, raised in New York and Tokyo. I care about helping others learn to live a better, healthier life. My site: 🌱

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