Japan Relief Fundraiser Round Two: Kansha and Washoku

In my on-going relief efforts for Japan, we began with a gorgeous piece of wearable art by a young Japanese artist, Hiiro Tomita. He adorned this New Era Cap with Irezumi-style art inspired by and for Japan.
In my continual state if optimism - I thought I could carry this out in one week increments. Life keeps trying to teach me. I'm learning. So the New Era Cap is still available for bids. I'm going to close that bidding on Wednesday May 11 at midnight.

Donations closed for round one: Congratulations to Nicholas out New Era Cap Winner - thanks to all for the generous donations. With your help we were able to contribute over $200 to Doctors without Borders.

Round Two

This week I'm thrilled to place two new items on the block. Elizabeth Andoh is one of the leading authorities on Japanese Cuisine. If you're unfamiliar with her work, take a look at her websites here, Washoku Cooking (you may access Kansha through that site too.) After spending some time with Elizabeth during her brief Boston tour, I can tell you she is inspiring and these books are gorgeous, the food delicious.


Kansha—appreciation—is an expression of gratitude for nature’s gifts and the efforts and ingenuity of those who transform nature’s bounty into marvelous food. The spirit of kansha, deeply rooted in Buddhist philosophy and practice, encourages all cooks to prepare nutritionally sound and aesthetically satisfying meals that avoid waste, conserve energy, and preserve our natural resources.

In these pages, with kansha as credo, Elizabeth Andoh offers more than 100 carefully crafted vegan recipes. She has culled classics from shōjin ryōri, or Buddhist temple cuisine (Creamy Sesame Pudding, Glazed Eel Look-Alike); gathered essentials of macrobiotic cooking (Toasted Hand-Pressed Brown Rice with Hijiki, Robust Miso); selected dishes rooted in history (Skillet-Scrambled Tofu with Leafy Greens, Pungent Pickles); and included inventive modern fare (Eggplant Sushi, Tōfu-Tōfu Burgers).


Elizabeth Andoh is recognized as the leading English-language authority on the subject. She shares her knowledge and passion for the food culture of Japan in WASHOKU, an authoritative, deeply personal tribute to one of the world's most distinctive culinary traditions. Andoh begins by setting forth the ethos of washoku (traditional Japanese food), exploring its nuanced approach to balancing flavor, applying technique, and considering aesthetics hand-in-hand with nutrition.





These TWO Books together are a must-have for any devotee of Japanese food and culture. The author has generously offered to personalize bookplates for the winner.

Donations will begin at $20. and multiples of $20 result in multiple chances to win. For example: $40 is two chances, $60 is three. Donations for round two will go to the Red Cross for Japan Disaster Relief.


See Elizabeth in this How2Heroes video demonstrating Pom Pom Sushi on her recent Boston visit.