Hello! My name is Yuki, and welcome to my kitchen! This website is a place for me to express my love for whole foods transformed into the cuteness. The recipes and ideas you’ll find here are inspired by my plant-based way of eating, and my deep passion for animals, movies, animations, and video games.
In this website, you will never see any meat items, oil, and artificial chemical products. What you see here is real food which we should be eating daily instead of Big Mac (filled with E-coli), Subway sandwich (contains plastic chemical), or even food with shredded cheese (contains wood pulp!). Have you ever wondered why your kid’s birthday cake was decollated with so many layers of food coloring? It’s because you think it’s a good idea to celebrate a special day with a beautiful colored cake, and that’s perfectly understandable. Kids love colors and it looks impressive in a picture. But did you know that you are also looking at the very moment why your kid will end up having brain cancer and tumors in the future? You need to know all this especially if you are a parent! And I’m here to share how to create supercute food using only healthy products.
My food philosophy
The majority of people want to know “what I am”. – vegetarian, vegan, raw foodist, fruitarian, macrobiotic, I even once got asked if I’m Muslim! And guess what? I’m a person who likes to eat good food and the rest is all the choices I make.
I eat almost entirely organic food. My diet consists mainly (like, 99%) of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds. I probably eat an egg and cheese once every week, but I never buy cow milk. If you really must label me, I guess I’m a “vegetarian plus, almost vegan”. For more information about my food philosophy, please visit Mission page via the link.
3 reasons of Yukitchen
- Last year, my very good friend living across the street was diagnosed with brain cancer. First we both thought he just had a bad headache, but that was not the case. Watching someone of a same age looking weakening everyday, broke my heart everytime I saw him in a hospital bed. No one knows why he got cancer, but I know his lifestyle was no where close to healthy (eating junk food, not enough sleep, etc). It was also why I spent hours reading about his condition and the importance of healthy living. I don’t want anyone to suffer what my friend went through anymore, just because of our lack of education in health and nutrition. He is currently taking chemotherapy in Scandinavia and still fighting his cancer. We text each other often with the pictures of latest food we bake (we both love baking) ;).
- I’m a happy girl most of the time, but I did have my own moment when I lost my best friend and a family member at the same time. I had to fly back to my hometown for the funerals and that was around when I started to have a health problem. I was having trouble with eating and sleeping….well basically having trouble living. *..tears* Instead of popping pills my doctors prescribed, I decided to study nutritions myself. I discovered so many things that I believed needed to be public information. So I thought it was a good idea to start a blog sharing these things, but I noticed that there are a ton of amazing food blogs doing the same thing (doh!). So I decided to spice it up a bit with a hint of cuteness (and some geekness, too) and this has been nothing but -super- fun! Yukitchen was humbly started during the process of my recovery, my journey to health, and the amazing transformation that food can make in our lives.
- Please take a look at my other article here.
I was hesitating to start Yukitchen because I currently don’t have a home (!). I’ve been traveling ever since I left the states, and I’ve never really had my own kitchen or proper cooking items like most food bloggers do. Then I realized that I was just whining and being creative coming up with excuses why I shouldn’t pursue my passion. Just because I’m nomadic, doesn’t mean I can’t cook. Life is short. You can either make progress or excuses, and decisions are always up to you. *slap!*
My food art
Pandas and penguins, Rilakkuma and Chewbacca… My food art is inspired by my inner child’s soul, basically whatever I think is super cool. I get all the sources from watching movies and animations, visiting cuteoverload.com or daily newsletter from my geeky website subscriptions. My work is also highly inspired by the Japanese Kyaraben culture. Kyaraben is a type of Bento food decorated as characters like Micky Mouse or Hello Kitty. I dig this thing. It’s truly a heart-squeezing moment when you open a bento box and see a bunch of rice balls with bear faces. I’m here to increase the number of people who just can’t wait till lunch time.
Making food art without using food coloring, I admit it has been quite challenging. But with a little twist and ideas, you can actually make a great looking Kyaraben without poisoning your kids! I hope, I -really- hope, that mums around the world see my food art and realize this is the real food that they should be feeding their loved ones, instead of food with chemicals.
I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Machida and Hashimoto area to be exact. I was always curious in studying abroad and living in a foreign country once in my life time. So I thought by the time I finish school at UCSD, I would go back to Japan and settle, but my curiosity got even more greedier! After years of living in the states, I moved to Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing for several years. My passport is now full of Asian country stamps (looking forward to adding a lot more in the future!), and what I gained the most during my traveling are not only the languages, but also the creativity with a bottomless pit of interests. The wonderful thing about being a young traveler is the amount of the inspirational people you meet on a daily basis. They basically helped me to destroy the long-inherited Japanese belief that everyone-should-get-married-and-settle bullshit, and inspired me to keep challenging to a whole new world. If I didn’t get out of Japan, I would never even try to learn photography to take pictures of my food work. I would never spend all days and nights leaning about how to read HTML and make websites. I would probably be doing some nine-to-five job always looking forward to the weekends.
I’ve been restless most of my life, spending the majority of my youth dissatisfied, riding some sort of roller coaster they call life. I was always kind of a girl who wanted big tickets. -go on a trip to a tropical island, book a worldwide contract with Shiseido, buy a house with a fireplace, and list just keeps going on. But recently, I realized the kind of the life goals I wanted was not something I should only focus on. It’s -how- you get to the goals. A medicine man Ketut Liyer once said that heaven and hell are in the same place. “Same in end, so better to be happy in journey”.
After my realization, I calmed down a bit and came to appreciate the little things. And I think these are what this world makes it beautiful: finding sacred in the mundane.
I’m currently still traveling while making crazy food as a Yukitchen sous chef, writing articles of my travel as a journalist, selling these beautiful artworks as an art dealer, and pose for magazines and campaigns as a beauty model. And guess what? I’ll be adding two more things in this list soon. I’m so excited about this!
I’m currently looking for publishers, creative collaborations, sponsorship, and commissioned work. If you’re game, or just want to ask questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I’d love to hear from you.
A cookbook would be pretty cool 😉
Thank you so much again for visiting my happy place! I hope you enjoy the visit!