In Japanese, MUISHIZEN combines Mui, meaning idleness and, Shizen, meaning nature. Together, they mean abandoning an artifice and just being oneself; doing nothing and taking things as they come. Lao Tzu, a famous Chinese Daoist philosopher, used these words to mean one should live naturally without wielding knowledge or greed.

source : Japanese Language Dictionary, Precision Edition.

In other words, one can say, “I want to be who I am, just as I am.”

With this in mind, I decided to name my home/studio MUISHIZEN.
MUISHIZEN is a place where you can both relax and have fun. Dogs are welcome too. Here you can experience not only the pleasure of eating Japanese food but also the joy of cooking Japanese food, and craft a unique memory of your trip to Japan.

about Your Host

I was an executive for a home appliance manufacturer for 38 years with a wide range of experience from food appliances to information technology systems. After I retired, I began hosting cooking classes at my home, hoping to share the art of creating and enjoying Japanese food with tourists and global travelers.

Although sushi and tempura are well known Japanese foods, there are many more home-cooked delicacies. I would love the opportunity to help you create and experience seasonal Japanese meals.

MUISHIZEN Host Michiko Arai