①Thinking about food in the New Year
Inquiries : Kenko Zukuri-gakari (Health Promotion Section), Naka Ward Office
Tel: 224-8332 Fax: 224-8157
The joys of Japan’s food culture - Ceremonial food served on special occasions
In Japan, people eat ceremonial food to celebrate special occasions and life events at certain times of the year. These dishes are served in the hope of bringing happiness and good health to the family.
“Jinjitsu,” one of the five seasonal festivals under the old lunar calendar, is celebrated on January 7. On this day, people eat Nanakusa Gayu, a type of rice porridge seasoned with seven kinds of spring herbs, in the hope of enjoying good health over the coming year.
Recipe for Nanakusa Gayu
Ingredients (serves 4 people)
Nanakusa (seven kinds of spring herbs): 1 pack (alternatively, you can also use vegetables you have at home)
Rice: 1 cup
Water: Approx. 5 times the amount of rice (for rice cookers with a rice porridge setting, please adjust according to the scale indicated on the rice cooker pot)
1. Wash the herbs well, boil briefly in water that has come to the boil, and finely chop.
2. Add the washed rice and water into the rice cooker pot.
3. Turn on the rice cooker.
*If your rice cooker has a rice porridge setting, set it to “Rice porridge” mode and push the start button.
4. Once the rice is cooked, leave it to steam for around 10 minutes and then mix in the herbs you prepared in step 1. Your Nanakusa Gayu is now ready to enjoy!
(If in doubt, please make sure to read your rice cooker instruction manual before attempting to make this dish.)
Kagami Biraki is a traditional Japanese ceremony which is performed after the first seven days of the New Year (or fifteen days in some places). During this ceremony, a pair of decorated rice cakes called Kagami Mochi is removed from the family altar and broken into small pieces and eaten in a soup containing vegetables (O-zoni) or sweet red beans (O-shiruko) in the hope of bringing happiness and good health to the family. In the Kanto region, people often hold the Kagami Biraki ceremony on January 11.
Food education luncheon mat now available!
This luncheon mat provides a fun way for you to learn about how much of certain things you should eat in a day, how to properly set the table and serve meals, etc. Please use it to improve awareness of food education in your household.
Let’s eat vegetables grown right here in Yokohama!
There are many reasons why you should buy locally-grown vegetables. For example, they are fresh and delicious, and you can enjoy a variety of seasonal produce. What is more, you also have the added peace of mind of knowing exactly who grows the vegetables that end up on your plate.
Did you know that Yokohama City Hall holds a farmers’ market, where you can buy a variety of local produce?
Place: Multipurpose Space, 2nd floor of Yokohama City Hall
Hours: From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. *Closes early in the event stock is sold out.
Days: Every Thursday *Excluding national holidays and the end of year/New Year holiday season
“Make sure to eat three proper meals a day”
There are many different organizations in Naka Ward working to promote food education.
Taking steps to prolong your healthy life expectancy
Health mates (dietary advisors)
Teruyo Tanaka, vice-chairperson
Keiko Shimamura, vice-chairperson
We hold a variety of health courses at regional care plazas and other places. Anyone is more than welcome to come along and join in!
<Make sure to eat three proper meals a day>
Please do not forget to eat three proper meals a day. These meals should consist of a main dish, such as a meat, fish or egg dish, served with plenty of vegetables. As part of this, you can also incorporate simple dishes that can be prepared in the microwave, etc., making use of canned foods, ready-made side dishes, cut vegetables, and dried foods.
“かんたんごはんde野菜をプラス！ (Increase Your Vegetable Intake with Simple Meals!)”
This is a collection of recipes for vegetable dishes made using cut vegetables, canned foods, food in retort pouches, etc.
You can obtain a copy by visiting Counter 401 on the 4th floor of Naka Ward Office Annex, or via the website.
Working to help resolve the worries of those raising children
Chief commissioned child welfare volunteers
In charge of Honmoku/Negishi Area
In charge of Area 3
Childcare salons and parent and child plazas are also places where you can consult with someone about your childrearing worries and exchange information with fellow guardians. So please feel free to come along and have fun!
<Make raising children an even more enjoyable experience by taking care to eat properly!>
Guardians tend to focus all of their attention on their children, but they also need to make sure to eat properly. In particular, when eating meals alone, some guardians just get by on sweet baked goods and coffee. If this applies to you, then you can eat a more balanced diet by adding vegetable juice or dairy products to your meal, or by eating rice balls with miso soup instead.
Having the best interests of children at heart
School nurse at a junior high school
School nurse, Yokohama Yoshida Junior High School
Junior high school students are entering a sensitive phase in their lives. Therefore, we provide them with a range of consultations relating to physical and emotional health, as well as personal advice on daily life, which includes diet.
<Working to provide food education which respects different cultures and lifestyles>
There are many children at our school with roots extending overseas, and these differences in culture and customs are also sometimes reflected in their diets. Also, there are some children from countries that do not have a custom of providing lunch boxes like in Japan. In such cases, we actively encourage their guardians to make use of shop-bought lunch boxes or the Hamaben lunch service, thereby reducing the burden on them and allowing us to provide them with advice to help safeguard the health of their children.
②Disaster prevention column
Inquiries : Shomu-gakari (General Affairs Section), Naka Ward Office
Tel: 224-8112 Fax: 224-8109
Learning from the Great Hanshin Earthquake
Let’s install a seismic circuit breaker!
The Great Hanshin Earthquake caused extensive damage, brought on by collapsing buildings and large fires. In addition to measures such as earthquake proofing and fireproofing homes, as well as installing fixtures to help prevent furniture from toppling over (L-shaped fixtures, tension rods, etc.), we also recommend installing a seismic circuit breaker.
Depending on where you live, you may be eligible for the city’s subsidization scheme for seismic circuit breakers.
Simple type (weight type)
In addition, there are a variety of other types available, including distribution board type and wall socket type.
Confirm your means of contact!
It is extremely important for you to be able to send and receive information during a disaster. Please talk with your family about how you will get in touch with each other in the event of an emergency.