Art & Design

Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine, with Mari Fujii

7 June 2016, London


While London is home to some excellent Japanese restaurants, there are still very few opportunities to try Japanese temple cuisine, shojin ryori. We are therefore particularly delighted to welcome Mari Fujii, author of The Enlightened Kitchen, for a special lecture demonstration in which she will prepare a selection of dishes inspired by this school of cooking, and share her insights into Japanese vegetarian cuisine.


Mari Fujii has made it her mission, for over thirty years, to teach shojin ryori both within Japan and overseas. This temple food is based on seasonal vegetables and staples such as grains and tofu. In her own cooking and teaching, Mari aims to convey her husband’s precept ‘cooking should be from the heart’ by always keeping in mind the person who is going to eat while she prepares food .


Joining us for a special lecture demonstration, Mari Fujii will touch on the principles of shojin ryori and show how to make some of her favourite dishes inspired by this style of cuisine, using locally available ingredients. She wants participants to come away with a selection of recipes to try at home, and an appreciation of the aesthetic and potential of this vegetarian cuisine.


Mari Fujii learned the secrets of shojin ryori from her husband who was a Buddhist monk and served as a temple cook at three different Zen temples. Together they established Zenmi-kai in Kamakura, where they taught temple cuisine. More recently Mari Fujii has frequently travelled overseas, teaching and cooking in many countries in Asia, North America and Europe and sharing her love of good food. She has published a number of books including Kokoro ni Yasashii shojin ryori (Take Shobo, 2002), Itadakimasu (Koseishuppansha, 2006), Kamakura Fushiki-an shojin recipes (Kawade Shoboshinsha, 2008) and, in English, The Enlightened Kitchen (Kodansha International, 2005).

The Japan Society is grateful to Sozai Cooking School and Atsuko Ikeda from Atsuko’s Kitchen for their help in arranging this event, and to Clearspring who have supplied ingredients for this demonstration.


To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email or submit the online booking form.


In association with:Atsuko's Kitchen, Clearspring


Admission: £20 per person

Priority booking for Japan Society members and their guests


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Booking deadline: Friday 3 June


Payment must be made in advance, by bank transfer, credit/debit card or cheque made payable to the Japan Society.

7 June 2016, 6.30pm

Sozai Cooking School, 5 Middlesex Street, London E1 7AA

Tel: 020 79335 0475

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