Winter Kaiseki: A Celebration of Yin
Kaiseki is a traditional Japanese seasonal meal, served in the first part of a tea gathering. It’s poetically seasoned, and served to celebrate special occasions. These seasonal foods are uniquely arranged and presented on dishes that summon the Spirit of the Season.
Husking rice, a child squints up to view the moon. ~ Basho
The Winter Kaiseki at BIOM was a celebration of the completion of the Reclaiming The Yin cycle, which seven of us began last December, in 2013.
We met every month on the second Thursday for two-and-one-half hours. Our intention and objective was to become aware of, and progressively more aware of, what was happening around us ‘energetically’ as each season of the year came, expressed itself and went away.
Each season was looked at and experienced through three focal points: Yin-Yang thinking, diet and nutrition and Chi Kung exercise:
1. Yin-Yang Theme
Winter is YIN ...
Winter solitude ~
in a world of one color
the sound of wind ~ basho
The first session of each season began with a theme-based presentation illustrating and explaining the energetic dynamics of the Season, and what to be aware of regarding personal health. Everyone took this information and insight home with them, and was asked to spend the time leading up to the next session exploring, understanding and reflecting on what had been experienced and understood.
One month later, at the next meeting, everyone had the opportunity to talk about and highlight how their experiences corresponded to the previous session’s theme. This sharing was engaging and eye-opening; a wonderful exchange of multiple-intelligence observations reported back back to the group with pictures, stories, plants and flowers, and the satisfaction that comes from connecting with universal truth in a simple, day-by-day sort of way.
2. Healthy Eating ~ The Five Element Way
The second session of each season focused on Healthy Eating: The Five Element Way when we talked about what kinds of food supported the organs that were the energetic focus of the body during that season.
3. Chi Kung For Health
The third session of each season featured a set of Chi Kung exercises that also supported the organs that were the energetic focus of the body during that season.
We did this for 12 sessions, covering the span of one year; then we celebrated our accomplishment with a Kaiseki meal.
• Celery Root Miso Soup
• Oolong Tea
• Tofu Dumplings with Soy-Ginger Dipping Sauce
• Duck seasoned with Sake
• Spinach and Fuyu Persimmon with Sesame
• Aduki Beans with Kabocha Squash
• Mountain and Sea Tray — Crab Cakes and Figs with Miso Sauce
• Rice with Gomasio
• Pu-Erh Tea
• Fuyu Persimmon with Meyer lemon juice and zest
... and remember ... each next breath is cause of Great Celebration ... especially noticeable in this Yin Time~Yuletide Season ...
Kitty & Michael