Asako Nonaka is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and completed her training in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Her passion for cooking healthy meals started with a personal choice to live a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition and diet.
Asako was born in Tokyo and used to be an employee in a Japanese company. With her busy and fast-paced schedule, she didn’t have time to cook her meals and eat healthily. With her unhealthy diet, she suffered from skin and stomach problem.
In 2012, her family with their 1-year-old son had to move to New York because of her husband’s assignment. Everything was new to her including adjusting to American food which is mostly fried, oily or too sweet. She had the dilemma to provide nutritious food to her son but didn’t know where to buy them.
She then decided to enroll at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, the largest nutrition school in the world. After taking the course, she became more conscious of what she eats and realized how food affects our body and our mood. She was able to cook traditional Japanese food while keeping it healthy and kid-friendly for her son. Her lifestyle changed and she noticed positive changes to her mind and body as well.
Asako conducted several cooking workshops in New York teaching traditional Japanese dishes like Sushi, Soba, and Japanese sweets. After 3 years in the US, her family moved back to Tokyo and she continued to pursue her passion for living a healthy lifestyle through food by offering cooking classes at her home.
Located in Tokyo, 7-minute walk from Shin-koenji Station of Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line. Travel time takes 10 minutes from Shinjuku station to Shin-Koenji station. A detailed map will be provided after signing up for the class.
Nearby attractions to her place:
Asako’s class is located in the area of Koenji, famous for alternative youth culture and has the most second-hand clothing stores in Tokyo. This area is also home to 12 temples and shrines as well as 3 parks around the area. Though it is not in the bustling area of Tokyo, it is also nice to walk around and explore small shops, restaurants, and bars around the area. Just 5 stops away via Tokyo Metro is Shinjuku, a major commercial area in Tokyo full of shopping malls and restaurants.