Japan, the “Land of the Rising Sun,” is an island country in East Asia. Although it is a nation with rapid modern development, it has never lost touch with its traditional culture and heritage. The island is blessed with more than 3,000 mineral-rich onsens, fed directly from the 25,000 thermal springs bubbling beneath its unique geothermal archipelago. Furthermore, the ongoing volcanic activities provides continuous fuel for its numerous hot springs. These natural onsens, which are scenically beautiful and wonderfully warm enough for bathing, are also rich in minerals that are beneficial to the human body. For over a thousand years, hot springs have become an essential part of the Japanese way of living; namely, they provide a sanctuary for personal reflection, relaxation and healing.
Have you ever wondered how the healing benefit of hot springs was discovered? According to “Nihon Shoki” (“The Chronicles of Japan”), the 1,300-year-old annal of Japanese history and legend, a white heron was healed after dipping its injured leg into hot water gushing out of the rocks. Ever since then, people started bathing in the naturally heated spring water onsens for healing and relaxation.
“Bathing just once in this hot spring will clear your skin, and continued bathing will cure all of your aches and pains... people call it – the water of the gods.” This is a saying about Tamatsukuri Onsen written in 733 AD, as recorded in the “Izumo no Kuni Fudoki” (“Chronicle of the Land of Izumo”). This saying provides another insight into the importance of onsens and their value in the hearts of the Japanese people. This “water of the gods” in the myriad of Japanese onsens has for centuries soothed, healed and nurtured all who partook in its pleasures.
The spirit of generosity and hospitality of the Japanese people is perhaps best summarized by the motto of Hananoyu Inn, as featured in the animation movie “Okko’s Inn”: “Hananoyu Spring rejects no one. It welcomes and heals everyone!” We thank Japan for sharing this abundant blessing from Mother Nature with the world.
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Today, we will see how this great tasting vegan meatball recipe can be used to create other pasta dishes, Pasta in Vegan Pesto Sauce and Pasta in Vegan Alfredo Cream Sauce. We will first make the Vegan Pesto Sauce by using a blender. Let’s add these ingredients into the blender, 100 grams of basil leaves, 15 grams of roughly cut parsley, 30 grams of pine nuts which have been baked at 100°C for 30 minutes, and 100 grams of olive oil. Blend until all the ingredients have disintegrated and formed a paste. Transfer the Vegan Pesto Sauce into a container. Next, we will stir-fry the pre-boiled pasta with some vegetables and mushrooms, and enhance the flavor and taste of the dish with our Vegan Pesto Sauce. Transfer the cooked pasta onto a plate. Arrange the Vegan Omnipork Meatballs around the side of the pasta. Garnish with pieces of dried tomatoes. The mouthwatering and hearty Pasta in Pesto Sauce with Vegan Omnipork Meatballs is now ready.
The next dish we will be preparing is Pasta in Vegan Alfredo Cream Sauce served with Vegan Omnipork Meatballs. We will begin by first preparing the Vegan Alfredo Cream Sauce. We will use a blender to prepare the Vegan Alfredo Cream Sauce. Add these ingredients into the blender, 200 grams of pre-soaked cashew nuts, one cup of vegan whipped cream, and two cups of soy milk. Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy. The Vegan Alfredo Cream Sauce is now ready for use. Next, we will stir-fry the pre-cooked pasta with various mushrooms and vegetables and combine them with the Vegan Alfredo Cream Sauce. Transfer the cooked pasta onto a plate. Garnish with some shredded lemon peel for decoration as well as for added flavor. Arrange bite-size par-boiled broccoli and Vegan Omnipork Meatballs around the pasta. Finally, garnish with some fresh green herbs. Our deliciously rich, savory, and creamy Pasta in Vegan Alfredo Cream Sauce served with Vegan Omnipork Meatballs is now ready.
Today, we are going to travel to Newark, New Jersey, and visit Darius Brown, the young generous designer and founder of Beaux & Paws. Darius has selflessly helped rescue hundreds of dogs by making bow ties, and donating them to animal shelters across the United States and in the United Kingdom. “Speech, comprehension and fine motor skills delay” is a disorder that affects children, causing a developmental delay of movement and posture. This leaves children with coordination substantially below that of others of the same age and intellectual levels. Teenager Darius Brown, diagnosed at the age of 2 with "motor skills delay,” has come to show the world that all children, regardless of their differences, may make an impression on the world. “When I was eight years old, my sister used to make hair bows and I would always want to follow my sister's footsteps until I realized when I was younger, I had a comprehension delay, and a fine motor skills delay. My mom came up with an amazing idea of me cutting the fabric to help with my motor skills delay, and then once I started to play around [with] the fabric, I made my own way of making bow ties.” “The vision I have for my organization is that I see my business expanding into an empire, and also hopefully having my own stores. And I also want to have my own adoption center.” “I have all the hope in the world for animals because I believe that all animals have a safe place to live and have a nice home.” Upon hearing of his beneficent actions, our Beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai: “Happily present the Shining World Compassion Award to Darius Brown, along with US$10,000 to chip in for this caring endeavor, with love and gratitude.” “It's a great honor to be receiving the Shining World Compassion Award from Supreme Master Ching Hai. This award is just amazing. It will also be benefiting me as the supplies for making the bow ties. It will also be saving thousands and thousands of dogs lives and other animals lives as well.”
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