How My Japanese Heritage Influences My Wellness Routine


Courtesy of Candice Kumai

Candice Kumai is a model turned chef and wellness writer—not to mention a five-time best-selling author. She's also a regular judge on Iron Chef America and Beat Bobby Flay. Suffice to say, girl knows her wellness stuff. Candice lives in New York City, and we're thrilled to have her on board as a contributor for THE/THIRTY. She'll be sharing her favourite recipes, mindfulness tips, and more. This month, she shares how her Japanese heritage has shaped her wellness routine.

My Japanese mother taught me about ki yo tsukete, which translates to "take great care and pay attention." She is, to me, the most resilient, bright, and beautiful sensei in life. She is a Japanese language and cultural teacher in the U.S. and was born in Kyūshū, Japan. Being mindful, resilient, and graceful is the most beautiful thing I've learned from Mum. She is as real as they come and is everything she has taught me.

Mum showed me how to be graceful and resilient—she did not tell me. When you are confident, authentically you, and radiant on the inside, everyone will be attracted to you. Being Japanese-American is the perfect balance to be inspired and to create more inspiration based on heritage to share with others. I learn so much from my ancestors, and it is imperative to share that with the world. I am a bridge, a messenger, and an educator, but above all things, I will forever be a student. I feel honored to share these time-tested traditions with you.

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