Where Delicious Food Cheers You Up

We hope to enjoy life together in our town.
Cooking House
Office: Fuda 1 chome 21-9, Chofu city, Tokyo JAPAN
International: 81-424-84-4103
Domestic: 0424-84-4103
Home page: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/cookinghouse/1/
email: cookinghouse@asahi-net.email.ne.jp 

<Idea and History of Cooking House>

Representative of Cooking House Ms. Sachiko Matsuura    Sachiko Matsuura

Places Where Mental Illness People Come to Relax, Refresh and Regain Courage to Live

With or without mental illness, let's live together with smile on our face.

  Anyone, everyone once in awhile, has a day or two in their lives, when they feel sick and 
tired physically and/or mentally. When that happens, you may want to have a place where 
you can rest and refresh without any pressure. Or you may want someone who accepts you 
as you are and tell you that you are loved and cared. It also helps if there are programs to 
regain your self-confidence and find your own possibilities in life, so that you will have 
courage to live.

  Established in 1987, "Cooking House" has tried to realize these dreams for the people 
with mental illness. For the sake of living not lonely for them, we opened a gathering place 
where they can come to have fun of cooking and eating together while mixing with one 
another. The Japanese psychiatric healthcare at the time was focused solely on 
institutionalized care and was far behind what was required. For them to have community 
life just like everyone else, it was/is necessary such places that they can be supported to 
have a rest and to step up their ability for communication.

  "Cooking House" is a small space, but has made steady progress to help the people with 
mental illness open their mind and regain self-confidence. In a supportive environment, 
cooking together and enjoying meals and chat, they were getting gradually open minded and 
cheerful. By supporting them like these, there have been fewer cases of recurrences.

  In 1992, when Cooking House was five years old, "Brown Rice Restaurant" was opened to 
increase the opportunity for them to participate in the community life. As it has served 
safe, healthy and delicious food it helped us gain favorable reputation. People call it a "
Fantastic Restaurant" where they can have mental consultation as well as good food.

  In 1997, we opened the third place as a branch of Cooking House. Cooking House became 
to something very special and important for a number of mentally illness people and their 
families, where they can gather and mix with others with similar experiences. 

  There are still a large number of people with mental illness in this country who are 
isolated from the community and having an uncomfortable life. Cooking House has become a 
hope for them. It has been considered as a good example of founding such places for them.

  To commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of Cooking House, on December 14, 2002, we 
had a concert called "We Are Not Alone". Until that time our members wrote their own 
songs and recorded them on CD to express their happiness. It is important in itself for them 
to live a positive life, and it also helps improve the recognition for them in the society.

  Fifteen years ago, Cooking House begun in a small room, and ever since Cooking House 
has been transmitting the culture of welfare to the public. 
Now it is time for us to communicate in the world.

Leading Ideas of Cooking House

1.Place where a member can be oneself free of worries

2.Activities in which each member feels useful to others

3.Place to create the new culture of welfare from the minority view point

4.Place open to citizen exchange

1987 Cooking House founded
1990 Received grants from Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Chofu Municipal Office
1992 Brown Rice Restaurant opened
1995 Cooking House the Second opened
1996 Received grants for the Second from Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Chofu
  Municipal Office.
1997 The tenth anniversary
  Published books " Fantastic Restaurant" 
1998 Cooking House the Third opened
  Received grants for the Third from Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Chofu 
  Municipal Office
  Received Kiwanis Award
2000 Exhibition "Painting Make Life Happier" held
2002 The fifteenth anniversary
  Published books "Sequel Fantastic Restaurant" 
  Published books with music CD "We are not alone" 
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Three Places of Cooking House and Activities

Fantastic Tearoom (The First Cooking House)
tearoom_cookinghouse's bird's-eye view   

 Open: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday except Wednesday
Cake of the day with a drink-\480.
Japanese cake of the day with a drink-\480

> Word Processing work
> Cleaning work in a nearby park (Monday morning)
> Handicraft workshop (Wednesday and Thursday)
> SST (Social Skills Training) (1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday)
> Tea time (Everyday)

Brown Rice Restaurant (The Second Cooking House)

Restaurant : 
Open: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Lunch) 
  2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Tea)
  Monday through Friday

Lunch set of the day-\1,000.
Handmade cake-\200 (Very popular, Sold out soon!)
Meal delivery service available

> Meeting (Every day)
> SST (Social Skills Training-2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday)
> Chinese style relaxation
> Cooking Band Music Time (Tuesday)
> Workshops of Natural Vegetable Dying and Homemade Foods

Cooking Star (The Third Cooking House)



Open: Tuesday through Saturday 12 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
> Evening dinner-\500―(everyday)
> SST (Social Skills Training
  -6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday)
> Family Social Skills Training course
  -once a month
> Meeting where everything is discussed
  -6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday

Monthly Programs:
> Kimiko Method Painting 
  -2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday
> Clubhouse Study-2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

> Music workshop
> Working support
> Psychodrama
> Consultation room
> Open House for visitors
> Open Lectures on Psychiatric Welfare
> Cherry Blossom Viewing, Christmas Party, 
  New Year's Day Party, Bazaar
> Excursion, travelling, sports, etc.

Consultation for citizens
  1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 

1)Every supporting member receives a bimonthly newsletter titled "Greetings from Cooking 
House", and is invited to have a complimentary Healthy Cake Set at Cooking House.
2)Supporting membership annual fees:
Regular membership---\5,000.-
Associate membership---\3,000.-
Please contact us by email.

*FUSIGINA RESUTORAN (Fantastic Restaurant)-we want to live in this town with people  
  with mental illness, by MATSUURA Sachiko, Kyoikushiryo Shuppankai, \1,575.
*IKUTSUNI NATTEMO YUMEO EGAKITAI (How Old you are, You can Paint Dreams), by 
  MATSUURA Sachiko, Kyoikushiryo Shuppankai, \1,890.
  Report from Cooking House, edited and published by Cooking House, \1,000.

*OISIINE kara YUME to KIBO ga HIROGATTA (Our Dream and Hope were Grown from 
  Cooking and Meal)-Activities at Cooking House, 40 minutes on VHS format, \3,000.

HEINAYO//KIMIWA HITORIBOCCHIJA NAI (Don't Cry//You Are Not Alone), \3,800.

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