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.
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
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
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"
House", and is invited to have a complimentary Healthy Cake Set at Cooking House.