Cooking Webinar : Beat the Heat with Winter Melon

Presented by Momiji / JSS 

Wed. July 24, 2024, 3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT (Japanese)

The second online seminar (via Zoom) of July 2024 is cooking class! This time, we’ll be exploring the deliciousness of winter melon. *Held in Japanese-only

What is this session about?

Despite its name, winter melon is actually in season during the summer. Because the skin of winter melon is fine-grained and does not lose moisture easily, it can be stored for a long time if it is not cut, which is why it is called winter melon. Vitamin C and potassium in winter melon have beauty benefits and prevent swelling. It is also high in water and easy to digest, making it an ideal food for recovering from illness in the summer. Since it contains little salt and fat, it is suitable for people with nephritis, diabetes, and high blood pressure. It might not be a very popular ingredient, but we promise you’ll be amazed by its deliciousness, benefits, and the wide range of cooking methods. Tomoko Takinami will present four dishes using winter melon.

1st item: winter melon salad

All you have to do is cut it and mix it. It’s easy to make without using heat, and you get all the nutrition from the winter melon.

2nd item: winter melon and chicken stir-fried with sesame miso

It has a melt-in-your-mouth texture and is incredibly delicious. By combining it with meat, you can also increase the protein content.

3rd item: winter melon mixed with vinegar

This vinegared salad is perfect for summer. It’s good when your appetite is reduced due to the heat.

4th item: winter melon compote and agar dessert

Winter melon can be used as a dessert! It’s cool and refreshing. Please enjoy it with your favorite fruit.

Instructor:  Tomoko Takinami (JSS Hot Lunch program volunteer lead)

How to Attend

Anyone interested can attend but pre-registration required. Click the registration button below, and fill and submit it by two days before the session date (Mon, Jul 22). If you have difficulty using online registration system, feel free to contact the hosting agency.

(Registration Form will open from the button above)

Those who registered, will receive an invitation email with the Zoom link and ID/Passcode, by a day before the session date from the hosting organizations. Check your junk box if you can’t find it in your inbox – Email us if you don’t see it anywhere.


1. Auto-email (to confirm what you filled) right after registration

You will receive a confirmation email from the system right after you “Submit” your form (this receipt does not contain the Zoom URL). Make sure to type correct email of yours. If you don’t see it, check your junk folder first, then contact JSS / Momiji.

2. Your Zoom display name should be recognizable to the host

Upon joining, please display your name on Zoom in ways we recognize that you registered. For example, instead of using nicknames or initials, include your first and/or last (e.g. Hanako Y, H. Yamada, Hanako Yamada) . We may not be able to allow you to enter for security purposes if we can’t recognize your name. We’ll show you how to change the display name 5 minutes before the session start.

※Contact JSS/Momiji if you don’t know how to change your Zoom display name.


  • Momiji Health Care Society(Chikage):416-261-6683 x.244 /
  • Japanese Social Services (JSS) (Rumiko):416-385-9200 /

Zoom – First Time?

If this is the first time you are trying out Zoom, we are more than happy to help you out with downloading and using Zoom, while connecting with you via phone. Please contact us as soon as possible, to book your practice session. *Availability may be limited depending on the number of requests.

**Please note that we most likely can’t help you connecting Zoom on the day of the seminar due to limited staffing. We encourage you to book us for the separate practice prior to the seminar date.

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