George Ohsawa (Nyoiti Sakurazawa)

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Yukikazu (Nyoiti) Sakurazawa (George Ohsawa was later his pseudonym in Europe) was one of the greatest path masters and benefactors of our time. Unfortunately, only very few people really understand it, because his teaching – just like that of Jesus – is a concentrate, and almost no one takes the trouble to dissolve this concentrate deeply enough.

Who is george ohsawa

Ohsawa was born into a family during the period of the Meiji Restoration whose father was descended from samurai. Ohsawa contacted Sagen Ishizuka (better known as the Sodium / Potassium Doctor) from the Japanese military doctor. They founded the Shoku-yo Kai (“Healing Through Eating”) movement. Ohsawa followed and studied the rules of life and nutrition of the movement from 1913 onwards with Nishibata Manabu, a student of Sagen Ishizuka, in Tokyo.

Ohsawa continued his studies in Europe (especially in France), but returned to Japan a few years later to set up a foundation. During World War II he formulated pacifist ideals and relocated his institution to a remote area in the mountains of Yamanashi Prefecture. After 1945, Ohsawa concentrated on spreading his teaching, which he called Macrobiotics or the Single Principle, in Europe and the USA and found many students there.

What does the name Ohsawa mean

After World War II, George Ohsawa visited Europe. At this time he also wrote under the names Musagendo Sakurazawa, Nyoiti Sakurazawa and Yukikazu Sakurazawa. During his time in France he used the French first name Georges. At this time he adopted his new name “Ohsawa”, after the French “ oh, ça va “ which means, “Oh, it’s fine”.

(My) an interpretation of the pseudonym Ohsawa:
O = large
Oh = the reinforcement of O
Sa = Sabi
Wa = Wabi

In this article more about the principle of Wabi Sabi .

I know another “secret interpretation”.
A koan that only the initiated can solve.

The written words and the spoken words must be observed – that’s why it is koan – a secret code:
Ca va – spoken sa wa = It’s okay. Oh, sa wa = Oh, everything is fine as it is. Everything is going as planned. According to the plan of order in the universe.

What is the resume of Yukikazu (Nyoiti) Sakurazawa

  • October 1893: Yukikazu Nyoiti Sakurazawa was born in Kyoto, Japan.
  • In 1902, his mother died at the age of 30. His father is leaving and he has to take care of his younger brother and sister.
  • 1908 He develops tuberculosis in the lungs and intestines. He suffers from many diseases.
  • 1912 By Dr. Sagan Ishizuka prescribed diet, he restores his health. He graduated from First Comercial High School in Kyoto. He got a job as a messenger at the TaKInami society in Kobe and attended the French school there.
  • 1914 He graduates from the French school but loses his job when the company goes out of business because of the start of the First World War. He gets a job as steward on the Manei Maru with the Wormth Steamship Co. England. He came to Europe for the first time during the First World War.
  • 1915 employed as a manager at the Nakagari trading company, Kobe.
  • In 1917, at the age of 24, he founded the Kumasawa trading company in Kobe as a branch of the Kumasawa company, a textile wholesaler. He is elected director. every other year he travels to Europe. With the publication of the magazine Yomogaeigi he starts a movement to reform the Japanese language.
  • 1920 He brings the first working radio receiver from France to Japan. By his own invention he surpasses existing film and photo cameras.
  • 1925 at the age of 31, the donors take control of the company. This incident leads him to the decision to go out of business. He moves to Tokyo and begins his life’s work by uniting the Macrobiotic Association (Shokuyo Kai and the Japanese Language Association Nippon-Romaji Association).
  • 1927 elected director of Shokuyo.
  • 1928 He holds the first macrobiotic summer camp in Hokkaido. He publishes five volumes of “Macrobiotic Treatise” and a biography of Sagen Ishizuka.
  • In 1929, without any financial support, he takes the Trans-Siberian Railway to Paris, and then publishes “The Single Principle” in French.
  • 1930 Although he leads a very poor life in Paris, he manages to study at both the Sorbonne and the Pasteur Institute. To support himself, he introduces the Asian arts to Europe, (France). He introduced the French to Ido (Far Eastern medicine), Kado (the flower path), acupuncture, AiKIdo, judo, and haiku for the first time. He publishes the flower book at Hippokrates-Verlag.
  • In 1935, at the age of 42, he returned to Japan and advised Generals S. Araki and Y. Lmori not to wage war against the Western powers. Otherwise you would lose this war!
  • 1939 He publishes a book called “How to Make Enemies in the West”, so that it provokes fierce opposition from the military and ultra-patriots. Under these conditions, he can no longer safely stay in Japan, and so he becomes a health advisor to the imperial family and other nobles in order to escape this threat from the nationalists. He publishes “A New Dietary Cure,” which is selling in the millions.
  • 1940 He founds the One Principle Institute in Ohtsu, Kyoto, where he teaches the One Principle instead of how to cure diseases.
  • 1941 He publishes “The Health Front of the World” with an edition of 100,000, a warning to the leaders of the Japanese government that they are destroying Japan and causing confusion similar to that of the French Revolution.
    He also predicts that they would be shot. Four years later, at the end of the war, his prophecy comes true. However, his warning is so strong that there is a serious risk of murder. He publishes the book “One who wins last and forever”, in which he prophesies that England will give up India – and Gandhi will be murdered – This prediction comes true five years later. His book How to Make Enemies in the West is confiscated by the government and 2,000 books are burned.
  • 1942-1944 He publishes other books. At this time, the pressure from the military government was growing daily. He was interrogated and tortured by the military police for six months. His health is seriously damaged.
  • 1944 In July he said again that Japan would be defeated. The following year, Japan surrenders. He sends telegrams to all the students on the front lines with the words: “You should eat carefully and be the last winners” with advice on how to behave in relation to nutrition. He publishes two anti-war and anti-military books. In November he tries to go to Moscow through Manchuria reach to To propose to Russia the role of mediator in World War II. On the way he is followed by the military police and forced to change his plan. However, he escapes captivity and returns to Japan to plan another attempt.
  • 1945 On January 25th, he is arrested in his hiding place and imprisoned under conditions in which the temperature drops to 20 ° C below zero. After three months of such treatment, he becomes extremely weak, loses 80% of his eyesight and almost dies. At the end of June he was suddenly released against the agreement not to bring the government to trial. At that time he wrote a book that encouraged people to lead a peaceful way of life, “The Unique Status of Happiness” (a book that moved me a lot, considering the time he wrote it).
    In July he tried a coup d’état with Generals Limori and Fujimori, but was arrested again at a secret meeting, incarcerated in Kofu and then transferred to Nagasaki prison. Kofu will be completely bombed out after its laying. Japan surrenders in August. In September, on the orders of General Mc Arthur, he was released shortly before his death sentence was carried out. In a letter, he wrote to General Mc Arthur and advised him to reduce the Japanese government’s military and secret police. The advice is being followed and those systems abolished. In October he published the book “Why Did Japan Fail?”
  • 1946 He begins seminars in Yokohama on the human biological and educational revolution.
  • 1948 Founds the Macrobiotic Study House (called Maison Ignoramus) in Hiyoshi, ToKIo. He publishes The Book of Judo in French.
  • 1949 He works for the world government movement in various cities. His world government movement is based on the idea that world peace is only possible when the individual is able to establish health and happiness in himself through biological and physiological improvement.
    (To live macrobiotically. In this context I would like to refer to the book NagasaKI 1945 by Dr. Akizuki, which shows why the people in this hospital in the middle of NagasaKI survived the atomic bombing …).
  • 1950-1953 He meets various well-known scientists and publishes numerous books.
  • 1953 He leaves Japan for India to teach macrobiotics to the world. He writes an open letter to Mao Tse Tung advising him from the macrobiotic standpoint, his health and Chinese politics.
  • 1955 In June he leaves India and goes to Africa by ship. He is coming to Lambarene, Belgian Congo on October 29th. He starts teaching black macrobiotics.
  • 1956 Since January 25th he has suffered from tropical ulcers, a disease that is almost always fatal. (See the book Cancer and Far Eastern Philosophy). This “heals” (reversing the degenerative course) in about ten days through the macrobiotic diet. He advises Dr. Albert Schweizer to accept the macrobiotic diet for his patients. Dr. Schweizer refuses, and then Ohsawa leaves Lambarene. On February 29th he reached Paris, where he had implanted the oriental culture 25 years earlier. He lectures on macrobiotics day and night in Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Italy and England. A “macrobiotic” factory (Lima) will soon be established in Belgium, and “macrobiotic” shops and restaurants will be opening all over Europe.
  • 1956-1959 He publishes various books and holds sesshins.
  • 1959 In December of that year he visits the USA for the first time.
    (The young people didn’t really understand his teaching, and this later became the hippie and make-love-not-war movement).
  • 1959-1963 He holds numerous summer camps and lectures across America and Europe with Japanese doctors.
  • 1963 On August 18, the Herold Tribune delivers its prediction that John F. Kennedy would face great danger. That prophecy comes true in November with the death of President Kennedy.
  • 1964 Together with his students, he succeeds in an experiment with atomic transmutation (Na-K) on July 21st, shortly afterwards he gives lectures at the Big Sur summer camp.
  • 1965 In Japan he begins to organize a spiritual Olympiad. Various books, including “They Are All Sanpaku” are published. This year he is giving lectures on a tour that covers 32,000 km in 5 locations in Europe and America.
  • In 1966 on April 24th at 5.30 p.m., at the age of 73 he leaves this world forever. Doctors diagnose a heart attack as the cause of his death.


The education of the will is his final article. The Spiritual Olympiad he initiated is held in Japan in July and August and is attended by over a hundred macrobiotic people from around the world.

I would like to point out here that it is thanks to George Ohsawa that we can practice our karatedo here today. Indeed, it was he who first began the “betrayal” of bringing the secrets of the Far East to Europe and the West! It was he who translated the teaching of Jesus into a language that we can understand again. It was he who introduced the martial arts (true Budo) to the West. All the other masters followed him. The great Zen master Taisen Deshimaru-Roshi also knew him and followed his example. It was Georg Ohsawa who sent Minoru Mochizuki to Sensei Ueshiba to practice Aikido, and it was he who later persuaded Sensei Ueshiba to bring Minoru Mochizuki (now 10th Dan Yoseikan) to Europe to do Aikido convey here. It was he who sent his Uchi-deshi (Michio Kushi, Hermann Aihara, Shizuko Yamamoto) away from Japan to study macrobiotics (I-do, Shokyo-do, Ryori-do, Shiatsu, Do-in, etc.) in spread around the world.

The gratitude of all of us cannot be big enough.

What are the main teachings of Master George Ohsawa

  • In particular, his teachings include:
    Study before everything else and at all costs, the order of the universe
  • Food is the basis of life, the nature of happiness and health or disease.
  • Sodium and potassium are the main opposing and complementary elements in food. They have the greatest influence on the “ Yin yang “-Quality in the organism. The food must be balanced in its content, especially with potassium and sodium.
  • The food should be whole, unrefined and natural.
  • The food is best when it comes from the region where the person lives.
  • To do this, study thoroughly and deeply the extensive teaching of George Ohsawa (and also that of his Uchi-Deshi), which is the basis for this book. George Ohsawa later summarized his teaching under the term “Zen macrobiotics”.


Before Ohsawa began his extensive writing, there were few books in Japan on diet and health.

Very few people have really understood all of George Ohsawa’s teaching in depth. Many of his followers (including his opponents) have unfortunately only superficially studied and understood his teaching, and have only filtered out those parts of his teaching that they believed to be of importance (or useful for their purposes) and have nevertheless pretended to be masters of macrobiotics.

As a result, you have reduced macrobiotics to the “golden calf of vegetarians or“ chörnlipicker ”. Unfortunately, many of these supporters have brought macrobiotics into disrepute due to their sometimes extreme, arrogant, arrogant and self-righteous way of life. Many of these “macrobiotic vegetarians” often behave like self-righteous eco-terrorists.

Somehow understandable that macrobiotics are rejected by a lot of people.

Although physical nourishment (food and drink) is very important, it should not become the sole content of life and thought. Keeping the body healthy is the basis of human health, but spiritual nourishment (mental and social concerns) should not be neglected either. Our body also reacts to “food” in the form of experiences, relationships, environment, etc. Mind and body are just different manifestations of one and the same universe, and form a unit.

We should never forget that the Ohsawa advice is by no means an excruciating diet, but a natural, healthy, harmonious and enjoyable way of life that we can find a way of anywhere and in any situation.

What is Shokuyodo

There are different ways to influence our health; eg the path through nutrition (Shokuyodo), or the path through the spirit (Zendo). We can largely choose the food ourselves and therefore it is the easiest and easiest way to bring about change. On the spiritual level, zazen is the most direct but the hardest way. I encourage you to find out more about macrobiotics and Sendo.

Recommendations for a healthy and harmonious lifestyle

  • Start every day with a positive attitude
  • Accept everything and everyone – even without having to agree to it
  • Gratitude and reflection are helpful
  • Chew every bite very well (at least 30-50 times)
  • Stop eating for at least three hours before going to sleep
  • Sleep before midnight and get up early for it
  • Wear only cotton directly on the skin (including underwear)
  • Wear as little jewelry as possible (disrupts energy flow)
  • Use good toothpaste to brush your teeth (coconut oil is very well mixed with baking soda)
  • Stay in the fresh air a lot, if possible, walk a lot barefoot on natural ground
  • Avoid long and hot baths (unless you have too much salt or animal products in your body)
  • Occasionally rub the body with hot, damp cloths (until the skin is reddened), but at least the hands and feet, fingers and toes
  • If possible, only have objects made of natural materials in the apartment
  • Maintain positive, lively contact and gratitude towards parents, children, friends and teachers
  • If possible, cook with wood or gas (not electric or even microwave)
  • Not too much TV
  • Don’t read too much, like newspapers and everyday matters, etc., but literature such as from the teachings of the old masters
  • Do not demand perfection from yourself, but neither do you just go down the path of least resistance. Do what is possible, no more and no less
  • Practicing zazen and a Far Eastern martial art sensibly and under the guidance of a true master can be helpful
  • Always remember: theory without Parxis is useless


Sensei Aritomo Murashige (9th Dan Aikido) reports:

My sensei let me uncover the writings of Nyoiti Sakurazawa and works of Zen. I examined everything that concerned the applications Yin-Yang, Chinese, natural medicine, acupuncture, Shiatsu, Kwatsu, Do-in, homeopathy, and most importantly:

The purifying kitchen of Zen, which Sensei Sakurazawa taught from the point of view of macrobiotics.

This way of cooking was really “do”. It was eating in accordance with the universe. After I realized that we are made by AI, that we eat, that we breathe, that we think, so I could hope to be effective on myself on a physical level (asthma, rash, etc.) and also on the spiritual path. I progressively became my own doctor, able to take responsibility for myself.

In the course of time I got my Dan graduation, especially by using the Eastern methods of “Auto-Diagnostic” (Bo-Shin) taught by Sensei Nyoiti Sakurazawa.

Personally, I was lucky enough to be able to consciously experiment with Yin-Yang in several situations. I made a lot of mistakes in cooking and made a lot of deviations, which allowed me to repeatedly find the reason in yin-yang.

The introduction to Budo begins for me at the age of 13. My first technique is kendo, when I was 19 I went to the Butokuwai in Kyoto, where I trained twice a day, and there the 2. Received Dan-Kendo. In the spring of my 20 years I leave ToKIo, then I start the discipline of judo, not without, of course, continuing kendo. At the age of 23 I will become a 3. Dan-Kendo graded. When I was 30 I became 4. Dan-Judo, and the art of wielding the lance was promoted. When I was 35 I became 6. Dan-AiKIdo, and at 45 years of age Kobikwai AiKI gives me that 7. Dan-AiKIdo. When I was 53 I became 8. Dan AiKIdo, and finally at the age of 65 I became 9. Dan-AiKIdo graded. I also received 7th Dan-Iaido, 5th Dan-Kendo, 5th Dan-Judo, 3. Dan-Bojitsu, and other degrees in Kusari-Kama-Jitsu (introduction of the dagger) etc …

It was Sensei Nyoiti Sakurazawa who made me come to Belgium, and I stayed in Ghent to teach aikido and macrobiotics. Before that, it was Master Tadashi Abe 4th Dan Judo who was responsible for leading the class.

I was therefore appointed by O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, he gave me full authority for Europe, where I have taken up residence in Belgium.

The aim of Sensei Nyoiti Sakurazawa (Georges Ohsawa) is to strive to prove the paradox of “not violence against harmony”, the ideal of “non-destruction” and the protection of all that is in the Nature praised by Master Ueshiba, and lived by Master Nyoiti Sakurazawa. It is also for this reason that so many old masters practiced the Budo arts so deeply because, coming from macrobiotics, they knew its other facets. To know about the art of tea, calligraphy and music.

So I will stay in Brussels to be close to Sensei Nyoiti Sakurazawa and his collaborator and translator Clim Oshimi. These personalities opened the restaurant “the Gilded Rice” and the “Center Ignoramus” of Belgium, which will become a general district.

At that time the teaching of Yin and Yang, and the laws of the only law, were closely related to the teaching of Budo. The students quickly flocked from everywhere, not forgetting that Sensei Nyoiti Sakurazawa was already known all over Europe. So Murashige was induced to move to France, and Maitre Andre Nocquet was also one of his students. So Belgium was a hub when it came to Budo. Many disciplines such as Kendo, Naguinata, Iaido, Sado etc., which were taught by Master Sakurazawa. (One more proof that it was George Ohsawa who also brought the Budo arts to Europe).

By mastering the knowledge of the East, he was also able to predict the tragic end of Kennedy von Gandhi. Today few people remember that at the beginning of the introduction to Europe of acupuncture, des Ikebana, the art of bonsai, zen, the art of tea, and it is also him, the master Taisen Deshimaru in France for zen and Aritomo Murashige in Belgium for budo.

Ohsawa was recognized as the Master of Masters in his day, and sometimes called that.

The disappearance (death) of Sensei Nyoiti Sakurazawa has unfortunately caused all these disciplines, which he was the first to import into Europe, to be amputated in many Western minds from their very last source: “the universal logic of the unique principle” .

Sensei Sakurazawa met Sensei Ueshiba around 1950. The two men shared the same quest to create a world of peace and to connect east and west in spiritual research. Few people know that it was indeed Nyoiti Sakurazawa who brought Sensei Murashige Aritomo from Japan to Belgium to teach the UNIQUE PRINCIPLE in the martial arts.

Not surprisingly, when O-Sensei Ueshiba stated in an interview in Paris in June 1964, published in the magazine Yin-Yang N ° 53:“The unique principle and the do of food first … afterwards Aikido”.

Ohsawa’s disciple

Sensei Nyoiti Sakurazawa left hundreds of thousands of students in the world. e.g. Michio Kushi for the United States, Francoise Fluss in the Tenryu Institute in Paris, Jaques Mittler in France, R.Yasuhara in Belgium, Clim Yoshimi in Brussels and many others.

The macrobiotic health food movement

Master Ohsawa gave many of his students different names. After the Second World War – and the prevailing historiography – the Japanese were not welcome guests in the West. He named his second wife Sanae Tanaka Lima. From now on she was called Lima Ohsawa.

On the recommendation of Master Ohsawa, Pierre Gevaert decided in 1957 to found a company for natural food near Ghent in Belgium – which he named in honor of Master Ohsawa “ LIMA“ Called. Today most people know who buy the Lima products in health food stores Miso, Rice milk, rice waffles, Umeboshi, the Soy Sauces Tamari and Shoyu, seaweed and many more healthy and delicious products. But very few know the history of this natural food movement.


Sanpaku (shortened from Japanese. 三 白眼, sanpakugan , German “Three white eyes”) The Japanese word Sanpaku literally means three (san) white (paku). It refers to a condition in which three white sides can be seen around the iris in the eye.

  1. Lower sanpaku is the most common type, white on both sides and below the iris – created by expansion (yin). An excess of Yin makes the eyeball bigger, it rolls up because it lies on bones and has to rotate on its axis.
  2. The upper sanpaku, in which the white is on both sides and above the iris, is triggered by contraction (yang). That is why all newborns (they are Yang) have upper sanpaku. This condition is also often found in violent people.


When we become sanpaku in the usual sense – lower sanpaku – it means that the whole body becomes yin. Sanpaku occurs in proportion to the severity of the disease. The more white there is, the worse the condition of the person concerned.

George Ohsawas predict
Master Ohsawa saw a picture of President John F. Kennedy. He said: this man is in great danger. People asked Master Ohsawa how he could know. He replied: This man is strong Sanpaku (If you want to learn everything about Sanpaku, read my book: InYology ) he is in great danger.

“Thousands of Americans read my prediction of Kennedy’s death, but no one came to me early to learn how early to change their fate […] What is the reason for this low level of understanding? In the east everyone has known the meaning of sanpaku since time immemorial. Only the why has been forgotten […] All are more or less Sanpaku […] you[die Menschen] have to heal themselves before worrying about anything else. Niyoiti Sakurazawa – George Ohsawa “.

What are the most important books by George Ohsawa

Master Ohsawa has published over 300 scriptures.
His main works are:

  • The miracle of dietetics
  • ZEN macrobiotics
  • The only principle
  • Cancer and Far Eastern Philosophy
  • Philosophy in the Nuclear Age
  • Life guide macrobiotics_manual
  • The book of judo
  • Jack and Mitie in the Occiden


Sources and books

INYOLOGY – The detailed teaching of Yin and Yang

InYology– The detailed teaching of yin and yang

InYology is a magical compass to understand the laws of nature and the order in the universe.

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author: André Blank

André is a health-mentor and author. He is the founder, owner and CEO of Vivoterra® AG.

He is convinced, that all people with healthy heart-QI – true love – are allowed to live a life in trust, peace, freedom and health – and that we have the potential to realize such a life for ourselves.

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