Topic: All things Japan / page 21 of 23
Sukiyabashi Jiro Roppongi

Sukiyabashi Jiro Roppongi

Sukiyabashi Jiro Roppongi

I missed my plane back to Europe, so instead of waiting at Narita for the evening flight I went back to Tokyo and had lunch at Sukiyabashi Jiro in Roppongi Hills. (The one Michelin English speaking sister restaurant of the three Michelin Sukiyabashi Jiro in Ginza. The sushi chef is…

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Dec '09
Master, soup first or noodles first?

Master, soup first or noodles first?

Master, soup first or noodles first?

If you love Japanese culture, you must have seen or heard of an eighties movie called “Tampopo”, Japanese comedy about love, life and ramen. The movie starts with a younger truck driver Gun (Ken Watanabe) reading a book about ramen to an older truck driver Goro (Tsutomu Yamazaki). The younger…

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Nov '09
Only in Tokyo

Only in Tokyo

Only in Tokyo

Only in Tokyo – 3 melons for around 500 dollars, found in a fruit shop in Ginza… No, I didn’t buy one.

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Nov '09
Nobu Tokyo

Nobu Tokyo

Nobu Tokyo

I find it hard to believe myself but I’ve been three times in Nobu over a stay of two weeks in Tokyo. Why go to an international chain when Tokyo has so many exciting local places to offer? Well, the first time I went there was out of plain curiosity.…

1
Nov '09
Thick pieces of raw fish is a problem

Thick pieces of raw fish is a problem

Thick pieces of raw fish is a problem

Whether it is a cheap restaurant or a fine and famous place, sushi in Tokyo will be better than in Europe most of the times. At least the fish will be fresher and more various. How the fish is cut is another issue. I don’t think that thick pieces of…

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Oct '09
Sushiko Honten

Sushiko Honten

Sushiko Honten

During this trip to Tokyo I started with Sushi Mizutani, then Sushi Kanesaka and ended up at Sushiko Honten (6-3-8 Ginza, tel. 03 3571 1968 ). Ironically, my favourite of all the three was the latter, the sushi place that has only one Michelin star, the least from all the…

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Oct '09
Luscious sukiyaki at Yoshihashi

Luscious sukiyaki at Yoshihashi

Luscious sukiyaki at Yoshihashi

I loved sukiyaki at Michelin starred Yoshihasi (1-5-25 Moto-Akasaka, tel. 03-3401-3129) not only because the wagyu beef was mouth-watering, but also because the place was so beautiful and serene. Yoshihashi is a traditional minimalistic restaurant with zen garden behind a window. When you come to the place you have to…

17
Oct '09
The joys of yakiniku, shabu -shabu and sukiyaki

The joys of yakiniku, shabu -shabu and sukiyaki

The joys of yakiniku, shabu -shabu and sukiyaki

Since Japan has opened up for foreigners at the end of the 19th century, beef has become a very popular product in Japanese cuisine. In fact, the Japanese are so obsessed about the quality of their beef that when you go to a good teppanyaki or sukiyaki restaurant, they would…

17
Oct '09
7 chome Kyoboshi

7 chome Kyoboshi

7 chome Kyoboshi

Kaizen (“continuous improvement”) concept is deeply tied not only to manufacturing and business(where it originally comes from) but to Japanese culture in general. Anything Japanese do, they will try to do their best. Whether its service in a hotel, asking directions in a metro station or simply growing vegetables and…

14
Oct '09
Sushi Kanesaka

Sushi Kanesaka

Sushi Kanesaka

Before going to Sushi Kanesaka, I was preparing to spend my evening in a formal environment with an austere sushi master leading the show. Instead, I found myself in a friendly and vibrant place where the chef Shinji Kanesaka san was chatting with his guests and obviously enjoying doing so.…

12
Oct '09