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Young generation of Japanese ceramic artists

Young generation of Japanese ceramic artists

Young generation of Japanese ceramic artists

When Tea Ceremony first came to Japan, it was elaborate and “Chinese Oriented”, but everything changed with the introduction of “Wabi” by Zen monk Murata Juko, who introduced simple and rustic aesthetics vs the richness and elegance of the Chinese arts. Like Alex Kerr writes in his brilliant book “Another…

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Jun '20
Ceramics by Living National Treasures

Ceramics by Living National Treasures

Ceramics by Living National Treasures

The magical world of the Japanese ceramics, which encompasses wide range of styles and aesthetics from earthin-like Bizen ware to glazed stoneware pieces and porcelain by ‘Living National Treasures” or phantasmagorical creations by young generation artists such as Takuro Kuwata. Some objects that have caught my eye recently- mainly by…

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Jun '20
Culinary Journeys brings Japan’s finest cuisine to Europe

Culinary Journeys brings Japan’s finest cuisine to Europe

Culinary Journeys brings Japan’s finest cuisine to Europe

There is an irony about Japanese cuisine: it is ubiquitous but at the same it’s one of the least-understood of the world’s great gastronomic cultures. Sushi is easily available from Norwich to Novosibirsk, but finding real Japanese cuisine is very difficult. Culinary Journeys events in collaboration with All Nippon Airways…

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Mar '20
“Bento box” from Cafe Japan

“Bento box” from Cafe Japan

“Bento box” from Cafe Japan

Today’s “bento box” and nigiris by the one and only Fukushima-san at Cafe Japan in Golders Green. Quite to the north if you are in the Central London, but totally worth it. (Currently in my top 3 Japanese in London..)

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Feb '20
Shoji at 69 Leonard Street

Shoji at 69 Leonard Street

Shoji at 69 Leonard Street

All ingredients from Japan at Shoji at 69 Leonard street. Its chef Derek Wilcox was one of the first and few foreigners who have trained at Kikunoi kaiseki restaurant in Kyoto.

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Sep '19
Kimoto, Tokyo

Kimoto, Tokyo

Kimoto, Tokyo

Some highlights from Kimoto in Tokyo that relocated from Kobe in 2018 and is one of top kaiseki restaurants in Japan. Chef Yasuya Kimoto used to train at Sakurada in Kyoto along with Tadayoshi Matsukawa (who runs introduction only Matsukawa, thus similarities in styles..).

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Jun '19
15 top sushi shops in Tokyo that don’t require introduction

15 top sushi shops in Tokyo that don’t require introduction

15 top sushi shops in Tokyo that don’t require introduction

Those who have ever tried to book Tokyo top sushi shops like Saito or Sugita, might know how difficult or even impossible to book them unless you are introduced by a regular. I asked Andrew Gyokudari, the man who has over 300 sushi meals per year to recommend top sushi…

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Apr '19
Top 20 Ramen Shops in Tokyo

Top 20 Ramen Shops in Tokyo

Top 20 Ramen Shops in Tokyo

By John Hirai a.k.a. Tokyo Rocks on Tabelog (instagram.com/tokyorocks69)All images©John Hirai As most of you might know, ramen is originally from China. The first ramen shop opened 1910 in Tokyo and spread around all over Japan after World War II. Almost every region or city has their own style of…

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Feb '19
69 Leonard Street

69 Leonard Street

69 Leonard Street

Derek Wilcox, chef of Shoji at 69 Leonard in NYC, is one of very few non-Japanese sushi masters in the world to have reached a comparable level to the best in Japan. Originally from upstate New York, Derek trained at Kikunoi in Kyoto for 7 years and at Sushi Aoki…

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Feb '19
Kiro Sushi

Kiro Sushi

Kiro Sushi

Some highlights from my lunch at Kiro sushi last week, easily one of the best “Edo-mae” style sushi restaurants in Europe at the moment. It is located in Logroño, La Rioja, the place you will probably not travel to eat sushi, yet it’s definitely worth a special trip. Most of…

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Feb '19