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Tempura by Shuji Niitome

Tempura by Shuji Niitome

Tempura by Shuji Niitome

Shuji Niitome, currently Japan’s number one tempura master in action. Until only recently, tempura master from Nagoya Shuji Niitome refused to be listed in any restaurant guides. As soon as he got onto tabelog.com, he soared to number one in Japan for tempura. Niitome-san is a true shokunin (and despite…

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Nov '18
Yoshinori Ishii and his “fish and chips” revolution

Yoshinori Ishii and his “fish and chips” revolution

Yoshinori Ishii and his “fish and chips” revolution

Imagine a simple technique, all in the twist of a wire. A technique with the potential to revolutionise fishing in the Western world. Dubbed Ikejime in Japanese, this method for slaughtering fish more ethically could also lead to a change in expectations of how fish meat should taste and age.…

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Oct '18
Fabulous artwork by  Hashimoto Tomonari

Fabulous artwork by Hashimoto Tomonari

Fabulous artwork by Hashimoto Tomonari

Fabulous artwork by young Japanese ceramic artist Hashimoto Tomonari @hashimoto_tomonari and an excerpt about shadows from Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s book “In praise in shadows”, perfectly describing the importance of shadows in the Japanese aesthetics .”Whenever I see the alcove of tastefully built Japanese room, I marvel at our comprehension of the…

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Jul '18
Mitsuhiro Araki: the sushi master who “climbed Mount Everest”

Mitsuhiro Araki: the sushi master who “climbed Mount Everest”

Mitsuhiro Araki: the sushi master who “climbed Mount Everest”

I had been curious to interview Mitsuhiro Araki ever since learning he had given up his 3 Michelin stars in Tokyo and moved to London, only to regain them all just three years later. What does it take to give up all and start all over again from scratch on…

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Apr '18
17th-generation tea master Fuyuko Kobori

17th-generation tea master Fuyuko Kobori

17th-generation tea master Fuyuko Kobori

If you have ever witnessed a Japanese tea ceremony, then you know that it is a very special event. Unfortunately, many Westerners think the ceremony is just a fancy way to drink tea. As Fuyuko Kobori, a 17th-generation tea master and one of the rare women to attain this position…

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Feb '18
Kouji Kimura: the genius of extreme fish aging

Kouji Kimura: the genius of extreme fish aging

Kouji Kimura: the genius of extreme fish aging

“As fresh as it can be” is one of the most common pre-conceptions about sushi. Sushi masters in Tokyo have the world’s greatest seafood market to buy their fish, but often, depending on the fish or seafood they would mature it before serving to their guests. Yet few of the…

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Feb '18
Kawamura

Kawamura

Kawamura

Pictures from introduction only Kawamura steakhouse, which is known for one of the most difficult reservations in Tokyo. It was the season of Alba truffles in October, but we decided to go for the “student” menu, which still cost us around ¥100 000 per head without wine. Full review here.

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Feb '18
Sushi Sugita

Sushi Sugita

Sushi Sugita

Images from my visit to Sushi Sugita last October. Some older articles I’ve written about Takaaki Sugita can be found here, here and here. He is a sushi master with a soul, who never ceases to evolve and is definitely my favourite.

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Feb '18
The last king of tuna, Mr Yamaguchi

The last king of tuna, Mr Yamaguchi

The last king of tuna, Mr Yamaguchi

Many thanks to Mrs Mimi Kobayashi, my “fixer” and interpreter, who made this interview happen. Mimi-san can be your best guide in Tokyo! https://www.instagram.com/kobayashimimi2/ Yukitaka Yamaguchi is, without any doubts, a very important man at Tsukiji market and one of the most fascinating people I’ve ever met in Tokyo. If…

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Nov '17
Hoshinoya Tokyo: a ryokan in the city

Hoshinoya Tokyo: a ryokan in the city

Hoshinoya Tokyo: a ryokan in the city

I first discovered Hoshino Resorts’ riverside Hoshinoya Kyoto a few years ago while filming “Foodies: the culinary jet set” documentary. Set in a century-old renovated villa against the backdrop of Arashiyama district’s leafy forests, this updated ryokan (guesthouse) is a haven of peace and traditional Japanese hospitality. Since then, I…

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Nov '17