Tales of a Japanese Rice Grower: Kayama San

Tales of a Japanese Rice Grower: Kayama San

As part of a special issue about rice, we talk with Kayama San, who comes from five generations of ancestral Japanese farmers in Northern Kyoto. Beyond continuing the family legacy, he feels a sense of mission and purpose in protecting Japanese food culture, as well as helping maintain the beautiful…

2
May
Location: Japan
Legacy & Evolution: A Conversation with a Kaiseki Legend

Legacy & Evolution: A Conversation with a Kaiseki Legend

Luxeat Insider · 6th ED.

Legacy & Evolution: A Conversation with a Kaiseki Legend

Luxeat Insider · 6th ED.

Chef Kunio Tokuoka has been working in the kitchens of KITCHO, the legendary Japanese haute cuisine restaurant for close to 40 years and is now running the show. He follows in the hefty footsteps of his grandfather the founder of KITCHO Teiichi Yuki. Born in 1960, Kunio Tokuoka has brought…

25
Dec '20
Nancy Singleton Hachisu: The Essence of Japanese Cuisine

Nancy Singleton Hachisu: The Essence of Japanese Cuisine

Luxeat Insider · 5th ED.

Nancy Singleton Hachisu: The Essence of Japanese Cuisine

Luxeat Insider · 5th ED.

James Beard Award winner, Nancy Singleton Hachisu is an expert of unique and authentic Japanese cuisine. Born and raised in California, she first went to Japan over 32-years ago where she now lives on a farm with her Japanese husband and their family. On a quest to advocate for Japan’s…

13
Nov '20
Yukari Sakamoto: The Secrets of Japanese Home Cooking

Yukari Sakamoto: The Secrets of Japanese Home Cooking

Luxeat Insider · 5th ED.

Yukari Sakamoto: The Secrets of Japanese Home Cooking

Luxeat Insider · 5th ED.

Author of Food, Sake, Tokyo, an exploration of Tokyo’s food scene, Yukari Sakamoto is on a mission to demystify Japanese cuisine. Trained at the French Culinary Institute and the American Sommelier Association, she also passed the rigorous exam to become a certified shochu adviser. She teaches classes on food, wine,…

13
Nov '20
Secret Tokyo

Secret Tokyo

Luxeat Insider · 5th ED.

Secret Tokyo

Luxeat Insider · 5th ED.

Dining out in Tokyo doesn’t always adhere to Western expectations. The customer is not always right and sometimes not always welcome. There are secret spots from the old-world kissaten coffee shops where you can still find people smoking, to restaurants with no-signage that operate on the second floor of a…

13
Nov '20
Ken’s Café Gâteau au Chocolat

Ken’s Café Gâteau au Chocolat

Ken’s Café Gâteau au Chocolat

Hidden in an ordinary residential street in Tokyo’ Shinjuku ward, Ken’s Cafémakes the most extraordinary gâteau au chocolat in Japan and the best-molten chocolate cake I’ve ever had. It is also the most difficult to get too. If you buy it directly from the shop where it’s made, the waiting…

8
Oct '20
Six New-Generation Japanese Ceramic Artists to Watch

Six New-Generation Japanese Ceramic Artists to Watch

Six New-Generation Japanese Ceramic Artists to Watch

To see my full article in collaboration with All Nippon Airways please go here. Japanese ceramics expert and gallerist Robert Yellin once told me that “ceramics are like living creatures”. Indeed, when on one late autumn afternoon I was walking around his Yakimono gallery in Kyoto, located in an old…

13
Aug '20
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…

6
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…

6
Jun '20
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..).

21
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…

7
Apr '19