Location: Japan
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
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
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
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…

22
Feb '19
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…

23
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.

23
Feb '18
Sushi Sugita

Sushi Sugita

Sushi Sugita

Images from myvisit 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 favorite.

17
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…

26
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…

8
Nov '17
Été by Natsuko Shoji

Été by Natsuko Shoji

Été by Natsuko Shoji

On my last trip to Japan, I had the rare opportunity to dine at été, the invitation-only restaurant owned by Natsuko Shoji, a young and talented Japanese chef. I discovered her on social media through colorful snapshots of her cakes, which are inspired by iconic fashion accessories like the quilted…

7
Nov '17