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Cafe Salon Naka-Oku: feminine home cooking on Naoshima

Cafe Salon Naka-Oku: feminine home cooking on Naoshima

When visiting Naoshima, the abundant artscape on this small island in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan calls for a break. If you long for wholesome, feminine home cooking then ...
Naoshima and Lee Ufan: expressive interconnection "exalting the self and the other"

Naoshima and Lee Ufan: expressive interconnection “exalting the self and the other”

Lee Ufan nudges you to see what you normally do not see. As in meditation, his work is not about ideas but rather transcendence of the self. The philosophical artworks ...
Photo essay: Autumnal beauty and poetry of Kyoto

Photo essay: Autumnal beauty and poetry of Kyoto

The autumnal beauty of Kyoto stirs the inner naturalist in any one of us. It is poetic and by far my favourite season to be in the former imperial capital ...
Kichisen: refreshing the taste and style of traditional Kyoto-style kaiseki

Kichisen: refreshing the taste and style of traditional Kyoto-style kaiseki

My photo below tells it all: the focused gaze of the Kichisen's master chef Yoshimi Tanigawa shows how much focus goes into his food and how much he cares to ...
Nishikawa kaiseki Kyoto: sharing culinary tradition with an artist and host

Nishikawa kaiseki Kyoto: sharing culinary tradition with an artist and host

On the same axis of the Kodai-ji Temple Nishikawa calibrates the balance of traditional ryotei cuisine with a casual and social ballast to the iconic, yet serious three Michelin star Kikunoi ...
Kumano Kodo: finding the ethereal spirit in the Japanese forest

Kumano Kodo: finding the ethereal spirit in the Japanese forest

Animist, buddhist and shintoist confluence of peaceful coexistence is awakened on the Kii peninsula of Japan. For more than a millennium, ancient pilgrimage routes have, like ropes of hope, connected ...
Farm to table soba at Tamawarai Tokyo

Farm to table soba at Tamawarai Tokyo

Eating Japanese soba noodles at Tamawarai Tokyo is a slow food act with a Michelin stared attentiveness to quality. For most Japanese eating lunch at a sobaya is a rushed experience in any ...
Best Japanese tea rooms in Tokyo

Best Japanese tea rooms in Tokyo

Serious tea lovers but also occasional tea-to-tellers may find handy my concise guide to Tokyo's most noteworthy tea rooms and shops… ...
Rokkaku: the first Michelin-stared Izakaya in Japan

Rokkaku: the first Michelin-stared Izakaya in Japan

Izakaya is a casual Japanese meal that, similarly to the Spanish tapas or British pub food, is made to complement alcoholic drinks like wine, beer, sake or spirits. At the ...

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