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Wappado by Mora Chartrand
Aug15

Wappado by Mora Chartrand

By Mora Chartrand, the Foodies’ Foodie Wappado, a haven for those who yearn for a meal that expresses the terroir of the northern Kyoto countryside. Ōhara, a sleepy, agricultural hamlet just outside of Kyoto, is best known to visitors as the home of Jakko-in and Sanzenin temples, among others. It’s hard to match the rural beauty of this area, especially in the autumn. Ōhara is also well known for its fields of red shiso (赤ジソ) that is...

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HAMAGURI-YA by Akemi Koyama
Aug15

HAMAGURI-YA by Akemi Koyama

HAMAGURI-YA (Hitachinaka City, IBARAGI)   Restaurant in Hitachinaka city serves only one special prix fixe Hamaguri meal.  Hamaguri is a clam, I mean a huge clam that is a size of the palm of a hand. I stopped with friends at Hamaguri-ya on the way to Fukushima from Haneda airport.  It was a pleasant ride with an ocean view, driving along the coast line of Ibaragi Prefecture. This unique restaurant is located next to Hitachi National...

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Japanese food & Sake by Mora Chartrand-Grant
Aug04

Japanese food & Sake by Mora Chartrand-Grant

March, 2009 The foodie’s foodie, Mora Chartrand-Grant, shares about her donabe. Steve Beimel: Mora—So you finally bought a donabe??? Mora Chartrand-Grant: Yes, and I’m really proud of it. I always come back from Japan with yet another piece of rustic Japanese pottery to add to our home collection, which I regularly use in the kitchen…the crustier and grittier the better. I first spotted the donabe on...

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OH, Japan! by Dianne Vapnek
Jul31

OH, Japan! by Dianne Vapnek

Oh, Japan! Never could I have imagined the impact that a short trip to accompany my husband on a business trip to Japan in the 1980’s would have on my life. The impact was profound and has continued to influence my life in ways small and large. Suddenly I was presented with a very different way to see and be in the world. It was as if I’d fallen down the rabbit hole into a fascinating new world that I had no idea existed. I found an...

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Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons

Rei Kawakubo 10 minute video: A close look at anti-fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, the creative force behind Comme des Garcons.   Comme des Garçons  Video 15 minutes:  FASHION SHOW World-renowned designer for her own apparel house, Comme des Garçons, Rei KAWAKUBO has been a major force in the fashion world since the early 1970’s.  Her work has been featured in exhibitions around the world ever since.  Along with Yohji YAMAMOTO...

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Yohji Yamamoto

Yohji Yamamoto Spring Summer 2016 Menswear Show 11-minute video of Yohji Yamamoto Spring Summer 2016 Menswear fashion show   Yohji Yamamoto Winter 2016 Menswear 13-minute video–Yohji Yamamoto Winter 2016 Paris Menswear Show   Video 13 minutes:  Fashion show presenting Yohji YAMAMOTO’s 2014-2015 Autumn-Winter men’s fashion line-up. Along with Rae KAWAKUBO of Comme des Garcons and longtime Japan-resident Jurgen LEHL,...

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