Tasting Kirin's beer of many colors

| Sep 12, 2013

Tasting Kirin's beer of many colors

Morbid curiosity had prompted me to order a Two-Tone beer cocktail at the branch of Kirin Ichiban Shibori Garden in Tokyo’s Akasaka district. I had read, with no small measure of disbelief, that Tokyo’s latest summer beer fad was lager mixed with fruit juice ...

Tokyo chef who likes a good breakdown

| Aug 29, 2013

Tokyo chef who likes a good breakdown

Kamose, a private cooking studio run by fermentation specialist Nobuaki Fushiki, is hidden among the backstreets of Tokyo’s Gakugei Daigaku district. Fushiki’s special dinner events, which feature an array of fermented ingredients, have a clandestine quality that brings to mind the speakeasies of the ...

Supporting Tohoku one glass at a time

| Aug 8, 2013

Supporting Tohoku one glass at a time

On a Saturday evening in late July, Wine Aid for East Japan began, appropriately, with a toast. Now in its third year, the event, organized by professionals in the wine industry to raise money for charities in the Tohoku region, featured over 100 premium ...

Japan's new generation of bartenders

Jul 11, 2013

Japan's new generation of bartenders

Under his fitted black vest, the man beside me on the train wore a white shirt, with long lapels and cuffs trimmed with black piping. A purple silk cravat billowed beneath his chin. Judging from his attire, I’d surmised (correctly) that we were both ...

Book finds lessons in Japanese cuisine

| Jun 14, 2013

Book finds lessons in Japanese cuisine

In 2008, British food writer Michael Booth embarked on a journey deep into the heart of Japanese food culture. The outcome of his three-month sojourn, a memoir titled “Sushi & Beyond,” follows Booth and his young family from Hokkaido to Kyushu as they seek ...

Why it matters where our food comes from

| May 31, 2013

Why it matters where our food comes from

The latest trend in fine dining has nothing to do with molecular gastronomy or pan-Latin fusion: Sustainability is the new order of the day. At the influential World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony in London last month, the organizers presented their first Sustainable Restaurant ...

Dine with a backdrop of cherry blossom

Mar 29, 2013

Dine with a backdrop of cherry blossom

With an ephemeral canopy of pink sweeping Japan, the JT’s food writers know the perfect spots to dine with an eyeful of sakura (cherry blossom) — or just the right sake to sip as you picnic under the petals. Innsyoutei, Tokyo When it comes ...