A bar crawl up Center Gai

| Jul 24, 2009

A bar crawl up Center Gai

by Nicholas Coldicott

Shibuya, I once wrote, is the heart of Young Japan, and the street named Center Gai is its throbbing artery. Some people pay handsomely for cliches like that. In truth, Shibuya is the nation’s digestive system, mashing its myriad flavors into a creation that’s ...

| Jun 26, 2009

Bamboo: Japan's sherry amour

by Nicholas Coldicott

At the Sea Guardian II bar in Yokohama’s historic Hotel New Grand, a laminated addendum to the menu offers thoughts on selected drinks. Of the Bamboo cocktail, the writer asks, “Is this the foreigners’ image of Japan?” Clearly no, it’s not. The Bamboo’s blend ...

Bamboo: Japan's sherry amour

| Jun 26, 2009

Bamboo: Japan's sherry amour

by Nicholas Coldicott

At the Sea Guardian II bar in Yokohama’s historic Hotel New Grand, a laminated addendum to the menu offers thoughts on selected drinks. Of the Bamboo cocktail, the writer asks, “Is this the foreigners’ image of Japan?” Clearly no, it’s not. The Bamboo’s blend ...