Marumo Kitchen: Bowls with soul

| Jun 10, 2014

Marumo Kitchen: Bowls with soul

In the DNA of almost every Japanese building there is a gene for “renewal.” And so it was inevitable that Porta, the underground mall at Kyoto Station, would close earlier this year for a revamp. When it reopened it was out with the old ...

Café Indépendants

| May 13, 2014

Café Indépendants

by J.J. O'Donoghue

You don’t have to be hip to enter Café Indépendants, but it helps. Located in the basement of the old Mainichi Shimbun Kyoto bureau, Indépendants is the kind of cafe frequented by the artsy set. There is a version of this cafe in every ...

Nanaezushi

| May 13, 2014

Nanaezushi

by J.J. O'Donoghue

We need to talk about sushi. First, any discussion of sushi isn’t worth its wasabi without a mention of the perspicacious octogenarian Jiro Ono, star of the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” about his Michelin-starred restaurant in Ginza —you know, the one that Obama ...