The art and food collective OPENrestaurant traveled from California to Japan in October and November 2011 to support farms and fisheries across the country.
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up the mountain

up the mountain

photo by Sasha Wizansky On October 20, we stopped for lunch at the soba restaurant where Sylvan had worked before he began Peko Peko, Soba Ro. We ate Burdock root with sesame, pork paté, picked radish, kabocha, a melt-in-your-mouth piece of fish, mizuna, and tempura made from the tiniest fish. Then we had fresh soba...
Frostpia Organic Farm (Saitama)

Frostpia Organic Farm (Saitama)

As we arrived at Frostpia Farm on October 21st, we were greeted by Yoshinori Kaneko, smiling in a baseball cap. He informed us that due to our late arrival he would have to slip away at some point during our tour to take care of other business. It turns out that his other appointment was...
Chris and Charlie make Pasta and Pizza

Chris and Charlie make Pasta and Pizza

1pm-3pm class On October 23rd, a group of Japanese food enthusiasts learned how to make kabocha ravioli and wild boar tagliatelle at Iri restaurant. The class kicked off with a glass of bubbly and sardine toast. The students met their chef instructors, Charlie Hallowell and Chris Kronner, and were informed that all of the ingredients that...
Profile: Taro Washio, Nomiya Owner

Profile: Taro Washio, Nomiya Owner

Hakkaisan Sake Brewery Tour (Niigata)

Hakkaisan Sake Brewery Tour (Niigata)

While the rice that we harvested in Niigata prefecture in the morning sampled as amazing onigiri, it could not have been used for the focus of our afternoon activity: sake brewing. Our fleet of vans arrived at Hakkaisan Sake Brewery, also located in Niigata, the third largest sake-producing prefecture in Japan. Like the members of...
Radiation Testing Report and Thoughts

Radiation Testing Report and Thoughts

Within half a day of arrival from Ireland, I was excited to be heading out of endless Tokyo to visit a radiation testing facility at Natural Harmony, a produce distribution site in Chiba. It was a trip that seemed to be at the heart of understanding the dilemma within this year’s Japanese fall harvest, post-3/11,...
Nagano Road Trip, October 27 - 28, 2011

Nagano Road Trip, October 27 – 28, 2011

On October 27, a crew from OPEN headed up into the mountains for a series of farm and producer visits. Tal experienced his first highway rest stop breakfast: udon. At a produce market, we met up with chef Norihiko Fujiki and his staff. Fujiki had put together a packed itinerary to showcase Nagano prefecture specialties....
OPENharvest Main Event: November 2 + 3 (Tokyo Contemporary Museum of Art)

OPENharvest Main Event: November 2 + 3 (Tokyo Contemporary Museum of Art)

OPENharvest will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo’s restaurant Content. Conceived as an interactive edible art installation, the event will unfold though the evening at the restaurant space. California and Japanese chefs and artists will work together to celebrate Japan’s food and food artisans. In the weeks prior to the event, the...
Special Dinner with wine at HOUSE (Nishi-Azabu)

Special Dinner with wine at HOUSE (Nishi-Azabu)

Chez Panisse’ wine director, Jonathan Waters and chef Chris Kronner will host a dinner with wine at Nishi-azabu’s House. Date: October 30, 2011 First seating 5:30pm, Second seating 8:30pm ¥15,000 Prefix Menu per person including wine Location: House Nishiazabu Show Case 4F, 2-24-7 Nishiazabu, Minatoku, Tokyo 東京都港区西麻布2-24-7 Nishiazabu Show Case 4F For reservations, please contact...
Four Barrel Coffee at Streamer Coffee Company (Shibuya)

Four Barrel Coffee at Streamer Coffee Company (Shibuya)

Jeremy and Tal of Four Barrel Coffee will be serving drip brewed coffee, espresso and lattes at Shibuya’s Streamer Coffee Company in Shibuya, October 30 from 12pm to 6pm. ■ Date: October 30, 12pm-6pm ■ Location: STREAMER COFFEE COMPANY 1-20-28 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 東京都渋谷区渋谷1-20-28
Pop-Up Taco Stand at Fujiichi Yakitori Bar (Shinjuku)

Pop-Up Taco Stand at Fujiichi Yakitori Bar (Shinjuku)

On October 26, I ventured out to Shinjuku to check out Jerome’s special pop-up taco stand. It was my first time visiting the Shinjuku area. As I exited the subway station at dusk, I took in the tall buildings, brightly illuminated signs, and a member of Japan’s Communist party making a speech from atop a...
Pop-Up Restaurants in Shibuya - October 25, 2011

Pop-Up Restaurants in Shibuya – October 25, 2011

It was a wonderful night on Kamiyama Street. Thank you to everyone whose hard work made it possible! Pignon restaurant, where Chris Kronner made venison and wild boar burgers: Setting up at Shibuya Publishing and Booksellers: David Wilson’s installation at the bookshop: David has been practicing his Japanese penmanship: Shibuya Booksellers is the first store...