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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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....
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...
Hokutei Suisan Fish Market (Saitama)

Hokutei Suisan Fish Market (Saitama)

On October 21st, chef Kanji Nakatani took a small group of the OPEN crew on a trip to the Hokutei Fish Market to visit fish purveyor, Katsuhiro Sato. Apparently, Sato was kicked out of the main local fish market many years back and started his own small, maverick fish market, Hokutei Suisan. For thirteen years,...
Thank you!

Thank you!

We’d like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended the California ramen dinner and fundraiser on October 2 at Chez Panisse. Thank you for your support! Special thanks to: BEAUNE IMPORTS BECKER LANE PORK CHEZ PANISSE CAFE DINNER BELL FARM MAGNOLIA BREWING TRUMER PILS & All the volunteers!