The art and food collective OPENrestaurant traveled from California to Japan in October and November 2011 to support farms and fisheries across the country.
Farm Visit
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...
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....
Profile: Satoshi Imai, Rice Farmer

Profile: Satoshi Imai, Rice Farmer

Niseko Green Farm

Niseko Green Farm

Japan Agriculture (JA) restricts the size and shape of vegetables. Blemishes are not allowed to be sold in the market, creating a tiered system for veggies that is based on looks and not necessarily quality. These vegetables were grown by Dennis van den Brink at Niseko Green Farm, a 100% organic farm in Hokkaido. He...
So many things have happened so far.

So many things have happened so far.

This photo is of Niseko Green Farm in Hirafu Kutchan in Hokkaido. I am so loving this trip. So many things have happened so far, so many bowls of ramen.