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