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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Mochi Tsuki and Shishimai Performance

Mochi Tsuki and Shishimai Performance

The OPENharvest group visited the Hachisu residence in Kodama-gun in Saitama Prefecture. We enjoyed a Japanese farm food meal which included fresh edamame, natto, fall vegetable soup, spinach ohitashi and mochi. After the meal, Harigaya-san and his troupe performed a shishimai (lion dance).
Pop-Up Taco Stand at Fujiichi Yakitori Bar (Shinjuku)

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

Jerome Waag, chef at Chez Panisse, will be making tacos at Fujiichi Yakitori Bar tomorrow evening, October 26 from 7pm-10pm, in the Omoideyokucho alleyway in West Shinjuku. The tacos will be filled with yakitori meat and maguro head meat. Yakitori off the regular Fujiichi menu can also be ordered. This event will also feature a...
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,...
Rice Harvesting in Niigata

Rice Harvesting in Niigata

At 5am on a Thursday morning, groggy and jetlagged, 20 of us OPENharvest participants, with Food Light Project members piled into three vans headed for Niigata prefecture. As we drove through the quiet morning streets of Tokyo, we eagerly anticipated the adventures ahead. Three hours and several rest stops later, we made it to Uonuma,...
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.  
First Night in Sapporo

First Night in Sapporo

Tsukemen made by our good friend and Chez Panisse Alum Jerry Jaksich. We have only been here 2 hours. Apparently Sapporo has a street that is only ramen shops. I am in heaven and hella tired. Good night.
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!    
Chez Panisse hosts a ramen dinner with OPENrestaurant

Chez Panisse hosts a ramen dinner with OPENrestaurant

This coming Sunday, Oct. 2, we will be holding a fundraising dinner at Chez Panisse Cafe for OPENharvest. The chefs at Chez Panisse will be making a distinctly Northern Californian ramen, crispy Monterey Bay squid salad, toasted rice ice cream with yuzu marmalade and a pint of Magnolia beer or glass of wine. $50.00. For...
Welcome to the OPENharvest website

Welcome to the OPENharvest website

OPENrestaurant has been working on a big event in collaboration with people on both sides of the Pacific including Yuri Nomura and Tokyo’s Food Light Project, Four Barrel, Pizzaiolo, Meatpaper, and a menagerie of photographers, artists, foragers and chefs. This fall will be the first rice harvest in Japan after the March earthquake, tsunami, and...