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I took this earlier this week at Chuck Kayser’s organic farm, O.K.Fields in Kutsuki, Shiga. Memories of Edward Weston! These are destined for the Tomato sauce at Cafe Foodelica. これから美味しいオーガニックトマトソースになります!


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Deep Kyoto Walks E-book Now Available on Amazon, with Ramblings by Yours Truly in “Gods, Monks, Secrets, Fish”

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Edited by Michael Lambe and Ted Taylor, it’s a great collection of meditative strolls by long-term residents of Kyoto, and all-round cool people. And me. It sez ‘ere: “Deep Kyoto: Walks is a new anthology of 18 meditative strolls in Japan’s ancient cultural capital. Independently produced by 16 writers who have made their home in Kyoto, this book is both a tribute to life in the city of “Purple Hills and Crystal Streams”, and a testament to the art of contemplative city walking. In a series of rambles that express each writer’s intimate relationship with the city, they take you not only to the most famous shrines and temples, but also to those backstreets of memory where personal history and the greater story of the city intersect. Join Pico Iyer, Judith Clancy, Chris Rowthorn, John Dougill, Robert Yellin, John Ashburne and more as they explore markets and mountains, bars and gardens, palaces and pagodas and show us Kyoto afresh through the eyes of those who call it “home”.

dogen[1]_0My walk, entitled “Gods, Monks, Secrets, Fish” starts at the place where this fellow, Zen-Patriarch and proto-Foodie Dogen, (pictured left) ‘left the building’, and finishes at the sacred well in Nishiki Tenmangu. En route I stop off for some fine seafood at Daiyasu, and sample some of the great foodstuffs that are available in the Nishiki Market Arcade. At some point I go on seemingly unconnected asides about the French, the Vikings, Locusts, etc. If you’d like a wee taster, please pardon the pun, Michael has kindly put up this link on his Deep Kyoto website. The full kit and caboodle can be purchased for a very reasonable fee at that well-known purveyor of words named after a large rainforest, here. And here, for you patient readers who kindly got this far, is a bit of Dogen that didn’t make it into my walk:

“Through one word, or seven words, or three times five, even if you investigate thoroughly myriad forms, nothing can be depended upon. Night advances, the moon glows and falls into the ocean. The black dragon jewel you have been searching for, is everywhere”

 


A link to My Story in the Wall Street Journal Asian Edition yesterday

Hope you enjoy it. About the new developments in Osaka’s Kita-Umeda.

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Sasha’s Home-made Pickles & her Cheese with Fresh Dill: Awesome!

She’s practising for her new cafe, and I am enjoying every minute of it!

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Suzuno Soba in Gifu City

Yesterday Sasha and I drove up to Gifu in the Jag to a Soba shop that I discovered earlier this year. Happy to report it is still great.

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Takenoko bamboo aemono  w/Sansho

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Nihonshu

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Tempura

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Mori Soba

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Inaka Soba

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Sobagohan Rice

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Kurozato Black Sugar Pudding

Total cost was 2300 yen per person. Worth every penny.


On Tsukiji Fish Market, for Qantas’ In-flight Magazine’s Website

Hope you enjoy this piece I wrote recently for ‘The Australian Way’. http://travelinsider.qantas.com.au/the_spirit_of_old_tokyo_our_guide_to_the_tsukiji_fish_market.htm

Includes Dennis Hopper’s favourite sushi shop. Bloomin’ good it is too. The sushi shop, I mean. Photos are by me too.


My Wall Street Journal pieces on Osaka

Here’s a link to the columns that I wrote for the March 19th, 2012 issue. 3 pages in all. Please enjoy.
http://www.investosaka.jp/pdf/twsj_2012.pdf (You’ll need to click on the hyperlink rather than the image).


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Anti-Nuclear Demonstration in Yokohama, January 14th, 2012 脱原発世界会議

Coinciding with the Global Conference for A Nuclear Power Free World, held at Yokohama Pacifico, January 14th and 15th, 2012.

Please contact me if you would like to use any of the pictures. I am sure something can be arranged.


“Quintessential Kyoto”: A Story I Wrote on Kyoto’s Michelin-starred Restaurants and the Like for Destinasian Magazine

I was very happy with this one which appears in the current (October/November) print issue, as I took all the photos (bar the Kyoto graphic) as well as doing the text.

Click here to see the full story in PDF format: Kyoto (1) including pics.

The story introduces celebrity chefs Kunio Tokuoka of Kitcho and Yoshihiro Murata of Kikunoi and I also recommend some favourite restaurants chosen by the ‘restaurant reviewer of the Louis Vuitton Kyoto Nara City Guide’. That’s me, btw. If you can’t be bothered with all those troublesome photos (my art!) here is a link to the Destinasian web version. Hope you like it.