Postcards from Japan

November 5, 2009

Postcards from Japan, V: Soy Shabu

by Kayoko Akabori

The cold weather, as Yoko just talked about, could only mean one thing: HOT POT TIME! Look at that thinly sliced, luscious piece of scarlet red cow flesh. How ever so privileged we are. This is an individual-sized shabu-shabu nabe (hotpot) we got at our ryokan (Japanese-style hotel) in the coastal town of Izu. Instead […]

October 29, 2009

Postcards from Japan, IV: Yoko’s Kitchen

by Kayoko Akabori

Yoko has since moved out of her little studio in Shimokitazawa, but I remember taking this picture cause her stovetop cracked me up. ONE BURNER!!! I mean, really, why would anyone need more than that, right? Pretty inconceivable for Americans. Where would Hideko’s precious coffee machine go? This here picture captures the entire width of […]

October 27, 2009

Postcards from Japan, III: OYSTERS

by Kayoko Akabori

OYSTER SEASON IS HERE! Best time of the year to be ALIVE. My friend Maho and I went to an oyster bar “happy hour” in Nishiazabu, Tokyo- although whatever they were still pricey as hell. I could kick myself for losing my notes on where these darlings came from. Yoko thinks most likely from down […]

October 19, 2009

Postcards from Japan, II: 8 Steps to Soba Heaven

by Kayoko Akabori

1.) Chopsticks holder-thingy. 2.) Chopsticks to lay on #1. 3.) Cup for soba broth. 4.) Little container of housemade broth, to pour into #3. 5.) Dish of green onions and wasabi. To be added to #3 (only after #4 is poured in). 6.) Pink salt for Exhibit 7. 7.) Maitake tempura. How autumnal! To be […]

October 16, 2009

Postcards from Japan, I: Pon de Ring Donut

by Kayoko Akabori

I have been going through my hard drive and am finding a shitton of Japan Food pics from my visit last year that I never shared with you. My one-year anniversary of leaving NYC is fast approaching- I left on November 3 and went straight to Japan for nearly the entire month, remember? It’s all […]