Sato Burian: Nine Cuts of Meat

After waiting the requisite month for our dinner reservation to arrive, I finally got to see (and taste) what all the fuss is about. Sato Burian (a play on “chateaubriand” in case you didn’t pick up on that) has two small locations in Asagaya serving up high-grade cuts of Japanese beef. Most of the meat…

The Koenji Rice Rice Meal Meal Project

Twenty shops, ten tickets, one stomach. And fifteen-hundred yen. The rice event of the year went down in Koenji today: The G-Meshi 88 (or Gメシ★88 or Gohan Meshi). Gohan, by the way, is Japanese for “cooked rice” or “meal”. And meshi is Japanese for “cooked rice” or “meal”. No, that’s not typo. It was our third…

Koenji Handmade City

  The second event in Koenji today is just a few steps down the hill from the Kushi Kushi Battle. Artists and artisans have their creations on display and for sale at Koenji Tezukuri-Shi (Koenji Handmade City / 高円寺てづくり市). The event is organized by Aozora Koten Atelier and has different participants on Saturday and Sunday. So it’s…

Kushi Kushi Battle in Koenji

This was the first of three festivities in Koenji today. “Kushi” (串) is “skewer” in Japanese. It is one of the few kanji that is actually recognizable as a pictogram. It is also an effective way to serve up easy edibles. Seafood, veggies, meat – anything that can fit on a stick goes on a stick….

Asagaya Jazz Streets 2014

A little video compilation I made of the incredible annual Jazz Streets festival in Asagaya last month.

Roomates with different tastes

Koenji and Asagaya are adjoining and adjacent neighbourhoods in Tokyo’s Suginami-ku. To borrow a bit of Thai street vernacular, the two hoods are same same but different. Kind of like Dr. Pepper and Coca-Cola. They both have a subcultural bohemianesque atmosphere, more akin to New York’s Greenwich Village than the stock footage neon-lit fast-paced robots and Hello…