September 30, 2016

A while ago, I got the chance to meet local sushi chef, Chef Masakazu Hatadan, a brilliant guy whom I think is definitely one of the Keihoku’s gems. He has established his name in the culinary world by innovatively combining the offerings of Keihoku’s cedar forests and fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan in the form of Sugi Sushi (mackerel nigiri sushi, wrapped in paper-thin slices of local cedar that adds a wonderful woody fragrance to the sushi)...

September 28, 2016

Every Friday, my colleagues and I like to grab a drink at Syu’s Bar, located in the Sushiyone ryokan. Besides having a charming female owner or okami (wearing the traditional kimono in the picture above) and the delicious Japanese bar food served, what I really enjoy about Syu’s Bar is that you can regularly find local lumberjacks to crack jokes with, and foreign guests staying at the ryokan to share stories with. It’s a cozy and convivial place to spend pe...

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