In this issue we profile three restaurants in Kanazawa, a city on Japan´s west coast, 2,5 hours with Shinkansen from Tokyo.

We visited them several times to be able to understand their philosophies and gain their trust. In Japan you don´t just walk in…

From environmentally conscious sushi chef Takayoshi Yamaguchi of Mekumi, hunter-chef-forager and artist Akiyoshi Komura of Tsubaki, where he and his mother, Michiyo, run their family restaurant in the mountains. Finally we found the heart and soul of modern kaiseki in the outskirts of Kanazawa by chef Takuya Kataori.

In “40 years of soba” expat Robbie Swinnerton revisits his first days in Japan in 1980 and since then he never even thought about leaving.


We also feature Japanese influences outside of Japan. In Berlin award winning writer Lisa Abend  met up with the guys behind Ernst restaurant. An honest story from a young restaurant changing the conservative fine-dining landscape in Germany.

An intimate look at Terada Honke, one of Japan’s last artisanal sake breweries where hard work and an obsession with fermentation never ends.

Fuchsia Dunlop reveals the relationship between Japan and China in Japan Diary.

Chefs Andoni Luis Aduriz, Sean Brock and Thomas Frebel write about their personal relationships to Japan with incredible images by Raku Inoue.


French feared food critic François Simon takes a look at the odd Franco-Japanese love relationship in “French Connection”.

We reveal how the japanese mafia, the Yakuza, controls seafood trade, show what sumo wrestlers feast on to gain weight, pay an homage to Kyo Aji restaurant, spend time with chef, Shinobu Namae, drink coffee in Hokkaido and eat ramen in Tokyo

As always striking art, an original manga and illustrations from exclusively Japanese artists throughout 240 pages. Phew!

Please enjoy our Japan mook ムック!

Lotta Jörgensen

Per-Anders Jörgensen

Poonperm Paitayawat