MAD Masters: the Mender

MAD Masters: the Mender

For millennia, porcelain was so precious that broken pieces were sent from all over Asia to China to be carefully repaired with rice flour, lacquer, and metal brackets. The Japanese method of kintsugi—mending with thin veins of lacquer mixed with precious...
MAD Masters: Tokyo’s Gen Yamamoto

MAD Masters: Tokyo’s Gen Yamamoto

This is the first in a series that focuses on the singular approaches of characters we meet around the world—everyone from farmers to craftsmen. Up first: Tokyo’s master mixologist Gen Yamamoto. Gen Yamamoto’s eponymous cocktail bar is an intimate, eight-seater...
A Japanese Master on Innovation Through Tradition

A Japanese Master on Innovation Through Tradition

The legendary restaurant Kikunoi has stood in the foothills of Kyoto for more than a century serving food with an even longer history. Kikunoi’s chef Yoshihiro Murata cooks kaiseki, an elaborate multi-course meal that in Kyoto takes on a regional form known as...

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