“With its wide-open spaces, national parks, active volcanoes, forests of silvery beech, forlorn coastlines and remote fishing towns, Hokkaidō is ideal for road trips….”
Lonely Planet started a new series of cookbooks, called From the Source. The idea is to capture a place through its food, and include recipes from the best cooks who make the food — all with gorgeous photos throughout. This summer, editions for Italy and Thailand were released (photo above). I want to make everything.
Next up: Japan. I’m contributing the chapter on Tohoku & Hokkaido. The photographer and I are still in the process of sorting out our plans, but it looks like we’ll be road-tripping deep into Hokkaido. I can’t wait!
“Taito Designers Village packs a lot of old-school charm — literally. It’s housed in an elementary school rendered redundant by changing demographics. The walls still have murals painted by former students, a parking lot retains the outlines of a running track, workshop space is furnished with science-lab desks, and the sinks lining one of the hallways sure weren’t designed for grown-ups. ‘The toilets are really small too,’ says Ayako Takagi.
“Takagi is my guide for the afternoon, introducing me to the facilities and faces of the workspace. Dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, her long hair capped with a bright turquoise hat, she possesses both a personality and a face that, had she chosen a different path, could easily have landed her on the cover of a fashion magazine. Instead, inspired by her jewelry-designing parents, Takagi makes character art and figures under the brand name Uamou. She’s part of the second generation of designers who have been selected for a three-year, low-rent residency at one of the 19 studios that comprise Taito Designers Village.”
Published in Tokyo’s Metropolis magazine