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6 Guys In Japan


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6 Guys In Japan


I find life clear through the window pane of the train, head on the glass, watch the the terrain blur then stream into soft shapes ribboned with color.

I find life clear through the window pane of the train, head on the glass, watch the the terrain blur then stream into soft shapes ribboned with color.

Arrival

The long stair.... A 12 hour flight, we arrive, hotel, sushi, drinks and now 4 floors underground in Ginza Tokyo in a smokey whiskey lounge. 

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In Japan, the cocktail is treated with the same care and craft as everything else. Form and function, texture and taste, a fragile beautiful style informed by thousands of years of tradition.

A simple martini solves all.

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This is how it goes when your guild is the Shinji, the Tokyo fixer. 6 guys in Japan for 6 days.

In the morning we gathered ourselves and headed to Tokyo station to board the Shinkansen for Sendai. We were heading there for a reason....

Sendai

I took a long exposure from my hotel room in Sendia. To capture, I turned off all the light in the room. When I looked at the shot on the small carne screen there was a strange smudge in the center of the frame. I zoomed in and there was Kyle's head floating in the clouds reading his iPad. 

I took a long exposure from my hotel room in Sendia. To capture, I turned off all the light in the room. When I looked at the shot on the small carne screen there was a strange smudge in the center of the frame. I zoomed in and there was Kyle's head floating in the clouds reading his iPad. 

Traveling two hours north of Tokyo, to a lesser know city in Japan, only to get on a local train and ride twenty minutes out to the suburbs. What is worth such a detour? This bowl of Tonkosu Ramen... pork bones and meat simmer for days on end in giant pots to make a silky rich broth. A perfectly cooked egg, shredded pork and scallions top springy noodles to make quite possible the best bowl of ramen on earth. 

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火鳥 HINOTORI. "The Phoenix" in Japanese. This is where I fell in love with yakitori. It is a smokey temple to delicious charcoal grilled meat on a stick. The chicken, the fire and the technique, so simple that it takes true mastery to make it great.  

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Sendai


Sendai


The glass was a gift

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Osaka


Osaka


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Kyoto


Kyoto


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Tokyo


Tokyo