The latest issue of Fool Magazine plopped through my mail box earlier this week.
Even more perhaps than the previous two issues, it is a feast for the eyes — great articles on the people and places that really count in the world of food and eating, superb photography, and all beautifully laid out.
This piece in particular caught my eye. It's a profile of Miyamasou, the remarkable and legendary ryokan in the mountains to the north of Kyoto, and its owner-chef Hisato Nakahigashi.
…and those very atmospheric photographs, all in monochrome or dusk tints are by Per-Anders Jorgensen (who also cofounded and co-edits Fool, together with his wife Lotta).
Like the restaurant, this piece is highly recommended. As is the the entire issue.
I'm pretty sure Fool does not have any distribution in Japan as yet. I got mine by ordering direct from Sweden.
As for Miyamasou, I have still not been out there — yet… hopefully before too long.
But even if you don't have the time (and budget) for a night at Miyamasou, you can still get a vicarious taster, at the beautifully refined Oku, a tearoom/gallery in the heart of Gion. The obanzai lunch is a treat.
PS: my snapshot take on Koya Udon is here…