Paris, Tokyo: Dominique Bouchet
In this episode of ‘Paris, Tokyo’, celebrated chef Dominique Bouchet talks about the love for Japan that he has harboured for several decades now. This high-level representative of French culinary heritage (having passed through the Crillon, Jamin and la Tour d’Argent) explains how he brings together French and Japanese cultures on a daily basis in his creations, mixing products and know-how from the two countries to bring out the best of both.
The love story between Bouchet and Japan dates back to the 1980s. Back then, the prestigious restaurant La Tour d’Argent tasked him with opening a branch in Tokyo, under the guidance of Joël Robuchon. Almost 30 years of return trips between France and Japan followed, punctuated by decisive discoveries and encounters (indeed, Bouchet met his wife during this period).
In 2013, the chef, drawing on a brilliant career in France, opened a new restaurant in his name…right in the heart of the Japanese capital, over 9,000 kilometres from the 8th arrondissement in Paris, the area he usedto occupy. Since then, Bouchet has seenhis Tokyo restaurant receive two Michelin stars. He hasalso opened two new restaurants in Japan: The bistrot Les Copains de Dominique Bouchet (also in Tokyo, in Ginza) and Le Grill Dominique Bouchet Kanazawa, a restaurant which specialises in grilled food, in the hugely historic city of Kanazawa.
Tendo Mokko: Furniture to Hand Down from Generation to Generation
Japanese brand Tendo Mokko has been producing plywood furniture for almost eight decades, and collectors are still eagerly snapping up the company’s creations.
An Instagram Account Dedicated to Japan's Marvellous Facades
This Instagram account catalogues numerous Japanese buildings, all full of artistic merit in spite of themselves. @ka_nai is its (anonymous) curator.
The Four Leaves Villa, The House That Mirrors Nature
Located in the heart of the Karuizawa forest in Japan, the Four Leaves Villa, designed by architecture studio Kias, blends into the landscape.
The Vision of Toshiyuki Inoko, a Founder of teamLab
What exactly is teamLab, known as an art collective? To find out, we interviewed its founder and chief representative, Toshiyuki Inoko.
Kabuki Prints Soon to be Displayed at the British Museum
Kabuki, the traditional Japanese epic form of theatre which enjoyed its heyday from the 1600s to 1800s, is centred on male plays.