Selections from 2013 AUTUMN/WINTER Issue
Uniting modern design sensibilities with such conventional manufacturing processes as forging,casting, and engraving, metalworking today is bringing new beauty into our everyday lives. Come with us to the towns of Takaoka and Tsubamesanjo, long known for their metallurgy. We’ll show you a traditional iron kettle with a modern twist and a host of other tools, artworks, and even fashion accessories. A truly functional—even ecological—material, metal takes on infinitely new forms when it is melted and recast. We’ll look at some that are surprisingly fine and delicate.
The Magic of Koji
Fermented food products? Japan’s got them. Chefs and foodies around the world have long known about miso, soy sauce, and natto beans; now shio-koji salted rice malt is on culinary checklists too. While the country’s long tradition of using fermented foods is in part owed to its mild climate, the collective wisdom and experience of those crafting these products have made all the difference. We’ll visit these masters to explore their fermentation techniques, taste their foods, and meet the microorganisms they live with.
Japanese Antiques in Tokyo
From antique streets to antique markets, Tokyo has plenty of places to seek out old treasures. But it’s knowing what to look for, and how, that makes the quest fun. With happy people who have unearthed their favorite finds as your guide, discover the allure of Japanese antiques.
Best Leaf-Peeping Destinations
Autumn foliage in Japan is often likened to nishiki—a richly layered brocade. From the undulating
forests of broadleaf trees in Tohoku to the perfectly composed plantings found in Kyoto’s famed
gardens, we’ll introduce you to the best places to view the season’s delightful contrasts and
harmonies of scarlet, crimson, and gold.
*Please note:Editional plans are subject to change