The recent disaster and its ongoing aftermath has involved people in ways that are far greater in significance than food-related issues, and as such I believe the current silence on the Japan board is surely to be expected, and appropriately so.
The question of how to help in this circumstances for all of us who are not there is urgent, and is obviously better left to other forums, where it is being discussed, as it must be.
Yet I cannot help but feel that there is some way we can put this space, which feels like home to many of us, to a use that will be of some, albeit intangible, good.
In this spirit, I am inviting all Chowhounds to come to this thread and express the many ways in which they love and admire Japan, its culture and its people, with the inevitable tie-in angle of the amazing food this place has to offer. The title refers to Tokyo, but I of course intend it to cover the whole country.
I am a relative newcomer in this field, so I start with a couple of short line, promising to add to it as thread grows, as I hope it will.
I love Tokyo because in its non-descript back alleys magicians like Koji Sawada turn fruits of the sea into masterpieces of minimalist perfectionism.
I love Tokyo because of chef Takazawa, who brings two worlds of cuisine together in ways that defy formulaic articulation.