At the sushi bar you don’t understand a thing, which is okay really because it’s the taste buds that figure things out here. The myriad instructions, complex delivery system for the dishes, the whole intense microcosm of lunch hour. Such an ornate midday ritual, this gobbling of calories. I think I need an ibuprofen.
But that was then. All shot on a Sony NEX-7 camera in Nara, Japan. All true.
These images are all part of a unique foodie book project.
Itamae: My Life in Front of the Cutting Board is the story of Chef Avi Sternberg’s journey as a foreigner through the hard knock school of Kaiseki cuisine, the hierarchy of the kitchen, and life as a Westerner in Japan.