Tokyo, Japan

Apr 2015

The chaotic rhythm of a late Aoyama afternoon disappears as soon as you cross the threshold of Maru restaurant. You just have to go down a few steps to enter a different Japan – secluded, intimate, ceremonious – suspended between tradition and modernity. Like in a present-day izakaya (a typical Japanese inn), the main feature is a long counter. Behind it, chefs celebrate the ritual of modern Japanese cuisine with a dance of precise gestures and harmonious skill. The dishes of the kaiseki “Kyoto style” menu follow one another in all their beauty.

Thanks to Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

Words Laura Taccari

Translation Alessia Andriolo




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