A Rooftop Farm in Kyoto City Center
Find the lush rooftop farm amid Kyoto city center in a building with a grocery store and a few restaurants with a farm-to-table concept.
Published March 25th 2018 on the former blog
If you are a foodie and love Japan, you might have heard of the term “Kyoyasai” which means “Kyoto vegetable” and is used to describe heirloom vegetables from the Kyoto prefecture. According to research the vegetables have more minerals, fibers and vitamins compared to regular vegetable and they also have a much richer taste which is why they are often cooked with no seasoning at all or as little as possible.
Now if you’re interested in getting really good ingredients for a nice dinner a place to visit is Kyoto Yaoichi Honkan. Initially it looks like a simple upscale supermarket where you get one of the best vegetables, meats and more, but hidden on the roof you’ll find a beautiful farm in the midst of the big city.
You can enjoy the farm to table food served in the restaurant while looking out onto the farm. They are open daily and only 4 blocks from downtown Kyoto (Google Maps).
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STORIES BEHIND THE PIECES
Kiyoko Matsuoka, 4th-generation shibori master
Shibori, meaning “to wring, squeeze or press” is the process of shaping cloth before dyeing to create various designs on the textile. Rather than using the cloth as a two dimensional surface, the Shibori textile has a three dimensional element, given that each technique requires years of experience to master.
Hiromichi Nakade, Maker of Oryoki Bowls
Meet Hiromichi Nakade and Kazuya Fujimoto, the makers of the Oryoki and Kodaiwan bowls. A master craftsman sits with his former apprentice to speak about their hope for the declining crafts industry in Japan, as well as the appeal of craftsmanship.