Welcome to the new and improved Dancing Chopsticks! This site regularly serves up new and tasty content for the hungry, and is proud to serve as your documentary center for the people and places of Japanese food.
If food is fun, eating in Japan is positively magnificent. From the simplest grilled squid at a late night village festival to the most exquisitely prepared Franco-Japanese fusion concoction at a luxury restaurant on the Ginza in Tokyo, eating in Japan excites me. Japanese food is not all sushi, grilled fish, green tea, rice and tofu. Nor is it only things strange to the Western palate, although... [read more]
It began in a bar, as good things often do, in the basement of Act Tower in Hamamatsu City in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. My girlfriend at the time introduced me over grilled squid to Mr. Masamitsu Togawa, an important community leader with a number of all-important connections to the ultra conservative and elderly rural Shizuoka Prefecture farming population. After months of jogging by the rice... [read more]
Great wines come from great grapes. “Taste the Grapes!” is a joint project between Aaron Kingsbury and Emiko Muto. Aaron is currently doing his PhD dissertation research on grape and wine production in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. Emiko is a professional illustrator and designer born in the Eastern part of the prefecture. This not-for-profit collaboration seeks to allow lovers of the locally... [read more]