February 2, 2013 |
When you order shoyu ramen, you see the noodle chef spoon soy sauce into the bowl before he ladles in the bone broth; when you specify that you want your noodles al dente, you see him check their status a couple of times before swishing them out of the boiling water. If you ask for green-chile butter, the restaurant's equivalent of what some other noodle shops call a "flavor bomb," you are served it on the side, to mix in as you like. Sitting at the counter is kind of a demystifying process, in the way that being able to see a sushi chef flash his knife through a half-dozen kinds of silvery fish helps you to understand what the difference might be between mackerel and gizzard shad.
February 12, 2003 |
Excitement ran high in the Tokyo art world as a painting, first thought worth less than $100 but now believed to be a work by Vincent Van Gogh, went on sale there. The unsigned artwork, a portrait of a heavy-set, grim-faced peasant woman in a white cap, was greeted with a buzz of excited conversation as it was placed on the auctioneer's stand over the weekend, just a day after the dramatic revelation that it appeared to be a previously unknown early work by the Impressionist master.
February 15, 1996
Tiffany to Open Store in Tokyo: The jeweler and luxury retailer said it will open its first stand-alone store in Japan in one of the world's most expensive locations, Tokyo's Ginza Street. Tiffany & Co. said the 7,700-square-foot store in the Iwasaki Building will open in May in partnership with its longtime retail partner, Mitsukoshi Ltd.
March 22, 1990 |
The rapidly rising land prices that hit the Tokyo area several years ago have spread to Osaka in western Japan and other regions, the National Land Agency said today. Average residential land prices in Japan rose 17% last year, with prices in Osaka jumping 58.6%, an agency report said. Commercial land prices rose an average of 16.7% nationwide, while business properties in Osaka surged 43.9%.
November 12, 1994 |
Squid sprints brought downtown Tokyo to a virtual halt Friday. Gathered around a 13-foot-long, 24-inch-deep tank of water at the entrance to a mall in the Ginza shopping district, hundreds of office workers cheered on their favorite squids in the bizarre race. The squids, racing in six lanes, were prodded into motion with sticks. The event was staged as a promotion by a northern tourism association.
December 31, 1987 |
Tokyo's Kabuki-za, regarded by Japanese as the center of modern kabuki theater, turned 100 years old this month. Set amid the roaring traffic and glitter of Tokyo's Ginza district, the Kabuki-za Theater was built at the time of increasing Western trade that influenced the costuming and plotting of the 385-year-old art form. The Kabuki-za was funded by the Japanese government from the beginning, allowing the kabuki actors the freedom to perfect their approach to the traditional plays.
December 12, 2012 |
WHERE AM I? Well lighted and high up This man is changing a lightbulb in one of the country's best-loved national parks. (Bring on the ranger jokes.) This fancy lamp hangs in a signature park hotel, well above sea level, somewhere west of the Mississippi and east of the Ginza (in Tokyo). But which hotel is it, in which park? (Hints: The park was founded in 1890. The hotel opened in 1927 and was used as a Navy hospital during World War II.) Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park, Calif.
February 12, 2003
Ginza Sushi-Ko in Beverly Hills, the only restaurant besides Bastide to be awarded four stars by the Los Angeles Times, will close at the end of March, chef and owner Masa Takayama said. Last year, Takayama announced plans to transplant his exclusive, reservation-only restaurant to the new AOL Time Warner tower on Columbus Circle in New York, but he had not given a closing date for Beverly Hills. The restaurant is still taking reservations.