The Fog Over Tokyo

The city is obscured this morning, but not so hidden as to be unseen.  The day ahead is promising.  I am meeting with a person to talk about hotels.  I am meeting with the head of Japan’s Cheese Association: What do you suppose we will talk about?  Could it be cheese?

I arrived back in the city late yesterday afternoon and returned to the same room where I started this trip.  The afternoon was spent editing; the evening was with friends Rie and Robb at Pirouette in Toranomon Hills.

Toranomon Hills is modern complex of offices, shops, and retail that opened last year.

The restaurant is French in style with Japanese ingredients and preparation, and it is very good.  Think marinated beef cheeks in miso and then slow braised for hours.  But above all it was vegetables that were important: The young chef, a charming guy, grew up on a farm and it shows in his menu.  Really delicious food.

Tokyo is always surprising as well as familiar.  Quite like the city physically now due to the fog.

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