Do or Do Not. There Is No Try.

I have been waiting for along time for this. The Tsukiji fish market!!!!! (Photo Credit: Amass)

I have been waiting for along time for this. The Tsukiji fish market!!!!! (Photo Credit: Amass)

The trip to Japan was amazing on so many levels. Of course, for me, the main focus of the trip was food. There are so many things to say about the food in Japan. The products are pristine. The chefs are so focused. But I think that the most amazing thing about the food in Japan is how subtle the flavors are and how balance is heart of this cuisine. You hear about the food and how amazing it is, but until you actually go there and experience it yourself, you cannot understand how pure it is.  Don’t overthink it – just eat.

The experience starts with sitting in a room with a hundred people for 2 hours. The anticipation!! Met some super cool people. Thanks Hieda from Ryugin for showing us around and Scott for the hospitality. (Photo Credit: Amass)

The experience starts with sitting in a room with a hundred people for 2 hours. The anticipation!! Met some super cool people. Thanks Hieda from Ryugin for showing us around and Scott for the hospitality. (Photo Credit: Amass)

And along the way it was apparent that the food was only one piece of the experience. The culture and the people I met along the way were incredible. The culture in Japan is so complicated in the sense that seems like a pull between ancient traditions and this über-modern society. The way in which people live in between these extremes is nothing less than intense: Long work days and the constant pressure to perform. It is not just chefs that are working these long days. The push towards perfection was seen everyday whether it was making coffee, cooking chicken or collecting whiskey. In the words of Master Yoda, “Do or do not. There is no try.”

The tuna auction. These auctioneers would give the guys at Sotheby's a run for their money. All tuna that you eat is frozen at sea. Did you know that? They are truly beautiful animals and we all should feel lucky to be able to eat them. Thank you tuna! (Photo Credit: Amass)

The tuna auction. These auctioneers would give the guys at Sotheby’s a run for their money. All tuna that you eat is frozen at sea. Did you know that? They are truly beautiful animals and we all should feel lucky to be able to eat them. Thank you tuna! (Photo Credit: Amass)

I just want to thank everyone who made this trip what it was. First and foremost, Kat and Kim for connecting me with everyone. Nick, for being my first contact in Japan and taking me for the most incredible coffee experience on the planet. Mick you are a mad man and I love it. I will be your wingman any day. A super special thanks to Ioanna and Hisashi. You two made this trip what it was. Thanks for showing me the beauty of Hokkaido. Thank you for driving me around for two days and exposing me to some amazing food and people. See you September 13th. There is a table waiting for you. And finally Robbie, for showing me some spots that blew my mind. I can only hope to repay the favor on your trip to Copenhagen.

This is the by-product of the largest fish market in the world. This is only a quarter of what the pile will become. And what you see here is at  6:15 in the morning. The roof is the perfect platform for Styrofoam box diving. (Photo Credit: Amass)

This is the by-product of the largest fish market in the world. This is only a quarter of what the pile will become. And what you see here is at 6:15 in the morning. The roof is the perfect platform for Styrofoam box diving. (Photo Credit: Amass)

Of the hundreds of pictures that I took at the market, I'll only show you the best ones. These are geoduck clams that are so alive they will suck your face off. (Photo Credit: Amass)

Of the hundreds of pictures that I took at the market, I’ll only show you the best ones. These are geoduck clams that are so alive they will suck your face off. (Photo Credit: Amass)

Eels, eels, eels and more eels. (Photo Credit: Amass)

Eels, eels, eels and more eels. (Photo Credit: Amass)

 

No words. (Photo Credit: Amass)

No words. (Photo Credit: Amass)

If you lose focus for one second, you will be smashed by one of the hundred carts driving around and nobody will even flinch. You will become fish food. (Photo Credit: Amass)

If you lose focus for one second, you will be smashed by one of the hundred carts driving around and nobody will even flinch. You will become fish food. (Photo Credit: Amass)

"Now that's a knife": Mic Dundee. (Photo Credit: Amass)

“Now that’s a knife”: Mick Dundee. (Photo Credit: Amass)

Tuna meat scraped off the bones with a clam shell. Out of body experience. The best tuna I have ever tasted. I think I had about 400 grams of it. (Photo Credit: Amass)

Tuna meat scraped off the bones with a clam shell. Out of body experience. The best tuna I have ever tasted. I think I had about 400 grams of it. (Photo Credit: Amass)

Blood clams. These were a first for me. (Photo Credit: Amass)

Blood clams. These were a first for me. (Photo Credit: Amass)

These cuttlefish were absolutely beautiful. And amazingly, there was no fish smell to the entire market. (Photo Credit: Amass)

These cuttlefish were absolutely beautiful. And amazingly, there was no fish smell to the entire market. (Photo Credit: Amass)

Sushi breakfast at the fish market 7:00 in the morning.The cherry on top? These guys get first crack at the fish at 2 AM. (Photo Credit: Amass)

Sushi breakfast at the fish market 7:00 in the morning. The cherry on top? These guys get first crack at the fish at 2 AM. (Photo Credit: Amass)

You will never escape the Danes. (Photo Credit: Amass)

You will never escape the Danes. (Photo Credit: Amass)

This is true luxury. Wagyu, sea urchin, Shiso. Thanks Robbie for the behind the scenes tour of Tokyo. See you in CPH this fall. (Photo Credit: Amass)

This is true luxury. Wagyu, sea urchin, shiso. Thanks Robbie for the behind the scenes tour of Tokyo. See you in CPH this fall. (Photo Credit: Amass)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Do or Do Not. There Is No Try.

  1. Trevor

    I can’t believe you went there!!! That is a dream of mine as well. I no joke began to laugh and cry in joy at the pics. Love what you are doing bro! See ya soon! T

  2. Jeff Ramsey

    I stumbled across your restaurant when looking for jobs in Copenhagen… Looking forward to seeing what kind of food you are making. The picture of the Sea Urchin and Wagyu (with Shiso) caught my eye. That is from a standing only restaurant that I recommend to all my friends who visit Tokyo. Kanemasu, so good and cheap too!

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