The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl in association with Japan House Los Angeles presented Satoyama Photography Exhibition at Union Station highlighting Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa’s dedication to all things natural. Narisawa is considered to be among the best restaurants in the world, and one look at Satoyama Scenery will give you an idea why! While invited guests were privy to a guided tour of the Satoyama Exhibition with Narisawa at Union Station, a few others were lucky to lunch with chef at a ticketed event in Orsa & Winston, which also featured a Q&A with local food critic Jonathan Gold. Also in attendance was Brazilian photographer Sergio Coimbra who brought the photography collaboration to life.
The focus was chef Yoshihiro Narisawa’s food culture built on the richness of the Japanese environment. In Japanese, ‘sato’ means village and ‘yama’ means hill or mountain. The phrase refers to humans living in harmony with the environment. Narisawa’s interpretation of satoyama is expressed through dishes created in the kitchen of his eponymous restaurant, in partnership with local farmers and suppliers.
During the walking tour of the exhibit, chef Narisawa explained the ideation, conceptualization and creation process behind his work and the intention he presents when putting forth his artistry to guests at his restaurant. Coimbra talked about the process of working on with chef and the journey of photographing his craftsmanship, which culminated in this exhibit as part of the month-long festivities in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl is an annual, month-long festival celebrating the city’s dynamic food scene. Spanning the entire month of May, Food Bowl features many of the chefs and restaurants that have helped put Los Angeles on the map as a premier dining destination alongside world-renowned chefs in rare local appearances at hundreds of extraordinary events. The festival also supports food access, sustainability and waste reduction through charity partners and participating events.
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