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JBroida
07-02-2013, 08:37 AM
I figured it might be nice to keep this all in one thread, instead of having one for each place/person... anyways, just arrived in tokyo today...

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and had some food...

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eshua
07-02-2013, 01:16 PM
Salted duck egg or just plain old eggs?

MadMel
07-02-2013, 01:16 PM
O sweet! That black chicken place was one that I missed on my trip! Reviews and comments would be appreciated!

Brad Gibson
07-02-2013, 04:25 PM
looks delicious jon!

JBroida
07-03-2013, 09:30 AM
this next one was way too many photos to post here... this is a link to the facebook gallery (and i added descriptions this time)

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151558767498860.1073741849.369479678859&type=1

JBroida
07-03-2013, 09:47 AM
scratch that... figured out an easy way

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schanop
07-03-2013, 10:17 AM
Drooling.... Yaki Aji looks pretty yummy. But seriously, how does the food taste without missus?

JBroida
07-03-2013, 10:18 AM
well, i get to eat more crazy stuff, but less overall ;)

thankfully, i dont suck too much in japanese so i can get what i want :)

stereo.pete
07-03-2013, 07:27 PM
I want all of that, Jon can we get names of restaurants and maybe a description here and there, there are some items I have no idea what they are?

JBroida
07-04-2013, 10:51 AM
today i ended up going a lot of places where i couldnt take pictures, but in the places i could, i snuck in a few... here's today's photo group:

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(for what its worth, its hard to have in depth conversations in japanese, while doing this, and trying to take pictures by myself)

and then some more food:

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JBroida
07-04-2013, 10:54 AM
I want all of that, Jon can we get names of restaurants and maybe a description here and there, there are some items I have no idea what they are?

i think i put some of the descriptions on facebook... sorry, but as i'm in japan by myself this time, its kind of hard to have conversations in japanese, answer e-mails regularly, take pictures, do things in peoples workshops (sharpening, forging, etc.) and be 100% on top of all of this... sorry. If there's something specific you're curious about, let me know when i get back to LA and i can tell you more about it.

mhlee
07-04-2013, 01:40 PM
I'm so jealous of you because of all that amazing food you're eating. :hungry:

Vladimir
07-04-2013, 03:07 PM
very impressive picture Jon, the only thing I think that it is quite a lot of food to eat at a time:D

JBroida
07-04-2013, 08:08 PM
yeah... its a hard job, but someone has to do it :P

Zwiefel
07-04-2013, 09:33 PM
Great photos Jon...Love the leaves in front of the clock..very nice composition, lighting, and focus selection.

ChuckTheButcher
07-05-2013, 02:47 AM
I want to go to Japan so bad. It all looks amazing.

JBroida
07-05-2013, 09:58 AM
i added a bit of information in the facebook descriptions if you guys are interested... not that much, but more than i will put here:
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bkultra
07-05-2013, 10:07 AM
Are the knives sitting in propylene glycol (antifreeze) or some form of glycol corrosion inhibitor?

JBroida
07-05-2013, 10:25 AM
its some form of corrosion inhibitor

Dave Martell
07-05-2013, 04:59 PM
Awesome pics Jon, thanks for sharing!

franzb69
07-06-2013, 02:14 AM
stupid question, doesn't that liquid hurt your skin when you expose yourself to it?

it's radiator coolant, stops corrosion.... i've handled it barehanded it feels like it eats my skin when i exposed myself barehanded. (both from liquid cooling computers and cars)

JBroida
07-06-2013, 06:25 AM
nope... i've had my hands in that kind of water for a few days straight now and no problems (plus, i do this every year and no problems yet)

JBroida
07-06-2013, 10:18 AM
today, i ended up having dinner by myself (i was exhausted after today's work... pictures are coming after this)... check out facebook for picture descriptions (the link should be in my signa

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JBroida
07-06-2013, 10:25 AM
And here are todays pictures from my training with the craftsmen here (sadly, its impossible to both do work and take pictures at the same time, so there arent many pictures of me actually doing things, but i promise i was... all day in fact... i've got the blisters and calluses to prove it)

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mano
07-06-2013, 10:42 AM
Jon, do you intend to forge knives to sell? I thought your training was in sharpening.

JBroida
07-06-2013, 10:56 AM
not really... i a more concerned with better understanding the various processes of knife making and becoming skilled in them so i can better choose what kind of knives to sell, better assess knives, do a better job at fixing them, and be able to talk about their various aspects in much greater detail and with much greater knowledge. This is why i train.

mano
07-06-2013, 11:00 AM
If it was at all possible, you just went up in my esteem.

JBroida
07-06-2013, 11:02 AM
lol... thanks i guess

JBroida
07-06-2013, 11:04 AM
also, building trust with the craftsmen in important as well... the more they see me as a capable person, the more seriously they take what i have to say, and the more they can rely on me for care and maintenance of their products

Nasr
07-06-2013, 03:44 PM
Great Sequence
And I admire your professionalism

Brad Gibson
07-06-2013, 04:19 PM
Awesome Jon! That's Kobe looks so marbled holy crap!

JBroida
07-07-2013, 11:08 AM
This time, a home cooked meal with friends

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stereo.pete
07-07-2013, 06:54 PM
Awesome Jon, great pics and thanks for sharing as always. The profile on those gyuto's you pictures are drop dead sexy!

JBroida
07-07-2013, 08:14 PM
yeah... we often end up having in depth conversations about profiles, geometries, etc., so trying out various things is very helpful for both me and them

franzb69
07-07-2013, 11:40 PM
i wanna move to japan just for the food and the knives. =(

mpukas
07-08-2013, 05:11 AM
If it was at all possible, you just went up in my esteem.

+1 to this Jon. I'm really impressed with your dedication.

mpukas
07-08-2013, 05:15 AM
And on another note... okonomiyaki has been randomly popping up on my food radar in the past few weeks. I first saw a youtube video in Japanese of a small diner, and I had no idea what it was, but wanted it really badly! Then there was a story on The Splendid Table a couple of weeks ago. And then the other night I couldn't sleep and was watching food porn, and became obsessed with it! I had to make it this morning (well, my version with the ingredients that I have) and it was spectacular! My new favorite thing. And I been thinking - Jon, please have some awesome okonomiykaki so I can live vicariously through you! Thanks for posting all of this great stuff!!!

JBroida
07-08-2013, 09:15 AM
the last set of pictures represent my favorite okonomiyaki in japan (which happens to be made by a friends' wife)... theres another restaurant i really like, but i have no free time to go there this trip... its pretty much all work and then dinner with people we work with (and then more work when i get back to the hotel).

JBroida
07-08-2013, 09:33 AM
Here's todays food followed by some more knife/city related photos:

I wonder if you guys can tell me what i was eating? :)

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JBroida
07-08-2013, 09:34 AM
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chefcomesback
07-08-2013, 10:56 AM
These knives are made with the collaboration with my partner ...... in Japan!
Ups , i have mixed the vendors , sorry :justkidding:

JBroida
07-09-2013, 09:47 AM
todays food (including a wonderful bento that was made for me by one of the craftsmen's wives)

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Korin_Mari
07-09-2013, 09:58 AM
Food looks amazing! :) Thanks for sharing. Be careful and be sure to drink lots and lots of water. I know Japan is crazy humid/hot right now.

JBroida
07-09-2013, 10:00 AM
and todays knife photos (and my practice time in making single bevel knives ;) )

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JBroida
07-10-2013, 11:22 AM
todays food photos...

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JBroida
07-10-2013, 11:27 AM
and todays knife photos (i dont know about you guys, but i'm pretty damn happy with the way my photos are turning out this year ;) )

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Slypig5000
07-10-2013, 11:38 AM
Yeah Jon, the photos are really awesome. Thank you for taking the time to upload them here. What is the deal with the hatchet?

bkultra
07-10-2013, 11:40 AM
The pictures look great. There is almost something surreal about the level of detail in the knife photos.

JBroida
07-10-2013, 11:45 AM
thanks guys... sorry to fish for comments... i was just really proud

Mucho Bocho
07-10-2013, 12:15 PM
Looking good Jon! Thanks for shairing

tkern
07-10-2013, 12:59 PM
The fifth photo up with the close up on the hand sharpening is awesome.

Johnny.B.Good
07-10-2013, 02:23 PM
I'm enjoying this thread.

Thanks for sharing, Jon!

DSChief
07-10-2013, 04:41 PM
Whats up with the chop on the wheel with a double sided hatchet? Is it a leather stop & he's notching it to hold more compound.
for what ever reason it seems a bit extreme

Slypig5000
07-10-2013, 05:02 PM
Whats up with the chop on the wheel with a double sided hatchet? Is it a leather stop & he's notching it to hold more compound.
for what ever reason it seems a bit extreme

Ha, I thought this was strange, would love an explanation.

xdrewsiferx
07-10-2013, 05:09 PM
Man! Some great shots and stunning looking food.

Thanks for sharing them.

eshua
07-10-2013, 08:15 PM
More Prints in the store this fall!

EdipisReks
07-10-2013, 08:20 PM
I've been super busy and haven't seen this thread until today. Really great trip, Jon, and great photos! There are a couple of the knife grinding ones that I'd love to have as larger prints to put in my kitchen. :)

cookinstuff
07-11-2013, 02:32 AM
Really looks like your having a good fun/work trip, lots of great food photos, the photos in the workshop are just as good. I always love seeing your dinners, you eat like I do when I go out. Keep the great shots coming.

JBroida
07-11-2013, 03:46 AM
the hatchet is used to keep the stones flat (over time, the places with more cuts wear more quickly), help the stone hold water better, and improve cutting speed and feeling

JBroida
07-11-2013, 09:37 AM
todays knife and place photos:

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and a video showing the use of hamokiri bocho:


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JBroida
07-11-2013, 09:41 AM
and of course some food ;)

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JBroida
07-11-2013, 09:43 AM
for whatever reason, a couple of my pictures havent worked lately... i think something in the link is being blocked, but i have no clue what part... sorry guys... you can see them all on our facebook page

mpukas
07-11-2013, 04:06 PM
amazing pics. amazing food. amazing knives & making. Thanks for posting all of this!

JBroida
07-12-2013, 09:00 AM
after a long day of travel, a little ramen ;)

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(sorry for the crappy cell phone pic... rental phone in japan)

Nasr
07-12-2013, 03:24 PM
Really enjoying this pictorial Journal
Sent you an email I know you are busy Hinoura San related

SpikeC
07-12-2013, 03:26 PM
That is not a crappy pic! Now I'm craving some ramen!

bamin
07-12-2013, 05:52 PM
Your photos always make me hungry.

schanop
07-12-2013, 06:49 PM
How lucky, yamamoto-sans are taking care of you well.

JBroida
07-13-2013, 04:08 AM
i cant get the videos to embed, but i added a couple of clips on facebook today
http://www.facebook.com/JapaneseKnifeImports

JBroida
07-13-2013, 04:12 AM
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JBroida
07-13-2013, 04:39 AM
oh... and some cell phone pics of todays lunch:

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JBroida
07-13-2013, 10:12 AM
tonights dinner...
I would tell you more , but you wouldnt believe me if i told you. Suffice it to say i ended up sitting next to someone super famous who knew me before i knew him (he literally knew me by name... blew my mind).

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schanop
07-13-2013, 10:15 AM
Do not hold us in suspense ... -_-

Sashimi plate looks tasty, though.

JBroida
07-13-2013, 10:18 AM
it was a journalist from tokyo that i had never met before... i was talking to the guy next to me and he turned to me and asked if i was jonathan broida... we ended up having a long conversation about knives and food... i had no clue who he was, but everyone else was taking pictures with him. I was embarrassed to ask who he was, so i asked the guy next to me. He told me i need to watch more TV and read more newspapers here.

schanop
07-13-2013, 10:24 AM
Cool story. You should find out and tell us whom he was.

Very good to have you in this time zone..

JBroida
07-13-2013, 10:39 AM
i still have no clue... i was too embarrassed to ask... he asked for my business card, but had run out of his. I'm going to ask one of the guys here who he know more about him.... i'll keep you guys posted. Either way, it was a fun conversation. Its nice to be reassured that i dont suck in japanese ;)

franzb69
07-13-2013, 10:48 AM
how i wish that true wasabi can be grown in my country.

JBroida
07-13-2013, 10:49 AM
they grow it in the US, but even thats not the same :(

franzb69
07-14-2013, 12:37 AM
they grow it in the US, but even thats not the same

i see. i've heard of australians successfully growing wasabi as well.

JBroida
07-14-2013, 04:37 AM
some quick snapshots from today before going off to dinner

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JBroida
07-14-2013, 08:06 AM
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stereo.pete
07-14-2013, 09:11 PM
I've never seen someone eat so much Kobe beef!

pete84
07-15-2013, 04:10 AM
Oh. My.

Jon, your pics are making me drool!

Hope you are having a great trip!

JBroida
07-15-2013, 06:27 AM
I've never seen someone eat so much Kobe beef!

what are you talking about? Last night was my healthy meal ;)

Notaskinnychef
07-15-2013, 07:50 AM
amazing photos, cool thread, thanks for taking the time to upload all of these. I am freaking jealous lol

JBroida
07-15-2013, 02:12 PM
here we go again with more food and knives

first the food:

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JBroida
07-15-2013, 02:17 PM
and now todays knife pics:

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dmccurtis
07-15-2013, 02:58 PM
Great photos. Love the low-key monochrome thing you've got going on.

Nasr
07-16-2013, 12:17 AM
last set is fantastic ..they all are but I love this set alot..

JBroida
07-16-2013, 06:42 AM
yeah... i'm stoked to have some new canvas prints made from this years photos. Consequently, when i do this, if anyone has a photo they want made into a canvas print from these photos, let me know. I think we should be able to accommodate. I think the ones i normally have made run about $85 or something like that.

JBroida
07-16-2013, 06:47 AM
also, today, i just got back from the craftsman's workshop, but i wasnt able to take any pictures today. We ended up talking for a few hours about steel, heat treatments, profiles, forging techniques, carbide structures, knife history and culture. Then he showed me some different heat treatment carbide structures (for what its worth, there happened to be a hrc tester, a few microscopes, a number of books and photos of microscopic steel structures). However, because it was a very hands on experience and a lot of talking, i wasnt able to take any serious pictures. Sorry.

Having dinner with him and his wife in a bit though, so i'll do my best to take pictures then.

jimbob
07-16-2013, 07:57 AM
Well, japanese food safari has dramatically moved up the bucket list! Talk about eating with your eyes!

JBroida
07-16-2013, 10:14 AM
i dont know if you guys know this, but i love japanese food enough that i wrote two theses (though i guess it undergrad its more of just a long paper) on the subject in college ;)

stereo.pete
07-16-2013, 10:27 AM
Thanks for sharing all of this with us Jon!

mhlee
07-16-2013, 11:39 AM
i dont know if you guys know this, but i love japanese food enough that i wrote two theses (though i guess it undergrad its more of just a long paper) on the subject in college ;)

Nerd. ;)

JBroida
07-19-2013, 06:20 AM
last bit of japan photos...

Food... I stopped taking pics about half-way through as the conversation we were having was really interesting and i got distracted. Sorry. -

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and some equipment from a knife makers workshop that might be of interest to some ;)

I wanted to take more, but my hands were tied up with other things, so it was hard to take pics.

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