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Discover Japanese cuisine with me, as I travel across the land of the Rising Sun!
Discover Japanese cuisine with me, as I travel across the land of the Rising Sun!
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Oishii: Culinary Adventures around Japan

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こんにちは!

Hello! My name is Rossana, and I’m a Medicine student from Milan. Before I graduate, I want to realize one of my dreams: to travel to Japan on my own to fully immerse myself in the culinary tradition of this country. 

After my first Japan trip in 2013 I fell in love with this country and started studying japanese, and this December I will take the JLPT exam. In addition, in October I am going to take the WSET level 1 to become a certified sake sommelier!

My usual travel companions are a camera, a list of restaurants to try (decided before leaving), a city map, and a notebook to jot down all my impressions and memories.

'OISHII: culinary adventures around Japan', starts as a gastronomic report of my solo trip in Japan that will begin in November.

 The driving and unifying element of the travel will be Washoku (和食), or traditional Japanese cuisine, characterized by ingredients that are simple yet treated with extraordinary care and respecting seasonal availability.

The main goal of the project will be to find ‘hole in the wall’ ( 穴場) restaurants, and collect the best in a “zine”, a indie publication on paper. 

You will be able to choose among three topic-specific guides:  

ABOUT IZAKAYAS will guide you to discover izakayas, establishments where you’ll find yourselves in close contact with a clientele composed at 99% by Japanese people, gathered there to drink sake (among other drinks) along with tasty food with a home-made feel to it. I’ll point out the most interesting dishes to try, and which kind of sake to have with them to get the best possible experience.  

RAMEN ADVENTURES will introduce you to the food most eaten by Japanese people: Ramen, by explaining its varieties, ingredients and seasonings. I’ll choose the most outstanding restaurants and present them to you, as well as teaching you how to order them from the automatic vending machines outside said restaurants, for an even more genuine Japanese experience!  

Last but not least, SNACK TIME will be an introduction to the snacks (and drinks) most loved by Japanese people. Japan offers much more than KitKat and Pocky, there are lots of snacks with captivating packages that you will fall in love with before even tasting them.

What's in for you?

Each zine will contain: 

  • Useful informations (addresses, opening times, how to get there)
  • Suggestions on booking (or when to visit to avoid long queues)
  • My Best Picks (to make your experience remarkable)
  • Photos that will surely make your mouths water!
  • Guidelines to organize and prepare for your trip in Japan!

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The diagram below represents where all the funds will be allocated to. Shipping is not included in the pledge levels, and will be added during checkout.

 Greetings

Thank you so much to all of you who made this happen! To my mother and to my partner Cristiano who provided me endless support. To Elisabetta, Davide, Marco, Luca, Lidia and Paolo who helped me with valuable feedback and ideas; to Alessandro for the text editing and to Francesco for the video editing! 

ありがとうございます !!!

Risks and challenges

PRODUCTION DELAYS: I aim to have all zines complete before the end of March 2017. All backers will be kept up to date every month regarding the progress of the project, should there be any delays.

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    ARIGATOU!

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    POSTCARD FROM JAPAN

    A restaurant recommendation for the day written on a true japanese postcard sent during the travel!

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    OISHII: THE ZINE

    A selection of quality restaurants for your trip in Japan, collected in a 20 pages full color PDF zine of your choice from three:

    -ABOUT IZAKAYAS: discover traditional japanese pubs, where you can find amazing food, a huge variety of sake and an informal and lively atmosphere!

    -RAMEN ADVENTURES: let's talk about ramen, their varieties and where to find the best bowls to slurp!

    -SNACK TIME: Pocky may be the king of the Japanese snack world, but they're by no means the only option. Did you know that Japan is the most amazing place where to snack?

    Each zine will also include practical information to help you organise your journey!

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    OISHII: THE ZINE (PDF and PRINTED)

    Can't do without the printed version?
    For you also a 20 pages full color PRINTED zine of your choice from three:

    -ABOUT IZAKAYAS: discover traditional japanese pubs, where you can find amazing food, a huge variety of sake and an informal and lively atmosphere!

    -RAMEN ADVENTURES: let's talk about ramen, their varieties and where to find the best bowls to slurp!

    -SNACK TIME: Pocky may be the king of the Japanese snack world, but they're by no means the only option. Did you know that Japan is the most amazing place where to snack?

    Each zine will also include practical information to help you organise your journey!

    + The PDF version of the same zine

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    THE PDF SUPERPACK

    All my favourite restaurants in an exclusive pack which includes:

    The PDF version of all three 20 pages full color zines:

    -ABOUT IZAKAYAS
    -RAMEN ADVENTURES
    -SNACK TIME

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    OISHII: CATCH 'EM ALL!

    If you just wanna 'em all...
    all three 20 pages full color PRINTED zines:

    -ABOUT IZAKAYAS
    -RAMEN ADVENTURES
    -SNACK TIME

    + The PDF version of all three zines

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    WHAT ABOUT SAKE? the PDF pack

    Have you ever wondered how sake is made, how it should be served, where in Japan you can taste it or buy it?
    This PDF guide will answer all your question!

    + all three 20 pages full color PDF zines:

    -ABOUT IZAKAYAS
    -RAMEN ADVENTURES
    -SNACK TIME

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    WHAT ABOUT SAKE?

    Have you ever wondered how sake is made, how it should be served, where in Japan you can taste it or buy it?
    This PDF guide will include suggestions on where to drink, buy it, how to taste it and much more!

    + all three 20 pages full color PRINTED zines:

    -ABOUT IZAKAYAS
    -RAMEN ADVENTURES
    -SNACK TIME

    + the PDF version of all three zines

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    JAPAN TOUR

    Travelling to Japan has always been your dream?
    Let's organize it together!
    This reward includes a personal Skype chat session (keeping in mind that I'm fluent only in English and Italian) where you can ask me anything you wanna know to make the most of your trip!

    + ALL three 20 pages full color PRINTED zines:

    -ABOUT IZAKAYAS
    -RAMEN ADVENTURES
    -SNACK TIME

    + the PDF version of all three zines
    + SAKE GUIDE (PDF)

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