Roads & Kingdoms

Sep 02

Black Sea Dance Paradox

#Notburningman: Rounding off the summer, the first in a series on festivals around the world.

Kazantip - after Russia’s takeover of Crimea, a famous rave relocates to an increasingly conservative country, the Republic of Georgia. 

A quiet moment at the Tokyo Midtown Design Hub. Goal for 2015: get @ANML to present here on all the rad design work they do with R&K #rkjapan

A quiet moment at the Tokyo Midtown Design Hub. Goal for 2015: get @ANML to present here on all the rad design work they do with R&K #rkjapan

It’s lunchtime in Japan. #rkjapan

It’s lunchtime in Japan. #rkjapan

Sep 01

Any Burner on the Playa this week can tell you that mushrooms and dancing go nicely together. But here in Japan, the Dancing Mushroom—maitake—has nothing to do with EDM. It was supposedly named  after the happy jig you make when you find one in the forest. Or even when you find one, as we did, in a friend’s shop in Hakodate. Drugs are crazy illegal in Japan, but a deep umami high off of maitake might just be the next best thing. #rkjapan

Any Burner on the Playa this week can tell you that mushrooms and dancing go nicely together. But here in Japan, the Dancing Mushroom—maitake—has nothing to do with EDM. It was supposedly named after the happy jig you make when you find one in the forest. Or even when you find one, as we did, in a friend’s shop in Hakodate. Drugs are crazy illegal in Japan, but a deep umami high off of maitake might just be the next best thing. #rkjapan

Aug 31

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Aug 30

Ronaldo wins for most fully bizarre endorsement in Japan. Face Up facial muscle toner, which looks like a ballgag with dragonfly wings. Note he wasn’t paid enough to actually put one in his mouth. #rkjapan

Ronaldo wins for most fully bizarre endorsement in Japan. Face Up facial muscle toner, which looks like a ballgag with dragonfly wings. Note he wasn’t paid enough to actually put one in his mouth. #rkjapan

Serendipitous to be in Hokkaido for the first lunch service after soba-master Tatsuru Rai returned from Copenhagen. That 12-minute wordless preparation he did for hundreds at @themadfeed? That’s every bowl here, silent save for bebop playing  on the radio and endless rounds of slurping from the ten seats at Sobatei Rakuichi. But you could tell he and his wife were thrilled to have been to CPH—on a small calendar behind the bar, last weekend’s days were marked with a single word: NOMA. #rkjapan

Serendipitous to be in Hokkaido for the first lunch service after soba-master Tatsuru Rai returned from Copenhagen. That 12-minute wordless preparation he did for hundreds at @themadfeed? That’s every bowl here, silent save for bebop playing on the radio and endless rounds of slurping from the ten seats at Sobatei Rakuichi. But you could tell he and his wife were thrilled to have been to CPH—on a small calendar behind the bar, last weekend’s days were marked with a single word: NOMA. #rkjapan

Aug 29

In the Blood

Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew wants to attract visitors to the remote mountaintop the fictional Dracula may—or may not—have called home.

Aug 28

Bunashimeji mushroom cluster from Suzutatsu in Hakodate. We photographed it, then it fell apart. Taste remained. #rkjapan

Bunashimeji mushroom cluster from Suzutatsu in Hakodate. We photographed it, then it fell apart. Taste remained. #rkjapan

The town of Kutchan in Hokkaido is basically all snow and potatoes, which is why their town mascot is a fat little potato on skis. But in all seasons you get these beautiful bowls of Gosetsu udon, fat little noodles made a bit translucent because they’re made with potato flour. Surprisingly light, served cold but dipped in warm broth, a superfine specialty for an otherwise unassuming town of 15,000 potato-growers and udon-eaters. #rkjapan

The town of Kutchan in Hokkaido is basically all snow and potatoes, which is why their town mascot is a fat little potato on skis. But in all seasons you get these beautiful bowls of Gosetsu udon, fat little noodles made a bit translucent because they’re made with potato flour. Surprisingly light, served cold but dipped in warm broth, a superfine specialty for an otherwise unassuming town of 15,000 potato-growers and udon-eaters. #rkjapan