1. Design Matters

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A few years ago on a late fall afternoon, I was walking with a friend along Tetsugaku no Michi (Philosopher’s Road) in the city of Kyoto. After our walk, we stopped in a local restaurant for a traditional Japanese meal. Japanese-style meals are called washoku. The kanji characters for washoku (Image) literally represent “harmony” and “food,” and harmony is indeed a key principle embodied in Japanese traditional cooking.

In Japan, food is about experience as much as it is about sustenance. ...

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