Reinvention of Washoku Cuisine
What is "Washoku Renaissance" and what's now?
Two decades ago, award-winning Chef Youji Iwakura brought to Boston a renaissance of authentic Japanese cuisine called Washoku. In 2018, his Washoku Renaissance formed the concept behind his restaurant Kamakura, the first to introduce modern kaiseki cuisine to the area. During the pandemic, he opened Washoku Renaissance, a ghost kitchen for upscale curbside takeout with his signature Sashimi Chirashi Sushi and Poke Jewel Boxes, which he continues to serve today. Chef Youji is expanding his Washoku Renaissance through popup events, podcast and social media, and launching a new ghost kitchen and menu
at the Shyun Washoku by WR, located in Foundation Kitchen, The Graphic Lofts, Charlestown, Mass.
In 2024, Chef Youji has opened a cozy 8 seat-speakeasy sushi kaiseki counter, Youji's #WashokuRenaissance in Foundation Kitchen's micro food hall to introduce guests a future dine-in experience of sushi and "omakase" sharing his life experience.
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