Fuyoh Kobayashi is a master calligrapher and owner of the famed Shoraian restaurant in Japan. Located in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Shoraian is perched on the edge of a mountain overlooking the Oi River and can only be reached by foot.
To call Shoraian simply a restaurant sells it short. Visitors come as much for the celebrated food as they do for the sense of peace that this spiritual, otherworldly setting offers.
Tofu is one of Kyoto’s specialties, perfected by Buddhist vegetarian monks over the centuries.The tofu artisans in Kyoto are passionate and extremely serious about their craft.
They use century old techniques to create perfect blocks of fresh, silky, and surprisingly flavorful tofu that’s nothing like the bland bricks found in the industrial mass-produced variety.