The “Nandemo” in Nandemo Kitchen comes from a word that means “anything” in Japanese. I’m based in Tokyo, where I have lived since 2009. Most of my best memories in this city have been food and drink (and thus, people) related. While it’s true that I don’t have access to a lot of the ingredients called for in (increasingly?) fancy Western recipes, I also have a wealth of local ingredients and techniques here to try. I’m really interested in seeing how flavors can transcend culture and how we can combine existing ideas in new ways to create something we’ve never had before.
In addition to the time spent in my own personal kitchen, I enjoy visiting restaurants and getting inspired that way. Tokyo is a great city to do this in. I know that a lot of people visit Tokyo and want to go places “off the beaten track” or “where locals go.” In addition to the happenings in my kitchen, I want to show a bit of that “local” restaurant sort of thing, yes, but I’m not really interested in sharing “English-friendly” places only. There’s already a TON of thorough, well-documented and extensively photographed information about such places available on the internet. I’m much more interested in showing something beyond that; a “hard-mode,” if you will.
My apartment is 28 meters square (301 feet) and my kitchen is roughly half of that space, but I think there’s a lot you can do with a little creativity, flexibility, and willpower. It’s my hope that even with just spaces of this size, we can find ways to connect to each other, create, challenge, share, and inspire. I chose to call my food blog “nandemo kitchen” because I like the idea that the kitchen can be a place where anything goes.