Sakeya

Sakeya

Milan, Italy

Jul 2017

No moon, no blossom. Just me drinking sake, totally alone. (Matsuo Bashō, 1689) 

Oku no Hosomichi ('The Narrow Road to the Interior') is one of the most important classic books of the Japanese literature. This work by poet Matsuo Bashō is a travelogue written both in prose and verses during a long and perilous walk, a five-month pilgrimage, more than two thousand kilometres long, from the modern Tokyo to the Japanese hinterland. It was the end of the eighteenth century. The master’s itinerary became the opportunity for many to start their own Japanese journey. What we like most at Sakeya are the small dishes of the bar: the coal-cooked salmon kebabs with teriyaki sauce, the rice paper roulades, the carpaccios, the fruity marinades, the classic chirashi casket – a final dish, as everywhere in Japan. Coconut panna cotta, ginger ice cream, and black tea crumble. They say that sake is at the service of food. We say that in this house sake is at the service of a traveller’s sleepless curiosity and freedom. We seat at Sakeya as travellers looking for their personal way into the 47 prefectures of the Japanese archipelago. Every day is a journey, and the journey itself home. (Matsuo Bashō, 1689) 

Words Paola Corini. Translation Alessia Andriolo