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Oct 22, 2011 01:10 PM

Yasuda - Where is he now?

Yasuda told me that he would be working in the Tokyo area this year. Perhaps the tragedies of the past year have delayed his plans, but does anyone know where he is or how he is? I'd like to visit him when I go to Japan next year.

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  1. His new place opened in Tokyo in December. It's only open for dinner, and is also reservation only at this point (that may change as it gets busier). It's in Tokyo and is very easily found (unless you are directionally-challenged like I am) and is also reasonably priced. I was just there last night and had 14 pieces for under Y7000. I told him the types of sushi and flavours I enjoy and how many pieces I can usually eat, and he went to work. Throughout the meal we continued talking, and he altered his choices based on my comments.

    (I had stuff like shrimp roe, uni, iwashi, ikura (from alaskan king salmon), hotate, hotaru ika, etc. etc.)

    I wrote a little about my dinner on the Japan board (thread is "Sushi Bar Yasuda")

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    1. re: prasantrin

      Great to hear he is in Tokyo. My daughter is there now, I will pass on the info

      1. re: prasantrin

        Thanks for the update. I was able to get in touch with him and I will see him when I go back to Japan in a few months.

        Thanks again.

        1. re: Buzzy2

          When you go, just remember (if you're walking), to cross the street (418 highway) as soon as you can. As I mentioned on the Japan board, I was on the wrong side of the street (the cemetery side) so I had to walk well past the restaurant before I could cross again, and then I had to walk back up. (actually, I think I missed seeing the restaurant entirely, so after I crossed the street, I continued walking down at first. But once I saw I was in Nishi-Azabu, I knew I had gone the wrong way). It's in the basement of the building, but there's a large sign above the stairs (brown with white lettering, I think) which makes it easy to spot (unless you're like me).

          I have pictures up here . I don't have a Yasuda-only set, so you'll have to wade through the other pictures to find them (but that shouldn't be too difficult).

          1. re: prasantrin

            looks awesome, man i really want some good sushi right now

      2. I thought he went back to Japan to retire....i guess not.
        I wonder why he left NY.

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        1. re: Monica

          He has family in Japan that he seldom saw and I would guess that this was one of the most important factors for him. In addition, he told me that he wanted to learn and to improve his skills and he felt that Japan would give him the best opportunity to do this.

          1. re: Buzzy2

            Apparently "improve" is what he needs. Getting middling reviews overall and over in the Japan board. I guess he's just minor league over at the Polo Grounds, even though in New York he was carried around on his own float at Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

            1. re: Uncle Yabai

              LOL Uncle Yabai. PS i like your name too