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"You really
need to finish the soup," my
Japanese friend seated beside
me says between slurps of noodles. "It shows respect for the
chef." It's barely 11 am in Tokyo,
my brain is mired in jet lag, and
we've just paid about ten bucks
for lunch. I look around the small
room, which comprises both the
kitchen and a scant eight stools
for diners, trying to spy a "chef."
There are more than 7,100
ramen shops in this city of 35
million. Many only have counters - no chairs or stools and little
ambience. But in Japan, even the
humblest meal is labored over,
and, as I first learned when living there after college, even casual dining is revered. This bowl
before me contains handmade

noodles assembled with care to
exacting standards with a proprietary recipe. The transaction
between diner and restaurant
is also taken seriously. You eat
quickly - not just because the
shops only turn a profit through
traffic, but because the noodles
will become oversaturated with
broth if you don't eat them fast.
Eating quickly shows respect.
Also, my friend is right: There
is a chef. And the one who prepared our current lunch at Kagari
in Tokyo's upscale Ginza district was awarded Michelin's Bib
Gourmand, the gourmet guide's
distinction for value and quality.
While ramen joints are becoming more popular in the U.S.,
with some revered Japanese

Lost in translation: A ticket-vending-machine menu at Ramen Jiro and (below) Nakamise-dori Street,
a popular strip for souvenirs and street food that's believed to be one of the country's oldest shopping streets.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018

Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018
Contents
Editor’s Note
Contributors
The Virtuoso Life
Passport
Bon Voyage
Suite Talk
Inspired By
City to Go
Seat at the Bar
On the Table
Style & Design
Well Traveled
Port of Call
Greater Good
Dossier
In My Bag
My Town
When in Rome
Noodle on This
Interview
Need to Know
Souvenir
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Intro
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Cover2
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 1
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 2
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 5
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 6
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 7
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Contents
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 9
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 11
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Editor’s Note
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 13
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 14
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 15
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Contributors
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 17
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 18
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 19
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - The Virtuoso Life
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 21
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 25
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Passport
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 28
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Bon Voyage
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 39
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Suite Talk
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 41
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 42
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 43
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 45
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Inspired By
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 49
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - City to Go
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 51
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Seat at the Bar
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 57
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 58
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 59
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - On the Table
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 63
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Style & Design
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 65
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 66
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 67
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 68
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 69
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Well Traveled
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 71
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 72
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 73
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Port of Call
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 75
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 76
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 77
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 78
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 79
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Greater Good
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 81
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 82
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 83
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Dossier
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 85
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - In My Bag
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 87
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - My Town
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 89
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 90
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 91
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 92
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 93
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 101
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - When in Rome
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 104
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 105
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 106
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 107
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 108
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 109
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Noodle on This
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 111
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 112
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 113
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 114
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 117
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 118
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 119
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Interview
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 121
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Need to Know
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 124
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 125
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 126
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 127
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Souvenir
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