ikigai is a japanese concept that means “a reason for being.” everyone, according to japanese culture, has an ikigai. finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. such a search is important to the cultural belief that discovering one’s ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life. this menu is an expression of my life as a child and young man, growing up in avon, as well as san francisco, europe, and chicago. the dishes on this menu pull inspiration from my life, draw on ingredients from our state, and utilize the flavors and techniques of japan. this menu, this space, is my ikigai.
The Japanese nabemono hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water. The term is onomatopoeic, derived from the sound emitted when the ingredients are stirred in the cooking pot and served with dipping sauces.