December 14th, 2012

Starnet (Mashiko: Part 3)

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5月に 行った益子で素敵なお店を訪ねて来ました。

オーガニックカフェと、ギャラリー、そして素晴らしい陶器や洋服のセレクションが広がるお店が一つになったスペースがここ、「Starnet」。前からずっと行ってみたかった所です。

大自然の山に囲まれてひっそりとたたずむ空間の中には、私の憧れる衣食住のスタイルがたくさんありました。

ランチにオーダーした食事はこの日のとれたての新鮮な野菜を素材に、シンプルで優しい味がしました。デザートに頼んだのはお豆腐の抹茶ケーキ。ヘルシーで上品な甘さが日本ならではのバランスです。

自然の恵みと日本の感性を絶妙に合わせたものが揃っていて,とても落ち着く場所です。また違う季節にも訪れてみたいですね。

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Back in the middle of May this year,  I traveled to Mashiko, Tochigi in Japan as known as Pottery village. There was one shop that I was excited to check out this time.  ”Starnet“.

Founded in 1998 by pottery designer Baba Koshi, the original Starnet location in Mashiko, Japan has grown into a gallery, organic cafe, studio and shop. (Now they have gallery spaces in Tokyo and Osaka also.) Starnet has been involved in various activities through practicing life style in a way of creative self-sufficiency harmonized with nature in the town of Mashiko.

Their food was something I was looking forward to try, of course. The daily special lunch was made with their freshest vegetables and ingredients. The recipe was simple and everything tasted honest and flavourful. And that’s a piece of tofu green tea sponge cake I had for dessert! So delicious… I felt relaxed and calm in the space. All they had was everything I wanted. A unique and perfect balance of Japanese sensibility mixed with nature.

Will be back there again.

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2 Responses to “Starnet (Mashiko: Part 3)”

  1. meds says:

    That is a lovely restaurant you went in to. There’s something heartwarming about eating with wooden utensils. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. What a beautiful experience! My husband and I are thinking of going to Japan this year, so I will be noting this place down on our list!

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