Behind the Scenes in Japan

A visit to Hell Valley, a soak in an onsen (hot spring) many visits to a ryokan. Go behind the scenes with Tony Bourdain in Japan.

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Tony Bourdain and the crew in Japan

Tony Bourdain and the crew in Japan

"Crew shot at ryokan (with Rene and Sean)." – Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

Tony Bourdain eating chicken nuggets in Japan

Tony Bourdain eating chicken nuggets in Japan

"Chicken nuggets with Dave Chang. He's a hopeless Lawson's addict. And now, regrettably, so are we all." – Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

Tony Bourdain in Japan

Tony Bourdain in Japan

"The Happy Place -- where everything is wonderful and nothing ever hurts: Lawson's convenience stores." – Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

Tony Bourdain with David Chang in Japan

Tony Bourdain with David Chang in Japan

"Rare shot of a happy Dave Chang." – Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

No Reservations crew member holding a beer in Japan

No Reservations crew member holding a beer in Japan

"Veteran producer Sally Freeman in a typical work pose. First step is 'admit you have a problem.'" - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

Tony Bourdain on a boat at night in Japan

Tony Bourdain on a boat at night in Japan

"With Sean Brock on fishing trawler." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

Rene Redzepi in the kitchen

Rene Redzepi in the kitchen

"Rene Redzepi." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

Cook It Raw menu in Ishikawa Japan

Cook It Raw menu in Ishikawa Japan

"The menu of Cook It Raw, Ishikawa." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

Tony Bourdain and several chefs in Japan

Tony Bourdain and several chefs in Japan

"Sushi with Magnus Nilsson, Adam Sachs, Rene Redzepi, Alex Atala and Dave Chang." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

Cook It Raw chefs in Japan

Cook It Raw chefs in Japan

"The chefs." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"Tom, Diane, Zach, my niece, Isabelle (who was studying in Japan), me in appropriate cocktail garb at our ryokan." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"Accordian -- NOT my favorite instrument, by the way -- accompanying dinner at German style brewery in Sapporo, serving Mongolian BBQ! Polka anyone?" - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"Crab, anyone? Monster sized crab from Hokkaido." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"One of my great passions: Yakitori. This stuff is particularly excellent." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"Relaxing in the onsen with my sake caddy." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"The crew in the onsen with me." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"Soba Master!" - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"Soba Porn. You have no idea how good this is until you've had it." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

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Kendo is a sport where you actually get BETTER as you age. This master regularly kicks the crap out of men in their 20s. 960 1280

Rennik Soholt  

Crew meal at a crowded izakaya in Roppongi. Our fixer, Michiko, Rennik, Zach, Paul, Todd, me and my old pal Shinji. 960 1280

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Iron Chef Morimoto through monkfish jaws. 960 1280

Rennik Soholt  

Todd at the Ryokan in Kyoto. 960 1280

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Editor Chris Martinez after an evening of sake drinking and chicken bits on skewers. 960 1280

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Todd shoots his dream toilet. 960 1280

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