Understanding Kaiseki, Japan's Most Elaborate Way to Feast | Food Skills

  • Published on Jan 22, 2018
  • Japan is hallowed ground for food obsessives the world over. But there's one style of Japanese cooking that turns traditional cuisine into high art. Inspired by the changing of the seasons and the beauty of nature, Kaiseki is the country's unique version of haute cuisine. At Brushstroke, chef Isao Yamada uses an ever-changing array of seasonal ingredients to tell stories from life in Japan. From slices of sashimi to charcoal-roasted eel, Brushtroke's kaiseki menu features food as metaphor and allegory.
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Comments • 231

  • dbsk06
    dbsk06 Month ago

    Actually my entire experience in japan, every restaurant that I went to showed this amount of passion that is completely lacking in the US...

  • Alexander Cao
    Alexander Cao 3 months ago

    odd question.. is there a name for the intro beats?

  • The Boulder
    The Boulder 11 months ago

    What's the purple flower used in the dish here?

  • Manuel Delgado
    Manuel Delgado Year ago

    luffy cannot eat this!

  • chuchuchuchia
    chuchuchuchia Year ago

    Creaming from that Eel clip

  • PainOrPleasure
    PainOrPleasure Year ago

    It's all very interesting but next time remember you can't read subtitles and pay attention to the way the food looks.

  • DeceitfulDestiny
    DeceitfulDestiny Year ago

    Great video, no typical hot white girl chowin' down.

  • Lyonresto - Le Guide des restos à Lyon

    😍 Super compte !, Félicitations ! On est Fan !

  • Johnnie Green
    Johnnie Green Year ago

    tear interior pepper frequency somewhere weigh title scene fate do basket all.

  • Dave Rath
    Dave Rath Year ago


  • Ungegurkt
    Ungegurkt Year ago

    omfg foodporn

  • Nex Sicarius
    Nex Sicarius Year ago

    I originally found out about Kaiseki because it was the title of one of the Hannibal Season 2 episodes; great video!

  • SoundCloud STAN
    SoundCloud STAN Year ago

    New lil Tracy (big head )

  • Mike Van Der Vegt


  • Roam The World
    Roam The World Year ago

    That eel cooked over charcoal looks good!

  • Paendabear
    Paendabear Year ago

    Better then hot ones season five so far.
    Disappointed in the first two hot ones, if the next one is another flop I'm going to stop watching until someone I know shows up

  • Saknr
    Saknr Year ago

    didnt understand a word

  • Amir
    Amir Year ago

    I like this anime.

  • Diandra Taylor
    Diandra Taylor Year ago

    Beautiful and looks yummy

  • mickaflopalypse
    mickaflopalypse Year ago


  • Raymon Rackley
    Raymon Rackley Year ago +1

    i love seeing the way someones eyes light up when they're talking about something they're passionate about

  • suchdoge
    suchdoge Year ago

    If I wanted raw food I'd just buy it from the supermarket wtf

  • chickenmonger123
    chickenmonger123 Year ago +1

    It seems to me Americans are beginning to decipher Japanese culture. As more fluidity between the people of our countries develops, and real culture becomes mainstream, we get a greater understanding of them.

  • Eddy mmm
    Eddy mmm Year ago

    Reminds me of that bar scene in billions

  • Nekro
    Nekro Year ago

    It's like someone saw a piece of art and was like: "I want to eat that."

  • Tj16903
    Tj16903 Year ago

    This guy loves what he does. Awesome vid.

  • Jason Hacker
    Jason Hacker Year ago

    Making a video where you are expected to look at the food, then doing it in a foreign language with subtitles, makes it very hard to follow. I enjoy most of your videos....this one not so much

  • kardentyrell
    kardentyrell Year ago

    Who's writing all the music for the First We Feast Episodes?

  • Steven Steven
    Steven Steven Year ago

    If that's eel they showed when he was talking about eel, then eel looks really good!

  • Daycow045
    Daycow045 Year ago

    Got me staring at my meal like an ungrateful child

  • Ricardo Costa
    Ricardo Costa Year ago


    KIPPY LUV Year ago

    Gr8 vid, nice Resturant, & cuisine. :)

  • pootis birbz
    pootis birbz Year ago

    we need coryxkenshin on hot ones!

  • Julio
    Julio Year ago +1

    Lol surprised dog wasn’t in season
    -🅱️👌👌Nk gang

  • GmoneyStylez
    GmoneyStylez Year ago

    Random rant .. i hate subtitles its like well i want to see what's happening but i also want to know what he is saying fml!!

    • Derek Baumer
      Derek Baumer Year ago

      If only there was some way to pause the video.

  • Leonard Ney
    Leonard Ney Year ago

    great. cant wait to never make this ever in my life

  • wearelegion
    wearelegion Year ago

    Dang, that wisteria-laden sashimi platter on ice looks divine!

  • lanatsif
    lanatsif Year ago

    Pls change the font and spacing of those subtitles to something normal. You may think it looks nice but it actually makes the readability much worse

  • DudeWatches
    DudeWatches Year ago

    I went to Japan and had this. It was terrible. I really wanted to like it, but it was terrible.
    The sushi is not like sushi you get At a sushi place, it often has the skin still attached, and is considerably more fishy tasting. I don't know if that is a stylistic choice, or just a pure reflection of the freshness of the fish.
    And they do not appear to show you what else they put inside of Kaiseki dinners. A quick rundown would include but is not limited to, boiled snails still in their shells, lightly fried shell fish (still slimy), a variety of uncooked vegetables, tremendously fishy miso soup, thin, gray slices of boiled Waygu beef (boiling Waygu?! Seriously?!), raw eggs, white rice, and a whole slew of unidentifiable fish products.
    And this was not supposed to be a shitty place either. It was at a Japanese Ryokan, in the country, rave reviews on their site and on yelp. Don't get me wrong, the kaiseki looked wonderful, but the textures and flavors of a traditional Kaiseki dinner appears to be anathema to a western pallet.
    PS: I traditionally love Japanese food and culture. Tokyo had so many places to eat had such good food that it blew my mind all over the place. And I am a huge fan of Japanese culture, and I don't want to disparage the message behind this video. But if you are ever from the Westin going to Japan, beware. Kaiseki is an expensive way of starving yourself.

  • Cryax The Fellarm

    the presentation alone is breathtaking, i can only imagine how it would taste

  • John Koster
    John Koster Year ago

    I'd eat this type of food! Looks good!

  • Michael Young
    Michael Young Year ago

    Anyone know what song was used from 1:40-2:22?

  • TwentyOneGames
    TwentyOneGames Year ago

    It's nice seeing someone so passionate about their profession

  • Swoosh La Rouge
    Swoosh La Rouge Year ago

    I hate watching a video to read the whole time -.-

  • Brian W
    Brian W Year ago

    I’m hungry... why tf am I watching this deliciousness?!

  • Alcaste
    Alcaste Year ago

    More fun and educating videos like this, please.

  • SKY
    SKY Year ago


  • Jaren Neo
    Jaren Neo Year ago

    ah-no.. food video ah-no.. is good ah-no.. im hungry right now.. ah-no... after watching.. ah-no... ohno...

  • Ramza Beoulves
    Ramza Beoulves Year ago

    God I love listening to passionate people

  • xo xo
    xo xo Year ago


  • Nibba 6972
    Nibba 6972 Year ago +1

    Yeah, it's so fuckin elaborate that everything is fuckin raw !!!

  • luke53285
    luke53285 Year ago

    so for anyone looking for a tldr, kaiseki is just over complicated presentation of traditional Japanese cuisine... one of the greatest wastes of human effort I've ever seen

  • RottedDollFace
    RottedDollFace Year ago

    I admire Alot of traditional things from Japan, and from many countries of the world. Tho I may never experience eating this, it looks beautiful, the meaning, look and all. 🌹🌹🌹

  • Feel Good
    Feel Good Year ago +1

    A necessity to read while watching yammy food is disturbing

  • James Fukuri
    James Fukuri Year ago

    My fathers been a (Japanese) chef for about 30 years now. Glad to see North America is starting to recognize quality over quantity.

  • Gabriel Romero
    Gabriel Romero Year ago +3

    It's fuckin *RAW*

  • Teth47
    Teth47 Year ago

    It saddens me that we don't ever get to see anyone try the food. I mean, it always looks delicious, but it's way better to have someone react to it so you can get a better idea of just how delicious. Here's something I thought I'd never say: Take a cue from Buzzfeed, people only watch Worth It to see how the hosts react to the food. That's only because the rest of it is garbage, you could do so much better with this format.
    I'm also just a random schlub on the internet, so that might be a terrible idea, but hey, never know!

  • George Busse
    George Busse Year ago

    I'm guessing most of us can't afford to eat there

  • Elykus
    Elykus Year ago

    wish you guys made longer, more in depth videos for these Food Skills segments

  • nope. ash
    nope. ash Year ago

    Jesus christ
    But of COURSE Japan has an insane way to feast. Legendary way of feasting folded 1000 times, superior to western feasts in every way.

  • Emiliyan Yankov
    Emiliyan Yankov Year ago

    mmm i want that eel :)

  • Necramonium
    Necramonium Year ago

    "Lemme get some fish, with some flowers."

  • Rodolfo Ribeiro Gonçalves

    Brazilian food next time.

  • wastegate
    wastegate Year ago

    when food gets anal-japanese anal

  • Koop
    Koop Year ago

    All that garnish makes me think I'm looking at potpourri instead of food.

  • slorr55
    slorr55 Year ago +30

    Food is art

    • Kimberly
      Kimberly 4 months ago

      "Good food is like color you can taste, music you can smell."
      --from the film _Ratatouille_
      (Or was it "music you can taste, color you can smell"?)

    • ginge mcginge
      ginge mcginge Year ago +1

      slorr55 food is the finest art!

  • The Fuck You Looking At

    im out here wondering why so many people drool over Japanese culture

  • cloudnosh11
    cloudnosh11 Year ago

    Yall should have Simon and Martina on your channel

  • MrChiMasterSir
    MrChiMasterSir Year ago

    You can see the passion on his face. I'm happy for him.

  • Danny Orange
    Danny Orange Year ago

    Dammit, I can't watch and read at the same time.

  • Wazum Melon
    Wazum Melon Year ago

    This man seems so genuinely passionate and happy about what he does and so excited to share it with the audience/interviewer and it makes me so goddamn happy

  • Chukwu
    Chukwu Year ago

    shit that looks so complicated.... im eating fuckking chicken nuggets and fries

  • bobfox
    bobfox Year ago

    Too poor to afford food art

  • anthony-y
    anthony-y Year ago

    This guy the #1 g

  • Ben Booth
    Ben Booth Year ago +2

    The video was good, but the music didnt really fit the tone

  • Jordy
    Jordy Year ago

    I'm fucking hungry now. Thanks.

  • P R64
    P R64 Year ago

    $170? Shit, that's like giving it away! I wouldn't give you $17 for this crap.

  • Rupture
    Rupture Year ago +24

    Whoever did the subtitles for this, KEEP him/her, amazing work what a beast.

  • Marksman
    Marksman Year ago

    Wow, I don’t taste the food, but I taste passion.

  • SkyeKingdom
    SkyeKingdom Year ago

    that eel looks delicious

  • David Y
    David Y Year ago

    Man the Japanese really have it down to an art.

  • Jake Clay
    Jake Clay Year ago

    I’m over here eating boxed Mac and cheese for dinner. Wtf am I doing with my life.

  • yungxtolo
    yungxtolo Year ago


  • ZorroLoco
    ZorroLoco Year ago

    Looks great! I had never heard of kaiseki before, but I'd love to try it!

  • Chinggis Han
    Chinggis Han Year ago

    It’s too beautiful to eat.
    If I take a bite I feel like I simply wreck the Beauty of the food.
    What do I do?!?

  • lazyorangejuice
    lazyorangejuice Year ago

    but dew u no de wey ?

  • no el
    no el Year ago +1

    Thinly sliced bamboo leaves from America... What... Why?

    • Alex Amaral
      Alex Amaral Year ago +5

      Pretty sure the restaurant is in New York so it would be redundant to import bamboo leaves from Japan for a presentation component.

  • Ricardo8388
    Ricardo8388 Year ago

    Looks beautifull taste like raw fish. People like to pay for art I guess.

    • Aaron Sirkman
      Aaron Sirkman Year ago

      So....you don't like the taste of raw fish? More for the rest of us, I guess.

  • Bean Lizard
    Bean Lizard Year ago

    This show is underrated

  • mihi19
    mihi19 Year ago

    hold the shots longer if subtitles are needed.

  • Syed Abbas
    Syed Abbas Year ago

    It looks amazing but I bet it's expensive af.

  • Volcrim
    Volcrim Year ago +1

    Lovely video. But did the quality get destroyed by the compression codec?

  • Captain Buggy
    Captain Buggy Year ago

    disgusting... not a single thing i'd eat.

  • Ned Mononymous
    Ned Mononymous Year ago

    Needs more shredded cheese and ranch.

  • gurkeline1
    gurkeline1 Year ago

    "In 2010, Greenpeace International has added the European eel, Japanese eel, and American eel to its seafood red list." Wikipedia

  • Arturo Huizar
    Arturo Huizar Year ago


  • SirMrBerk
    SirMrBerk Year ago

    that man has an infectious smile

  • Christopher Birnbaum

    Lavish and artful

  • Inspirmentalist
    Inspirmentalist Year ago +40

    i gotta go to japan some day.

    • ゆうおり
      ゆうおり 27 days ago

      +James Franko あんたとは仲良くできそうだ笑

    • James Franko
      James Franko 27 days ago

      +ゆうおり 笑

    • ゆうおり
      ゆうおり Year ago +2

      youll definitely enjoy it here

    • Jeevo
      Jeevo Year ago

      Inspirmentalist or just go to New York and eat here...

  • boxcar racer
    boxcar racer Year ago

    Love this series