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Fran Kuzui

Fran Kuzui

Fran, CBs Tokyo Bureau Chief, became part of the Culinary Backstreets team after joining a walk in Istanbul and writing them a fan letter. Her years as an active movie director, producer and distributor have given her an excuse to travel the world and an opportunity to eat very well. Born in New York, she met her Japanese husband on a movie set in the United States and they began splitting their time between New York City and Tokyo. They now live on the grounds of a Buddhist temple in Nikko, Japan. She has written pieces for Japanese magazines and several screenplays, one of which she directed and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. While Frans culinary tastes run from high-end sushi to any kind of yakitori, shes never met a noodle she didnt like.

Recent stories by Fran Kuzui

Hop on the train with us for a delicious journey to Tokyo’s outskirts.
September 8, 2017

Kushiwakamaru: Skewered and Pickled

Tokyo -- Traveling out to the Nakameguro district from central Tokyo is similar to a trip from midtown Manhattan to Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It’s not that far and there are many amusing and delicious reasons to go. Read more
August 1, 2017

Fowl Play: Chicken Two Ways in Central Tokyo

Tokyo -- One of the things we love about Japanese food is that it celebrates specialists. A good sushi chef makes only sushi, and only after years of study to learn the art of making the perfect rice. Likewise, only a master of the dynamics of hot oil can craft perfect tempura. Read more
Join us on a hunt for the best of the season There will be unagi and much more.
July 12, 2017

Natsu no Shun: Summer Eating in Tokyo

Tokyo -- After the merriment of sakura cherry blossoms has faded, bringing with it the dreary Japanese rainy season, the hot, humid days of July and August follow shortly thereafter. Read more