It’s hard to believe that only a decade ago “eating Japanese” likely meant a trip to YO! Sushi for some avocado maki rolls, or to Wagamama for their signature chicken katsu curry. Back then, even Japanese ingredients like miso, matcha, yuzu and edamame were scarce. Nowadays, they are a kitchen staple. Innovative chefs have created a host of pop-ups and restaurants that offer the chance to try a taste of Japan in the UK. One of these chefs is Shuko Oda, co-founder of the popular London restaurant Koya.
Holbein’s tiny portrait projects us into a private moment in the life of an ordinary middle-class woman living in the reign of Henry VIII.