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Gil is multi-talented. He’s a writer, editor and online content expert. He’s the author of the book “Being Japanese American”

Being Japanese American book authored by Gil Asakawa

Besides his current main blog page "Nikkei View", Gil has contributed to numerous publications. Examples are AARP, Discover Nikkei, The Denver Post, The Huffington Post, just to name a few.

Nikkei View blog page by Gil Asakawa
Gil Asakawa

Although he’s been a writer and editor all his career, Gil’s educational background is art. He has a BFA in painting. You can appreciate his paintings and photographs in WELCOME TO THE GILLERY.

Suburban Sunset is inspired by a fiery sunset over suburban Denver.
Rancho de Taos Church in Mexico by Gil Asakawa

Gil plays the guitar, too. You can enjoy his play in his YouTube channel:

Gil Asakawa

guitar playing
Singing and Guitar playing in concert

Surprisingly, Gil is even more gifted. He’s a serious home cook. And that’s why Gil is using Syosaku Gyuto and Nakiri knives and Urushi Glass Plates.

Nakiri Knife (Vegetable knife) used in cutting vegetables
Santoku Knife with green Onions

Here are Syosaku products Gil is currently enjoying.

Get to know him more in this video:

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Syosaku Japanese Multi Purpose Chef Knife Damascus ZA18 69 Layer Octagonal Walnut Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm)

£255.00
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Syosaku Japanese Multi Purpose Chef Knife Damascus ZA18 69 Layer Octagonal Walnut Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi Purpose Chef Knife Damascus ZA18 69 Layer Octagonal Walnut Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi Purpose Chef Knife Damascus ZA18 69 Layer Octagonal Walnut Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi Purpose Chef Knife Damascus ZA18 69 Layer Octagonal Walnut Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi Purpose Chef Knife Damascus ZA18 69 Layer Octagonal Walnut Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi Purpose Chef Knife Damascus ZA18 69 Layer Octagonal Walnut Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi Purpose Chef Knife Damascus ZA18 69 Layer Octagonal Walnut Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi Purpose Chef Knife Damascus ZA18 69 Layer Octagonal Walnut Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi Purpose Chef Knife Damascus ZA18 69 Layer Octagonal Walnut Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi Purpose Chef Knife Damascus ZA18 69 Layer Octagonal Walnut Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi Purpose Chef Knife Damascus ZA18 69 Layer Octagonal Walnut Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi Purpose Chef Knife Damascus ZA18 69 Layer Octagonal Walnut Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi Purpose Chef Knife Damascus ZA18 69 Layer Octagonal Walnut Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Multi Purpose Chef Knife Damascus ZA18 69 Layer Octagonal Walnut Handle, Santoku 7-inch (180mm) - Syosaku-Japan

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Gil Asakawa
Japanese knives give you the edge on cooking

My Santoku from Syosaku-Japan is not only sharp, light and utilitarian, but it's also a beautiful object, like a work of art. From its hard, super-sharp blade to its beautiful Damascus steel pattern, it's a knife to show off as well as to use every day.

Syosaku Japanese Vegetable Knife VG-1 Gold Stainless Steel Mahogany Handle, Nakiri 6.3-inch (160mm)

£105.00
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Syosaku Japanese Vegetable Knife VG-1 Gold Stainless Steel Mahogany Handle, Nakiri 6.3-inch (160mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Vegetable Knife VG-1 Gold Stainless Steel Mahogany Handle, Nakiri 6.3-inch (160mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Vegetable Knife VG-1 Gold Stainless Steel Mahogany Handle, Nakiri 6.3-inch (160mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Vegetable Knife VG-1 Gold Stainless Steel Mahogany Handle, Nakiri 6.3-inch (160mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Vegetable Knife VG-1 Gold Stainless Steel Mahogany Handle, Nakiri 6.3-inch (160mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Vegetable Knife VG-1 Gold Stainless Steel Mahogany Handle, Nakiri 6.3-inch (160mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Vegetable Knife VG-1 Gold Stainless Steel Mahogany Handle, Nakiri 6.3-inch (160mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Vegetable Knife VG-1 Gold Stainless Steel Mahogany Handle, Nakiri 6.3-inch (160mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Vegetable Knife VG-1 Gold Stainless Steel Mahogany Handle, Nakiri 6.3-inch (160mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Vegetable Knife VG-1 Gold Stainless Steel Mahogany Handle, Nakiri 6.3-inch (160mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Vegetable Knife VG-1 Gold Stainless Steel Mahogany Handle, Nakiri 6.3-inch (160mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Vegetable Knife VG-1 Gold Stainless Steel Mahogany Handle, Nakiri 6.3-inch (160mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Vegetable Knife VG-1 Gold Stainless Steel Mahogany Handle, Nakiri 6.3-inch (160mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Vegetable Knife VG-1 Gold Stainless Steel Mahogany Handle, Nakiri 6.3-inch (160mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Vegetable Knife VG-1 Gold Stainless Steel Mahogany Handle, Nakiri 6.3-inch (160mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Vegetable Knife VG-1 Gold Stainless Steel Mahogany Handle, Nakiri 6.3-inch (160mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Vegetable Knife VG-1 Gold Stainless Steel Mahogany Handle, Nakiri 6.3-inch (160mm) - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Vegetable Knife VG-1 Gold Stainless Steel Mahogany Handle, Nakiri 6.3-inch (160mm) - Syosaku-Japan

Blade runner: The Nakiri is the Japanese knife you want for vegetables

My Syosaku-Japan Nakiri knife is a true joy to use, and my go-to knife whenever I have any vegetables or meat to slice. Its razor-sharp edge and perfect balance in my hand makes slicing and dicing FUN -- it's the best way to describe the experience having such a fine tool to use in my cooking!

Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe

£327.00
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Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Jet Black with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan

Glass plates that are worthy of display as art

I got a charger plate for my wife Erin as a Christmas present, and its a beautiful example of Urushi craftsmanship with its striking splashes of gold leaf and powder over a black background.

Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe

£327.00
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Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan
Syosaku Japanese Urushi Glass Charger Plate 13.9-inch (35cm) Vermilion with Gold Leaf, Dishwasher Safe - Syosaku-Japan

Glass plates that are worthy of display as art

Because the plates are so strikingly beautiful, we haven't used them as platters to serve food we display them on stands. But it's good to know that I can use the plates like we do our collection of Japanese ceramic dishes and platters