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Celebrity Chef Hidekazu Tojo Joins Adventure Canada in the Arctic

March 20, 2015 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

unnamed (11)Adventure Canada, experts in small-ship and land-based expeditions to the world’s wildest destinations, will welcome renowned sushi chef Hidekazu Tojo aboard its Heart of the Arctic cruise. Traveling from Nunavik, north to Nunavut and across the Arctic Circle to Greenland, foodies will learn the art of sushi making during exclusive shipboard sushi workshops and discover Inuit traditions and delicacies, like sampling seal meat. Using local arctic ingredients, Tojo-san will prepare a special dish that honours the unique connection between Japanese and Inuit cultures. The 13–day adventure departs July 17, 2015.

“Chef Tojo-san is a creative culinary artist, who is highly regarded by his peers and food lovers worldwide,” said Cedar Swan, Adventure Canada CEO. “His passion for wild and fresh ingredients and Japanese fare make him a perfect fit for this northern journey.”

unnamed (10)The Wall Street Journal selected Tojo-san as one of the top ten sushi chefs in the world. He’s also been inducted into the BC Restaurants Hall of Fame, and received the Vancouver Magazine Lifetime Achievement award among many others.

Beyond food, the expedition focuses on an exploration into the Arctic’s art world, providing opportunities to explore remote artist studios, meet with Inuit carvers and printmakers, and discover the artistic connection between Japanese and Inuit cultures.

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In the 1950s, artist and writer James Houston introduced modern printmaking to northern communities like Kinngait as a potential source of income. To learn more about the process, Houston travelled to Japan and apprenticed with one of the world’s leading masters Un’ichi Hiratsuka. When he returned to Canada, he imparted these sophisticated teachings to Inuit printmakers, and in doing so revolutionized the industry. Today, the two art forms share similarities in their subject matter—from representations of the spirit world, to the prominence of animalistic imagery and an emphasis on the power and beauty of nature. His son, John Houston, joins Tojo-san aboard the expedition.

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