On the next Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain returns to Japan — and while he's visited the country numerous times, he's barely scraped the surface of what it has to offer. In this Sunday's episode, Bourdain is accompanied by one hell of a tour guide: sushi legend Masa Takayama, owner of eponymous high-end and very spendy restaurants in cities including New York and Vegas.
Bourdain and Takayama tour Kanazawa's outdoor food markets where they sample massive oysters, fresh-from-the-sea uni, and grilled eel livers; have tea with a former geisha; and indulge in the omakase at Tokyo's prestigious Sushi Ko.
Chef Masa also takes Bourdain with him to a friend's house for a living room cookout that far surpasses anything you've probably hosted in your backyard: Freshly caught fish, Hokkaido scallops, quail, and wild boar are cooked over a traditional Japanese sunken hearth known as an irori.
The Japan episode premieres this Sunday at 9 p.m. PST/EST.