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THE BOTANICAL GARDENS TURNS ON THE LIGHTS

Montreal’s little piece of Eden, the Botanical Gardens, is celebrating an anniversary this fall: it’s been 20 years since someone had the bright idea of lighting up the gorgeous Chinese Garden with lanterns. And this year, the light is shining all the way into Japan!

A TASTE OF JAPAN IN MONTREAL

When one colleague is an ex-Kendo warrior (ok, slight exaggeration, but he does have the outfit and the sword) and another is Montreal’s answer to Astro Boy (it’s his hair), it’s easy in this office to let a Japanese fetish flourish. Surely though, we here at The Montréal Buzz are not the only ones who gravitate toward the Land of the Rising Sun. Fellow Japanophiles, here are some Montréal spots to hit for a quick Japanese fix.

NOA SUSHI LOUNGE: TOKYO ON THE MAIN

Last Wednesday marked the opening of a new, exciting venue on St-Laurent blvd : Noa Sushi Lounge.  For the occasion, cordon-bleu trained creative director Nacim Louali invited two Japanese chefs : Taketsuna Araki (formerly from Kaizen and Soto) and Koichi (from Kioochi Club Hotel & St-Malo Kasukabe in Tokyo) – flown in from Japan for the occasion – to shake up the new sushi kitchen.