Here, we spotlight American expats around the globe and get their insider tips on the best places to eat and drink in their adopted cities.
The Expat: Mark Meli, author of Craft Beer in Japan, the first and only English-language guide to Japan’s craft breweries and craft beer bars, published in September. The Rochester, New York native is also a professor at Kansai University in Osaka; he’s based in Kyoto.
Where do you live in Kyoto, and what do you love most about your neighborhood?
I live on Kujoyama Mountain in the eastern part of the city. It’s a small mountain, but forested and quite wild, though it's still in the city proper. Nearby is my favorite restaurant in the city, Okariba (“The Hunting Lodge”). It’s an izakaya serving mountain foods, mainly barbecued game as well as wild vegetables, with lots of great sake, of course.