Known as a place thronged with young people, Shibuya also houses the Shinsen area where adults gather. Among the many hidden culinary gems of Shinsen is the elegant sushi restaurant ""Aizawa"", which opened in 2011. Proprietor Hirohisa Aizawa trained for 10 years at ""Sushiya no Yoshikan"" in Gakugeidaigaku, then further polished his skills for 4 years at a world gourmet guide award restaurant ""Sushi Nakamura"" in Roppongi. Since going independent at age 34 (relatively young in the sushi world at the time), he has pursued the art of sushi with a passion, earning a wide range of customer fans.
Procurement of seafood begins in Toyosu (formerly Tsukiji). Aizawa engages in his craft using carefully selected ingredients, beginning with tuna from Yamayuki, a well-known intermediate wholesaler dedicated to tuna. The homemade ankimo (prepared monkfish liver) and other offerings are made with seasonal ingredients, as well as considerable time and effort. The carte blanche menu focuses on nigiri sushi that features a carefully thought-out chemistry between the vinegared rice and the seafood. Aizawa's superb technique is calculated to let the firmly-packed vinegared rice break apart in the mouth together with the sushi topping. The beauty of Aizawa's carriage in cutting the fish and shaping the sushi, too, conveys the attentiveness of his work. Around 10 varieties of Japanese sake are available to complement the cuisine. These can be selected according to season and preference.
The pristine restaurant interior, adorned with copious plain wood, offers nine counter seats and a small table for four. Given the character of its location about 10 minutes by foot from Shibuya Station, Aizawa is visited by a range of guests both young and older. ""I hope you'll visit to escape the noise of the city and to leisurely enjoy sushi,"" says Aizawa. Come to the counter to enjoy the offerings, infused with the hidden passion behind the reserved proprietor Aizawa.
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A 9-minute walk from Shibuya Station, Exit Hachiko(JR Yamanote Line)
A 7-minute walk from Shibuya Station(Keio Inogashira Line)