Kuruminoki, a cafe-cum-grocery store, can be found next to the Japan Railways track in a residential area of Nara dotted with little old temples. It is easy to spot, as people line up to secure one of the 80 lunch servings offered each day.
A native of Takamatsu, Yukiko Ishimura, who opened the store 33 years ago, was living at that time in Nara's suburbs after getting married.
Three restaurants with Japanese chefs have earned a star in the 2012 French edition of the prestigious Michelin guide, its publisher said Monday. The feat brought the total number of France-based restaurants with Japanese chefs with Michelin stars to 12, including six in Paris, according to the publisher.