November 10, 2022

Haru, natsu, aki, fuyu: the Japanese craft gin embracing seasonal flavours

Working in harmony with nature’s rhythm, it can take up to a year to harvest the botanicals that flavour Roku GinThe makers of Roku Gin aim for nothing less than a pure expression of Japan in all the marvellous diversity of its varied landscapes and the magic of its changing seasons: haru (spring), natsu (summer), aki (autumn) and fuyu (winter). Roku means “six” in Japanese, and every elegant hexagonal bottle of Roku Gin contains six exceptional botanicals sourced from across the country – and across the year, which are then blended with eight traditional gin botanicals.“We harvest in harmony with the seasons – so we go to the north later because everything ripens later there,” says Roku brand ambassador Raffaele Di Monaco. The master artisans who create Roku Gin bring all their skills to the task of blending each individual element into a final product that’s fragrant and piqued with quintessentially Japanese flavours. Continue reading...
November 8, 2022

Precious Adams on balancing ballet and computer science: ‘you don’t want to be 45 with zero credentials’

The English National Ballet soloist on the pandemic, director Tamara Rojo’s departure, the magic of one’s own big toe – and her university degreePrecious Adams likens being a dancer to having fibre optic cables running through her body. “Our mind-body connection is on another level,” she says. “Even after all these years you’ll become suddenly aware of some new muscle and fire it up, like, I didn’t know I could switch my deep rotators on so intensely!” A few years ago, a coach told Adams to think about pressing her big toenail down to the floor for stability, “And suddenly it gave me the most control over my whole body; the magic answer. Was I totally unaware of my big toe this whole time?!”Adams, originally from Detroit, did her first dancing around the living room to a Vengaboys CD, but went on to train in Canada, Monaco and Moscow before joining English National Ballet in 2014. She’s been regularly singled out by critics, whether for her Russian-schooled lyricism, charismatic American zing or getting under the skin of contemporary choreography, and she’s about to appear in a triple bill including Mats Ek’s new Rite of Spring and a William Forsythe work set to the electronic music of James Blake. Continue reading...
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