Echo Park’s New Sake Bar, Ototo

A minimal but warm space that aims to make the Japanese tipple more approachable

Ototo is a venture for chef Charles Namba and sommelier Courtney Kaplan (of Tsubaki next door) to share their joint passion for sake and food. While Namba helms the kitchen, Kaplan is sharing her extensive knowledge of sake—telling vivid stories of breweries throughout Japan—and recommending sakes to bar-goers, who range from rookies to experts. The food and sake at Ototo (and the pairings that occur) may …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Gamified beer, wearable tech bandages, a unique concept home and more

Rendered Versions of Lost Frank Lloyd Wright Designs Spanish architect David Romero turned to 3D-rendering software to finish some of the 600+ documented ideas Frank Lloyd Wright left behind. While many of his projects reached the ideation stage during his lifetime, the ones left unbuilt are just as remarkable—even though most of them are simply aerial drawings. Taking into account the surrounding scapes of the …

SingleCut Beer Launches in Japan With Gamified Cans

Celebrating US songs that were popular in Japan and SingleCut’s launch in Tokyo, the brand’s new tropical and dense IPA (aptly named “Big In Japan”) features four different can variations—all with their own cartoonish QR code. The codes are comprised of motifs that act as hints to a song title and, when they’re scanned, they prompt Spotify to open and play the track—ultimately revealing whether …