Find Japan in Santa Fe

Try sushi with a Southwestern kick

shohko cafe kithcen

Jen Judge

Try sushi with a Southwestern kick

Shohko Cafe peppers its sushi menu with dishes like green-chile tempura and shrimp- stuffed jalapenos; viga ceilings and rice-paper screens extend the Santa-Fe-meets-Far-East theme. Check out the sake list (Demon Slayer and Only One Daughter are among our favorites) and, for a splurge, order the omakase-- the chef's inspiration of the moment. Closed Sun; $$$; 321 Johnson St.; shohkocafe.com

ten thousand waves hot springs

Jen Judge

Hit the hot springs

Shoji and Ichiban are the latest bath experiences ($49 and $69 for 90 minutes) at Ten Thousand Waves, the mountainside onsen, or hot springs, about 20 miles from Santa Fe Plaza. Soak in hand-thrown ceramic tubs (the first of their kind in America), set in an outdoor Japanese garden. On Hyde Park Rd.; tenthousandwaves.com

shibui antiques store

Jen Judge

Find your Far East style

The word shibui means "highest ideal of beauty" in Japanese, a concept that is taken seriously at Shibui antiques store. Pick up handwoven obis, samurai sword guards, and erotic woodblock prints at this jewel box of a shop, crammed floor to ceiling with Asian antiques such as tansus--traditional wooden chests. 215 E. Palace Ave.; shibui.com

tai gallery

Jen Judge

Change your art perspective

There are fewer than 100 expert bamboo artists in Japan today, but TAI Gallery represents more than 40 of them. Take a break from the Southwest-themed galleries on Canyon Road and contemplate delicate bamboo weaves and undulating sculptures in TAI's soothing space. Closed Sun; 1601B Paseo de Peralta at Guadalupe St.; textilearts.com

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