Jewish Times Asia March 2015
Art • Culture • Music
A new book release exposes… Are Japanese The world’s most beautiful actually Jews? restaurant is in Tel Aviv With the publication of his novel in the USA, the Dutch author/Japanologist Ben Midland proofs that there’s still interesting matter left in this world worth to be discovered.
With his debut, The Sacred Mirror, Midland succeeds to hold the reader continuously captured into a amazing, factbased story about a national known myth in one of the oldest, most inscrutable and bizarre monarchies in the world as we know it: Japan. In a vivid, immersive style, Midland forces us to take a tour in the depth of the ever hidden caverns of an entirely different world that easily can be called a unimaginable re-introduction of
Publisher: America Star Books ISBN: 9781680907162
a nation as we never did see or ever thought about before.
Through writing this 590 page thriller, Midland attempts to defend a highly controversial thesis which is supported by a number of scientists and rabbis that, expelled by Babylonian and Persian armies. People of the ten lost tribes of Israel reached the coast of Korea from which they finally departed around 230 BC towards Japan.
Based on his own research, the existence of at least 100 cases of similarities among the Japanese and the Israelis, the results of a recently (in 2005) performed DNA and blood research among Japanese and Jews. Midland created a fantastic matrix for a ingenious, double-barreled story about the theft of a mythical, nowadays still worshiped 2500 year old sacred relic of which the Japanese, the author claims believes it to be physical, and the search for it. According to the author, the origin of the unseen relic, a bronze mirror, can be sought in ancient Israel where besides
Hebrew also Aramaic, the language of Christianity was spoken.
99% of the story, containing a well-balanced amount of functional violence, chasings, discoveries a la Indiana Jones in combination with intrigues plays in the southeast of Japan. Where the presence of shrines, temples and ancient cities altogether create a truly filmic and realistic scene where every aspect becomes justified.
If the relic is real or not, Midland was successful in his attempt to connect facts with suspense in this pleasantly written page turner, inviting the reader to hang on to the story from beginning until the end.
In a recent design awards event for architects around the world, the 2014 International Space Design Award– Idea Tops for the world’s best-designed restaurant went to a restaurant called Pastel. It is located in the Herta and Paul Amir Building at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
The Pastel restaurant was placed first in the Best Design of Dining Space category. The building was designed by architect Preston Scott Cohen, and the interior design was created by architects Alon Ba-
Lighting design is sleek with track lighting nestled into the soaring angular ceiling, Built-in, art-nouveau style lamps which add character
Pastel portrays a modern restaurant design, airy and sculptural, draped in rich burgundy hues
ranowitz and Irene Kronenberg. Baranowitz and Kronenberg contested against more than 4,000 architects from 35 countries in the competition that was held in China. They were also amongst the five finalists in the competition for the best-designed hotels; their entry was the Wyndham Grand Frankfurt Hotel Germany. Several months ago, the Topolopompo restaurant in Tel Aviv, which they also designed, won first place in the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, held in London, for the best-designed restaurant in the Middle East and Africa.