Kusumi Masayuki is the author of the best-selling manga "Kodoku no Gurume," or "The Solitary Gourmet." The story follows a traveling salesman who searches for good restaurants in locations across Japan. He prefers to eat alone in unpretentious eateries, contemplating quietly over his meal. The pandemic has led to an increase in people dining alone, which has contributed to an unexpected revival in the series' popularity. Join us for some food for thought on the simple pleasures of everyday life.