April 20, 2017

The Ubiquitous Kamenoko Tawashi Has a Fascinating Backstory

by Sarah Han

The Kamenoko Tawashi is one of the most ubiquitous household cleaning tools in Japan. Invented in 1907, these durable handmade scrub brushes are used to clean pots and pans, kitchen sinks, bathtubs, floors, dirty boots, and anything else that can use a heavy-duty scrubbing.

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April 15, 2017

Sake Gumi News: Spring Bling (April 2017)

by Yoko Kumano


Kayoko and me with Jiro, holding a Sake Gumi Tote!

April sakes ship today for Sake Gumi, our monthly sake subscription club.

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April 14, 2017

The Umami Reader: The Japanese Wiener Obsession

by Sarah Han

Doggy Style, Alameda, photo by Sarah Han

– Hot diggity dog, check this out! Kayoko is quoted in a recent article written by Jonathan Kauffman for the San Francisco Chronicle on Japanese hot dogs.

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Simple, But Special: Lacquered Bamboo Chopsticks

by Umami Mart Staff

Lacquering is the process of applying a glossy, polished finish to wood (and sometimes paper, leather, and other materials).

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April 13, 2017

Diamond Cut Glassware Sale! It Only Happens Once a Year!

by Umami Mart Staff

Our Diamond Cut glassware line is one of our most popular collections for a reason. These handsome drinkware and mixing glasses with the traditional hatched pattern look good in any home or bar.

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April 11, 2017

Here’s the Menu for our 2nd Annual Sake Dinner at Camino!

by Umami Mart Staff

Our Second Annual Sake Dinner at Camino is happening this Thursday and we can finally share the menu with you.

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April 7, 2017

It’s MAC, the Knife!

by Umami Mart Staff

Are you still using that cheap and dull Ikea knife that you mysteriously inherited several years ago from some roommate or other?

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The Umami Reader: Here’s How You Shouldn’t Eat Soup Dumplings

by Sarah Han

Photo by Kayoko Akabori

– Oy vey, Time Out London got some people down in the dumps about a recent video on Xiao Long Bao, or soup dumplings.

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April 6, 2017

The New Gold Standard: Yukiwa Gold Boston Shaker Set

by Umami Mart Staff

Presenting our newest luxe barware product: The Gold Boston Shaker Set. Made by renowned Japanese barware makers, Yukiwa, the set consists of two high-quality gold-plated stainless steel tins. 

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April 5, 2017

Bay Eats Japan: April 2017

by Sarah Han

Maze Soba; photo via Ramen Hachi

Welcome to Bay Eats Japan, where we’ll alert you to newly and soon-to-be opened Japanese restaurants and bars in the Bay Area.

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