Author Archives: Kayoko


August 18, 2014

BARTENDER (バーテンダー)

by Kayoko

Meet Ryu Sasakura, a dashingly handsome, deeply empathetic, incredibly talented bartender, back in Tokyo after a short stint in Paris.

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August 11, 2014

Upcoming Events: What is Umami? + Muji Summertime Drinks Seminar

by Kayoko


We’re excited to announce upcoming events with collaborators in San Francisco that we greatly admire. 18 Reasons and MUJI!

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August 4, 2014

Umami Mart Map: Kauai aka Paradise

by Kayoko

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Ah, Kauai. We went over New Year’s, to unwind after an exhaustive holiday season. Yoko and I felt we deserved a nice vacation, and we brought along our sig others, my brother Keisuke, and Jay and Rie of Atelier Dion.

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July 28, 2014

Upcoming Event: 2nd Annual Umami Mart Matsuri

by Kayoko

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Guess what? It’s our birthday! We’re turning TWO years old (can you believe?!?!?!) and as we promised, we are making our Matsuri festival an annual tradition and throwing yet another big bash to celebrate our summertime birthday (holla to the Leos).

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July 21, 2014

A Visit to Heuga Bar in Gifu City

by Kayoko

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Yoko and I first met bartender Tomokazu Kai in 2010, when we helped present an event with Suntory Whisky called the Tokyo-SF Bartender Salon.

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July 7, 2014

Ukai: Cormorant Fishing in Gifu

by Kayoko

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Yoko and I were lucky enough to be invited to Gifu prefecture in central Japan to visit specific cities that are known for producing knives, ceramics and wood products, and tour their factories.

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June 30, 2014

Upcoming Event: Drink More Whiskey Book Party + Tasting

by Kayoko

For all of ya’ll who have been suggested we hold more, ehem, “alcohol education courses,” this ones for you.

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June 12, 2014

Upcoming Event: The Forest Feast Cookbook Party

by Kayoko

We are so excited to finally announce a proper soiree for Erin Gleeson’s new cookbook, The Forest Feast!

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May 30, 2014

Upcoming Event: A Pop-Up Dinner with JICCA from Tokyo (OAK)

by Kayoko

This event is SOLD OUT!

Umami Mart + Ordinaire + Selection Massale welcomes

JICCA from Tokyo!

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May 25, 2014

Postcard from Kyoto: Kiln

by Kayoko

We are having a blast in Japan, gallivanting through Gifu, Kyoto and Osaka. This trip, we’re not even stopping off in Tokyo, so we can concentrate on all the riches of these western regions of Japan.

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