Author Archives: Kayoko Akabori


December 7, 2016

Go Here Now: Onsen, a Japanese Bathhouse in San Francisco

by Kayoko Akabori

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A labor of love has finally been realized after nearly two years in the making: a Japanese-style bathhouse and restaurant in San Francisco!

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November 30, 2016

Watch This Now – Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (Shinya Shokudo) on Netflix

by Kayoko Akabori

Shinya Shokudo aka Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories is now on Netflix! I am so excited about this and have been savoring each episode as though I were a child slowly going through Halloween candy, hoping it never runs out.

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November 22, 2016

A Visit to Kitaya Brewery in Kyushu

by Kayoko Akabori

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As we celebrate Scorpios this month in Sake Gumi, our sake club selections are centered around yamahai and kimoto-style sakes.

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November 14, 2016

Cooking with Sushi Kuni: Dobinmushi

by Kayoko Akabori

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Autumn is my favorite season. I love the foliage, the chill in the air, the shift in sunlight.

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November 8, 2016

Sake Caliente Pop-Up at Azasu NYC

by Kayoko Akabori

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The sake scene in New York City is dynamic. When I lived there from 2002-2008, the sake trend was definitely in development, and as a worker-bee in Midtown Manhattan, I was fortunate enough to spend many a late-nights at Sakagura, one of NY’s famed sake bars and other Japanese watering holes in the area.

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October 25, 2016

Where to Get Japanese Breakfast: Cassava

by Kayoko Akabori

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I’ve heard a lot about Cassava in the last few years and finally made it over to the Avenues in Outer Richmond for the Japanese breakfast.

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October 19, 2016

Happy Hour: Aunt Judy’s Passion Fruit Cocktail

by Kayoko Akabori

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Around this time every year, Yoko’s aunt Judy starts bringing around bags of passion fruit for us.

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October 17, 2016

Yoko: Shochu Lover and Umami Mart’s Playmate of the Century

by Kayoko Akabori

Shochu is finally getting some big love Stateside, thanks to a well-written piece in Playboy about the Japanese spirit.

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October 5, 2016

Meet the Man Behind the Best Yakitori in Oakland

by Kayoko Akabori

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Recently, I got into a discussion about all the restaurants that have been popping up in the Bay Area.

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September 7, 2016

No Reservations and No-Frills Dining at STAND in Kyoto

by Kayoko Akabori

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Kyoto is a bit stuffy for my taste. Literally, it gets SO HOT in the summer, I can’t deal.

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