Author Archives: Sarah Han


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 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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April 7, 2017

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 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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March 31, 2017

The Umami Reader: Drake Learns Not to Eat Crappy Sushi in Amsterdam

by Sarah Han

– Seventeen-thousand disappointed Drake fans in Amsterdam learned 75-minutes into waiting for his Monday-night performance that the rapper would not be playing after all.

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March 24, 2017

The Umami Reader: The Art of Handmade Soba

by Sarah Han

–  If you’ve had freshly-made soba, you know that the difference between dried and fresh buckwheat noodles is astounding, but even then, you might not know the amount of work that goes into making these noodles.

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March 21, 2017

Snack Break: Bhugay’s Katsu Burger

by Sarah Han

Bhugay’s Katsu Curry. I first noticed this hole-in-the-wall back in November, while riding my bike home from Umami Mart.

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March 17, 2017

The Umami Reader: The Death of Lucky Peach

by Sarah Han

Some sad news for fans of Lucky Peach: The six-year-old food media company created by Peter Meehan and David Chang announced that it will soon close up shop.

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March 10, 2017

The Umami Reader: Japan’s Pizza Hut Cats Are Back!

by Sarah Han

– In 2014, Pizza Hut Japan created a cat-tastic ad campaign. “Pizza Cat!” was a fictional Pizza Hut location run by an all-cat staff.

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March 7, 2017

Bay Eats Japan: March 2017

by Sarah Han

Photo via: Karaage Burger

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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