Author Archives: Yoko Kumano


May 23, 2017

Celebrating Women Producers: Noriko Kamei of Sequoia Sake Brewery

by Yoko Kumano


Since opening in 2015, Sequoia Sake Brewery has been a gem in the heart of the Bay Area.

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May 16, 2017

Celebrating Women Producers: Miho Imada of Imada Sake Brewery

by Yoko Kumano

The first time I tried an Imada Shuzo (brewery) sake was in 2014 when we opened our bottle shop in Oakland.

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May 15, 2017

Sake Gumi News: Women Sake Makers (May 2017)

by Yoko Kumano


Miho Imada of Imada Sake Brewery and me with two of the bottles offered this month for Sake Gumi!

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April 25, 2017

Event Recap: 2nd Annual Sake Dinner at Camino

by Yoko Kumano

I always get nervous before an event because I want it to be the best that it can be.

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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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March 15, 2017

Sake Gumi News: Family (March 2017)

by Yoko Kumano

um_sakegumi_logoMarch sakes ship today for Sake Gumi, our monthly sake subscription club. If you like what’s on deck here, you should join!

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March 7, 2017

Event Recap: Japanify All Day at Umami Mart

by Yoko Kumano

One of the best things to come out of 2016 was Japanify All Day, a zine that includes 21 simple Japanese recipes that I wrote, and that Kayoko and Sarah edited.

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February 21, 2017

Japanify: Takikomi Gohan

by Yoko Kumano

Takikomi Gohan (mixed rice) is one of those comfort foods that fills the kitchen with an earthy aroma.

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February 16, 2017

Event Recap: 4th Annual Japan Beer Fest

by Yoko Kumano

This past Sunday, we hosted Japan Beer Fest along with the Trappist for the fourth time.

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February 15, 2017

Sake Gumi News: Extra Dry + Japanify (February 2017)

by Yoko Kumano

um_sakegumi_logoFebruary sakes ship today for Sake Gumi, our monthly sake subscription club. If you like what’s on deck here, you should join!

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