Author Archives: yoko


January 15, 2016

Sake Gumi News: Bold Brews (Jan 2016)

by yoko

um_sakegumi_logoHappy New Year!

In 2015, we expanded our Oakland shop to include sakes and the largest selection of Japanese craft beers in the U.S.

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January 13, 2016

Tokyo JUNKtion: Oreno Dashi in Akasaka

by yoko

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For the past few years, I’ve been hoping to get into an Oreno restaurant in Tokyo.

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December 28, 2015

Sake Gumi News: Cold Weather, Warm Gatherings (Dec 2015)

by yoko

um_sakegumi_logoDecember is when the warmth of friends and family is there to balance the cold weather.

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December 14, 2015

Sake Gumi News: Turkey Times (Nov 2015)

by yoko

um_sakegumi_logoIt’s heartwarming to know that the holidays are around the corner, until the madness hits you like a ton of bricks — holiday parties, road rage and lines, lines, lines.

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November 23, 2015

Japanify: Yuzu Kanten

by yoko

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It’s yuzu season! When my sister starts giving me yuzu, I know it’s official: the holidays are here and yuzu is in abundance to help me cope.

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October 18, 2015

Sake Gumi News: Just Junmais (Oct 2015)

by yoko

um_sakegumi_logoIt’s been three months since starting Sake Gumi. Frankly speaking, Kayoko and I have been overwhelmed by the reception, with members joining from coast to coast.

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October 5, 2015

The Road to Becoming a Certified Sake Professional with John Gauntner

by yoko

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It’s been almost a year since I took John Gauntner’s Sake Professional class in San Francisco.

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September 21, 2015

Noraneko Ramen in PDX

by yoko

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Kayoko and I rolled into Portland at around 3pm from Seattle during the first days of summer — and Portland delivered on their end of the summer deal.

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September 10, 2015

Best Kept Secret: Old Oakland Farmers Market

by yoko

DSC_1353Every Friday, half a block away from Umami Mart along 9th Street at Broadway, the Old Oakland Farmers Market attracts all the locals.

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September 7, 2015

Event Recap: Hakkaisan Brewery Sake Tasting @ Alchemy Bottle Shop

by yoko

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Umami Mart has two connections to Hakkaisan. It was the first sake brewery that Kayoko and I visited in Japan back in 2011 when we went with a group of chefs and artists from the Bay Area as part of a collective called Open Harvest.

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