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January 12, 2015

Skanky Travels to Copenhagen

by Kayoko

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all are well-rested and ready to start another RAD year with Umami Mart.

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January 7, 2015

I Know What You Did in Paradise

by yoko

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Four friends find themselves in a secluded VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) on the North Shore of Oahu.

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December 22, 2014

San Francisco Closing… For Now

by Kayoko

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We are very sad to announce that we will be closing our San Francisco outlet inside The Perish Trust.

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December 11, 2014

Upcoming Event: 3rd Annual Latkes + Lager Hanukkah Party

by Kayoko


It’s Hanukkah next week! You know what that means… our festive and cozy annual soiree with Erin Gleeson of The Forest Feast and Rabbi Jack!

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December 8, 2014

Meet Louis Anderman of Miracle Mile Bitters Co.

by Kayoko

Louis Anderman is a scientist. Born from a true passion for bitters, Miracle Mile Bitters Co.

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November 24, 2014

Event Recap: 2nd Annual UMAMI MART MATSURI

by CABS

Another summer, come and gone. Erm, another fall, come and gone. It’s starting to get chilly here in the Bay Area so I thought I would bring back some summertime warmth and celebration and blog about our 2nd annual Umami Mart Matsuri.

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November 10, 2014

Meet Masako Ikegami of Bar Shake (Ginza)

by Kayoko

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We met the gracious Masako Ikegami in 2010, before we opened our shop in Oakland, at the Tokyo-SF Bartender Salon we helped host at Prizefighter.

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October 30, 2014

Upcoming Event: Baird Tap Takeover + Takoyaki Party @ The Trappist

by Kayoko

We are beyond excited to announce yet another collaboration event with our neighbor The Trappist. Baird Beer, a brewery from Numazu, Japan will be visiting for one night only, taking over 10 taps at the Trappist!

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October 6, 2014

Visiting Asahi Copper Factory

by Kayoko

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When we voiced our wish to visit a few factories in Japan earlier this year, we didn’t realize that so many of them would be in the same town.

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September 25, 2014

Event Recap: Shochu 101, From Kagoshima to California

by yoko

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Alchemy Bottle Shop opened this year in March on Grand Avenue in Oakland. Owners Tova and Peter’s selection is second-to-none, featuring everything from single malts (including a great selection from Japan) to hard-to-find amaros.

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