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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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September 15, 2014

Celebrating Atelier Dion

by Kayoko

Atelier Dion has been an important part of the Umami Mart family since we first opened our doors in Oakland in 2012.

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September 1, 2014

Event Recap: The Fragrance of Whisky

by MC Abbott

I have allowed an unsuitable amount of time to pass before writing about our Fragrance of Whisky evening at Wingtip nearly three months ago.

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August 18, 2014

BARTENDER (バーテンダー)

by Kayoko

Meet Ryu Sasakura, a dashingly handsome, deeply empathetic, incredibly talented bartender, back in Tokyo after a short stint in Paris.

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July 21, 2014

A Visit to Heuga Bar in Gifu City

by Kayoko

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Yoko and I first met bartender Tomokazu Kai in 2010, when we helped present an event with Suntory Whisky called the Tokyo-SF Bartender Salon.

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July 7, 2014

Ukai: Cormorant Fishing in Gifu

by Kayoko

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Yoko and I were lucky enough to be invited to Gifu prefecture in central Japan to visit specific cities that are known for producing knives, ceramics and wood products, and tour their factories.

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