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January 25, 2016

Sneak Peek: The Pot Still at Hitachino Brewery

by Kayoko

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First there was sake, brewed since 1823 at Kiuchi Brewery in Ibaraki prefecture in Japan. Then, Nest beer in 1996 — catapulting the Hitachino brand around the world.

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January 22, 2016

Nest is Best: Visiting the Hitachino Beer Brewery in Japan

by Kayoko

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Photos by Yoko Kumano

Yoko and I have the best job. We own our own business, love our staff, have rad customers, and get to travel frequently for Umami Mart.

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January 15, 2016

Dream of Sushi with Jiro Gastronomy

by Sarah

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  You’ve probably seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi and are dreaming of the day you’ll eat at Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo.

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December 17, 2015

Umami Mart Gift Sets Make Holiday Shopping Easy Breezy

by Sarah

We’ve put together a few gift sets to make holiday shopping super easy for you. But if none of these fit the bill, we’ve got several suggestions for presents $25 and under, $50 and under, and $100 and under.

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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 2, 2015

Upcoming Event: Runoff Book Release Party with Tom Manning

by Kayoko

Here’s an event that you don’t see very often at Umami Mart — a comic book party!

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October 26, 2015

Umami Map: Izakaya Gaku in Honolulu and Other Island Gems

by Kayoko

Yoko, our friend Seri and I visited Honolulu last month and we had such a memorable trip!

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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 28, 2015

Umami Map: Where to Get a Cocktail in Seattle

by Kayoko

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Seattle is for grown-ups. I really enjoyed the city when we were there over the summer — it has a sense of sophistication and plentifulness that I can enjoy in my thirties. 

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