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May 22, 2015

Postcard from Shanghai: Wine of China

by yoko

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*Yoko is in China for 10 days! And with no access to Facebook or Instagram, she is sending us photos the old school way — via postcards.

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May 21, 2015

Postcard from Shanghai: Cocktails at hoF

by Kayoko

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*Yoko is in China for 10 days! And with no access to Facebook or Instagram, she is sending us photos the old school way — via postcards.

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Postcard from Fengjing: Black Pig Museum

by yoko

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*Yoko is in China for 10 days! And with no access to Facebook or Instagram, she is sending us photos the old school way — via postcards.

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May 14, 2015

Todai Utensil Factory

by yoko

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I’d like to start with a little background on the small town of Tsubame-Sanjo. This manufacturing town in Niigata Prefecture produces most of Japan’s stainless steel items.

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May 11, 2015

MOTOism: Natto Brie Dip

by Moto

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I’ve made quite a few dishes using natto (fermented soy beans) in the past years — from Natto Moffin to sweet Natto Sandwich.

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May 4, 2015

BOTTLE SYSTEM, Activated!

by Kayoko

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We did it. We patiently (or persistently, rather) waited for over two years to get to this point: selling Japanese beers and sakes at Umami Mart!

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April 30, 2015

Happy Hour: Gin(jo) Rickey

by Kayoko

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With the opening of our bottle shop, I have been exploring the world of sake. Daiginjos, Junmais, Yamahais, Namas, I’m trying them all.

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April 27, 2015

A Visit to Kinshihai Brewery

by yoko

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Sake is one of those things that really makes you appreciate locality. It’s like the meyer lemons in Berkeley.

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April 23, 2015

Yukimuro Snow Refrigerator at Hakkaisan Brewery (Niigata)

by Kayoko

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In 2011, we visited Hakkaisan, a sake brewery in Niigata. As one of the most well-known breweries in Japan, it was a wonderful experience to walk through the vast facilities, hosted by the production master, Mr.

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April 20, 2015

MOTOism: Sake Ice Cream

by Moto

Since this month commemorates Umami Mart’s Japanese beer and sake shop debut, here is another post on sake-related cooking.

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