Spotlight

April 20, 2017

The Ubiquitous Kamenoko Tawashi Has a Fascinating Backstory

by Sarah Han

The Kamenoko Tawashi is one of the most ubiquitous household cleaning tools in Japan. Invented in 1907, these durable handmade scrub brushes are used to clean pots and pans, kitchen sinks, bathtubs, floors, dirty boots, and anything else that can use a heavy-duty scrubbing.

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April 14, 2017

Simple, But Special: Lacquered Bamboo Chopsticks

by Umami Mart Staff

Lacquering is the process of applying a glossy, polished finish to wood (and sometimes paper, leather, and other materials).

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April 7, 2017

It’s MAC, the Knife!

by Umami Mart Staff

Are you still using that cheap and dull Ikea knife that you mysteriously inherited several years ago from some roommate or other?

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April 6, 2017

The New Gold Standard: Yukiwa Gold Boston Shaker Set

by Umami Mart Staff

Presenting our newest luxe barware product: The Gold Boston Shaker Set. Made by renowned Japanese barware makers, Yukiwa, the set consists of two high-quality gold-plated stainless steel tins. 

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March 31, 2017

As Seen in the Breakfast Club: Soy Sauce Dispenser for One

by Umami Mart Staff

Remember the lunch scene in The Breakfast Club? Claire (Molly Ringwald) pulls a can of Coke, a wooden tray, a bento box full of sushi, a pair of chopsticks, and a personal soy sauce dispenser from her lunch bag, to the confused disgust of John (Judd Nelson).

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Think Inside the Box with Ohashi Masu

by Umami Mart Staff

These colorful hinoki (Japanese cypress) Ohashi Masu are made for serving sake, but you can use them for holding office + art supplies, business cards, spices, jewelry, and a whole lot more.

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March 30, 2017

Introducing New Studio Arhoj Familia!

by Umami Mart Staff

Meet the new family at Umami Mart! Studio Arhoj Familia are a family of Japanese Shinto and pop art-inspired figurines.

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March 24, 2017

New in the Shop: The Sori Yanagi Flatware Collection

by Umami Mart Staff

We just added four items to our Sori Yanagi Collection that we think you’ll give a fork about.

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March 23, 2017

New in Blue: Indigo-Hued Hasami Porcelain

by Umami Mart Staff

Here’s a bolt from the blue: We just added yet another hue to our popular Hasami Porcelain Collection!

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March 10, 2017

Ain’t Nothing Wrong with a Little Bit of Toast n’ Grind

by Umami Mart Staff

Cue up the music:

See we know just what you want
And we know just what you need
So bring out your sesame seeds (bring out your sesame seeds)
We’re not fooling around with you
Toasting and grinding your seeds is what we want you to do

[Pre-Hook 1]
You need a Spice Toaster
And a Mortar + Pestle
To satisfy your every sesame seed need

[Hook]
I don’t see nothing wrong with a little toast and grind
I don’t see nothing wrong with a little toast and grind
I don’t see nothing wrong with a little toast and grind
I don’t see nothing wrong with a little toast and grind

[Verse 2]
You say your seeds are poppin’ from the pan
Keep ’em covered, with the Spice Toaster, you can
Then grind ’em up real good (In the mortar, with the pestle of wood)
No need to look no more
Because we’ve opened up the door
To toasting and grinding like you never knew you could

[Hook]
I don’t see nothing wrong with a little toast and grind
I don’t see nothing wrong with a little toast and grind
I don’t see nothing wrong with a little toast and grind
I don’t see nothing wrong with a little toast and grind

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