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May 25, 2015

Bar Owl in Niigata City

by Kayoko Akabori

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When we mentioned to Mr. Akio Watanabe, owner of Bar EST! in Tokyo that we were heading to Niigata, he recommended that we visit Bar Owl.

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May 22, 2015

Postcard from Shanghai: Speakeasy Secret

by Yoko Kumano

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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 7, 2015

Tokyo JUNKtion: Entering the Womb at Bar Caesarean

by Yoko Kumano

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The name Caesarean derives from all things related to Caesar, the Roman general whose actions led to the rise of the Roman Empire.

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April 2, 2015

Akio Watanabe of Bar EST! (Tokyo)

by Kayoko Akabori

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Looking back on our trip to Japan in February, the most memorable cocktail was at Bar EST!.

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November 10, 2014

Meet Masako Ikegami of Bar Shake (Ginza)

by Kayoko Akabori

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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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April 11, 2014

Adventures in Nakano: Hitomi Bar

by Kayoko Akabori

Male bartenders in Japan are full of themselves. There, I said it. From the few “star” bars we visited during our trip to Tokyo, I felt miffed by the arrogance and general unfriendliness of the bartenders.

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March 14, 2013

Tokyo JUNKtion: Dessert Le Comptoir (Fukasawa)

by Yoko Kumano

The art of perfection is everywhere in Japan. In its laquerware, electronics and especially in its food.

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March 1, 2013

Ask a Bartender from Japan: The Art of Cleaning the Bar

by UM Guest

*We asked our friend, Mr. Tomokazu Kai of Heuga Bar in Gifu City, “What types of towels and products do you use to clean your bar?” Mr.

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October 3, 2012

Skankynavia: L’Etoile

by Anders Arhoj

A new cocktail bar opened in Copenhagen in the spring of 2012.

The creation of the bar had been in the making for years.

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March 21, 2012

Tokyo-SF Bartender Salon

by Kayoko Akabori

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On Sunday 3/11, the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami in Northern Japan, Yoko and I helped organize a cross-cultural exchange between bartenders from Japan and San Francisco. 

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