April 15, 2016

Sake Gumi News: Rice Rice Baby (April 2016)

by Yoko Kumano

April sakes ship today for Sake Gumi, our monthly sake subscription club. If you like what’s on deck here, you should join! To celebrate the start of rice-planting season in April, we are highlighting the most popular sake rice Yamada Nishiki. Why is it the most popular rice for sake brewing? Because of its ability to absorb […]

June 5, 2014

TSG Hard Strong Glass Factory (Chiba)

by Yoko Kumano

When Kayoko and I started choosing glassware for the shop, we wanted simple and functional glasses that would also look beautiful in any kitchen. With that in mind, we knew one of our mainstays would be the Hard Strong Stacking glasses manufactured by Japan’s famous glass company Toyo-Sasaki. Ramen shops and teishoku (set meal) joints […]

November 15, 2011

Outone Unagi Shop (Chiba)

by Kayoko Akabori

Before leaving for my big trip to Japan, I knew that the one and only thing I really wanted to eat was unagi. Eel! It is quite a delicacy in Japan, and is pricey as hell. Often they are run by families that have been serving eel for generations. Since childhood, my grandfather has been […]

November 11, 2011

Tonikaku Ramen (Chiba)

by Kayoko Akabori

Ramen is all the rage here on both coasts in the US, and it’s still going strong in Japan. Strangely though, I didn’t eat too much of it during this trip to Japan. Unlike Sam White, the host of our OPENharvest adventure, who had upwards of 50 bowls of ramen during his month-long stay, I […]