Happy New Year

January 1, 2014

Hello 2014!

by Kayoko Akabori

After a seriously insane final few weeks of 2013, I’m SO ready to dive into the new year. Literally. Yoko and I, our partners, along with Atelier Dion, and my brother, are off to Hawaii for five days of sun, sleep and sea. See you on the flip side! I love you all and hope […]

December 31, 2013

The Vin Vivant: Fat Belly, Tiny Bubbles

by Audrey Luk

When Old Man Winter’s icy digit stops mercury from rising, I am reminded of a traveler I met in Argentina, a Canadian middle-school teacher who once ran sled dogs. It was so cold in Saskatchewan that when he and the dogs returned to their cabin after a day of skittering across the tundra, he dropped […]

December 30, 2013

TONIGHT: New Year Party in Oakland

by Kayoko Akabori

2013 whizzed past us didn’t it?!?! As I look back on the year, I recall a rager, a long day of blood/sweat/tears, a triumphant expansion, then, another expansion. Cause hey, why the hell not? It’s all a bit of a blur, albeit a vivid one. Please join Yoko and me TONIGHT as we toast to […]

January 1, 2013

MOTOism: Family Crabbing

by Moto Yamamoto

Happy New Year. 2013 has started with a perfect sunrise in Japan. Hopefully it signifies that the rest of the year to be bright and shiny. 2012 was filled with happenings: from Taylor Swift changing boyfriends 18 times, to Gangnam Style to Sandy craziness to starting my own business. Let’s hope 2013 will be a […]

December 28, 2012


by Kayoko Akabori

2012 has been one hell of a year for us. It started with some awesome events, like the Tokyo-SF Bartender Salon at Prizefighter, Ramen Night at Sutton Cellars, and a Japanese whisky tasting with Suntory for Father’s Day. Then holy cow, we opened a shop in Oakland! Designed by the talented Dane Anders Arhøj! It […]