Japan


June 13, 2016

Exquisite Gems from the Sea at Ginpachi Sushi (Niigata)

by Kayoko

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One of the great joys of importing barware from Japan is that we not only make annual visits to the factories in Niigata but we also get to stop into Ginpachi, a local sushi-ya in Sanjo City.

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May 16, 2016

Itani Ramen’s Gyoza Machine (and Recipe!)

by Kayoko

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Kyle Itani used to have midnight ramen pop-ups at his Oakland restaurant, Hopscotch, a few years ago and Yoko and I would sneak in and snag a table.

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January 15, 2016

Dream of Sushi with Jiro Gastronomy

by Sarah

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 You’ve probably seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi and are dreaming of the day you’ll eat at Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo.

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January 7, 2016

Upcoming Event: The Third Annual JAPAN BEER FEST

by Kayoko


Happy New Year! We hope that everyone had a cozy, relaxing holiday season with your loved ones and are ready to rock 2016.

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December 3, 2015

Taste the Magic: Try Haku Shoyu This Saturday

by Sarah

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Our Haku Shoyus have been getting lots of attention. Last week, New York Magazine‘s Grub Street included the Sakura Cherry Blossom Shoyu in its Edible Gift Guide, calling it “the rosé of soy sauce.” And Luke Tsai of the East Bay Express gave the trio of shoyus from Kyoto a shoutout in his Eat This Gift list.

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September 14, 2015

Furochan Eats: Taco Rice GIF!

by Furo-chan

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Taco rice is the culinary lovechild of Tex-Mex, Okinawan and Japanese flavours — a dish that’s popular all over Japan these days.

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August 27, 2015

Upcoming Event: Single Origin Tasting with Horiguchi Coffee

by Sarah

Back by popular demand, we’ll be hosting our second free tasting with Tokyo-based Horiguchi Coffee!

Join us this Saturday at Umami Mart from 11:30 a.m.

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April 2, 2015

Akio Watanabe of Bar EST! (Tokyo)

by Kayoko

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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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March 16, 2015

A Visit to Niigata Beer Co.

by Kayoko

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Our Japan trip last month was a jam-packed, 5-city tour with barware factory tours, sake brewery pit-stops and a visit to a craft brewery!

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February 23, 2015

Postcard from Japan: Kissaten Life

by Kayoko

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We are really enjoying the kissaten (cafe) lifestyle here in Japan and we have visited several in Tokyo and Fukushima during our travels.

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