Sake


April 23, 2015

Yukimuro Snow Refrigerator at Hakkaisan Brewery (Niigata)

by Kayoko

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In 2011, we visited Hakkaisan, a sake brewery in Niigata. As one of the most well-known breweries in Japan, it was a wonderful experience to walk through the vast facilities, hosted by the production master, Mr.

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April 20, 2015

MOTOism: Sake Ice Cream

by Moto

Since this month commemorates Umami Mart’s Japanese beer and sake shop debut, here is another post on sake-related cooking.

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April 16, 2015

Rice Mill Machine at Aoki Brewery

by Kayoko

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During our visit to Aoki Brewery in Niigata, we were told that the three most important factors of brewing sake is the rice, the water and the people. 

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April 13, 2015

A Visit to Aoki Brewery in Niigata

by yoko

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Kayoko and I go to Niigata every February. Our friends in Tokyo gasp in horror, “Why would you go somewhere so cold?

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April 9, 2015

MOTOism: Baking with Sake

by Moto

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Hi, I am back. It’s been quite a while since I last posted. Umami Mart has been crazy for Kayoko and Yoko, and I’ve been creating recipes non-stop and teaching cooking classes which has been occupying most of my time.

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March 19, 2015

Japanify: Shisomaki

by yoko

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Every time I go to Japan, I am exposed to new foods, new regions and new friends.

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February 16, 2015

Umami Mart Bottle Shop!

by Kayoko

When people ask Yoko or myself if it was “always in the plan” to turn Umami Mart into a brick and mortar shop, the answer is always “no.” We do get this question quite often.

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July 14, 2014

Event Recap: Sake 101 @ 18 Reasons

by yoko

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We’ve been event-crazy here at Umami Mart. We’ve put on one event every week in June and we are not slowing down!

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July 31, 2013

Upcoming Event: One Year Anniversary Sake Tasting

by Kayoko


Guess what?? Umami Mart Oakland will celebrate its ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY in August!!! Both Yoko and I are so grateful for all the support we’ve received this past year from our community, the Bay Area, and beyond.

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June 27, 2013

Upcoming Event: Sake Tasting @ Bar & Garden (LA)

by Kayoko

We’re going to LA! That’s right, we’ll be spending a few days in sunny Los Angeles, driving down Sunset Boulevard with the top down searching for the Walsh residence in Beverly Hills.

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