February 19, 2014

Postcard from Tokyo

by Kayoko Akabori

We made it! After a restless 16 hours of travel — I read this month’s New Yorker (excellent expose on Amazon and its monopoly on the publishing industry) and Vanity Fair (The Hollywood Issue!

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November 18, 2013

Umami Map: Where to Buy Shochu in the Bay Area

by Kayoko Akabori

UPDATED 11/19/13, 8:47pm

We get a lot of phone calls about where to buy shochu in the Bay Area.

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July 25, 2013

Event Recap: Shochu Tasting @ 18 Reasons (SF)

by Yoko Kumano


From the refreshing mugi (barley) varieties to musty imo (sweet potato) that demand your full attention, shochus are always the choice of drink for me.

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July 16, 2013

Carrot Shochu Pickles

by UM Guest

By Steven Sharafian

I spend a fair amount of time making tsukemono (pickles). I focus mostly on quick-pickles that only take a couple of minutes to prep and have a short curing period.

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July 9, 2013

Upcoming Event: Shochu Tasting @ 18 Reasons (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

Shochu tends to be the drink of choice around here on Umami Mart, but we know that it’s still pretty unfamiliar terrain.

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March 12, 2013

Kuishinbo: Oba-chan’s Shochu Kumquats

by Yuki HD

When we were little we used to watch my oba-chan (grandmother) make this seasonal treat from Kagoshima prefecture in southern Japan.

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September 14, 2012

Upcoming Event: Sip + Shop: Shochu Tasting

by Kayoko Akabori

Throughout the years, we’ve been asked to present more events highlighting shochu. Well, here’s the event that you’ve all been waiting for!

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May 24, 2012

Tokyo JUNKtion: The World Famous Awamori Wasabi-wari

by Yoko Kumano

I want Washio’s Awamori Wasabi-wari to be world famous, so I’ve gone ahead and named it “The World Famous Awamori Wasabi-wari.” It’s been out there on the WORLD wide web for over three years now, so I think it has earned its title.

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February 15, 2012

Sobayuwari (Shochu + Hot Soba Water)

by Shizuka Wakashita


By Shizuka Wakashita

What do you drink when you go to a soba place? Beer? Sake?

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January 13, 2012

Shochu Stop: Oyuwari

by Washi Washino


Happy new year! How did you spend your new year’s day?

The start of my new year was the worst.

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