Tokyo


May 7, 2015

Tokyo JUNKtion: Entering the Womb at Bar Caesarean

by yoko

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The name Caesarean derives from all things related to Caesar, the Roman general whose actions led to the rise of the Roman Empire.

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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 5, 2015

Togarashi Ginger Highball at Jicca (Tokyo)

by Kayoko

As you know by now, Tori-chan is a dear friend of ours who opened Jicca, a restaurant and wine bar in the Hatagaya neighborhood in Tokyo nearly two years ago.

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February 26, 2015

Craft Beer Market in Tokyo

by Kayoko

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People in Japan are cuckoo for beer. It remains the most popular alcoholic beverage in Japan, accounting for two thirds of all alcohol consumed overall (says Wikipedia).

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November 10, 2014

Meet Masako Ikegami of Bar Shake (Ginza)

by Kayoko

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We met the gracious Masako Ikegami in 2010, before we opened our shop in Oakland, at the Tokyo-SF Bartender Salon we helped host at Prizefighter.

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September 8, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Menya Musashi (Shinjuku)

by Will VanderWyden

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Menya Musashi’s namesake is one Miyamoto Musashi, regarded as one of Japan’s greatest swordsmen and creator of the two-handed swordfighting technique niten-ryu, which translates to “Tarantino Wet Dream.” According to legend he never lost a duel in over 50 years as a wandering warrior — which I am inclined to believe since back then you could embellish a dragon killing into a story at will.

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June 5, 2014

TSG Hard Strong Glass Factory (Chiba)

by yoko

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When Kayoko and I started choosing glassware for the shop, we wanted simple and functional glasses that would also look beautiful in any kitchen.

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May 30, 2014

Upcoming Event: A Pop-Up Dinner with JICCA from Tokyo (OAK)

by Kayoko

This event is SOLD OUT!

Umami Mart + Ordinaire + Selection Massale welcomes

JICCA from Tokyo!

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April 11, 2014

Adventures in Nakano: Hitomi Bar

by Kayoko

Male bartenders in Japan are full of themselves. There, I said it. From the few “star” bars we visited during our trip to Tokyo, I felt miffed by the arrogance and general unfriendliness of the bartenders.

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April 7, 2014

Adventures in Nakano: Yakitori at Shimon-ya

by Kayoko

One of the most memorable nights I had in Tokyo was an adventure in Nakano, a hip neighborhood in Tokyo.

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