2011 Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami

November 16, 2011

Radiation + Japan: Interview with Tadaaki Hachisu, Egg Farmer (Saitama)

by Yoko Kumano

*This is a part of an ongoing exclusive series on Umamimart, Radiation + Japan. Please check out these other posts and videos for more: Testing of Food in Japan, By Yoko Kumano Interview with Washio, Bar Owner (Tokyo), By Yoko Kumano Testing Report and Thoughts, By Howie Correa Interview with Satoshi Imai, Rice Farmer (Niigata), […]

November 4, 2011

Radiation + Japan: Testing of Food in Japan (Video)

by Yoko Kumano

November 3, 2011

Radiation + Japan: Interview with Washio, Bar Owner (Tokyo)

by Yoko Kumano

Washio is one of my favorite nomiyas (watering hole) in western Tokyo. I spent an afternoon with fisherman, enka singer, bar owner extraordinairre Taro Washio and captured it all on video. For more enka pleasure, please watch this amazing music video by superstar Jero.

November 2, 2011

Radiation + Japan: Testing Report and Thoughts

by UM Guest

By Howie Correa Within half a day of arrival from Ireland, I was excited to be heading out of endless Tokyo to visit a radiation testing facility at Natural Harmony, a produce distribution site in Chiba. It was a trip that seemed to be at the heart of understanding the dilemma within this year’s Japanese […]

June 15, 2011

Skankynavia: Hot Dogs for Japan (CPH)

by Anders Arhoj

Mash-ups has been en vogue for over seven years now. Every time Britney or Gaga release a new smash hit it’s instantly mashed up with an old Kylie Minogue or Human League hit. Sometimes, it’s because mixing and mashing creates an entirely new song. Sometimes it’s for promotional purposes. And other times, it’s done in […]

May 3, 2011

The Gift of Food for Japan Benefit (LA)

by Kayoko Akabori

All Photos by Yoko Kumano. About a week after our initial GIFT OF FOOD fundraiser in San Francisco, Yoko and I were approached to help organize a similar event down in LA, to benefit the victims of the 2011 Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami. Could we pull it together in less than a week? HECK YAH! […]

April 26, 2011


by Kayoko Akabori

Our good friend and talented videographer Joe Stillwater (of Bright Spectrum) joined us on April 5th for our GIFT OF FOOD benefit in San Francisco. We raised over $10,000 that night for Second Harvest Japan, a food bank that has been providing direct support to the victims of the 2011 Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami. This […]

April 20, 2011

Save the Date: THE GIFT OF FOOD FOR JAPAN – 4/26 (LA)

by Kayoko Akabori

Are you ready for THE GIFT OF FOOD, Part Deux??? After the initial benefit we hosted in San Francisco just two weeks ago (raising over $10,000!), Yoko and I have been working with some kickass folks down in LA to organize a similar event to raise money for Second Harvest Japan. We’ve gotta keep this […]

April 12, 2011

The Gift of Food Benefit (SF): THANK YOU!

by Kayoko Akabori

Photos by Travis LoDolce and Wataru Umeda. For an entire week after the Sendai earthquake and tsunami first hit, I was wrapped in an incurable, numbing daze. I would wake up with a pang in the pit of my stomach from the night before–I felt nauseous. Helpless. Hopeless. Thousands of people pronounced dead; even more […]

March 31, 2011

Last Night to Drink for Japan at Camino (OAK)

by Kayoko Akabori

Are ya’ll sick of hearing about fundraisers for Japan yet? Well, get over it–Japan needs us right now and we absolutely must do what we can to support it. You don’t hear me get all up on my soapbox very often, but for this, Umamimart must. And it doesn’t get easier than SIPPIN’ ON A […]