April 6, 2017

The New Gold Standard: Yukiwa Gold Boston Shaker Set

by Umami Mart Staff

Presenting our newest luxe barware product: The Gold Boston Shaker Set. Made by renowned Japanese barware makers, Yukiwa, the set consists of two high-quality gold-plated stainless steel tins. Used together, they seal tightly for making cocktails that need a good, hearty shake. Then, they unseal easily for a satisfying, clean pour. These tins are truly the gold […]

November 10, 2016

Our New Bartender’s Toolkits Make Gift-Giving Super Easy for You

by Umami Mart Staff

Don’t freak out, but the holidays are just around the corner. If you’re an advanced gift giver, you may have already started making notes about presents you’re getting everyone. While there’s still time, we wanted to introduce you to our brand new Bartender’s Toolkits, in stainless steel and gold. We’re pretty proud of these essential […]

September 29, 2016

Tin Cup Is Not Just a Cheesy Kevin Costner Movie

by Umami Mart Staff

If you search for sakewares, you might notice that many sake cups and carafes are made using tin. You may have wondered, “Why tin?” Well, it turns out this particular metal has a peculiar effect on sake. It’s commonly noted that tin improves sake’s flavor, making dry sake softer, milder, and less bitter. And tin […]

September 22, 2016

Try a New Angle: The Long Handled Triangle Hawthorne Strainer

by Umami Mart Staff

Like that t-shirt you owned in junior high school stated, “Why Be Normal?” Forgo the standard and try a new angle – a triangle! Our Yukiwa Long Handled Triangle Hawthorne Strainer is for bartenders and home cocktail enthusiasts who are looking for a tool that’s unique in design, yet reliably well-made and durable. Outfitted with […]

September 16, 2016

Our New Jumbo Cobbler Shaker is Large and in Charge

by Umami Mart Staff

Japanese cobbler shakers are notably smaller than their American counterparts. One of the biggest reasons is completely functional – compact shakers are easier and lighter to handle, especially for the Hard Shake, a mesmerizing cocktail making technique created and perfected in Japan. However, we realize sometimes you need to go big. Over the years we’ve gotten requests for larger cobbler shakers, […]

May 2, 2016

Introducing Bar and Glassware by Umami Mart

by Kayoko Akabori

When we first launched Umami Mart in 2007, we were a wee food and drink blog. I informed NYers about secret ramen spots, Yoko mused about weird foods in Japan, Anders updated us about the latest on controversial food packaging, Erin uploaded stunning food photos, Ryohei obsessively battled himself in the kitchen and provided extensive play-by-play recipes, and Payman […]

April 21, 2016

Yukiwa Stainless Steel Club Boston Shaker: A New Way to Shake It Up

by Umami Mart Staff

We have a new cocktail shaker that we’re way into. The Yukiwa Stainless Steel Club Boston Shaker is a two-piece shaker that looks like our Stainless Steel Cobbler Shakerand a Boston tin had a baby. Unlike the Cobbler Shaker, the Club Shaker doesn’t have an integrated strainer, which means it’s lighter, more compact, and the drink has more space […]

April 16, 2014

Inside Yukiwa Barware Factory

by Kayoko Akabori

Our main objective for our trip to Japan (besides noodles and ekiben) was to visit the many factories where they make the bar and glassware we select for Umami Mart. We wanted to go straight to the source, and meet the people behind the products. This ended up being far more fruitful than we could have […]