Author Archives: Kayoko


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. We met up with our friend and Umami Mart writer Will, aka The Ramen Shaman, along with Eri, who suggested a yakitori joint called Shimon-ya.

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April 4, 2014

Kodoku no Gurume (Solitary Gourmet)

by Kayoko

I’ve been watching a lot of Kodoku no gurume, a show from Japan. It is about a salesman in Tokyo named Goro who goes out to eat.

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April 2, 2014

Japan’s Kit Kat Kraze

by Kayoko

When something takes off in Japan, it gets huge. For a hot minute. People have no qualms with waiting in a long line for hours, out in the butt-ass cold, to get their hands on the newest HOT food trend from abroad that they saw on the morning news.

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March 27, 2014

Umami Mart Now Hiring!

by Kayoko

We’re slowly growing our team. It’s an exciting time for us here at Umami Mart! We’re looking for someone bright and attentive to work with us at our Oakland headquarters.

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March 26, 2014

Upcoming Event: Umami Mart SF Launch Party

by Kayoko

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The Bay Area has been so good to us. First, we opened our flagship store in Oakland in 2012 — to our surprise, people were into our Japanese kitchen and barware shop!

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March 24, 2014

Umami Map: Oakland Chinatown

by Kayoko

One of the joys of working in Old Oakland is Chinatown. We’re only steps away to a wonderland of dirt-cheap eats and one-stop grocery shopping.

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March 3, 2014

Ask a Bartender: The Chrysanthemum

by Kayoko

My alcohol tolerance is not what it used to be, sadly. The morning after a night of drinking just gets tougher and tougher.

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February 24, 2014

UMSF Closed for Renovations

by Kayoko


Our San Francisco location inside The Perish Trust will be closed through March for renovations. Please visit us in Oakland or online!

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February 21, 2014

Ice Ball Machine

by Kayoko

We went to Hoteresu the other day, Japan’s premiere restaurant show. Like any convention at Javits or Moscone Center, the massive spaceship of a building had been filled with food and drink companies, appliance mega-conglomerates and tableware producers, displaying their newest products and inventions for all of us brainwashed consumers.

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