Father's Day is June 16

We're Hiring a Shopkeeper Assistant!

Umami Mart seeks a friendly and responsible team member to fill a hybrid, role supporting both the front of the house and Umami Mart Bar. This will be at our shop located at 4027 Broadway in Oakland. This position...

Sake Gumi News

Sakqueso (June 2024)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 200 members throughout the country. Join today!   Welcome to the 9th annual celebration of Sakqueso! Through the years,...

Event Recap

NamaFest 2024

So far, this year has been an exciting year of events. And oh boy did y'all show up for NamaFest! It was a smashing event and the rain in the forecast did not deter anyone from celebrating namas from around the world....

Female Frontrunners

Lauren Purvis of Mizuba Tea Co.

Mizuba Tea's Daily Matcha is something we've carried since the early days of Umami Mart. In fact, it has been since Lauren Purvis of Mizuba Tea Co. visited our store in 2014, so that's a whole decade of Mizuba Tea's matcha living on our shelves....

Shochu Gumi News

Shochu Gumi n.018 (March 2024)

Shochu Gumi is our quarterly subscription service with 80+ members throughout the country. Join today! We’re starting 2024 with a big bang here at Shochu Gumi HQ! Yoko and I are fresh off the heels of a trip to Okinawa, where we toured...

The Chronicles of Nara

Yucho Shuzo (Nara)

Visiting President Chobei Yamamoto at Yucho Shuzo in Gose City was one of the most educational brewery visits I’ve ever experienced. He invited me into his meeting room, where he had piles of very old books on Nara’s...

Brewery + Distillery Visit

Ikekame Shuzo (Fukuoka)

After my visit to Nishiyoshida Shuzo in Chikugo, Fukuoka back in January, I had the distinct pleasure to tour Ikekame Shuzo in nearby Kurume.¬†We first featured Ikekame Shuzo in February 2021 for Sake Gumi's theme Experimentations in Koji¬†¬†‚Äď...

The Secret Ingredient

PINKBERRY DECRYPTED! (well, not completely, but this is as close as it gets without using crack/cocaine/heroin/chemical powder!)I went there 3 times last week, and each time, i was very careful to figure out what...

Umami Mart Holiday Shopping Guide

Our Holiday Shopping Guide has been updated this year! We first came out with this in 2021 when the world was coming out of the pandemic, and we wanted to make sure that our community of small retail businesses were being recognized during the holiday...