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Black is the New White (May 2019)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 150 members throughout California. Join today! This month, we plan to unveil our very first bar. It will be in the back of our new space at 4027 Broadway in Oakland. Since 2012 we had...

We're Open at 4027 Broadway!

After nearly a month of being closed, we are thrilled to announce that we are OPEN at 4027 Broadway! Thank you for your patience these last few weeks as we have been getting our shop ready for you. We lovingly refer to our new space as Umami...

We're Hiring! Shopkeeper + Sake Bar Associate

We're hiring for two positions! We are a retail store, bottle shop, and tasting bar that specializes in Drinks, Design + Japan, seeking a hard-working and knowledgeable Shopkeeper and Sake Bar Associate SHOP KEEPER This position will be at our shop located in Oakland, California and will...

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Teishoku Lunch at Stonemill Matcha (SF)

Last May, Stonemill Matcha opened in the former Tartine space in the Mission. My brother, Keisuke Akabori, was hired as the executive chef of the cafe – a concept from Japan to introduce matcha culture to the Bay Area, complete with sweets and savory dishes for breakfast and lunch. ...

Order Online For Free Shipping!

Did you hear we're moving? Pardon us while we are reorganizing ourselves back here. We are open online but not shipping any orders until Monday 4/22 - and to thank you for your patience, we are offering FREE SHIPPING for orders $50+ from now through Sunday...

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Go Gohyakuman-goku! (April 2019)

  Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 150 members throughout California. Join today! Does the type of rice affect the flavor of sake like the type of grape affects the flavor of a wine? The short answer is yes. Brewers will...

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Event Recap: Hinamatsuri 2019

Hinamatsuri is one of our favorite events of the year – and we are so happy that the turnout gets better every time we do it. We celebrated a little earlier than usual this year, but both Yoko's and my mom came out, which made this...

A Look Back at 815 Broadway

It was over six years ago on August 3, 2012, we opened our doors in Old Oakland. We had no idea what we were doing – but we had a solid crew that contributed their blood, sweat, and tears to our DIY build out. We had no idea...

Big Announcement: We're Moving!

Yoko and I are elated to announce that we are MOVING our shop! But don't worry, we'll only be two miles up the road, on Broadway, in Oakland!  This is something that we've been working on on-the-sly for about a year now. It's bittersweet for us, as...

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Soba Ichi's Washi, the Chuhai King

We love chuhais, the ubiquitous, thirst quenching drink served at any watering hole or found in a can at any conbini (convenience store) in Japan. The word chuhai is a combination of shochu-highball – get it? They have yet to get their day in the limelight here in...

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Get Your Genshu! (March 2019)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 150 members throughout California. Join today! I’ve always been intrigued by genshus. They are fresh, brash, and bold. They are as close as you can get to what comes right out of the press...

Genshu Cocktails: Rob Roy + Bamboo

When Yoko told me that this month's Sake Gumi theme was genshu sakes, I was so excited. This was a prime opportunity to develop some new cocktails! Since genshu sakes are tank strength, they have not been diluted (most sakes are diluted with water to bring down the ABV) –...

Event Recap

6th Annual Japan Beer Fest

It's hard to believe we've been putting on Japan Beer Fest (JBF) with The Trappist for six years now – and even harder to imagine that this year was the...

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Spotlight on Shiga (February 2019)

Overlooking Lake Biwa from Mt. Shizugatake Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 150 members throughout California. Join today! Kayoko and I tend to travel to places in Japan that produce foods and drinks we really like. One of those is sake from Kita Brewery. What...