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Limited Edition Studio Arhoj Xmas Ghost

Studio Arhoj has released a limited edition Ghost for the holidays called Nisse, or elf in Danish. It is a miniature Ghost resembling Julemanden, or Santa, adorning a red, snow-dusted cap. Each Nisse is stamped with a special "X-Mas 2017". We only have 24...

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New Gift Sets!

We've handsomely bundled up some of our most popular products together to simplify the holidays for you. Our Classic Gift Sets are always a hit – and here's more to get your gift-giving juices flowing! Enjoy an array of Japan-inspired...

Lazyass Cookin'

Cozy Donabe Party

When the days become shorter and the air crisper, it's time to bring out my donabe from the depths of my kitchen cupboards. I give it a good dusting-off and wash, then let it sit in the sun to dry. Once this ritual is...

Japanify

Black Garlic Glazed Sweet Potatoes

As soon as daylight savings ends, my body tells me: feed me sweet potatoes. They are comforting, filling, and full in vitamin A and C to help combat colds during the flu season (I also get a flu shot every year). In the...

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Introducing Our Chips Mugs

Check out our handsome collection of Chips mugs in three playful glazes, made in Aichi prefecture. Featuring an earthy, clay-colored base, these weighty porcelain mugs have a roomy, angled handle for a comfortable grip - best to support its 12+ ounce capacity. This...

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Our Annual Gift Guide is Here!

Our annual Holiday Gift Guide is here! We've put together our most popular products - classic and new - in one place, just for you. Not sure what to get your choosy in-laws, 

Upcoming Event

Japanese Marmalades + Glazes Tasting Event

Join us to taste through our collection of Japanese marmalades and glazes - notably the 100% Black Garlic Glaze, as seen in Yoko's Japanify recipe for Black Garlic Glazed Sweet Potatoes. Come by...

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L.S.K. Salmon Two Ways

If you know me, you know I'm all about abbrevs. Life's too short (L.T.S.) - so whether it's S.G. (Sake Gumi), U.M. (Umami Mart) or B.B. (Berkeley Bowl), I'll refer to things in every day life with its abbreviation.  In addition to it...

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New Tenugui In Stock!

Here at Umami Mart, we've always been fans of designs and subjects that are slightly edgy and grotesque. So when we saw these two 100% cotton tenugui (hand towels) we knew we had to get them. The 100 Demon Night Parade tenugui is not...

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25% Off Studio Arhoj Owl Jars + Totem Boxes

We're having a sale on Studio Arhoj's popular Owl Jars and Totem boxes! Starting today through Wednesday November 22nd! Studio Arhoj marries a Japanese tea canister with a traditional-style Danish 1950s bird motif. These canisters are perfect for storing coffee beans, pasta,...

Sake Gumi News

Animals (November 2017)

In Japan, animals are everywhere. Besides Hello Kitty and Pikachu, animal imagery adorn temples, shrines, storefronts, crackers and candy. Last names are also fair game for animals. For example, my own last name includes 熊, the character for bear –...

Brewery Visit

Shinkame Sake Brewery

My love for sake can be traced back to a winter night in 2006 when I had my first sip of Shinkame junmai. After that night, I was hooked. Shinkame had revealed to me the potential for sake that I had never known. I wanted to...

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Glass Candy

We just received a shipment of new glassware from Japan, just in time for the holidays.Hard Strong Platinum Martini Glass: A new product by Toyo-Sasaki, this Martini glass is as attractive as it is durable....

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Introducing the 2 Ounce Jigger

We worked with Yukiwa for over a year to bring you these jiggers with the most coveted measurements – one side is 1 oz with a hairline at 0.75 oz and 0.5 oz and on the other is a  2 oz cup with a hairline at 1.5 oz....

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25% Off Indigo Bee House!

We have been selling the Bee House Salt Boxes and Butter Dishes for years and were thrilled to learn that they were designed in the late 90s by Bay Area resident Yoko Lewis. We're celebrating this visionary...

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Get the Onsen Feels

For us, a trip to Japan always means stopping off at an onsen (hot springs). Thanks to our new Onsen Collection, made with hinoki from Kochi prefecture (known for their Japanese Cypress), we can enjoy a bit of Japan's hot springs right at home....