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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,...

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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 –...

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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....

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Our First-Ever Sample Sale Starts Today!

We're hosting our first-ever sample sale! Choose from deeply-discounted one-offs of select glassware, ceramics, and bar tools made in Japan. There may be some Danish designs too! This is an in-store only event from Thursday October 26th to Wednesday November 1st; first come first...

Rintaro: Our Favorite Lunch Spot in San Francisco

We go way back with Sylvan Mishima-Brackett, chef-owner of Rintaro. To this day, we still get phone calls and customers asking, "Do you still have those Peko Peko bentos?" Peko Peko was the name of Sylvan's catering company - providing special events with Japanese bites and drinks - and Yoko...

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Find Me by Anders Arhoj

Our good friend and collaborator Anders Arhoj of Studio Arhoj makes his U.S. debut as an author with this playful book Find Me. Reminiscent of Where's Waldo?, follow Mr. Red from the front to the back of the book, and...

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Back in Stock! Our Umami Tote by Wormfun

We loved our EAT Tote so much that we asked Bay Area artist Kaoru Kumano (aka Wormfun, Yoko's sister!) to create a new resuable bag for us spelling out the word UMAMI in letters and images: Urchin; Matsutake; Anchovy; Mandrake; Ice cream. Made of sturdy cotton canvas, this tote...