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Wow, November certainly snuck up on us, did it not? The sunlight is orange over here in the Bay Area (like the color of the World Series champs, maybe?); the air a bit crisper. The leaves are finally turning color. Amber! Crimson! Gold!

Ah, Autumn in full bloom.

But no time for sighs. There is so much going on here at UMHQ-- it's all so exciting, I must divulge.

First of all, we're launching the much-anticipated, online Umamimart Shop on Tuesday, November 16. Trader Yoko and I have been working tirelessly for months now to get the shop going-- it will focus mainly on high-quality kitchenware from Japan, starting with a fabulous lineup of cocktail barware and cups.

This is completely new territory for us, and we're giving it all we've got. I think you will approve.

And who wants just any old Umamimart logo mug? BO-RING! So we decided to commission artists to design Umamimart gear. The first project is a coffee mug designed by Skankyass UM Columnist, Anders, whose Venom Yum art studio is in Copenhagen.

Look at it! It's HOT SHIT, man.

This is a project that is especially near and dear to my heart-- not only because it's launching the shop (!)-- but because it was the biggest pain in the ass to get this cup created. You have no idea how hard it is to get something printed on a cup, in its entirety. Anders and Yoko had to hold my hand throughout this process-- there were definitely moments where I just totally LOST MY MARBLES.

But it's here-- in the flesh, in my hands, right now. It's FUCKING AWESOME.

So, mark it in your calendars, folks. November 16. It's happening. On the I N T E R N E T. Let's do this.

Love,

Kayoko

PS: To celebrate the cup, and the shop, I'm organizing a coffee-related event for Umamiventure #30, in mid-November in San Francisco. Details to come, stay tuned!
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