Umami Mart and the Center for Japanese Studies at at UC Berkeley present TOHOKU SPRINGS BACK, an evening of food, drinks, music and dancing—to commemorate the hardships endured in the Tohoku region in the last five years, and the people who are bringing positive change to the area.


  • Food by Jicca and Casa de Kei
  • Sake and Beer from Tohoku + Cocktails
  • Music by DJ Marcy and Otonowa
  • Talk by Martin Fackler, former NY Times Tokyo Bureau Chief, on the events of 3/11 in Japan

Local Fukushima Cuisine by Jicca

  • Miso Roll w/ Shisho (しそ巻き)
  • Mushroom Kimpira (きのこのきんぴら)
  • Aizu Soba Salad (会津蕎麦サラダ)
  • Shio Koji Pickles (三五八ピクルス)
  • Salmon & Ikura Rice Ball (鮭はらこ炊き込みおにぎり)
  • Roast Pork Marinade w/ Miso (豚ロース味噌漬け)
  • Anko & Chocolate Ball (あんこトリュフ)

Drink Menu

  • Sake by Kibo and Momokawa
  • Beer by Coedo

About the Organizations

  • Y-PLAN Japan (“Youth – Plan, Learn, Act, Now”), a UC Berkeley leadership and exchange program that has hosted 600 high schoolers from Tohoku since 2012. Through generous funding from SoftBank, 100 youth pursue a three-week intensive program on building leadership and social enterprise skills. We’ve met these students when they were in town two years ago and they were so wonderful. These funds will go towards an event to be held while the TOMODACHI students are here this summer, honoring and showcasing their accomplishments and inviting back the many, many people who have come to know them in the Bay area through family homestays, field trips and intense interactions on community development.
  • Safecast, a foundation selling kits to build geiger counters and encouraging people to share their radiation data online in a free, open-source website platform. Yoko and I built a geiger counter with Safecast last month in Shibuya, then went up to Koriyama to visit Safecast volunteers, who have a sensor at their residence. We respect the work of Safecast deeply and would like to raise funds for geiger counters to be installed in public spaces Tohoku.