Hot Topics

Hot Topics

Fresh Catch – Kanpachi (Amberjack)

– July 02, 2020 – Kanpachi (amberjack) is a close member of the yellowtail family. It’s found in warmer waters making it a beautiful summer fish! Kanpachi is a premium fish because wild harvesting is limited, but recently, it’s being more widely farmed and has become a popular white fish for sashimi. The first part…

Continue Reading

Seasonal Sake – Sotenden

– July 02, 2020 – Sotenden is brewed by Otokoyama Honten of Kesennuma in the Miyagi Prefecture in Japan. “Soten” means “deep but clear blue sky.” Sotenden was created as a sake with a delicate flavor that complements the delicious seafood of Kesennuma (one of the most popular fish ports in Japan.) Sotenden captures the…

Continue Reading

Mugicha (Barley Tea)

– July 02, 2020 – If Japanese people were asked about their favorite summer soft drink, many would say “mugicha.” Mugicha is tea brewed with roasted un-hulled barley and contains no caffeine. It’s been popular in Japan for such a long time because it’s easy to make, but it’s also said to be quite healthy,…

Continue Reading

Japanese Culture – Summer Break in Japan

– July 02, 2020 – In the U.S., summer break lasts for more than two months, but in Japan, schools start their summer break in the middle of July and go back to school near the end of August or early September. The difference is not only in the length of summer break though! Most…

Continue Reading

Rainbow Platter

– June 03, 2020 – Celebrate the beginning of summer with our Rainbow Platter! June is very rainy in Japan, but luckily the Japanese get to enjoy an abundance of rainbows during this wet month. These rainbows inspired Chef Kinomoto to prepare this colorful sushi platter! It consists of soft-shell crab roll, rainbow roll, and…

Continue Reading

Seasonal Sake – Kokuryu “Ryu” 龍 Gold Dragon

– June 03, 2020 – Our June seasonal sake is “Ryu” Gold Dragon from Kokuryu Brewing Company in Fukui prefecture in Japan. This daiginjo offers amazing aromas of a bountiful fruit garden! The nose is filled with pineapple, koji rice, taffy, and white flower blossoms. Kokuryu Ryu pairs well with a variety of foods, but…

Continue Reading