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  • New Contemporary Japanese DELICATESSEN BY OSAWA Opens in Pasadena

    (Photo Credits: acuna-hansen) New Delicatessen by Osawa, a contemporary Japanese style delicatessen in the heart of Pasadena is officially open.   Owner  and Executive Chef Shigefumi Tachibe and wife, Sayuri Tachibe of  Osawa  (pictured above) are the forces behind this first contemporary Japanese deli-style restaura...

  • Top 2017 Ethnic Trends are Rediscovered Classics

      (Gerry Furth-Sides) Expect trends starting in 2016 to gain momentum and be recognized nationally in 2017.   The theme: rediscovered classics that are created, marketed and branded magnificently for success.  They are: (1) anything from Japan, especially if it is sake or matcha; (2) artisanal food from Spain,   (3) m...

  • Invite to New Tokyo Table in Alhambra, California

    Tokyo Table debuts in Alhambra for sophisticated, Japanese cuisine You’re personally invited to join us for an evening of performances and culture on Thursday, December 8 from 3:30PM – 6:30PM. Complementary food and drinks will be served to kick off the night followed by Japanese cultural practices through artistic demonstr...

  • ROKU Adds Teppanyaki Pizazz to the Sunset Strip

    (Darien Morea and Gerry Furth-Sides)image above and below by Ralph Gentile Architects) ROKU, the newest member of the Sushi Roku family, is “a step higher than the others and blows you away as soon as you walk inside – it is so beautiful!” in the words of Darien Morea.     The Asian resort feeling comes [&he...

  • Q Sushi Brings Japanese Endomae Style to Los Angeles

    (Roberta Deen and Gerry Furth-Sides)  Stepping through the magnificent wooden doors into intimate (26-seat)  Q Sushi, Tokyo-bred Chef Hiroyuki Naruke’s Edomae-style Sushi takes you back centuries to the best of the Edo period.  It is distinguished for simplicity, timeless refinement and pride in technique and qual...

  • Korean Father-Son Perfect Japanese Sushi at KURA

      (Roberta Deen and Gerry Furth-Sides) Virtually  “hidden in broad daylight” in a sprawling Sunset Boulevard strip mall, the spacious, subdued interior of Kura Sushi Restaurant becomes the realm of a sophisticated Korean father-son team (Sunny and Daniel) offering the finest of seasonal and omakase dinner...

  • Researcher Chef Rika Yukimasa Adds Western Twist to Authentic Japanese Cuisine

    The “California Roll” above was the innovative name twist  that made sushi familiar enough to American diners to give this then-exotic cuisine a chance.  It one of the first stories that Chef Rika Yukimasa playfully wrote about as one of her posts to introduce authentic Japanese cuisine to an international audie...


      The party in its honor at the Japanese Consul’s residence was more than enough to prove the affection of the Japanese community for the film,  KAMPAI! FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE and the national rice wine drink revered in the culture.  It was  thrilling to have one of the features players in the film, Marie […]...

  • New Global Café Concept Updates Ancient Japanese Matcha Tea

    It took the “California Roll” with a familiar name to entice Americans to try eating of Japanese sushi back in the day.  So it took Taku H. Maeda winning  a green tea ice cream manufacturing challenge to eventually launch an Americanized version of Matcha tea products and menu at SHUHARI Matcha Café. As the succ...

  • Kura Chef’s Favorite Japanese Summer (Corn) Recipe

    Head Chef Daniel Son at KURA offers special summer dishes to to honor the warmer months using fresh, seasonal ingredients he hand selects daily.  Chef Son’s summery chilled homemade Goma (Sesame) Tofu with Sweet Summer Corn is a healthy and a favorite with Japanese diners that is enjoyed during the hot months. Goma T...

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