- January, 2021
Toshi Kubota – “Boogie Ride”
Known as a “pioneer of black music”, Japan’s leading soul singer Toshi Kubota has released a new song called “Boogie Ride”, which I would like to introduce. We all know Toshi’s representative song “LA LA LA LOVE SONG”, a duet with Naomi Campbell released in 1996. It became a million seller as the theme song for “Long Vacation”, a tv drama starring Takuya Kimura...
Japanese Home Cooking vol.1
Pickled cucumber🥒 (きゅうりの浅漬け) Japanese love pickled cucumber. The pickled cucumber in Japan is different from that in America. It’s based on salt, sugar, and a bit of soy sauce, so Japanese pickles are sweeter.😋 Cucumber can be substituted with radish and carrots.🥕 It goes well with beer and Japanese sake too.
Sushi Kappo Tamura
Sushi Kappo Tamura in Eastlake was the only restaurant in Washington state to make the Open Table list of the top 100 restaurants in the US in 2018. Open Table, an online reservation system, uses feedback from diners to compile the list. The restaurant has an exceptional rating on Open Table with 97% of the 993 reviews recommending it. For more on Sushi Kappo...
Every month, wa’z owner and head chef Hiro Tawara assembles a menu that puts seasonal local and Japanese ingredients front and center. He takes great care to make sure his diners sense the seasonality of each dish. He also ties his menu closely to Japanese traditional events. The result is a memorable meal of Japanese haute cuisine thoughtfully presented in kaiseki fashion. This July,...
Longtime Restaurateur Aims to Energize Pioneer Square
On any given afternoon around 3 or 4pm, you may spot a septuagenarian Japanese man walking around Yesler and 1st Avenue in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood diligently picking up trash. He can be spotted anywhere from the Underground Tour entrance to the area near Alaska Way where cars get off the ferries. This would be Susumu “Sam” Takahashi, a longtime restaurateur who says this...
Haiku Form Inspires Philanthropist
Mourning her baby The Orca whale baby’s death Similar to us
There was a duo band that caught the eye of viewers of the TV music program “NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen” on New Year’s Eve in Japan. Who was it? The answer is YOASOBI. Their debut song, “Racing into the Night”（夜に駆ける）has surpassed 300 million streaming playbacks, which was achieved in record time, and won the #1 spot in Billboard Japan’s “Hot 100” of the Year...
2021 Year of the Ox
By mid-year, 2020 was shaping up to become the biggest collective challenge we had faced in our lives. And now that we are nearing the end of this pivotal year, many of us gaze at the future with hopeful eyes. But could 2021 offer something better? Does the near future look bright? Or in the very least, less bad? We decided to turn to...
Mutsuko Soma’s hit soba-and-tempura restaurant, Kamonegi, keeps getting accolades. Eater called it one of the best new restaurants of 2018. Seattle Met magazine named it restaurant of the year. And Seattle Times food critic Providence Cicero put it at 1st and 11th on her 20 Best Bites list.