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Umami Mart + UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies


Umami Mart sprouted into this world as an international food + drink blog in 2007. Over the years, it has grown into a Japanese kitchen and barware importing business, headquartered in Oakland, CA. Functional design, quality and service are all a part of the Umami Mart philosophy, reflected in every facet of the business. The Oakland shop, opened in 2012, is a curation of bar tools and glassware from Japan, as well as a bottle shop dedicated to sake and Japanese beer.


The Center for Japanese Studies supports and promotes an encyclopedic array of research and teaching related to Japan; we also support the study of historic and contemporary connections between Japan and Japanese Americans. Throughout the year, we host a regular lecture series, colloquia, and symposia bringing to campus a stimulating and always-changing community of intellectuals and public figures, including journalists, performers, artists, and business leaders. 

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