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Hawaii expat Jonas Otsuji is turning heads with his sushi in Utah. Curious? Hungry? Check him out here. . . . and from one sushi chef in Utah to another in Seattle. Remembering the legacy of...

The six thousand dollar watermelon, Eastwood and Takei

It's Aloha Friday and what better way to prepare for the weekend than by reading about Star Trek alumni, Clint Eastwood and high-end watermelons? Star Trek alum George Takei speaks to NASA's Goddard Space Flight...
Tatsumoto’s version of ozoni includes: mochi, thin slices of mizuna, daikon, shiitake, enoki mushrooms, hasu, carrots and canned scallops in a konbu and katsuo broth.

Ryan’s Table – Beyond Osechi Ryori

Local Japanese-style New Year’s Cuisine and Traditions Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Today, people in the 50th still practice Japanese New Year’s, or oshögatsu, traditions by placing a kadomatsu near the home entrance, stacking the kagami mochi topped with a tangerine and consuming ozoni as the first meal of the new year. In Japan, people enjoy osechi ryöri during the first three days of the year. The tradition....
Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai members Gregg Mueller and Maiko Muta ham it up while cooking the Kenjin Kai’s popular Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki as HHKK past president Wayne Toma (far left) laughs with them. Muta, who is from Hiroshima, owns and operates the Carp Dori Restaurant in the McCully Shopping Center. Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai members sold 744 okonomiyaki at the Jan. 13 New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival at Mö‘ili‘ili Field and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i.

JCCH Ohana Festival Offered Experiences Galore

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“Chibariyo” – Maui Okinawan Festival

WHAT: Maui Okinawan Kenjin Kai, along with co-sponsor Maui Mall, present the Maui Okinawan Festival, themed “Chibariyo!” meaning “do your best!” Continuous Okinawan music and dance performed by homegrown talent from Maui, as well as...

Benihana founder, Rocky Aoki passes away

Slightly late, but still relevant is the news that the founder of the Benihana steakhouse chain, Rocky Aoki, passed away on Thursday. The 69-year-old died of pneumonia. Aoki opened the first Benihana in 1964 in...

Japanese mushroom helps cancer, diabetes research

Professor Albert Heck from Utrecht University in the Netherlands has discovered that the enzyme from the Japanese mushroom Grifola frondosa can help the study of diseases such as cancer and diabetes. This article in Science...
Smoked meat sushi.

Ryan’s Table – Time to Light a Fire

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto “Time to light a fire . . .” That’s what celebrity chef Roger Mooking proclaims on every episode of “Man, Fire, Food” as he is about to light the coals. Although nature’s thermostat has moved several degrees higher these past few months, that is the only proclamation I need to....
Descendants of Kama and Yukichi Shiroma, founders of the Shiroma Saimin Stand that once served bowls of hot saimin from Oahu Sugar Plantation’s Higashi Camp in Waipahu, attended a rededication of the outdoor saimin stand exhibit at Hawaii’s Plantation Village.

Shiroma Saimin Stand Honors Memory of Hardworking Founders

Visitors to the March 3 “Noodles and Bread” event at Hawaii’s Plantation Village on the grounds of the Waipahu Cultural Garden Park could choose from a variety of ethnic foods representing the diverse cultures of Hawai‘i’s immigrant history. Anchoring the day’s festivities was the rededication of the Shiroma Saimin Stand exhibit, featuring a saimin noodle-making....

Karii! An Awamori Experience

WHO/WHAT: Enjoy an evening of food, fellowship and awamori, Okinawa’s popular and time-honored alcoholic beverage, at this event being held in conjunction with the Okinawan Festival. Attendees can customize their own awamori cocktails and...

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