Ijji Sushi

  Outside Japan, it‚Äôs rare to find a restaurant like Ijji. Think minimalist. Serenity. Ritual. Understatement. Precision. On a busy block on a busy San Francisco street, Ijji is almost invisible. Even if you’re looking for it, you could still miss it. No sign, no grand entrance, only a discrete iii¬†on the Japanese curtains that… Continue reading Ijji Sushi


I learned a new word at Okane: ippin. It means small dishes or plates ‚Äî ¬†Japanese tapas. Ippin defines¬†dining at Okane, an izakaya restaurant. BTW, izakaya refers to a neighborhood,¬†casual dining and drinking place in Japan. This small izakaya has just 46 seats plus¬†an extra four at the sushi bar. If you have a taste… Continue reading Okane

Hakone Estate & Gardens

Stroll and whisper. That‚Äôs what you do when you enter the peace and quiet of Hakone Japanese Gardens. If you‚Äôre there when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, you‚Äôll want to shout about their beauty. Shhhh. Keep it to yourself and continue quietly enjoying the rest of the gardens. Over eighteen acres, there‚Äôs much… Continue reading Hakone Estate & Gardens


Somehow, you¬†don’t think of sushi in the middle of Mill Valley. OK, we’re wrong. Samurai¬†serves up sushi as fresh as the freshest in San Francisco… or Tokyo. And as creative. And as tasty. It should. Chef Brian Kim learned his trade from sushi masters and brings that training to Marin. ¬†And that’s not all.¬† Service:… Continue reading Samurai


A sign. It‚Äôs a sign of a good restaurant when, in good times and bad, weekdays and weekends, winter and summer, the joint is full. At Ozumo, the joint is always full. Yes, it‚Äôs situated between two hotels. Yes, it occupies a prime position between happening Steuart Street and the Embarcadero. Yes, it‚Äôs stylishly modern,… Continue reading Ozumo