Let’s Talk Shop

Whether you’re looking for clothing to feed your Sol or make you go Cuku, or even if you’re just having a “ruff” day, 3 new businesses will be hosting a pouring station for the event on the Thursday, May 26. Island Sol Company is a retail shop with a selection of Hawaiian clothing, jewelery, footwear, and even snacks. Have need for some Hawaiian fabric, decals or CDs? They have these too. Aloha, ISCo and welcome to Sake San Jose!!

As a shop self-proclaimed to be “rooted from a melting pot of chicanos, south pacific islanders, tattooers and graff heads,” Cukui Clothing Company boasts a collection of eclectic neo-urban art and streetwear at their location on Jackson Street. This is a perfect flavor to add to the blend of Japantown.


Rounding out this trio at the tail end is Biscuits, a retail pet store that does more than throwing your dog a bone. For the dog or cat in your life, this pet boutique showcases products that are both natural and organic, and also offers services like teeth cleaning and nail clipping, and promotes the adoption of puppies in need a of a good home. “We are very excited to partake in Sake San Jose this year. Biscuits has been a part of Japantown San Jose since July of 2010, and we are very proud and excited to be a new addition to the community. We take pride in being able to provide healthy alternatives for local dog/cat owners and continue to build genuine relationships with our customers. Please stop by and visit us at 223 Jackson St, San Jose, CA. Also don’t forget to check us out at www.shopbiscuits.com for more information.”

Thanks to all participating Japantown businesses!! Sake San Jose raises a plastic sake sample cup to you!!

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Something More is Brewing

À la Sake San Jose 2010, Roy’s Station on 5th and Jackson will be offering a free cup of drip coffee to all participants of Sake San Jose. Stop by after the event up until 9PM and show them your wristband, and finish off the night with a different kind of brew. (Black?? With cream? Sugar?) Thanks, Roy’s!

Roy’s Station Coffee and Teas is built on the historic site of a gas station run by Roy Murotsune and his brothers, from post WWII to 1990. The closing of the gas station left the spot mostly vacant, after years of being a Japantown landmark. The coffee shop has emerged to breathe new life into the location and is run by Carole Rast, daughter of Murotsune, and some of her family. They continue the spot’s tradition of fueling customers, this time with with a different source of energy, which includes coffee from Barefoot Coffee Roasters, tea from Teance, assorted pastries, and Japanese snacks from Tengu Sushi. Roy’s Station is open daily, and on May 26th will be serving customers until 9PM.


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Follow the White Rabbit

Since relocating to Japantown San Jose in 2009, the State of Grace tattoo studio and its internationally renowned artists have quickly become an integral part of our tight-knit community.

Last year, State of Grace founder, Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura, graciously accepted a request to help create an exclusive design for our Sake San Jose tshirts.This year, in keeping with the zodiac theme that he introduced in 2010, Horitaka has created an eye-catching, spunky design for the Year of the Rabbit. We are very excited to promote this design on our 2011 tshirt, which will be available to purchase soon.

Also for this year’s event, Horitaka has enlisted one of his artists, Kenji “Horiken” Hori, to contribute an original watercolor painting to Sake San Jose. Horiken is an artist skilled in hand tattooing with over 15 years experience, who immigrated to the United States to practice traditional hand tattooing here. A stunning watercolor painting was hand-delivered to Yu-Ai Kai and will be featured in this year’s event poster.

State of Grace was founded in 2002 by Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura as a shop specializing in traditional Japanese tattooing in the United States. In an effort to further share tattoo culture, State of Grace is involved in book publishing, as well as lecture presentations.

State of Grace │ 221 Jackson Street, SJ 95112 │ 408.441.0770   www.stateofgracetattoo.com

It’s just…a little Crush…

By Linda Ueda

Meet Lonnie Ferguson of ORANGE CRUSH STUDIOS

Browse Yelp’s comments about Lonnie at Orange Crush Studios and it will not take long to appreciate the 5-star reviews written enthusiastically by his growing and loyal clientele. Not only has Lonnie worked behind the chair as a successful stylist, he is also an educator for Paul Mitchell and Redken, and currently works as a hair and makeup artist for The San Francisco Opera/Ballet and Opera San Jose. His resume also includes time spent as an editorial stylist, runway stylist and theater stylist! Lonnie has trained with industry greats and continues to share his passion for hairdressing with hundreds of students throughout Northern California. We are thrilled that Lonnie will be opening the door of his studio to Sake San Jose 2010!


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Meet Lonnie Ferguson of ORANGE CRUSH STUDIOS

Rice and Beans: Free coffee after Sake San Jose event

By James Bailon

Fun times and sake won’t be the only things brewing in Japantown for this year’s event. Roy’s Station on 5th and Jackson has announced that they are offering a free cup of drip coffee to all participants of Sake San Jose. Simply stop by after the event until 9PM and show them your wristband, and enjoy a hot cup of coffee before hitting the road or continuing your night in Japantown. Many thanks to Roy’s Station for adding a perfect finish to a night of sake tasting.

Roy’s Station Coffee and Teas is built on the historic site of a gas station run by Roy Murotsune and his brothers, from post WWII to 1990. The closing of the gas station left the spot mostly vacant, after years of being a Japantown landmark. The coffee shop has emerged to breathe new life into the location and is run by Carole Rast, daughter of Murotsune, and some of her family. They continue the spot’s tradition of fueling customers, this time with with a different source of energy, which includes coffee from Barefoot Coffee Roasters, tea from Teance, assorted pastries, and Japanese snacks from Tengu Sushi. Roy’s Station is open daily, and on May 27th will be serving customers until 9PM.


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New Businesses on the Sake San Jose Walk

By Linda Ueda

If you’re a return “sake sipper” to Sake San Jose, you will be introduced to new businesses during this year’s 2010 event.  Among those that we welcome this year are Aristocrats and Shaburi Shabu Shabu Restaurant

Aristocrats is a modern retail store for those that seek to carve out a unique identity.  Kaizen, continuous improvement, moves this fine retailer in the constant pursuit of refined perfection.  Visit www.artisocratsboutique.com to learn more. Better yet, visit their shop during Sake San Jose 2010!

Shaburi — Shabu Shabu Restaurant serves the finest ingredients, along with Kobe Style Beef, for a most delicious Shabu Shabu experience.  On this year’s route, Shaburi is a tasty new business to visit.  See www.shaburirestaurant.com for more information.


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Famed Tattoo Artist Horitaka Shares His Talents with Sake San Jose

By Linda Ueda

Takahiro Kitamura, whose professional name is Horitaka, is recognized as one of the most prestigious and credentialed among the most elite circles of tattoo artists.  Published and publicized, his talent for the ancient Japanese-style art of tattoo is known throughout the world.  In October of 2008, he was the “man of the hour,” lecturing and demonstrating this talent at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum as part of their MATCHA series.

For Sake For Sake San Jose 2010, Horitaka has generously contributed a signed original piece of art for a limited edition t-shirt, with proceeds going to Yu-Ai Kai Senior Services.

Horitaka’s t-shirts will be available for sale beginning May 1st via www.sakesanjose.com

His shop, State of Grace Tattoo Shop, is now located on Jackson Street, in Japantown San Jose. Visit www.horitaka.com to learn more about this world-famous artist.

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For Sake San Jose 2010, Horitaka has generously contributed a signed original piece of art for a limited edition t-shirt, with proceeds going to Yu-Ai Kai Senior Services, Sake San Jose 2010.