Limited Edition Horitaka T-Shirts Available Now!

By Kelli Martines

Our limited edition Horitaka-designed t-shirts have arrived and are now available for pre-sale! World-renowned tattoo artist, Horitaka, generously created a design exclusively for Sake San Jose 2010. What an opportunity to own a piece of art and get a new shirt, all while supporting Yu-Ai Kai Senior Services!

In celebration of the Year of the Tiger, Horitaka’s powerful yet gracious representations are set in brushed gold on solid black. Shirts are available in modern cuts for men and women, as well as the classic Beefy T. Whether a unique gift for someone special or a treat for you, these limited-editions design are bold and fun.


Toradoshi Shirts for Sake San Jose 2010

Designed by Horitaka

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More Sakes for 2010

By James Bailon

For the 5th Annual Sake San Jose, the number of sake stations has increased this year to 29…which means more Japantown sites to hit (see the New Businesses post) and new sakes to try, including the earthy Kasumitsuru Kimoto Extra Dry, rich Kenbishi, and creamy Mizubasho. What’s going to be your favorite sake this year?

New Sakes for 2010

Mizubasho Taiheikai Kasumitsuru Kimoto Extra Dry
Mizuho Kuromatsu Kenbishi Banryu Kuro-Ninki Ippin Junmai Ginjo

For the 5th Annual Sake San Jose, the number of sake stations has increased this year to 29…which means more Japantown sites to hit (see New Businesses post) and new sakes to try, including the earthy Kasumitsuru Kimoto Extra Dry, rich Kenbishi and Creamy Mizubasho.


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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.