We know that you love giving Mashiko gift certificates for all manner of occasions, especially during the holiday season. Rumor has it they are very well received! Our fun t-shirts and baseball caps are available as well. Still, we want to make you aware of another easy way to give a memorable gift this year.
You may have noticed the eclectic mix of art on the walls in our dining room. Did you notice that much of the art on display is for sale? Of these noted pieces, the entire selling price will be donated to your choice of several worthy charities. We are currently featuring art donated from several talented local artists. Each piece is framed and ready for gift-giving goodness! Current pieces include fine photography, collages, and paintings. We also have Japanese sumi paintings created by our very own Chef Hajime Sato.
We are proud supporters of many charitable organizations, including Seattle Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Seattle Animal Shelter, and West Seattle Food Bank. We encourage you to support your favorite organizations however you can, all year long.
It was announced last week that West 5‘s Dave Montoure was organizing a disaster relief fundraiser for the people who were affected by the tsunami in Japan. We are proud to say that we will be participating in “West Seattle for Japan” this Sunday, March 27th.
We have chosen to raise funds while also raising awareness of the uniquely satisfying flavors of Northeast Japan. We will be offering a bento with several items traditionally served in that region. Specific items will be rotating throughout the night as there is such a variety of things that we want to share with the dining public! This Northeast Japan bento will be available for only $25, with 50% of the selling price being donated to “West Seattle for Japan”. For a more complete experience, we will be recommending regional sakes for you to try as well. And of course, our very own Chef Hajime Sato will be on hand to answer questions about your bento, and beyond…
I’ve been swamped with questions, so I’d like to answer them first: My friends and family are safe. Yes, I was in Hawaii during the tsunami. We were evacuated to higher ground for about 11 hours. The damage ended up being minimal where I was.
Many of you know that I lived in Japan until I was 19. This tragedy against my homeland is difficult for me to process. Thanks to those who have sent kind words to me the past few days. I actually spent 3 days in Sendai this past November. It is hard to believe that Sendai is now gone.
Many survivors have no shelter in freezing weather. Some have shelter, but don’t know the status of their loved ones. The stores in Tokyo are already running out of food and supplies. The nuclear situation is surreal. Some experts say there is a good chance that more earthquakes are likely for Japan in the next few days.
People keep asking me, “What can I do to help?”. I don’t have an answer. If donating to the Red Cross makes you feel better, go for it. Right now, let’s think about the victims and remember that they were living their daily lives – just like us – when this happened. The best way for us to honor them is to make serious, permanent changes in our lives. Live each day. Encourage others to do the same.
We’re guessing by now that you all know our good pal Casson Trenor. Some might call him a hard worker, some might call him stubborn. Hajime calls him all kinds of things. We call his latest accomplishment with Greenpeace tenaciously wonderful.
So, after eight long months of constant badgering, Costco has finally agreed to drastically change their seafood policies, with great strides towards carrying only sustainable seafood. Please do read about it here, or be lazy and just watch the short video. It’s about time that the big guys are catching up to what West Seattle cares about. Congratulations to Casson! Long live the oceans!
Whilst perusing the goods at our favorite Uwajimaya location yesterday, we were happy to spot our good friend Louise. Upon further examination, our delight grew as we realized that she was facilitating a complimentary mini sake tasting of three of Uwajimaya’s offerings. How cool is that? Today and tomorrow, tastings will be held between 2:00-5:00pm. Apparently the selections to taste will be rotating every weekend, so be sure to check back regularly for maximum sake enjoyment. Keep this schedule in mind as the dates and times vary based on which location you’d like to visit. We still think the International District locale is especially worth the visit. Be sure to say “Hi” to Louise for us! Then you might consider heading over to Mashiko for dinner. We’ve been known to do some fabulous sake pairings with our meals.
This may very well be the most fun you’ve had at the supermarket in a long, long time. Come on, you know you were going to pop in and grab a box of Hello Kitty Choco Pies anyway.
Yes, the rumors are certainly true – the best New Year’s Eve celebrations in Seattle do begin at Mashiko Restaurant! Hajime has put together a great menu for only $60 per couple. This sustainable dinner includes some of our most popular items to share:
1 tempting appetizer (from the sushi bar)
6 tasty pieces of nigiri
1 scrumptious roll
1 delightfully oversized bento
1 delicious dessert
We are now taking reservations for New Year’s Eve, with seating beginning at 5:30pm. Call us at (206) 935-4339 soon as this night fills up quickly. We look forward to being a part of your New Year’s Eve 2011 festivities!
New Year’s Eve is a fine excuse to drink more sake.
September is Mashiko‘s Sweet 16 – and we owe it all to you!
Thank you so much for supporting us through 16 years in business, with the last one being our first serving only sustainable seafood.
To express our sincere gratitude, all junmai sake will be 16% off all month long! Hajime really knows how to celebrate!
And since we deserve a little bit of R&R on our birthday, Mashiko will be closed this Sunday and Monday. Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!