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What name would you choose for a Japanese restaurant?

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I have a friend in the Philippines who is opening a Japanese restaurant. He has asked me for suggestions for names. I love names like Wagamama and Oyaji.

Curious what creative chowhounds would come up with?

If your name is selected, imagine he would give you a free meal next time you are in Cebu.

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  1. Is this one of those "catch-all" Japanese places that offers a variety of foods, or do they have a focus on sushi, seafood, noodles or something?

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    1. re: Silverjay

      Thanks for the replies.

      He is still putting the concept together, but I think it will have both kaiten zushi and table seating for non-sushi. There is one other kaiten zushi in Manila and it seems to be very popular.

      Cheers!

    2. Saw one the other day that might have possibilities. "Pick Up Sticks".

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      1. re: Wylie

        there is a chain already named that, horrid food, not the kind you'd want your resto associated with.

      2. Umamibasho

        Nikuhin

        Okonomiya

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        1. re: applehome

          There was a noodle place where I lived in CA called the "Hong Kee Noodle House." It always made us giggle because we could only hear "Honkey" when we said the name. :) So be careful...and choose wisely. :)

        2. I'm pretty sure "Wagamama" is a big chain in the UK...

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          1. re: piccola

            I think she was just referencing that as a type of name she likes.

          2. Maiyuu!

            Sawayaka

            Tonde, Tonde, Tonde

            The rest of my ideas get worse. I'm coveting my best ones for when I open my own dream izakaya.

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            1. re: Silverjay

              Maiyu - nice, or how about "Debuya"?

              Tell me when you open your Izakaya. I want to be your shochu sommelier.

            2. Ichigee has a ring to it..

              1. Always thought a good name for a kosher-sushi bar would be: Sosumi.

                1. Umami (the fifth and mysterious taste)

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                  1. re: cdmedici

                    That's EXACTLY what I was thinking. Are there alot of Japanese restaurants outside of Japan w/ this name? It seems like such a natural.

                    1. re: CH Addict

                      Ahh, this thread is too tempting.

                      "Umami Wears Army Shoes!"
                      "Not Umami's Sushi"
                      "Who's Umami?"

                      Link: http://eatingchinese.org

                      1. re: Gary Soup

                        Lol! "Umami's so fat..." "Umami's so stupid..."

                        But seriously, are there restaurants with this name?

                  2. Byoki Desu

                    or

                    Atsui

                    1. My friend says he is thinking about names like:

                      " OLD MOON "

                      " POND VIEWING KEN "- because the restaurant is going to be located along the lagoon

                      " OLD FISHERMEN KEN "

                      Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear...

                      1. Japaneats.

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