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Authentic Japanese restaurants near Claremont

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I'm looking for an authentic Japanese restaurant (run by Japanese people) that I can take some Japanese friends to near Claremont (within about a 10 mile radius).

I know of a bunch of Japanese restaurants in the area, but I can only think of Nogi Sushi and Ken's Sushi, which are actually owned by Japanese people. My friends would really enjoy being able to talk to others in Japanese.

Nogi recently changed ownership, so I'm actually not sure whether they kept their Japanese sushi chef.

Does anyone here know of any other places that might be suitable?

(Kinya, Sushi Cruise, Tokyo Kitchen and many others aren't actually operated by Japanese people.)

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  1. Try Little Tokyo in San Dimas. Japanese-owned/operated and the sushi is very good to excellent. The hot food is less so.

    1. The current Chef at Nogi Sushi does speak Japanese. The best time to go is on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It's a little slower and has more selections on those days