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Mar 20, 2011 11:12 AM

The Impact of the Terrible Disaster in Japan on SD Sushi?

First, I just want to express my concern and empathy for the people of Japan. Those multiple disasters are tragic and unprecedented. The reaction of the people over there has been remarkable. I hope that the nuclear issues are resolved soon and the people of Northern Honshu are able to rebuild their lives as soon as possible.

So please don't think me callous, but what impact has the disaster had on Kaito and the other quality sushi outlets in SD?

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  1. I've been wondering the same thing...

    1. There really were no serious disruptions to Kaito's suppliers. Recall from my previous posts that Kaito sources from fisheries in the East Coast, Washington State, Kansai (southern Honshu), Tsukiji (Tokyo), Southern Cal (for Uni), and occasionally even the Mediterranean (for Bluefin Tuna). According to Kaito the only source that's been affected was Tsukiji, which only until recently started sending out limited shipments. So it's nearly business as usual; in fact on Friday they must have posted around 18 items on their Twitter feed.

      BTW the folks at Kaito have also discretely setup a collection jar by their entry, where all collected monies will go to the Japanese Red Cross for the Tohoku earthquake disaster relief. Would like to see more of that at other Japanese eateries. I did notice, though, that the Japanese Red Cross was also collecting in front of Nijiya Market, and 4 different relief agencies were also collecting donations at Saturday's Cherry Blossom Festival in Balboa Park.

      FYI here's a link to Google's disaster relief site for donations, person finder, resources, and more information:

      Nijiya Market
      3860 Convoy St # 109, San Diego, CA

      Balboa Park
      1549 El Prado Ste 8, San Diego, CA 92101