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Real Japanese Restaurants in Vancouver?

Aki on Thurlow is closing in the middle of February and who knows when, and if, they'll find a place in the increasing sterile heart of Vancouver.

Any suggestions for other real Japanese restaurants in Vancouver?

For me a Japanese restaurant isn't the same unless it's run and staffed by Japanese people. Somehow there's a different feel. The Japanese seem to be more respectful and caring of the food and customers.

I love the indifferent panic of a busy Chinese restaurant but when it comes to Japanese food it's not the same.

Any suggestions including seemingly obvious places would be appreciated.

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      Upvote for Sushi Zero One - my favourite hole in the wall authentic Japanese sushi location.

      1. Van-Ya by Joyce and Kingsway

        1. Is Oishii (ex-Musashi) on Denman @ Robson all Japanese ?

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          1. re: LotusRapper

            There are also a number of Japanese run places in the concrete ghetto out in Richmond.

          2. I'm not real Japanese, but real Japanese friends consider these (presumably among others) to pass the realness test:
            Dinner with friends: Dan, Suika, Miku
            Dinner with clients: Suika and Miku
            Dinner w/drinking friends/clients: Suika
            Ladies who lunch: Sanpachi and Miku.
            Take-out with kids: Hitoe
            Special family dinner out: Miku, En

            I would add Zest, but not sure if its real : )