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Apr 5, 2012 05:52 PM

Good Japanese/Asian Store in Berkeley, San Jose or Santa Clara?

We'll be looking for a good Asian store when we visit your fine state in a few weeks. We won't be to that much of the Bay area, but will be briefly in Berkeley, San Jose & Santa Clara.

Specifically we broke one of our little dishes for soy sauce for sushi &, not too surprisingly, can't find any good ones here in the desert southwest. Any ideas?


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  1. There are Nijiyas all over the Bay Area. You could try there?

      1. berkeley
        -tokyo fish gift shop, 1220 san pablo ave. berkeley,, high end
        -daiso, 2309 telegraph, (near u.c. berkeley) low end $1.5 specialist

        san jose
        -daiso, 651 saratoga ave
        -mistsuwa marketplace, 675 saratoga,, everything japanese here.

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        1. re: shanghaikid

          Most amazing, within hours there are 6+ possibilities. Many thanks...


          1. re: shanghaikid

            If you go to Tokyo Fish's gift shop, they have an adjoining parking lot with an entrance on 10th street:


            I love giving their dishware as gifts. . . lots of bang for my buck.

            1. re: Stephanie Wong

              Which parking lot? I never knew there was any parking besides what surrounds the gift shop.

                1. re: wolfe

                  Never would have noticed it.

                  The vegetable plants have arrived.

                2. re: Robert Lauriston

                  It's the defunct bingo parlor & donut shop lot just on the other side of the former automotive service shop. . . parking's much easier and more civilized now!

              1. re: shanghaikid

                Second on Mitsuwa. Worth the drive from SF if you're into Japanese stuff. Tokyo Fish is great but much smaller, though they'd probably have a good selection of what you're looking for.

                Soko Hardware, SF.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  We're flying into & out of SJC so that's not out of the way at all. Thanks.


              2. It sounds like your time will be limited and since you will be in Berkeley, another vote for Tokyo Fish - the gift shop located in the smaller building in front of the market has a lot of Japanese dishes, bento bako's etc. It is very easy to find - on San Pablo a block north of Gilman which is one of the main streets leading back to Interstate 80. Also check out the market - they have a prepared food section - very good bento lunches for $7.25 - cook is Ken-san, the original owner/chef of Yokohama restaurant in Richmond. I believe the sushi they sell is made on site by Mifune restaurant.

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                1. re: Bigshadetree

                  the sushi at Tokyo Fish is made by Musashi on Dwight in Berkeley.

                  they re-started their lunch service last week. they'd previously stopped it saying they couldn't handle both that and the prep for Tokyo Fish.

                2. San Jose Japantown has a half dozen gifts / arts / housewares shops + many small restaurants for a wide range of Japanese food styles. 10 minute drive from SJC and loads of parking (unless you go on a festival day). Very informative historical markers make the community accessible to visitors.

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                  1. re: anyhow

                    Thank you, yes, just found out about Japantown yesterday when looking at the Saratoga Avenue recommendations above. Looks really good & it's now on the itinerary.