Long time owner and executive chef of the Makoto restaurant on MacArthur Blvd., passed away at Fair Oaks INOVA hospital on September 3, 2013 of natural causes.
I use to love their kaiseki. Lately (since Sushi Taro went upscale) I've been going to Sushi Taro's sushi bar omakase because the quality and diversity are significantly better. I don't have a clue how Makoto is these days.
re: Worldwide Diner
I went to their kaiseki dinner last night and it was very well done. They definitely are Nobu-esque in terms of their non-traditional dishes, however, I felt they had mastered much of the core art. Sashimi cuts were perfect, fresh wasabi, artful pottery/dishes, and well seasoned, correct temperature sushi rice, etc. made me think they had mastered the traditional arts.
Notable exceptions were things such as kohada and tamago, so keep in mind this is not your Tokyo-style sushi bar. ;)