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What is Songkran?

What is Songkran?

April 7, 2020

While many communities in Asia celebrated the Lunar New Year in January, people in Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia are preparing to celebrate the new year next week. Songkran is the Thai New Years celebration based on a solar calendar, occurring when the sun moves from the constellation...

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Uwajimaya Staff Favorites

Uwajimaya Staff Favorites

April 2, 2020

Whether you’ve been an Uwajimaya regular for decades or are an eager newcomer to our aisles, an insider perspective can be a nice helping hand. So we asked the people who know our four Pacific Northwest stores the best: What are a few of your favorite things?   ...

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An Update from our CEO Regarding Coronavirus

An Update from our CEO Regarding Coronavirus

March 20, 2020

To the Uwajimaya community, As the situation with the coronavirus continues to develop daily, the Uwajimaya team is continually reviewing and adjusting our operations to prioritize the health, safety and well-being of our employees, customers and community. In addition to the measures we have already put into place such as...

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Sendai Beef from Miyagi Prefecture Japan

Sendai Beef from Miyagi Prefecture Japan

March 10, 2020

Nestled in the heart of Japan’s Tohoku region, Miyagi prefecture stretches from the mountains to the Pacific Ocean. The fertile plains surrounding the city of Sendai grow much of the rice that gives Tohoku the reputation of “granary of Japan”. Despite Tohoku’s reputation for...

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An Open Letter Regarding Coronavirus and Uwajimaya Practices

An Open Letter Regarding Coronavirus and Uwajimaya Practices

March 10, 2020

To the Uwajimaya community, As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) begins to have an increased impact in our communities and as new developments unfold daily, I wanted to connect directly with you to share more about the steps we are taking to help keep our customers, employees and communities safe and...

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Traditions of Hinamatsuri

Traditions of Hinamatsuri

February 27, 2020

When most people think about the Japanese Girls’ Day holiday (Hinamatsuri, 雛祭り) in Japan, images of elaborate, multi-tiered Girls’ Day doll displays (hinakazari, 雛飾り) often come to mind. The dolls represent the Emperor and Empress of the Heian period with their attendants and court musicians. Traditionally, families set out the...

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