Culinary & Wine

Tohoku Springs Back

When: Sat., March 12, 7-10 p.m. 2016

Five years have passed since a catastrophic tsunami struck Japan’s Tohoku region, killing more than 15,000 and causing a full-blown nuclear disaster in the Fukushima prefecture. To commemorate the anniversary, the Japanese gift store Umami Mart and UC Berkeley’s Center for Japanese Studies will host a fundraising dinner at the David Brower Center (2150 Allston Way, Berkeley). Chef Tori-chan, a Fukushima native and the owner of a restaurant in Tokyo called Jicca, will put together a spread of traditional Fukushima dishes, such as shiso-wrapped miso rolls, shio koji pickles, and miso-marinated roast pork. To drink, there will be sake from a brewery that was rebuilt after having been wiped out by the 2011 tsunami. Event proceeds will benefit Y-PLAN Japan (an exchange program that has hosted hundreds of Tohoku youths) and Safecast (a foundation dedicated to sharing reliable radiation data online). Tickets are available via Eventbrite.com.

Luke Tsai

Price: $50–$75

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