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OSAKANA will be a Japanese-style fish market dedicated to providing high-quality, local, and seasonal seafood to Brooklyn and beyond.
OSAKANA will be a Japanese-style fish market dedicated to providing high-quality, local, and seasonal seafood to Brooklyn and beyond.
398 backers pledged $57,361 to help bring this project to life.

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WHAT IS OSAKANA?

OSAKANA will be a Japanese-style fish retailer dedicated to providing high-quality, local, and seasonal seafood to the community. Our customers will find fresh, expertly sourced fish, prepared and presented with respect by the team behind OKONOMI.

 

WHY OSAKANA?

While New York has witnessed a flourishing of artisanal butcher shops, the number of local fish purveyors has diminished, despite the city’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Our aim is to help diversify the local food economy and revive the city’s connection with its neighboring ocean.

To do this, OSAKANA will not only offer a seasonal selection of local seafood for customers to purchase, but it will also provide a community space in which people can learn more about these ingredients through discussions, meals, tastings, and classes. In Japanese, osakana means to "honor your fish (お魚を大切に)." Our hope is to embody this precept to the fullest.

WHEN AND WHERE WILL OSAKANA OPEN?

Rendering of the OSAKANA retail space
Rendering of the OSAKANA retail space

We've already found a location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn just a few blocks from OKONOMI. With a successful fundraising campaign, we can begin the work that will hopefully open OSAKANA by July 2016. 
 

 

WHAT CAN WE DO WITH $50,000?

With $50,000, we will be able to open up a premiere seafood retail space in New York City. Our hope, however, is that this is just the beginning. To fully realize our vision, we will need significantly more funding. We’d like to share our “stretch goals” — our plans for the next $50,000 — so that fans and supporters will consider helping us get there. 

IF WE REACH $75,000...

We will be able to equip OSAKANA with a 6-seat ramen bar. With this cozy dining nook in the back of our space, we’ll be all set to dish out more seafood-rich ramen as well as the freshest donburi lunches in town.

IF WE REACH $100,000...

We can fully build out our kitchen and acquire a liquor license. Our dream is to create a space for omakase dinners that will pair exciting preparations of seafood and sashimi with assorted Japanese whiskeys, all in the back of our little market. With this level of funding, we can work towards making this unique dining experience a reality.

Rendering of OSAKANA back bar
Rendering of OSAKANA back bar


We are excited to offer an array of unique objects and experiences to our Kickstarter supporters. Here's a peek at our rewards!


RECIPE TESTER/レシピテスタ

Want to be one of the first people to see recipes from our upcoming cookbook? Interested in being part of the process and actively contributing to its development? Claim this reward tier, and we'll send you a recipe from our cookbook and ask for your personal feedback. However involved you choose to be in this process — you're welcome to just privately savor the recipe on your own! — you'll have our sincere gratitude, and we'll keep you in the loop through the publication of the book and beyond.


APPAREL/アパレル

Claim one of these high-quality, canvas bags, printed with our "fish-kanji-in-a-bowl" logo by artist, designer, and former employee Momoe Narazaki. Perfect for a trip to the farmers' market or for hauling goodies back from Mitsuwa.

Spread the word about Japanese breakfast! Snag one of our screen-printed 100% cotton t-shirts, which celebrate the three pillars of the ichiju sansai meal: fish, rice, and miso. Both logo styles are available in blue with white letters and white with black letters in sizes S, M, L, and XL.

Stay warm and look sharp in one of our hand-printed, old-school logo sweatshirts, envisioned and worn here by our tenchō (general manager) George-san! Sweatshirts are available in navy or gray in sizes S, M, L, and XL.



KNIFE/包丁

Together with premier Japanese knife retailer, Korin Japanese Trading Company, we are offering a stainless steel Japanese chef's knife printed with our logo. This elegant and versatile tool is available as a reward by itself or paired with a class on the care and sharpening of Japanese knives. 



POTTERY/陶器

Over the past two years, we have had the privilege of working closely with Jordan Colon, the chef-turned-ceramicist who supplies the beautiful plates, bowls, and cups in our restaurant.

Jordan Colon in his natural element
Jordan Colon in his natural element

In collaboration with OKONOMI chef and owner Yuji Haraguchi, Jordan will produce a series of hand-painted and wood-fired pieces based on the sets we use at our restaurant, exclusively for backers of our Kickstarter campaign.

We are inviting backers who choose these rewards to come to our studio above OKONOMI to select their sets themselves from our collection. Each piece has its own character. Find the ones that speak to you. 

Also, the shipping costs for the pottery are fairly prohibitive relative to our other tiers. Backers seriously interested in pottery but who cannot make it into OKONOMI to select their pieces are welcome to message us. We will do our best to accommodate our supporters however we can.

The OSAKANA Ichiju Sansai Set
The OSAKANA Ichiju Sansai Set


JAPANESE DENIM/岡山デニム

Want to look (and cook) fresh in the kitchen? Pick up one of our Japanese denim aprons or knife rolls, both handmade from salvaged Okayama denim and designed by Chef Haraguchi. Stylish and pragmatic, these aprons clean well, and these knife rolls will keep your essential kitchen tools neatly bundled yet easily accessible.



CLASSES/料理クラス

We want to share the love!
We want to share the love!

We envision OSAKANA as a place to grow and share knowledge on how to appreciate local seafood. Our Kickstarter supporters can claim spots in our first round of cooking demonstrations and classes, where, in small groups, they'll learn concepts and techniques of knife sharpening and receive instruction on how to butcher a whole fish.



PARTY!/パーティ

Party with us! A number of our higher level rewards will include invitations to exclusive dinners and private parties, where you can meet, eat, and "kanpai" with us and your friends! Our most able and generous donors will be able to reserve our entire space for an evening to enjoy an OSAKANA feast with their guests. There will be seafood...



BANZUKE REWARDS/番付表

The OSAKANA Banzukehyo is our way of publicly expressing gratitude to our more able financial supporters.

Your name in Kanji here!
Your name in Kanji here!

Banzukehyo (or banzuke plaques) are public rankings lists that announce the names of sumo wrestlers participating in a given tournament. Traditional plaques honor higher ranking wrestlers with progressively larger sizes of kanji script.

Our OSAKANA banzukehyo will give thanks to the individuals who have chosen to more heavily fund our project. These select donors will have their names written in kanji script in one of four distinguished tiers (Komosubi, Sekiwake, Ozeki, and Yokozuna) and displayed at OSAKANA!

(NOTE: For those without an existing kanji name, we'll happily help translate the phonetics of your name into a meaningful kanji moniker.)

Our banzuke-level supporters will all be invited to join us at the OSAKANA opening party, where we will celebrate together and personally thank you for helping us make this vision a reality!

Compete in paper sumo wrestling, in lieu of actual sumo wrestling, at our opening party!
Compete in paper sumo wrestling, in lieu of actual sumo wrestling, at our opening party!

Risks and challenges

Opening any brick-and-mortar business in NYC is never simple. We've been through this process before, but every location has its share of unexpected obstacles and challenges. Thankfully we are blessed with a dedicated and talented team. With the support of our fans, we are prepared to face down construction delays and natural disasters with the same determination that has brought us this far already.

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    High Five!/ハイタッチ!
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    Be Part of Our Cookbook!

    Backers at this tier will be invited to participate in the creation of our forthcoming cookbook. You will receive an exclusive preview of the recipes in the book, and we'll correspond with you directly to hear your feedback. All backers at this level will be credited in the publication as an official Recipe Tester.

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    OKONOMI T-Shirt

    Share your love for ichiju sansai with this screen-printed t-shirt, which upholds the Japanese breakfast mantra of "Fish, Rice, Miso" in the front while bearing Momoe Narazaki's whimsical take on our logo on the back. Available in "white on blue" and "black on white" and in S, M, L, XL. Made in the USA and screen-printed in Brooklyn, baby!

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    OKONOMI Tote Bag

    This canvas bag, made in the USA from recycled materials, sports our logo designed by artist Momoe Narazaki and makes the perfect companion for trips to the market. Bring your produce and seafood home in style, or use it for whatever. Modern life usually demands a good tote bag!

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    OKONOMI Sweatshirt

    If you want to look good and stay toasty like a cup of barley tea, slip into one of these classic sweatshirts, screen-printed with our old-school logo. In warmer months, tie it around your waist for a '90s mall vibe. Available in Navy and Gray in sizes S, M, L, and XL.

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    Ceramic Water Cups (Set of 4)

    Backers at this tier will receive 4 wood-fired water cups by artist Jordan Colon. These delicate yet robust cups are perfect for sipping water and having a contemplative moment or hosting a tea party with three friends.

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    Ceramic Rice Bowls (Set of 4)

    Backers at this tier will receive 4 wood-fired rice bowls by artist Jordan Colon, just like the ones we use to serve up our seven-grain rice at Okonomi. Seven grains or not, these bowls make all rice feel special!

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    Personally Engraved OKONOMI / KORIN Chef's Knife

    Backers at this tier will receive their very own OKONOMI stainless steel gyutou, made by Japanese knife specialist KORIN. These multi-purpose chef's knives are embellished with an OKONOMI logo and can be engraved with your name (or the name of your knife, if you like to christen your kitchen tools).

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    Ceramic Beer Mugs (Set of 4)

    Backers at this tier will receive 4 wood-fired beer mugs by artist Jordan Colon. We like to sip Orion or Kagua beer from these mugs, but they'll make drinking any beverage a little more soulful.
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    Knife Sharpening Demonstration with Personally Engraved OKONOMI / KORIN Knife

    Receive an OKONOMI / KORIN chef's knife with your personal engraving and attend a demonstration on the art of using and maintaining high-quality knives. Before a small group, Chef Haraguchi will explain the history of Japanese and Western cutlery and give a demonstration on knife sharpening.

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    Japanese Denim Apron or Knife Roll

    Choose either a chef's apron or a knife roll, handmade from salvaged Japanese denim from Okayama. These stylish and functional accessories were designed by Chef Haraguchi and are tastefully embellished with our old-school OKONOMI logo.

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    Private Fish Butchery Class

    Want to know how to break down a whole fish? How to slice clean filets and separate stock-ready bones and heads? In small classes of 2-3, take a private lesson with Chef Haraguchi, who will give hands-on instruction on how to butcher, prepare, and store a whole fish — which will also be yours to take home!

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    Ceramic Ramen Bowls (Set of 4)

    Backers at this tier will receive 4 wood-fired ramen bowls by artist Jordan Colon, just like the ones we use at YUJI Ramen. Whip up some of your own ramen at home, or make any hodgepodge of leftovers look gorgeous.

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    Ceramic Dinner Plates (Set of 4)

    Backers at this tier will receive 4 wood-fired ceramic plates by artist Jordan Colon, just like the ones we use to serve up our ichiju sansai breakfasts. They're the perfect blank slate for your wildest plating dreams.
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    Ichiju Sansai Ceramic Set (Set of 2)

    Create your own ichiju sansai experience at home — okonomi (as you like it)! This set includes two of each of our wood-fired ceramic water cups, rice bowls, and plates, all made by artist Jordan Colon, plus two wooden miso soup bowls and two custom sets of chopsticks.
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    OSAKANA 番付 小結!!!
    Get on the Komosubi Tier of Our OSAKANA Banzukehyo & Join Our Opening Party!

    Komusubi donors will receive an invitation for two (you and a guest) to our opening party! Celebrate with us and get a taste of what OSAKANA will have to offer.

    Our party will also celebrate you! Your kanji name will be written on our banzuke plaque, to be unveiled at our opening party and proudly displayed at OSAKANA. You will also receive a personal plaque made from finished pine, hand-painted with your kanji name by OKONOMI tenchō (general manager) George Padilla.

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    OSAKANA 番付 関脇!!!
    Get on the Sekiwake Tier of Our OSAKANA Banzukehyo, Join Our Opening Party & Attend an Exclusive Chanko Nabe Dinner!

    Sekiwake donors will receive an invitation for two (you and a guest) to our opening party! Celebrate with us and get a taste of what OSAKANA will have to offer.

    Our party will also celebrate you! Your kanji name will be written in the third highest tier of our banzuke plaque, to be unveiled at our opening party and proudly displayed at OSAKANA. You will also receive a personal cherry wood plaque, hand-painted with your kanji name by OKONOMI Head Chef JT Vuong.

    The partying doesn't end there! Sekiwake donors will be reserved two seats to an exclusive chanko nabe (sumo wrestler-style hotpot) party at OSAKANA, where you and a guest can feast like sumo champions!

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    OSAKANA 番付 大関!!!
    Get on the Ozeki Tier of Our OSAKANA Banzukehyo, Join Our Opening Party & Have a PRIVATE Chanko Nabe Dinner Party!

    Ozeki donors will receive an invitation for two (you and a guest) to our opening party! Celebrate with us and get a taste of what OSAKANA will have to offer.

    Our party will also celebrate you! Your kanji name will be written in the second highest tier of our banzuke plaque, to be unveiled at our opening party and proudly displayed at OSAKANA. You will also receive a personal chestnut-wood plaque, hand-painted with your kanji name by Chef Haraguchi.

    The partying doesn't end there! Ozeki donors will also receive a PRIVATE chanko nabe (sumo wrestler-style hotpot) party with up to five guests, hosted at OSAKANA!

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    OSAKANA 番付 横綱!!!
    Get on the Yokozuna Tier of our OSAKANA Banzukehyo, Join Our Opening Party & Have a PRIVATE Chanko Nabe Dinner Party with Omakase GIft Bags!

    Yokozuna donors will receive an invitation for two (you and a guest) to our opening party! Celebrate with us and get a taste of what OSAKANA will have to offer.

    Our party will also celebrate you! Your kanji name will be the calligraphic centerpiece of our banzuke plaque, to be unveiled at our opening party and proudly displayed at OSAKANA. You will also receive a ceramic plaque, handmade and inscribed with your name by Chef Haraguchi and Jordan Colon.

    Our Yokozuna donors will also be given a PRIVATE chanko nabe (sumo wrestler-style hotpot) party with up to five guests, hosted at OSAKANA! Yokozuna donors and their guests will each take home an omakase gift bag with an assortment of our favorite swag.

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Funding period

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