Japan & I

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco is proud to present the Japan & I video series. This series features people who have been inspired or influenced by Japan in the Bay Area.

James Freeman (June, 2016)


Jake Myrick (June, 2016)

Blue Bottle Coffee is known for its delicious coffee and aesthetic sensibilities, but did you know that Blue Bottle takes inspiration from Japan? CEO and Founder James Freeman talks about his long time dream of entering the Japanese market as an enthusiastic fan of Japanese kissa-ten (coffee shop) culture. Find out what inspiration he drew from Japanese kissa-ten and how he embraces the Japanese concept of kodawari.   Sequoia Sake is the first and only micro sake brewery in San Francisco. Jake Myrick, President and Founder of Sequoia Sake, is dedicated in creating fresh, live, and accessible sake to people living in the Bay Area and beyond. Find out why he decided to establish Sequoia Sake in San Francisco and his take on Japanese culture!

Matt Cohen (July, 2016)


Laura Allen (August, 2016)

San Francisco’s Off the Grid is known for its mobile food vending and street food. Matt Cohen, founder and owner of Off the Grid, developed the concept from his time and experience living in Japan. Find out how his experience living in Japan inspired and continues to influence the evolution of Off the Grid.   Learn how Japanese art influenced and inspired Dr. Laura Allen, Curator of Japanese Art at the Asian Art Musuem in San Francisco. Find out how her time living and studying in Japan has continued to influence her!

Eric Gower (November, 2016)


Frederik Schodt (January, 2017)

What do you know about matcha? Founder of Bay Area based matcha company Breakaway Matcha, Eric Gower, is dedicated in making great matcha accessible to everyone! Find out why he established his matcha business here in California!   Do you know who helped introduce manga to the United States? Frederik Schodt, San Francisco-based writer, translator, and interpreter! Find out what drew Mr. Schodt to manga and why he decided to bring manga to the United States in our newest video in our "Japan & I" series!
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