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Korin_Mari
05-14-2012, 06:21 PM
We at Korin are proud of our Japanese culture and traditions, but we want you to know that our products are not just for Japanese restaurants. Our knives and tableware bring out the best qualities of food from every culture and fit into every restaurant - from French to Pan-Asian to American, and that is why we are located in New York City - where people from every country in the world come to eat!

Korin's unique store in lower Manhattan is home to perhaps the most extensive collection of Japanese chef knives in the world - including Japan - plus the rarest natural sharpening stones and exquisitely designed tableware. We also host special events, such as knife sharpening demonstrations and parties with New York's most famous chefs and restaurateurs.

Korin is dedicated to bringing the implicit and elegance of Japanese culture to your table - be it in your home or in the finest restaurant.

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And now that I’m done being professional, I’m going to fill you in on how I see Korin...

Korin is in essence, just a really well-known Ma and Pa kitchen supply store in downtown Manhattan. We are a small company of 30 people, and a two sister branches in Japan and France run by family members. Ms. Kawano moved from Japan in 1978 and began Korin in 1982 in hopes to bring Japanese culture to New York. She walked restaurant to restaurant with tableware hanging from my stroller in hopes to one day have a small storefront of her own.

30 years later, Korin has blossomed into the internationally known company thanks to all of the wonderful support from chefs, food lovers, restaurants, knife fans, and vendors. We are so blessed and grateful to have such amazing supporters and customers that go out of their way to visit us. Ms. Kawano continues to pursue her dreams to become the international bridge that connects the world to Japan through Korin and non-profit organizations.

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*Photograph taken from: http://www.foodinjars.com/2012/02/a-visit-to-korin-giveaway/ *

Korin is affiliated with the Gohan Society, which is a non-profit organization that aspires to foster an understanding and appreciation of Japan’s culinary heritage. Ms. Kawano founded the organization in hopes is to provide an opportunity for professionals, students, culinary educators, sommeliers and journalist to explore and share the uniqueness of their respective cuisine through international travel, work and play. The Gohan Society members believe that by inspiring food lovers alike through educational initiatives, they will expand and enrich their repertoires, artistry and cultural understanding.


Pictures from the High School Summer Immersion Workshop in 2010 & 2008 and High School Event
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For more pictures:
http://www.flickr.com//photos/68766473@N04/sets/72157629730357266/show/

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“It is my hope and belief that through a dynamic and professional culinary exchange program, the Gohan Society will foster cooperation, learning and a spirit of friendship between nations and cultures.” - Saori Kawano

schanop
05-14-2012, 06:35 PM
Good story, Mari.

Korin_Mari
05-14-2012, 06:49 PM
Thank you! :)

Duckfat
05-14-2012, 06:57 PM
Great photos and story. I'm very glad to see Korin here.

Dave

ajhuff
05-14-2012, 06:59 PM
Sigh, very jealous. I wish I lived nearby.

-AJ

knyfeknerd
05-14-2012, 07:48 PM
Thanks for sharing, keep the good stuff coming!

EdipisReks
05-14-2012, 07:49 PM
that's really cool!

ecchef
05-14-2012, 08:10 PM
I'm in one of those pics.... :doublethumbsup:

Met a bunch of great people & learned a ton of stuff at those classes.
Hopefully, I'll be able to attend again when I get back.

Korin_Mari
05-14-2012, 08:45 PM
Great photos and story. I'm very glad to see Korin here.

Dave

Thanks! :D It's so much fun being on KKF. I'm slowly learning more and more about knives.

By the way, you wouldn't by any chance have a tattoo of a lovely silhouette of a duck that says Duck Fat in cursive would you?

Korin_Mari
05-14-2012, 08:46 PM
I'm in one of those pics.... :doublethumbsup:

Met a bunch of great people & learned a ton of stuff at those classes.
Hopefully, I'll be able to attend again when I get back.

Oh my goodness! Really? :D Thats awesome!! Which class did you attend? I hope to see you there when you do!

Crothcipt
05-14-2012, 09:05 PM
Very cool, wish I was closer to Ny, almost every day.

The Edge
05-14-2012, 11:16 PM
Whenever I get to NY, you are on my list of places to see!

steeley
05-15-2012, 12:19 AM
Wonderful photos and inspirational philosophy.

Thank you

ecchef
05-15-2012, 05:39 AM
Oh my goodness! Really? :D Thats awesome!! Which class did you attend? I hope to see you there when you do!

The "Mastering Fish the Japanese Way" series; soba, tofu and a few others Mari-san. I am indebted to you Mom & Taeko-san and to Suzuki-san and the other Chefs for their gracious invitations and hard work!

Duckfat
05-15-2012, 11:19 AM
Thanks! :D It's so much fun being on KKF. I'm slowly learning more and more about knives.

By the way, you wouldn't by any chance have a tattoo of a lovely silhouette of a duck that says Duck Fat in cursive would you?

I'm afraid my only tatoo is a Screaming Eagle but I like the idea. ;)
BTW I'm enjoying the Kitayama I picked up from Korin earlier this year.

Dave

Korin_Mari
05-15-2012, 05:26 PM
Whenever I get to NY, you are on my list of places to see!

We will be waiting! :)