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.
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.
*Photograph taken from: http://www.foodinjars.com/2012/02/a-...orin-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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“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