A Touch of Japan in Palm Springs
A visit to Wabi Sabi Japan Living
By Christina Cary
Kanpai! Cheers! Upon entering Wabi Sabi Japan Living, you’re welcomed by its matcha green exterior and elegant flair. Its passionate owners, Darrel Baum and Osama Sagara travel to Japan annually and hand select unique items to WOW their clientele. The humble store offers imported home goods and specialty Japanese and Asian pieces for entertaining. It carries timeless designs that effortlessly complement Mid-century modern Palm Springs décor. Sushi snob? Feel like an ancient warrior or princess as you host a fun-themed dinner, or simply choose refined items that will have others guessing you’ve recently returned from an exotic vacation overseas!
Thirsty for Sake? The technique behind this beloved drink may surprise you! The full flavor of the Junmai Ginjo is airy and smooth on the palate due to the polishing process which grinds the outside of the grain of rice to reach the desired center. American hot Sake, which most of us are accustomed to, usually has a high level of added distilled alcohol which results in an inferior taste. High quality Sake can be enjoyed with diverse chow! Nigori Sake is sweet and perfect for a poolside mixed drink. Try out their tasting bar, take a bottle home or join others for a Sake and cheese pairing. Or, if Sake still isn’t your thing, opt for a Japanese beer!
Need a caffeine boost? Traditional tea and coffee, with all of the extras – including the Siphon coffee maker utilizing specialized vapor pressure to brew – can be yours sans airfare. Coffee dates have become a modern day form of socialization and connection in Japan. They host coffee and tea tastings for your next visit! Perhaps, tomorrow?
Come home with vibrant pieces of modern Minoyaki tableware or a collection of Shun knives from Seki City – custom-made for over 800 years. Choose beautiful chopsticks, clothing, fans, jewelry, Kanji art, Bonsais, skincare products, plants, pottery or a book on Japanese Living – luxurious for the coffee table!
Missing your spiritual experience already? Bring a friend for a cooking class, skincare lesson or Japan class series! Visit the booth at the Palm Springs VillageFest on Thursday evenings. www.wabisabijapanliving.com