Breaking News! Fundraising Results!
Sushi Den/Izakaya Den/OTOTO Newsletter
March 2011
Newsletter Vol. 61

Breaking News! Fundraising Results!

As you know, Japan was struck by an unthinkable natural disaster 11 days ago and the death toll has been mounting. There are still so many people missing and separated from their loved ones. Our heart goes out to those survivors who are dealing with the devastation.

When I first watched the tidal wave sweeping houses, cars and people away, I could not quite comprehend what was happening on TV. However, when the reality sunk in and when our staff's family was at the epicenter of the destruction, I just could not just sit and watch what was happening the other side of the ocean, our home land with our family members and many friends.

Japan Earthquake and TsunamiSo, we immediately started to organize our fundraiser at our restaurants. That was the least we could do living so far away from our home land.

As I mentioned to you in my previous newsletter, we love this country, America, like you do. One of the things we love most about this country is seeing what a big heart the American people have. Maybe more than anywhere else in the world. Americans cannot just ignore others who are in desperate need. In fact, we saw that the American government was the first one to offer the Japanese people a supportive hand.

Today, I am very happy to report to you that three of our restaurants, Sushi Den, Izakaya Den and OTOTO Food & Wine have donated to 10% of dinner sales and as the result of this effort, we have jointly raised $19,254.34 and also raised $32,647.64 from your generous donations. This will immediately all go to Japanese Red Cross Society. One of our customers, who wishes to remain anonymous, pledged a direct donation to the Japanese Red Cross for $25,000.

On behalf of Japanese people, I would like to sincerely thank you very much for your big, generous heart.

For those who could not join our fundraising effort last week, you still have time to make a difference. We will have donation boxes at our 3 restaurants for another 3 weeks for those who would like to make a direct donation to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

We are also having a Wine Passion for Pinot Noir Wine Tasting Event at OTOTO Food & Wine tomorrow, Wednesday, March 23rd. Once again, we will donate 10% of ticket sales to Japanese Red Cross Society from this event. Please do join us.

Thank you very much.

Yasu and Toshi

Donation for Japan Earthquake/Tsunami

OTOTO Food & Wine, Izakaya Den and Sushi Den have pledged a donation to the Japanese Red Cross in response to Japan's recent earthquake and tsunami and radiation disaster. The three restaurants have donated 10% of dinner sales from Tuesday, March 15 through Saturday, March 19. Each restaurant also has a donation box for dining guests to contribute directly to the Japanese Red Cross.

Total Amount Raised - $51,901.98

  • 10% of Dinner Sales from Sushi Den, Izakaya Den and OTOTO Food and Wine - $19,254.34
  • You Generous Donations - $32,647.64

We are deeply indebted to everyone, especially one of our customers who wishes to remain anonymous, for pledging $25,000 directly to the Japanese Red Cross

Your attendance will continuously support the Japanese Red Cross efforts. We will donate 10% of tickets sales from this special event tomorrow evening.

OTOTO Passion for Pinot Noir Wine Tasting Social Mixer
Mingle with wine lovers and taste all the different Pinot Noir at our newly opened spot, OTOTO. We will have a sommelier answering questions. Please order your ticket now to benefit Japanese Red Cross Society.

Sourcing Seafood

The current crisis in Japan is happening on the Pacific Ocean side, Japan's NorthEast Coast). However, where we source our fish is from Sea of Japan (Southwest Coast side), 1000 miles southwest of the epicenter.

We also source our fish from all over the world as well as our local purveyors. We are dedicated to serving only the highest quality fish and products.

We are paying close attention to the status of this situation via the experts. Should anything change to compromise the quality of the fish we import, we will not purchase or serve substandard products.

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