By Assunta Ng NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY When a Seahawks player couldn’t pronounce “Uwajimaya” in a television interview, CEO Denise Moriguchi had a revelation. As Uwajimaya’s third-generation owner, Moriguchi, 40, understood that the name Uwajimaya has no meaning to outsiders or newcomers, even though it is the largest local Asian grocery store and has 88 years […]
Kai Market, an Uwajimaya spin-off which opened in South Lake Union this week, is having its grand opening on May 3. The store — at 400 Fairview Ave N — features an array of Asian staples and condiments, Asian snacks, and beverages, as well as seafood dishes to grab on the go. For its official […]
Chase celebrated the grand re-opening of its International District Uwajimaya Branch on Jan. 18 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Moriguchi family (Uwajimaya owners). The newly remodeled, 2,000 -square-foot branch provides a full range of services and offer customers a new exterior entrance, exterior walk-up ATM, and the addition of three private offices.
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Last week, eight hungry souls bundled up in thick jackets, with Seahawks hats and scarves, were hovering around the Uwajimaya Food Court in the International District. I recognized one of them as my former mentee.
“How did you become successful in the newspaper business?” asked Sarah Lubitz, a Bellevue College student who interviewed me for a class project. To be honest, I don’t consider my business successful. The more I think about it, the more I feel like I have failed. I flunk the vision test not just a little — but a lot — I have been completely off base.
When former Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani called me about his new restaurant, my first reaction was, “Why?” Then, “What’s the name? Where?”
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly I discontinued the tradition of sending out Christmas cards long before e-cards became popular. Why I stopped was because I found it pointless to send a card with someone’s name and my signature; and partly, I was lazy. I reciprocated by sending out a card to someone who just […]
A power outage hit Chinatown International District on its busy hours last Sunday lunch from noon to after 6 p.m. Several blocks were affected including S. King St., Jackson St., Weller, Maynard Ave. S., and 12th Ave. S. At least 50 businesses were closed during the outage; some opened later when power resumed. Businesses closed […]
Tomio Moriguchi, infamous for Uwajimaya (and class of ’61 UW) will be receiving the Dr. Samuel E. Kelly Award from the Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) Oct. 17th at the University of Washington. Founded in 1994, the Multicultural Alumni Partnership is dedicated to promoting diversity at the UW and in the UW alumni community. MAP’s signature […]