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A scene from THE MIGRANT KITCHEN "Omotenashi" featuring Sonoko Sakai.
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A scene from THE MIGRANT KITCHEN "Omotenashi" featuring Sonoko Sakai.

Airs Friday, April 10, 2020 at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS 2 + PBS Video App

Charles Namba and Courtney Kaplan, the couple behind Echo Park's Tsubaki, have always loved the culture of izakaya but found Los Angeles lacking in these Japanese taverns.

Sonoko Sakai is a teacher with a passion for buckwheat and the near-sacred art of soba noodles, and Seiichi Yokota knows how to prepare and preserve fresh fish with a traditional Japanese technique never seen before in Los Angeles.

Each aims to introduce Angelenos to the unique spirit of Japanese hospitality and the culture's deep culinary customs.

Featured on the episode: Echo Park's Tsubaki, Sonoko Sakai, Wild Live Seafood and Spago Beverly Hills.

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