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Local sushi restaurant aids Japan

Mikuni creates special roll, proceeds go to relief fund
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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With disastrous events continuing to unfold in Japan in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and ensuing tsunami, one local sushi restaurant is doing its part to help those in need overseas. Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar made up a special “Rescue Roll” to help aid victims in Japan, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the American Red Cross Japan Disaster Relief Fund. “This is close to our Mikuni family of employees,” said Jeanne Mabry, vice president of marketing for Mikuni. “A lot of Mikuni employees have families in Japan and in affected areas that they are keeping in constant contact with.” The Rescue Roll, made up of panko-breaded shrimp, cream cheese, crab, avocado, seared tuna, special sauces and bits of tempura, will cost $12 at most Mikuni locations, including Roseville. The roll will cost $16 at Mikuni’s Northstar location near Truckee. Mikuni CEO Haru Sakata, who has family outside Tokyo, said he is amazed how quickly America responded and was personally touched by the show of support from Mikuni guests and vendors through phone calls, emails and comments posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “I am deeply moved,” Sakata said, in a released statement. Mabry said the Sacramento-based restaurant chain hopes to sell 1,000 rolls and raise a minimum of $12,000 by the end of the month. In addition, Mikuni co-owner Taro Arai’s autobiography, “Abundance: Finding the American Dream in a Japanese Kitchen,” will be sold with 100 percent of sales going to the relief effort. The book retails for $25. Mabry said the book is a memoir about immigrating from Japan, some of the pitfalls of learning English, struggling to make ends meet and eventually finding success. Both fundraisers will go through the end of the month, Mabry said. “This is our first step because it’s the one that we could do the quickest,” she said. For more information, visit www.mikunisushi.com. For information on how you can donate directly to the American Red Cross Japan Disaster Relief Fund, visit www.redcross.org. - Toby Lewis can be reached at tobyl@goldcountrymedia.com