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Next Tuesday is Natto Day — let’s celebrate!

Love the stinky bean? A special dinner for natto lovers only


Posted July 3, 2012 by Mari Taketa

UPDATE: The Natto Day dinner is now full

It came by Facebook message, the kind of note that gets my juices running:

Hi Mari!

My name is Scott Pang. You don’t know me but I saw an article you wrote about eating natto at Naru’s. It looked fun getting together with a group of people and eating natto prepared in different ways. Anyway, I would like to add you to a fb natto group we have recently created for people who love natto. I’m sure you are aware that July 10 is Natto Day …

WHAT? I knew about International Sushi Day. I even knew about Unagi Day. But Natto Day?!

… and we are trying to find a way to get together annually to celebrate natto.

OK. That natto dinner Scott mentions was not a highlight of my culinary adventures (and I’m not talking about the food). Here was my chance for happy redemption. And yes, I do know natto is slimy. I know it’s stinky. And I know the reason it’s slimy and stinky is because it sits fermenting just long enough to develop those waving strands that spread the stinky slime all over your face. But here was my chance to revel in it again, properly this time, with a whole group of fellow natto lovers.

I messaged Scott back. I’m not sure this was what he had in mind, but I practically begged him to let me organize another natto dinner. I thought of Tokkuri-Tei, whose chef/owner, Santa Miyoshi, cooked up a delirious unagi rice dish that won the cooking contest at last summer’s Rice Fest, for his creative passion and for the wild natto ice cream with Jack Daniels sauce and fried garlic chips I’ve heard he’s concocted. Plus Tokkuri-Tei is big enough to hold a good-size group and has parking. Ed Sugimoto ( @WorldWideEd ), organizer of the Rice Fest and a friend of Miyoshi’s, acted as the go-between. And that was how we came up with a glorious way to celebrate the stinky bean.

Ten natto courses on July 10, Natto Day! Miyoshi wants to keep the exact menu a surprise, but I got him to guarantee it will include his acclaimed natto ice cream. Does that not sound killer or what?!

Of course first dibs went to Scott’s natto group, but we have room for 28 and have now filled up just over half, which leaves 10 to 12 seats reserved for any and all natto lovers to come join the celebration.

And that is a rule, people: YOU MUST LOVE NATTO. It gets too complicated otherwise, with natto eaters reveling in their dishes, non-natto eaters ordering from the menu and waiting for their dinners, not to mention dividing the bill after. So please, if you love natto, join us, and bring your natto-loving friends.

What: 10-course Natto Day dinner
When: 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10
Where: Tokkuri-Tei
449 Kapahulu Ave.
Upstairs from Hee Hing, with parking in the building or in the First Hawaiian Bank lot after hours
Cost: $25-$30 per person not including tax, tip or drinks
RSVP: In the Comments section here

Finally, here’s what 7-Eleven in Japan is offering for Natto Day. Note orders have to be in by July 8. That’s an ume-shiso-natto handroll for 128 yen, and an extra-slimy nameko mushroom-mountain yam-natto soba for 450 yen (thank you Katsuya Aizawa from Scott’s natto group), plus assorted other natto sushi rolls.

Not that all Japan loves natto: It’s a regional taste, I’ve heard, popular mostly north of Tokyo. Here’s a poster from Iwate Prefecture (thanks again, Katsuya), in the heart of the disaster-ravaged northeast: On July 10 the Natto Train is running, and there will be free natto for all.

Comments


You can read all of Mari’s blogs at www.nonstophonolulu.com/Deliriyum. Follow Mari on Twitter @NonStopMari or email at mari@nonstophonolulu.com.

  1. Posted July 3, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Lol, love that you’re having a special dinner to celebrate! I’ll wait to hear how it is…and pass on trying it myself. ;) 

  2. sharacorrea
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Hi!  Can I RSVP for 5 seats?  Kelly Kim Kristi Uyehara Alyssa Takatsuki  Please send me a confirmation so that I know we got in.  Thanks! 

  3. nonstopmari
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm

     @annedreshfield we’ll have complete pics, minus the aromas!

  4. nonstopmari
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm

     @sharacorrea  Kelly Kim  Kristi Uyehara  Alyssa Takatsuki u got it, see u next tuesday!

  5. HowardKomori
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    RSVP 2 FOR HOWARD KOMORI ” I LOVE NATTO”

  6. nonstopmari
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    @HowardKomori Me too! See u guys next tues :)

  7. AaronCow
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I’d like to RSVP for 2 please! =) Thanks

  8. nonstopmari
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm

     @AaronCow u got it, aaron!

  9. Melissa808
    Posted July 4, 2012 at 7:04 am

     @nonstopmari  @annedreshfield I’m so sad I have to miss it!!!

  10. EurekaGal
    Posted July 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    This one, I’m not sure I’m super sad to miss. ;) But have a grand old time anyway and revel in the stinky sliminess!

  11. nonstopmari
    Posted July 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm

     @Melissa808 aiyah, too bad. the natto ice cream w/ jack daniels and fried garlic chips is on the regular menu, so all’s not lost @annedreshfield 

  12. nonstopmari
    Posted July 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm

     @EurekaGal if i weren’t a natto fan, i wd go to tokkuri-tei same time just to spectate. bc esp when the natto ice cream comes out, it will be a spectacle ;)

  13. konaish
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

     @nonstopmari I found another willing participant!  Can we add one more? Really looking forward to our natto dinner!

  14. nonstopmari
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 10:31 am

     @konaish yup, come ahead, see u on tues!

  15. Shaymusinhi
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Please RSVP for 3. Shaymus Alwin, Anna Kajiwara, Kelli Kajiwara

  16. cleung4882
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Please RSVP for 4 natto lovers under Kathy M.

  17. nonstopmari
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Hi shaymus, i cked the total today and ur grp pits us at 30, so i called chef santa and he said max max max is 32, so u’re in! See u guys next week

  18. Melissa808
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I told my friend Machiko to go, but she said she eats natto for breakfast every day, so no need. Every day is natto day!

  19. nonstopmari
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    @cleung4882 Hi kathy, uh-oh, pls see my reply to shaymus above. Santa is counting in Multiples of 4 bc he’s serving family style, 4 ppl per serving dish. I called him again and asked if he cd take our new total of 34, but he said to pls keep it at 32. I’m sry!!! Can two of u make it? Pls let me know

  20. nonstopmari
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    @cleung4882 Hi kathy, uh-oh, pls see my reply to shaymus above. Santa is counting in Multiples of 4 bc he’s serving family style, 4 ppl per serving dish. I called him again and asked if he cd take our new total of 34, but he said to pls keep it at 32. I’m sry!!! Can two of u make it? Pls let me know

  21. nonstopmari
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    @Shaymusinhi Typing on my phone and mistakenly replied to u in a separate comment. See u there!

  22. nonstopmari
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    @Shaymusinhi Typing on my phone and mistakenly replied to u in a separate comment. See u there!

  23. nonstopmari
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    @Melissa808 Sry the dinner is now full up! If ure at a computer can u go into post and put that in h2 above the lede? Thnx

  24. nonstopmari
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    @cleung4882 Kathy hold on, it looks like we may have a couple of duplicate names fom here and the fb natto group. We’re sorting thru, i’ll be back to follow up w u

  25. nonstopmari
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm

     @cleung4882 U’RE ALL IN! we had 2 duplicates from the fb natto list. pls reply to confirm u saw all this and are coming ;D

  26. cleung4882
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm

     @nonstopmari
     Thank you so much!  Looking forward to it.
     
    Mahalos!

  27. kyleepuu
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

    SO VERY SAD to miss this!  I love natto! 

  28. nonstopmari
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 11:36 am

    @kyleepuu Too bad u didnt see this earlier! I’ll let u know if anything opens up ;)

  29. Shaymusinhi
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Can you bring your own sake? Or do you buy there?

  30. nonstopmari
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 2:44 pm

     @Shaymusinhi tokkuri-tei has a liquor license, so i emailed santa abt the corkage fee. here’s his reply:
    “Corkage is $25/750ml. We have over 20 different sake, FYI.” :D

  31. nonstopmari
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    @kyleepuu Hi kyle, we had a cancellation if ure still interested!

  32. nonstopmari
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    excellent post by FreeRangeNan on why july 10 is natto day. plus recipes!
     
    http://www.freerangegourmet.com/2011/07/710-is-natto-day-in-japan-good-day-to.html

  33. Petercci
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Please let me know if 2 seats open up. 808-389-8998. Peter@401khawaii.com. Thanks.

  34. Petercci
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Please let me know if 2 seats open up. Thank you.

  35. nonstopmari
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm

     @Petercci hi peter, right now the count is at 31 and we’re waiting for a response from 1 on the waiting list. if the universe aligns in ur favor by tues nite, i will def call u!

  36. Petercci
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 8:53 am

     @nonstopmari
     Thank you for putting this foodie event together.  I will look to the skies and wait for a sign.

  37. sharacorrea
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 11:15 am

     @nonstopmari one of the people i invited can’t make it (Kelly Kim).  I had 5 seats reserved but now I only need 4.  Sorry for the late notice!  Maybe @Petercci can go now?

  38. nonstopmari
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm

     @sharacorrea shara thnku for the heads-up, i’ve just left a msg w/ @Petercci :D

  39. Petercci
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Mari – are there 2 seats available or only 1?

  40. nonstopmari
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm

     @Petercci see u guys tmrw!

  41. Petercci
    Posted July 10, 2012 at 9:02 am

     @nonstopmari
     We will be there.  I can already taste it!  Thank you for including us.

  42. konaish
    Posted July 10, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Happy Natto Day! I’m anxiously awaiting our dinner tonight :9

  43. nonstopmari
    Posted July 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm

     @konaish me too, i am starving!

About Mari Taketa

Mari Taketa is a dedicated eater who's as opinionated as she is hungry. She covered everything from neighborhood mom-and-pop places to ethnic eateries to fine dining restaurants on Honolulu's dining scene for Metromix Honolulu and The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF. Before that, she ate her way through Vietnam, Scotland and Japan, where she lived, traveled or worked, after recovering from a journalism career that included stints as editor-in-chief of Hawaii Business magazine and reporter and editor at The Associated Press. Her goals are to always be hungry for more, and to always want to know what's around the next corner.

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