Uwajimaya To Release 5th Tote Bag Designed by
Local Artist Ken Taya
March 16, 2012- Uwajimaya has released it's 5th re-useable tote bag designed by local artist Ken Taya (Enfu). This is the second bag designed by the artist for Uwajimaya. The bag will be available at all four retail locations for $4.99 on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Each side of the colorful bag is dedicated to detailing items found in the seafood and produce departments. The bag features nearly 200 items and took over 130 hours to design.
Uwajimaya Customers Raise over $40,000 for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief
February, 2012 - Uwajimaya customers and employees helped raise $40,685 to support relief efforts in east Japan after the earthquake and tsunami struck last March. Uwajimaya, Inc. presented checks to the Red Cross, Mercy Corps and Peace Winds America. Uwajimaya would like to thank all the generous donors who made this possible.
Uwajimaya Participates in Jenni Hogan of Kiro 7's
December 8, 2011 - Uwajimaya was a featured location to drop off toys for Jenni Hogan of Kiro 7's Mobile Tweetup campaign to collect toys for Toys for tots. Jenni traveled around the greater Seattle area to pick up all the donated toys on December 8th and stopped by Uwajimaya Seattle. In total, over 7000 toys were collected. Click here to view the story on Kirotv.com.
Uwajimaya Collects $6100 for the American
November 21, 2011 - Uwajimaya partnered with the American Diabetes Association to help collect donations from customers to raise money and awareness for the American Diabetes Association. Over $6100 was raised during the one week campaign.
Uwajimaya History on Evening Magazine
September 27, 2011 - Uwajimaya was featured on King 5's Evening Magazine show in honor of our 83rd Anniversary. Click here to view the clip.
Uwajimaya Seattle Wins $1000 Grand Prize for 2011
Nishiki Display Contest
April 27, 2011 - Uwajimaya Seattle took part in a contest for Nishiki Rice for the best display and was one of the top winners! Click here to see the winning rice display.
Uwajimaya Bellevue to Open at New Location - Friday, March 25th, 11:00am
March 7, 2011 - Uwajimaya Bellevue will move to 699 120th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA on March 25, 2011. This new location will be convenient to downtown Bellevue. Click here for full release.
Uwajimaya to Open New Store in Bellevue
November 1, 2010 - Uwajimaya has signed a twenty-year lease for the 35,000 square feet in the the former Larry's Market site, located at 120th and 8th Avenue in Bellevue. Uwajimaya plans to open the store in spring 2011. Click here for full release.
Uwajimaya Receives the Terry Nakano Service Award
June 11, 2010 - In 2009, for its 50th anniversary, the Greater Seattle Japanese Community Queen Scholarship Program (http://www.seattlejqc.org) established the "Terry Nakano Service Award." For decades, Terry has worked tirelessly to promote the scholarship program which has helped hundreds of Japanese American women pursue academic dreams. In June, 2010, Uwajimaya received the Award for its years of consistent support of the scholarship program.
Uwajimaya Announces Winner of First Design a Bag
August 26, 2010 - Sariah Swick is the winning designer of Uwajimaya's Design a Bag contest! We were so fortunate to receive over 80 creative design entries. Sariah's winning design will be printed on environmentally friendly shopping bags that will be available for sale in Spring 2011.
Uwajimaya Presents Renton’s First Sakura Festival at Renton Village Shopping Center
April 1, 2010 - Celebrating spring is a tradition in Japan. Uwajimaya brings the Sakura Festival to Renton Village Shopping Center on Saturday, April 10th, and Sunday, April 11th, from 11am to 5pm. Parking is free. The Sakura Festival will feature entertainment such at traditional Japanese & Okinawan Taiko drums, Asian martial arts, Musicians, a Tofu Eating contest and games for kids.
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Fourth Uwajimaya Market to Open in Renton, Washington
March 31, 2009 - Uwajimaya, Inc. is pleased to announce its fourth store to be opened in the City of Renton. The store will anchor Renton Shopping Center located at, 501 South Grady Way, in Renton Washington. The store is currently scheduled to open in late June. Uwajimaya Renton with over 30,000 square foot will have a full array of Asian gifts, groceries, produce, specialty meats and seafood, as well as an Uwajimaya deli offering sushi and other Asian hot and prepared foods; and the American grocery standards.
"Uwajimaya Day" Proclaimed by the City of Seattle and Bellevue
November 3, 2008 - Each Uwajimaya is not only a quality Asian grocery, but also a member of a community. We our proud of our employees' accomplishments and thankful for our customers' patronage. The recognition and support we receive from Seattle and Bellevue are very much appreciated. October 15th, 2008 was proclaimed "Uwajimaya Day" by the city of Seattle and November 3, 2008 was proclaimed "Uwajimaya Day" by the city of Bellevue. Click here to view the proclamations.
Uwajimaya Celebrates it's 80th Anniversary
October 7, 2008 - Uwajimaya is celebrating 80 years since Fujimatsu Moriguchi first started this business in 1928. Click here to view the article from the Seattle Times.
Uwajimaya Tuna Found Low in Mercury
February 22, 2008 - A surprise investigation by KING TV 5 News resulted in good news for Uwajimaya. The mercury level found in Uwajimaya tuna had one of the lowest levels, well below the average of 0.3 milligrams per kilogram. Other businesses did not fare as well, some testing as high as .96 milligrams per kilogram. Samples from Uwajimaya along with eight other local businesses were randomly selected as part of this investigation. Click here to view the article and video from KING TV 5
Uwajimaya CEO Selected as one of Seattle's Women of Influence
November 2007 - Tomoko Moriguchi Matsuno was selected as one of Seattle's Women of Influence in business, community and philanthropy. She was selected by a distinguished panel of judges convened by the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Uwajimaya Announces New CEO
September 21, 2007 - Tomoko Moriguchi Matsuno is Uwajimaya's new CEO. She succeeds her older brother, Tomio Moriguchi who has led Uwajimaya's growth for forty years. Prior to her appointment, Tomoko was the Executive Vice President of Uwajimaya's retail group (Seattle Uwajimaya, Bellevue Uwajimaya, Beaverton Uwajimaya, Kustom Foods and Retail Central Services). Tomoko is also a member of Uwajimaya's Board of Directors. She is active in civic affairs, serving on the boards of the Bullitt Foundation, One Reel, and Montessori Learning Tree School. Click here to see the article in the Seattle Times.
Tomoko Moriguchi-Matsuno Honored as one of Top Women in Nation's Grocery Industry
August 2007 - Progressive Grocer has selected Tomoko Moriguchi-Matsuno as one of the top women in the nation's grocery industry. The August issue of Progressive Grocer recognizes Tomoko along with other top women "as movers and shakers...who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, and who wield substantial influence in their companies and the industry..." Progressive Grocer is a national leader in grocery industry media and part of Retail Food Group Publications.
Waji's by Uwajimaya debuts at Sea-Tac International Airport
July 20, 2007 - Waji's by Uwajimaya is the latest concession stand to join the dining options at Sea-Tac International Airport on Concourse C. The menu will highlight traditional Japanese foods along with contemporary Pan-Asian dishes.
Tomio Moriguchi Honored by American Diabetes Association
June 16, 2007 - Tomio Moriguchi was honored for his ongoing efforts to raise diabetes awareness in the Asian American Community at the American Diabetes Association's annual Gala and Benefit Auction. The event was held on July 16th and raised over $176,000. Uwajimaya customers and employees also helped raise over $8,500 for the American Diabetes Association "Step out to Fight Diabetes" Campaign.
Bellevue Uwajimaya featured on TLC's "Take Home Chef"
January 2007 - Bellevue Uwajimaya featured on The Learning Channel's "Take Home Chef" episode 189: Fanny's Menu
Uwajimaya Contributes to Wing Luke Museum
March 18, 2006 - Uwajimaya and the Moriguchi Family donates $100,000 towards the construction and development of the new Wing Luke Museum. "Family unveils $100,000 gift to Wing Luke" by Carol N. Vu. Northwest Asian Weekly.
New Mariner's Catcher Johjima mentions Uwajimaya in Interviews
November 22, 2005 - Kenji Johjima, formerly an All Star catcher for the Fukoka Softbank Hawks in Japan, recently joined the Seattle Mariner's. In an interview the Kyushu Asahi Hoso, Mr. Johjima mentioned Uwajimaya as one of the features that attracted his family to Seattle.
Uwajimaya Beaverton Selected as Best Asian Supermarket by Portland Monthly magazine
August 2005 - Uwajimaya Beaverton was selected by the editors and readers of Portland Monthly magazine as the Best Asian Supermarket in their "Best of the City" awards.
Uwajimaya Ranked 84th Largest Private Company in Washington
June 25, 2005 - Uwajimaya was listed 84th in the Puget Sound Business Journal's annual list of the 100 largest private companies based in Washington.
Uwajimaya Village Food Court featured in the Seattle P-I
April 15, 2005 - With baseball season getting under way, The Uwajimaya Village Food Court is featured in an article in the Seattle Post-Intellegencer Food & Dining section on where to get a snack before the game.
Customers and Employees donate over $20,000 for Tsunami Relief
March 1, 2005 - Uwajimaya customers and employees helped raise over $20,000 for Tsunami relief. Uwajimaya locations collected over $15,000 from customers and employees, including a $3,800 donation from the organizers of the "Party to Save" fundraiser. Along with $5,000 in matching funds, Uwajimaya, Inc. presented a check to the Red Cross for $20,151.39. Uwajimaya would like to thank all the generous donors who made this possible.
Uwajimaya Village Food Court voted Seattle's "Best Takeout" in AOL CitySearch
February 14, 2005 - With more than 1,000,000 AOL CitySearch visitors voting, the food court at Uwajimaya was tops in the "Best Takeout" category.