Saturday, September 15, 2018

Momo, Musubi and a Short Movie

Spam-O-Rama 2018 has come and gone, but thanks to local videographer (and contestant!) Justin Inahara we have a terrific video to remember the delightful day. Check out his moving montage of Hai! Japantown for glimpses of some of our favorite Momo neighborhood people and places. Sugoi, neh!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

So ... The Good Fortune Sale Continues!

We’re heading into the last week, yet there are still quite a few fabulous picks on the rack. Here’s a peek at what you could score with bonus fortune cookie discounts at Momo!

Body Bag by Jude open-backed dress features low-maintenance fabrics ... and pockets! Momo has this easy-to-wear piece in pale pink (shown), black, navy and wine. Go ahead, show off that tattoo.

Direct from France: this flattering piece by Deca, perfect to pair with leggings. Available in black. We’re down to only one of each size, so get one before it’s gone!

Aloha-esque Japanese fabric, what's not to love! Short-sleeved cotton camp shirt from Naked and Famous. This one is particularly suited for petite women, as it runs a tad small.

We only have two of these Me & Arrow dresses left! Soft, drapey fabric in a lovely shade of camel. Momo Girl Alyssa wears hers often! Come fall, you can layer it over a long-sleeve tee and pull on the boots — it’s the color of the season.

Another Me & Arrow catch! Eggshell-colored cotton gauze tank goes with pretty much everything. We also have this in the same camel color as the tent dress.

Let’s face it: Cop Copine knows how to perfectly balance “playful yet elegant.” This side silhouette is available in sizes Small (38) and Medium (40). A conversation starter at your next cocktail party.

From Portland designer Bridge and Burn, this sassy, versatile dress can be worn with the V-neck in front or back, or the belt can be tied in the front or back. And ... wait ... it ... has ... pockets!

A simple, neutral zip-back shell from Caara dresses up or down with equal ease. And it goes with black, of course.

For the indigo girl, blue ikat tee via Prairie Underground, available in Small and Medium.

And last but not last (there’s more in store): Wom&Now: a silky tunic adorned with leaves and colorful birds. Also available in sky blue and candy pink.

Confucius say, if you don’t come to Momo to take advantage of our Good Fortune sale:

Uh oh, take heed of cookie! The clock is winding down, but you’ve still got time to pop in and try your luck. Remember, everyone is a winner!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Double Discount = Double Happiness!

The Momo Good Fortune Sale is On Now

“That’s the way the cookie crumbles!” is how it goes with our fame-ish semi-annual sale-on-a-sale. It’s a fun game of chance, with everyone a winner — and you get to determine your destiny. Here’s how to play:
• Decide that you need to go home with a SALE item.
• Bring said SALE item to the counter.
• Pick a crunchy fortune cookie and open it.
• Inside is your ticket to an EXTRA 10% - 30% OFF.
• Eat cookie (do not eat fortune)!
• Leave feeling stylish and smug for saving money.
• All Good Fortune sales are final so choose wisely!

The event runs for about two weeks (it started on August 24th) and new items are randomly added to the rack. So, swing in more than once and try your luck. Happy to see you soon!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Hai! Japantown! Saturday, August 25

Saturday, August 25 from 3:00 - 7:00 pm

Seattle’s historic Nihonmachi comes alive with festivities only an Asian-style neighborhood can claim with the return of “Hai, Japantown!” Long-time locals, Seattle newbies, area residents and visitors alike are invited to take part in discovering this vital, re-surging community during a summer celebration for the entire family. Experience an historic heritage walk, the dedication of Nihonmachi Alley art, Hawaiian music, a beer and sake garden, Spam musubi making contest, nashi (Japanese pear) picking and more. For updates, visit FB:

Here’s the Hai! Japantown Line Up:

Momo Semi-Annual Good Fortune Sale
11:00 am – 7:00 pm
604 S Main St
It’s the fame-ish sale everyone waits for, where YOU get to determine your discount. Here’s how it works: select a sale clothing or accessory item you love from our men or women’s section, then pick a crunchy cookie stuffed with fortunes and receive an additional 10% - 30% off. Confucius say, “Smart shopper pick wisely.”

Bonfire Gallery “I Saw the Face of Hecate”
Noon – 5:00 pm
605 S Main St
A solo show of local artist Juli Adams paintings and sculpture inspired by a lifelong curiosity about darkness as an expression of self-knowledge and empowerment. Not to be missed!

DaDaDa Gallery Archival Sale
Noon – 6:00 pm
513 S Main St
Clothing, bags, accessories 40-80% off.

KOBO Mako & Mujuri Okinawa Ensemble
3:00 – 4:00 pm
602 S Jackson St
Wearing beautifully tailored kimonos, Mako & Munjuru spread Okinawan music through playing traditional instruments, the sanshin and taiko. These songs not only preserve the sound of Okinawan music, they also share stories of love, family and heritage. According to Mako, playing the music of her ancestors helps her feel a connection to her roots and the people who have come before her.

Amy Nikaitani Nihonmachi Alley Mural Dedication
3:30 pm
Between 6th Ave S and Maynard Ave S on S Jackson St north side
This ceremony will honor local Japanese American artist Amy Nikaitani with the unveiling of her murals featuring landmark businesses that undauntedly continued upon the families returning from WWII incarceration: Kokusai Theatre, Maneki Restaurant, Sagamiya Confectionery and Uwajimaya Grocers.

Japanese American Remembrance Trail Tour - SOLD OUT
4:00 pm
Starts in Chiyo’s Garden on S Jackson St between Maynard Ave S and 6th Ave S
The Wing Luke Museum in partnership with the National Park Service hosts an educational urban hike through the original Japantown, starting at Nihonmachi Alley and Chiyo’s Garden; 60-90 minutes. Comfortable walking shoes are advised. Space is limited, register online. For more information, visit

Panama Hotel Tea & Coffee Presents the Jay Thomas Quartet
4:00 pm
605 S Main St
Seattle-ites may not realize that Jackson Street was once home to many jazz and blues clubs. The music returns to the Panama — deemed the 60th National Historic Landmark in 2015, and the setting for the novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet — witha visit from native son Jay Thomas, who played at The Black & Tan and other ’60s era area nightclubs. The music of Thomas, a versatile multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, flugelhorn, alto, tenor, soprano and flute) is earthy and lyrical with evidence of his deep roots in blues and swing.

Momo Fun-for-All Face & Body Painting
3:00 – 5:00 pm
600 S Jackson St
Put on the party with glitter painting by budding temporary tattoo talent, Nagisa! The affordable artistry is $5 - $10, depending on what you fancy.

KOBO Kid’s Corner: Japantown Style
Yo-Yo Water Balloon Fishing Game, Veggie Printmaking and Origami Magic
3:00 – 5:00 pm
604 S Jackson St
Join local artists Etsuko Ichikawa and Sayuri Fukuda in Yo-Yo Fishing, a favorite summer fest game where you fish for floating balloons with a paper string. There will be prizes! Try your hand at Veggie Printmaking with Susan. Make your own colorful art using lotus root, daikon, ginger and more to imprint unique designs on cloth. Learn origami with master folder, Sakiko!

Japanese Cultural Community Center of Washington Activity Time
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Storytelling at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 pm
Nihonmachi Alley on S Jackson St between Maynard Ave S and 6th Ave S
Family fun presented by the JCCCW with coloring and storytelling. Experience Kamishibai, a form of Japanese street theater, popular during post-war Japan until the advent of TV.

Live Music from Mai Pu’uwai Makana
5:30 pm
Chiyo’s Garden in alley on S Jackson St between Maynard Ave S and 6th Ave S
Kana means “Sharing the Breath of Hawaiian Music,” and that's just what this trio brings: “feel good Island music” Hawaiian/Island Reggae to the party.

Momo Spam-O-Rama Musubi Contest
6:00 pm
Chiyo’s Garden in alley on S Jackson St between Maynard Ave S and 6th Ave S
Spam fans are invited to participate or spectate during the revival of the fame-ish Spam musubi competition. Contestants create their versions of Hawaii’s favorite Spam sushi and are judged on presentation, taste and originality. Interested entrants can email or call 206.329.4736 by August 22 for details.

Chill in Chiyo’s Garden Party
3:00 – 7:00 pm
In alley on S Jackson St between Maynard Ave S and 6th Ave S
Kaname presents an al fresco summer 21+ lounge with DJ Maile Lono (aka DJ Maui NKO) from KBCS, live Jawaiian music (Mai Pu’uwai Makana), light bites, beer and sake. Artist Erin Shigaki gathers your wishes on traditional ema to help create a future public art installation in Occidental Square. It’s also nashi (Japanese pear) season, and revelers are invited to pick the fruit and eat it right from the tree. A pot of nashi-sauce will be cooking on the open-air patio.

KOBO Wear Your Summer Yukata!
3:00 – 7:00 pm
602 S Jackson St
Come down and wear your favorite Yukata and Obi and celebrate
Hai! Japantown. We’ll have helpers standing by to help dress you at KOBO at Higo.

Trichome’s “High! Japantown!”
3:00 – 7:00 pm
618 S Jackson St
The legalized lifestyle boutique mixes up CBD drinks with music to sip by in this 21+ event.

KOBO and Artists for Japan Hiroshima Flood Relief
3:00 – 7:00 pm
602 S Jackson St
This grassroots group will be accepting donations to be sent to a NPO in Hiroshima (to be confirmed), one of the areas severely damaged by the torrential rainfall, worst flood in decades in early July. Any amount is welcome and appreciated.

Movies in the Park in Hing Hay Park
Entertainment and the Screening of “Allegiance, the Musical”
7:20 pm – 10:30 pm
S King St and Maynard Ave S
Taiko drummers rally the neighborhood, followed by local poet Troy Osaki, and live music from Anime Creek and ukulele artist Arden Fujiwara. The film will start at dusk (approximately 8:30 pm). For more info check out

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Call for Entries: Spam-O-Rama Returns!

So, think you make a pretty mean musubi? Meet your match during the revival of the Momo Spam-O-Rama Musubi Making Contest!

What: 4th Not-So-Annual Momo Spam-O-Rama
When: Part of Hai! Japantown, Saturday, August 25 at 6:00 pm
Where: Chiyo's Garden at 6th and Jackson in Japantown
How (to Enter): Email or call 206-329-4736 with name/contact info by August 22
Why: Cuz you love Spam Musubi!

Here’s the two-scoops on contest rules:
1) You must use three key ingredients, Spam, rice, and nori. Otherwise, add what you like.
Your creation will be judged on three criteria:
- Taste (more ono, more better)
- Presentation (too pretty to eat!)
- Originality (whodda thunk?)
2) Make at least four samples for the judging (and more for the hungry crowd!)
3) Make presentation tray for the crowd to ogle (and sample, afterward)
4) Bring your musubi masterpiece to Momo, ready to eat by 4:00 pm, Saturday, August 25th
5) Check FB: MOMOseattle and Japantown Seattle for future details on the day.

Traditional, wildly creative and everything in between: we want to see it all! Just as long as it’s super ono.


Hello Kitty in her tastiest form.

Totoro musubi? Yes, please!

Hawaii-tastic pupu platter.

For the uninitiated, here’s a link to a classic musubi recipe:

See you (and your delectable musubi) in a month!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Iced is Nice

Are you ready for this hot summer? Even hotter than the last three? April’s highs reached what Seattle normally averages ... in JULY.

One way to beat the heat is an ice cold beverage. Lots of them (stay hydrated, folks)! A classic cool drink is the beloved iced tea, and Flying Bird Botanicals is our go-to. Their focus is on crafting organic, fair trade, artisanal botanical blends. For a bit of a pick-me-up, try our caffeinated varieties: Village Green and Lavender Orange Grey. For a purely herbal experience, we have Wholesome Cleanse, Twilight Mint (divine with a squeeze of fresh lemon and a mashed strawberry), Dream Catcher and Bluebird Morning.

Caf and de-caf blends.

Add a flourish of mint, citrus and berries.

For a more exotic spin on iced tea, why not try iced chai? Rich, sweet and spicy, Jaipur Avenue’s chais are the best around. Momo’s flavors of the summer include Original Masala, Cardamom, Ginger and the ever-popular Variety Pack. Just add water and ice!

Direct from India! 
It goes without saying that you’ll want your iced drinks to be as beautiful as they are refreshing. We currently have a veritable rainbow of Couleur Nature café glasses. Bright, cheery, the perfect accessory to a bracing beverage. Cheers!

Hello Yellow
Orange you glad?

Everybody loves Turquoise

Pure and simple

A jolt of Cobalt

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Momo is Seeking a Talented Team Leader

Momo is a happy • lucky • lifestyle shop located in Seattle’s Japantown. We’re seeking a self-motivated manager who leads by example to help make our unique boutique a nationwide destination.
The Ideal Momo Manager
o   Inspires a team by creating camaraderie and exemplifying the Momo Culture
o   Displays positivity and passion for retail and customer service
o   Owns a strong work ethic and interpersonal skills
o   Genuinely likes people as team mates and customers
o   Deft at prioritizing, problem solving and decision making
o   Prides him/her self on creating a place people want to gather
o   Understands accountability and flexibility
o   Possesses patience, honesty and integrity
o   Minimum of two years of management in the retail/customer service sector 
o   Adept with computers and POS system
o   Familiar with the Chinatown/International District, and can act as concierge
o   Must be flexible to work weekdays/weekends and holidays including weeks up to Christmas
Primary Responsibilities:
·       Lead Team of Sales Associates
o   Train sales associates on all aspects of running the shop
o   Address staff requests and monthly schedule
o   Participate in reviews, retraining and hiring
·       Manage Inventory and Vendors
o   Assist with merchandise selection and reordering of 'never outs'
o   Input purchase orders, receive merchandise
o   Manage inventory, take bi-annual count and handle discrepancies
o   Oversee consignment sales and payments
·       Sales and Shop Keeping
o   Demonstrate selling through product knowledge and customer service
o   Create a welcoming, chaos-free shop through attractive display and pleasant atmosphere
o   Maintain environment with regular cleaning schedule
·       Marketing and Social Media
o   Maintain mailing lists
o   Post on Facebook, instagram
o   Assist with events both in-store and community
This could be the perfect part-time job for a self-employed maker/designer who would like to sell his/her goods at Momo or for someone who wants to engage with the work world on a part-time basis.
o   Excellent verbal skills
o   Japanese and/or Chinese speaker a plus
o   Proficient on Quick Books POS, Excel
o   Part-time: two to four days a week
o   Pay DOE
o   Employee discount, clothing stipend based on merit
o   Interested? Check us out online and pay us a visit, and if it seems like a good fit, drop off a résumé at the shop: 600 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA  98104

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Live Aloha

Many of you are familiar with our Momo Hawaii-centric goods: addictive butter mochi mix, cool Kahala shirts, Sumofish tees featuring ono-kine grindz, and of course our fame-ish Spam collection. And now we’re excited to add some new love from the Islands.

Honolulu-based maker Stacey Shiroma launched Emi Ink Japanese washi stationery in 2005 after a lifelong obsession with all things paper (she even used to create wedding invitations for her Barbies)! Her passion even took her to Honshu’s Fukui Prefecture to observe master papermaker Ichibei Iwano, recognized as a Japanese living treasure.

Each Noteworthy pack contains six washi paper cards accompanied by soft gold envelopes. Blank inside with plenty of room to write, the cards can be used to express thank yous, birthday wishes, or simply thinking-of-you sentiments. A set makes a lovely birthday present, too!

More on the paper front: brand new designs from Mozaic Paper (Momo Mama’s big sister’s design firm). Notepads and letterpress cards depicting Hawaiian flora and fauna are a thoughtful hostess gift or everyday enhancement.

Sweet notepads from Mozaic Paper.
Letterpress cards focus on the natural beauty of Hawaii.
Another of our favorite new island additions is our “Cho Chin” bag from Donna Miyashiro of Prima Donna. The word means “lantern,” and just like their paper cousins, these fabric bags fold into a compact square yet expand into an astonishingly roomy tote. Beautiful in an understated and elegant way, these are 100% handmade from start to finish: the linen is hand-dyed with natural indigo then meticulously sewn, with sashiko stitch detail as a finishing touch.

Roomy, yet folds up to pop into your purse. 
Detailed with the traditional Japanese hand-stitched method of sashiko.  
“Cho Chin” means "lantern.”

We invite you to come in and take a tour of our island offerings, and if nothing else, experience our incredible Spam Wall, as customers affectionately call it. After all, a little bit of aloha goes a long way to living a happy • lucky • life.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Hooray Hooray for Indie Day

Happy Fourth of July!

On this day of celebrating our independence, Momo will be closed. Back on Thursday for more summer fun! Have a good one,

xo Momo

Monday, June 11, 2018

And it has ... Pockets!

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My hands can reach ...
(with apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

Bustle’s article about pockets more than sums up why, we at Momo, love them so. To us, they’re not just a design element or minor convenience — a perfectly placed pocket is an urban essential. Smart phone? Check. Lip gloss? Check. ID and CC? Check and check again.

Pockets as a style statement? Win win! We’re loving our Caara shirtdress!
Ideal-for-summer maxi dress from Caara. 
Pockets higher up mean less hip emphasis!
The “Paris” dress from Body Bag by Jude
boast pockets and a cool open-back design.

A constant go-to: the smock tunic from
Conscious Clothing. Look ma, no hands!
To show our dedication to hands-free living, we even have vintage Japanese jackets with, yes ... pockets! Michiyuki was traditionally worn over a kimono as protection from outdoor elements. We think it looks fantastic worn a bit more casually, say dressing up a simple tee and jeans, or worn snapped closed over a slim-fitting black dress. But our favorite thing about a michiyuki? The Secret Pocket!

Michiyuki may appear streamline, but ...

... there's a hidden side pocket! A clandestine spot to stash your fan.
And there’s a whole lot more pouch action in store, as Momo Mama tries her best to select clothing to make your life easier. She knows she’s not the only one who has a predilection for pockets.