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.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

From Japan, with Love

Say “kon'nichiwa!” to the latest addition to our ‘Found only at Momo’ family: Cream Company Kyoto. As we speak, Momo is the only place outside of Japan where you can buy these lovely leather goods. Hand made by generations of artisans in Kyoto, the family is dedicated to superior quality, substantial leathers and a signature color palette.

You may have seen the pouches at Momo before. Originally, Momo Mama discovered them at a design shop in Kyoto and purchased one personally. She loved it so much, she conspired with a friend in Japan to bring them to Seattle. But, as things go, that didn’t last, so she devised another plan of importing the cheery leather goods to the US.

Seven years later: the wallet that started it all.
After hours of sleuthing and sussing, rounds of emails with an interpreter, and the conveyance of planes, trains and automobiles, we present to you our third (and hopefully not last) capsule collection. All three pieces — snap pouch/wallet, crossbody bag and roomy tote — boast saturated hues in simple, elegant shapes.

Snap pouches are great for organizing the inside of your purse!
The perfect size: 4.5" x 6.5"

We only have three of these fabulous totes with a large zippered interior pocket
and two open pockets that are perfect for slipping a cell phone into.

We are loving this crossbody bag!
Just toss in your essentials and head out for the day. 

Although it was a challenging adventure to get these beauties to Seattle, it was worth it! We think they’re very special and we’re pretty sure that you will, too.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Linen Love

Now that we’ve had enough sunny warm days, we can realistically claim it’s linen season! It’s easy to love this fabulous fabric, be it for man, woman, or home. So, just in time for May’s warm-wave, here’s a sample Momo man-centric linen shirts.

Toronto based & Sons is dedicated to well-cut shirts from fine fabrics.

Their modern fit linen shirts look great whether worn
casually with khakis or shorts, or under a blazer.

Our Raffi shirt offers a bit more traditional fit in a lighter weight linen
colored in great summer hues. Think pink — in wine and linen!

The Northwest’s own National Standards offers a couple of linen options for our very unpredictable Spring/Summer weather.
Their substantial long-sleeve linen in a rich midnight
is perfect for those cool NW summer evenings.

When summer does finally heat up, Japanese ‘Shiba Linen,’
 a linen/ramie blend, combines an elegant textile with cool comfort.

At Momo, we believe that a great linen shirt makes you feel like a relaxing summer is at hand. Ahhhhhh ... bring it on.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Hooray, Hooray, it’s Children’s Day!

Happy Kodomo no Hi!

Hug a kid today, or someone who acts like one — it’s Children’s Day in Japan. And come to the Japanese Cultural Center on Sunday, May 6 to celebrate, Seattle style. For more information, visit their website:

Happy sunny day!
xo Momo

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Party with a Purpose!

You’re Invited to Our Momo Girl x DFSS Empower Hour
Wednesday, April 25 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Momo in Japantown • 600 S Jackson Street
Sips & Snacks
RSVP or 206.329.4736

One week until the Momo and Dress for Success Seattle (DFSS) Spring Empower Hour. Get happy while you meet Liisa Spink, Director of DFSS, supporting working women in need for over 22 years. Shop and Momo will donate 10% of your evening’s purchase over $25 (pre-tax) to this worthy cause. And we’re delighted to welcome back Zaara Nekoyama — the Temptress of Tarot will offer 3-card readings for $10 a pop, bonus!

How can you help DFSS?
1. Donate career appropriate clothing, bring them to the party
2. Give $$$, always appreciated
3. Attend quarterly clothing sales, annual luncheon
4. Volunteer
5. DFSS Wish List
- Plus-sized office wear (18 to 32)
- Designer clothing, accessories, handbags or new items with tags
- New Spanx
- Medium/large new tights/leggings
- Unused undergarments
- Lightweight rain jackets
- African American hair/beauty products
Learn more at their website:
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Tax-free Tax Day

April 15th is traditionally the deadline for filing income tax. It may not be your favorite day of the year, but Momo has an offer that makes it a little more pleasant: guilt-free retail therapy. This Sunday, we’re Sales Tax Free for cash purchases over $25. Come down to Momo and enjoy a brief respite from paying tax. Remember to visit an ATM beforehand — Cash is King for the discount!