Sakura houses a cornucopia of Japanese delicacies produced both locally and across the Pacific, with friendly grocers on hand to help locate hard-to-find ingredients. Sashimi-grade fish fans across ice, ready to add semitranslucent color to a salad or to blanket rice patties before their bedtime story. Although availability and prices vary, fillets may include ruby-red tuna ($19.99/lb.), glistening salmon ($14.99/lb.), and bashful yellowtail ($24.99/lb.). Among offerings fashioned in Sacramento, fresh tofu ($2.19) joins rice flour pastries from Osaka-ya, including gummy mochi and red bean manju. From farther afield, more than 10 kinds of Pocky sticks and Botan rice candy with edible wrappers satisfy taste buds frustrated by endless passport application rejections.
The knowledgeable staff at Max Muscle Sports Nutrition employ firsthand experience with products to guide customers through a vast selection of nutritional supplements and nutraceuticals. The store's vitamins and minerals help supplement a healthy diet and maximize athletic performance by bolstering calcium intake, iodine consumption, and ketchup absorption. In addition to stocking nutritional enhancements, Max Muscle's certified dieticians can assist customers in achieving long-term weight-loss goals with a four-week, guided nutritional cleanse.
Tots & Teapots celebrates early childhood style with an array of designer togs for tykes and expectant moms. A Kicky Pants peacock shirt-and-pant set ($42.99) adorably swathes toddlers, and the Biscotti I Love You dress ($64.99) allows budding fashionistas to turn the heads of playmates and parents at snack time. Moms-to-be who want to look both fashionable and fertile can garb their baby-toting bods in an Everly Grey maternity dress ($58.99). Bambinos eager to display their new attire can burble commands to be carried home on your shoulders, where all the world can see their stylishness and tremble.
Shirtique's custom apparel lets customers wear their hearts on their sleeve, sometimes literally. Always available to dispense advice on fonts and composition, the shop's staff can emblazon t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats with virtually any design imaginable, from a funny slogan to a custom business logo. Along with iron-ons, the personalization options include embroidery services that stitch images and text onto the cloth and photo-transfer systems that recreate images in detail, saving you from having to paint them on shirts with wine and mustard stains. Shirtique also sells and customizes licensed sports attire featuring the logos and colors of MLB and NFL teams.
Go is Japanese for hard, ju means soft, and the phrase goju ryu refers to a type of karate, pioneered in 1930, that uses both types of movements. "Hard" generally refers to closed-hand attacks. "Soft" generally describes open-handed and circular motions used in defense or grappling, as well as the aggressive throwing of cotton balls. To say that Sensei Tibon is an expert in this form of Okinawan karate might be an understatement. He estimates that he's trained hundreds of athletes who went on to win national and international competitions, and his own trophy case isn't exactly lacking, either. Sensei Tibon has also lent his martial arts and instruction skills to an array of outreach organizations. On the mat at one of his studio's multiple locations, however, Sensei TIbon directs his focus completely to the lesson at hand, which can be anything from a weapons class or beginner classes for kids aged 4 to 12.