Tag - kura



As Kura has grown, so has the hype, with diners sometimes enduring seven-hour waits to try its automated sushi-serving machines and dishes under plastic domes brought to the table on a revolving belt.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 13, 2024
Kura Sushi must live up to high hopes after wowing Wall Street
Kura shares have surged more than sixfold since their 2019 debut, climbing from an initial public offering price of $14 to $88.55.
With water drawn from sources in upstate New York, new sake brewing facilities in the Empire State back by Niigata Prefecture's Hakkaisan will be producing bottles by 2024.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Nov 12, 2023
Hakkaisan and New York brewer to produce U.S.-based sake by 2024
The water for sake will come from upstate New York, while rice will come from California and Arkansas.
A young man (Yuki Kura, left) who isn’t well-versed in wooing attempts to strike up a relationship with a convenience store clerk (Haruka Imou) he has a crush on in “How to Find a Lover.”
Oct 19, 2023
‘How to Find a Lover’: Quirky rom-com is deeper than it seems
Koji Maeda keeps the film’s tone fun and offbeat while not shying away from the emotional wounds of its lead characters.
A Kura Sushi restaurant in Nagoya
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 13, 2023
Man convicted over viral 'licking' video at Nagoya sushi outlet
Ryoga Yoshino was sentenced by the Nagoya District Court to three years in prison, suspended for five years.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / New Wine Frontier
May 28, 2023
Deep in the weeds: Why Nora-Kura's wines grow as wild as can be
The untrained eye may find Ken and Kazuko Sasaki's vineyard unkempt, but appearances can be deceiving at this Hakodate winery.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 13, 2023
Japan's sushi chains roll out defenses against 'sushi terrorism'
The new measures include cameras using artificial intelligence and changes to how food items are delivered to customers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 9, 2023
Three arrested in Japan for 'sushi terrorism' pranks
Police accused the young trio of seeking to obstruct business at major restaurant chain Kura Sushi, which was bombarded with customer complaints after the video went viral.
Japan Times
Mar 3, 2023
Sushi chain installs AI camera system after licking scandal
The major scandal saw some of the cases recorded and posted online, racking up millions of views and prompting some restaurants to file damage reports to the police.
Japan Times
Oct 27, 2020
Sushi and canned coffee get unlikely boost from record-breaking ‘Demon Slayer’ movie
Promotional tie-ins with the hit film have boosted Kura Sushi and Dydo's sales.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 22, 2020
Kura Sushi opens flagship in Tokyo's Asakusa with tech to handle 104 languages
Conveyor belt sushi chain Kura Sushi Inc. opened a flagship restaurant Wednesday in Asakusa, a popular tourist spot in Tokyo.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 2, 2019
U.S. unit of Japanese conveyor belt sushi chain Kura Sushi makes Nasdaq debut
Japanese conveyor belt sushi chain Kura Sushi Inc.'s U.S. unit made a firm debut Thursday on the Nasdaq market, its shares ending above $19 after rising from its initial public offering price of $14.
Japan Times
Feb 7, 2019
Japan sushi chain worker uploads video of fish's journey from trash can to cutting board in Osaka
The operator of one of Japan's largest sushi restaurant chains said Wednesday that video footage recently uploaded to the internet showed one of its part-time kitchen workers throwing sliced fish into a trash can and then returning it to a cutting board at an outlet in Osaka Prefecture.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 23, 2018
Kura's Kunihiko Tanaka: From peddling vinegar to running a sushi empire
Kunihiko Tanaka was peddling vinegar to sushi restaurants in western Japan when he spotted the opportunity that would change his life.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Cultivating Craft
Oct 6, 2018
Japan's craft beer scene: 25 years in the making
The secret is long since out: Japan's craft beer scene is a vibrant place, filled with innovative brewers creating new and interesting beers alongside masterful examples of traditional styles.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Sep 26, 2016
Japanese teams, fans bid fond farewell to retiring players
Japanese baseball is in the season of goodbyes.


Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan