It all started seven years ago with a chance meeting on Thanksgiving in an Oakland, Calif., kitchen. Yoko Kumano, who lived in Tokyo at the time, and Kayoko Akabori, who lived in New York City, decided to start a food blog together.
“I knew I wanted to upload something every day, but I didn’t want it to just be me,” recalls Akabori (pictured, right). “Having different viewpoints,” she feels, makes the content more interesting. She adds, “That’s the spirit of Umamimart. It’s very collaborative.”