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When the rain falls, I watch people, cars, and whatever else escapes my eye, move through the falling droplets of water. From behind the Sushi Bar I watch the entire world bleed out of a plate glass window, and think about symmetry. Because it's the tiny connections in life that we take for granted that hold the most splendor.

In 1994 I had an idea. Believing that food is one of the most powerful languages in not only defining cultures but also in integrating them, I wanted to open a Japanese restaurant that would transcend the traditional way of presenting and thinking of food from my country. Furthermore I wanted to do this in a way that wouldn't send my customers into debt.

At Mashiko we are always trying to create new and interesting ways to interpret Japanese food and sushi. This is an all-inclusive precess. You'll never hear traditional Japanese music in Mashiko, because it reminds me of two things: grammar school and death. Believe me you, if you've ever been to an elementary school in Japan... death isn't too bad. So we play new and interesting music that we hope will compliment the food.

I want you to try new things and ask questions. If you can, I'd like you to stuff your face. I want people to laugh and enjoy food and life. Please, shut up and eat!


4725 California SW
Seattle, WA 98116

Sunday - Thursday:
5:05pm - 9:04pm
Friday & Saturday:
5:02pm - 11:00pm



In Season
Don't forget to ask for:
Wild Stripe Bass
Green Tea Tiramisu
Ginger Creme Caramel

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  1. Etiquette is for fools!
  3. Music is our choice.
  4. No smoking or pretentious behavior.
  5. Enjoy life (You'll be dead soon enough)!
  6. Tip well... live long!
  7. After you eat, eat more.
  8. We are not responsible for over-zealous eaters who burn their tongues.
  9. Talk to the people around you (as long as you don't have food in your mouth).
  10. Try new things.
  11. Help JT find a good home!
  12. Because we said so!

What is all the fuss about?

Ever wonder what "Mashiko" means?
Well, it's a name of a town in Japan famous for its pottery.
We use very few of the authentic Mashiko ware here at the restaurant
(because they're !@#$% expensive)
but we love our plates made by a local artist.

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Please read our rules before you call for take-out, or for any other reason. You'll be sorry if you don't. Very sorry.

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