The history of Japanese food in Seattle goes back for over a century; in the early 1900s, the International District’s Nihonmachi (Japantown) was a flourishing district with independent newspapers, banks, grocery stores, and, of course, restaurants. Maneki, Seattle’s oldest sushi bar, was established in 1904 and is still open to this day. With such a rich Japanese history, the city naturally abounds with restaurants serving excellent sushi and ramen, arguably Japan’s most-famous culinary exports. But Japanese businesses here have so much more to offer: soba noodles made from scratch, deeply flavored pork katsu curry, delicate confectionaries made of rice flour, and more. Here are some favorites.
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