I am the harried personal valet to four cats. Most of their names are inspired by my favorite sushi… First, let me introduce Ika, which is squid in Japanese, who is a gruff old man cat tabby.

Tall and lean, his favorite activity is napping… he is over 16 years old after all, so he needs time to contemplate life and things. He often can be found in this funny position

This is Maki, a black and white man cat who resembles a sushi roll made of plain white rice wrapped up in a black sheet of toasted nori. He is a handsome tuxedo cat, I especially love the white markings under his nose that look like a lopsided bow tie.

Saba is my girl kitty, a tiny little cat with a rumpled tail, which is apparently common with large litters.

In the womb crowded in with many siblings, a delicate tail is broken and settles into an adorable crinkle.

Saba is the Japanese word for mackerel, which has a silvery skin and my grandmother used to make us sabazushi nigiri for a special treat. Her fur has a silvery sheen and she has lovely brown eyes.

She is quite fearless and curious too, very prone to getting into mischief

Saba and Maki are brother and sister and often can be found expressing kitty love.


a regal looking duo

Maki is all about spreading the kitty love…


Our newest addition to the clan is Zumi, short for Nezumi, which is mouse in Japanese.  She was found in the motor of an abandoned car by a local rescue agency and my coworker Lee who volunteers at the shelter brought her home to foster her as she was obviously scared and distressed.  After a week at Lee’s quiet retreat, she has been a very active and social addition to our household.  This photo was taken the first week, she was a bit scrawny and had worms, but had already proven to us all that she is a bad ass, don’t mess with her.  Torties are known for their fesity attitudes, and she is one crazy little fireball!  Her beady little eyes are quite intense and riveting and she makes the cutest face when she squeaks.


Maki and Zumi

The shiso is blooming in the garden right now and I imagine my old girl out there romping in the sun…

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Stephen Liu November 8, 2012 at 1:33 am

Hi, this is Stephen, and I am part of a team working on weSpot, an online platform that helps restaurants promote themselves. weSpot is hosting a photography challenge for restaurants in San Francisco. We would like to invite all photographers, restaurant-goers, and food-lovers of all ages to take part in building up an online portfolio of local restaurants.

People can sign up for one or more of the many restaurants listed on our site, and submit a few of their photos to be voted on. Participants will also receive credit for their contributions. Top entries will receive one of our three dining prizes including a prix fixe meal at a two-star Michelin restaurant: Coi or Benu (winner’s choose). Visit our contest page at to see what I’m talking about.

I would really appreciate it if I can speak with you sometime early this week to discuss more, and see if you can make a blog post about the contest. You can reach me at or 415-745-2620. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks!



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