About Us

JAPONICA is a Izakaya/Sushi/Kunsei Japanese restaurant in Redondo Beach where you can not only enjoy authentic Japanese favorites such as sushi and sashimi, but also multi-national dishes based on Japanese culinary method in a cool, yet casual atmosphere.

So, what is an “Izakaya”?
An Izakaya is a casual Japanese tapas restaurant where you can share a variety of dishes among friends. So try not to fill up on any one dish as the joy of Izakaya lies in sharing different dishes.

Also, what is “Kunsei”?
“Kunsei” means “smoked food” in Japanese. JAPONICA is the pioneer of “Kunsei” in America. You will know why we have “Kunsei” here once you try it. It goes amazingly with Sake!

Sake sommelier and chef Takashi Sada’s journey began in Osaka,Japan. as a carefree youth Taka always remembers enjoying bargain sake with friends, but his true passion for sake flew into high gear after trying “Ichinokura Junmai”, a highly prized Junmai sake, plus his father’s favorite! it’s Taka’s father who taught him that sake exists for food while educating him on the fine points of pairing.

Soon after taka began his culinary career and in 2002, with his life partner Chika, opened Japonica!

Their journey in originating authentic Japanese Izakaya-Sushi advances daily and with the addition of discovering smoked methods to enhance the umami in ingredients, the possibilities are endless.

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