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!

Founder Taka opened JAPONICA in 2002 with collaboration of his wife Chika to spread real izakaya experience to beach cities like, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes, Torrance and of course Redondo Beach.

Taka spent most time in his early life in Osaka, Japan and surfed around from his local beaches to southern island in Japan and south Asia. He always dreamed about moving to California to broaden his horizon of life experience.

His passion is never end. There’s still a lot of people who have not been experienced real Japanese food, so he is working hard to keep serving real Japanese food to Socal foodies and he enjoys creating new ideas to entertain them.

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