Our Bake Shop
“Kirari West” is a family owned bake shop that originated in Japan. Yoshi Saito (The Father) and Yoichi Saito (The Older Brother) came up with the concept of creating delicious pastries with locally grown quality rice flour instead of wheat. In 2011, the Saito family opened the first store, “Kirari” in the City of Fukushima. Kirari became the first and only store in the region to carry exclusively non-wheat pastries.
Despite Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami that same year, Kirari stayed strong and continued to grow. Those in the food industry including farmers, wholesalers, and restaurateurs faced serious issues due to the public’s avoidance of buying products from Fukushima. However, the nuclear plant that was in crisis after the quake and tsunami although, while also in Fukushima, was on the other side of the prefecture from the Kirari stores and surrounding farms. Kirari has made a tremendous effort to exhaustively test the contamination levels of both their ingredients as well as the final products to make sure that the food is safe. Kirari feels strongly about working to fight against the negative assumptions some have that all food from Fukushima is contaminated and inedible. This is just not true.
Meanwhile, Hiro Saito (The Younger Brother) with such an independent spirit had long since moved away in 1996 to the US. However, in 2014, having found a new appreciation for connectedness and family, Hiro decided to join the family business. He collaborated with them to open the first store in the US aptly named “Kirari West.”. Hiro wishes to give hope and courage for people in Fukushima to come back from the earthquake and struggles from the after mess by being a pioneer for a small company from Fukushima to pursue a dream overseas.
We care about what our customers eat! We take a great responsibility as food handling/serving professionals.
"Using ingredients in which we believe"
We choose our ingredients with integrity. We strive to deliver food-using ingredients that are safe, fresh and delicious. All of our flour is GMO free.
Our restaurant’s entire inventory of foods and products are free of gluten. Therefore, there is no possibility of cross-contamination of gluten in our facility.
We refer to our stores as “laboratories” due to how we continually experiment with ingredients and invent new recipes. It is Kirari’s mission to provide foods that are delicious and safe for customers who have all types of dietary needs.
*We carefully choose our take out containers made with eco friendly materials. We mostly use Recyclable, Biodegradable, and Compostable materials.