Special to Flip the Media by Claire Qin Li, Cohort 2013
Many people asked me how I found Umai Do Japanese Sweets in Seattle. The answer is Google and Yelp. I moved to Seattle in September 2013. Yes, only a couple of months ago. One of the most interesting things to do when coming to a new city is exploring delicious food. I am very into Japanese culture and have also learned Japanese for several years. A traditional manju shop with good customer reviews was bound to catch my attention. Later, I noticed that the sweets shop actually has a really interesting owner, which became a good story for me to tell.
It is always exciting to see people pursue their dream and passion. It is never too late to follow your heart, even after retirement. For him, making manju became a kind of art and he is always trying to make that elusive perfect piece.
Claire Qin Li is a passionate visual storyteller who loves art, photography and filmmaking. She is currently pursuing her Master of Communication in Digital Media at the University of Washington. As a multilingual professional with fluency in Mandarin, English and Japanese, Claire is especially interested in topics related to culture, travel and lifestyle.