Sacramento sushi restaurant Mikuni began half a world away with an 11-year old boy, a paper route and a dream. Today, 33 years after Chief Dreaming Officer Taro Arai raised the money to bring his family from Japan to Sacramento and founded the restaurant, it – like other Sacramento eateries – is facing an unprecedented challenge with the Covid-19 pandemic.

On this week's episode of the Visit Sacramento Podcast, Arai shares the restaurant's history, how it's drawing on the support of the Sacramento community to weather the current round of shutdowns, and why he still manages to wake up each day smiling, looking forward to better days ahead when the pandemic is over and we can all gather again.

Mikuni Sushi Fresh RollImages Courtesy Mikuni Sushi. Above: Fresh Roll. Top Photo: Aerojet Roll.

Listen to "Mikuni's Taro Arai on the Dream that Made the Sacramento Sushi Restaurant, Covid-19 Challenges" on Spreaker.

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To learn how to support local restaurants like Mikuni, visit our Save Sacramento Restaurants page.