Judy Yokoyama, known to our family as Bachan, was born in Sebastopol in 1936. One of six kids, her family was a cornerstone from the start. From her time at Camp Amache internment camp to living and working on an apple ranch, her childhood was challenging but filled with joy surrounded by family. She inherited a hard work ethic, which she has passed down. Justin, who always shared her values, fondly remembers Bachan listening for hours as he shared his childhood entrepreneurial dreams. The family was always her biggest priority. Attending every grandkids’ sporting event, helping with homework, and holding weekly Sunday dinners, she always strengthened her family and offered sage advice. These words of wisdom have lifted generations, inspiring Justin as a kid, and now encouraging his daughters.
We produce our product in sunny Sebastopol, California. This is where Justin and his Bachan (granny) were both born. Growing up in Sebastopol, Justin remembers his Bachan attending every grandkids’ sporting event, helping with homework, holding weekly Sunday dinners, strengthening her family, and offering sage advice.
For as long as I can remember, my Bachan—you might say, Granny—would cook up the most amazing meals with our umami–filled, teriyaki-ish sauce! The recipe has been passed down and perfected over generations and today, my family and I are honored to share our authentic Japanese Barbecue Sauce with you.
Bachan’s is made with real Mirin, premium Japan-brewed Non-GMO Soy Sauce, organic ginger, organic garlic, and green onion. Our ingredients are simple and whole - without any preservatives or flavorings. When we say “Our Ingredients Matter” we really mean it!