About Us

Waraji Japanese Restaurant is considered by many Triangle residents as having the best and freshest sushi available in the area. Located in northwest Raleigh NC, off of Glenwood Ave., at the intersection of Duraleigh Rd. and Pleasant Grove Church Rd., Waraji offers an extensive selection of sushi, sashimi and authentic Japanese cuisine. Also we can boast the largest Sake selection in the Carolinas. Waraji has the most extensive specialty sake selection in the state. Each month our Sake “flights/samplers” rotate, hand picked by Chef Masa, allowing you to try four outstanding regional Sakes with your meal. We also feature a unique selection of Japanese microbrewery rice-based beers.

Our sushi menu includes the highest quality sushi and sashimi and a wide variety of specialty house rolls (The Scary Jerry, The Waraji Roll, and The Sweet Dragon, just to name a few). Our authentic kitchen offers a full menu of tempura, teriyaki grilled items, nabeyaki udon and more than 30 appetizers. Please feel free to ask your server for recommendations on any area of our menu. Chef Masa, with more than 30 years of sushi experience, invites you to join him and his staff for a true taste of Japan.

Masa’s story

Masa's StoryMasatoshi Tsujimura was born in Shimonoseki, Japan, a major fishing village in western Japan and home of the famous fugu, (blowfish or pufferfish). Chef Masa started his sushi career in America in 1982 in central and southern Florida.

Masa came to North Carolina in 1984 to open the sushi bar at Kanki Japanese House of Steaks in Raleigh. As the chef at one of the first sushi bars in North Carolina, Chef Masa introduced sushi to many first time customers and developed a loyal following of sushi lovers.

In 1997 Chef Masa left Kanki to open his own restaurant, Waraji Japanese Restaurant. Consistently described as one of the most authentic Japanese restaurants and sushi bars in the region, Chef Masa is passionate about representing the highest quality of authentic Japanese cuisine to his customers and community.

Chef Masa is also actively involved with the North Carolina Japan Club and its activities to educate and to promote Japanese culture.