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Chef Umi
Gender Male
Race Human
Location North Ryoshima Coast
Appearances Ōkami

Umi (「ウミネコ」?; Umineko; Black-tailed Gull) is a character in Ōkami. He runs a segregated restaurant in North Ryoshima Coast.


Umi is a man of his 30-40's. He has a cat-like motif, like Yama, in which his face does looks like a cat. His eyes are feline-like, his nose is triangle-shaped, and on each of his cheek are 3 stripes which resemble a cat's whiskers.

Umi wears a typical grey tall cap, a sea blue colored happi which has the embroidering of a darker blue wave on it. On his shoulders, there are some red straps which helps in folding his sleeves to his shoulders. On his apron, the kanji for "sea"[1] (「海」?; umi) is present, also spelling his name. Also, he is always seen holding a pair of kitchen knives.


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  • Umi and his restaurant, along with Yama and his cafe, are based on the Japanese story of Chūmon no Ōi Ryōriten (「注文の多い料理店」?; The Restaurant of Many Orders).
    • The story was created by Kenji Miyazawa. Although not a commercial success, the work came to the attention of poets Kōtarō Takamura and Shimpei Kusano, who admired his writing greatly and introduced it to the literary world.
  • "Umi" (「海」?) means "sea"[1], which, aside from being his name, is also a reference to where his restaurant is located.
  • Both Umi and Yama have a cat motif, along with their waitresses. No other people in the Ōkami series have such features.
  • Umi is the counterpart of Yama, since his restaurant is by the sea, while Yama's restaurant is in Sei'an City. Their name also relates with their locations respectively.