I have a Japanese friend who's moving to LA to teach and study at UCLA, and I suspect that after a while he'll be missing the tastes of home. Unfortunately (and as my cardiovascular system will sadly attest), I know more about our fair city's Mexican food offerings and steakhouses than I do about its Japanese fare.
I've told him about Ramenya on Olympic near Sawtell, and Sushi Gen downtown. (Urasawa is probably not in his budget.) Also mentioned the Murukai Forum in Garden Grove. (It is in Garden Grove, right?)
So, where else should I send him? What are the best places for Japanese grub in Los Angeles and Orange County?
As always, TIA hounds.