I was born and raised in Eihime and I went to Matsuyama Jonan High school. The high school had a culinary arts program so I chose this high school because I could obtain a culinary certificate upon graduation and then I applied for and received a culinary license. My first job was in Osaka.
My first job, the first restaurant I worked at was a Japanese restaurant that served seafood and sushi. My first in depth experience was when I was around 18. I worked there for about a year. The owner/ chef said that I should get more/ other experience and he recommended me to the Executive chef at a ryokan. So after graduating from high school, I started working at the ryokan. I worked there for 6 years.
I knew someone in San Francisco. He was from Osaka and had been living in SF for a long time so I decided to visit him. He now works for JFC International. Visiting him was the inspiration. I decided to find a job while I was visiting (for 3 months), and I did. I was offered a position at Sanraku.