Our journey started 20 years ago when our founder visited Japan for the first time as a young student on a scholarship. Quickly he fell in love with the people, culture and especially the food. Time passed. He married. Raised a family and unbeknownst to him, he passed on his love of Japanese food to his wife and kids.
As a family who enjoyed eating out, many weekends would involve meals at one of the endless selections of Japanese joints Chicago offered. Even out-of-town vacations almost always included a visit to at least one popular Japanese restaurant from the area. Eventually family trips evolved to include finding the best local ramen shops – from New York to Los Angeles, Minneapolis to Miami, and from Paris to Bangkok, Manila to London, Reykjavik to Toronto, and of course, Tokyo.