Pursuing ultimate Japanese restaurant outside of Japan 自己紹介
Time does fly, it has already been 1 year and 4 months since I set my foot in this city, London, Great Britain.
Despite the fact that I started my new life out of blue as a head chef at Umu, Japanese restaurant at centre of London, even leaving my wife behind in New York, days in this unfamiliar city go by in a blink. By setting Kaiseki style as a core of the menu, a type of Japanese course menu originally created for traditional tea ceremony which I studied back in Kyoto, Japanese culinary culture and its uniqueness became more obvious to me comparing to British one, and at the same time, I am given an opportunity to learn about local ingredients, their origins and culture at very first hand.
There are certainly many surprises I have never imagined encountering back in Japan, but there is also so much joy I could only know by living in abroad. This year, the total years I spent being a chef outside Japan became longer the years I spent in Japan training to become one. And yet, every day is still full of brand-new discoveries. I would like to start this blog to record and share my day to day experience as a head chef at Umu, here in London.