Born in Miyako Island, Okinawa, Japan. Graduate of the renowned Tsuji Culinary Institute of Osaka, Japan. Arriving in Los Angeles in 1985, created sensation to the sushi & washoku scene in the United States by challenging a diversity of culinary aproaches. Current owner and executive chef of Katsu-ya Group. The restaurants is a consistent winner in the ZAGAT restaurant guide. Also current senior vice president of Japan Restaurant Association.