I was born on the northeastern coast of the Japanese main island, near the border of Iwate and Aomori Prefectures. I grew up in a small town surrounded by rice fields, farms and family near the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
Family was a big part of growing up, with five siblings, cousins and grandparents living all around me. My father was the owner of one of the regions largest farms and my mother ran a shop selling select meats from our farm and the surrounding area. We were surrounded by nature and always had animals living on the farms; goats, ducks and sometimes visits from wild raccoons. As I think back to my childhood, which is really different from my current life in Tokyo, I remember my big, loving family cooking and eating together in an amazing environment.