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  • 132 References 82 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Japanese; learning Azerbaijani, Italian, Spanish, Thai
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Sushi chef without Borders
  • No education listed
  • From Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
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About Me


Sushi chef without Borders


Japanese chef from San Francisco & Malta

I was born in the south of Japan, in a city called Kitakyushu.

when I was 17 years old I started backpacker and started traveling in Japan.
I was just a high school boy.
But "9.1.1 at NY " hit my brain.
I changed whole my life plan.

At 20, I went to NY alone and I traveled to many cities of the US and some cities of Canada and Mexico.

Greyhound bus trip at North America , it was great trip.

And after 2 month trip, I found my new "home town" San Francisco.

I found my master of sushi and became Sushi chef in San francisco.
as sushi chef in San Francisco lived there for a while( almost 7years)
and started up Ramen restaurant with my friend too.

Stay, Play, meet amazing people ,Sushi chef, Hippie culture, Organic movement..etc life in California changed my self a lot.(I guess)

I still love my city SF very much.

When I was my end 26 years old
I decided to leave US.
And I became a backpacker again.
I traveled London, Barcelona, Rome...

After 2month , I found a new home town on Malta in Europe... and I became a sushi chef again :)

*Malta is tiny island and country next of Sicily (not Italy!)

native Japanese sushi chef is great to find job anywhere in this planet . Thank you , sushi.

But When I was 27 ,

on the third of March, 2011.

we call it "3.1.1"

Big earth quake & tsunami hit Japan.

It shocked all Japanese people.

I was very shocked about it and I felt like this world totally changed from that day.

yup, sometime the world is like a Novel of "Haruki Murakami"

This world sudden changed and we have to survive here.

and That's where we are living in now.

I decided to change my life-style.
my whole life plan changed again ;)

I sold almost all my belongings like furniture,books,car,clothes,shoes...
(I was surprised I had too many staff lol )

I was keep asking to myself

"What do I really need in life?

My answer was simple, "I gotta Go travel to know it"

Cleaned up my room and

I started traveling to know about "something" .

I packed my sushi tools and little else in a small bag. ...laptop and few clothes.

I try to simplify my life....and

I became a backpacker again.

When I went to USA , I brought so huge bag pack and suitcase.
But then
I left malta with a small bag.

I became "Sushi Chef without Borders"

I traveled in Asia,Europe... with my small bag and made sushi there,
in Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Laos , Hungary , Croatia ....

I made sushi there using local ingredients with Japanese cooking skill.
because I was always thinking ,
"Why we import ingredients from other side of planet ?(use a lot of oil then),
so, how can I innovate Japanese cuisine with local ingredients?"

and I just realized,

Locality, sustainability and respect for the food and producers.

That is what I really care.

Local, Organic, Seasonable good food...

Yup, I'm Japanese/Californian chef pretty much.

I found my way, what I really wanted to cook.

After that

I went many cities to meet creaters who has traditional skill to make Japanese food's ingredients . (like Katsuo-bushi , Bin-chou-tan) and I learned from them.
I also work with them together.(Making Katsuobushi In Makurazaki , Kagoshima for 3 month)
I was impressed ....The way to create, sprit, skill and their philosophy.

It was a great experience!

and many many story I can't write here too ;p (ask direct to me)

then I
still keep traveling - working - until now.

sometime stay in Fukuoka or other country in this planet.

[UPDATE] on september 2016 ,
I moved to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye,Belize .
I'll start new Japanese restaurant here in beautiful Caribbean island.

So, you,
I wanna see and talk together.
I wish our path cross someday .

Thank you for reading my long profile.

and See you someday , somewhere with good food

Bon appétit & Cheers!


Btw,my name is Toshiya Tsujimoto

P.S. When you come to my place, Bring your favorite vegetables and drink.
I'll cook something, Let's share the food & our story of life ;)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

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Cooking, Traveling, Art,Anthropology....and connect all !!

  • arts
  • culture
  • books
  • dining
  • cooking
  • japanese food
  • drinking
  • clothing
  • reading
  • traveling
  • backpacking
  • anthropology

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Living life now

Teach, Learn, Share

"You have a choice, to be a Traveler or Furniture "

by toshiya tsujimoto

Countries I’ve Visited

Azerbaijan, Canada, China, Croatia, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Azerbaijan, England, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Laos, Malta, Myanmar, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States

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