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  • Fluent in English, Japanese; learning Azerbaijani, Spanish, Thai
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Sushi chef without Borders
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About Me


Sushi chef without Borders -国境なき寿司団-


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 then I found my new "home town" San Francisco.

I found my master of sushi and became Sushi chef in San francisco. and I became a sushi chef in San Francisco and lived there for a while( almost 7years)

Stay, Play, meet amazing people ,Sushi chef, start up ramen restaurant with friend...etc

I still love my city SF very much.

so, 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 world is like a Novel of "Haruki Murakami"

and That's where we are living 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 skills. because I was always thinking , "Stop import ingredients from other side of planet anymore, I got to go to see the ingredients there"

This is great project. I found my way, what I really wanted to cook.

After that I went back to Japan.

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. 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 keep traveling - working - until now.

sometime stay in Fukuoka Japan, sometime somewhere.

Now I'm starting my new project. if you feel interested , feel free to talk with me ;)

Thank you for reading my long profile.

See you someday , somewhere with good food ;)



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

One Amazing Thing I've Done

many many amazing things happens around me almost every day!

Countries I've Visited

Azerbaijan, Canada, China, Croatia, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

Azerbaijan, England, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malta, Myanmar, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States

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