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Wai Wai Wide

17 Dec

Here is a media coverage of the event by Nadi Dilimulati of OMNI TV. The event was reported in the program Wai Wai Wide in Japanese (Cable 14). This clip was aired on October 2, 2011 at 11:30 p.m. and repeated again on October 4 at 9 a.m. You get to see and hear all four chefs who participated in the event!


Dear Genki Japan! Supporters

24 Sep

Dear Genki Japan! Supporters,

We hope you enjoy the fall weather, and all is well with you.

Thank you for your ongoing support. I would like to express my deepest appreciation for your generous donation for Iwate Learning Hope Fund. The funds you provided with your kind hearts for the children of Iwate who lost their parents from the earthquake and Tsunami will be used to support their education.

Here in Iwate, we are working hard to rebuild our community. Your generous gestures and kind words have given us tremendous hope – please continue to support us.

We wish you a best of luck, and thank you so much again for your generous support.

Takuya Tasso

Iwate Prefecture – Governor

September, 2011


To see the original letter (PDF file format), 
click: Deargenkijapansupporters

A Big Thank You to Toronto!

7 Sep

Thank you so much everyone for coming out to the event yesterday! We had an overwhelming response and we raised over $8,000 for orphans in Japan. The money was sent this morning to the Iwate Learning Hope Fund.

It was a great success! Despite the cool weather, we were surprised by the more than expected turn out. Arts and craft tables were packed with eager children, people enjoyed food and live music. The many E-tegami (painted letters) and Kiri-e (cut out paper) children created will be sent to schools in the Iwate region.

Many thanks to our amazing chefs, Tamio Nionomiya, Shoko Sakiyama, Takahiro Kuroki and Minako Tsutsui for their fantastic food and generosity. And also a BIG THANK YOU to all the volunteers, performers, Marche restaurant, and those who came out and supported this cause.


Menu, menu, menu (Price Revised)! 

3 Sep

Here is our updated menu. The price has changed from our last post. Please note the price change. There is exciting news too! Kaiseki Sakura has contributed to this event by telling us how to make their special veggie dish. So, there will be 50 limited Kaiseki Sakura Vegetarian dish. Vegetarian folks, come early!

So, here is our most up-to-date menu line-up:

Toriten nanban 2 tickets ($10)
– fried chicken with tartar sauce, which the chef calls the ‘soul food of Oita, Japan’

Tonpei-yaki  1 ticket ($5)
– egg folded pork and veggies with sauce

Tonpei-yaki (v) 1 ticket ($5)
–egg folded veggies with sauce

Tako ball 1 ticket ($5)
– octopus dumpling, proudly from Osaka, Japan

Seaweed salad (v) 1 ticket ($5)
– everybody’s favourite

Special Veggie Dish from Kaiseki Sakura (v), Limited 50 dishes 2 ticket ($10)

Veggie assorted sushi (v) 2 tickets ($10)

Rainbow roll sushi 2 tickets ($10)

Cucumber rolls sushi 1 ticket ($5)

Kanpyo roll sushi 1 ticket ($5)
-Seasoned dried gourd roll

Beef tongue curry 2 tickets ($10)

Beef tendon bowl  2 tickets ($10)

Chefs: Takahiro Kuroki & Minako Tsutsui

3 Sep

Kuroki and Tsutusi are both from Fukuoka city in the southern island of Kyushu, Japan. They did not know about each other, but they now work for the same restaurant in downtown Toronto. The team is working almost two years now.

33 years old Kuroki started his career as a cook when he was nineteen. Kuroki’s career as a chef in Fukuoka and Tokyo are both in the world of French cuisine. Here in Toronto, he cooks mostly Japanese food. But he is certainly interested in Japanese-French fusion, as he is skilled in both French and Japanese culinary traditions.

Much younger Tsutsui also started her career as a cook in Fukuoka, Japan. She was trained in Japanese cooking for five years. She started working in Toronto in 2009. When she was not cooking, she used to play saxophone in Japan.

The team will bring beef tongue curry and beef tendon bowls to the event. We may taste a bit of French and Japanese fusion here too!

Iwate Learning Kibo Fund

31 Aug

It has been more than five months since the devastating earthquakes and tsunami in Japan. Now we are beginning to understand the number of children who lost parents in the region. The number of children who lost one or two parents due to the tsunami in March 2011 is reported as over 1,500 among three prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate. It is also reported that 43 per cent of these orphaned children are under 13 years old.

All proceeds from this event will go to the Iwate Learning Kibo Fund operated by the government of Iwate. All proceeds will be sent to:

In Iwate prefecture, about 536 children are reported to have lost one or both parents in the disaster (, August 1). The reason why we are sending the money to Iwate prefecture is rather personal. One of the co-organizers — actually the writer of this particular blog entry — is from Iwate prefecture.

Although my family members who live mostly inland are all safe, I was quite devastated by this tragedy. I was fortunate enough to have this opportunity to organize this event so that I can serve two of my favorite places: Toronto and Iwate prefecture.

The Iwate prefectural government has decided to support children orphaned by the earthquake until they finish their education and become adult members of society. The children will receive monetary aid from Iwate Learning Kibo Fund with no obligation to return the monetary support they will be given.

I sincerely hope that there will be Genki Japan II so that we can send money to Miyagi prefecture. Although Miyagi prefecture is a much wealthier prefecture than Iwate, the damage that Miyagi prefecture received is beyond our imagination. It would be fantastic to have another fundraiser for children of Miyagi.

Lastly, I thank everybody for helping to send money to a place that is very dear to my heart.

Sachiko Hata – Etegami

31 Aug

Etegami is a popular Japanese craft. Etegami is a Painted Letter – water colour picture on a postcard with a hand written brief message, usually using brush with black ink. In Etegami, you combine a painting on any theme with a few words that naturally emerge from your heart. The message can be about greetings of the season, occasion, or just simple words about feelings that you are having then.

Etegami is loved by many people because it is a very forgiving form of art. There are no rules – you just start drawing what inspires you and add a few words that come to your mind. It values each individual’s uniqueness so that even untrained touch adds characters to the piece.  Like children enjoy drawing, you just have fun with brush, water colour and Sumi ink!

At Genki Japan, Sachiko will lead an Etegami table to help children (and some willing adults) to create 2 cards – 1 for people in Japan and 1 to bring home. (Japanese only)

etegami holiday greeting

etegami clane