About Soul of Japan

The Spirit of Japan Found
in the Spirit of Gratitude

In November 2010, 39 of Japan’s most distinguished chefs were selected to participate in the biggest annual event Worlds of Flavor (WOF) held in Napa, California at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the world’s leading culinary institute and the so called Harvard University in the field of food. This team of chefs presented the Japanese cuisine to a worldwide audience and achieved great success in appealing Japan’s food culture on a global scale. This event contributed significantly to the worldwide recognition of the Japanese spirit of hospitality.

In the wake of this event, in April 2011, The Soul of Japan Foundation was established with an aim to create a platform for connecting people through Japanese food culture, and for launching new initiatives and support over the generations.

Japanese food culture is infused with gratitude towards the blessings of nature and all people who are engaged in food production and preparation.

The soul of Japan can be found in the spirit of gratitude. Now it is the best time to appeal this spirit to the rest of the world through Japanese food culture, designated by UNESCO as Intangible World Cultural Heritage. The Japanese spirit of gratitude connects people and makes them respect each other, thus giving birth to creativity, dialogue and new activities. This is the driving force which enriches Japanese food culture and facilitates its succession to the next generations.

I hope Soul of Japan and its initiatives will spread throughout Japan and around the world, and all of us together will be able to contribute to its success.

The Soul of Japan Foundation
Hiroo Chikaraishi
Representative Director


What is CIA(Culinary Institute of America) and WOF(World of Flavor)

  • 39 Japanese Chefs from Team of Japan participated in 2010 WOF(as of October 2010)
  • Yoshihiro Murata
  • Kiyomi Mikuni
  • Yousuke Imada
  • Ikuro Mizuno
  • Masahiro Kurisu
  • Kunio Tokuoka
  • Shigeo Araki
  • Motoi Kurisu
  • Motokazu Nakamura
  • Masayasu Yonemura
  • Takuji Takahashi
  • Hideki Shimoguchi
  • Hisato Nakahigashi
  • Yoshihiro Takahashi
  • Kihachi Kumagai
  • Yoji Satake
  • Mineya Mori
  • Shigeru Tohyama
  • Yoshinori Horii
  • Kaname Ogawa
  • Ivan Orkin
  • Katsunori Yashima
  • Akihiko Saka
  • Hirofumi Ohta
  • Takashi Sakamoto
  • Hitoshi Arai
  • Yasuji Morizumi
  • Daisuke Nomura
  • Jeff Ramsey
  • Naoyuki Yanagihara
  • Yoshihiro Maeda
  • Shoichi Samoto
  • Mitsuharu Kurokawa
  • Shirou Komaki
  • Takehiro Motokurumada
  • Katsumi Kashihara
  • Shinichiro Takagi
  • Tamotsu Yabiku
  • Taro Abe
    • Moderator
    • Yukio Hattori
    • Yoshiki Tsuji
    • Izumi Okabe
    • Takeshi Kohjima
    • Hisashi Furuichi
    • Susumu Ohta
    • Syujiro Kusumoto

Soul of Japan Profile

Official Name General Incorporated Foundation Soul of Japan
Establishment April 20, 2011
Address 6th Floor Akasaka T.O. Building, 4-9-19, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
Tel. /Fax. (+81)03-5786-3204
Management Team
  • Representative Director: Hiroo Chikaraishi
  • Director: Izumi Okabe / Yuji Tsutsumi / Naotsugu Wakamura
  • Counselor: Mitsuhiro Kurokawa / Makio Koga / Takeshi Niinami / Takaharu Hirose
  • Auditor: Motohiro Sakurai
  • Senior Advisor: Russell Wiese
Mission Statement Soul of Japan will seek to connect the spirit of Japan to the next Generation and the rest of the world.
Activity Guidelines
  1. We will undertake activities that share Japanese food culture with the next generation and the rest of the world.
  2. We will aspire to become one of Japan’s most prominent foundations conveying the spirit of hospitality.
Mission
  1. We will implement programs in accordance with our activity guidelines.
  2. We will serve as a foundation that supports NPOs and volunteer groups undertaking activities aimed at spreading Japanese culture, as well as the Soul of Tohoku Foundation undertaking activities aimed at supporting the Tohoku region of Japan.
  3. We will develop a framework and know-how to quickly respond to the demands of Japan and society as a whole as well as play a role as a hub for sharing information on Japanese culture with audiences around the world.
Programs
  1. Advocating Japanese food culture and traditions
  2. Preservation of traditional ingredients and flavors
  3. Organization of symposiums and seminars
  4. Providing experiences of Japanese food to foreign people
Advisery
Board Member
  • Takeshi Ito / Aozora Securities Co.,Ltd. : Vice chairman
  • Koutaro Ueda / Benesse Holdings, Inc : Corporate Senior Vice President CSO
  • Haruhiko Okamoto / Create Restaurants Group : Representative Director
  • Seiichiro Kasuya / Click : Representative Director
  • Eri Kato / LOTUS LOTUS : Representative Director
  • Kazuhiko Kawahara / Hakuhodo Inc.
  • Tadao Kikuchi / Royal Holdings Co Ltd : Chairman & CEO
  • Takeshi Kohjima / Seiyo Food-Compass Group,Inc. : Representative Director
  • Masahisa Kogure / Table For Two : Representative chairman
  • Kazuoki Saito / Indigo blue : Representative Director
  • Yuji Sawada / SD : Representative Director
  • Norihiko Shimizu / Graduate School of Hitotsubashi University : Professor
  • Yoshiki Tsuji / Tsuji Culinary Institute : Principal
  • Kayoko Nakanishi / Landscape and Partnership Co.,Ltd. : Representative Director
  • Yasuhiro Maeda / Deputy Director-General, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau,METI
  • Toshiko Mandokoro / GEN Inc. : Representative Director
  • Sachiko Miyashita / Yuit Inc. : Representative Director
  • Sadayuki Murayama / Tama University : Professor

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