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Tokyo Kitchen - A Bite of Japan

Tokyo Kitchen has been nominated as Byens Bedste Nye Spisested 2020. A group of Japanese women tell their story about living in Denmark and starting their own company in Aarhus.
The air is filled with an aroma coming from the kitchen that is making your mouth water. Azusa Tsujiuchi, Aika Takahshi and Yuko Ishimitsu are standing and cooking Karaage with teriyaki sauce (deep fried chicken). “Konnichiwa - dinner is served,” they say with a smile on their lips. It looks finger licking good.

From Japan to Denmark

The three of us moved to Denmark three to five years ago due to marriage or husband’s transfer. The idea of starting Tokyo Kitchen began since we made Japanese food for our families for a long time, and we thought, why don’t we share our love of real Japanese food with everyone in Aarhus? We have been on this culinary adventure since September 2019.

Byens Bedste Nye Spisested 2020

Tsujiuchi, Takahshi and Ishimitsu smiled and started to blush a bit. We are very surprised, but also very happy to be nominated as Byens Bedste Nye Spisested 2020. We hope that more people will swing by, get a bite of Japan, enjoy, and become happy with our food. We focus on using the right ingredients and rice, so that our customers feel like being swept of to Japan, from the moment they take their very first bite. The food must taste exactly like in Japan. We hope that the nomination will provide us with the opportunity of expanding our business. The next step is opening a food truck so Japanese food can be showcased to more people in Aarhus. Japanese food in not only sushi and ramen. The Japanese cuisine has so much more to offer.

Living in Denmark

It is difficult to get used to the Danish weather, especially the lack of sunshine during Winter is hard, but besides that, we like to live in Denmark. We feel safe in Denmark because there are no natural disasters here such as typhoons, tsunamis, and earthquakes. Another thing we want to emphasize is trust. Danish people trust each other much more. For instance, in Denmark we have CPR numbers and NemID, and they are used for so many things. We admit that in Japan, they have similar systems, but they are not mandatory, so almost nobody is willing to use them.

Clash of Cultures

According to us, there are big differences between Japan and Denmark. The first significant difference is the working environment. People in Denmark have a 37-hour work week and finish early on Fridays. We like it very much because it seems they enjoy free time with friends and family. In comparison Japan officially has a 40-hour work week. However this rarely happens as doing overtime is common in Japan, so  people come home very late. Secondly, it is common in Denmark for fathers to take paternity leave. In Japan, it is slowly changing, but it is still very uncommon to take paternity leave. Thirdly, babies sleep outside in the pram. We were surprised to see babies sleeping outside in the pram and parents leaving them outside cafés - highlighting the high level of trust in Danish society.

Business in Denmark

Running a business in Denmark is very nice! In Japan, it is said that the customer is God, so restaurants or shops treat customers very well. For example, in Japan, you must serve the food as fast as possible because the customers should not wait for a long time. According to us, people do not complain that much in Denmark. Even if they have wait for a long time. Our customers are so kind. Arigato! We really enjoy running our business in Denmark. The fact that the country supports people, who want to start a business is substantial. Furthermore, we feel that many people kindly support us.

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