Happy Donabe Life

Naoko is Featured in the Japan Times

November 22, 2019

The Japan Times (Printed Edition)

I am so thrilled to be featured in the Japan Times in their November 9, 2019 issue. The Japan times is the largest and oldest English-language newspaper in Japan, and I have been a big fan of the paper since I was a teenager who was trying very hard to learn English and even dreamed about working for the paper!

The article is titled as “From hot bands to hot pots, Naoko Takei Moore’s time in California pays off”, and the story introduces my life journey from childhood in Tokyo to moving to LA and eventually opening TOIRO to carry the mission of spread donabe cooking and wonderful Japanese food culture.

I had a phone interview with Mr. J.J. O’Donoghue, who wrote the article, the other day. We talked for well over 1 hour. He asked me many questions about how I got interested in cooking, wine, etc., and the key moments of my life changing decisions in the past many years. I enjoyed reflecting my journey and sharing stories with him.

So, this article came out…it’s all about myself, so I feel a little embarrassed and at the same time very honored to be introduced of my journey to the readers!

Oh, and just one thing…they got my age wrong…I am a little bit younger than what’s written in the article. Haha.

Thank you so much, J.J. and The Japan Times for writing and publishing such a wonderful story about my journey!

Happy donabe life.



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