Episode #2: Meet the most joyous man on the planet. This story is captivating, entertaining and inspiring. We should all work to Kaizen (continuous improvement) everyday and Taro explains how he does it.
Kotaro “Taro” Arai was born on Japan’s southernmost island of Kyushu. With money Taro saved from his newspaper route, Taro’s father moved the Arai family to America.
In 1987, Taro’s parents opened a modest Japanese restaurant in Fair Oaks called Mikuni. Celebrating a thirty-year business milestone in 2017, with nine locations and 1,000 employees, award-winning Mikuni is one of the most successful restaurant businesses in northern California, and has raised over $2 million for local charitable organizations.
Chef Taro is the co-author of Abundance: Finding the American Dream in a Japanese Kitchen and Appreciation: Honoring Those Who Have Blessed My Life.