Industrial Designer / KEN OKUYAMA DESIGN, CEO
Born in Yamagata, Japan, 1959.
Ken has worked as a Chief Designer for General Motors, a Senior Designer for Porsche AG, and a Design Director for Pininfarina S.p.A., being responsible for Ferrari Enzo, Maserati Quattroporte and many cars.
He is also known for numerous products such as motorcycles, furniture, robots and architecture. In 2007, KEN OKUYAMA DESIGN was founded providing business consultancy to many corporations. Ken also produces cars, eyewear, interior products under his original brand.
He is currently a director of Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd. and a visiting professor at several universities. Ken Is also a published author of many books.
Uniform Design: Naoki Takizawa, NAOKI TAKIZAWA DESIGN INC.
Born in Tokyo in 1960.
Worked as a creative director of Issey Miyake (menswear 1993-2000, womenswear 2000-2007).
Established NAOKI TAKIZAWA DESIGN INC. in 2007.
Has been serving as a costume designer to the Empress of Japan since 2010.
He also works as a design director at Uniqlo, where he is mainly in charge of collaborative lines.
Project Professor, Department of Intermediatheque, The University Museum, The University of Tokyo between 2009 and 2013.
Awarded an Order of Arts and Letters (Knight) from the French Republic in 2007.
Katsuhiro Nakamura is a director and Honorary Grand Chef of Nippon Hotel, as well as a food editor.
Born in Kagoshima in southern Japan, Mr. Nakamura began his career at Hotel Ascot in Zurich in 1970. In the 15 years that followed, he worked as a professional chef at top restaurants throughout France, from Aux Armes De France in Alsace to L'Oasis in Provence and Lasserre in Paris. In 1979, he became Grand Chef of then-unknown restaurant La Bourdonnais in Paris. His skills brought the restaurant renown, and he became the first Japanese person to receive a Michelin star. In 1984, he returned to Japan, bringing authentic French cooking techniques with him. He was hired as Head Chef for the newly-opened Hotel Edmont (now Hotel Metropolitan Edmont) in Tokyo. In 1994, he became an executive director and Executive Chef. In 2003, he was awarded an Order of Agricultural Merit (Knight) from the French Republic. In 2007, he became Executive Chef at the Windsor Hotel Toya Resort & Spa, which hosted the attendees of the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit in 2008. Mr. Nakamura oversaw the meals of all the world leaders and their suites. In 2009, he became a director of Nippon Hotel. In 2010, he was awarded an Order of Agricultural Merit (Officer) from the French Republic. In 2013, he became Head Chef and Executive Chef Emeritus of Nippon Hotel.
Hitoshi Iwasaki is Head Chef of Train Suite Shiki-shima.
He was born in Tokyo and started his career in Hotel Edmont after graduating from Osaka Abeno TSUJI culinary institute. After working as a banquet chef, he began studying under the guidance of Katsuhiro Nakamura in French restaurant “Four Grain”. In 2004, he won the Second JR Hotel Group Cooking Contest. In 2007, he became head chef of Dinning & Bar TENQOO in Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Marunouchi. In 2008, he worked under Katsuhiro Nakamura to prepare meals for the attendees of the G8 Hokkaido Tokyo Summit. From August 2012 to February 2013, he trained at La Pyramide, a two-star restaurant in Vienne, France, and Le Clos des Sens, a two-star restaurant in Annecy. In 2016, he became head chef of “Train Suite Shiki-shima” and to the present.
He contrives “the French cuisine which is eaten by chopsticks” regardless of the genre of cuisine by using the ingredients being concerned about safe and secure.
Also, he takes traditional French cooking methods and adds Japanese flavors such as miso and wasabi.