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Katsutoshi Asai

Producer and member of the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association.

Born in Yokohama in 1974, Katsutoshi is married and has a young son. Although he started his career with an advertising agency, he went to join the Tower Records team. Katsutoshi was involved with brand management, sales campaigns, collaboration work, and live events. Through his career, he experienced being the Sales Promotion Manager, and the Manager of the Live Entertainment Department. However, in 2012, Katsuyoshi retired from Tower Records and moved to Seto city, Okayama prefecture – a place where he had no prior friends, connections or relatives. Soon after moving, he joined the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association, and in July 2013 founded Kokohore Japan and began a number of projects to re-task old traditional buildings, invent new specialty products, and work on regional branding.

Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/

Asami Asai

Editor & Writer

I mainly write about social news, music, and lifestyles. I was born and raised in Tokyo, but in 2012 I decided on a whim to move to Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture. I contribute to magazines such as Liniere, Inakagurashi no Hon, and ku:nel. I publish books for my ‘interesting’ friends, too, and direct and write for programs at FM Okayama. Everyday I write about people and things for both readers and listeners.

Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/

write up by Kokohorejapan Inc.

Available Write Up: 44

2017.11.29 Hotel Kagawa

Comfortable Camping Amidst Picturesque Scenery / Seaside Corridor Auto Camp (Sanuki, Kagawa Prefecture)

Comfortable Camping in the midst of Picturesque Scenery / Seaside Corridor Auto Camp (Sanuki, Kagawa Prefecture)

2017.2.17 Okayama

Experiencing Okayaman Yohaku Through Muji Products / Muji Aeon Mall Okayama (Okayama City)

Experiencing Okayaman Yohaku Through Muji Products / Muji Aeon Mall Okayama (Okayama City)

2017.2.15 Gourmet Okayama

ukicafe : Enjoying Art & Pasta On Inujima Island (Okayama City)

ukicafe : Enjoying Art & Pasta On Inujima Island (Okayama City)

2016.6.14 Gourmet Okayama

TheCoffeeHouse: A Coffee Shop that offers Delicious Sandwiches Made on a Hotplate!

TheCoffeeHouse: A Coffee Shop that offers Delicious Sandwiches Made on a Hotplate!

2016.6.2 Okayama

The Resurrected ‘Fukuoka no Ichi’ Market Bustles Just As It Did When It Was The Middle Ages’ Greatest Merchant Metropolis!

The Resurrected ‘Fukuoka no Ichi’ Market Bustles Just as it Did When it was the Middle Ages' Greatest Merchant Metropolis!

2016.5.28 Gift Okayama

Blessings of the Sea and Land, and Flowers. Roadside Station Kasaoka Bayfarm Part 2: Blessings of the Sea & Land, and Flowers!

Blessings of the Sea and Land, and Flowers. Roadside Station Kasaoka Bayfarm Part 2: Blessings of the Sea & Land, and Flowers!

2016.5.8 Okayama

Roadside Station Kasaoka Bayfarm Part 1: Blessings of the Sea & Land, and Flowers!

Roadside Station Kasaoka Bayfarm Part 1: Blessings of the Sea & Land, and Flowers!

2016.4.28 Okayama

Okayama Machizukuri Kenkyu-kai: Modern Day University Students Enjoy the Countryside to the Fullest.

Okayama Machizukuri Kenkyu-kai: Modern Day University Students Enjoy the Countryside to the Fullest.

2016.4.27 Okayama

The Mokakemura Revitalization Project Supports Moving to Setouchi.

The Mokakemura Revitalization Project Supports Moves to Setouchi.

2016.2.19 Gourmet Okayama

Kakushi Sushi (Hidden Sushi): A Famous Okayama Dish Born in Defiance of a Frugal Daimyo’s Decree!?

Do you know what this tiered box covered with finely sliced egg is?

2016.2.13 Okayama

Meoto Iwa: Takahashi’s ’Wedded Rocks’, Watching Over Eternal Scenery…

Though the most famous ‘wedded rocks’ in Japan are to be found at Futamigaura (Futami, Mie prefecture), I heard that there was an ever bigger ‘rock couple’ in the mountains of Okayama, so I went to the Nariwa area of Takahashi city to check them out.

2016.1.28 Gourmet Okayama

Ichimonji Udon: An Udon Shop with Too Much Love for the Region Helps Revitalize It?!

These udon noodles speak of extraordinary particularity! This is an udon noodle tasting set: One side is made from last year's wheat and the other from this year’s.

2016.1.26 Gourmet Okayama

Kamakura Era Flavors Today: “Dodomese”, the Ancestor of Chirashizushi!

"Dodomese" is a local dish from Bizenfukuoka, an area that was known in medieval times as the greatest merchant city in Japan (particularly during the Kamakura and Muromachi periods), and it had deep relations with military commanders such as Kuroda and Ukita during the Sengoku period (1467-1603).

2016.1.22 Gift Hiroshima

USHIO CHOCOLATL: The Chocolate Workshop on Mukoujima Island, Shimanami Kaido!

Did you know that Mukoujima Island has a chocolate factory? Known only to a select few, it is located by Shimanami Kaido, the highway that has become hugely popular among cyclists.

2016.1.19 Okayama

Awakura Onsen Motoyu: Enjoy a Day-Trip to the Best Hot Spring in Nishiawakura Village + Guest House + Café!

Surrounded by a 100-year old forest, Nishiawakura village is found at the northeast tip of Okayama prefecture. A place where the inhabitants interact with nature, the village is so comfortable it makes people shine. The village is putting effort into its Hundred Year Forest Plan reforestation operations.

2016.1.7 Gourmet Okayama

Nambatei: A Facility Complex in a Traditional Japanese House Where People & Craftsmen Gather.

Located around an hour on the limited express train from Okayama, along the former highway of Furumachi, Ohara, a town that used to prosper as a post town, Nambatei opened on March 30th, 2013.

2015.12.28 Okayama

Seto Inland Sea : The Place of Amazing Sunrises, Which Was Even Visited by Taira no Tadamori!

”Seeing the Seto sunrise at Mushiage, I almost forget about the capital…"

2015.12.27 Gift Okayama

Okayama’s Original Bagna Càuda!

Representing traditional Okayama cuisine, "Manmakari" (Japanese sardines) are said to be something delicious enough to make you want to ‘borrow rice’ ('manma' = regional word for 'rice' + 'karirru' = Japanese for 'borrow').

2015.12.21 Gift Hiroshima

The Onomichi Denim Project : Used Jeans Born of Daily Life!

When talking about denim of the Setouchi area, the Kojima area of Okayama prefecture is well-known.

2015.11.16 Gift Okayama

EVERY DENIM : Setouchi Jeans Made to Order. A University Student Connects Makers with Customers!

We introduced this topic once before on Setouchi Finder, but did you know that Okayama (Kojima) is where it all started for Japanese jeans?

2015.11.13 Okayama

Ushimado Natural Camp: A 2-Day Wonderland on a (Practically) Deserted Island…

Ushimado, a picturesque harbor town known as the Aegean of Japan, was once used as a stopover port by Korean envoys. Around 10-minutes away by boat is the "practically deserted" Kuroshima island.

2015.9.25 Art Okayama

Naoshima Isn’t the Only Art Island! We Recommend Touring Inujima Island on Foot!

Symbols of Inujima Island, crumbling brick smokestacks tower over their surroundings.

2015.6.5 Gourmet Hyogo

Best of Awaji Island at Roadside Station Uzushio!

This shot of the Naruto Strait with its large whirling tides right in front of your eyes was taken at roadside station Uzushio without a zoom lens!

2015.5.21 Hotel Okayama

“Guesthouse I…,” : A 200-year-old Japanese House in the Town of Rush Grass!!

Sandwiched between Okayama city and Kurashiki city, Hayashima-cho is a town that once prospered on rush grass production.

2015.5.19 Okayama

Nishiawakura & Mori no Gakko: Regional Company Making a 100-year Forest!

Nishiawakura village is found at the northeast tip of Okayama prefecture surrounded by a 100-year old forest.

2015.5.14 Okayama

The Cherry Blossom Goddess Brings Happy Blessings to Women. Konohanasakuya-hime Shrine, a Mysterious Spot in Kurashiki!

The Great Seto Bridge connects the island of Shikoku with the main island of Honshu.

2015.4.15 Gourmet Okayama

Find Superb Okayama Organic Food at Marché Yuki Seikatsu Market Ichi !!

With a total length of 2.4 km, Nishigawa Canal Park is around 10-minutes walk from Okayama station.

2015.4.4 Gourmet Hyogo

Awaji Island Onion Beef Burger, Japan’s Best Local Hamburger / Awaji Island (Hyogo Prefecture)

Did you know that there is a hamburger so delicious that gourmet enthusiasts even call Awaji Island "the holy ground for burgers"??

2015.3.27 Art Okayama

World Class Hinoki Cypress Furniture from the 100-year Forest!

Stylish and full of warmth, maybe because it is made of hinoki cypress, the “Nordicesque” furniture produced by Youbi Carpentry Workshop works well in both Western and Japanese-style rooms.

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