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Yamamura Yota: We feel at home in Xiaogan

Source: hubei.gov.cn 09/11/2019 17:09:31

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Yamamura Yota's family

“People here are very warm and friendly,” Yamamura Yota and his wife Zeng Qimin told the reporter of Hubei Daily at their Japanese barbecue restaurant named Torikatsu (鳥勝).

Yamamura Yota hails from Japan, and his wife comes from Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province. After living in Beijing for 3 years, the couple decided to settle in Xiaogan.

In 2015, they opened the first Japanese barbecue restaurant in Wuhan, capital city of Hubei.

Wuhan’s developed transportation system, intoxicating scenery and international style left a deep impression on Yamamura Yota. “Actually, I followed in footsteps of AEON,” he said, adding that AEON establishes branches in Japan’s every prosperous city, for its site selection is based on potential for local economic development.

The launching of Wuhan-Tokyo direct flight makes the couple determine to stay in Hubei. "It is convenient to purchase food materials and return to Japan," he said.

In 2017, the Department of Commerce of Hubei Province officially approved the establishment of a Japanese industrial park in Xiaogan, which was the first in Hubei.

In 2018, the couple opened the fourth branch in their home- Vancouver Community, which is a Japanese-style residential complex in the Xiaogan High-tech Development Zone. It is less than a 10-minute drive from the Xiaogan East Railway Station.

“We feel at home in Xiaogan.” Yamamura Yota added, “Almost every Chinese neighbor knows my son Huihui. When he stays at home alone, my neighbors often invite him to have dinner together.” Living in Hubei is comfortable." Zeng Qimin smiled.

Zeng introduced that her husband is fond of baseball. He has taught students to play baseball at the Taizi Lake Sports Center since May of last year.

Yamamura Yota takes employees as translators at times, in order to overcome language barriers, and he is studying hard at baseball terminology in Chinese. “Wuhan and Xiaogan are modern and inclusive cities. The people are able to quickly accept new things,” he said, adding that an increasing number of children are recommended to learn playing baseball under his guidance.

(hubei.gov.cn by Zhang Yawei)

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