Special Culinary Offerings from Chef Tojo!!

Nikkei Place Foundations presents the Sakura Benefit Event. This is indeed a rare opportunity to experience the performance of Japanese recording star Kohmi Hirose, in an intimate concert setting. She will be accompanied by Conductor sensation Ken Hsieh of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, along with a 23-piece orchestra. Enjoy this unique performance of J-pop adapatations while dining on a special dinner set prepared by Vancouver's own Chef Hidekazu Tojo of Tojo’s Restaurant.
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For Ticket Inquiry: 
Nikkei Place Foundation Tel: (604)-777-2122 or e-mail gifts@nikkeiplace.org チケットのお問い合わせ:日系プレース基金(604)777-2122 または、gifts@nikkeiplace.orgまで。
Introducing: Hidekazu Tojo of Tojo's Restaurant.  Born in 1950 in Kagoshima. In 1968, Hidekazu Tojo became a chef at a high-end Japanese restaurant in Osaka, and in 1971, went on to build his own sushi restaurant in Osaka. Soon after, he left for Vancouver and worked as a chef for several restaurants, such as Maneki, Jinya, and Soft Rock Café. In 1988, with the concept of “relief, trust, and originality” in mind, he finally opened his own restaurant and named it “Tojo’s Restaurant”. In 2007, the restaurant moved down the street from its original location, where about 600 people including customers and media came to its re-opening. Chef Tojo has created many new menu items that are well known today, such as the “California Roll” ---named not for the place, but for the avocado--- and the “BC Roll”. There is an interesting story behind the creation of the BC Roll:
The BC Roll was born in Vancouver in 1974, when eel was a difficult ingredient to obtain. As a response to this difficulty, Tojo used trial and error, and found that salmon skin was a great substitute for eel. Thus, the BC Roll came to be. Even today, this particular roll is very familiar in Vancouver and loved and enjoyed by many people.
Since 1988, Tojo’s Restaurant has never missed being ranked or labelled the “number 1 Japanese Restaurant”, as well as being rated “Extraordinary” by Zagat.
On top of that, Tojo’s Restaurant has also been quoted as: “At the centre of it all is the beaming and energetic Tojo, who performs his magic with the precision of a surgeon and the faitest Vegas swagger.”  -- #1 New York Times bestsellers “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” author, Patricia Schultz “Tojo’s, a Japanese Restaurant where dining is grander and more enticing than a geisha’s dance” -- The Washington Post
And not to mention, other newspaper magazines too. When Chef Tojo was featured in 2010 on a Japanese TV program called “Sekai wo Kaeru 100 Nin No Nihon Jin ~Japan All Stars~ -- The 100 Japanese people who will change the world (Japan All Stars)”, it was clear that Chef Tojo puts a lot of effort and hard work into making people understand how providing fresh food to customers is the most delicious.
Don’t miss out on the Sakura Benefit Event where Chef Tojo will be preparing a special dinner set as a backdrop to the performance of J-pop recording star Kohmi Hirose, accompanied by Conductor sensation Ken Hsieh and a 23-piece orchestra!!
 

This April, See Top Rising Conductor Sensation Ken Hsieh!!!

Nikkei Place Foundations presents the Sakura Benefit Event. This is indeed a rare opportunity to experience the performance of Japanese recording star Kohmi Hirose, in an intimate concert setting. She will be accompanied by Conductor sensation Ken Hsieh of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, along with a 23-piece orchestra. Enjoy this unique performance of J-pop adapatations while dining on a special dinner set prepared by Vancouver's own Chef Hidekazu Tojo of Tojo’s Restaurant.
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For Ticket Inquiry: 
Nikkei Place Foundation Tel: (604)-777-2122 or e-mail gifts@nikkeiplace.org チケットのお問い合わせ:日系プレース基金(604)777-2122 または、gifts@nikkeiplace.orgまで。
Introducing: Ken Hsieh. Popular conductor in Vancouver amongst young audiences and leader of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.  Born in Edmonton in 1980, Ken started learning piano at the age of 6 for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and by age 12, learned percussion instruments. He went on to study at the University of British Columbia (UBC), majoring in both piano and percussion, and later studied orchestral conducting for his post-graduate studies in Japan at Toho Gakuen School of Music and Senzoku Gakuen College Music Academy. For 3 years (2004-2007) Ken served as a Residence Conductor/Assistant Conductor, and is now the music director and principal conductor of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra (VMO). The orchestra he leads consists of young artists that aspire to become professional musicians in the future. With passion and encouragement, Ken provides these young artists the opportunity to perform in the same setting as a professional orchestra. In 2005, Mr. Hsieh won the Heinz Unger Award in conducting and in 2006, the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestral Conducting. To top things off, he also won the Medal of Merit Award from the Lions Club International for Outstanding Young Leadership. Ken has collaborated with orchestras in Japan such as New Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Gunma Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Century Orchestra (now known as Japan Century Orchestra), Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, and others. He has also been a guest conductor with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, France Lamoureux Orchestra, Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, as well as worked alongside many other orchestras in Asia, Europe, and in North America. This summer, Ken will be performing at Kyushu Symphony Orchestra. At the Sakura Benefit Event, Ken will be collaborating with the multi-talented singer, songwriter, composer, lyricist, and music producer, Kohmi Hirose aka “Winter Queen”.  The night will also include an amazing dinner provided by Tojo’s Restaurant’s very own Chef Tojo! Don't miss your chance to enjoy Ken Hsieh's performance on this spectacular night in Vancouver at the Sakura Benefit Event!!
Stay tuned, as we will introduce more details about Vancouver's own Hidekazu Tojo of Tojo's Restaurant, who will prepare a special dinner set at the event. Don’t miss out!
 

The “Winter Queen” is coming to Vancouver!!!『冬の女王』って?

Nikkei Place Foundations presents the Sakura Benefit Event. This is indeed a rare opportunity to experience the performance of Japanese recording star Kohmi Hirose, in an intimate concert setting. She will be accompanied by Conductor sensation Ken Hsieh of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, along with a 23-piece orchestra. Enjoy this unique performance of J-pop adapatations while dining on a special dinner set prepared by Vancouver's own Chef Hidekazu Tojo of Tojo’s Restaurant.
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For Ticket Inquiry: 
Nikkei Place Foundation Tel: (604)-777-2122 or e-mail gifts@nikkeiplace.org チケットのお問い合わせ:日系プレース基金(604)777-2122 または、gifts@nikkeiplace.orgまで。
Introducing: Kohmi Hirose. Even after 23 years since her debut, her hit song “Winter Queen” still ranks second on the most wanted playlist at ski resorts today, giving her the nickname Winter Queen. Talented in many ways, Ms. Kohmi Hirose is Japan’s singer, songwriter, lyricist, composer, and producer, and even a radio personality. In 1999, she started her very own voice training school where she became the principal. At the age of 5 years old, Ms. Hirose started taking English music lessons and started composing her own songs. While studying music at Kunitachi College of Music, she took voice training lessons in LA from Seth Riggs, who trained famous stars such as Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and Whitney Houston. Even after Ms. Hirose graduated 国立音楽大学作曲学科, she continued to take voice training lessons in LA in pursuit of her dream to become a composer. Today, Ms. Hirose’s life is mainly centered in LA, where she continues to greatly contribute to the music industry. With her biggest hit and song titled Romansu no Kamisama – “God of Romance” selling over 1.75 million copies, it even became well known to many people as the theme song of a famous sports company commercial called “Alpen theme”. On top of that, her best hit album titled “The Best Love Winters” made a record breaking sale and sold 2.4 million copies. Recently on a television segment, Ms. Hirose reported that she wakes up every morning at 3 am to practice “projecting her voice” for 3 hours, and that she hasn’t missed a single day for the last 23 years. It is clear that she takes a dedicated, professional and serious stance on her career as a professional singer/songwriter.
And through this, she says, “My dream is being able to sing the hit song that other artists cannot copy: “Romansu no Kamisama – God of Romance” in that very high and original key with the enthusiasm that I have now until I am 80 years old.”
It was with this song that Ms. Hirose’s name became known to the world, making it a very important and special piece. She remarks, “This song is living proof that I exist, they cannot deny it.”Ms. Hirose lives day by day with this in mind. Don't miss your chance to hear and enjoy her amazing singing voice in Vancouver at the Sakura Benefit Event!!
Stay tuned, as we will introduce more details about the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra’s very own Award Winning conductor Ken Hsieh, who will accompany Kohmi Hirose with a 23-piece orchestra. Don’t miss out!