Japanese Restaurant Named After Actor Mifune Opens in New York (News)


New York, July 13 (Jiji Press)—A Japanese restaurant bearing the name of legendary actor Mifune Toshirō opened in New York on Thursday, aiming to promote cuisine of the Asian country in one of the biggest cities in the world.

Mifune New York is a five minutes' walk from Grand Central Station and also close to the UN headquarters.

A lot of wooden materials are used in its walls and ceiling to create a Japanese atmosphere. The restaurant is also decorated with the family emblem of the Mifunes by obtaining permission from the family.

Yoshitake Hiroki, a 36-year-old chef, who is a native of the southwestern Japan prefecture of Saga and runs a one-Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, helped Mifune New York create menu items. It serves original Japanese foods that go well with wine and cocktails.

"Mifune started to act abroad in his 30s and helped improve Japan's reputation," Watanabe Hitoshi, president of Tokyo Restaurants Factory Inc., the operator of Mifune New York, noted. "I want many young talented Japanese chefs to shine here at this restaurant," he added.

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