- Tak Tokumine ‘Ramen Shogun’
- Shoryu Ramen and Japan Centre CEO
A successful entrepreneur and a key figure in the ethnic food market, Tak gained invaluable business skills working for his family’s steel mill in Fukuoka, before marrying and settling in the UK in 1975.
Opening the first Japan Centre on London’s 5 Warwick Street W1 in 1976, under Tak's charismatic and decisive leadership Japan Centre has become one of the most influential Japanese stores in the UK and Europe. A native of Fukuoka, in which the area Hakata is found - the birthplace of tonkotsu ramen, together with Kanji he strives to showcase his hometown’s speciality to Londoners and has opened four Shoryu Ramen bars to date.
“UK noodle culture has really become more sophisticated in recent years. As the British market has become more accustomed to noodles, we're able to introduce very specific dishes, such as Hakata tonkotsu ramen, for those looking for the real deal. I want to make sure everyone can experience real flavours, real dishes on their doorstep.”