Moved to Miyagi Prefecture after she sent wool and knitting needles to shelters as emergency relief goods at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Established a wool and knitting company, “Umemura Martina Kesennuma FS atelier corporation”. Living in Kesennuma.

Where is your favorite spot to stop by after work and so forth?

A temporary shopping street “Kesennuma rehabilitation shopping street Minamimachi Murasaki Market”, where a variety of stores stand side by side at a convenient location close to the Kesennuma Port. You can listen to “current” voices of local people living positively.
“Nombiri-sakaba Nicole”, a tavern in Ohmachi, Aoba-ku. You can’t taste the food and drink you get here anywhere else. Not only do they use ingredients from the local area but carefully select them based on how they are produced. I just stop by from time to time, and leisurely spend my time.

What is a “soul food” of Miyagi that you’re proud of?

The pride of Miyagi is of course seafood. Kesennuma is famous for shark fin and bonito, but I recommend sea urchin. “We caught too many sea urchins this morning. Please eat them!” They gave me fresh sea urchins, and I can’t forget the taste.

What is your favorite place in Miyagi where you’d want to show your friends around?

I opened “KFS shop in front of Kesennuma Station” with the hope that it would become a place of recreation and relaxation for local people and also a place that would attract people who like knitting to Kesennuma from all over the country.