She’s been a designer and art director for a magazine in Tokyo, and moved to Kagoshima. She is now a food stylist for magazines and advertisement photos. She runs a food atelier chipie. A cooking class is also held every month.

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

I love cats very much, so the name of my atelier is after a cat. And there are many cats which are used to being among people at the footbath in Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park. While playing with the cats that warm themselves on the lid of gutters heated by the hot spring, I can warm myself, too, at the footbath.

What is a “soul food” of Kagoshima for you?

Tsukeage (a different name of satsumaage, a fried cake of ground fish) from a specialty shop is, of course, delicious, but I think hand-made, freshly-fried tsukeage served at a tavern with Kagoshima cuisine or a friend’s home is something that can only be eaten in Kagoshima.

Who is your favorite person from Kagoshima?

Shinichiro Nakahara of Landscape Products. I respect his attitude and the style of his work, such as selecting and arranging excellent articles made in Kagoshima from his original viewpoint and continuously introducing them not only in different prefectures in Japan, but also in foreign countries.