Takobin is a takoyaki Kitchen car in Kamiyama. Takoyaki is Japanese octopus dumpling.
Takoyaki Takobin Japanese website
Takoyaki 10pcs. 450Yen
half＆Half（5pcs Sause ＆ 5pcs Plane）
Open days and Sales area
Open from mid-September to mid-May each year.
10:00 - 17:00 (ends when sold out)
Near Hirono Branch Office, Kamiyama-cho - Near Shimobun Post Office - Afternoon Shop Katayama 21
Saturday, Sunday, Holiday
near the signboard of Kamiyama
Monday - Thursday Closed
Closed on Monday through Wednesday
We are available for events and other openings regardless of holidays or outside of those periods, so please call us.
Satoshi Kawano Facebook
If you are visiting Kamiyama, I will talk about the sights, attractions, and changes we have seen in Kamiyama from the townspeople's perspective. Please stop by when you visit Kamiyama during our business hours.
Story of Satoshi Kawano
Born in Kamiyama
Later, I entered Kamiyama Junior High School as a first-generation student. I spent my junior high school years in Kamiyama, and then went to a vocational training school to qualify as an auto mechanic.
At the age of 17, I obtained my second class auto mechanic certificate. I started working at Tokushima Prefectural Government in the early 1990s, and later became an expert ayu fisherman. Later, I entered Kamiyama Junior High School as a first-generation student. I spent my junior high school years in Kamiyama, and then went to a vocational training school to qualify as an auto mechanic,
I went to a vocational training school for two years to qualify as an auto mechanic.
At the age of 17, I obtained my second class auto mechanic certificate. I started working at Tokushima Mitsubishi mobile company.
I changed jobs at the age of 19 to a local factory in the city, which offered better pay. I worked as an auto mechanic at the town factory.
Back to Kamiyama in age of 25
I changed the business from my father's bicycle store to an auto repair shop.
Sales were at their peak when I returned to my father's business, but later, as the population declined, sales began to decline.
So I started fishing for ayu (sweetfish) as a side business. I improved my ayu fishing skills.
I often entered ayu fishing contests and won many of them, earning him the title of the 42nd ayu fishing master.
At the age of 40, I found it difficult to make a living from auto repair and sales, so I opened Tokushima Ramen Restaurant in Tokushima City. However, due to mad cow disease at the time, people were turning away from eating meat.
I worked hard for two years, but closed the restaurant, saddled with debt. I got 11 million yen in debt and no job.
Started Mobile takoyaki sales to pay off debt
At the age of 42, I remembered the takoyaki kitchen car I had inherited when I was selling cars.
I started a takoyaki kitchin car business, using the takoyaki soup that I had been obsessed with when I was a ramen shop.
The two main sources of income, the takoyaki shop and ayu fishing, were used to repay debts.
Since ayu fishing is seasonal, the takoyaki shop became the mainstay of business in the town during the season when ayu fishing is not available.
Ayu fishing June to mid-October.
Takoyaki: Mid-September to mid-May.
I finished paying back my debts when I was 52 years old. Divorced my wife at that time. I became a single father.
Development of Kamiyama
Kamiyama is touted as a miraculous countryside, and many people who came from other prefecture have been making innovative efforts.
I have seen the changes from the perspective of the town's residents, and what the migrants have accomplished is truly amazing.
However, not all the new commer were good people. Some of the townspeople who have witnessed this have become wary of the new movement.
In fact, not everyone was a good person, and some did not get along with the townspeople.
I have heard the voices of various townspeople while baking takoyaki (octopus dumplings).
I personally welcome the changes in Kamiyama. However, I would like to tell you that there are other aspects as well.
One of the most impressive changes in Kamiyama was the activities of Green Valley, by Mr. Ohminami. Many people supported the efforts that the townspeople themselves stood up and carried out. Also, when Mr. Sumida from the Engawa Office came to visit us, he brought about a big positive change.
The town development led by Mr. Sumida was very influential and became the hope of Kamiyama.
I have the impression that the people who have come into Kamiyama in the last 2-3 years are all wonderful people. With the establishment of the Kamiyama Marugoto College of Technology.
Many people have moved to this town, and I think it has brought about a gratifying change for the town.
To make great Takoyaki
When I run a takoyaki shop as a street vendor, some people look down on me and say, "He is at the bottom" just because of that.
However, I think that is fine. If they feel superior and at ease when they see me, I will help them.
I have confidence and pride in my takoyaki shop.
I want to impress people who walk along this country road with one takoyaki.
No matter what anyone says, I just want to pursue the taste and continue to make delicious takoyaki.
It is because of this desire that we have been able to do this for more than 20 years. And I want to continue to cook takoyaki here forever.
I have 15 years left until I turn 80.
Until I can no longer move, I will be waiting for you in this country town called Kamiyama, cooking the most delicious takoyaki.
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