June 28, 2012

The proud owner, Ms. Kojima, displays her menuThe JCIE fund is supporting the Kamaishi Kitchen Car Project. One of the project’s participants is Noriko Kojima, who decided to make a new start after the earthquake and start her own business. Having enjoyed crêpes in other towns, she always wondered why there were no crêpe shops in Kamaishi and had long wanted to start a crêpe stand of her own. After she heard about the Kitchen Car Project, she applied and launched the Yotsubaya (Four-Leaf Clover Shop) kitchen car, realizing her dream. The shop is particularly popular with young students, offering a place to meet when many of their other gathering spots were destroyed in last year’s disaster.