February 11, 2015
Tokizawa at work: "I'd like to make a variety
of ramen appreciated by customers."
Takasaki-shi, Gunma Prefecture:
Tokizawa Tadayoshi (土岐沢忠良), 41, a Deaf resident in Takasaki-shi near Tokyo, starts a ramen (Japanese noodle soup dish) store in the city, drawing attention.
According to the Prefecture Federation of the Deaf, it is unusual that a Deaf person takes restaurant business in the prefecture.
Tokizawa is managing the store by himself from cooking to service. A meal ticket vending machine is introduced at the store. He installed a mirror in a kitchen and made sure that he can check customers, too, while cooking ramen.