In 1958, Takashi is born in Hidaka, Hokkaido, Japan. Hokkaido, Takashi’s home, is a chilly northern island teeming with lively fish. Takashi’s father was a fisherman. Raised with the ocean, Takashi naturally learned the arts of fish slicing and culinary seafood preparation from his father.
Along with the fish, Takashi grew up watching Texas-set American cowboy films, which were broadcast in Japan almost weekly. Takashi grew admiration for America throughout his early life. Through an acquaintance, Takashi came upon a chance to live his own long-wished American dream.
1986, Beginning the Path to the American Dream
When he was 25, Takashi was appointed as a sushi chef in Austin, Texas, in 1986. He was astonished and moved by the amount of cuisine in America.
Takashi took great enthusiasm in adding an American touch to Japanese sushi based on the tastes of his customers. He worked very hard toward what was part of his American dream—the ownership of his very own Cadillac.
The Road to Takumi Izakaya
1990, Mirage Mikado Chief Chef
For the first time, word reached Takashi of a Chief Sushi Chef position in a famous Las Vegas hotel. When he came to Vegas, he loved the weather more than anything. It was around this time that Takashi’s typical favorite outfit, a Hawaiian shirt and khakis, became commonplace in his life.
In 2004, Venetian Hotel Tsunami Chief Chef
At Tsunami, Takashi created over one hundred original sushi rolls. His reputation gained fame after he was featured on the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
2007, Xtreme Sushi Chief Chef
Collaborating in the opening of a sushi restaurant whose main focus was on original sushi rolls, Takashi spread the new All-You-Can-Eat Sushi trend throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
2014, Fish&Fish, Fukuoka, Japan
Fish&Fish, serving Takashi’s Americanized rolls in Japan, opens in Fukuoka, Kyushu. Takashi’s artfully crafted sushi rolls, with an American touch, are a big hit in Japan.
2017, Sushi Takashi, Chinatown Las Vegas, Chief Owner & Chef
2019, Hidaka Sushi, Southeast Las Vegas, Chief Owner & Chef
2021, Takumi Izakaya, Southwest Las Vegas, Chief Owner & Chef
Takumi Izakaya opened its doors in July of 2021 with the help of long-time friend and chef, Katsushi Kitabayashi. Today, Takashi continues to learn the works of the American taste bud, thanks to his open, well-spoken customers. He appreciates and loves their free-spirited, bright nature and their willingness to voice their opinions.
In the hub of life that is his beloved Las Vegas, Takashi’s determination is to deliver high-quality izakaya dishes at reasonable prices and have a good time with customers.