From left, Kyle Woosley, director of the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Kenji Sekiguchi, president of Marukai Corporation, Hidehisa Horinouchi, consul general of Japan, and his wife Sabine Horinouchi perform a kagami-biraki ceremony at the grand opening of Tokyo Central Supermarket in Costa Mesa on Jan. 22. Tokyo Central, operated by Marukai Corporation, is the first of its kind in the U.S. Marukai renovated its existing store and changed the name. Sekiguchi (also pictured below) said, “We’re a pioneer in an American market by presenting Japanese deli, with souzai (side dishes) such as a croquette, gyoza and tonkatsu.” Tokyo Central will open its second store in March in West Covina. For more information, visit www.tokyocentral.com.
Photos by JUN NAGATA/Rafu Shimpo