Born into a family of confectioners in Kyoto in 1964, he opened “Patissier es koyama” in Sanda city, Hyogo Prefecture in 2003. He holds various events to present his creations in Japan and around Asia, and also holds talks concerning the source of his inspiration, his basic ideology and above all, teaching children about taste. Each year, he visits the cocoa producing country of Ecuador, Madagascar, Vietnam, Indonesia and Columbia, on a mission to encounter new varieties of cocoa.
He has participated in SALON DU CHOCOLAT in Paris since 2011, and was awarded 5 Tablets of “Club des Croqueurs de Chocolat” (C.C.C.) and recognized as the “Best Foreign Chocolatier” in 2011 and 2012. In 2014, he also received the “Tablet d’or + ★” and “Best Foreign Chocolatier” award, being lauded as an “alchemist of taste.”
At the Milan Expo in July 2015, he gave a talk to a large audience of international media, chefs and members of the public.