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Osaka Specialty
Horai Executive Director

Tanaka Ichisho

< 07, Jan, 2017 >

Horai's Buta-mans, also called "551 Buta-mans," are made in Osaka and very famous not within Osaka however over Japan for the tastiness. No doubt those are one of Osaka specialty.

Their Buta-mans are the comfort food of Osaka. And the executive president Mr. Tanaka kept on appearing on the TV commercial familiar among people in the Kinki district.

He is also a walking dictionary about Horai, because he's worked there for 50 years.

Now, let's knock on the door to Mr. Tanaka together!



■ So honored to see you! Let me hear your story, now, about the time you joined Horai.

Tanaka Ichisho: I met Ra Hokyo, the Horai founder, at the first time on the introduction of my seminar teacher. The present president of Horai is the third, a grandchild of the founder.

Ra Hokyo was from Taiwan. He was managing Horai with a feeling to improve Japan by his Taiwan experience. Horai originally means an earthly paradise although they had only 7 branch stores at the time. It was novel for me that he the president had an interview himself, before everything else.



Tanaka Ichisho
Horai's Executive Director


Born in 1942 and joined
Horai in 1966.
Installed as the executive
director in 2007.

Blood Type: B
Horoscope: Virgo



■ You'd worked in food business before you joined Horai?

T: I had. My father passed away in my childhood and I was so poor with a lot of appetite as I could have eaten 4 times a day. To work in food business brought a meal to me. That was a welcome gift to a poor youngster.


■ I see. How was the first interview?

T: "Think it over in your home" said Ra Hokyo at the first interview. I didn't have any feelings waiver. However, at the second, he said "Think hard. It makes you not worse to think" again. Finally, he told me to make a decision whether I would join or not.


Ra Hokyo
Horai Founder


Founded Horai in 1945.
Passed away in 2008.
He said "You have to make two important decisions in your life. Marriage and employment. You must think hard when you are facing them." I was deeply touched by his serious attitude with the eye contact. Maybe his fatherhood charmed me who had lost my father, which made me join this company Horai.


■ By the way, when did you get married?

T: When I was 28 years old. Although I tried to get married when I was 27, somehow it made one year later.


■ There was deliberation, wasn't there?

T: I guess I should have considered more. LOL No, no, I have a precious wife now. Being fine on stomach and mouth is better than anything! She often complains and I hardly talk back. Lately, our daughter has joined there and I am always without resistance. LOL


■ Too bitter! LOL Well, being a hearty eater is...

T: Very important!

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