Chicago Shimpo
Japanese Restaurant “Umacamon” Sends Relief Money to Quake-hit Kumamoto

• Koichiro Kimori, owner of Japanese restaurant “Umacamon” in Rolling Meadows, donated relief money for the victims of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes on April 12. He handed a check of $639.18 to Consul General Naoki Ito at the restaurant.

• The relief money was a two-year sum of change that Umacamon’s customers donated little by little. Kimori, who was born in Fukuoka, neighboring prefecture to Kumamoto, set up a collection box on the checkout counter just after the first earthquake hit the Kumamoto area on April 14, 2016.
• Two years after the quakes, Kimori noticed that the collection box had become heavy and was thinking how he could reach the people of Kumamoto. He finally found that the Consulate General’s office in Chicago could help in sending the money to Kumamoto.
• Consul General Ito visited the restaurant, and a small handover ceremony was held before the store opened for lunch.

• Kimori’s often took part-time jobs at restaurants when he was a college student and had a dream. “I wanted to open my ideal restaurant someday,” he said.
• He entered a college in Seattle when he was 19 years old and took a full-time job at a Japanese/French fusion restaurant on the completion of his education. After that he worked for 13 years at a food wholesale company in Chicago. During his work at the company, he met his business partner Kazushige Honma, and the two opened Umacamon in the Northwest suburb in July, 2015.

• The restaurant serves more than 100 menu items that were developed by Kimori’s experiences in restaurants both he had worked and visited across the Kyushu area.
• “Every day, I’m only thinking about my customers’ preference on food and serving them. I’m doing my best,” he said.

1673 W. Algonquin Rd.
Rolling Meadows, IL
Lunch: 11:30 am - 2 pm (7 days/week)
Dinner: 6 pm – 11 pm (Tue-Thu, Sat)
6 pm – 12 am (Fri)
5 pm – 10 pm (Sun)

Koichiro Kimori (L) hands relief money for the victims of the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes to Consul General Naoki Ito.

Changes including peso are donated by customers for two-year period.