“ I don’t just want a business, but want to create a culture and a community ” – Seigo Nakamura
With a big vision and hardly any English, Seigo Nakamura took his family restaurant business of nearly six decades across the world in 2008. Successfully operating eight restaurants in the southern Japanese city of Miyazaki, going international was never an ‘if’ for restaurateur Seigo Nakamura, but a matter of when and where. His father and former owner of the business, Juichi, always admired Canada, and when Seigo visited Vancouver for the first time in 2007 he immediately knew his concept would fit in to the city’s flair for multicultural cuisine and healthy living. The following year, Miku Restaurant opened in Vancouver downtown, specializing in beautifully executed Aburi (flame-seared) sushi and entree dishes. After 3 successful years, Miku has grown a reputation amongst Vancouverites as ‘the place to go for Aburi sushi.’ Following this favorable outcome and his personal dream of expansion, Seigo knew it was the right time to open up his second venture, Minami, in the vibrant neighborhood of Yaletown.
Miku is the name of Seigo Nakamura’s eldest daughter. The name, written in Japanese symbolically means ‘beautiful sky’
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“My goal in business is not just to be successful. I want to create a whole culture and community.” – owner and CEO, Seigo Nakamura
A restaurant is a business that connects people through delicious food, comfortable space, and memorable service. We believe that the greatest restaurants not only connect people, but also build lasting relationships, both staff-to-guest and staff-to-staff.
Our Aburi corporate philosophy is Ningenmi. Literally translated as ‘the human flavour,’ Ningenmi is a Japanese term used to refer to a person with the outstanding human qualities of sincerity, thoughtfulness, and passion. Adopted as our corporate philosophy by owner and CEO Seigo Nakamura, he defines this term as “finding happiness in one’s life by bringing joy to others”.
The three principles within our Ningenmi philosophy are:
We strive to provide an exceptional dining experience for our guests with utmost sincerity and pride
We prioritize creating a respectful and supportive work environment for ourselves and our colleagues
We take each day as an opportunity to improve and discover our infinite potential both individually and as a team