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Creating an anchor for the community in Japan with Kim Harase from iki Espresso
Episode 1412th September 2022 • Jandals in Japan • Jayne Nakata & Catherine O'Connell
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Selling New Zealand in Japan might not necessarily be a stand-alone product, it could also be combined with an atmosphere or a Kiwi style sense of community. We had such a great first “Jandals in iki”meet up recently and now we are thrilled to bring you Kim Harase, co-owner and co-creator of iki Espresso. Iki Espresso are coffee and cafe specialists with many years of experience in both New Zealand and now Japan, too. If you are wondering how you can bring your slice of Aotearoa to Japan, then this episode will inspire you! 

If you’d like to join the event at iki Eatery & Roastery, scheduled for September 28th, 2022 please be sure to RSVP to Kim at her email address below. 

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In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How Kim and Teru built up their expertise in the cafe industry in New Zealand
  • How they went about finding their cafe premises and created iki, in an up and coming neighbourhood in Tokyo. 
  • What it takes to make a great New Zealand cafe in Japan
  • Some of the surprisingly easy things you didn’t know about regulations in Tokyo when starting a new business
  • Opportunities to work with iki or to collaborate 

About iki Espresso

We are:

Coffee roasters & café specialists

Crafters of unique character spaces

Creators of welcoming environments

Locals, connecting locals

Passionate about great coffee & food

We do:

Wholesale & retail coffee

Cafe management support

Events & space hire

Catering & pop up dinners

Coffee classes & barista training

Connect with Kim and Teru






Online store, listen to the episode for the code! 

Connect with Jayne and Catherine

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