Meet The Team
Founder / Entrepreneur
Passion for healthy living and respect for Japan’s culture and history have driven Daiki to build a different kind of business - one that improves society and encourages others to create something new with him. Daiki and his cofounders care about producing healthy food in Japan, values that his family has instilled in him since childhood. Three goals focus the vision for d:matcha: sustaining the culture of Japanese tea farming and the environment, producing health from farm to table, and passing the passion for this culture on to a local and global audience.
Culture Enthusiast / Design Lead
In the metropolis of Kyoto, Misato immersed herself not just in her undergraduate studies at Kyoto University, but also in learning the traditional tea ceremony. As she learned more, she came to love the spiritual connectedness found in sharing this cultural moment with others. Wanting others to enjoy this ceremony as much as she does, Misato is passionate about offering adaptations that invite guests from all levels of knowledge into a deeper tea experience.
Farm Production Lead / Chef
Hiroki studied agriculture in Okinawa. He is passionate about farming. After completing his education, he worked for several farmers (vegetable farmers, tea farmers) to gains skillsets as an apprentice. Through those experiences, he has a much better understanding and knowhow about how to produce high-quality tea leaves. Hiroki is also the chef and pâtissier for d:matcha Kyoto Café&Kitchen. His complete knowledge about tea production and consumption allow him to produce, cook, and bake premium tea products.
Chisei studied agriculture in Okinawa. He worked in the Netherlands, which is the one of most developed country in agriculture. His experience with advanced agriculture prepare him for d:matcha. After coming back to Japan, he started work for a tea farmer as an apprentice and learn more about local expertise in farming. He learns how to farm tea leaves to produce flavor palette that meets the demand of the consumers. Also he often leads the d:matcha store in the city to educate people about the intricate world of Japanese green tea, from producing tea and consuming/brewing tea properly.
Store Manager (Cafe & Kitchen Wazuka)
Natsuki was formerly an English teacher at a junior high school in Gifu Prefecture. After initially visiting d:matcha as a customer, and despite having zero prior knowledge on tea, Natsuki fell in love with the process of tea production and decided to join the team as a full-time staff member. She is responsible for educating customers on the methods, as well as techniques ways of brewing sencha and matcha. Natsuki is also currently learning more about traditional matcha tea ceremonies and kimono etiquette. Tea has really changed her life and she hopes it will do the same for future d:matcha customers.
Ryhan M. Yazid
Farm Production Assistant / Overseas Lead
Previously working as a research analyst in Singapore, the bulk of Ryhan’s work was primarily centred on the use of technology within the agriculture sector. This became a key motivating factor that pushed her to experience farm work firsthand in Japan by volunteering at different farms. She is passionate about putting the theory to work and hopes to be able to share the joy and importance of sustaining the industry. Her background as a photographer also allows her to assist the team with producing creative content.