Kuze Fuku & Co., known as “the Japanese Gourmet Store,” is the go-to place for authentic, old-world Japanese cuisine and culinary items. Boasting over 70 store locations throughout Japan, we strive to provide the best ingredients and utensils for home cooking, provided by dedicated and passionate regional makers found all across the nation’s countryside.
Our Trade Philosophy has three main points:
We are committed to creating the best cuisine, to appeal to customers the world over.
We strive to produce unique and original recipes never tried before.
We are always mindful of the importance of taste, quality and price in our products, to satisfy our customers, our makers and the world.
When we hear of a delicious original product, whether it be a fish from the eastern shores, a rich salt in the west, fragrant Shōchū (distilled spirits) in the south or savory kelp in the north, we go there to see the place, to try the food and to learn about the producer. That is how Kuze Fuku & Co. works to bring original regional products to customers across Japan and around the world.
We work with makers of long-forgotten delicacies and crafts in the most remote regions of rural Japan, where nature is revered, and where the locals take pride in their culinary traditions. To us, it is not only a matter of the quality of the product, but the character of its maker that is important. Through respect, mutual understanding and appreciation of unique skills, masterpieces of professionalism are produced, from creation of the product all the way through to its unique packaging, and brought to the customer at our stores.
Our customers recognize the expertise and character of these regional makers when shopping at Kuze Fuku & Co. We bring to them the best of traditional Japanese cuisine and living, at a good price, and they take home a little taste of old-world specialties largely forgotten in the modern world.
The story of Kuze Fuku & Co. begins with a merchant named Fukumatsu Kuze. Fukumatsu, was born and raised in a wholesale store in the town of Choshi in Chiba Prefecture, in Japan’s early Taisho Period. When his father’s business failed, the enormous strain of financial debt forced the family to move to Tokyo where they lived in poverty.
There, Fukumatsu soon became the main pillar of the family, and in order to feed his younger brothers, he opened a shop named “Kuze Shoten” in Higashi Ikebukuro in 1954. Aided by Fukumatsu’s mother, who was the only daughter from a long-established family-run soy sauce business, Fukumatsu’s new shop was among the pioneers in the making and selling of western seasonings such as sauces and ketchup. His shop would later expand into the general food wholesale business.
Ryozo Kuze was born in 1950, the third son of Fukumatsu. In his childhood, he helped out with the operation of his father’s business, and then, as an adult, he worked for a major supermarket. But in the 1970s, Ryozo quit the food business in favor of opening a ski lodge in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture.
Ryozo eventually returned to the food business with the founding of St. Cousair Co., Inc., a specialty retailer of fine wines, jams and sauces with now over fifty retail shops across the country.
Having returned full-circle to his roots, Ryozo founded Kuze Fuku & Co. in 2013. Created out of the hope of honoring Fukumatsu’s admirable work ethic and his determination to find ways through difficult times in an era of limited means, Ryozo named the new brand after his father and now carries on his family’s proud tradition.
Based on the concept of "The Japanese Gourmet Store," Kuze Fuku & Co. strives to gather the best and most savory food from all over Japan. Utilizing traditional fermenting and brewing methods practiced in Japan for over a thousand years, our hope is to bring old-world Japanese cuisine to the modern world.
Our more than 2,000 products, including broths, condiments, frozen foods, sweets, kitchen utensils and others, are developed by proud regional producers beloved in their local markets in the Japanese countryside. We work with these culinary masters to bring their creations to customers throughout Japan and around the world.
A second concept at Kuze Fuku & Co. is the appeal of the Taisho Period. Kuze Fuku & Co. takes the customer back to this nostalgic early 20th century era of Japanese history, when the country saw an explosion in the export of food and other products with the words “Made in Japan” on the label. Kuze Fuku & Co.’s flagship store in Nagano is reminiscent of this era, and focuses on giving the customer the chance to fall in love with the product on their first try, through the shop’s food tasting counter and detailed explanation of the product offered by the shop personnel.
In searching all over Japan for makers of traditional Japanese broths and fermented foods, Kuze Fuku & Co. found that there was a distinctive food culture in which the makers find pride in their creations as the ultimate in “umami,” or savory flavor. The search for more and more of this “umami” led to an impressive lineup of delicious products, featuring inspirational product names that translate into English as “Rich Flavorful Supreme Broth” and “Broth of Devotion Before the Gate,” along with colorful descriptions such as “The height of luxury.” The unending quest for more and more forgotten cuisine and culinary items brings us back full circle to the Japan of old.
Kuze Fuku & Co. is the Japanese specialty food brand of St. Cousair Co., Inc. For further information about St. Cousair,
please visit the St. Cousair Website.
please call toll-free (Japanese language only)
0120-537-002 and select 1 in the voice menu. Hours of service are weekdays 10:00-17:00
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0120-537-002 and select 2 in the voice menu. Hours of service are weekdays 10:00-16:00
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