SHIMIZU Toshinaka

Japan Cultural Envoy FY2019
SHIMIZU Toshinaka
Ryouguchiya Kasyo, Director of Executive Adviser
  • Worked in Spain, France, Germany
  • Active Period:From June 15 to July 15, 2019
  • Birthplace:Aichi Prefecture
  • Birth:November 11, 1949

Academic Background:Graduated from Japanese Confectionery Professional Training College (Nihon Kashi Senmon Gakko)

After graduation, Toshinaka Shimizu worked for Ryoguchiya Kasyo as a wagashi (Japanese confectionery) chef. Currently, he sits on the board and serves as an advisor of the confectionery company. In 2014, he was designated as a master under the Monozukuri Meister System (confectionery manufacture) by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. He actively passes on his skills to younger people by giving guidance at, for example, confectionery schools.

He has been educating the global audience on Japanese confectionery since 2011. In order to help people recognize healthy Japanese sweets as a “culinary intangible cultural heritage” and to popularize the culture of beans, such as adzuki and soybean, along with wagashi throughout the world, he gives guidance on growing the adzuki bean in the Alsatian region, France, as part of efforts to introduce Japanese traditional confectionery making. In addition, he also organizes a wagashi workshop in Paris on a regular basis.

Technical advisor, Mikawa Wagashi Ginoshikai (Mikawa Wagashi Specialist Association)
Vice chairman, Wagashi Research Association Meiwa Kai
Vice chairman, French Wagashi Association Seiyu Kai
Member of the review board, Wagashi Confectioner Certification Program, Japan Wagashi Association
Team leader, team wagashi, Japan Wagashi Association

2002 Honorary President Award, the 24th National Confectionery Exposition (sweets of craft)
2008 Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award, the 25th National Confectionery Exposition (sweets of craft)
2013 Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award, the 26th National Confectionery Exposition (sweets of craft)
2016 Commendation from the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare (prominent craftsman)
2017 Honorary President Award, the 27th National Confectionery Exposition (sweets of craft)
Certificate of appreciation for longevity service as a proficiency examiner in Aichi Prefecture
2018 Ojuhosho (Medal with a Yellow Ribbon for industriousness)