Coffee shop owner

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Karl Wilcock

After Saitama I lived in Fuji City in Shizuoka-ken for a year and then moved on to Tokyo where I stayed for around 8 years.
It was in Tokyo that I set up my first business in Japan. Providing in-house business English classes to large & medium sized companies all across the Kanto area.

During my time in Tokyo I got married and after our first child was born, we decided that Tokyo was no longer the place we wanted to be and it was a choice between returning to the UK or finding somewhere in Japan that could offer a very similar lifestyle in terms of scenery and climate.

Karl Wilcock

Hokkaido seemed like the perfect option and indeed it is.
Higashikawa lies at a latitude of around 44 degrees north, my hometown in Yorkshire is around 54 degrees north. This means that the types of plants, flowers and animals that live in both places are very similar. The Yorkshire Dales is also a National Park. I could show you pictures of both and it would be hard to tell them apart.

On arriving in Hokkaido I accepted a job at the Asahikawa Board of Education and worked there for 5 years.

In 2013 I had the opportunity to take over a coffee shop business that was still in the early stages of planning. The building renovation was underway but not complete and there was still a lot of work to do.

With the help of a group of local people who volunteered their time and skills, people who at the time I barely knew, we finished the renovations on the place.


  • 1-1-13 Nishi Machi, Higashikawa, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido
  • 0166-73-7665
  • Tue. - Sat. 11:30 am - 6:00 pm Sun. 11:30 am - 4:30 pm