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Fukiko Samue at the parkSanta Barbara resident Fukiko Miyazaki is the owner of Studio Nihon. She has been sharing her enthusiasm for Japanese food, sake, and culture with U.S. friends and clients since she moved to California in 2005.

Ms. Miyazaki received her earliest cooking training at her mother’s side in Takamatsu, Japan, where she grew up. After 15 years working as a busy marketing researcher in Tokyo, she returned to her first passion, cooking. In Santa Barbara, she attended the School of Culinary Arts at Santa Barbara City College. She holds a Personal Chef Training Skills Competency award, and has worked as a sushi chef at Ahi Sushi in Santa Barbara.

In 2009, Ms. Miyazaki completed a sake training program in Japan that qualified her to become the first certified Sake Sommelier between LA and San Francisco.

Teaching has been an important part of Ms. Miyazaki’s career. She has taught Japanese calligraphy at Santa Barbara City College for years, and more recently has enjoyed teaching sushi-making to students at both SBCC and UC Santa Barbara.

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