I visited 4-time Olympic gold medal winner Kitajima Kousuke’s family shop in Nishi-Nippori one rainy day in January 2009 to try the now famous menchi-katsu. I met his father and mother at the shop. They were very gracious in allowing me to take pictures of them and their shop and were really impressed that I had come all the way from California to try their menchi-katsu (it was delicious!). I told them that I live near the Santa Clara Swim Center and saw their son swim at a meet last year along with Michael Phelps (they don’t swim the same events). I could really sense the pride that this father has for his son. Here, you have parents who have worked very hard running a small, successful family business in Shitamachi and their son goes off and sets world records, wins four Olympic golds and meets with world leaders. How cool is that?