We had the good fortune of connecting with Ana Imai and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ana, what is the most important factor behind your success?
In this extraordinary year, we are much closer to the people we live with. We are spending more time together, we are working from home. We are all trying to balance work and home chores. Omusubee help us have time to do all that. Our grab and go snack from the Soul of Japan brings comfort and deliciousness in every bite. It is fast and at the same time nutritious, as we only use wholesome ingredients.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Being an immigrant, we are many times, far from the people and family that we grew up with. I have many memories of certain foods that my dad or my mother made for me. I have memories of picnics, haiku competitions, cherry blossom season in Brazil, where we enjoyed onigiri. Memories of food brings me comfort, reminds me of times of love and gathering. I hope to bring that warmth and enjoyment to people when they try our Omusubee.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Recently, I got to meet the @thehotelboys on Instagram. Maximo and Roque are brothers that live in Miami and show their followers all the best places to be enjoyed in Miami. I would for sure follow them on Instagram, and take my best friend to the places they recommend. I also would take my friend to The Morikami Museum and Gardens. It is located in Delray Beach, in Palm Beach County. You can enjoy the beautiful garden, feed the koi, sit for a lunch while admiring the lakeview, and at the end, stop by the gift shop.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Our customers are the whole reason we can do this. They support us every weekend, and that is amazing! We are grateful! When they write us messages, leave us feedback and tell us of what they like, and on how we can improve, give us ideas of flavors, we are the luckiest!