OUR STORY

ISANA is born from an history of love and friendship at the crossroads of cooking and marketing in Taiwan. Run by Cécile, marketing manager and Hide, Chef de cuisine... ISANA is thought to be a warm place to rest, relax, meet, share, taste and experience, in front of the ocean, bathing in natural hot spring or sitting around a table.

OUR TEAM

West meets East at ISANA

Smack-dab on a local fisherman’s wharf in Izu peninsula sits ISANA, a resort where West meets East. Literally, in the sense that Chef Hide Kurokawa brings his diverse international background to the resort.
Born and raised in Hawaii until the age of 10, at that time I started being interesting in photography and, after graduating from high-school in Switzerland, I wanted to capture unique stories and create emotions, so I went to Los Angeles to study film. During that period I was blogging on food recipes, I cooked and read a lot. Far from home, I was having a recurring memory of eating around the dinner table every night with my family and friends, of my dad hosting a dinner party every Friday, inviting anyone who wanted to join. So I decided to pursue cooking as a career profession and moved to Japan where my dad lives.

I was lucky enough to meet Lionel Beccat, of the famous Ginza restaurant Esquisse who had also graduated from college before finding his way into the culinary world. This was the start of my career. Then I moved to San Francisco to work and my ambition pushed me to Taiwan where I opened a small 17-seat restaurant.

Chef Hide cooking

Hide Kurakawa

ISANA Chef
Is there any practice less selfish, any labor less alienated, any time less wasted than preparing something delicious and nourishing for people you love
cecile hamel isana manager smiling in front of a Japanese temple

Cécile HAMEL

ISANA Host
“Do what you do so well that they want to see it again and bring their friends.” – Walt Disney

Sharing French Hospitality

Born in Toulouse, South West France. Her parents’ love for travel enabled her to discover many countries, especially in Asia – which she fell in love with.

Amazed by cultural differences and the hospitality she experienced, Cécile knew she would work in Marketing abroad. She wanted to understand people’s needs and desires and bring solutions to them.

Her guilty pleasure for pastries led her to work for food related companies and then, when she met Hide in Taiwan, she jumped on the opportunity to help him with his restaurant.

“Then ISANA appeared as a unique opportunity for me to give back to people the hospitality signs I received during my travel experiences”. “It’s an amazing place and I am enthusiastic about welcoming our guests here in Japan, a country I admire for its beauty, cultural heritage and its sense of service and hospitality”.

West meets East at ISANA

Smack-dab on a local fisherman’s wharf in Izu peninsula sits ISANA, a resort where West meets East. Literally, in the sense that Chef Hide Kurokawa brings his diverse international background to the resort. Born and raised in Hawaii. At the age of 24, he decided to drop his previous studies to pursue cooking as a career profession and moved to Tokyo for his first stint in a professional kitchen.

Having no culinary education or professional experience, he managed to find a way into Chef Lionel’s famed Ginza restaurant Esquisse. His mentor, Lionel Beccat, decided to give him a chance. He worked for an entire year, before moving to San Francisco. Finally, after two years abroad, he moved back to Taiwan to run a small 17-seat restaurant.

Chef Hide cooking

Hide Kurokawa

ISANA Chef

Is there any practice less selfish, any labor less alienated, any time less wasted than preparing something delicious and nourishing for people you love

cecile hamel isana manager smiling

Cécile HAMEL

ISANA Host

“Do what you do so well that they want to see it again and bring their friends.” – Walt Disney

Sharing French Hospitality

Born in Toulouse, South West France. Her parents’ love for travel enabled her to discover many countries, especially in Asia – which she fell in love with.

Her guilty pleasure for pastries led her to work for food related companies and then, when she met Hide in Taiwan, she jumped on the opportunity to help him with his restaurant.

“Then ISANA appeared as a unique opportunity for me to give back to people the hospitality signs I received during my travels in Asia”.

“It’s an amazing place and I am enthusiastic about welcoming our guests here in Japan, a country I admire for its beauty, cultural heritage and its sense of service and hospitality”.

JOIN OUR TEAM

ISANA seeks engaged and driven candidates to fill positions of our dynamic, hospitality-minded team at ISANA Resort located in Futo, Shizuoka, Japan.

ISANA is a modern Japanese Onsen Resort concept that offers its guests a different experience of traditional Ryokans. We focus on impeccable, consistent service, time-honored preparations of seasonally inspired cuisine and want to offer our guests the best for the duration of their stay. The concept was born out of Hide Kurokawa and Cécile Hamel's extensive international travels and experiences living and cooking abroad in both the Taiwan, Europe and Japan. Our foundation is rooted in the Japanese concept of 'omotenashi', a heightened sense of hospitality and anticipation of a guest’s every need. For us, food can define a destination on its own and service doesn't need to be serious to be excellent. Please, no phone calls. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Our Team
Chef de Partie

We are seeking a full time Chef de Partie to join the ISANA team.

Role & Qualifications

– Cooking experience preferred.
– Full time – Must be available nights, weekends, and holidays
– Proficient in Japanese, English is a plus
– Take responsibility for your part in the good order and management of the kitchen.
– Preparation, presentation and delivery of outstanding food
– Maintaining high standards of food hygiene & food safety
– Ordering & stock taking
– Customer service
– Working as part of a great team
– Available to work when the guest needs you
– Have a can do attitude – Able to deliver consistency and keep cool under pressure

Benefits

– Room and board (costs JPY 30 000 /month) 
– Salary JPY 250 000 /month
– 6 days off /month
– Health insurance
– Pension