Bringing the World and Japan together through Umami and Takumi



Message from Founder

When I travelled the world as a lone backpacker in my youth,
I encountered an untold variety of experiences,people and thoughts.
From those days filled with moments of joy, fear, and solitude,
the importance of now gradually became apparent.
I realized that the sense of now is identical with the sense of being alive.
With faith in our inspiration, team ima faces each moment
with intensity and purpose creating delightful things
that make our world more interesting. That is who we are.


Supporting to introduce “awasake”,
a new sparkling Japanese Sake,
ima serves as the secretariat of
the Japan Awasake Association.

In the same way that Champagne is distinguished from sparkling wine by its origin and artisanal tradition of craftsmanship surrounding it, the Awasake of Japan offers connoisseurs the ultimate sparking sake experience.
In order to introduce a true Awasake experience to the world, ima led the formation of Japan Awasake Association in 2016, coordinated the introduction of Awasake at several overseas events and receptions. ima serves as the secretariat office of the Association to this day.
Japan Awasake Association

The soul of Japanese artisanship at the heart of both
traditional fine craftsmanship and modern technological innovation.


Palate-pleasing flavors born out of
the tradition of takumi and crystalized
in the finest of Japanese cuisine.


Construct a system of culture inheritance

In the world of traditional industry, techniques and philosophy have been inherited by word of mouth between master and pupil, and their quality was protected within a closed space.
This relationship between master and pupil in the world of artisan has functioned as a medium that connects tradition to the next generation.
In the present time where the borderlines of countries and time have vanished, the medium which has been passed on from this master and pupil relationship encounters with a new medium, technology. A new era begins as people and technology collaborate with each other to inherit culture.
ima Inc. will construct a system of culture inheritance with leading-edge technology as a medium.

Connecting creative ideas and resources,
we support to start up new and exciting
businesses and projects.
Business creation consulting

There are many remarkable takumi that are underappreciated in Japan. ima collaborates with artisans, towns, and organizations to discover these hidden gems, expose their true value, and bring exciting new products and businesses into the world.

Projects : Consulting for Panasonic Corporation on it’s new launching business.


Talk session at "SIX2018"
Invited as a speaker for a talk session at "SIX2018", an event held by ABEJA, Inc. at Toranomon Hills, on the subject of the first "Art of Artificial Artisan" project "AI-sake". Discussing AI-sake project experiment's outcome and the project's future development.[View Detail (Japanese only)]
AI-sake project experiment
Launched the first "Art of Artificial Artisan" project "AI-sake". Targeted to develop an AI tool that supports to inherit Japanese sake Toji's artisan. Collaborating with Nanbu Bijin Sake Brewery in Iwate prefecture, conducted a experiment to help develop an AI tool based on ABEJA PLATFORM.[View Detail (Japanese only)]
AI-sake project
Starting up a new project "Art of Artificial Artisan". Using leading-edge technology, this project will aim to support to inherit Japanese artisan which are beginning to be lost. The first project "AI-sake" will develop an AI tool that will support to brew sustainable and high-quality sake. View Detail
Presented awasake at an International reception
Presented awasake and other Daiginjo sake at a reception party of an International Exhibition held in Bangkok, Thailand.
Appointed as Lead Advisor to the Tsukuba City Startup Initiative
Founder Ami Miura appointed as Lead Advisor to the Tsukuba City Startup Initiative.
Held an event at Tokyu Plaza Ginza
Coordinated an event serving awasake at Tokyu Hands Ginza, to enjoy an exciting collaboration of the tradition and craftsmanship. Mr. Noriyoshi Nagai and Mr. Hideyuki Takizawa, the directors of the Japan Awasake Association joined as a guest at the panel session.
A certification ceremony of Japan Awasake Association
Coordinated the first certifying ceremony at Happoen in Minato-ku Tokyo. The ceremony was to certify that 9 products of the association members meet the quality standards and product development standards of awasake. More than 400 guests gathered to celebrate.
ima Inc. took office as the secretariat office of Japan Awasake Association
Held a press conference on the establishment of the “Japan Awasake Association” at the International house of Japan. ima’s founder Ami Miura handed over the position as the chief director of the association to Mr. Noriyoshi Nagai of Nagai Sake Inc and took the position as the secretary general.
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三浦 亜美
Ami Miura
Founder, CEO
Cultural Engineer
Ami Miura is founder and CEO of ima Inc., the company she created in 2013 to spread awareness of Japan’s unique umami and takumi culture to the world. She is also Lead Advisor to the Tsukuba City Startup Initiative since 2017.
After launching and selling her first tiny startup as a university student, Ami embarked on a yearlong backpacking trip around the world.
Upon returning to Japan, she joined SunBridge, a leading Tokyo-based accelerator, working closely with the founder on the Japanese market entry of leading US SaaS companies and various programs to support the startup community in Tokyo and Kansai.
Ami is the founder and secretary general of the Japan Awasake Association and an adivisor to ShuR, a sign-language social venture.
鳥居 敬司
Keiji Torii
Keio University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
In 1971, joined Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Ltd., then studied in London and Switzerland obtaining a MBA degree.
After Worked in Hong Kong, stationed in NY from 1993 to 2002, first as SEVP of CIT Group Inc. one of the largest finance companies in US, then as Managing Director and General Manager of New York Branch of Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Ltd.
Recently served as Director & Deputy President of Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
Also serving as Director Auditor of ITOCHU Corporation and Director of Tokyo Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Ltd.
Allen Miner
Allen Miner
立井 由香
Yuka Tatei


Company Name
ima Inc.
Founder, CEO
Ami Miura
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