Who is Uncle Tetsu?

Credit: The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, Australia. Photo: John Appleyard. July 29th, 2016. Original Article: here

Uncle Tetsu, or Tetsushi Mizokami was born and raised in Fukuoka, Hakata, Japan.

 

Tetsushi learned how to bake from a very young age by helping his parents who owned a cake shop as a way to spend more time with them.

Tessy’s Village

Original Illustration, 1978

Throughout the 1970s & 80s Tetsushi opened various venues, including restaurants, izakaya, a rock music venue, and a cake shop, which he opened with his wife Kimiyo, called Hana Jam that sold various cakes that were made that morning. Among the offerings at Hana Jam was the uniquely soft & fluffy Japanese Cheesecake that has now become a global phenomenon.

 

The area in Hakata where Tetsushi opened

all of these venues become known as

Tessy’s Village.

 

Then in 1990, Tetsushi established the first shop that focused on the famous Japanese Cheesecake.

 

 

Original Design: "てつおじさんの焼きたて工房"

or "Uncle Tetsu's Fresh-Made Mini Factory"


This shop was known as てつおじさんのチーズケーキ or “Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake”.

 

Mr. Mizokami is to this day regarded as one of the fathers of "Oyafuko Doori" or Bad Boys Street which has a long and famous history in the area of Hakata.

Tetsushi Mizokami, guest of "Oyafuko Doori–Showa Music Festival", May 1 2018

Uncle Tetsu at one of the 1st new openings in Asia, circa 1995.


To this day, Tetsushi has a home, where he has for many years, along Bad Boys Street in his home town of Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan

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