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Matt and Kayoko at the Great Wall

About Us

Kayoko Kaye / Owner & Chef
Kayoko was born and raised in Osaka Japan. Her parents were busy running the local department store leaving Kayoko to be the family cook at the age of eight. She met Matt in Japan in 1989, eloped in 1992, and moved to the US to start a family of her own. While bouncing back and forth between Asia and the US for Matt's job, she learned to taste and appreciate a wide range of ingredients, and acquired cooking skills in an equally wide range of technique. Chef Kayoko now brings her incredible depth and breadth of cooking experience to the kitchen of Kayo's Happy Good Time Ramen Bar where she presents her signature ramens along with an eclectic mix of authentic and inspired Asian street food.



Matt Kaye / Owner & General Manager
Matt is an American boy who has spent a considerable part of his adult life studying, living, working and bumming around Asia, dating back to 1984 where he studied Economics and Mandarin in Shanghai and culminating in a recent 2-year stint in Singapore with a local semiconductor company. Matt shares Kayoko's love and appreciation for good food, not to mention a personal penchant for well-crafted Northwest IPAs, but also brings deep business experience and an understanding of exceptional customer service to the dining room of Kayo's Happy Good Time Ramen Bar.



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Matt and Kayoko in Kyoto