At that time, there were some Japanese restaurants named "Taiyo",
"Daruma", and "Suehiro". Many Japanese lived in New York, although not
as many as now. Junzo turned to his boss desperately for help, improved
his cooking skills, and first learned English diligently working as a
dish-washer, then later, as a student cook in the kitchen. He studied
Western cooking by himself, constantly looking words up in the "Boston
Cook book" and a dictionary.
After he became a cook earning a high salary, he sometimes worried that
he was too quick to promise to make a dish without first knowing
or not the recipe was in the cook book. The Great Depression in 1929
a great effect on migrant workers from foreign countries. They didn't
jobs and it was difficult to find even an unpaid position which
room and board. One after another, some Japanese people went back to
but Junzo, who turned 23 years old, never gave up, and when he was
he survived for three days on 5 cents.