Through the years.

Our Story

Nakashima and Katsu Ya of Japan hold deep-rooted Japanese origins, influenced in large part by founder, Hiroyuki Nakashima. Hiroyuki spent his formative years working for his brother’s sushi bar in Japan. After taking the leap to build a new life in the United States, Hiro grasped the opportunity to take over an established Japanese Steak House in 1985. Soon after, he added a sushi bar, influenced by his brother’s restaurant in Japan — a contemporary idea for Mid-Western culture at the time. Generations later, the Nakashima family now manages three restaurants in Appleton and Green Bay, sharing a variety of exciting traditional Japanese dining experiences with Northeastern Wisconsin.

After 13 years of running the Green Bay location, Hiroyuki and Vicki Nakashima, has started their first steps into retirement. On November 6th, 2019, ownership of the Green Bay location transitioned to Chun and Sophie Chan. Chun and Sophie moved here from Minnesota, along with their 5-year-old son. They have 20 years' experience working in Hibachi restaurants throughout the United States, including: Minnesota, Utah, Denver, Seattle, and Las Vegas. New owners, same great food!

In the Japanese culture, acts of kindness, appreciation and hospitality are expressed through the comfort of food. As the family and business continue to grow, Nakashima and Katsu Ya of Japan take great pride in being able to continue to share this tradition with Northeastern Wisconsin. “From our family to yours, thank you for allowing us the privilege to share our experience with you.”