- Takashi Shiki (Castillo) still continues to pursue his dreams for the Filipinos by building “Philippine Town” in Japan
- He said the establishment intends to convey the beauty of the Philippines through its “people” and “food” promoting the country’s tourism and rich culture
- He also aims to gather more Filipinos to come over and work in Japan and help him build the community to foster economic growth of both countries
Helping the underprivileged Filipinos – the homeless and the children specifically – is just one of the many things Takashi Shiki (Castillo) plans to undertake in helping change the Philippines in his own ways.
Takashi who hails from Shibuya, Tokyo is the Japanese guy who was featured in Kicker Daily News and several other news media sites last year because of his selfless act of feeding the homeless and the poor.
Photos of him helping the needy went viral online which earned the Filipinos’ trust, thereby supporting him in his endeavors. One of which is the promotion of Philippine tourism and culture in Japan.
With his mission, he thought of building “MIRAXMA”, a business he developed through his vision of fostering the economic growth of the Philippines and Japan by initially planning to create a “Philippine Town” (reminiscent of that in Cebu) in the old Tsukiji marketplace in Tokyo, called “Tokyo Tsukiji Cebu”.
According to Takashi, the establishment intends to convey the beauty of the Philippines through its “people” and “food.” He also aims to gather more Filipinos to come over and work in Japan and help him build the community to showcase the country’s culture, tradition, and of course the delicacies to the Japanese people.
Additionally, with Japan being one of the lowest ranking English proficient countries in Asia, he sees the “Philippine Town” (a hub whose official language is “English”), not just a place to eat, relax, and enjoy, but also an environment where locals get to learn and practice the international language. This would also lead to the promotion of the schools in the Philippines offering English language courses.
Takashi Shiki (Castillo), being an epitome of hope and generosity, is just a reminder that somewhere, somehow there are still good people who would constantly make us realize that the world is not that bad after all.