A native of Fukuoka, Japan, Yamauchi comes from a hard working family that taught her the importance of sharing a home-cooked meal with people you love. Although she never received formal culinary training, she was taught by the best - her Mother.
Yamauchi came to US in 1985 at age 29 and worked at Seigo’s Japanese Steak House in Brookfield as Assistant Manager until 1990. After which she was promoted to manage Koto Japanese Restaurant on Milwaukee's East Side, the first sushi restaurant in Wisconsin. Here, she honed her sushi-making skills, becoming a rarity - a female sushi chef.
Izumi's has enjoyed many awards and recognition from the community and its loyal customers. Izumi's is proudly the winner of over a dozen Best of Milwaukee awards for Best Japanese and Best Sushi Restaurant. Fujiko was also nominated as Wisconsin Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005.