Originating in Kyoto, Katsukura has become a popular tonkatsu chain restaurant thanks to its healthy ingredients and the light and crispy texture of its fried food. With such popularity, it is no surprise to see queues outside of Katsukura outlets. In 2014 Katsukura was named one of TripAdvisor’s top 30 restaurants in Kyoto, leading to a rapid increase in foreign customers. Renovating its Kyoto Station branch to serve larger numbers of foreign guests, Katsukura not only increased its number of seats, but also its English speaking staff. In addition, Ki-Yan’s Kyoto vegetable motifs- shishigatani pumpkins and lucky bottle gourds-adorn the restaurant walls, welcoming travelers at ‘Kyoto’s gate’.