Hikaru is Philadelphia's first sushi bar and is still widely regarded as having the best and most authentic Japanese cuisine in Philadelphia, since 1983! The first location (Society Hill) opened under the vision of Takashi Yoshida, who was born and grew up in Saitama, Japan. Before the openeing of the first location Takashi, or "Stash" as he is called by his regulars and friends, operated a seafood and produce wholesale business, taking with him a wealth of knowledge about all different foods & their purveyors. He still uses this knowledge today in preparing the exquisite menus for his two locations along with his Executive Chef from Tokyo, Masaaki Tsumita. Together they maintain the forefront of authentic Japanese cooking in the Philadelphia area. Many sushi restaurants incorporate other cultures and tastes into their menu, but at Hikaru the diner is guaranteed to have an authentic Japanese dining experience.