Kōkōsei Restaurant

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Kōkōsei Restaurant
Kokosei Restaurant poster.jpg
Genre Drama
Starring Masahiro Matsuoka
Theme music composer Hattori Takayuki
Ending theme "Miageta Ryūsei" by Tokio
Country of origin Japan
Original language(s) Japanese
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9 (list of episodes)
Location(s) Mie Prefecture, Yamanashi Prefecture
Cinematography Masahiro Yoshimoto
Atsushi Yamazaki
Nonji Nemoto
Editor(s) Minoru Takahashi
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 54 minutes
Ep. 1: 15-minute extension
Production company(s) Office Crescendo Co,.Ltd., Nippon Television
Original network NTV
Original release 7 May (2011-05-07) – 2 July 2011 (2011-07-02)
External links
official page www.ntv.co.jp/kouresu/

Kōkōsei Restaurant (高校生レストラン, Kōkōsei Resutoran, lit. "High School Student Restaurant") is a 2011 Japanese television series that is based on actual events.[1] This television series stars Masahiro Matsuoka, a member of the J-pop band Tokio, as the lead character.[1]

This 9-episode television series was aired from 7 May 2011 to 2 July 2011 on Nippon Television network's "Saturday Dramas" program.[2] Kokosei Restaurant garnered an average viewership rating of 10.68% throughout the Kanto region.[3]


Shingo Muraki has voluntarily resigned from his job as a chef in a restaurant in Ginza after an argument with a customer. He reluctantly takes the job of advising a soon-to-open restaurant that is run by high-school students from his hometown. Along the way, Muraki faces many problems caused by the town council, who are anxious to justify the taxpayers' money is being used prudently.


  • Masahiro Matsuoka as Shingo Muraki, a chef who previously moved to Tokyo to pursue his cooking career, ignoring his father's wish that he take over the family's temple. However, he moves back to his hometown to take up the job of advising a restaurant that is run by a local high school.
  • Hideaki Ito as Hiroshi Kishino, a town hall member who is in charge of this project. He has been Shingo's friend since elementary school.
  • Yuka Itaya as Ayaka Yoshisaki, the head teacher of Sōgo High School. She is opposed to the plan of setting up a restaurant run by students of the high school, and repeatedly comes into conflict with Shingo.


  • Shuhei Nomura as Koichi Nakamura, a third-year student and the head chef of Kokosei Restaurant
  • Ryunosuke Kamiki as Yosuke Sakamoto, a third-year student and the assistant head chef of Kokosei Restaurant
  • Umika Kawashima as Mai Yonemoto, a second-year student who later takes on the role of head chef
  • Yuki Shibamoto
  • Reiko Fujiwara as Sayuri Takagi, a second-year student. She quits the restaurant briefly because she thinks Shingo is too harsh, but is persuaded by her friends to return to work.
  • Ryutarou Akimoto as Shota Tamura, a second-year student

The Muraki family[edit]

  • Kazue Fukiishi as Haruka Muraki, Shingo's sister
  • Yoshio Harada as Sadatoshi Muraki, Shingo's father. He is a priest at the town's temple.

Background information[edit]

"Mago no Mise"

On 13 February 2005, Mie Prefecture's Shōka High School opened Japan's first restaurant run by high-school students.[2] This restaurant, named "Mago no Mise" (まごの店), was built at a cost of 89 million yen.[2] The students running the business are recruited from the high school's cooking club.[2] According to Shingo Murabayashi, the founder of the restaurant and the cooking club adviser, "Mago no Mise" serves around 200 to 250 customers per day and has won several awards at national cooking contests.[2] It is currently the only restaurant in Japan that is run by a public high school.[2]

The story of "Mago no Mise" was documented in two books, Kōkōsei resutoran, honjitsu mo manseki. (高校生レストラン、本日も満席。, Lit:High School Student Restaurant, Fully Booked Today) and Kōkōsei Restoran, Gyōretsu no Riyū. (高校生レストラン、行列の理由。, Lit:High School Student Restaurant, Reason Behind its Operation).[2] These books were written by Shingo Murabayashi and published by Iseshima News Agency.[2] The television series is based on events that happened at "Mago no Mise".[2]


The television series was first announced on 22 February 2011.[1] It was also revealed that Matsuoka Masahiro, a member of the J-pop band Tokio, would star in the series as Shingo Muraki.[1] This character is based on Shingo Murabayashi, the founder of "Mago no Mise".[2] This is Matsuoka's seventh role in a drama series shown on NTV's Saturday Dramas time-slot, setting a new record.[1] He previously starred in television series such as the drama adaptation of the manga Psychometrer Eiji.[1]

The supporting cast members were announced on 11 March 2011.[4] Ryunosuke Kamiki and Umika Kawashima play the roles of students working at the restaurant.[4] Actor Hideaki Ito, the star of the film Umizaru, plays the role of an official from the local town hall.[4] His character is based on Masayuki Kishikawa, a town hall official who worked on the "Mago no Mise" project.[2]


Episode title Romanized title Translation of title Broadcast date Ratings
Ep. 1
Itamae kyōshi
The Chef Teacher
7 May 2011
Ep. 2
Kaiten ryōri
Set Meal for the Shop Opening
14 May 2011
Ep. 3
祝! 開店
Iwai! Kaiten
Congratulations for the Shop Opening!
21 May 2011
Ep. 4
Mago chadzuke
Mago Restaurant's Chadzuke
28 May 2011
Ep. 5
Ensoku VS kōsu ryōri
An Excursion or a Cooking Course?
4 June 2011
Ep. 6
Reshipi VS Hahaoya no Aji
Recipes or the Taste of Mother's Cooking?
11 June 2011
Ep. 7
Chōri-bu bunretsu no kiki
The Crisis of the Cooking Section being Split up
18 June 2011
Ep. 8
Sai shūshō ~ shūkatsu kiki
The Final Chapter: Crisis of Survival
25 June 2011
Ep. 9
Yume wa kanau
Dreams Come True
2 July 2011
Ratings for Kanto region (average rating: 10.68%)[3][5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "TOKIO's Matsuoka Masahiro stars in drama "Koukousei Restaurant"". Sports Hochi, Tokyograph (in Japanese). 2011-02-21. Retrieved 2011-12-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "TOKIOの松岡さんが村林先生役に-「高校生レストラン まごの店」がドラマ化". GLOBE Data,Inc. (in Japanese). 2011-05-07. Retrieved 2011-12-23. 
  3. ^ a b Drama Viewership Report (2011-07-04). ドラマ視聴率速報 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-12-23.  Reproduction of ratings by Video Research Ltd.
  4. ^ a b c 松岡昌宏 : "土9ドラマ"最多7作目の主演決定 伊藤英明、吹石一恵らと共演. Mainichi Shimbun Digital Co.Ltd (in Japanese). 2011-03-11. Retrieved 2011-12-23. 
  5. ^ Video Research Ratings. "バックナンバー2011年度 VOL.19 2011年 5月2日(月) ~ 5月8日(日)" (in Japanese). Video Research Ltd. Retrieved 2011-12-23. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Deka Wanko
(15/1/2011 - 26/3/2011)
NTV Saturday Dramas
Saturdays 21:00 - 21:54 (JST)
Succeeded by
Don Quixote
(9/7/2011 - 24/9/2011)