The introduction of representative Kotaro Ezawa (REPRESENTATIVE INTROD – MAMANO CHOCOLATE

The introduction of representative Kotaro Ezawa (REPRESENTATIVE INTRODUCTION) has been released!

Thank you for visiting Mamano's website.
My name is Kotaro Ezawa, the representative.

"What kind of person is the creator?"

It's one of the criteria I value when choosing the foods I eat and the services I use.
When I research what I like and think it's good, I often like the creators (including corporations) as a result.

So, let me tell you a little bit about me.


I was born on March 20, 1986.
I grew up as the second son of a family of five, my parents, my sister, and my sister from Iiyama City, Nagano Prefecture.
Both my parents were civil servants in Tokyo, so I was born and raised in Tokyo from the beginning. My sister became a nursery teacher and my sister became a nurse.

Since my father was a national civil servant, I think it was the influence of my parents that made me have a strong sense of contribution to society. (I'm not good at personal things!)

I went on to Higashiyama Elementary School in Meguro-ku, Higashiyama Junior High School, and Shinjuku High School in Tokyo.
When I was a boy, I played soccer, and from junior high school I played volleyball.
I also love reading and playing games, reading books and hunting for biographies, and playing games all night long, addicted to RPGs.

When I was a high school student in the volleyball club, my goal was to become a professional player at Libero and participate in the World Cup, but I lost all of them in the university selection and gave up. When I had no choice but to start studying as a ronin, my study became more interesting and I entered Waseda University's Faculty of Social Sciences.

At university, I wanted to be able to work internationally in the future, so I joined the English Association (ESS). I've done speeches, debates, and dramas (English dramas) for three years, and I've been far from my personal awards. I was able to receive various awards at the stage where I spent a year as a director of performing arts and props only in the third year.

Above all, the experience of desperately creating one thing with friends, laughing, and shedding tears became an important treasure.

Social man age

After graduating, I wanted to start my own business in the future, and I failed in interviews at all major trading companies, so I worked at a venture company that supports the promotion of employment of people with disabilities from the time I was in the fourth year of university and got a job as it is. ..

The company shrank in July due to the Lehman shock, and then got a job at a smaller two-person IT venture. The company went bankrupt in about half a year, and for the next six months I had been working part-time at an izakaya and dispatching day laborers.

The third company was an IT venture with about 30 people, but even if I had no experience, I was entrusted with web direction, worked with young and excellent members, and experienced the listing on TSE Mothers. (Listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange after I retired)

Through reconstruction assistance

At the age of 25, I finally set my own ambitions and started to do business that would benefit the world. Since it was the year after the earthquake, I started volunteering after I retired. In particular, we worked on reconstruction support in Minamisanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture, and held a product exhibition for 16 days in front of Yurakucho Station. I went directly to the site and sold my thoughtful products in Yurakucho.

People in Minamisanriku said "Thank you", people who bought the product in Tokyo also said "Thank you", and the staff of the sales volunteers also said "Thank you".

just like this,
"I want to do a business that pleases everyone involved and can do it on a global scale."

Meet Alibaba Cacao

While thinking so, I came across Alibaba Cacao.
I was surprised at how delicious it was with the lychee-like fruitiness and the powerful floral scent that left a pleasant lingering finish.

With Alibaba Cacao, you can definitely make the customers who eat it smile.
The current situation of local cacao producers can be improved by more than fair trade.
By working on natural farming (agroforestry), it is possible to leave nature on the earth of the future.

With that in mind, after a preparation period of about half a year, we opened a small 2.7 tsubo store and workshop in February 2013, and thanks to you, many customers have come. The more you know about cacao and chocolate, the stronger your desire to know more and to make chocolate that people all over the world can enjoy.

With the support of many people, I and Mamano exist.

Continue to challenge

I would like to continue taking on challenges with the members and create chocolates that can make people all over the world smile. We are waiting for you to make chocolates that will cheer you up when you are happy or hard.

When you come to Akasaka / Akasaka Mitsuke, please drop in at Mamano.
With gratitude and love for all our customers, farmers, and everyone involved.

March 17, 2018

Representative contact first
Kotaro Ezawa
Mail: info at (Please change at to @ and send.)