Van Koji Founder, Tonami, started selling Shio-koji in 2013 at the Nikeii Japanese culture center. She discovered Shio-koji while making her own koji (a powdery fungus grown on rice) for home made miso-paste. After reading about shio-koji’s popularity back in her home land, Tonami decided to introduce it to local Japanese.
Since 2013, Van Koji has been producing and selling Shio-koji and other koji based seasonings at craft fairs and festivals.
Every year, sales have grown as more and more people from different nationalities enjoy this product in their every day cooking. In 2017 Van Koji will be adding boutique grocers, food producers, and restaurants to their list of customers and fairs where this wonderful product can be bought.