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Rustono: King of tempeh in Kyoto

  • Tarko Sudiarno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 1 2008   /  07:44 am

Freezing temperatures and snow did not deter a husband and wife from making their dream a realization, as they battled conditions every day to cut down trees on the steep slopes of Kyoto’s outskirt forests.
Collecting the wood, they piled it into a cart and dragged it across the river to the future site of their business — a tempeh factory.
RUSTONO: (JP/Tarko Sudiarno) “Everyone who wants to be successful must dare to first dream their ultimate ambition,” said Rustono.
“When I came to Japan for the first time, I dreamed of becoming a successful tempeh businessman, and I made it.
“Now I want to dominate the tempeh market in the country. I can have it, can’t I? Dreaming is free, so why not aim high?” said the 40-year-old.
Born in Purwodadi, Central Java, Rustono now lives in a small village about one hour’s ...