The term ‘Legendary’ gets overused these days, especially in Whistler, but Mikito ‘Miki’ Homma fills the criteria in every sense of the word.
It was not always easy to run a business, but the snow was deep, the fish was fresh, and Miki found summer fun windsurfing the summer on-shore breeze in Howe Sound. Over the next few years Miki became an icon as the Whistler popularity exploded and Sushi Village became a must-visit spot for the ski, snowboard, and bike enthusiasts.
Miki’s legacy and influence extended far beyond his restaurant, Sushi Village never changed because it didn’t have to. Over the years, Miki and his partners hire and supported professional athletes like free skiing Mike Douglas, gold medal snowboarder Ross Rebaliati, renowned artist Chilli Thom, and a host of other shredders, photographers, filmmakers, artists, business owners, lawyers, writers and even an adult film star! Miki made sure his permanent staff always had a place to come home to as they pursued their dreams, and he helped introduce a generation of young Japanese workers to the big-mountain Canadian dream.
Friend to all and foe to none, Miki will be remembered for his wild laugh, his convoluted sense of humor, his generosity to his staff, and as the only Whistler restaurateur who saw no problem in playing classic 70s Punk Rock during dinner on both Sunday and Monday nights.
Miki is survived by his loving wife Naoko, his grateful staff, his hundreds of friends and the tens of thousands of sushi lovers who have flocked to his restaurant over the past three decades to experience the flavour’s, fun, and friendship of a true legend.