Australian style meat pie shop opened. Naganuma carpenter assistant Diercke

Diercke presents meat pies with a smile inside his shop with a MAYA MAXX painting in the background

Karl Diercke (42), who works as a building carpenter assistant in the town of Naganuma, opened up a meat pie shop called “PIE ME” on April 15. In the process of working on the remodeling for many restaurants, cafes, and bars in his building carpenter assistant job, he began to develop a strong desire to manage his own shop, and decided to provide “the flavor of his home country” to customers. Iwamizawa based painter MAYA MAXX, who knows Diercke, painted the outside wall. Diercke’s hope is for the shop to “have a place in the hearts of the Naganuma people.”

In 2016, Diercke moved to the city of Ebetsu from his hometown of Sydney with his wife from Noboribetsu. He originally worked as a Japan Agricultural Cooperative staffer, but in the process of visiting Naganuma where a friend of his wife lives, he fell in love with the rich natural scenery and moved there in 2018.

In the process of coming into contact with restaurant and bar owners in various areas through his building carpenter work, he developed a growing desire to run his own shop. He likes Japanese food, but decided to open a shop selling meat pies and coffee out of a strong nostalgia for the flavors of his home country. In 2019, he rented a shop that was previously a takeout lunch shop, renovated it with friends, and prepared for the opening.

The meat pies (480 yen) are 15 centimeters in diameter. Diercke uses tender cheek beef and a bouillon simmered for at least 12 hours. He says eating the pies with ketchup is “the Australian style,” and he wants to, “provide the authentic flavor of meat pies for Japanese people, who do not eat them very much yet.” The shop is open from 10:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) to 4:00 p.m.


Naganuma Town