H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill Chapel

1020 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA


Kiyoshi Takahara Nakato

August 31, 1951January 1, 2020

Mr. Kiyoshi “Kiyo” Takahara Nakato, 68, Co-Owner of Nakato Japanese Restaurant, passed away on January 1st, 2020. Kiyoshi Takahara was born in Tokyo, Japan to Seiji and Masako Takahara on August 31, 1951. He went to school at Rikkyo Gakuin where he immersed himself in baseball and surfing, and later graduated from Rikkyo University in 1973. After graduating Rikkyo University, Kiyoshi moved to the United States where he met his future wife, Hiroe Nakato at Nakato Japanese Restaurant. They were married on December 26th, 1978 in Atlanta. Kiyoshi worked tirelessly to help support his wife’s family business. His kind temperament, patience, and love for both staff and guests served as a supreme example for his two daughters as they continue the family business.

With his great support and love for hospitality, Kiyoshi helped the Nakato family open restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina and helped run the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina locations. He was involved in the Japan America Society, Japanese Chamber of Commerce, and helped establish the Happy Science branch in Atlanta. Kiyoshi’s hobbies included fishing with his granddaughters, collecting antiques, driving his classic Mustangs and ’66 El Camino, gardening, and cooking. Kiyoshi Nakato is preceded in death by his parents, Seiji and Masako Takahara. Kiyoshi Takahara Nakato is survived by his Wife, Hiroe Nakato, Daughter, Sachiyo Nakato Takahara, Son-in-Law Josh Houghkirk, Daughter, Yukiko Nakato Takahara, Son-in-Law Alessandro Buti, Granddaughters, Naomi Houghkirk, Ellie Houghkirk, Julia Buti, and Jane Buti, as well as his older Sister, Setsuko Tokiwa of Yokohama and younger Brother, Nobuaki Takahara of Tokyo. Visitation will be held at 5pm on Tuesday, January 7th, at H.M. Patterson & Son - Spring Hill Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 11am Wednesday, January 8th, at H.M. Patterson & Son - Spring Hill Chapel. There will be a reception to follow at Nakato Japanese Restaurant (1776 Cheshire Bridge Road) where family will receive guests.


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 7, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 8, 2020


Kiyoshi Takahara Nakato

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Tatsuya Ishikawa

January 7, 2020

He ALWAYS kept an open mind and showed kindness to all of us.

Lori and Jeff Brooks

January 7, 2020

It is hard to believe it was over 40 years ago when Mr. Takahara first greeted us with his ever-present smile. He was a truly wonderful and kind-spirited man. He always showed everyone great honor and respect. His presence made Nakato more than just our favorite restaurant and his daughter Sachiyo continues his legacy. Please accept our condolences.

Anh Truong, loan originator

January 6, 2020

I don't actually know Mr. Kiyoshi Takahara Nakato personally but am impelled to share a good deed done by him back in Jan. 2007. He cosigned a former staff for a refinance that this former staff desperately needed to lower her burden. Despite her difficulty, she managed to pay the loan on time and well many years until she is able to be on her own and relieve him off his obligation. I would like to use this quote from Charles de Lint to morn his passing and pay tribute to him: “Every time you do a good deed you shine the light a little farther into the dark. And the thing is, when you're gone that light is going to keep shining on, pushing the shadows back.”

Rob The Roofer

January 3, 2020

I first met Mr Takahara 32 years ago to do Roofing work for him.
He had the most humble and kind spirit with a permanent smile on his face.
He shared much wisdom with me and I am so grateful to have
Met someone with such a positive outlook on life.
Every year since, I have brought my wife and three daughters to celebrate our birthdays at Nakato's and will continue in his memory.
My heart is deeply saddened but his spirit will continue to shine through his daughters and family members and pray for peace knowing that he is now present with our Father in Heaven ~
Rob the Roofer

Justin Mercavich

January 3, 2020

Mr. Kiyoshi Takahara Nakato (Mr. T) was a gentlemen that I became acquainted with and have known for a relatively short time. During the years of knowing Mr. T. and his Nakato family, I can assert that the time, the experiences, and the teachings will always play a significant role in my development and understanding of the world around me. These experiences and knowledge derivative from the relationships created by the Nakato family are those that are very meaningful to me. I send my condolences and send my regards to all of the Nakato family in this time of remembrance of a Great man.
With much Love,
Justin Mercavich