"I was almost suicide but I had to try to wake up," Nobu said. "It means kids, my wife, my family. Then now I have to try my best. ... Now back to Japan from Alaska ... it was a very, very uncomfortable now in Japan. So after a week, my wife and two children left to the mother's, my wife's home."
A chef friend called from Los Angeles and told Nobu to come. He left with "one small bag" and "maybe cash $24 or $27 only."
Does he ever think about how help comes his way when he needs it most?
"I'm not looking for help, but it's because I try my best," said Nobu. "... but somebody helped me. Especially at least my family the wife and children, they help me with the wake-up."
We asked the chef whether he had advice for young people in the field.
"OK, take visions, take dreams, try your best, and never give up, then one day this dream come true," he said. "You know, life is not easy. It's also especially this kind of job it's not easy. So many options and so many choice you know, but [you] have to be make one dream or one vision. So then try it. Even try it maybe one day.
"So then he hits the wall. The hit to the wall is most important. Some people, it's 'Oh hit to the wall, let's go back.' But some people say, 'OK, let's clear this wall, over the wall.' So this is the way. So even if you hit the big wall, still keep going, keep trying to go to the front. Because then one day he has a lot of experience, and he has a high wall, and so many problems the wall comes along. Now it's easy to clear the wall. This is life, this is experience. That's why, never give up. ...One day the dream will come true."