The one thing Naoko Takei Moore has never settled for is the status quo.

She has gone from working with major bands such as Blur and Radiohead on their Japan tours to teaching culinary students in Los Angeles about new and old-world wines to where she is currently, running her own shop in West Hollywood where she sells donabe, versatile and simple earthenware pots used for cooking everything from soups to stews.

After graduating from Aoyama Gakuin University, which included two study-abroad stints in the United States, Moore landed her "dream job" at music conglomerate Toshiba EMI in 1996. With her background in international relations and English-language fluency she was assigned to the label's international artists and repertoire division.