American translator and writer living in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Came to Japan in 2004 after studying German and earning a master’s degree in linguistics from the University of Iowa. Has also worked as an English and business-skills instructor. Certified by SSI International as a shōchū advisor and international kikisake-shi, or sake sommelier, and a Sake Professional by the Sake Education Council. Has written for publications including Sake Today. He is spreading the word about the great sake of Yamaguchi Prefecture at YamaguchiSake.com and his professional website is JimRion.com.
May 18, 2021