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 as an international kikisake-shi, or sake sommelier, by SSI International, and has written for publications including Sake Today. He is trying to spread the word on Japan’s national drink at www.easternsmooth.com and his professional website is jimrion.com.
Mar 23, 2020