Voices in Japan
Voices in Japan
Sep 8, 2020
Life in Kobe and the Scotland-Japan Whiskey Connection
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On this episode of Voices in Japan we are joined by Jenifer, owner of Reza Wood Designs, a company that takes recycled whiskey barrels from Scotland’s great distilleries and transforms them into gifts and furniture.

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We have a really interesting conversation with Jenifer about living and teaching English in Kobe, Japan, why Kobe is such a great city to visit and live, going to the 1998 Nagano Winter Olymics, staying at a buddhist temple, some cultural mishaps, returning to Japan for a family trip in 2018, how she started Reza Wood Designs, Jenifer’s hometown in Scotland and it’s relationship with Yoichi in Hokkaido, the popularity of Japanese Whiskey, the Japanese drama “Massan” about the Nikka Whiskey founder and his Scottish wife, and much much more. Enjoy the show!


Rusutsu Lodges

Open all year round. Located 5 minutes walk to the main Rusutsu Ski Resort Gondola in Hokkaido. There are Japanese, Western, and apartment style rooms with breakfast packages available. There’s a Japanese sento (public bath), two convenience stores less than a minute walk, ski room and tune up tables, free pick up available from the bus stop, plenty of free parking space, and summer BBQ packages available. Check out the website for bookings and availability.


Bearfoot Bar
12 different types of Japanese made craft beers, both bottles and on tap. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Tapas style menu and burgers. Friendly English and Japanese speaking staff. Open 7 days a week. Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. Why not pop in for a drink if you are in town!


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