Here’s the second part of our interview with Japan-based craft brewers Bryan Baird and Scott Brimmer (pictured).
Both Baird and Brimmer emphasize the importance of tradition in brewing great-tasting beer, and both men are expanding their family-owned breweries to meet fast-growing demand for their artisanal products.
Although I had hoped to interview Bryan and Scott together, the timing didn’t work out, so I interviewed them separately; first, Bryan at his Naka-meguro taproom, then Scott at his brewery in Kawasaki.
The interview is in two parts.
Here’s the second part of our interview with Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki.
Former ambassador to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki retired from Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in November of last year and returned to Tokyo from Washington to take up a position as Distinguished Visiting Professor at Sophia University.
Fujisaki-san is the great-grandson of Japan’s first prime minister, and his father was (in addition to having been a Supreme Court judge) a diplomat as well, which led to his first experience of the United States, attending junior high school in Seattle.
We spoke with the ambassador in his office at Sophia University, covering a wide range of topics including overseas education, American politics, entrepreneurship and “what it takes” to be a good diplomat.
The interview is in two parts.
Fujisaki-san retired from the Foreign Ministry and his Washington ambassadorship in September of last year, and is now a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tokyo’s Sophia University. He is the great-grandson of Japan’s first prime minister, and his father was (in addition to having been a Supreme Court judge) a diplomat as well, which led to his first experience of the United States, attending junior high school in Seattle.
He is known for being uncharacteristically (for a diplomat) outspoken, and we’ve got some good questions for him. Interviewing tomorrow morning, and posting later in the week.
Here’s the second part of our interview with Nancy Singleton Hachisu, author of the bestselling memoir/cookbook Japanese Farm Food.
Photos – including the above shot of Nancy and Tadaaki, and nearly all of those in the book – are by Kenji Miura.
Nancy Singleton Hachisu will be the first to tell you she’s “not the typical Japanese farmer’s wife”. Of course, the typical Japanese farmer’s wife is Japanese, which Nancy is not. And Nancy will be the first to admit she doesn’t get up at 4:00 a.m. Or even 6:00.
Further differentiating herself, last year Nancy published a bestselling memoir and cookbook, Japanese Farm Food, chronicling her life in Saitama with her husband Tadaaki, their three boys, and 2,000-3,000 free range chickens.
The book is in English only so far, but Nancy is trying to find a Japanese publisher. It’s nearly 400 pages, is filled with beautiful photographs taken by Kenji Miura, and has earned rave reviews. And it can be found in Japan via Amazon.co.jp and selected booksellers, as well as in the United States via Amazon.com and selected booksellers.
Nancy Singleton Hachisuが自己紹介する時にまず言う事は「典型的な日本の農家の嫁」ではないという事です。まあ、日本の典型的な農家の嫁はまず、日本人ですしね。彼女自ら、午前4時ないし6時にも起きないと教えてくれました。
さらにナンシーさんは昨年、「Japanese Farm Food」というベストセラーになった、夫理明（ただあき）さんと三人の息子さん達、及び2000から3000羽の放し飼いの鳥達との生活を綴った回顧録も含んだ料理本を出版しました。
On our next show we interview Nancy Singleton Hachisu, author of bestselling memoir/cookbook Japanese Farm Food, which is an absolutely gorgeous book. It’s just under 400 pages, packed with beautiful photographs and tells the tale of Nancy’s life as a not-Japanese farm wife in northern Saitama prefecture (less than an hour from Tokyo by bullet train).
We interviewed Nancy in her home, ate chicken meatball hot pot for lunch, met her handsome egg farmer husband Tadaaki, who offered to give us some chickens to take home to our garden (we were afraid our city upbringing would render us incapable of caring for them, so we regretfully declined), and returned home on the shinkansen with two dozen organic (and very tasty!) eggs!
Posting next week …
I haven’t figured out how to include the names of the songs we include with interviews of our musical guests, so I’m going to (until I get a better idea) post them on the website, so those who like what they hear can try to track down full-length versions.
• Water from the Moon
• 24th Street Blues
• Lay It Down
• Why I Sing the Blues
• The Village
Grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour and Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer and arranger Dave Grusin have been making music together since the early 1970s, when Lee was a teenager, playing with Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’77.
Both Lee and Dave are regulars on the Tokyo jazz circuit, and The American Radio Show interviewed them in a back room recently at Blue Note Tokyo shortly before they were due to go on stage.
We talked to Lee about his 6 String Theory Guitar and Rhythm competitions, and Dave talked to us about composing music for the movies and television.
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