Episode-30: Celebrating 1 Year of Sake On Air

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We’ve been doing this for an entire year (and then some) already! To commemorate we decided to get the entire cast together (minus John, sadly, who was fully there in spirit) to talk about the nature of the show itself, as well as address a few audience and listener questions, in front of a small live audience in Tokyo back on November 25th

The format this week is a bit unique, as the show was designed to be an enjoyable listen, but also to speak directly to a live audience. For those that would appreciate a small taste of the live experience, we livestreamed the show on our Facebook page. The audio quality is definitely going to be better via the podcast, but if a bit of visual context will help you get the most out of the show and attach names to faces, please do have a look at the livestream video, as well.

Since starting Sake On Air just over a year ago the show has now grown to have listeners in more than 50 countries across the globe and is downloaded thousands of times every month. Hitting the ground running with almost zero promotion or prep time back in October of 2018, we charged forward with excitement and confidence that there was both a strong need and interest for an open and readily available place to share a new kind of dialogue about the fascinating and ever-changing nature of sake, shochu and awamori. Thanks to all of our listeners and supporters that have followed along and championed us over the past year, you’ve proven us right. We can’t thank you enough.

Knowing that most of our listeners are scattered across the globe and not having the opportunity to engage face-to-face with our supporters can be a challenge at times, as sending data out into the digital void every other week can feel much less tangible, both for us, and we imagine for many of our listeners as well. Being able to speak in front of a live group of supporters, while also having listeners send in questions and words of encouragement throughout the broadcast, was incredibly rewarding.

We’d love to hear your thoughts about this week’s format. Having tried this, we feel like there’s potential to continue to explore this style of show and further engage with our audience both locally and digitally in more new and direct ways. We’d love to travel for shows as well! While it may not happen right away, if there’s interest, we’d love to find a way to make a tour of some sort happen…!

But for now, this week you can settle in with Sebastie Lemoine, Rebekah Wilson-Lye, Christopher Pellegrini, Marie Nagata, Chris Hughes and Justin Potts for a small celebration of all things sake, shochu and awamori, here in Tokyo.

Last but not least, after listening to this week’s show, if you could take just a moment to leave a review for us on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast streaming service it would mean a great deal to us and help more than you know. Info and instructions about how to do this can be found here. Stitcher users can leave reviews directly in-browser here.

While you’re listening, you can further keep tabs on us through InstagramTwitterFacebook and our  YouTube channel.

Any and all questions and comments are welcome via questions@sakeonair.staba.jp, or directly through our contact page.

We’ve got one more episode of Sake On Air on the way this month before we close out 2019. Thanks again everyone.


Sake On Air is made possible with the generous support of the Japan Sake & Shochu Makers Association and is broadcast from the Japan Sake & Shochu Information Center in Tokyo. The show is a co-production between Export Japan and Potts.K Productions, with audio production by Frank Walter.

Our theme, “Younger Today Than Tomorrow” is composed by forSomethingNew for Sake On Air.