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Ayaka was born in Nagoya, Japan. She began living abroad when she was 16 in Canada and from there continued to USA and South Korea for several more years; experiencing many diverse cultures and lifestyles along the way. The world of saké was introduced to her when she was working as a long-term volunteer in Miyagi prefecture after The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake. Eastern Japan carries a good variety of local saké and it was an eye-opening experience for her to come upon this time-honored gem in her own homeland. From there she discovered her life passion: to proudly to introduce the national beverage of her country by becoming a certified Sake Master. In 2014 she achieved this goal in becoming a Sake sommelier but felt that her journey had only just begun. To expand her knowledge and to fulfill her curiosity, she visited a variety of Sake breweries throughout Japan. She has been one of the leading of authorities on sake in Southern California and has brought that to BESHOCK SAKE BAR. She truly enjoys bringing the story of sake to San Diego.

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