About nomunication.jp & Whiskey Richard

The goal of nomunication.jp is simple: sharing the joy of drinking in Tokyo with the world.

About nomunication.jp

Nomunication is a bilingual portmanteau of 飲む, nomu, the Japanese verb “to drink,” and the English word communication. In Japan nomunication typically refers to the kind of open communication that, for many people, only comes out when sharing several drinks with coworkers or customers.

Tokyo has so many nightlife options that it can, at times, be overwhelming. Especially if you’re visiting for the first time and/or don’t speak Japanese! Finding English information on where to drink, what to drink, and even how to drink in Tokyo has been difficult. At nomunication.jp, I want to change that.

I hope you find the content here informative and useful, whether you’re just coming to Tokyo as a visitor, or you’ve made this your new home. If you can get through my terrible writing and like what you see, be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed, and like the Page on Facebook to keep tabs on the latest updates.

About Whiskey Richard

20161005-000010-smallI began studying Japanese in 1999, and Tokyo has been my home since 2008.

Thanks to overcoming the language barrier early on, shortly after moving here, I was introduced to the world of spirits and cocktails in Japanese. That first happened at Kanda’s “..and be silent.” Morita-san, may he rest in peace, helped me dive head-first into Tokyo’s cocktail and whisky bar scene.

Over the years and countless nights out, I’ve come to enjoy the full spectrum of drinking spots that Tokyo and the rest of Japan has to offer. From the geriatric local watering holes of obscure neighborhoods to Ginza’s pricey internationally-renowned cocktail bars, almost every corner and alley of this city brings something unique and wonderful. Each ounce of elitism found in a bottle of mizunara-finished discontinued Japanese whisky is washed down with a 200 yen Hoppy at a grimy tachinomi.

I don’t consider myself a whisky expert, cocktail guru, or beer nerd. I don’t even have a beard! Instead, I want to add to the conversation about every category of alcohol. So in addition to the hands-on education, I’ve simultaneously taken an academic approach to my learning. I currently hold the below certifications, each obtained entirely in Japanese:

  • Cocktail Culture Foundation Cocktail Kentei Level 1, “Cocktail Professor” (一般財団法人カクテル文化振興会 カクテル検定1級). Level 3 tests on cocktail history, bases, liqueurs, techniques, tools, recipes, and more. Level 2 adds a blind tasting exam. Level 1 finally tests on technique, where I made two cocktails (one short, one stirred) while being graded by Tokyo bar godfathers Kishi-san and Sako-san. (Certification No.: 00040)
  • Sake Service Institute Certified Shochu Sommelier (日本酒サービス研究会 焼酎きき酒師). Covering all styles of both shochu and awamori, this three-part exam tests on the fundamentals, history, seasonality, manufacture, regionality, service styles, tasting, pairing, and quality control of Japan’s native distilled spirit. (Certification No. 030198)
  • Japan Whisky Research Center Whisky Kentei Level 3 and Japanese Whisky (一般社団法人ウイスキー検定実行委員会 ウイスキー検定3級、JW級). The basics, history, ingredients, serving styles, and more of all five major types of whisky are covered on Level 3. A separate exam tests specifically on Japanese whisky.

Since 2021, I am on the Executive Committee for the Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition, where I also participate as judge for both the Western spirits and the shochu divisions. I also sit on the Executive Committee of Japanese Whisky Day.

Please download the nomunication.jp Media Kit (日本語版はこちら) as well for more and contact info. If you have any questions or comments please contact me using the contact form. Enjoy your stay and… kampai!