Ed, I've been away for the weekend, hope this is not too late.
I was sitting alone in the Fife Arms in Dufftown with a nice dram and a mediocre pint. (Why is there so little real ale Speyside?) A Japanese fellow entered and sat nearby. We engaged in rudimentary conversation, his English being a bit shaky and my Japanese being nonexistent. He gave me his card, which reads "The Scotsman/Horie's Bar
/For Duke Drunkard/Scotch Whisky Research Centre Kyoto Branch/Toshiyuki Horie". I think the "Research Centre" bit is tongue-in-cheek--there's a reference further down to a "Whisky Technical Research Room". I gathered that he was on a buying mission. After a while, he raised his glass to me and said Slainte
. I raised my glass in return and gave the only salute in Japanese that I know--Ohio
. That got a chuckle out of him, as "Good morning" was plainly inappropriate. (I doubt it's spelled that way, but that's how we Yanks remember it.)
The website listed on the card is http://hories.pos.to
and email is email@example.com
. There's an address and phone number, too, which I'll be glad to pass along, if you can't get them from the website. If you go to the staff page on the site, the gentleman in the second photo down is the one I met, I think--I couldn't swear to it.
If you go, let me know how it was (not that I'll ever go there). For that matter, let me know what the website has to say--I can't read any of it, and it stumped the online translation engines, as well. Say hi to Duke Drunkard for me.