My Name is Takuma and I’m from Japan. I began in the food and beverage industry when I was 18 years old as a barista, then I moved into bartending two years later. I started in a bar called Code Name Mixology, where I learnt all the basics of bartending by my manager Shinzo Nagumo. I attended many bartender competitions and the biggest one was world class competition in Japan 2011, where I made a lot of friends from around the world. At the time my weakness in presenting my cocktail was my English, but it made me want to improve my language skills and discover the world. Then I met Shingo Gokan, the former manager at Angel’s Share who owns SG Club in Tokyo and SpeakLow in Shanghai. I told him how I felt and he told me to buy a ticket and move to NYC. Ever since then, I’ve been working at Angel’s Share and now after six years, I’m the manager here, I was inspired by two mentors, Shuzo Nagumo and Shingo Gokan, and even if they are very different, I’ve learnt many things from both of them.