We had the good fortune of connecting with Mayuka Yatomi and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mayuka, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Dedication. Selling Sake is pretty much like introducing our own Japanese culture. To earn customers interests in Sake, we must educate them with confidence but always with humbleness. I always keep it in mind that I’m representing Japan whenever I sell this national beverage of Japan, Sake.

What should our readers know about your business?
I opened a Japanese alcohol wholesale company in Dallas in early 2019. Previously, I worked as a wine sommelier, Sake processional in a big restaurant company in other states, I was pretty comfortable with my selling skills, knowledge of the products, and of course with much passion. I would not be here and doing what I’m doing today without my past working experience, however, opening and running a business is much harder and challenging than I expected, I learn something new everyday most of the time in a hard way… I can never rely on anyone. I don’t have coworkers to talk and have have fun with. It’s not like going into work to make money and forget about what happens either good or bad thing after you get off, but I think about my business 24/7. I was just very lonely overall. I strengthen my mental as well as my physical. (The only thing to get things/stress out of my head was to work out and get strong. Which worked out so good!! ) Anything I do, reflects in my business. How I react to the challenging situation, how I make effort to make sales, how I book keeping,,, The only thing that I must keep up with is to keep my head up and stay positive. I am very grateful that I’m able to represent my products and at the same time my birth country. and can’t make me happy enough when I see people enjoy my products. It’s definitely paying off my hardwork and struggles…

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Of course at restaurants that carry my Sake/Shochu products.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Ken Tominaga (Owner of Hana Japanese restaurant in Sonoma, co-owner of PABU) Court of Master Sommelier. (delete plz. and I cannot come us with anyone.. Maybe my gym? Dallas Strength and Conditioning)

Website: www.sake-hana.com  and www.sevenfifty.com/sake-hana

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sakehanatexas

Instagram: sakehanatexas

Other: https://youtu.be/n27Y6ePOGdU

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