Photo: Robert Rubsam

Shrine Deer. Nara, Japan. By Robert Rubsam.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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What are those markings on the wall? Like, lol, I know there’s way too much to translate them all, but what’s the gist of what they’re saying? And why do they all end with the same letter/symbol at the bottom?