Track: Folsom Prison Blues | Artist: Johnny Cash | Album: The Best Of The Johnny Cash TV Show 

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


Johnny Cash is now special to me. It’s a personal tale so please feel free to skip.

I was in hospital last year for some emergency surgeries. I hate hospitals, had never had a surgery before, had never been admitted to hospital before.

I found myself on a ward with a gaping gut wound, beeping noises, patients choking, screaming, pulling out their drips and shitting themselves. I wasn’t exactly gonna sleep. I only managed to get twenty minute chunks of sleep because I put some music on.

I didn’t want something bad, but I didn’t want something I knew so well that it would draw my attention from trying to sleep. So I played Johnny Cash’s entire Google Play library. The whole experience ruined my life, but in his songs I found an Ace that I could keep.

Yeah I know he didn't originally record that, but I had to end my paragraph somehow.