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Shinya Koba - Japan

Shinya knew he wanted to become a bartender from the age of 19. Starting his career in his hometown of Kumamoto in the southern island of Kyushu, Shinya left his comfort zone in search of greater challenges. After further developing his skills at RIGOLETTO in Tokyo, he briefly returned to his hometown before embarking on a five-year tenure at a speakeasy in Singapore. Thirsty to learn everything he could, Shinya did a stint at Michito Kaneko’s Lamp Bar before opening Yakoboku in Kumamoto.