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The first English language book about Japan's favorite distilled beverage, shochu, requires funds to finish design and marketing.
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    Access to all project updates. Thank you!

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    E-BOOK PACKAGE:
    Everything above plus one (1) free copy of the e-book.

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    THE SHOCHU INSIDER PACKAGE:
    everything above plus:
    1. One (1) HD digital download of a beautiful image by the book's photographer, Marcus Lovitt. Print and frame it, or use it as the wallpaper on your tablet [Kickstarter Exclusive].
    2. Download of 15 pages of supplemental shochu info (including industry updates) not included in the book [Kickstarter Exclusive].
    3. I will write a one-of-a-kind, shochu-themed haiku for you. Consider it a love poem. Delivered via Kickstarter, Twitter, or Facebook (your choice).

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    THE SIGNED BOOK PACKAGE:
    This is THE SHOCHU INSIDER PACKAGE plus:
    1. One (1) copy of the paperback book (signed or unsigned, your choice).
    2. A guaranteed invite to the book release party.
    3. One (1) 1.75"x2.75" rectangular, pin-on, bilingual "Shochu is good" button [Kickstarter Exclusive].
    [S/H outside Japan, please add $10 to your bid.]

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    ADVERTISING OPTION A:
    1. 125X125 ad space on my shochu website (http://shochu.pro/), an information portal for both shochu distillers and consumers. The ad will appear on the homepage and alongside most articles. The ad will run on the website for six (6) months after the public release of the book (your ad will go up as soon as you send it to me, so you could get one or two months for free). Renewal possible by mutual consent.
    2. One (1) free digital copy of the finished book.
    [Note: I reserve the right to reject ads for websites/businesses/organizations that I dislike, such as gambling sites, dating sites, the Yomiuri Giants, etc. Please contact me if you have any questions.]

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    THE HOMEMADE LIQUEUR AWARD:
    this is THE SIGNED BOOK PACKAGE plus:
    1. One (1) extra copy of the e-book (that's two in total). Give the gift of shochu to a loved one!
    2. Download of a short video in which I show you how to make one of the homemade liqueur recipes from chapter nine [Kickstarter Exclusive].
    3. Two (2) extra HD digital downloads of photographer Marcus Lovitt's beautiful imagery from the book. That's a total of three of the book's photos [Kickstarter Exclusive].
    4. Your name (plus a link to the SNS profile of your choice) listed on the "Important People" page of the http://shochu.pro website.
    5. Free advance download of "Chapter 1: What is shochu?" [Kickstarter Exclusive].
    [S/H outside Japan, please add $10 to your bid.]

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    THE SHOCHU KETTLE REWARD:
    This is similar to THE SHOCHU FANATIC AWARD except that you get:
    1. One (1) extra Tokyo Swallows baseball cap (that's two in total) [Limited Edition].
    2. Instead of the small shochu server, you get one (1) of the actual shochu kettles pictured in the book! Comes with two tasting cups.
    3. An army of "Takachiho" branded shochu cups are pictured in chapter four, and you can have six (6) of them [Limited Edition].
    4. 20+ minute Skype/Google Talk call to discuss the intricacies of shochu (or most any other topic, really).
    5. One (1) extra copy of the paperback book--signed or unsigned (two total).
    [International S/H included.]

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    THE SHOCHU FANATIC AWARD:
    This is THE HOMEMADE LIQUEUR AWARD plus:
    1. One (1) Tokyo Swallows baseball cap! My beloved, aptly named team scores a mention in Chapter 8 of the book. Get the same, personally-designed cap that I wear to games at Jingu Stadium in Tokyo [Limited Edition].
    2. There are three small kilned shochu servers pictured in the book, and you can have one (1) of them! All three of these unique servers hold 0.8-1.2 L of your favorite tipple, include two cups and a wooden pedestal, and are the perfect presentation for shochu at your next dinner party (pictured left).
    3. A flock of striped "dimple" shochu cups is pictured in the book, and you can have one (1) of them! Choose either red or blue (pictured left) [Limited Edition].
    4. One (1) extra "Shochu is Good" button (two total) [Kickstarter Exclusive].
    [S/H outside Japan, please add $20 to your bid.]

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    ADVERTISING OPTION B:
    1. 728X90 banner ad space on upcoming shochu website (http://shochu.pro/) that will help with promotion of the book. The ad will appear at the top of all website pages. The ad will run on the website for six (6) months after the public release of the book. Renewal possible by mutual consent.
    2. Two (2) free digital copies of the finished book! Give one or both as a gift.
    [Note: I reserve the right to reject ads for websites/businesses/organizations that I dislike, such as gambling sites, dating sites, the Yomiuri Giants, etc. Please contact me if you have any questions.]

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    Pledge US$ 345 or more About US$ 345

    SHOCHU GURU AWARD:
    This is similar to THE SHOCHU FANATIC AWARD except that you get:
    1. One (1) extra Tokyo Swallows baseball cap (that's two in total) [Limited Edition].
    2. Instead of the small shochu server, you get one of the two MEDIUM kilned shochu servers actually pictured in the book! Comes with two (2) kilned drinking vessels and a wooden pedestal. The server itself holds 1.5-2 L of your favorite tipple, and it's the perfect presentation for shochu at your next dinner party.
    3. There are four Mt. Fuji glasses pictured in the book, and you can have two (2) of them [Limited Edition].
    4. 20+ minute Skype/Google Talk call to discuss the intricacies of shochu (or most any other topic, really).
    5. One (1) extra signed copy of the paperback book--signed or unsigned (two total).
    [International S/H included.]

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