Richie Hawtin needs no introduction to anyone familiar with electronic music. For 25 years, this Berlin-based, English-Canadian DJ has been at the forefront of techno and he continues to play at major music and art events around the planet.

Less well known is his passion for premium sake and his work introducing Japan's national drink to the rest of the world through his Enter.Sake project.

Ahead of his visits later this spring, Hawtin spoke to The Japan Times about his connection with Japan.