James Udesky is universally acknowledged as a soba authority in Tokyo, Japan, which is a rare honor for a foreigner. In 1979, James moved to Japan to learn how to make rice cakes and become a health-food producer. After three years, he was ready to leave, but then came a chance encounter with what he calls "the most incredible noodles" at a little soba house in Tokyo. Something "just connected" with him, and he turned to studying soba. James wrote his first book “The Book of Soba” back in 1988. Udesky is now promoting his music and soba art to the world.