Just Japan Podcast

In Episode 94 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks about New Year's traditions in Japan. New Years is the most important holiday of the year for Japanese people. Kevin talks about some traditions such as ringing in the New Year with 108 bells, the O-Sechi meal, special money for children, New Year's cleaning, mochi, soba noodles on New Year's Eve and the first visit to the shrine on January 1st. Kevin also talks about the famous NHK New Year's music television show Kohaku Uta Gassen (Kohaku) and how this year there will be a Star Wars theme!

Happy New Year everyone and thank you for being so AWESOME!


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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:07am EST

Just Japan Podcast 93: Living in Tokyo

In Episode 93 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with returning panelists Hikosaemon and Jenny Silver about living in Tokyo, Japan's largest city. Life in Tokyo is certainly different than in other parts of Japan. It's bigger, more crowded, maybe more expensive, but it's also more exciting and has more ammenities than other parts of the country. Kevin chats with two people who have a lot of experience living in Tokyo and enjoying the city to the fullest! There are many good reasons why so many people not only want to visit Tokyo, but live there as well.

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! 2015 was a great year for the podcast and 2016 will be even better! Thanks for your continued support!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 2:19am EST

Just Japan Podcast 92: Christmas Party in Japan!

In Episode 92 of the Just Japan Podcast there's a party! A Christmas Party! Guests Steve Miller of the Asia News Weekly Podcast, Mully of the Mully's Place Podcast and Kathryn and Russ of the Kitty Does Japan YouTube channel join the podcast for the 2nd annual Christmas Party Podcast! Learn about Christmas in Japan and Korea. How do people celebrate the occasion? What do they eat and what do they do? The guests share fun stories about the Holiday Season in Japan and South Korea as well as their favorite Holiday movies and activities.

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:56am EST

Just Japan Podcast 91: Marrying a Japanese Woman

In Episode 91 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea speaks with returning panelists Brian Waters and Jim Mullins about being foreigners in Japan married to Japanese women. How do cutlural differences between make international marriages more challenging? What do the parents of a Japanese woman think about her marrying a foreign man? This week's guests share their tories and some of their insights into international marriages in Japan from the perspective of North American men.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:44am EST

Just Japan Podcast 90: Teaching Adults in Japan

In Episode 90 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea speaks with two long term expats in Japan about teaching adults English. Returning guests Liam Carrigan and Kenny Hanna stop by to talk about the adult English language industry in Japan. How challenging is it to find jobs in this branch of the ESL market? How does it differ from teaching children? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Kenny, Liam and Kevin also share their experiences teaching adults not only in Japan, but South Korea and Hong Kong as well.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:33am EST

Just Japan Podcast 89: Gundam

In Episode 89 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Andrew Higgins about Gundam. Andrew tells us about the iconic Japanese animation series. What is Gundam? How popular is it here in Japan as well as abroad? Andrew also talks about building Gundam model kits as the giant life-sized Gundam mech at the Gundam Museum in Tokyo.

This week's episode also features the Just Japan Podcast "mail-bag section" where Kevin and Andrew answer some listener questions about Star Wars in Japan as well as dating.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:12am EST

Just Japan Podcast 88: Kendama

In Episode 88 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with kendama player Ryan Cabal "rysofunny" on Instagram about the traditional Japanese trick toy, the kendama. Ryan is an American living in South Korea and a kendama enthusiast. He talks about his background as a kendama player, his frequesnt trips to Japan to participate in events as well as the kendama community in Japan, Korea and around the world.

In this episode of the podcast we learn that the kendama is certainly one cool toy and it takes a lot of practice and skill if you want to be noticed with it!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:57pm EST

Just Japan Podcast 87: Cartooning in Japan (with a Texan in Tokyo)

In Episode 87 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with returning guest Grace Mineta. Also known as a Texan in Tokyo on YouTube, Grace is an accomplished cartoonist, blogger and jvlogger (Japan YouTuber). Grace talks about her origins as a cartoonist, the cartoons she draws here in Japan and how she has published her work over the years. Grace talks about her web published work as well as how she was able to publish her cartoons in paperback form.

In this episode you'll hear an inspiring story of self-publishing success.

Kevin also answers listener questions in the Just Japan Podcast "mail bag" section and talks about growing facial hair in the Movember challenge to raise awareness and funds to combat prostate and testicular cancer.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 4:45am EST

Just Japan Podcast 86: Halloween in Japan

Episode 86 of the Just Japan Podcast is all about Halloween. Kevin talks a little bit about the evolution of the Halloween celebration in Japan and we get to hear some spooky tales by "Brother Grimm" Eric Drummond. Eric is a mentalist, performer and parapsycologist based out of Japan.

Happy Halloween to all of the amazing Just Japan Podcast listeners out there!


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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:23pm EST

Just Japan Podcast 85: Self-Publishing and Promotion

In Episode 85 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks with Japan-based writer Baye McNeil. A returning guest, Baye is a Japan Times columnist and author of " Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist" and "Loco in Yokohama." Baye talks about making the transition from blogger to novelist as well as self-publishing and promoting your written work. How do you get your book out there and how do you build an audience? Baye also talks about the Japan Writer's Coference. He will be conducting a workshop at the conference on October 24th, 2015 right here in Kobe, Japan.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:42am EST

Just Japan Podcast 84: Fall in Japan

In Episode 84 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with two long-term expats living in Japan. Pee Jay and Scott join the podcast to talk about Fall in Japan. They chat about the seasonal changes, fashion, seasonal food and beverages, momiji as well as Halloween. They also answer listener questions in the "Mail Bag" portion of the show. Do Japanese people like sweets as much as Westerners? Is it acceptable to consume alcohol in public?

The two winners of the Just Japan Podcast/napaJapan.com snack food contest are announced as well.

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast84FallInJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:11am EST

Just Japan Podcast 83: Snacks, Snacks, Snacks

In Episode 83 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Jason from napanjapan.com about Japanese snacks. Japan is known for its amazing selection of wonderful and sometimes strange snack foods and flavors. Tomato sauce and spaghetti ice cream, sweet bean Pepsi and Eggs Benedict potato chips...all realities in Japan! No one knows more about snacks in Japan than Jason, a Canadian based out of Hokkaido who provides snacks to people all around the world via his online store, NapaJapan.

Kevin and Jason also announce a Just Japan Podcast/NapaJapan free snack pack giveaway contest!


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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Just Japan Podcast 82: Ice Hockey in Japan

In Episode 82 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Canadian expat Patrick Kwan about playing ice hockey in Japan. Patrick started playing hockey at the age of 6 in Victoria, British Columbia. When he moved to Japan several years ago as a member of the JET Program he made sure to bring his hockey bag filled with equipment with him. He has been playing ice hockey here ever since. He currently plays with 2 teams in the Kansai area. Have you ever thought about playing hockey in Japan? Do Japanese people like the sport? Is it possible to learn the game in Japan? Can you buy hockey equipment in Japan?

You'll find out in this week's episode!


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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast82IceHockeyinJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:11pm EST

Just Japan Podcast 81: Japan Podcaster Party!

In Episode 81 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks to a panel of Japan-based podcasters about "Everything Japan"! Returning guests and friends of the show sit down to chat about a variety of topics. Kat and Jenny from he Kimochi Uncensored Podcast as well as Jim and Tomoko from the Mully's Place Podcast answer Just Japan Podcast listener questions in an epic "Podcaster Party!" A wealth of Japan knowledge coming your way this week.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:43am EST

Just Japan Podcast 80: Kyoto Brewing Company

In Episode 80 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks to Benjamin Falck, Chris Hainge and Paul Speed of the Kyoto Brewing Company.  Find out how one of Japan's newest craft breweries got started as well as about the craft beer scene in Japan. Once upon a time beer fans in Japan were limited to rather bland options produced by  major breweries, but luckily that is changing. Ben, Chris and Paul talk about how they met years ago in Aomori Prefecture while working as teachers and how they have turned their dream of making beer into a reality.  

Sit back and listen to this interesting story of entrepreneurship and craft beer. 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:39pm EST

Just Japan Podcast 80: Kyoto Brewing Company

In Episode 80 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks to Benjamin Falck, Chris Hainge and Paul Speed of the Kyoto Brewing Company.  Find out how one of Japan's newest craft breweries got started as well as about the craft beer scene in Japan. Once upon a time beer fans in Japan were limited to rather bland options produced by  major breweries, but luckily that is changing. Ben, Chris and Paul talk about how they met years ago in Aomori Prefecture while working as teachers and how they have turned their dream of making beer into a reality.  

Sit back and listen to this interesting story of entrepreneurship and craft beer. 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:39pm EST

Just Japan Podcast 79: Stereotypes, Retiring and Angry Cops

In Episode 79 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea speaks with a panel of returning guests about their views on Japan. Hikosaemon of YouTube fame, video blogger KansaiPj as well as writer, Liam Carriagan chat with Kevin about a variety of topics generated by the Just Japan Podcast listeners. Is it true that typical Japanese salarymen don't have time for their familes? How does health care in Japan compare to other countries'?  Have we thought about retiring in Japan? Do police in Japan profile foreigners?

These questions and more are discussed on the weekly podcast about "Everything Japan"!

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast79-StereotypesRetiringAndAngryCops.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:59am EST

Just Japan Podcast 78: Marrying People in Japan

In Episode 78 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks to Percival Constantine, an American living in Japan about being a Wedding Celebrant. Sometimes refered to as "fake priests", there are companies in Japan that hire "Western looking" men to act as mock priests at weddings for Japanese couples. This is a trend that is becoming more popular in recent years in Japan. Have that "foreign themed wedding" right here in Japan! Percival also talks about his previous experience as a member of the JET Program, his transition from that job as well as his writing. Percival is also an action/adventure writer. 

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast78-MarryingPeopleInJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:14am EST

Just Japan Podcast 77: English Education in Japan

In Episode 77 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with David Staggs. David, a cohost of the Mully's Place Podcast is a long-term American expat who lives and works in Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan. David came to Japan more than 20 years ago and worked as an eikaiwa (language school) teacher. David's career in English Education has now evolved an he not only runs his own school, but writes a series of ESL textbooks for a publishing country. When not running his school, being a family man or cohosting a podcast, David travels around Japan participating in conferences where he teaches people how to use his textbooks. 

This is definitely an interesting stroy of someone with a great deal of experience in Japan. 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:21am EST

Just Japan Podcast 76: Summer Heat (Bonus Pod)

In this special bonus episode of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin flies solo. In Episode 76, he talks about summer in Japan. What do people do to beat the heat during the long and humid Japanese summer? Kevin answers some listener questions about Japan during the hot season and talks about some of the positive aspects of summer such as fireworks, summer festivals, yukatas and more. 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 2:38am EST

Just Japan Podcast 75: Fishing in Japan

In Episode 75 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks to Jonathan Cooper, an Australian living and working in Japan. Jonathan is an avid salt water fisherman and sea kayaker. He talks about how you can get started fishing in Japan as well as his own fishing and kayaking adventures. Jonathan has lived in several parts of Japan and now spends most of his time fishing around the islands off the coast of Hiroshima. If you are interested in the outdoors and a more relaxed lifestyle in Japan, this is the episode for you!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:53am EST

Just Japan Podcast 74: Judo in Japan

In Episode 74 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks to Robby Jones, an American living and working in Japan about Judo. Robby began training in America while in universiaty and continued his Judo training in Chiba and Iwate here in Japan. He talks about the culture surrounding Judo in Japan as well as the differences one can expect between training in America versus training in Japan. 

Also in this episode, the Just Japan Podcast "mailbag" returns! Kevin answers listener questions about Japan. 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Just Japan Podcast 73: Typhoons

In Episode 73 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks about typhoons in Japan. Some of this episode was actually recorded outside during Typhoon Nangka which hit parts of Japan earlier this week. Kevin also chats with long-term expat and friend of the show, Pee Jay about living in Japan during typhoon season. If you plan to live in Japan at some point, you will have to deal with typhoons. 

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast73Typhoons.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:17am EST

Just Japan Podcast 72: Texan in Tokyo

In Episode 72 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea interviews comic artist Grace Mineta. Grace is a writer, cartoonist and video blogger living in Japan. She hails from the United States and has self-published three books of her cartoons and has the extremely popular YouTube channel "Texan in Tokyo" where she makes videos about life in Japan with her husband Ryosuke.  We talk about why she came to Japan, her comics, her writing and what it's like to be in an international marriage. Another great episode of the Just Japan Podcast to get you excited about Japan!

 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:26am EST

Just Japan Podcast 71: Going to the Dentist

In Episode 71 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks with expats Andrew Higgins (HigginsInJapan on YouTube) and Jim Mullins (Mully's Place Podcast) about their experiences with dentists here in Japan. Many describe the "dental care experience" here in Japan as quite a bit different than in other countries. You'll hear all about how it can be a great experience and how it might be a little frightening. 

In this episode Kevin also talks about the Japanese Star Festival known as "Tanabata."

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:02am EST

Just Japan Podcast 70: Japanista and Climbing Mt. Fuji

In Episode 70 of the Just Japan Podcast, Kevin chats with returning guest Victor Gonzalez. Victor was on epiode 24 where he talked about climbing Mt. Fuji from Sea to Summit. In this episode Victor talks about "Japanistas.com" a Japan travel and lifestyle site. He recently made the transition out the education industry and works as a writer and the editor of Japanistas.com. He also talks about how he made the Sea to Summit Mt. Fuji climb a second time. 

Kevin also answers listen questions about Japan in the Just Japan Podcast "Mail Bag" section. 

 

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast70JapanistaClimbingMtFuji.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:38pm EST

Just Japan Podcast 69: Science Brought Me To Japan

In Episode 69 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks to Dr. Alex Fraser. Alex is an Australian researcher who works at a university in the northern island of Hokkaido. Alex hails from the southern Australian island of Tazmania and specializes in studying Antarctic ice. Kevin and Alex discuss how he first became interested in Japan and the path that lead him here.  They talk about his research, using drones to conduct research as well as the general culture shock and awesomeness of living and working in Japan. 

Kevin also answers some listener questions (from the Facebook page) about living in Japan. 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:13am EST

Just Japan Podcast 68: Putting Down Roots

In Episode 68 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks to returning guest Brian Waters about putting down permanent roots here in Japan. Brian, an American living and working in Japan has made the decision to live in Japan long-term with his family. They have recently built a house and are now settling in. Kevin and Brian talk about his new house, education in Japan and raising a family here. 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:16am EST

Just Japan Podcast 67: A Walk in the Woods

In Episode 67 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea speaks with an old friend from his days teaching in South Korea. Kevin Tarpey is an elementary school teacher from America who is about to embark on a remarkable journey for an important cause. An avid outdoorsman, Kevin lost both of his parents to cancer. In their memory Kevin plans to take on one of the most incredible physical challenges out there to raise fund for the Cam Neely Cancer Foundation. Starting next month, Kevin will thru-hike the 2000 mile (3200 km) Appalachian Trail in one go. He'll start in the American state of Maine and finish in Georgia. The entire journey will be documented on his blog. 

Kevin's AT hiking blog:

http://thegreenhoof.com/

 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:06am EST

Just Japan Podcast 66: Under the Knife

In Episode 66 of the Just Japan Podcast host Kevin O'Shea talks about having surgery in Japan. This can be a frightening experience no matter where you are let alone in a foreign country. Kevin talks about his recent as well as about health care/insurance and dealing with the language barrier in the Japanese health care system. What's it like to go "under the knife" in Japan? In this week's "Mail Bag" section, Kevin is joined by long-term expat in Japan and co-host of the "Mully's Place Podcast" Jim Mullins to answer listener questions!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 5:43am EST

Just Japan Podcast 65: Making Indie Movies in Japan

In Episode 65 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks to Steven Lefever and Kendall Wiliams, two independent filmmakers based in Tokyo. Both Steven and Kendall have a fascinating background in arts and film and are doing some very creative work in Tokyo. They talk about what it takes to get involved in the arts scene in Japan and how to start an indie film project. They talk about their amazing YouTube channel "Tasty English" and their independent film "Jun & Me" which has been submitted to multiple film festivals around the world.

Kevin also talks about last week's guests from the 2 Player Select Podcast, the "Football Ramblings" podcast as well as surgery in Japan!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:22am EST

Just Japan Podcast 64: 2 Player Select Podcast

In Episode 64 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Clinton and Shaun, the cohosts of the 2 Player Select Podcast. Hailing from Canada and Australia, Clinton and Shaun live in Japan and host a weekly podcast that fouses on life in Japan as well as gaming. They talk to Kevin about why they came to Japan, living here and their back grounds in gaming. They also discuss what motivated them to start a weekly podcast. Kevin answers some listener questions in the Just Japan Podcast mail bag section of the show!

 

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:39am EST

Just Japan Podcast 63: Disabled in Japan

In Episode 63, host Kevin O'Shea talks to Michael Gillan Peckitt about being disabled in Japan.  Michael, a Briton who has been living and working as a univeristy professor in Osaka for several years has Cerebral Palsy. He discusses how he is treated in Japan as a "gaijin" and as a person who is disabled. He also talks about the differences between the way he is treated in Japan versus his home back in Britain. Michael also shares his opinions on accessibitiy in Japan as well as possible infrastructure improvements leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast63DisabledInJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:42am EST

Just Japan Podcast 62: Uncensored Feelings in Japan

In Episode 62 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks to the Jenny and Kathryn, the cohosts of the Kimochi Uncensored Podcast. They discuss life in Japan, creating online content and why they decided to start their podcast. Kevin also answers listener questions in the Just Japan Podcast mailbag section.  He talks about dangerous wildlife in Japan, school fees, teaching and living in Japan as well as the Golden Week holiday season. 

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast62UncensoredFeeelingsInJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:27am EST

Tech Japan Podcast 4: Mag Lev Trains and Sneaky Drones in Tokyo

In Episode 4 of the Tech Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks about the latest tech stories coming out of Japan.  JR Central's new Mag Lev train sets a new world record traveling 603 km/h, a mysterious drone is found on the roof of Prime Minister Abe's offices in Tokyo and Samsung is rebranding its Galaxy series of phones in Japan. 

Remember to get a slice of life and culture in Japan with Kevin's other podcast, the Just Japan Podcast weekly.

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Just Japan Podcast 61: Tokyo Cheapo

In Episode 61 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks to Greg Lane, cofounder of the site TokyoCheapo.com. Tokyo Cheapo busts the myth that everything about visiting or living in Tokyo is expensive. Learn about the humble beginnings of this useful and diverse travel and lifestyle website. Greg also explains how it has grown into the popular and successful site it is today. Where can you get cheap food and accomodations in Tokyo? How can you see city sites on the cheap? Is it really posible to spend 3 days and 2 nights for 10,000 Yen? It's all at Tokyo Cheapo.

Kevin also talks about the results of the 2015 Podcast Awards, the amazing support of the Just Japan Podcast community (LOVE you guys), the SecretPandas podcast, upcoming episodes and chocolate!

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast61TokyoCheapo.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:47am EST

Just Japan Podcast 60: YouTube and Podcasting

In Episode 60 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with returning guest Jim Mullins (aka Mully), cohost of the Mully's Place Podcast about video blogging and podcasting in Japan. What does it take to start a YouTube channel or a podcast? Kevin talks about the recent 2015 Osaka YouTube Hanami Party, missing a week of the podcast and how he'll promote your podcast if you want to start one!

Also, The Fulcrum (The Univerity of Ottawa newspaper-- in Canada) recently wrote a story about the Just Japan Podcast and let's cross our fingers...the 2015 Podcast Awards will announce the winners (we're nominated for Best Travel Podcast) April 14th (Las Vegas Time)!

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Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_60-_YouTube_and_Podcasting.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:17am EST

Just Japan Podcast 59: Anime Addicts Anonymous Podcast

In Episode 59 of the Just Japan Podcast host Kevin O'Shea talks to Mistugi and Chiaki, hosts of the Anime Addicts Anonymous Podcast. The AAA Podcast is one of the most popular podcasts about anime and Japanese popular culture. What is anime? What are some of the best known movies and tv series? If you're new to anime, what's a good starting point? This episode looks at an important part of Japanese popular culture. 

Kevin also talks about the Just Japan Podcast being featured in the Cape Breton Post (newspaper), the Kimochi Uncensored Podcast, Osaka YouTube Hanami party and spring in Japan. 

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Direct download: JustJapanJodcast59_AnimeAddictsAnonymousPodcast.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:28am EST

Just Japan Podcast: Tech Japan - LED Lights on Mt. Fuji and Twitter's Periscope

In this episode of the Just Japan Podcast - Tech Japan podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks about Kirobo, the Japanese robot designed to keep astronauts company in space, a company that wants to put LED lights around the peak of Mount Fuji, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the new Twitter live streaming app, Periscope. 

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Direct download: TechJapan-LEDLightsOnMtFujiAndPeriscope.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 5:43am EST

Just Japan Podcast 58: Working as a Jazz Musician in Japan

In Episode 58 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with American jazz musician Jesse Forest. Jesse came to Osaka, Japan a little more than 4 years ago and makes his living as a professional jazz guitar player. He makes his living performing live shows and doing studio recordings here in Japan. Jesse talks about how he came to Japan, the jazz scene in Japan as well as places to buy musical equipement and where to practice in Japan. 

 

In this episode Kevin also talks about the Mully's Place Podcast Facebook page, the Osaka YouTube Hanami Party, the 2015 Podcast Awards, the new "Just Japan Podcast Patreon Campaign" and...ASK GOOGLE VOICE about Japan!

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Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_58_Working_As_A_Jazz_Musician_In_Japan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:56am EST

Just Japan Podcast 57: Sumo…What's the Deal?

In Episode 57 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea speaks with returning guest Jason Harris, the man behind "Jason's All Sumo Channel" on YouTube. They talk about the Japanese sport of Sumo and Jason tells us a little bit about the origins of sumo as well as the basic rules. What makes sumo exciting and at times controversial? They discuss the roll foreign fighters have in the sport in recent years and how some Japanese people feel about it.  Jason also talks about the various tournaments around Japan, how he became interested in the sport and how you can see it live and follow it while in Japan. 

 

In this episode Kevin also talks about the new Patreon campaign for the Just Japan Podcast, the 2015 Podcast Awards nomination as well as the Mully's Place Podcast tshirt campain and upcoming Osaka YouTube Hanami Party. 

 

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast57SumoWhatsTheDeal.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:14pm EST

Just Japan Podcast: Tech Japan - Hackers and Rakuten Invests in Lyft

Just Japan Podcast: Tech Japan - Hackers and Rakuten Invests in Lyft

Some of the latest tech news from Japan. The Japanese government creates new initiatives to combat cyber crime and terrorism, Seven Bank comes out with a new mobile ATM for disaster situations and Rakuten buys a stake in San Francisco ride sharing company Lyft.

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcastTechJapan-HackersRakutenLyft.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:12am EST

Just Japan Podcast 56: Taking the Plunge (Starting Your Own School)

In Episode 56 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks to Ryan Sprague, an American business owner living in Osaka, Japan. Ryan recently left the security of a full-time teaching job to start Melody English, a language school for children with his wife. Kevin and Ryan discuss the transition from being an employee to becoming your own boss as well as what it takes to be an entrepreneur here in Japan. In this episode Kevin also talks about "Just Japan Podcast: Tech Japan", weddings in Japan, the Just Japan Podcast FREE SNACK contest as well as the 2015 Podcast Awards nomination for Best Travel Podcast!

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Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_56_Taking_the_Plunge.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 5:17am EST

Just Japan Podcast: Tech Japan - BBQ Cars and Robot Dogs

In the first episode of Just Japan Podcast: Tech Japan, host Kevin O'Shea brings you some quick tech news stories from Japan. In this week's episode, we look at Nissan's BBQ Car as well as the end of days for Sony's Robot Dogs in Japan. 

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Direct download: JapanJapanPodcast-TechJapan-BBQcarsRobotDogs.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 3:52am EST

Just Japan Podcast 55: Being a Pro Photographer in Japan

In Episode 55 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea speaks with professional photographer Stephen Jackson. Stephen came to Japan interested in photography, but landed his first job as an English teacher. He used teaching as a springboard to his photography career. Teaching got him to Japan where he honed his photography skills. Now he has left the education industry behind is a successful professional photographer working in Japan as well as around the world.  Kevin also talks about Hina Matsuri (Girl's Day) in Japan and the fact that the Just Japan Podcast has been nominated for the 2015 Podcast Award for Best Travel Podcast! YOU CAN VOTE TODAY- we need your help -  (information in the shownotes and in the show itself)!

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast55BeingAProPhotographerInJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:49am EST

Just Japan Podcast 54: Life in Hokkaido

In Episode 54 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea speaks to Jason "aka J-San" of NapaJapan.com. Jason is a Canadian who lives and works in the most northern prefecture and island in Japan, Hokkaido. Jason talks about some of the employment opporunites in the city of Sapporo where he lives. Jason also talks about the weather, lifestyle and differences between life in Hokkaido versus other parts of Japan. Jason talks about NapaJapan.com, a service that allows you to purchase Japanese snacks and treats from anywhere in the world. 

Kevin announces the FIRST ever Just Japan Podcast contest! You can win one of 3 Japanese snack packs from Napajapan.com simply by leaving a review and rating on iTunes or Stitcher! Listen to this episode for more details. 

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Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_54_Life_In_Hokkaido.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:06am EST

Just Japan Podcast 53: Rachel and Jun and YouTube

In Episode 53 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks to Japan-based YouTube content creators, Rachel and Jun. In just a few years Rachel and Jun have watched their YouTube channel grow fom its humble beginnings to having more than 300,000 subscribers. On this week's episode we talk about vlogging on YouTube, Rachel and Jun's channel, how it began to take off and what it's like to be in an international relationship in Japan. Rachel also gives some great tips to aspiring bloggers and vloggers who hope to make themselves noticed online! Hint...become part of the vlogging community!

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Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_53_Rachel_and_Jun_and_YouTube_.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:28am EST

Just Japan Podcast 52: Not So Common Questions About Japan

In Episode 52 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks to returning guests PeeJay and Mully about a wide variety of "Japan topics."  We asked Just Japan Podcast listeners (you guys) to send us questions and you did! We talk about topics such as medication in Japan, unfriendly foreigners, old technolgy, gyms and health clubs, food, geocaching, cycling in Japan and more.

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast52NotSOCommonQuestionsAboutJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:29am EST

Just Japan Podcast 51: Being a Foreign Woman in Japan

In Episode 51 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks to returning guest Jenny Silver about her experiences as a Western woman living and working in Japan. Do the challenges foreign women working in Japan differ from their male counterparts? What opportunities do foreign women working in Japan have and what can they do to prepare themselves for working in such a different culture? In this episode of the podcast, Jenny and Kevin discuss Valentine's Day in Japan. Kevin also talks about the tragic murder of well-known freelance journalist Kenji Goto, Setsubun in Japan and his recent interview on the "Kind of Epic Show" podcast.

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast51BeingaForeignWomanInJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 4:49am EST

Just Japan Podcast 50: Community Involvement

In Episode 50 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea looks at getting involved in the local Japanese community. Some foreigners in Japan feel they are separated from Japanese people, but Josh who lives near Osaka decided to really get involved in is community. Josh talks about his involvement with multiple community organizations in Japan and how it has given him a sense of place here.  

 

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast50CommunityInvolvement.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:59am EST

Just Japan Podcast 49: Kobe Earthquake (20 Years Later)

In Episode 49 of the Just Japan Podcast we look back on the Great Hanshi-Awaji Earthquake (Kobe Earthquake). It struck at 5:46 am on January 17th, 1995 while the people of the city of Kobe slept. This booming port city in Japan was crippled and thousands of people lost their lives. Host Kevin O'Shea discusses the history of the event and talks to Caterina, a Kobe native who lived through the event as well as Mai, who lived in nearby Osaka at the time of the earthquake. They share their first hand experiences of that terrible day. 

This is a special episode for the Just Japan Podcast since the show is based in Kobe, Japan. 

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Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_49_Kobe_Earthquake.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 5:12am EST

Just Japan Podcast 48: Fast Food in Japan

In Episode 48 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks to friends of the show Mully and Pee Jay about fast food in Japan. What types are available in Japan? How does it hold up quality-wise against fast food in other countries? We aslo talk about the ever-growing list of food quality scandals with McDonalds Japan in recent days and weeks! Can I have some human teeth with that burger and fries?????

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Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_48_Fast_Food_in_Japan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 2:34am EST

Just Japan Podcast 47: Being a Writer in Japan (with Baye McNeil)

In Episode 47 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea speaks to Yokohama-based writer Baye McNeil about being a writer in Japan. Hailing from New York City, Baye has been in Japan for more than 10 years. He is well-known for his blog "Loco in Yokohama" and has written two books, "Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist" and "Loco in Yokohama." Baye, also a columnist for The Japan Times discusses how he became a writer, talks about his books and other projects. 

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Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_47_Being_a_Writer_in_Japan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:01am EST

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