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