Just Japan Podcast
Just Japan Podcast 138: Japan 2016 - Year in Review

In Episode 138 of the podcast, host Kevin O'Shea looks at some of the biggest news stories of 2016 in Japan. He also talks about some new plans and ideas for the Just Japan Podcast heading into 2017.

Have a happy, healthy and safe New Year everyone and thenk you for listening to the podcast!

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast138YearInReview2016.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:28am EST

Just Japan Podcast: Holiday Bonus - BBC Interview

In this holiday 2016 bonus episode, host Kevin O'Shea talks about his recent interview on BBC Radio 5 Live. Kevin was interviewed on Christmas Day about some aspects of Christmas in Japan such as people eating Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) for Christmas/Christmas eve dinner. Listen to the interview!

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcastHolidayBonus2016.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:43am EST

Just Japan Podcast 137: Christmas and bi-cultural families

Merry Christmas! In episode 137 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with returning guests Brian and Jason about celebrating Christmas in Japan. Tonight's panelists have bi-cultural families so Kevin wanted to know about how they celebrate Christmas in Japan with their families. Was Christmas a big event when they were growing up in Canada and America? How did they celebrate the holiday when their children were younger and now? They also talk about Japan in general at Christmas, KFC at Christmas and many other things!

Merry Christmas from the Just Japan Podcast everyone! You are all awesome!

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast137ChristmasAndBiCulturalFamilies.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:55am EST

Just Japan Podcast 136: Radio DJ in Japan

In Episode 136 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with radio DJ and podcaster Matt Medix. Matt was a successful Internet radio DJ in the United States when a Japanese terrestrial station recruited him and brought him to Japan. He has worked both as a successful radio DJ and as a member of the game development industry here in Japan. Matt has done a lot of exciting things in this country and you're going to love his story! He is also the host of the Rest Radio Show Podcast!

Kevin also talks about the Japan Podtacular podcast meet up on December 28th and answers your "Japan Questions" in the mail bag section of the show!

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast136radioDJinJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:17am EST

Just Japan Podcast 135: Foreign Journalist in Japan

In Episode 135 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks with CBC journalist Adam Walsh. Adam is a reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and is now spending time in Tokyo working with the NHK World. NHK World is the English language branch of Japan's national broadcaster NHK. Adam talks about how he became a journalist in Canada as well as his journey here to Japan. We talk work, cultural differences, food and travel. You'll definitely find this a fascinating discussion!


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Direct download: JJP135ForeignJournalistInJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:42am EST

Just Japan Podcast 134: Shootin the Breeze

In Episode 134 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with friend of the show Jim Mullins (Mully's Place Podcast). They catch up on what's happening with Jim and his wife Tomoko. They chat about the Christmas season here in Japan as well as the upcoming Japan Podtacular podcast meet up on December 28th, here in Kobe, Japan.

Japan Podtacular meet:
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Direct download: JJP134ShootinTheBreeze.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:15am EST

Just Japan Podcast 133: Marathon Madness

In Episode 133 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea flies solo. He talks about this past weekend's Kobe Marathon and how he wasn't able to participate due to an injury. After 3 plus years away from running, Kevin hoped to make this year's Kobe Marathon his 11th full marathon. Things weren't in the cards and a few weeks before the big day he had a knee injury that would sideline him. You get to hear the sounds of the marathon as Kevin cheered runners on near the finish line and of course recorded it!

Even if you aren't interested in running, you'll enjoy this interesting aspect of life for many in Japan!

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Direct download: JJP133MarathonMadness.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:11am EST

Just Japan Podcast 132: runAway Japan

In Episode 132 of the podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks with Dean Newcombe. Dean is the person behind the exciting adventure TV show, "runAway Japan." "How far would you go to discover the soul of Japan?" is the tagline for this unique take on Japan. Dean and his cast mates make their way around Japan using only human power. Watch them run, cycle, kayak, climb and power their way around Japan in a grueling and challenging way. They push themselves and explore the culture and beauty of Japan.

Dean talks about his background in Japan as well as charity work he has done in the past. He also explains the evolution of "runAway Japan" as well as it's future.

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast132-runAwayJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:51am EST

Just Japan Podcast 131: Studying Abroad in Japan

In Episode 131 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea speaks with Christoph, an exchange student at Kobe University from Germany. This is Christoph's 8th time in Japan. He has traveled to Japan, worked in Japan and is now a Graduate student here in Kobe. Christoph talks about his experiences here, how you can study abroad in Japan as well as the ups and downs of life in this country. How should you prepare to come to Japan? What are some of the best parts of the country?


Learn more about Kevin's second podcast, the "All Over the Place Podcast."
http://allovertheplacepodcast.com

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast131StudyingAbroadInJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:53am EST

Just Japan Podcast 130: Halloween Spooktacular 2016

In Episode 130 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks HALLOWEEN with guests Andrew, Mully and Marcus. In the 3rd Just Japan Podcast Halloween Spooktacular, Kevin and guests talk about their childhood Halloween memories in their own countries. What was Halloween like in Canada, America, Singapore and the U.K.? What is Halloween like in Japan? The guys also talk about their top Halloween movie and TV show picks!

Happy Halloween from the Just Japan Podcast!

Kevin also talks about the Just Japan Podcast Fall merchandise campaign which ends November 7th, 2016. Get black and white short-sleeved t-shirts, women's tees, long-sleeved tees, hoodies and coffee mugs! Sizes Small-5XL.

https://teespring.com/justjapanpodcastfall2016


Learn more about Kevin's second podcast, the "All Over the Place Podcast."
http://allovertheplacepodcast.com

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast130HalloweenSpooktacular2016.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:26am EST

Just Japan Podcast 129: Homesick

In episode 129 of the podcast, host Kevin O'Shea flies solo and answers listener questions about being homesick when living abroad in Japan. Kevin talks about his first years in Asia (Korea) and how he dealt with homesickness and how he still feels it from time to time now. Kevin gives some advice to those who are new to Japan and those planning to live here in the future.

Kevin also talks about the Just Japan Podcast Fall merchandise campaign which ends November 7th, 2016. Get black and white short-sleeved t-shirts, women's tees, long-sleeved tees, hoodies and coffee mugs! Sizes Small-5XL.

https://teespring.com/justjapanpodcastfall2016


Learn more about Kevin's second podcast, the "All Over the Place Podcast."
http://allovertheplacepodcast.com

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast129Homesick.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:57am EST

Just Japan Podcast 128: All Over the Place

In Episode 128 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Jim Mullins of the Mully's Place Podcast. They chat about podcasting in Japan, geocaching, Japan Podtacular 2016, quiting smoking and life with Diabetes in Japan! What's one thing they DON'T talk about....the American election! Enjoy another awesome podcast episode...all about Japan!

There's also a NEW Just Japan Podcast merchandise campaign!
https://teespring.com/justjapanpodcastfall2016


Learn more about Kevin's second podcast, the "All Over the Place Podcast."

http://allovertheplacepodcast.com

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast128AllOverThePlace.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:51am EST

Just Japan Podcast 127: Typhoons and Candy Winners

In Episode 127 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks about some recent typhoon activity in Japan and what it's like to have to work during serious weather situations. The winners of the Just Japan Podcast/NapaJapan candy contest are announced and Kevin chats about Kobe Marathon 2016 and his training. Some Patreon shout-outs as well!

Learn more about Kevin's second podcast, the "All Over the Place Podcast."

http://allovertheplacepodcast.com

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Direct download: JustJapanpodcast127TyphoonsAndCandyWinners.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:02pm EST

Just Japan Podcast 126: Climbing Mountains and the Big City

In Episode 126 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with returning guest Victor Gonzalez about his 4th Sea to Summit climb of Mt. Fuji. Most people who tackle the mountain start more than half way up at the 5th Station, but Victor conquers the mountain every year from sea level. Find out about this year's epic hike, the costs behind it as well as his gear and equipment recommendations. Victor also talks about working in Tokyo and life in Japan's biggest city.

Kevin also talks about his new podcast! The "All Over the Place Podcast"

 

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast126ClimbingMountainsAndTheBigCity.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:02pm EST

Just Japan Podcast 125: Candy Contest and Parenting in Japan

In Episode 125 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with returning guest Jason from napajapan.com. Jason, a Canadian long-term resident of Japan talks about raising bi-lingual children in an international family. He and his family live in Hokkaido. How did his children learn to speak English in a pre-Netflix, Hulu and Amazon TV world? What resources did he use to help expose his kids to English while living in a Japanese environment?

Kevin and Jason also talk about an amazing FREE JAPANESE SNACK CONTEST! You can win two prize packs of Japanese treats from napanjapan.com (contest ends Sept. 30th, 2016). --- listen for details!

 

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast125CandyContestAndParentingInJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:13am EST

Just Japan Podcast 124: Raising Bilingual Kids (With the ALT Insider)

In Episode 124 of the podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with returning guest James Winovich. James is the man behind the ALT Insider website and podcast. When not working hard to produce a great podcast and content for English teachers in Japan, James is working hard as a parent. A very common point of thought, study and discussion amongst parents in international families is how to raise your children to be bilingual. This is always a challenge and the Just Japan Podcast loves to bring you different perspectives. Listen to James and Kevin chat about raising bilingual kids and about his website and new Japan resume service!


Kevin also talks about the Just Japan Podcast appearing on iHeartRADIO, the upoming BIG new SECOND PODCAST all about tech, news, fun, retro stuff and weirdness!

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast124RaisingBilingualKids.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18am EST

Just Japan Podcast 123: Questions About Japan

In Episode 123 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea flies solo answering your questions about Japan. Kevin discusses the challenges of raising children in an international family, things he would miss about Japan he would mis if he left, Japanese food he likes, etc. Kevin also talks about a new (second) podcast on the horizon and the upcoming December 2016 Just Japan Podcast/Mully's Place Podcast live event and meet up in Kobe!

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast123QuestionsAboutJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:09am EST

Just Japan Podcast 122: Disrupting Japan

In Episode 122 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with long-term expat and entrepreneur Tim Romero. An experienced business person in Japan, Tim is also the host of the "Disrupting Japan" podcast. His podcast is all about the startup culture in Japan, creating businesses and interviewing those who are active members of Japan's startup business culture. Tim offers a unique glimpse into creating a business in Japan.

At the end of this week's episode there is also a "bonus" audio piece. Listen to a story by Kevin from his "BusanKevin" YouTube channel from 2010! -- Retro Time! Wait til the VERY end...

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast122-DisruptingJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:47pm EST

Just Japan Podcast (Summer Bonus Pod): How I Make the Show

In a special bonus summer episode of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks about what goes into making an episode of the podcast. How is it recorded, edited and uploaded to the Internet and how is it produced? What's the process for finding and interviewing guests? There's a lot of work to get each episode up on places like iTunes, Stitcher Radio and Sound Cloud, but it's all done as a labour of love!

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcastSummerBonus.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52am EST

Just Japan Podcast 121: Entertaining Yourself Then and Now

In Episode 121 of the podcast, host Kevin O'Shea welcomes back regular guests Mully and Pee Jay. Mully and Pee Jay are both long-term expat residents of Japan who arrived here in the early 1990's. What did they do for entertainment in the days before the Internet was around? How did they make friends before there was social networking? Were there English TV shows on Japanese stations? How does the entertainment and social landscape look today as compared to when they first landed in Japan?

Pee Jay and Mully also give some advice to people thinking of coming to Japan for the first time.

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast121EntertainingYourselfThenAndNow.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:14am EST

Just Japan Podcast 120: Retro TV and Japan Stuff!

In Episode 120 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with returning and frequent guest Mully of the Mully's Place Podcast. They take a stroll down memory lane and chat about their favorite TV shows of the 1970's and 80's. They also talk about Japan stuff! Kevin and Jim talk about Japanese food, travel in Japan and Jim's podcast.

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast120-RetroTVandJapanStuff.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:09am EST

Just Japan Podcast 119: Japan and the Rio Games

In Episode 119 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks with Brett Larner of the Japan Running News. With the Rio Summer Olympics kicking off this week, Kevin gets the analysis of the Japanese Athletics team (specifically runners) from Brett. Brett is the "go to guy" when it comes to expertise in the running world in Japan in English. Brett talks a little bit about his site, "Japan Running News" as well as the Japanese athletes to watch out for in Rio. We briefly touch on the Russian doping scandal and talk about what to expect this summer in Rio!

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast119JapanAndRioGames.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:12am EST

Just Japan Podcast 118: PokemonGO in Japan

PokemonGO is in Japan! In Episode 118 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea brings Andrew Higgins back on the podcast to talk about PokemonGo in Japan. When they last talked, the game was in many countries, but not Japan (much to the frustration of both Japanese people and foreigners in Japan). Now it's here! Listen to Andrew and Kevin chat about the game a few days after it dropped!

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast118PokemonGoinJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:06am EST

Just Japan Podcast 117: Hanshin Tigers

In Episode 117 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea speaks with Trevor Raichura, the person behind thehanshintigers.com. His site is the most exhaustive English-language place to learn about the famed Japanese baseball team, follow the most recent news and learn about the players. Trevor even has a podcast about Hanshin Tigers news. Find out what got Trevor interested in Japanese baseball, the Hanshin Tigers and what motivated him to create this amazing website!

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast117HanshinTigers.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:10pm EST

Just Japan Podcast 116: Pokemon Go is a NO in Japan!

In Episode 116 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with returning guest Andrew Higgins about the lack of Pokemon Go in Japan! Weeks after being released in the United States and other countries, the wildly popular game Pokemon Go is still (as of July 20th) unavailable in Japan, the birthplace of Pokemon. Andrew and Kevin chat about the game in general, talk about release date rumours and vent their general frustration in not being able to play the game the world is talking about!

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast116PokemonGoIsANoInJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:47am EST

Just Japan Podcast 115: Red Dragon Diaries

In Episode 115 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Tom Gates of the Red Dragon Diaries YouTube channel. Hailing from the United States, Tom 's popular YouTube channel contains videos about daily life in Korea (and now Japan), teaching and Judo. His passion for Judo makes his videos a fascinating take on life in Korea that we don't see with other vloggers. Tom has also written a book for those interested in life in Korea called "Destiny Nation: Korea." Tom talks about his time in Korea, his book as well as finding a place to train in Judo when in Japan.

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Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast115_Red_Dragon_Diaries.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:53am EST

Just Japan Podcast 114: Writing Manga in Japan

In Episode 114 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with professional comic writer (manga writer) Sean Michael Wilson. Sean is originally from the U.K., but now calls Kumamoto, Japan home. He talks about how he became a comic book writer in the U.K. and how he became a manga writer in Japan. How does the publishing industry work in Japan? How can you get your foot in the door as a foreign writer or artist? If you've ever daydreamed about being a comic writer or artist in Japan, then this is the episode for you!

Sean also talks about the earthquake recovery in Kumamoto, Japan.

Kevin talks about the end of rainy season in Japan, the successful t-shirt campaign, a new Just japan Podcast newsletter email mailing list and a BONUS story (recorded in 2010) at the end of the podcast!

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast114WritingMangaInJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:51am EST

Just Japan Podcast 113: Dog Days of Summer

In Episode 113 of the podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with returning guests, Pee Jay, Andrew Higgins and Jim Mullins "Mully" about life in Japan during the summer months. The Japanese summer has a reputation for being extremely humid and hot. Living or traveling here can be a challenge for many during the Dog Days of Summer. The four long-term residents of Japan chat about what it's really like during the Japanese summer and what they and others do in order to "beat the heat."

Kevin also talks about the awesome, but limited time Just Japan Podcast t-shirt campaign (only available until July 4th, 2016).

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast113-DogDaysOfSummer.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:36am EST

Just Japan Podcast 112: Visit Incredible Kobe

In Episode 112 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with City of Kobe Public Relations Specialist Louise Dendy. They talk about how Louise came to Japan as well as her current role promoting the City of Kobe. What makes Kobe so unique and charming? Why should more people visiting Japan take the time to stop over in Kobe? Kevin and Louise also talk about the Kobe PR Ambassadors program. This is a new initiative from the City of Kobe that has English-speaking foreign volunteers promoting the city on social media (Kevin -the host- is a Kobe PR Ambassador).

Kevin also talks about the awesome, but limited time Just Japan Podcast t-shirt campaign (only available until July 4th, 2016) and helping nature witht the Birds of Kansai Facebook page!

Kobe PR Ambassadors:
https://www.facebook.com/KobePRA/
https://twitter.com/Kobe_PRA

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast112VisitIncredibleKobe.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:43am EST

Just Japan Podcast 111: Raising Bilingual Kids

In Episode 111 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks about raising children in a bilingual family here in Japan. Through anecdotal tales, Kevin shares how he and his Japanese wife are raising their children to speak both Japanese and English while living in Japan. It is a challenging task indeed and every family tackles it in a different way. Kevin also speaks to his wife and 5-year old son about learning second languages!

You also get to hear one of Kevin's "old-timey" stories from YouTube about his first day being a teacher in Asia (South Korea). The audio from a 7-year old YouTube story video is part of this week's episode!

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast111-BilingualKidsINTHEHOUSE.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:25am EST

Just Japan Podcast: T-Shirts

SUPPORT the Just Japan Podcast by picking up some Just Japan Podcast merchandise! The first ever JJP T-Shirt event is here! Shirts are available until July 4th, 2016. Get your Just Japan Podcast T-Shirt (shipped globally) at:

https://teespring.com/justjapanpodcast

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcastTShirts.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:32am EST

Just Japan Podcast 110: My Kids Go to School in Japan

In Episode 110 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with returning guest Brian Waters about being a foreign parent having kids in Japanese schools. The Japanese education system is very different than in other countries. What is it like to have your child attend school in a school system that is very different than the one you know?

Kevin also talks about the Kobe PR Ambassadors initiative which he is a member of. Kevin and others are volunteering to promote the City of Kobe to the world via social media!

Kobe PR Ambassadors:
https://www.facebook.com/KobePRA/
https://twitter.com/Kobe_PRA

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast110-MyKidsGoToSchoolInJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:06am EST

Just Japan Podcast 109: Winning Abroad

In Episode 109 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea speaks with well-known Japan-based writer Baye McNeil. Baye has been on the podcast before talking about his books, "Hi! My Name is Loco and I'm a Racist" and "Loco in Yokohama" as well as talking about being a writer in Japan. In this episode Baye chats about being a writer, but more importantly his Kickstarter campaign to fund the translation of his books into Japanese. Baye also talks about his new book, "Winning Abroad."

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast109WinningAbroad.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:17pm EST

Just Japan Podcast 108: A Bunch of Stuff!

In Episode 108 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea is flying solo and he's answering your questions! That's right...Mail Bag questions left on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are getting tackled in this week's episode. Will same-sex marriage or marijuana ever be legalized in Japan? Can I work in Japan without speaking Japanese? How do you overcome homesickness? Can women carry pepper spray to deter or fight off train molesters? How hard is it to get freelance work in Japan?

The questions are varied an interesting in this week's episode!

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast108ABunchofStuff.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:24am EST

Just Japan Podcast 107: Diabetes in Japan

In Episode 107 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with friend of the show Jim Mullins (Mully) about his recent medical issues in Japan and dealing with health care in Japan for more long-term and serious matters. Jim was recently diagnosed with Diabetes and spent a few weeks in the hospital. He shares his story about how he realized he had this disease, his stay in hospital and his road to recovery (aka...Highway to Health).  Kevin and Jim also discuss the importance of putting pride and fear in the back seat and immediately going to doctors if you think there is something wrong with you health-wise.

Kevin Also talks about Golden Week in Japan, the Kobe Public Relations Ambassadors program and the horrible Fort McMurray fires in Canada.

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast107Diabetes.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:17am EST

Just Japan Podcast 106: Japan Loves Figure Skating

In Episode 106 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with returning guest Pee Jay about figure skating in Japan. Some people may be surprised to learn that figure skating is one of the most popular fan sports in Japan and its' fans are intensely loyal. No matter where you go in the world to see a major skating event it's safe to say there will be a large contingent of Japanese fans there. Pee Jay, an avid figure skating fan himself talks about the fan culture, well-known skaters like Asada Mao and Hanyu Yuzaru as well as why the sport is so popular.

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast106JapanLovesFigureSkating.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:34am EST

Just Japan Podcast 105: Another Walk in the Woods

In Episode 105 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea speaks with returning guest Kevin Tarpey. They talk about Kevin's attempt at through-hiking the Appalachian Trail, his time in Japan (interviewed him live), Japanese hospitality to foreign travelers and other adventures! Kevin (the host) also talks about Hanami, doing volunteer public relations work for the City of Kobe as well a the terrible earthquakes and disaster in the southern island of Kyushu and the City of Kumamoto.

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast105AnotherWalkInTheWoods.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:32am EST

In Episode 104 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Derek Winston, the editor of the Japan travel and lifestyle website, enablejapan.com. The site covers tourist hot spots in Tokyo as well as places to shop and eat. The site includes stories, reviews and videos. Derek himself is also a very interesting person. Having recetnly retired from the United States Navy, Derek's ship was involved in the rescue and recovery operations in the days following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku. He lives in Tokyo with his family where he studies Communications and Journalism at Temple University Japan.

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast104EnAbleJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:51am EST

Just Japan Podcast 103: Going to a Wedding

In Episode 103 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks about being a guest at a wedding in Japan. If you are living in Japan long enough, eventually you will be invited to a wedding. The rules and formalities are very different than in other countries. Kevin talks about the traditions of giving and receiving gifts, when to drink and eat, how to dress and after parties,etc. If you have an interest in Japanese culture, old and modern, you'll enjoy this episode!


Kevin also talks about his nature/wildlife photography page "Birds of Kansai."

https://www.facebook.com/birdsofkansai

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast103GoingToAWedding.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:27am EST

Just Japan Podcast 102: Foreign Family in Japan

In Episode 102 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Orrin Heath (DancesWithCranes on YouTube), a 5th year JET (English language teacher) living in northern Kyoto Prefecture. Orrin, an American citizen, lives here in Japan with his wife who is also American. They came to Japan 5 years ago with little experience in the country and language and have since started a family. Their son was born in a Japanese hospital and they have been raising him quite successfully in foreign country. For those outside of Japan with families and an interest in moving to Japan, Orrin's story is proof that it is definitely possible to raise a family here and enjoy an satisfying and fun life!


Kevin also talks about his nature/wildlife photography page "Birds of Kansai."

https://www.facebook.com/birdsofkansai

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast102ForeignFamilyInJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:20pm EST

Just Japan Podcast 101: Happy in Japan

In Episode 101 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Andrew Marston of the "Happy in Japan" YouTube channel. Andrew was on Episode 17 of the Just Japan Podcast in 2014 talking about his epic cycling adventure accross Japan. In this episode he talks about his return to Japan as well as the travel videos he has been producing for his amazing YouTube channel. They are fun, informative and the editing is great! Learn more about his video production techniques and being Happy in Japan!

Kevin also talks about his nature/wildlife photography page "Birds of Kansai."

https://www.facebook.com/birdsofkansai

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast101HappyJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 2:58am EST

Just Japan Podcast: Quick News

Just a quick announcement to let you know there will be no new episode of the podcast this week, but have no fear, we'll be back with a new one next week!

Until then, check out the home of the podcast at justjapanstuff.com for blog posts and fun stuff about Japan. Also check out our Etsy shop: "Luck of Japan"

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcastNoNewEpisode.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 4:32am EST

Just Japan Podcast 100: (Part 2) First Week in Japan

100 EPISODES!!!!! Thank You Everyone!

In Episode 100 - Part 2 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea shares the stories of past guests about their experiences when they first came to Japan. This celebratory episode (Part 2) features some amazing and entertaining stories from past guests as well as Kevin! What's it really like when you move to a country far away from home with a vastly different culture? Find out!

These tales were accidentally ommited from Episode 100 so here they are in Episode 100 - Part 2!

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Episode 100 - Part 2 guests in order of appearance:

Jenny Silver
Jeff Quinlan

Direct download: JustJaPanPodcast100Part2.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 2:56am EST

Just Japan Podcast 100: First Week in Japan

100 EPISODES!!!!! Thank You Everyone!

In Episode 100 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea shares the stories of past guests about their experiences when they first came to Japan. This celebratory episode features some amazing and entertaining stories from 15 past guests as well as Kevin! What's it really like when you move to a country far away from home with a vastly different culture? Find out!

Kevin also gives out special thanks (100 episodes), podcast goals for 2016 and rambles on about other things...

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Episode 100 guests in order of appearance:

KantoKitsune
Hikosaemon
KansaiPJ
Chillinkansai (Scott)
Joshua Meade
Percival Constantine
Scott Akerman (Unrested)
Baye McNeil
Kathryn Spoor (KittyDoesJapan)
Andrew Higgins
Victor Boggio (Gimmeabreakman)
Brian Waters
Michael Peckitt
J-San (napajapan.com)
Mully

 

 

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast100FirstWeekInJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:56am EST

Just Japan Podcast 99: Fresh Take on Japan

In Episode 99 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with returning guest Kathryn Spoor about her new Japan-related project! The JQNA podcast is a season-based podcast that tackles different issues about life in Japan, but in a non-standard manner. Kathryn doesn't have a cohost or interview people live. She has a group of people from varying backgrounds discuss some pretty different topics about life in Japan. Each week you can hear a wide variety of experiences and thoughts on life in Japan from her panelists. You'll have to subscribe to JQNA in iTunes or on Sound Cloud to know what we're talking about.

Kevin also discusses the podcast schedule, Episode 100, too many surgeries and some nutsy North Koreans launching missles!

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast99JQNA.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:01am EST

Just Japan Podcast 98: ALT Insider Podcast

In Episode 98 of the podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks to James Winovich, the host of the ALT Insider Podcast and the person behind altinsider.com. James has been in Japan for several years and developed a resource website and podcast dedicated to helping those working in Japan as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs). He offers a wealth of knowledge and advice geared towards making people better and happier teachers! Recently the ALT Insider Podcast has branched away from teaching as a topic alone and has done some fascinating episodes about foreigners living and working in Japan in non-teaching related careers. Check out the ALT Insider Podcast and enjoy the interview!

Kevin also talks about surgery in Japan, sick family members and the new home of the Just Japan Podcast:

http://justjapanstuff.com


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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast98ALTinsiderPodcast.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 5:18am EST

Just Japan Podcast: Announcement

The Just Japan Podcast has a new website! Go check it out. Make sure you bookmark it and share it on your social media:

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcastWebsiteAnnouncement.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:27am EST

Just Japan Podcast 97: Learning Japanese

In Episode 97 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks to Adam Shaw (SakanaJin on YouTube) about studying Japanese and life in Japan. Adam studied Japanese in the U.K. for a year before coming to Japan 4 years ago. Since then he has studied Japanese and is working towards his JLPT (Japan Language Proficiency Test) Level 1. They chat about the importance of learning Japanese, what type of studying has worked for Adam as well as using language to learn about Japanese culture.

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast97LearningJapanese.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:02am EST

In Episode 96 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea speaks with Anthony Joh about finding work in Japan. Anthony is the editor of the GaijinPot website. GaijinPot has the biggest English-language job board in Japan and is an important place to visit if looking for work in a variety of industires in Japan. GaijinPot is also known for its blog that shares information about culture and life in Japan. Kevin and Anthony talk about jobs available for foreigners in Japan, qualifications as well as job searching and hunting tips. Anthony discusses topics such as finding work in Japan from abroad, searching here in Japan, visa sponsorship, education qualifications and coming to Japan as a student.

Another episode filled with useful information for those interested in Japan!

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast96FindingAJobInJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 5:13am EST

In Episode 95 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Jay Dee Archer. Jay Dee is a Canadian who has been living and working in Japan for more than 10 years. Jay Dee and his family have decided that it is time for them to make the move back to his home in Canada. Some expats choose to stay in Japan premanently, but most eventually transition back to their own countries after living and working in Japan. This can be challenging for most people, but it becomes far more complicated when you have a family! Jay Dee talks about his motivation for moving back as well as some of the hurdles he and his family face while making this important transition.

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast95LeavingJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:22am EST

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