Just Japan Podcast

In this episode, Kevin chats with Emily Bell about returning to Japan. Emily was born in Santa Barbara, but at the age of 2 moved to Shizuoka, Japan. She grew up in rural Japan and at the age of 14 returned to the United States. She faced challenges such as lacking English fluency and starting high school in a very different culture, but she persevered! She just graduated from university and is about to move to Tokyo. She decided to accept a job offer and will soon start a new adventure, this time as an adult and instead of the Japanese countryside, in the biggest of big cities! Listen to her fascinating story!

 

BTW….Emily’s father is Kurt Bell, aka “Softypapa.” He was our best on episode 217!

 

You can learn a lot about Emily’s adventures by following her father, Kurt Bell:

X: https://twitter.com/softypapa

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/softypapa

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LylesBrother

 

 

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My new Instagram about my health journey…from bad to good!

https://www.instagram.com/turnaround_strength

Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_218_-_Returning_to_Japan_with_Emily_Bell.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:50pm EDT

In this episode, Kevin chats with one of the original Japan YouTubers (jvloggers), Kurt Bell, aka, Softypapa. In the early days of YouTube, Kurt made fascinating videos about his life in rural Shizuoka and brought us along on countless hiking adventures in the deep forests and mountains. We explored abandoned villages and learned about long forgotten shines with Kurt. After 10 years in Japan, he returned to America. After 10 years in California, Kurt is on the verge of retirement and will return to Japan to continue his rural adventures. Learn more about his amazing story in this episode!

 

Kurt on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/@softypapa

 

Kurt on “X’:

https://twitter.com/softypapa

 

 

 

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Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_217_-_Softypapa_2.0.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:22pm EDT

In this Episode, Kevin chats with Tokyo-based entrepreneur, Gregorio. Gregorio is an American who came to Japan in 2008 as a university student and worked for years working in various industries. During the pandemic, he started Monsta Sweets, a cookie company! He made cookies and sold them at pop-ups in Tokyo. He has now opened a full-time brick-and-mortar “Monsta Sweets” shop in Tokyo. Listen to his fascinating story about starting a business from scratch in Tokyo.

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Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_216_-_Monsta_Sweets.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 4:09am EDT

In this episode, Kevin chats with Japanese pop culture expert, Matt Alt. Matt is a Tokyo-based writer who writes extensively about how Japanese pop culture has impacted the world. He has written books about Japanese folklore with his wife, Hiroko Yoda, and worked extensively as a translator and localization expert for the Japanese gaming industry. They talk about Japanese toys, pop culture, folklore, and a lot more. Matt also talks about his latest book, “Pure Invention” all about many of the Japanese inventions that had huge impacts on the rest of the world.

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https://www.mattalt.com/

 

Check out Matt Alt’s books on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Books-Matt-Alt/s?rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3AMatt+Alt

 

 

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Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com


In this episode Kevin shares an amazing conversation with James Reynolds, a British extreme weather and natural events filmmaker based in Tokyo, Japan. James has been traveling the world for almost 20 years filming volcanoes, typhoons, and the aftermaths of earthquakes and tsunamis. James has arguably the most exciting job in Japan! His job stalled during the cover years, but he is now back in the full swing of things. Kevin later shares some listener requests tales of odd transportation events in Japan. This interview originally aired on the Just Asia Podcast in 2023.

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James on X: https://twitter.com/EarthUncutTV

EarthuncutTV on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/earthuncuttv

 

 

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Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_214_-_The_Most_Exciting_Job_in_Japan_.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:07pm EDT

In this episode of the podcast, Kevin O'Shea chats with his friend Kevin Tarpey about exploring rural Japan on foot. Kevin Tarpey lives in rural Shimane Prefecture and is an epic hiker and walker. He has taken many walking adventures such as Shikoku’s 88 Temples Pilgrimage and he writes a regular column for a local newspaper about his walking adventures in Japan. Kevin sees Japan in a way many expats and travelers do.

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YouTube: http://youtube.com/@busankevin

Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_213_-_Exploring_Japan_on_Foot_.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:27pm EDT

Kevin chats with Hiroshima-based Sustainable Travel Consultant, JJ Walsh, in this episode. Joy has lived in Japan since the 1990s and is an entrepreneur, content creator, consultant, and very inspirational person. She helps businesses as well as individuals lead more sustainable lives in Japan. They talk about her “Japan origin story” and the Seek Sustainable Podcast. They also chat about being a travel guide in Japan and buying and renovating old homes.

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Seek Sustainable Podcast:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/seek-sustainable-japan/id1520832272

Joy on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbjRdeieOLGes008y_I9y5Q

 

 

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In this episode we chat with Jason, the man behind napajapan.com. NapaJapan is one of the best places online to buy Japanese snacks, candy, drinks, and other delicious treats. Jason first appeared on the podcast in 2015. We catch up and learn all about how Jason started his snack business in Japan, how he weathered the cover storm as an online retailer, and a lot more. There's also a big treat, if you use the code “justjapan20” at checkout, you can get a 20% discount on an order from napajapan.com! ALSO….support our NEW Patreon campaign!

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Do some amazing Japanese snack shopping today:

https://www.napajapan.com/

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https://www.instagram.com/napajapan/

NapaJapan on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/napaJapan/

 

 

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patreon.com/JustJapanPodcast97

 

 

 

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TikTok: @busankevin2

Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_211-_Japanese_Candy_and_Snacks.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:04pm EDT

In this episode, we are back with Jim Mullins, an expat resident of Japan for 33 years. We catch up on his life lately and chat about inflation in Japan. Is it as noticeable as in other countries? Mully also tells us about what he’s been up to lately. The conversation even turns to shaving and shaving supplies in Japan!

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Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_210_-_Mully_and_Shaving.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 3:28am EDT

We are back and we chatted with Pee Jay about teaching at universities in Japan. Pee Jay talked about this topic in episode 27 in August of 2014. A lot has changed since then and we learn a little about this long-term expat in Japan and how to get a job teaching at universities in Japan. What is it like to find work? What are the conditions like once you start working in a university? If you are considering working in Japan, this might be the episode for you!

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https://www.instagram.com/kansai_pee_jay/⁠

 

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Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_209_-_University_Jobs_in_Japan.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 5:21am EDT

In the Fall of 2023, Tony Dot Vega walked the entire Tokaido Road. He walked 500 km from Kyoto to Tokyo. This would be an amazing and challenging adventure for anyone, but Tony’s journey was even more incredible because he did it sol and he’s legally blind. Listen to Tony’s amazing Japan story. Kevin chats with Tony about how he learned to speak Japanese, how he originally came to Japan, and how he took on the Tokaido Road Challenge and shared it with the world on social media.

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Tony online:

JapanKyo.com

https://japankyo.com

 

The Tokaido Challenge YouTube Playlist:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7ALB_S1KyWunL6kIbGu_Vtmswe1qxlHq

 

Tony on X:

https://twitter.com/thevegatony

 

Check out the episode of Japan Station where Tony interviewed me:

https://www.japankyo.com/2021/02/japan-china-covid19-experience/

 

 

 

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We are back with another fantastic conversation about Japan. Kevin chats with Dave in Osaka, one of the original Japan live-streamers. If you’re interested in seeing Maiko in Kyoto or festivals throughout Japan, Dave’s YouTube and Twitter are the places to be. He started back in the days of Periscope and continues to create great content with amazing cultural and travel connections.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaveInOsaka

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@DaveinOsaka

 

 

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Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_207_-_Dave_in_Osaka.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 4:23am EDT

Have you ever heard of Chikara Ishi 力石 or Strength Stones in Japan? Probably not. Kevin chats with Osaka-based strength athlete, David Dunlap about the history of stone lifting in Japan. Now, an almost lost sport, Chikara Ishi was once renowned and revered around Japan. Today,  strength athletes such as David and the World’s Strongest Man, Martins Licis are trying to put the sport back on the map in Japan. Learn more about this fascinating piece of Japanese history.

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https://www.youtube.com/@nonbei_power

 

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https://www.instagram.com/nonbei.power

 

 

Check out the Strength Unknown video with Martins Licis and David:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CEjK9haKSQ

 

 

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In this episode, Kevin chats with Jim Mullins, aka, Mully. Jim has called Japan home for 32 years and appeared on the Just Japan Podcast more than 20 times. Kevin and Jim catch up on life and talk about Jim’s years as a content creator in Japan. They also chat about what has kept Mully in Japan for so long and even about his Podcast, the Mully’s Place Podcast.

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Check out the Supernatural Japan Podcast:

https://podcasts.apple.com/jp/podcast/supernatural-japan/id1616675498

 

 

Just Japan Podcast:

Facebook:

http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Twitter (X): https://twitter.com/MadForMaple

Bluesky: @madformaple

Instagram (travel and life): https://instagram.com/jlandkev

YouTube: http://youtube.com/@busankevin

 

Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_205_-_Long-Term_Expat_-_Return_of_Mully.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 3:51am EDT

Kevin has a fantastic chat with television producer and Japan-based personality, Riki Ohkanda. Riki has a passion for celebrating the Japanese kimono and other aspects of traditional living in Japan. She can often be seen on Twitter sharing her impressive kimono knowledge and fashion and was recently featured on an NHK World television program about the iconic traveler, Isabella Bird. She talks about how she arrived in Japan, became interested in the culture, and uses Twitter (X) to share positivity and a love of Japan. (This interview was originally part of the Just Asia Podcast in Spring 2023)

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Riki Ohkanda (Paprika Girl) on X:

https://twitter.com/PaprikaGirl_JP

 

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Facebook: http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Twitter (X): https://twitter.com/MadForMaple

Bluesky: @madformaple

Instagram (travel and life): https://instagram.com/jlandkev

YouTube: http://youtube.com/@busankevin

Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com


We are back! Are you still out there listening? In this episode, we chat with Casey Bean, an American living in Ishikawa Prefecture 石川県. He talks about how he found his way to Japan, life in a slower-paced area of Japan, and his podcasts, The Bean Pod, and Ishikawa Summit to Sea. We also talk about forest gardening, chickens, and recording original music, and Casey advises listeners seeking the slow life in rural Japan.

 

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Instagram (nature stuff): https://instagram.com/shizenwildlife

YouTube: http://youtube.com/@busankevin

 

 

Casey’s Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TBeanpod

The Bean Pod: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-beanpod-podcast/id1466025228

Ishikawa Summit to Sea: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ishikawa-summit-to-sea/id1528933719

 

Casey’s original music:

Apple Music:

https://music.apple.com/jp/artist/casey-bean/1651202917?l=en

 

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/1S3zduDWaH7xzmwbuP3t8p?si=C52ld3tPTlmsp83-ewfImQ&nd=1

 

Bandcamp Album Links:

https://caseybean.bandcamp.com/album/black-white

https://caseybean.bandcamp.com/album/before-dark


International educator and podcaster, Kevin O’Shea brings you some interesting takes on a long life living abroad in Asia. The Just Asia Podcast profiles fascinating expats living across Asia doing amazing things. He talks to people in Japan, South Korea, China, Malaysia and more. Listen to their stories and be inspired by the lives they lead.

 

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/just-asia/id1674193428

 

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2qBwXhrGswVKwd7HlwwP8E

 

Amazon Music:

https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/daa3e5dd-7705-459a-8232-cc887772e096/just-asia

 

Stitcher:

https://www.stitcher.com/show/1071669

 

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9kYjViZjUwMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw

 

 

 

© Kevin O'Shea 2023

Direct download: Just_Japan_-_Just_Asia_Advery_-_June_2023.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41pm EDT

International educator and podcaster, Kevin O’Shea brings you some interesting takes on a long life living abroad in Asia. From the quirky facets of life in Japan to living under covid restrictions in China. Kevin talks about food, travel, raising 3rd culture kids, gardening, teaching at international schools, and a lot more. International living has a lot of ups and sometimes downs. Next stop…Malaysia for even more food, travel, and life adventures!

 

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/just-asia/id1674193428

 

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2qBwXhrGswVKwd7HlwwP8E


It’s been almost 3 years and we are back! Just Japan Podcast host stops by to say, “Hello” with his son Kai. They give some life updates and talk about his new podcast! The Supernatural Japan Podcast has a little something for every Japan enthusiast! SUBSCRIBE today!

 

Supernatural Japan on Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/supernatural-japan/id1616675498

 

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy84ZGE0YTI0NC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw

 

Anchor:

https://anchor.fm/supernatural-japan

 

The Supernatural Japan podcast is now on Amazon Music!

https://music.amazon.com/.../dedb712b.../supernatural-japan

 

Stitcher:

https://www.stitcher.com/show/supernatural-japan

 

Follow Supernatural Japan on Instagram:

http://instagram.com/supernaturaljapan

 

JOIN the Supernatural Japan Facebook Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/supernaturaljapan

Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_202-_Supernatural_Japan_.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 4:15am EDT

After several years working as a reporter for NHK news, returning guest, Adam Walsh will return to Canada to continue his journalism career there. Adam talks about some of the highlights of his time covering Japan as a journalist and what its like to live and work Japan.

Home of the podcast:
https://justjapanstuff.com/

Twitter: @madformaple

Facebook:
http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Direct download: JJP_201_Reporter_Leavin_on_a_Jet_Plane.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:53am EDT

200 episodes! Past guests join Kevin to chat about 200 episodes of the Just Japan Podcast! Join in the fun! Trivia and silliness are the order of the day!

Podcast page:
http://justjapanstuff.com

Twitter: @madformaple

Facebook:
http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Direct download: JJP_200_PARTY.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:41am EDT

What's the deal with Japanese whiskey? Why has it become so famous? Is it really that good? In this episode of the JJP, we chat with writer Brian Ashcraft about the history of whiskey in Japan. We also chat about his work with Kotaku, the Japan Times and the books he's written.

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Facebook:

http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Direct download: JJP_199-_Japanese_Whisky_with_Brian_Ashcraft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:12am EDT

What does it take to get a university job in Japan? This week we chat with university instructor PeeJay. He talks about the qualifications you need to work in Japanese universities and how to find work. Get ready, episode 200 is coming soon!

 

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http://justjapanstuff.com

Twitter: @madformaple

Facebook:
http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_198_Univeristy_Jobs.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:19am EDT

Like Japanese food? Wanna see lots of it on YouTube? This week, in Episode 197, we chat with Eric Berg, aka, Ericsurf6 of YouTube fame! This Japan-based food vlogger has seen a great deal of success over the years on YouTube and his channel is going stronger than ever. If you like Japan and food, then you'll enjoy this interview!
 
Podcast page:
 
Twitter: @madformaple
 
Facebook:
Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_197_-_Eric_Meal_Time.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05am EDT

This week on the Just Japan Podcast we have a special treat. You get to listen to two chats Kevin had with regular guest PeeJay from 10 years ago! These chats are from their old collaborative YouTube channel, Two Beers in Asia. Next week, Kevin will be back with a regular and up-to-date interview!

Podcast page:
http://justjapanstuff.com

Twitter: @madformaple

Facebook:
http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Direct download: JJP_196_10_Years_Back_in_Time_2.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:53am EDT

In this episode, we chat with Kyoto, Japan-based filmmaker, Felicity Tillack about her full-length film, Impossible to Imagine which is set in Kyoto, Japan. We discuss this exciting project as well as other fascinating creative projects she has worked on in the past.

Podcast page:
http://justjapanstuff.com

Twitter: @madformaple

Facebook:
http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Direct download: Just_Japan_Podcast_195_-_impossible_to_imagine.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:54pm EDT

In Episode 194, Kevin catches up with long time friends of the show, Andrew Higgins and Mully! They catch up and chat about what they are currently doing in Japan. It's been awhile and we're happy to be back.

Home of the podcast: http://justjapanstuff.com

Twitter: @madformaple

New Podcast:
Making Better Teachers Podcast
http://makingbetterteachers.com

Direct download: JJP_194_Catching_Up.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:36am EDT

In this update edition of the Just Japan Podcast, Kevin fills you in on where he has been and why you haven't heard the JJP in some time. He also talks about his new podcast all about education, the Making Better Teachers Podcast.

Making Better Teachers Podcast:
http://makingbetterteachers.com

Twitter: @madformaple

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast192Updates.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:24am EDT

In JJP 192, Kevin chats with Earth Uncut TV's James Reynolds and Kansai Pee Jay about the recent typhoon (Typhoon Jebi - Typhoon 21) that smashed into the Kansai region of Japan. This was the most powerful and destructive typhoon to hit the Kansai region of Japan in the past 50 years. Both James and Pee Jay experienced the typhoon first hand and share those experiences with you folks!

Just Japan Podcast:
http://justjapanstuff.com

Twitter: @madformaple
http://twitter.com/madformaple

Instagram: @japannightscenes
http://instagram.com/japannightscenes

Facebook: http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

 

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast192TyphoonPummelsJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14am EDT

In JJP 191, host Kevin O'Shea chats with the podcast's youngest guest, 8-year-old Kai (the host's son) about his experiences as a young student in Japanese elementary school versus an international school. Kai completed kindergarten and one semester of Grade One in Japan. He just finished his Grade One year at a large IB/PYP international school in Beijing. What are the differences in the eyes of a kid? What did he like about each school and how do they compare?

Just Japan Podcast:
http://justjapanstuff.com

Twitter: @madformaple
http://twitter.com/madformaple

Instagram: @japannightscenes
http://instagram.com/japannightscenes

Facebook:
http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast191JapaneseVSinternationalSchool.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

In JJP 190, Kevin gives some updates while on summer holiday in Canada. There will be no regular episodes of the Just Japan Podcast until August 2018.

New Twitter home: @madformaple
http://twitter.com/madformaple

New Japan Instagram feed: @japannightscenes
http://instagram.com/japannightscenes

Facebook:
http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Home
http://justjapanstuff.com

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast190SummerBreak.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18am EDT

In JJP 189, host Kevin O'Shea talks about his experience with the Osaka Earthquake. Kevin and his family flew into Osaka from Beijing the night before the earthquake to start their summer vacation. He also discusses an appearance on The Weather Channel Podcast talking about the quake, plans while in Kobe for two weeks and the upcoming Just Japan Podcast meet up in Kobe, Japan!

Follow the podcast on Twitter: @madformaple

Instagram: @jlandkev

Facebook: http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Podcast landing pad: justjapanstuff.com

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast189OsakaEarthquake.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:37pm EDT

In JJP 188, Kevin O'Shea chats with acclaimed horror (and all things Japan-creepy) writer Thersa Matsuura about her writing as well as her podcast, Uncanny Japan. Thersa researches and writes about the darker side of Japan. She was nominated by the Horror Writer's Association for a 2017 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection for her book, "The Carp-Faced Boy and Other Tales." She created the Uncanny Japan podcast to share her dark tales of Japan with people around the world.

Home of the podcast:
http://justjapanstuff.com

Facebook:
http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Twitter and Instagram: @jlandkev

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast188UncannyJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:03am EDT

In JJP187, host Kevin chats about entertaining yourself in Japan, "way back when" versus now! Returning guests Andrew Higgins and Pee Jay talk about the different things they did for fun when they first arrived in Japan and their first few years in the country versus now. As you become more used to Japan and your life interests change, the things you do for fun change as well. Join the crew for a really fun conversation as well as a bonus story at the end of the podcast.


Home of the podcast:
http://justjapanstuff.com

Facebook:
http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Twitter and Instagram: @jlandkev

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast187FunInJapanThenANdNow.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:46am EDT

In JJP 186, host Kevin O'Shea reflects on some aspects of his time in Japan (solo episode this week). What were some mistakes he made while dealing with work and Japanese culture in general? Kevin also makes a counter to episode 184 (negative in Japan) and highlights a couple of friends who are happy and successful in Japan.

Just Japan Podcast home online:
http://justjapanstuff.com

Facebook:
http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Twitter:
http://twitter.com/jlandkev (@jlandkev)

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast186SuccessesAndMistakes.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49am EDT

In JJP 185, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Mike Cash, host of the Hanzai Podcast, a podcast about crime in Japan. The Hanzai Podcast is a weekly roundup of crime stories from around Japan as well as in-depth episodes about major crimes in Japan. If you like Japan and have an interest in true crime podcasts, you'll like the Hanzai Podcast.

http://justjapanstuff.com/

Podcast Facebook Page:
http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Twitter: @jlandkev

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast185TrueCrimeInJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:30am EDT

In JJP 184 Kevin chats with returning guest Mully about negative foreigners in Japan. Whether living in Japan for a short time or long-term, you will inevitably run into negative foreigners. They seem to be the kind of people who complain about everything and are never happy. They also really seem to really dislike it when people say, "If you don't like Japan, then leave!" they also talk about more uplifting and positive aspects of being a Gaijin in Japan.

Just Japan Stuff (the home of the podcast):
http://justjapanstuff.com/

Podcast Facebook Page:
http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Twitter: @jlandkev

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast184NegativeinJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:38am EDT

IN JJP 183, Kevin chats with Tom from @BeingKansai on Twitter. @BeingKansai is probably the best source of cultural news and events going on in the Kansai region of Japan. If you are in Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, etc. and are not sure what to do on any given weekend, @BeingKansai will give you lots of ideas! Tom and Kevin discuss the end of Hanami season in Japan as well as the various seasonal changes. With the changing weather comes new festivals, cultural events, and seasonal food!

Home of the podcast - Just Japan Stuff:
https://justjapanstuff.com/

Twitter and Instagram: @jlandkev

Facebook: http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast183ChangingSeasonsFoodandMore.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:02am EDT

In JJP 182, host Kevin O'Shea answers some listener questions about life in Beijing, China. After nearly 10 years of living and working in Japan, Kevin moved to Beijing last summer with his family for work. What is it like to live in China's capital city? What are the differences between Beijing and Kobe, Japan?  This episode is a solo show, a little different than usual, but something you'll enjoy!
 
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Facebook:
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Twitter: @jlandkev
Direct download: JustJapanPodcast182JapanTobeijing.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:32am EDT

In JJP 181, host Kevin O'Shea chats with returning guest Brian Waters about being a parent in Japan. They talk about the cultural differences between Canada, America, and Japan in school and with regards to raising children. The pressure put on mothers with school PTO's, after school studying (juku) and future education plans. When you move from another country to Japan and decide to start a family, things can get really interesting and surprising when your kids start school!

NEW BLOG! http://makingbetterteachers.com/

Come on over to Just Japan Stuff (home of the podcast):
http://justjapanstuff.com

Follow the podcast on Twiter and Instagram: @jlandkev
Facebook: http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Check us out on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/busankevin

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast181.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:38pm EDT

JJP 180 - Host Kevin O'Shea chats with Jim "Mully" Mullins about some listener questions about Japan. They talk Japanese and Chinese food, traveling in Japan and some "must see" travel destinations.

Come on over to Just Japan Stuff (home of the podcast):
http://justjapanstuff.com

Follow the podcast on Twiter and Instagram: @jlandkev

Check us out on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/busankevin

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast180JapanQuestions.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57am EDT

JJP host Kevin chats with guests Mully and Tomoko about owning a pet in Japan. If you're in Japan, what's the process you must go through to buy and license a dog? How do you deal with medical issues and expenses? What happens if your dog gets attacked by other dogs!? A lot of great information in this episode for those of you already in Japan or thinking of coming to Japan and getting a dog.

Home of the podcast - Just Japan Stuff:
https://justjapanstuff.com/

Twitter and Instagram: @jlandkev

Facebook: http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast179-OwningAPet.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:57pm EDT

JJP 178, host Kevin O'Shea chats with returning guest Pee Jay about the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and more specifically, the gold medal performance by Japanese skater, Yuzuru Hanyu. Pee Jay talks about Hanyu's history, recent injury and his performance at the Olympics. Olympians are more than just household names in Japan and top figure skaters are literally superstar!

Home of the podcast - Just Japan Stuff:
https://justjapanstuff.com/

Twitter and Instagram: @jlandkev

Facebook: http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast178OlympicGold.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30am EDT

JJP host Kevin chats with Damian Hackett, an Australian teacher living in Japan. After nearly 15 years as a teacher in Japan, Damian is taking the leap from the education sector to the agricultural sector. That's right! He's about to become a farmer in Japan. Learn more about his fascinating story and how he and his family will move from urban Kansai to rural Hiroshima Prefecture to become farmers. You'll love this story!

Home of the podcast - Just Japan Stuff:
https://justjapanstuff.com/

Twitter and Instagram: @jlandkev

Facebook: http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast177FromTeachingToFarming.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:37am EDT

JJP host Kevin chats with Andrew Higgins (Higgins in Japan on YouTube) about surviving in Japan on an English Teacher's salary. Is it possible? How low are entry-level salaries and what does it take to earn more? They also discuss the PyeongChang Olympics and the news that YouTube just demonetized all of Logan Paul's videos (you'll remember the controversy surrounding him and Japan's "Suicide Forest").

Home of the podcast - Just Japan Stuff:
https://justjapanstuff.com/

Twitter and Instagram: @jlandkev

Facebook: http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast176_-_Surviving.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 4:48am EDT

JJP host Kevin chats with first time guest, Kaori about Awa Odori (Awa Dancing), a famous style of traditional dancing from Tokushima in Japan. Kaori explains what this style of dancing is and how she got involved in this very fun and energetic folk tradition in Japan. This week's show also features a piece by contributor Felicity Tillack about her really interesting Stay Japan experience.

Come on over to Just Japan Stuff (home of the podcast):
http://justjapanstuff.com

FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Follow the podcast on Twiter and Instagram: @jlandkev

Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast175AwaOdoriAndJapaneseFestivals.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17am EDT

In episode 174 of the podcast, Kevin chats with returning guest Felicity Tillack about her recent documentary, "Third Culture Kids in Japan." Felicity looked at the lives of people brought up in Japan, but have parents who are from other countries. They often find themselves in an interesting cultural dilemma. Learn more about some of the challenges these kids face.

Come on over to Just Japan Stuff (home of the podcast):
http://justjapanstuff.com

Follow the podcast on Twiter and Instagram: @jlandkev

Facebook: http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Check us out on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/busankevin

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast1743rdCultureKidsInJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:15am EDT

JJP host Kevin chats with Tokyo-based travel writer Rob Goss. Rob has written extensively about Japan for publications such as National Geographic and Lonely Planet and recently published a book about Japanese onsen and ryokan. Learn more about these traditional Japanese inns and hot springs and why you should experience them when you visit Japan.

Come on over to Just Japan Stuff (home of the podcast):
http://justjapanstuff.com

Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @jlandkev

Check us out on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/busankevin

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast173JapaneseOnsenAndRyokan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:35am EDT

Japan loves all things cute and they love their mascots. In episode 172, Kevin chats with Chris, the man behind the popular Twitter feed @mondomascots. His feed and website are dedicated to the cute and whacky world of Japanese mascots. Chris talks about the endless parade of mascots throughout Japan and mascot culture. It's a fun episode about a very Japanese thing!

Come on over to Just Japan Stuff (home of the podcast):
http://justjapanstuff.com

Follow the podcast on Twiter and Instagram: @jlandkev
Facebook: http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

Check us out on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/busankevin

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast172MondoMascots.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:41am EDT

In Episode 171 of the podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Josh Yates about writing in Japan and the Kyoto/Kobe Writer's Groups. A returning guest, Josh talks about his involvement in the local writing scene in the Kansai region of Japan as well as the Kyoto and Kobe Writer's Groups. If you are aspiring writer in this part of Japan, the Kyoto and Kobe Writer's Groups are wonderful ways to network and get your name/work out there.

Home of the podcast - Just Japan Stuff:
https://justjapanstuff.com/

Twitter and Instagram: @jlandkev

Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast171KyotoWriters.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:58am EDT

In this Episode of the podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks about the past year with the Just Japan Podcast and some goals for 2018. 2017 saw some highs and lows for the podcast and this year, some big things are planned! Kevin also shares some Japan travel tips to help you with your next visit to Japan.

Home of the podcast - Just Japan Stuff:
https://justjapanstuff.com/

Twitter and Instagram: @jlandkev

Facebook: http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff

 

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast170-Goalsfor2018.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 1:49am EDT

In this Episode of the Just Japan Podcast we learn more about therealjapan.com. Kevin chats with Rob, the person behind one of the best Japan-centric travel and culture websites out there. Learn more about what got Rob interested in Japan and what motivated him to start "The Real Japan." Find out how the site has grown over the years and where it is going. If you are interested in traveling or moving to Japan (just plain interested in Japan), you'll be happy you found therealjapan.com.

  

Come on over to Just Japan Stuff (home of the podcast): http://justjapanstuff.com

 Follow the podcast on Twiter and Instagram: @jlandkev

 Check us out on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/busankevin

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast169-TheRealJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:09am EDT

In Episode 168 of the podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Dan from the JA Dan (Dan in Japan) YouTube channel. They talk about making the move to Japan, life in the Akashi and Kobe area, starting and maintaining a YouTube channel and a lot more. Dan made the move from the U.K. about a year and a half ago and shares his fun perspectives and experiences on his YouTube channel. Learn more about this content creator on this week's episode.

Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast168FromTheUKtoJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:34pm EDT

In Episode 167 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Tokyo-based writer Craig Atkinson about writing in Japan. Craig talks about his background as a writer as well as the new zine he is producing and distributing in Tokyo and beyond. He discusses his interest in creating a physical piece of work in an era where many writers now only create digitally. Craig talks about the writing process as well as the physical production of his zine. Kevin also talks about the big October holiday he is enjoying, a little about Beijing as well as his upcoming winter trip to the Kansai region of Japan.  

 

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RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/busankevin
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com


Japan Podcast Network:
http://japanpodcastnetwork.com/

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast167ZinesAndWriting.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:47am EDT

We're Back!! In Episode 166 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Tom of the @BeingKansai Twitter account! @BeingKansai is one of the best places to find out what's happening in the Kansai Region of Japan. Concerts, festivals, food, events, photos, etc., are all shared on this great Twitter Feed! Tom and Kevin talk about life in the Kansai as well as where he finds all of the great information he shares.

 


Just Japan Podcast:
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RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com


Japan Podcast Network:
http://japanpodcastnetwork.com/

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast166BeingKansai.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

In Episode 165 of the podcast, host Kevin O'Shea is joined by some of the podcast's biggest supporters and guests. This is a special occasion because it is the last episode to be recorded in Japan for awhile. Kevin and family are moving to Beijing, China. More episodes will come from China (about Japan). Kevin and friends chat about his move, the future of the podcast and coping with summer in Japan.

Thank you for all of your amazing support and follow Kevin on social media to check out his new adventures!

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Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

All 165 episodes available here:
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Japan Podcast Network:
http://japanpodcastnetwork.com/

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast165SayonnaraParty.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:57am EDT

In Episode 164 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with returning guest Adam Walsh. Adam is a journalist with the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) who has been in Japan for the past few years as part of a partnership with Japan's national broadcaster NHK. Adam also talks about some of his most memorable travel and food experiences he's had while in Japan.

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RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com


Japan Podcast Network:
http://japanpodcastnetwork.com/

Direct download: JJP164-NewsGuysInJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:51am EDT

In Episode 163 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks about more than one month of podcast silence! where has he been? What has he ben doing? HINT....Beijing, China might have something to do with it!

Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
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Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
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Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com


Japan Podcast Network:
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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast163MovingOnOut.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:13am EDT

In this mini-update episode, host Kevin O'Shea talks a little about the lack of regular episodes this month! Have no fear...the Just Japan Podcast is still here!

My new nature photography site:
Bugs of Asia:
https://www.facebook.com/bugsofasia/


Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com


Japan Podcast Network:
http://japanpodcastnetwork.com/

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast162Mini.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57am EDT

In Episode 161 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Clayton MacIntosh about being an artist and illustrator here in Japan. Clayton came to Japan 5 years ago on the JET Program teaching English in public schools in Japan, but is now focusing on his original career as an illustrator. He has spent time as a Kobe Public Relations Ambassador as well as a productive artist and content creator in Kobe, Japan. Clayton and his wife are about to make their transition back home to Australia and into new careers. Enjoy this fascinating look into the amazing things you can do in Japan!
 
 
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Episodes 1-161 can be found here:
Direct download: JustJapanPodcast161-IllustratorInJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:06am EDT

In Episode 160 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Dave Williams. Dave is an American living and working in Japan, but he also does something that is quite amazing. When not being a teacher, parent or husband, he is entertaining crowds as a pro/amateur wrestler known as the Half-assed Dragon 適当龍! Dave has a wonderful and very unique story to share with the podcast this week. Learn how he came to Japan and how he became a comedic wrestler and entertainer.


My new nature photography site:
Bugs of Asia:
https://www.facebook.com/bugsofasia/


Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com


Japan Podcast Network:
http://japanpodcastnetwork.com/

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast160HalfAssedDragon.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:51pm EDT

In Episode 159 of the podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with friends of the show, Jim Mullins and Andrew Higgins. Often you read travel tips about how you should behave in Japan. In this podcast, Kevin, Jim and Andrew talk about how you SHOULDN'T behave in Japan! Don't open packages before you pay for them, Don't be loud drunks, Don't be loud on trains, etc. Some good advice from some folks who have been in Japan for a long time!

Kevin's new nature photography site:
Bugs of Asia:
https://www.facebook.com/bugsofasia/


Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com


Japan Podcast Network:
http://japanpodcastnetwork.com/


Episodes 1-158 can be found here:
http://justjapan.libsyn.com/

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast159DontDoThatInJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:53am EDT

In Episode 158 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with returning guest Sam Ramdani about hitchhiking in Japan. Sam was looking for adventure and decided see what hitchhiking to a travel destination would be like. Sam shares a fun story and some practical hitchhiking advice for travelers out there thinking of trying it! Kevin Also talks about moving to China, food allergies and other things.

Contest details in the show notes!
http://justjapanstuff.com


My new nature photography site:
Bugs of Asia:
https://www.facebook.com/bugsofasia/


Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com


Japan Podcast Network:
http://japanpodcastnetwork.com/


Episodes 1-157 can be found here:
http://justjapan.libsyn.com/

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast158HitchhikingInJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:08am EDT

In Episode 157 of the podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with John Gunning from InsideSportJapan.com. InsideSportJapan is an exciting new site covering the sports scene in Japan in English. Like Sumo? American Football? Rugby? Basketball? ..or other sports in Japan that might not get the coverage they deserve? Well, InsideSportJapan is here to fill that English language sports news void. Learn about the site, the work they do to cover the sports world in Japan and how, you might be able to join their team! You also have a chance to WIN and authentic sumo wrestler handprint in an InsideSportJapan/Just Japan Podcast collaborative contest!

Contest details in the show notes!
http://justjapanstuff.com


My new nature photography site:
Bugs of Asia:
https://www.facebook.com/bugsofasia/


Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com


Japan Podcast Network:
http://japanpodcastnetwork.com/


Episodes 1-156 can be found here:
http://justjapan.libsyn.com/

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast157InsideSportJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:55am EDT

In Episode 156 of the podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Felicity Tillack from wherenextjapan.com. Felicity is an Australian photographer, content creator and teacher who just finished a 6 month stint working in a Buddhist temple on Mount Koya (Koyasan) in Japan. She talks about her incredible experiences working in a kitchen at a temple, the interesting people she met and how challenging it was. Felicity also talks about wherenextjapan.com, a great place to go to get some amazing Japan content!

 

My new nature photography site:
Bugs of Asia:
https://www.facebook.com/bugsofasia/


Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com


Japan Podcast Network:
http://japanpodcastnetwork.com/


Episodes 1-155 can be found here:
http://justjapan.libsyn.com/

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast156WorkingInATemple.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27am EDT

In Episode 155 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea is joined by friends of the show, Andrew Higgins from the "Higgins in Japan" YouTube channel and Jason from NapaJapan.com. They talk about the Great Japanese Potato chip Shortage, North Korea acting like poop-heads, Andrew's recent move and other topics. Kevin also announces that he'll be leaving Japan with his family later this year for new adventures in China! Have no fear, the Just Japan Podcast will keep going!


Check out Just Japan Bites on Anchor!
https://anchor.fm/


Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com


Japan Podcast Network:
http://japanpodcastnetwork.com/


Episodes 1-154 can be found here:
http://justjapan.libsyn.com/

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast155WhatTheHeckJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:25am EDT

In Episode 154 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Justin of the Kansai Culture Blog. Justin has created a blog that looks at events around the Kansai region of Japan as well as various aspects of Japanese culture and history. This blog digs much deeper into local Japanese culture than a typical blog. Learn more about a great Japan resource!

Also in the podcast: New school year, Potato chip shortage, Fishisfast.com, Japan Podcast Network...other stuff...


Check out Just Japan Bites on Anchor!
https://anchor.fm/


Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com


Japan Podcast Network:
http://japanpodcastnetwork.com/


Episodes 1-153 can be found here:
http://justjapan.libsyn.com/

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast154KansaiCulture.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:05am EDT

In Episode 153 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea welcomes Japanese sword expert Paul Martin to the show. If you want to know about swords in Japan, Paul Martin is your guy. He is a respected expert on the topic and can be regularly seen on Japanese and international TV talking about Japanese swords. He also makes regular presentations at the Samurai Museum in Tokyo and many other places throughout the country and world. Learn more about Japanese history, swords and weapons in this episode of the podcast!


The Japanese Sword on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/The.Japanese.Sword/


Check out Just Japan Bites on Anchor!
https://anchor.fm/


Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com


Japan Podcast Network:
http://japanpodcastnetwork.com/


Episodes 1-152 can be found here:
http://justjapan.libsyn.com/

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast153TheJapaneseSword.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:44am EDT

In Episode 152 of the podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with fellow Canadian Sam Ramdani. Sam is a teacher living in Kobe, Japan. He is a member of the JET Program and is also a Kobe Public Relations Ambassador. Sam talks about life in Kobe, the JET Program, how he came to Japan and learned Japanese. Sam also talks about what being a volunteer, promoting tourism for the City of Kobe is all about!

Japan Podcast Network:
http://japanpodcastnetwork.com/


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Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
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Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Episodes 1-151 can be found here:
http://justjapan.libsyn.com/

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast152-LifeInKobeAndJET.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:06am EDT

It's "Myth Month" on the Just Japan Podcast! In this episode of the podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks about some of the myths surrounding the English teaching industry in Japan. Do I have to be an English native speaker to get a teaching job? Do I need a teaching degree? Do I need to speak Japanese? Kevin answers theses questions and more.

Japan Podcast Network:
http://japanpodcastnetwork.com/


Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
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Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Episodes 1-151 can be found here:
http://justjapan.libsyn.com/

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast151TeachingMyhts.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:05pm EDT

Is teriyaki really the "Taste of Japan"? Can I visit Japan if I don't speak Japanese? Are Japanese women submissive? Host Kevin O'Shea and guest Jim Mullins take on these myths and more in episode 150 of the Just Japan Podcast! Jim and Kevin follow up the popular episode "Myths of Japan". They talk about ones that may have some truth to them and others that are completely NOT TRUE! Kevin also talks about the Japan Podcast Network, podcasters building a podcasting community in Japan. He also talks more about his iLoveJapan project where LISTENERS can take part in an episode!

Japan Podcast Network:
http://japanpodcastnetwork.com/


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RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
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Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Episodes 1-150 can be found here:
http://justjapan.libsyn.com/

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast150MoreJapanMyths.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:38am EDT

Why do you love Japan? Do you love Japanese culture, food, history or fashion? Time for the Just Japan Podcast community to get involved in an episode! Host Kevin O'Shea announces a fun listener community project. Record yourself telling us why you love/like Japan and your clip will be added to a "iLoveJapan" episode in the near future! Be part of this fun collaborative podcast project! Kevin also talks about justjapanstuff.com and his work to make it more of a "Japan Everything" hub!

Submissions can be a few minutes long or short and sweet!

Email them: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcastCommunityProjectiLoveJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 4:01am EDT

In Episode 149 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with well-known YouTube Sumo wrestling commentator Jason Harris (Jason's All Sumo Channel). They chat about the 2017 Osaka Sumo Tournament and the first tournament for newly minted Yokozuna Kisenosato. He's the first Japanese born Yokozuna in almost 20 years and its causing a big stir here in Japan. Sumo attendance is up and so is support for the sport. Find out news from the sumo world and some predictions from Jason.

Watch Sumo Here:
Jason's All Sumo Channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/JasonsinJapan

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast149SumoInOsaka.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:04am EDT

In Episode 148 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea welcomes friend of the show Jim Mullins to talks about some JAPAN MYTHS! Many folks who have never been to Japan have some preconceived notions of Japan that may not be so true. Cosplay Everywhere! Everything is High Tech! Everything is Clean! Everything is Expensive! Jim and Kevin give some real-life "truths" about Japan in a fun and entertaining way with lots of stories and anecdotes.

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Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast148JapanMyths.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:46am EDT

In Episode 147 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Gordon Heady all about Japanese sake. Sake, known also Nihonshu, is an iconic alcohol that many think of when talking about Japanese food and drink culture. Gordon is someone who knows a great deal about sake culture, history and the making of the brew! Gordon has spent several years working in Japanese sake breweries and he enjoys sharing his knowledge on Twitter and in a future book. Learn a thing or two about sake and then go out and find some in your local liquor shop or supermarket!


Kevin also talks about the Spring 2017 Just Japan Podcast merchandise campaign!

https://teespring.com/just-japan-podcast-spring-2017

 

Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
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Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast147JapaneseSake.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 4:59am EDT

In Episode 146 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with returning guest Andrew Higgins about coaching a sports team in Japan. Many of us have opportunities to coach in or native countries, but not always in a place like Japan. Andrew is both a teacher and a coach at his local junior high school in Japan. Andrew talks about how he first got into coaching and how he has found it rewarding.

Kevin also talks about the Spring 2017 Just Japan Podcast merchandise campaign!

https://teespring.com/just-japan-podcast-spring-2017

 

Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast146CoachingInJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:10am EDT

This special storytelling episode is dedicated to the late and great Stuart McLean. Stuart was one of Canada's greatest storytellers and one of the reasons I started podcasting. I aspire to be like Stuart. I will miss your stories and will honour you by sharing my stories with the world.

This Just Japan Podcast tale is all about eels in a bowl. It leaves shivers down my spine, but hopefully put smiles on your faces!

I will miss you Stuart, Dave and Morley....

 

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcastStories-BowlsOfEel.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:46am EDT

Just Japan News: Winter Asia Games, NKorea Sanctions and JustJapanStuff.com News

Just Japan News Podcast covers some of the top news stories come from Japan each week. This week's episode covers stories from February 13-19th, 2017.

 

Winter Asian Games kick off in Sapporo

NKorea sanctions

75th Anniversary of Japanese-American Internment

Anti-bullying software

ASDF Scrambles Reach Record

JustJapanStuff.com Updates (our own "top" news)

 

Just Japan News Podcast:

Home: http://justjapanstuff.com

RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss

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Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: JustJapanNews6.m4a
Category:news -- posted at: 7:41am EDT

Just Japan Podcast 145: Typhoon Hunting and Extreme Weather

In Episode 145 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with typhoon hunter and extreme weather videographer, James Reynolds. James has spent years traveling around Asia filming extreme weather footage. He gets into the middle of typhoons, films erupting volcanoes and gets up to his neck in snow! James is now based in Tokyo and makes his living sharing extreme weather events with organizations such as CNN, the Weather Channel and National Geographic. Listen to his awesome stories and learn more about a fascinating man and a fascinating job!


Kevin also talks about the Spring 2017 Just Japan Podcast merchandise campaign!

https://teespring.com/just-japan-podcast-spring-2017

 

Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast145TyphoonHuntingAndExtremeWeather.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:49am EDT

Just Japan Podcast 144: Cherry Blossom Parties, Teaching and Music

In Episode 144 of the podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks about some of the exciting changes coming to justjapanstuff.com. It is now being transformed into a great Japan-related content portal with regular posts by several writers about food, culture, work, travel, adventure, language learning, etc. Kevin also answers mail bag questions about music shops in Japan, a possible Just Japan Podcast hanami party (Cherry Blossom viewing party) and breaking into the teaching market in Japan.

Just Japan Podcast:
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Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast144CherryBlossomPartiesTeachingAndMusic.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45am EDT

Just Japan News 5: U.S. and Japan Defense Treaty, Trump Travel Ban, Setsubun

Just Japan News Podcast covers some of the top news stories come from Japan each week. This week's episode covers stories from January 29th - February 4th, 2017.

U.S. "Shoulder to Shoulder" with Japan on Defense
2 Million Flu Patients in Japan
Rakuten on Trump Entry Ban
Japanese Airlines Implement Trump Entry Ban
Kisenasato Chucks Beans at Setsubun
Rugby World Cup 2019

 

Just Japan News Podcast:
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RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: JustJapanNews5.m4a
Category:news -- posted at: 4:48am EDT

Just Japan Podcast 143: Unexpected Problems

In episode 143 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Scott from the "chillinkansai" YouTube channel. Scott and Kevin talk about some of the very unexpected things that can happen to you if you are an online content creator. Scott talks about a recent copyright battle he had when another podcaster who used his music without permission and Kevin talks about a rather ugly incident he faced on YouTube years ago. Being a content creator is a lot of fun, but occasionally others out there can take the fun out of things!

Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast143UnexpectedProblems.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:31am EDT

Just Japan News 4:  No more TPP, Google Translate and Sumo

Just Japan News Podcast covers some of the top news stories come from Japan each week. This week's episode covers stories from January 22nd-28th 2017.

Trump and Abe on trade relations (no more TPP)
Chinese New Year and Tourism
Kisenosato become yokozuna (Sumo)
Google Translate
X-Band military satellite
No. of foreign workers tops 1 million

 

Just Japan News Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: JustJapanNews4.m4a
Category:news -- posted at: 7:48am EDT

Just Japan Podcast 142: Battling the Winter

In Episode 142 of the podcast, Kevin chats with Andrew (Higgins in Japan on YouTube) and James (altinsider.com) about life during the winter months in Japan. Is it possible to keep warm in this country? How do you keep warm and what do you eat to make you feel comfortable? From winter hacks, apartment heating to comfort food and some plain ole silly talk, learn a thing or two about battling winter in Japan!

Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast142BattlingTheWinter.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55pm EDT

Just Japan News 3: Abe and Trump, Crime, Cherry Blossoms and Toilets

Just Japan News Podcast covers some of the top news stories come from Japan each week. This week's episode covers stories from January 15th-21st, 2017.

Just Japan News Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: Just_Japan_News-3-_Abe-Trump-Crime-Cherry-Blossoms-and-Toilets.m4a
Category:news -- posted at: 6:32am EDT

Just Japan Podcast 141: Beer Tengoku - Craft Beer in japan

In episode 141 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea talks to Rob Bright from beertengoku.com. Beer Tengoku is one of the best sources for English and Japanese news, reviews and interviews about Japanese craft beer and the Japanese craft beer industry. Rob talks about the site, the work that goes into putting it together as well as beer and craft beer in Japan.


Just Japan Podcast:
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Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast141BeerTengoku-CraftBeerInJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:33am EDT

Just Japan News 2 - Nintendo Switch, Tourism, F35s, Climate Change

Just Japan News covers some of the top news stories come from Japan each week. This week's episode covers stories from January 8th-14th, 2017.

Just Japan News Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: JustJapanNews2nintendoSwitchTourismF35s.m4a
Category:news -- posted at: 7:52am EDT

Just Japan Podcast 140: Critical Eats Japan

In Episode 140, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Paul from the Critical Eats YouTube channel. Critical Eats Japan brings you amazing and very regular food review videos from Japan. Snacks, drinks, fast food, traditional meals, weird food and more! Find out more about what goes into food video blogging in Japan. If you want to learn more about cool Japanese snacks, treats and bites to eat, Critical Eats Japan is the place to go!  Kevin and Paul also discuss some different and cool travel and vlog-style videos you can find on the channel as well. 

 

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Direct download: JustJapanPodcast140CriticalEatsJapan.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:14am EDT

Just Japan News 1: Year of the Rooster Begins

Just Japan News Podcast covers some of the top news stories come from Japan each week. This week's episode covers stories from January 1st-7th, 2017.

Just Japan News Podcast:
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Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: JustJapanNews2017-01-07.m4a
Category:news -- posted at: 3:23am EDT

Just Japan Podcast 139: Kicking Off 2017

In Episode 139 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with friend of the show Jim Mullins (aka Mully) about the December (first ever) Japan Podtacular podcast meet up! A lot of great people came to the Harbour Tavern in Kobe, Japan to talk podcasting and have some fun!

Just Japan Podcast:
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Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: JustJapanPodcast139-HappyNewYear.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 4:33am EDT

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!

Just Japan Podcast:
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Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
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Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

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

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!

Just Japan Podcast:
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Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

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

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!

Just Japan Podcast:
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Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

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

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!

Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
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Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

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

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!


Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
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Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

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

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:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1149985975094729/


Just Japan Podcast:
Home: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

Direct download: JJP134ShootinTheBreeze.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:15am EDT

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!

Just Japan Podcast:
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Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

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

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.

Just Japan Podcast:
Shownotes/Website: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

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

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

Just Japan Podcast:
Shownotes/Website: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

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

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

Just Japan Podcast:
Shownotes/Website: http://justjapanstuff.com
RSS Feed: http://justjapan.libsyn.com/rss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlandkev
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlandkev
Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com

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