Fri, 20 November 2015
In Episode 89 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with Andrew Higgins about Gundam. Andrew tells us about the iconic Japanese animation series. What is Gundam? How popular is it here in Japan as well as abroad? Andrew also talks about building Gundam model kits as the giant life-sized Gundam mech at the Gundam Museum in Tokyo.
This week's episode also features the Just Japan Podcast "mail-bag section" where Kevin and Andrew answer some listener questions about Star Wars in Japan as well as dating.
Direct download: JustJapanPodcast89Gundam.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:12am EDT
Wed, 11 November 2015
In Episode 88 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with kendama player Ryan Cabal "rysofunny" on Instagram about the traditional Japanese trick toy, the kendama. Ryan is an American living in South Korea and a kendama enthusiast. He talks about his background as a kendama player, his frequesnt trips to Japan to participate in events as well as the kendama community in Japan, Korea and around the world.
In this episode of the podcast we learn that the kendama is certainly one cool toy and it takes a lot of practice and skill if you want to be noticed with it!
Direct download: JustJapanPodcast88Kendama.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:57pm EDT
Thu, 5 November 2015
In Episode 87 of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O'Shea chats with returning guest Grace Mineta. Also known as a Texan in Tokyo on YouTube, Grace is an accomplished cartoonist, blogger and jvlogger (Japan YouTuber). Grace talks about her origins as a cartoonist, the cartoons she draws here in Japan and how she has published her work over the years. Grace talks about her web published work as well as how she was able to publish her cartoons in paperback form.
In this episode you'll hear an inspiring story of self-publishing success.
Kevin also answers listener questions in the Just Japan Podcast "mail bag" section and talks about growing facial hair in the Movember challenge to raise awareness and funds to combat prostate and testicular cancer.
Direct download: JustJapanPodcast87CartooningInJapan.m4a
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 4:45am EDT