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/

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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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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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

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