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Discover Japan through conversations with fascinating people. Every episode host Tony Vega is joined by a guest to talk about all aspects of Japan, including the Japanese language, history, Japanese pop culture, food, anime, manga, movies, music, comedy, the impact of Japanese culture around the world, underground social movements, social issues in Japan, and much more. Episodes are released on the first of every month. Bonus episodes are regularly released on the fifteenth of the month. For ...
 
Helping you better understand Japan and the Japanese language one question at a time. Every episode Tony and Ryan--two guys with master's degrees in Japanese Language & Linguistics--draw on their experiences in Japan and extensive research in both Japanese and English to shed light on all aspects of Japan. From the many interesting quirks of the Japanese language to obscure Japanese history, as well as busting misconceptions about Japan held by both Japanese peole and Westerners, Tony and Ry ...
 
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On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, Tony talks to guitarist/actor/humanitarian Miyavi. About Miyavi David Nakayama is an artist known for his work on covers for Marvel Comics, video games and more. He is also known for having worked with Chris Claremont to relaunch Big Hero 6 comic book series in 2008. Topics Discussed Miyavi discusses hi…
 
On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: What is yōshoku? Topics Discussed What yōshoku is? About Japanese style Western food is What qualifies as yōshoku When yōshoku emerged The history of yōshoku The supposed origin of tempura How Japan began adopting more foreign ingredients and cuisine during the Meiji Period About Japan's first yōshoku restau…
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we're talking about Big Hero 6, anime, drawing comics, and more with artist David Nakayama. About David Nakayama David Nakayama is an artist known for his work on covers for Marvel Comics, video games and more. He is also known for having worked with Chris Claremont to relaunch Big Hero 6 comic book ser…
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we're talking with music journalist Patrick St. Michel. He'll be telling us about Japanese pop music, Perfume, the city pop boom and one of his latest articles which focuses on the rise and fall and rise of eurobeat. About Patrick St. Michel Patrick St. Michel is a music journalist who specializes in Ja…
 
On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: How do you say "trombone" in Japanese? The main topics for this episode include the many uses of katakana in Japanese and how nationalists in Japan appear to have wanted people to use less katakana words during World War II. Topics Discussed About how the Japanese writing system works The many different uses…
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we're talking with Alex from the Sakura Stardust YouTube channel. She tells us about Japanese lost media and digs into some specific examples like Saki Sanobashi and the mysterious Akihabara cassette tape. About Alex (Sakura Stardust) Alex runs the popular YouTube channel Sakura Stardust. In her videos …
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we're talking about archaeology in Japan and the case of Tsukumo No. 24, the world's oldest known shark attack. Our guest for this episode is J. Alyssa White from the University of Oxford. About J. Alyssa White J. Alyssa White is a PhD candidate in Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Her research f…
 
On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: Should you watch "In This Corner of the World?" (About Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) Topics Discussed About the movie Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni (In This Corner of the World) About the popularity and reception of In This Corner of the World when it was released About the crowdfunding campaign for In This Corner …
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we're talking about translation, learning Japanese and more with translator/podcaster Jenn O'Donnell. About Anna Lughezzani Jenn O'Donnell is a Japanese to English translator and podcaster. She lives in Osaka where she works as a Localization Director for a video game company. She also produces the podc…
 
On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: Why is Argentina "Aruzenchin" in Japanese? (This is a follow up to episode 56 of Ichimon Japan: What katakana words do you hate?) Topics Discussed The possible reason for my Argentina in Japanese is aruzenchin rather than something closer to the original name in Spanish About sounds that formerly did not exi…
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we're talking about Japan's stressful job hunting process (shūkatsu) and how it--along with work in general--can be even more stressful and difficult for women in Japan. About Anna Lughezzani Anna Lughezzani, PhD candidate in anthropology at University of Padova, Ca' Foscari University of Venice and Uni…
 
On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: What katakana words do you hate? Basically, we're talking about funny, quirky and annoying katakana words! Topics Discussed Katakana-ified words that people hate Annoying katakana pronunciations Some possible reasons for why katakana words are pronounced in peculiar ways How katakana words are sometimes clos…
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we're joined by J.J. Walsh of the Seek Sustainable Japan podcast/YouTube talk show and we're talking about Japanese influences in Hawaii, life in Hiroshima and the ever-popular topic of remodeling akiya (abondoned homes in Japan). About J.J. Walsh J.J. Walsh is the host of the podcast/YouTube talk show …
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we're talking about depictions of Japan and Japanese people on popular American TV shows with Dr. Alisa Freedman. About Dr. Alisa Freedman Alisa Freedman is a Professor of Japanese Literature, Cultural Studies, and Gender at the University of Oregon and the Editor-in-Chief of the U.S.–Japan Women’s Jour…
 
On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: What is that sound? This time we're talking about Japanese onomatopoeia and yes, we're talking about some really wacky ones too! Topics Discussed About onomatopoeia in Japanese How onomatopoeia are used in Japanese The difference between giongo and gitaigo What giongo are What gitaigo are Examples of giongo …
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we're talking about the Japanese vengeful spirits known as onryō with Jennifer Yoo. About Jennifer Yoo Jennifer M. Yoo is a doctoral candidate in Japanese Theatre at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Topics Discussed On working as a food tour guide in Kyoto What tsunokakushi is and the origins of this …
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, music producer, rapper and artist Shing02 talks about his life, music and more. About Shing02 Shing02 is a Japanese American music producer, rapper, and artist. Active since the '90s in both Japan and the U.S., Shing02 has produced numerous albums, collaborated with a long list of hip hop artists and he…
 
On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: Should I go to Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Japan? Topics Discussed Whether we think it's worth visiting Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Japan in Osaka About Ryan's experience at Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Japan About Universal Studios Japan's Cool Japan special event Ab…
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, Dr. Wes Robertson stops by to talk about the wonderful mess that is the Japanese writing system. About Dr. Wes Robertson Wesley C. Robertson is Lecturer in International Studies at Macquarie University, Australia. His research focuses on variation and language play inherent in writing, with a focus on J…
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, Dr. Robert Hellyer stops by to discuss the shared history of green tea in Japan and the U.S., as well as his new book Green with Milk and Sugar: When Japan Filled America’s Tea Cups. About Dr. Robert Hellyer Robert Hellyer is associate professor of history at Wake Forest University. He is the author of …
 
On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: Whar are buruma? Topics Discussed What buruma/bloomers are A brief overview of the history of school uniforms in Japan About the gakuran style school uniform About the supposed link between gakuran uniforms and Prussian military uniforms About sailor uniforms (sērā fuku) About "blazer" style uniforms The con…
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, Kyle from the Tokyo Splosion stops by to talk about JapanKyo's new YouTube channel: JapanKyo Docs! Topics Discussed About the creation of the JapanKyo Docs YouTube channel About Kyle from the Tokyo Splosion podcast The JET salary About filming in Okutama Fun anecdotes that occurred during the filming of…
 
Tony Vega has teamed up with Kyle from the Tokyo Splosion podcast to launch a new YouTube channel called JapanKyo Docs. On the channel we will be introducing people to doing interesting things in Japan via documentary style videos! Click on the link below to check it out. Please subscribe and support us in this endeavor! https://bit.ly/3b38cKJ And …
 
Tony Vega has teamed up with Kyle from the Tokyo Splosion podcast to launch a new YouTube channel called JapanKyo Docs. On the channel we will be introducing people to doing interesting things in Japan via documentary style videos! Click on the link below to check it out. Please subscribe and support us in this endeavor! https://bit.ly/3b38cKJ And …
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, Dr. Chelsea Szendi Schieder joins us to talk about female students in Japan's New Left movement, kaiju movies and more. About Dr. Chelsea Szendi Schieder Dr. Chelsea Szendi Schieder is Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Aoyama Gakuin University. Her latest book is titled Coed Revolution: The Fem…
 
On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: What are gyaru? Topics Discussed What the term gyaru/gal means/refers to About the word gyaru How the word gyaru was used in Dragonball by Master Roshi What a kogyaru/kogal is About the singer Namie Amuro and her role in popularizing the gyaru subculture About Ayumi Hamasaki's influence on the gyaru subcultu…
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, Colton Runyan of the University of Cambridge talks to us about his experiences training and competing in sumo, as well asl his research on Heian era physical competitions. About Colton Runyan Colton Runyan is a Phd candidate at the University of Cambridge and a sumo wrestler who has competed in Japanese…
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, Kaitly Ugoretz of the YouTube channel Eat Pray Anime discusses the allure and eclectic spirituality of Marie Kondo, as well as online Shinto communities. About Kaitlyn Ugoretz Kaitlyn Ugoretz is a Phd candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her primary area of research is online religi…
 
On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: Why do hands come out of the toilet in Japan? Topics Discussed Japanese stories/legends/folklore/urban legends (toshi densetsu) involving hands, toilets and hands coming out of toilets The hand in the bathroom/toilet from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask The story of Akai Kami Aoi Kami (Red Paper, Blue Pap…
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we talk about the probably extinct (but maybe not?) Japanese wolf with journalist Alex K.T. Martin. About Alex K.T. Martin Alex K.T. Martin is a feature writer for the Japan Times. He is also the author of a recent five-part feature about the Japanese wolf (nihon ōkami) titled In Search of Japan's Lost …
 
On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: Is Yamaguchi cursed to have "ugly" girls? We also discuss other places in Japan known for having many beautiful/ugly women. Topics Discussed The three most scenic views in Japan What the Sandaibijin (三大美人) is What places in Japan are most known for having beautiful women Fukuoka (Hakata), Akita, and Kyoto's …
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, translator Allison Markin Powell talks about translating Japanese fiction. About Allison Markin Powell Allison Markin Powell is a literary translator, editor, and publishing consultant. The most recently published book she translated is Black Box: The Memoir That Sparked Japan’s #MeToo Movement (The Fem…
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, translator Allison Markin Powell discusses the story of Shiori Ito and the newly published English version of the book Black Box: The Memoir That Sparked Japan’s #MeToo Movement. About Allison Markin Powell Allison Markin Powell is a literary translator, editor, and publishing consultant. The most recen…
 
On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: Does "Your Name" live up to the hype? Topics Discussed Whether the movie Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) is as good as many people say it is The reception of Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) within Japan and abroad The basic plot of Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) Some potential problems with the plot of Your Name (Kimi no Na …
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we're learning about homelessness in Japan and the life of Japanese day laborers. About Dr. Tom Gill Dr. Tom Gill is a professor of social anthropology at the Faculty of International Studies at Meiji Gakuin University in Yokohama. He is the author of the 2015 book Yokohama Street Life: The Precarious C…
 
For more information on B & B Bad Sisters, check out the official website. https://bbbadsisters.com/ Here's the link for the B & B Bad Sisters NFT shop. https://opensea.io/kazuomaekawa Follow B & B Bad Sisters on social media. Twitter https://twitter.com/bbbadsisters Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bbbadsisters Instagram https://www.instagram.com…
 
For more information on B & B Bad Sisters, check out the official website. https://bbbadsisters.com/ Here's the link for the B & B Bad Sisters NFT shop. https://opensea.io/kazuomaekawa Follow B & B Bad Sisters on social media. Twitter https://twitter.com/bbbadsisters Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bbbadsisters Instagram https://www.instagram.com…
 
On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: What are Japan's most famous dogs? Topics Discussed Who Japan's most famous dogs are About Yukimaru, Prince Shotoku Taishi's beloved dog About Prince Shotoku Taishi Yukimaru's supposed ability to talk to Shotoku Taishi and chant Buddhist sutras The drone Nara made based on Yukimaru Sakhalin huskies/Karafuto-…
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, shamisen performer and composer Mike Penny stops by to talk about Japan's famous three-stringed lute, the Mike Penny Orchestra (MPO), and more. About Mike Penny Mike Penny is a shamesen performer and composrer based in Los Angeles. He has performed throughout the U.S. and Japan. Aside from performing tr…
 
On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: What was good and bad about your JET experience? Topics Discussed What the JET Programme is The various positions available to JET applicants Some troubles experienced while on the JET Programme Rural placements Japan's shrinking population On getting placed in Yamagata Prefecture On the lack of privacy that…
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, Dr. Salvador Jimenez Murguia talks about the religious group Pana-Wave Laboratory and shares some of what he experienced while in Japan researching it. About Dr. Salvador Jimenez Murguia Dr. Salvador Jimenez Murguia is a professor of sociology at Taft College and the author of numerous books. He has con…
 
On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: Did Tama-chan the seal save the world and cause immigration reform? Topics Discussed The story of the famous seal that appeared in Tokyo's Tama River in the summer of 2002 About Tama-chan the seal How Tama-chan being granted a jūminhyō (residency certificate) by Yokohama's Nishi Ward led to foreigners protes…
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, journalist Justic McCurry talks about his new book The War on Wheels: Inside the Keirin and Japan's Cycling Subculture. About Justin McCurry Justin McCurry is the Japan anc Korea correspondent for The Guardian. He is also the author of the new book The War on Wheels: Inside the Keirin and Japan's Cyclin…
 
On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: What is a yankī or furyō? Topics Discussed What a furyō is The literal meaning of furyō All about juvenile delinquent culture in Japan The possible origin of the term furyō What a yankī is The possible origins of the Japanese term yankī and its links to Osaka's Amemura area What a tsuppari is Classic furyo f…
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we're talking about Kyoto, kimono and more with Dr. Rebecca Copeland. About Dr. Rebecca Copeland Dr. Rebecca Copeland is a professor of Japanese language and literature at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research specialties include modern and contemporary women's writing in Japan, modern litera…
 
On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: Is the story of Kaguya Hime proof that aliens have visited Japan? Topics Discussed An overview of the story of Kaguya Hime (Taketori Monogatari, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter) The history of Taketori Monogatari How the tale of Kaguya Hime is sometimes called Japan's first science fiction story Peculiarities …
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we're joined by Hannah Kentridge of the popular YouTube channel MissHanake. About Hannah Kentridge Hannah Kentridge is a content creator with over 100,000 subscribers on YouTube. Known as MissHanake on YouTube, Hannah has spent over 10 years producing videos in Japanese about her life and the Japanese l…
 
On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: How do you count that in Japanese? Topics Discussed The counter system used in Japanese Japanese counter suffixes The sometimes confusing nature of Japanese counters The correct suffix for counting chopsticks in Japanese Various counters used with different kinds of chopsticks How to properly count squid in …
 
On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, Dr. Jan Bardsley talks about the fascinating world of Japan's maiko and geisha. About Dr. Jan Bardsley Dr. Jan Bardsley is Professor Emerita of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is the author of Women and Democracy in Cold War Japan and the award-winning The Bluestockin…
 
On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: What is Kansai-ben? Topics Discussed What the Kansai dilaect is The different that are found within the Kansai region of Japan Osaka-ben vs other dialects within the Kansai-ben umbrella The stereotype of the Ōsaka no obachan (older lady from Osaka) Leopard print clothing Who uses ōkini and where it is typica…
 
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