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JP 12 Pachinko, Japan’s Most Popular Passtime パチンコ

In episode 12 we discuss Pachinko, a form of gambling using a pinball-like machine. It is Japan’s most popular passtime Although gambling is essentially illegal in Japan Pachinko parlors are everywhere. It’s amazing what a crude legal loophole can do if you bribe enough cops. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (17.2MB) read more

JP 11 Kabuki-Traditional Japanese Theatre-歌舞伎

Kabuki is one of Japan’s two main forms of traditional theatre. We talk about the importance of Kabuki in Japan and how, although it is often viewed by westerners as “high art”, it was originally rough, dirty entertainment for the masses. In this respect parallels can be drawn with Japanese woodblock printing(Ukiyo-e) Podcast: Play in new window | Download (24.2MB) read more

JP 10-2 English Conversation Schools- 英会話

This is the second and final part of our episode on English conversation schools. We will be revisiting this topic in a couple of months so please post your questions in the comments section. Thanks! Podcast: Play in new window | Download (27.9MB) read more

JP 10-1 English Conversation Schools- 英会話

Japan is full of English conversations schools. Some are almost good, many are very bad. Recent research shows that 99.9999999% of native English speakers in Japan end up teaching English at some point. In this 2-part episode we talk about what it’s really like to teach English in Japan, and why it can be the best choice for so many westerners here. Part 2 will follow shortly. Podcast: Play read more

Daily Life in Japan

What is daily life really like in Japan for the non-Japanese living here? This is one question that the Japan Podcast will address regularly over the next few years. In particular, what aspects of Japanese culture does a Westerner living in, say, Tokyo or Osaka come across everyday? Despite the effects of rampant globalization(Americanization?), Japan is still(unsurprisingly) very Japanese. Although it is... read more

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