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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

JP 09-3The-Mob-Yakuzaやくざ

This is the final part of our yakuza episode. It’s certainly a topic that we will be revisiting at some point in the future and next time it may be possible for us to include a couple of interviews with our local yakuza or even some covert audio of yakuza bosses discussing Jpop, Japanese snacks, gyaru fashion and whatever else mobsters talk about. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Durati read more

JP 09-2-The-Mob-Yakuzaやくざ

Here is part two of our in-depth investigation into the seedy underworld of Japan. We discuss many aspects of the Yakuza and their unique way of life. The third and final part will follow shortly. Bet you can’t wait… Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 12:05 — 16.6MB) read more

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