One of the first major hurdles that many foreigners face when moving to Japan is renting an apartment. Renting an apartment in Japan is a complicated process filled with all sorts of historic regulations and procedures, strange acronyms, and more fees than you can possibly imagine.
The small town of Ishinomaki was one of the hardest hit from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which traveled up to 5 miles inland the tsunami destroyed over 40% of the buildings and left the small town devastated.
Eight months after the tsunami, documentary filmmaker Paul Johannessen visited Ishinomaki and interviewed a number of residents to find out about the recovery effort. What he found was a strong community who are working hard to rebuilt their lives and their town.
With it’s busy sidewalks and endless stairs in and out of the train stations, is Japan closed off to someone in a wheelchair or is it surprisingly accessible?
On this show I talk to Ashley Olson who runs the website about traveling around the world by wheelchair. She recently completed her first trip to Japan and she joins me to talk about thoughts on how accessible Japan is.
Anthony is back after a busy couple of weeks at his new job at GajinPot to bring you a new show all about the different social media networks in Japan. With guest Robin Sakai from Social500, we take a look at the origins of social media in Japan and how the old guard is changing to match the consumer needs.
Anthony also welcomes back to the show past guest Ashley Thompson from Surviving in Japan who shares with us her latest venture, Go Tabi Japan which aims to make it easier for visitors to...
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a documentary film by Mr. David Gelb that follows the daily life of 85 year old Jiro Ono who is widely considered to be the world's greatest sushi chef.
Tokyo is a dynamic metropolis where you will find some of the worlds most unique and fascinating architecture. Kyoto is a city steeped in tradition with an abundance of ancient temples, shrines and gardens scattered throughout a bustling modern city.
Yoshimi Horiuchi runs a non-profit organization called Always Reading Caravan that provides mobile library services to families in the rural areas of Thailand. The program mainly aims to provide story books to children with disabilities who otherwise would not have access to these type of books.
The history of tattooing in Japan is through to extend as far back as the Jomon period, which is 10,000 bc and even though tattooing has been in Japan for many years and is filled with historic symbolism it still hasn't gained widespread public acceptance that tattooing has in many western countries.
While New York is the place to go for jazz musicians when it comes to jazz fans it doesn't get any better than here in Tokyo. These are the words of James Catchpole, a transplanted Brooklyn native who has lived in Japan for 13 years and documents the many cool jazz joints in Tokyo on his website.
This week Tokyo Podcast is pleased to welcome up and coming singer songwriter Sayulee, has won numerous awards for her singing and songwriting. Last year she launched an interesting YouTube project where she would sing a new song everyday for 1 year.
On this show I'm pleased to welcome back Sachiko Takao who was a guest on Tokyo Podcast episode #20 where we discussed her epic bicycle journey from Okinawa to Hokkaido.
I asked Sachi to join me today to discuss the book 日本人が世界に誇れる３３のこと which was written by Ruth Jarman who was also a past guest on Tokyo Podcast episode #34.
Sachi talks about the insights she gained into her own culture from reading Ruth's book and the important message that she feels the book has for the
On this show we take a visit to the Appalachian mountain areas of the United States with fiddler Leona Tokutake. Leona is a classically trained violinist from Tokyo who moved to America to pursue her dream of playing bluegrass music.
This show is all about sports! We are going to take a look at the traditional Canadian sport of hockey and then the traditional Japanese sport of Kendo. We learn about the origins of hockey and about the subtleness and power of kendo.
One of the most disturbing records that Japan holds is that it boasts one of the highest suicide records in the world. Some estimates place the number of suicides as high as 30,000 per year and to give you an idea of just how high that is consider that that works out to 82 suicides per day.
Many foreigners come to Japan with dreams of becoming a TV or movie celebrity, believing in the outdated myth that being a caucasian foreigner in Japan is the easy ticket to fame and riches. Many of these foreigners are in for a rude awakening when they realize that their English teaching job alone isn't going to get them the spotlight they wanted.
Ruth is the first western woman to hold a Japanese real estate license and has spent the past 20 years working in and with Japanese companies. She has recently combined her knowledge of Japanese business with her love for Japan to producer her first book titled 日本人が世界に誇れる３３のこと and is available in book stores throughout Japan.
When Japan surrendered to the United Stated in 1945 marking the end of WW2 numerous swords were taken from Japanese soldiers and given to American officers stationed in the Pacific.
The film Forgive - Don't Forget (わすれずにゆるす) follows the journey of one particular sword and attempts to examine the theme of forgiveness and it related to the dynamic between Japan and America since the end of WW2.
On this episode of Tokyo Podcast Anthony talks to Reverent Takafumi Kawakami who is a Zen Buddhist Priest in Kyoto. We discuss the practise of meditation and how it can be used as an effective stress management tool. We also talk about the role that Buddhism plays in modern day Japan and the work that Reverend Takafumi is doing to revitalize his temple as a centre for learning in his community.
On today's show Anthony talks to Amy Chavez who is a long time resident of Japan and a columnist for the Japan Times and Huffington Post. Her column 'Japan Lite' has been published since 1997 and take a humorous look at the differences between Western and Japanese cultures.
One of the most iconic images of Japan is that of the gleaming white bullet train passing in front of Mount Fuji. The shinkansen as it's known in Japan is a marvel of technology and engineering and despite it's international reputation for speed and safety not much is known about what makes it work so well.
We are also joined by popular YouTube creator Hikosaemon who has many excellent videos about living in Japan. On this show Hiko talks to Anthony about what it means to be a foreigner in Japan, a Japanese in Japan and the ultimate question of can a foreigner ever be accepted into Japanese society.
The devastating earthquake in Japan and the subsequent tsunami carried millions of personal belongings of out to sea. These belongings are now starting to wash ashore along the coast of North America. By leveraging the power of Facebook and CloverPoint’s MapSocial, we hope to return these lost items to the families that they belong to.
Imagine a world where video games reign supreme. Five story buildings filled with arcade cabinets, old and new, inundate the streets of downtown Tokyo. Welcome to Japan. A place where the arcades of the 80s and 90s not only still exist, but thrive and have evolved into an elaborate, unmatchable gaming experience.
On this show Anthony looks back at his time in Japan and talks about some of the challenges he faced in getting set up here. We also talk to Fab from Get to Japan about the services they offer in helping people make the transition to life in Japan.
On March 11, 2011 a powerful magnitude 9 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. The earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that killed over 15,000 people and destroyed over 125,000 homes and buildings.
On this show I bring you four stories of survival and recovery from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.