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Living Japan

Living Japan discusses modern Japanese culture, social issues, current events and news, and many other Japan related topics. We aim to appeal to people who have lots of experience and knowledge on Japan as to those who are just beginning to learn about Japan or are thinking of coming here for short or long term stays.On the web, you can find us at livingjapanpodcast.wordpress.com Email us any questions or comments at livingjapanpodcast@gmail.com Thanks for listening!

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Episode 37.- Fast Food in Japan

On Episode 37 we first give a nice shout out to all the video game fans as we talk about the new trailer for the remake of FFVII. Later on we talk about the initiative of the METI to bring back kimono. Finally, as our main topic of this week, we answer one of our listener’s question about Fast Food in Japan, what options are there? is it different from fast food in other countries? which are the places that the Living Japan crew prefer to eat at? Join the discussion, do fast food places in your home country are like those in Japan? Do they have seasonal special menu items? Let us know in the comments!! https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/episode-37.mp3

19 Jul 2015

Rank #1

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Episode 63.- Hikikomori: Japan’s Lost Generation

Today Dr. Michael Dziesinski, a visiting scholar from the University of Hawaii, joins us to talk about a social phenomenon of Japan: Hikikomori. Today, they are many different portrayals of Hikikomori on mass media and popular culture, but… are they really as they are showcased?  What is hikikomori? How do hikikomori people behave? Is it only a problem of Japan? Join us as Dr. Dziesinski answer to these and many more questions drawing some light over this issue. If you want to know more, please don’t forget to leave your questions on the comments or you can follow Dr. Dziesinski’s vlog and Twitter: Blog: http://towakudai.blogs.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/MDziesinski https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/episode-63.mp3

14 Dec 2016

Rank #2

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Episode 73.- Sexless Japan

Hello everyone! It’s already been two weeks from our last Episode and we are back! On Episode 73 the Living Japan crew talks about two very important topics: vending machines and sexless Japan. How many vending machines are there in Japan? Are all as crazy as it looks on the internet? Are there vending machines with Adult Content? And finally, the most important question of them all: Are Japanese people losing interest in relationships and sex? Or is this another “Crazy Japan” story portrayed by the media? Join the conversation!! Let us know what you think! https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/episode-73.mp3

24 Jul 2017

Rank #3

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Episode 55.- Lost in the Forest of Hokkaido

We are back!!!!!! Apologies to all of our listeners!!! For health reasons we had to take a short break for the podcast, nothing to worry, but finally we were able to record a new episode. Brent, Motoi and Edgar discuss a recent news that take over Japan about a young child that got lost in the forests of Hokkaido. As part of the talk, they discuss the differences between USA, Mexico and Japan on how parents discipline their children. Join the discussion!!! Let us know what you think in the comments! https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/episode55.mp3

30 Jun 2016

Rank #4

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Episode 49.- Visual Kei

This week music journalist and friend of the show Didi comes to talk with Motoi, Brent and Edgar about Visual Kei. Is this a music genre? A fashion style? Is it easy to go to a Visual Kei concert in Japan? Learn the answer to these and many more questions about VK. https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/episode-49.mp3 If you are interested in learning more about Visual Kei, these are Didi’s recommendations: Famous VK Bands Gazette the-gazette.comhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xxmkj7JRcs Mejibray http://www.mejibray.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnTVeJCEhlA Non-Famous VK Bands: MEABEL http://www.meabel.info https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBAW3qPehWE NIA http://www.nia.website https://www.you tube.com/watch?v=VuNbCTXR8dw Malisend http://www.malisend.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmi4zVmdMbw Morrigan www.morrigan-web.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlO2OulB1yQ Savage www.savage-web.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGhk4rS52i0 D.I.D. www.did-official.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQHqTprvDy4&feature=youtu.be If you want to know more about the Japanese music scene, you can follow Didi at: http://clippings.me/dfabiani (Writing portfolio) Personal twitter @ladycaos Writer’s twitter @dilettaeffe Some Visual Kei websites mentioned during today’s show: Nippon Project (The Didi write’s for) Shattered Tranquility VKH Press

3 Feb 2016

Rank #5

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Episode 52: Earthquakes, Babymetal and Movies

We are back in the mobile studio as the Living Japan Trio sit down to talk about the recent earthquakes, the popularity of Babymetal and possible problems with Japanese movies. https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/livingjapan-ep-52.mp3

20 Apr 2016

Rank #6

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Episode 66.- Train Etiquette

Welcome to a new episode of Living Japan! As the month of love ends, Motoi, Brent and Edgar discuss about the protest against Valentine’s Day that a cranky group of Marxist had in Tokyo, opposing the discrimination against unattractive men. Later on, the crew talks about our main topic “Train Etiquette.” There are many written and unwritten rules that everyone that uses a train in Japan should know. Are they different from those in your country? Let us know in the comments! *We’ve been having some trouble with our audio equipment. Apologies in advanced if there are some parts that are not very clear. https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/episode66.mp3

5 Mar 2017

Rank #7

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Episode 51.- Questions, half kids and bureaucracy

On Episode 51 Motoi, Brent and Edgar respond to some of our listeners questions. Later we move on with the news that recently the number of born children with a foreigner parent has increased in Japan and we also discuss a little bit about the process of renewing your visa in Japan as well as our experiences dealing with bureaucracy. https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/episode51.mp3

5 Apr 2016

Rank #8

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Nerd Talk: Comics vs Manga

What happens when Motoi leaves Brent and Edgar alone in the studio?? They start to talk about nerdy stuff!!! Join us while Brent and Edgar talk a little bit about the differences between comics and manga. https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/nerdtalk.mp3

11 Mar 2016

Rank #9

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Episode 48.- New Year, Water and other drinks.

Happy 2016 Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!! On the first Episode Motoi, Brent and Edgar talk about how they spent the New Year’s eve and respond to a listener request to talk about Water and other drinks in Japan. Issues like, is it safe to drink tap water in Japan? which is the perception of Japanese people about bottled water? and which are the favorite drinks of the Living Japan crew? Also, don’t forget that we are going to have our Listener’s Question spectacular on February to celebrate the Second Anniversary of Living Japan, send us your questions to livingjapanpodcast@gmail.com or send us an inbox message on our Facebook page. https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/episode-48.mp3

20 Jan 2016

Rank #10

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Episode 68.- Myths about school

Hello Everyone! We want to apologize for getting behind our schedule, but finally we were able to meet and record a new episode. Today, we have a fun episode talking about a recent trend on Twitter with the hasthag #gaijinconfessions. The Living Japan crew tell us some confessions of their own before moving on to our main topic: Myths about the Japanese schooling system. There are many articles that try to describe how education works in Japan, however, not everything they say is true. Join us while Brent, Edgar and Motoi talk about some of this issues and discuss how truthful are this Internet articles. Join the discussion, tell us your opinion about the Japanese schooling system in the comments. https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/episode-68.mp3

15 Apr 2017

Rank #11

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Episode 41.- Sports, Exercise and Fitness in Japan

On this episode the Living Japan crew answers to one of our listeners questions and talk about how Japanese people exercise, keep fit and practices sports. Joing the discussion, do people in your country exercise as much as Japanese people? How is the sports and fitness culture?? Let us know in the comments!!! https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/episode41.mp3

21 Sep 2015

Rank #12

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Episode 38.- Growing up as a Half-Japanese

On Episode 38 we talk about the selection of Ariana Miyamato, a half-Japanese half-African American woman,as Miss Japan and the debate it has created on the Japanese media. Friend of the show Stephanie joins us to talk about the experience of growing in Japan as the daughter of an international marriage. Join us as we talk about the ethnic perceptions of Japanese people and the challenges that half-Japanese individuals face in Japan. Join the discussion, will the selection of a person of a multi-ethnic background person as the Miss Universe representative of your country will become an issue of debate? Let us know in your comments! https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/episode-38.mp3

4 Aug 2015

Rank #13

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Episode 58.- Purikura, Gachapon and Arcades

Hello Gang!! We are catching up and soon we will have episodes on time! On today’s episode we answer to one of our listeners questions, Purikura, Gachapon adn Arcade culture in Japan. Listen to the Living Japan crew talk about their experiences with this form of entertainment, which are their favorite games? do they collect gachapon? how many purikuras they have? Don’t forget to rate the show in itunes and to like our facebook page! https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/episode58.mp3

3 Sep 2016

Rank #14

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Episode 67.- The Death of the Harajuku Style

As every two weeks, the Living Japan crew is back! Bringing you the latest news on what is happening in Japan. In this week’s episode we talk about MariCar, a company that is being sued by Nintendo for using its characters and the concept of Mario Kart to make business in Tokyo. Later on, Motoi, Brent and Edgar address an issue that has been recently trending on social media: The Death of the Harajuku Style. FRUiTS, the magazine that brought the Harajuku fashion style to the spotlight is closing, which has created a debate around the disappearance of street culture in Japan. Is the Harajuku style really death? Which places can young people use to express themselves in a huge city? Where you live young people face similar problems? Join the debate! Let us know in your comments! https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/episode67.mp3

19 Mar 2017

Rank #15

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Episode 70.- Tokyo-Tokyo

Greetings from the Living Japan Crew! Apologies for being late to upload this new episode. This week, Motoi, Brent and Edgar discuss about what they did during the Golden Week, the different celebrations for Children’s Day that exist in Mexico and Japan, as well as explain a little bit of the folklore behind this celebration.  Next, Edgar talks about his experience attending the Tokyo Rainbow Pride festival, to celebrate the LGBT community and create awareness of sexual diversity and inclusiveness. Finally, we talk about our main topic which is Tourism. Recently, Japan has made a great effort to bring more visitors from abroad, but the Living Japan crew questions if their marketing approach has been the best. Join the discussion, have you visited Japan? Have you seen any of the tourism campaigns of Japan? How does your country attracts international tourism? Let us know in the comments! https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/episode70.mp3

21 May 2017

Rank #16

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Episode 62.- Lost in Translation

Hello Everyone!!! We are back with a new episode! On today’s show we talk about the latest Ghost in the Shell trailer (sorry for repeating the topic for the third time), and later on we talk about the criticism that a Japanese news outlet received due their bad translation of a protest of Lady Gaga against Trump, the conversation moved towards the result of the American elections, how Japanese people perceived them and the possible consequences of implementing or not the TPP over the Japanese economy. Thanks again for following us! Don’t forget to share the podcast with your friends and let us know your opinion of the show with a review on iTunes https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/episode62.mp3

4 Dec 2016

Rank #17

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Episode 61.- Too Much Wasabi and Discrimination

Hello everyone!!! We are back with a new episode! This week Motoi, Brent and Edgar discuss about the sudden appearance of a sinkhole in Fukuoka, the possible movement of Tsukiji market and their main topic, an incident that happened in a sushi restaurant in which they where serving great amounts of wasabi to foreign costumers, making it almost impossible to enjoy the food. Is this just an honest mistake or one more incident of casual discrimination in Japan? Are Japanese people aware of what discrimination means? https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/episode-61.mp3

18 Nov 2016

Rank #18

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Episode 45.- The UN dealing with manga??

On this week’s episode Brent talk to us about his first acupuncture experience in Japan. Later on we talk about the message of the UN representative Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, who urged Japan to have stricter laws in order to ban the sexual depictions of underage characters in manga. Finally, we answered our first ever Facebook message from our listener Robert, from Poland, who after watching a viral video, asked us if it is true that Japanese children have to clean their schools by themselves. https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/episode45.mp3

11 Nov 2015

Rank #19

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Episode 59.- Pokemon Go, Tsukiji and Elections

The Living Japan crew is back this week! Join us while we discuss about the arrival of Pokemon Go to Japan and how people has been reacting to it. We also talk about the moving of the Tsukiji Fish Market, is it happening? Finally, we also talk a little about the next Tokyo election. https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/episode59.mp3

25 Sep 2016

Rank #20