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Every episode someone stops by Japan Station to talk about their connections to and interest in the fascinating place that is Japan. Host Tony Vega and his guests talk about things like Japanese pop culture, history, anime, manga, movies, music, video games, 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 with bonus episodes occasionally being released on the 15th.

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Every episode someone stops by Japan Station to talk about their connections to and interest in the fascinating place that is Japan. Host Tony Vega and his guests talk about things like Japanese pop culture, history, anime, manga, movies, music, video games, 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 with bonus episodes occasionally being released on the 15th.

www.japanstationpodcast.com

    Behind the Yoshimoto Curtain: A Chat w. Comedian Stephen Tetsu

    Behind the Yoshimoto Curtain: A Chat w. Comedian Stephen Tetsu

    On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we're joined by Stephen Tetsu to discuss the Japanese comedy & entertainment industry, as well as his life as a comedian in the largest talent agency in Japan: Yoshimoto Kōgyō.

    About Stephen Tetsu
    Stephen Tetsu is an owarai geinin (comedian) who is part of Yoshimoto Kōgyō, the largest talent agency in Japan. Aside from performing manzai as part of his group Iruka Punch, Stephen has also worked on numerous projects for Yoshimoto, including translation and producing shows. Stephen produces and co-hosts the podcasts Small in Japan and Japanese History Junk Food.
    Topics Discussed The Netflix documentary What's Manzai?!!! and how Stephen got involved with it How it was that Stephen got into the comedy industry in Japan Stephen's life in comedy school in Japan The difficult life of a "young" comedian in Japan The challenge of finding the right comedy partner The good and bad of being a foreigner in the Japanese comedy industry The 2019 Yoshimoto scandal which involved comedians receiving under-the-table payments for performances they did for organized crime groups What manzai is The evolving nature of manzai How many Japanese comedians have been pushed to start producing content for YouTube due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic Takeshi Kitano's transition from comedian to movie director Comparing Japanese comedians to Western comedians What Stephen has enjoyed about being a comedian in Japan The frustration that comes with playing the stereotypical dumb foreigner character And much more! Support on Patreon
    If you enjoy Japan Station and want to ensure that we're able to produce more episodes, then please consider becoming a patron on Patreon.com. For a minimum pledge of $1 a month you'll get early access to all JapanKyo podcasts, bonus content, and more. And for $3 a month, you'll get access to Japanese Plus Alpha, a podcast produced by me (Tony Vega) that focuses on the Japanese language and all of its fascinating quirks. Also, all pledges get a shout-out on the show and my undying gratitude. Thank you in advance!
    Support Japan Station on Patreon Links, Videos, Etc.
    To listen to the Small in Japan podcast use the links below or look it up on your podcast app of choice.
    Small in Japan on Apple Podcasts Small in Japan on Google Podcasts Small in Japan on Libsyn To listen to the Japanese History Junk Food podcast use the links below or look it up on your podcast app of choice.
    Japanese History Junk Food on Apple Podcasts Japanese History Junk Food on Google Podcasts Japanese History Junk Food on Libsyn Check out Stephen's blog via the link below.
    Stephen Tetsu Blog Follow Stephen Tetsu on Twitter.
    @STEPHEN_TETSU To read Stephen's article about manzai, check out the link below.
    So What the Heck Is Manzai Anyways? To learn more about the massive yamieigyō scandal that rocked Yoshimoto in 2019, you may want to check out the article below.
    Five things to know about the scandal enveloping top Japanese comedy agency Yoshimoto Kogyo To listen to episode two of Japan Station, use the link below.
    How To Become A Comedian in Japan (Ann Lethin) | Japan Station 02 To listen to the latest episode of Ichimon Japan, use the link below.
    Why does to “nyan nyan” mean “to have sex” in Japanese? (Japanese Cat Idioms) | Ichimon Japan 25 Special Thanks Opening/Closing song: Oedo Controller (大江戸コントローラー) by Yunomi featuring Toriena (Used with permission from Yunomi)
    To listen to more of Yunomi's music, check out his Soundcloud page or YouTube channel.
    Japan Station cover art: Provided by Erik R.
    Featured image: Courtesy of Stephen Tetsu
    Follow Japankyo on Social Media Facebook (@JapankyoNews) Twitter (@JapankyoNews) Full Show Notes Get full show notes at www.japanstationpodcast.com  

    • 58 min
    Pregnancy & Marriage in Low-Fertility Japan (Dr. Amanda C. Seaman)

    Pregnancy & Marriage in Low-Fertility Japan (Dr. Amanda C. Seaman)

    On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we're exploring beliefs and traditions surrounding pregnancy in Japan, as well as how ideas about marriage have evolved in Japan since the Edo period. We also take a detour into the world of NES era game localization.

    About Dr. Amanda C. Seaman
    Dr. Amanda C. Seaman is a professor of Japanese language and literature and the Associate Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of Writing Pregnancy in Low-Fertility Japan and Bodies of Evidence.
    Topics Discussed How Dr. Seaman became interested in researching the ideas and culture surrounding pregnancy in Japan Japanese women's detective fiction Yumi Matsuo's book Balloon Town no Satsujin (Murder in Balloon Town) What a haraobi (bellyband) are used for Shungicu Uchida Negative views/ideas surrounding pregnancy in Japan How Buddhism and Shinto have shaped ideas around pregnancy in Japan Menstruation as kegare Spiritual possession during childbirth and The Tale of Genji Giving birth during the Edo period Why it was preferred to give birth to a smaller baby The changing perspectives on marriage in Japan that emerged int he 1960s Ideas surrounding marriage in the Edo period The role the marriage of Crown Price Akihito played in shaping views on marriage in Japan What women in Japan look for in a marriage partner and how priorities have changed over the last several decades The idea that women should stay silent during childbirth The idea that woemn in Japan should not gain more than 10 kg during their pregnancy The reluctance of Japanese doctors to perform C-sections Midwives in Japan Japan's decreasing birthrate The 1.57 shock Attempts made by the Japanese government to increase Japan's birthrate and get Japanese fathers more involved in child rearing Labor pain as a demonstration of how much a mother is willing to endure for their child The idea that pregnant Japanese women should avoid food of foreign origin Working for Fuji Sankei and localizing NES games Working with Nintendo on scripts for NES games And much more! Support on Patreon
    If you enjoy Japan Station and want to ensure that we're able to produce more episodes, then please consider becoming a patron on Patreon.com. For a minimum pledge of $1 a month you'll get access to extra blog posts and additional input on future content. You'd also receive Tony's eternal, profound, and undrying gratitude.
    Support Japan Station on Patreon Links, Videos, Etc.
    If you would like to purchase Writing Pregnancy in Low-Fertility Japan, please consider using the Amazon affiliate link below. It won't cost you anything extra and it supports the show.
    Writing Pregnancy in Low-Fertility Japan As for Devouring Japan, you can purchase it using the Amazon affiliate link below.
    Devouring Japan: Global Perspectives on Japanese Culinary Identity To listen to the soba noodles episode of Japan Station, use the link below.
    The Delicious World of Soba Noodles (Dr. Lorie Brau) | Japan Station 36 Use the link below to listen to the latest episode of Ichimon Japan.
    Does “hai” mean “bye” in Japanese? (The many ways to say “goodbye” in Japanese) | Ichimon Japan 24 Special Thanks Opening/Closing song: Oedo Controller (大江戸コントローラー) by Yunomi featuring Toriena (Used with permission from Yunomi)
    To listen to more of Yunomi's music, check out his Soundcloud page or YouTube channel.
    Japan Station cover art: Provided by Erik R.
    Featured image: Courtesy of Amanda C. Seaman
    Follow Japankyo on Social Media Facebook (@JapankyoNews) Twitter (@JapankyoNews) Full Show Notes Get full show notes at www.japanstationpodcast.com  

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Working & Teaching in Japan (James from The Inside Japan Podcast)

    Working & Teaching in Japan (James from The Inside Japan Podcast)

    On this very special episode of the Japan Station podcast, we're joined by James from ALTInsider.com and The Inside Japan Podcast. James offers some advice for those looking to work in Japan and interviews Tony about his career and time in Japan.
    About The Inside Japan Podcast
    The Inside Japan Podcast is the only podcast on the internet telling you the true inside information about what working in Japan is really like, and how you can find your first, or next awesome job in Japan yourself. Interviews with employers, foreigners doing interesting things, and job hunting/hopping strategies are just some of the things we will cover on the weekly show.


    Topics Discussed James' advice for those looking to go to Japan How the English teacher job market n Japan has become more competitive over the past couple decades The rising requirements for landing a university teaching job in Japan How James got his translation job What to do when you are frustrated with your school about being underutilized Competitive speedrun commentating How Tony got interested in Japan Tony's time on the JET Program The good and bad of Tony's time on JET What it was like working at a school for the blind in Japan Life after JET How doing JapanKyo turned out to help Tony career-wise Teaching Japanese in Florida Tony's advice for those teaching English in Japan About JapanKyo.com and the Japan Station podcast What led to the start of Japan Station Working at Wasabi magazine And much more! Support on Patreon
    If you enjoy Japan Station and want to ensure that we're able to produce more episodes, then please consider becoming a patron on Patreon.com. For a minimum pledge of $1 a month you'll get access to extra blog posts and additional input on future content. You'd also receive Tony's eternal, profound, and undrying gratitude.
    Support Japan Station on Patreon Links, Videos, Etc.
    To listen to The Inside Japan Podcast, look it up on your podcast app of choice or use the links below.
    The Inside Japan Podcast on Apple Podcasts The Inside Japan Podcast on Google Podcasts The Inside Japan Podcast on Stitcher If you want more information on working and teaching in Japan, then make sure to stop by ALTInsider.com.
    ALTInsider.com You can also find ALTInsider on social media.
    ALTInsider on Twitter ALTInsider on Facebook ALTInsider on Instagram ALTInsider on YouTube James also does competitive speedrun commentating. If you're interested in checking that out, hit the link below.
    Thabeast721 vs iiPK | Grand Finals | GSA SMM2 Expert Mode Speedrun League Special Thanks Opening/Closing song: Oedo Controller (大江戸コントローラー) by Yunomi featuring Toriena (Used with permission from Yunomi)
    To listen to more of Yunomi's music, check out his Soundcloud page or YouTube channel.
    Japan Station cover art: Provided by Erik R.
    Featured image: Courtesy of James/ALTInsider.com
    Follow Japankyo on Social Media Facebook (@JapankyoNews) Twitter (@JapankyoNews) Full Show Notes Get full show notes at www.japanstationpodcast.com  

    • 55 min
    How I Became a Voice Actor in Japan (Reina)

    How I Became a Voice Actor in Japan (Reina)

    On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we learn what it's like going to school in Japan to become a seiyū (voice actor).

    About Reina (麗)
    Reina is a professional voice actor living in Tokyo. While originally from the U.K., Reina went to Japan with the intent of becoming a seiyū (voice actor). Her quest to enter the voice acting industry in Japan led her to attend a two year voice acting school in Tokyo. Since graduating Reina has done both voice acting and stage acting in Japan. Currently, Reina is working on a project called Anigorin. The aim of Anigorin is to create an original anime short in order to promote cross-cultural understanding and offer unique working experiences to creatives from both Japan and abroad.
    Topics Discussed What "Jiko PR" is What the audition process in the Japanese voice acting industry is like How Fist of the North Star blew Reina's mind (figuratively) and helped spark her interest in anime The problem with copying the language heard in anime when trying to learn Japanese What it's like attending a Japanese school for aspiring voice actors What is taught and what classes are offered at a Japanese voice acting school Performing voice acting live What kind of works/materials are used in Japanese voice acting school The importance of understanding the subtleties of kanji when reviewing a script for a performance Mastering Japanese pitch accent and intonation Over the top stereotypical depictions of foreigners speaking Japanese in anime What bidakuon (鼻濁音) is What Anigorin is What the Anigorin project hopes to achieve The challenges of the Anigorin project The importance of nakama and believing in each other Making it through the coronavirus pandemic And much more! Support on Patreon
    If you enjoy Japan Station and want to ensure that we're able to produce more episodes, then please consider becoming a patron on Patreon.com. For a minimum pledge of $1 a month you'll get access to extra blog posts and additional input on future content. You'd also receive Tony's eternal, profound, and undrying gratitude.
    Support Japan Station on Patreon Links, Videos, Etc.
    For more information on Reina or Anigorin, make sure to check out the links below.
    Reina Website Reina on Facebook Reina on Twitter Reina on Instagram Anigorin Website (Coming Soon as of 9/1/20) Anigorin on Instagram Anigorin on Twitter Anigorin on Facebook To read the Japan Times article about Reina that was mentioned at the beginning of the interview, check out the link below.
    Londoner finds her voice on the Tokyo stage Reina attended the Tokyo School of Anime. For more information on this school, check out the link below. FYI: it appears that the school has changed its name to Tokyo School of Anime & E-Sports (東京アニメ・声優&eスポーツ専門学校).
    Tokyo School of Anime & E-Sports To check out the latest episode of Ichimon Japan, check out the link below.
    Why are school rules in Japan so strict? (All About Kōsoku) | Ichimon Japan 23 Special Thanks Opening/Closing song: Oedo Controller (大江戸コントローラー) by Yunomi featuring Toriena (Used with permission from Yunomi)
    To listen to more of Yunomi's music, check out his Soundcloud page or YouTube channel.
    Japan Station cover art: Provided by Erik R.
    Featured image: Courtesy of Reina
    Follow Japankyo on Social Media Facebook (@JapankyoNews) Twitter (@JapankyoNews) Full Show Notes Get full show notes at www.japanstationpodcast.com  

    • 1 hr 25 min
    The Fascinating Life of Stand-Up Comedian Shuhei "Shoe" Murakami

    The Fascinating Life of Stand-Up Comedian Shuhei "Shoe" Murakami

    On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, stand-up comedian Shuhei "Shoe" Murakami stops by to talk about how he went from almost dropping out of high school to performing stand-up comedy in English in Canada and the U.S.

    About Shuhei "Shoe" Murakami
    Shuhei "Shoe" Murakami is a stand-up comedian and actor from Tokyo. Currently Murakami is based in Toronto, Canada but he has also performed stand-up comedy in New York and Japan.
    Topics Discussed How Shoe struggled academically in high school How listening to and performing English-language music by bands like the Beatles helped Shoee learn English Studying English literature in a Japanese university Traveling in Southeast Asia after graduating from college How Shoe lost all his money due to a blackjack scam in Cambodia How Shoe made a life for himself in Cambodia after getting scammed out of his money Managing Sharky Bar in Cambodia and learning how to deal with the clientele The challenges of running a bar in Cambodia as a young Japanese man Starting his own bar The difficulties Shoe faced when trying to find a job in Japan How Shoe discovered stand-up comedy while in Japan Why Shoe decided to move to Canada Shoe's realization that he needed to become more comfortable on stage Performing stand-up comedy in Canada and New York Getting work as an actor in Canada Getting to perform on the Asian Comedy All-Stars show in Toronto And much more! Support on Patreon
    If you enjoy Japan Station and want to ensure that we're able to produce more episodes, then please consider becoming a patron on Patreon.com. For a minimum pledge of $1 a month you'll get access to extra blog posts and additional input on future content. You'd also receive Tony's eternal, profound, and undrying gratitude.
    Support Japan Station on Patreon Links, Videos, Etc.
    You can find Shuhei "Shoe" Murakami on the following platforms.
    Standup Comedian Shoe Murakami YouTube Channel Shoe Murakami on Instagram Shoe Murakami on Facebook To learn more about Shoe's time in Cambodia and the scam that resulted in him losing his money, check out the article below.
    Bad Times to Good (The Cambodia Daily) Use the link below to check out the latest episode of Ichimon Japan.
    How do you create fake kanji? (From Ghost Kanji to Kokuji) | Ichimon Japan 22 Special Thanks Opening/Closing song: Oedo Controller (大江戸コントローラー) by Yunomi featuring Toriena (Used with permission from Yunomi)
    To listen to more of Yunomi's music, check out his Soundcloud page or YouTube channel.
    Japan Station cover art: Provided by Erik R.
    Featured image: Courtesy of Shuhei "Shoe" Murakami
    Follow Japankyo on Social Media Facebook (@JapankyoNews) Twitter (@JapankyoNews) Full Show Notes Get full show notes at www.japanstationpodcast.com  

    • 1 hr 6 min
    From Nintendo to Hello Kitty, Chatting About Japanese Pop Culture w. Matt Alt

    From Nintendo to Hello Kitty, Chatting About Japanese Pop Culture w. Matt Alt

    On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, localizer and author Matt Alt stops by to discuss the influence Japanese pop culture has had on the world.

    About Matt Alt
    Matt Alt is a localizer of Japanese games and manga. Together with Hiroko Yoda he founded the localization company AltJapan and has authored multiple books on Japanese folklore and history. Matt's latest book was published in June of 2020 by Crown and is titled Pure Invention: How Japan's Pop Culture Conquered the World.Pure Invention: How Japan's Pop Culture Conquered the World.
    Topics Discussed Localization and how the industry has evolved over the past few decades Matt Alt's experience learning Japanese in high school How Matt almost got to meet Osamu Tezuka Anime in the U.S. in the '70s, '80s, and '90s The kawaii aesthetic of Super Mario and other classic video games from Japan Visiting Sony's extensive archives The popularity and influence of Sanrio's Hello Kitty How it was that Matt came to work on his well-known book Yokai Attack! The increasing adoption of the term yokai over the past couple decades Using one's dissatisfaction with translations as motivation to learn Japanese And much more! Support on Patreon
    If you enjoy Japan Station and want to ensure that we're able to produce more episodes, then please consider becoming a patron on Patreon.com. For a minimum pledge of $1 a month you'll get access to extra blog posts and additional input on future content. You'd also receive Tony's eternal, profound, and undrying gratitude.
    Support Japan Station on Patreon Links, Videos, Etc.
    You can purchase Pure Invention: How Japan's Pop Culture Conquered the World via the Amazon affiliate link below.
    Pure Invention: How Japan's Pop Culture Conquered the World by Matt Alt If you're interested in any of Matt Alt's other books, please consider using the affiliate links below in order to support Japan Station.
    Yokai Attack!: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide (Yokai ATTACK! Series) by Matt Alt & Hiroko Yoda Yurei Attack!: The Japanese Ghost Survival Guide (Yokai ATTACK! Series) by Matt Alt & Hiroko Yoda Ninja Attack!: True Tales of Assassins, Samurai, and Outlaws (Yokai ATTACK! Series) by Matt Alt & Hiroko Yoda You can follow Matt Alt on Twitter.
    @Matt_Alt To learn more about AltJapan, visit their website via the link below.
    AltJapan Website Here is Matt Alt's Tofugu.com interview article.
    An Interview with Matt Alt: Translation, Localization, and other Nice Japanese Things To listen to the latest episode of Ichimon Japan, use the link below.
    What’s so scary about the hour of the ox? (About Ushi no Koku Mairi) | Ichimon Japan 21 Special Thanks Opening/Closing song: Oedo Controller (大江戸コントローラー) by Yunomi featuring Toriena (Used with permission from Yunomi)
    To listen to more of Yunomi's music, check out his Soundcloud page or YouTube channel.
    Japan Station cover art: Provided by Erik R.
    Featured image: Courtesy of Matt Alt
    Follow Japankyo on Social Media Facebook (@JapankyoNews) Twitter (@JapankyoNews) Full Show Notes Get full show notes at www.japanstationpodcast.com  

    • 48 min

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