11 episodes

WELCOME to the Way to Japan Podcast. ♡ I'm your host, Vanessa Villalobos, and I am on a MISSION to explore the art of Japanese living - to be found right here in the UK. I'll be talking with Japan-inspired creatives, entrepreneurs & business people about WHAT they do, WHY they do it, and what WE CAN LEARN from their unique 'way to Japan'. I LOVE uncovering those small, significant details & really practical tips to get us closer to Japan in our daily lives... So if you, like me, are one of those people with a Japan-shaped hole in your heart, tune in and capture your own little piece of Japan joy today! ♡ Click the link to sign up for my newsletter: https://thewaytojapan.com/newsletter/ I'm busy finding all the juiciest, joy-sparking, Japan-inspired, UK-based recommendations (so you don't have to!). Yoroshiku onegaishimasu, Vanessa ♡

the Way to Japan Vanessa Villalobos

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

WELCOME to the Way to Japan Podcast. ♡ I'm your host, Vanessa Villalobos, and I am on a MISSION to explore the art of Japanese living - to be found right here in the UK. I'll be talking with Japan-inspired creatives, entrepreneurs & business people about WHAT they do, WHY they do it, and what WE CAN LEARN from their unique 'way to Japan'. I LOVE uncovering those small, significant details & really practical tips to get us closer to Japan in our daily lives... So if you, like me, are one of those people with a Japan-shaped hole in your heart, tune in and capture your own little piece of Japan joy today! ♡ Click the link to sign up for my newsletter: https://thewaytojapan.com/newsletter/ I'm busy finding all the juiciest, joy-sparking, Japan-inspired, UK-based recommendations (so you don't have to!). Yoroshiku onegaishimasu, Vanessa ♡

    Why Drink Japanese Tea?

    Why Drink Japanese Tea?

    Put the kettle on & enjoy an enlightening chat with the charming Charlie, a tea shop owner in London with real passion for Japanese culture. I got INSPIRED with so many TEA BREWING TIPS from talking with Charlie, and I think you will too!A milliner by training, Charlie has established the tea shop Tencha with her husband Chris, a jeweller after they fell in love with the taste & aesthetics of all things tea in Japan on their honeymoon.The couple study Urasenke Chado (tea ceremony) her...

    • 30 min
    The Magical Umami of Koji: Explained! ✨

    The Magical Umami of Koji: Explained! ✨

    I'm SO chuffed to finally catch up with my talented friend, Yuki Gomi, a professional chef, teacher and cookery writer. I can still remember the taste of the delicious aubergine dish we made when I attended one of her wonderful Yuki's Kitchen cooking classes in her home near my old haunt, Crystal Palace, about 10 years ago!Since then, Yuki has gone from strength to strength, with her first book 'Sushi at Home' published in 2013 by Penguin, and her Japanese cooking expertise has reached many t...

    • 32 min
    The Way of the Fearless Writer

    The Way of the Fearless Writer

    It was SUCH a joy to speak with my writing mentor & bestselling author, Beth Kempton, who is an award-winning entrepreneur and producer of online courses, a Reiki Master, a yoga teacher, a mama of two young girls, and a self-help author whose books have been translated into more than 25 languages.Even if you don't have a copy of her book 'Wabi Sabi', you would likely recognise it from it's gorgeous pale green cover... I see it in practically every book shop, gift shop & boutique!&nbsp...

    • 47 min
    Why Do Japanese Kids Eat Everything?

    Why Do Japanese Kids Eat Everything?

    WELCOME back to the Way to Japan Autumn 2022 interview series! I hugely enjoyed talking to my inspirational friend Anna, who is a Devon-based nutritionist and a mum in a busy Japanese British family day-to-day. I met Anna through an online course have since been relishing her Japan-inspired approach to food over on Instagram. Anna has gained much first-hand insight into the Japanese ways of approaching food through her varied experiences of living in Japan, first teaching in rural A...

    • 22 min
    Zen Pop & the Art of Masa Iida

    Zen Pop & the Art of Masa Iida

    WELCOME to the Way to Japan Autumn 2022 interview series! I'm delighted to kick off with my wonderful friend Masa, a London-based 'Zen POP' singer/songwriter & artist from Yokohama, Japan. I first met Masa about 12 years ago, and shortly after that, O-ARC played their ambient 'Zen Pop' at the JapaneseLondon.com launch party!Some of O-ARC's other highlights have been playing at Tate Gallery, Whitechapel Art Gallery, ICA, Le Pop in Paris and Myosaiji Temple in Tokyo. 4 songs from EN al...

    • 26 min
    The Real Reason You May Fail to Learn Japanese

    The Real Reason You May Fail to Learn Japanese

    My 7-year-old's middle name is Zen.No, really, it is.We gave him the name hoping naively that it might, I don't know... infuse qualities of calm into his nature?He is, ermm, not calm. He is like a tightly coiled spring, ready to bounce off unpredictably in any direction. His spirit animal is, I think, Tigger.2020’s adventure in ‘home schooling’ rapidly led to clenched fists, hyperventilating, hiding under the desk, shouting ‘NO!’. And that was just me!All the lessons in the meaning of Zen are...

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Kuma-chan-chan ,

Little slices of Japan at home

It’s great to listen to Vanessa interviewing such interesting guests from a wide variety of backgrounds.
As a Japan lover it really feels as if we get to enjoy little snips of Japanese culture at home. Highly recommend!

pcfelix ,

Engrossing!

It’s been really engrossing listening to Vanessa’s unpacking of exactly where I find myself ..at the starting point of learning Japanese..having committed the plane ticket to a visit in 2022!..and sorting how to and what...Vanessa’s commentaries …her Omishiroi approach…are engagingly personal and objectively guiding at the same time...thank you!

dipstarchuu ,

Japan-lovers will love this!

It’s so comforting to listen to Vanessa put into words how I feel about living with and adding Japan into my daily life! Great to know there are people who feel the same and this podcast can really show you how to do it, and how to connect with what you want to achieve from your relationship with Japan and the Japanese language.

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