82 episodes

Discover Japan through conversations with fascinating people.

Every episode host Tony Vega is joined by a guest to talk about all aspects of Japan, including the Japanese language, history, Japanese pop culture, food, anime, manga, movies, music, 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. Bonus episodes are regularly released on the fifteenth of the month.

For the full show notes visit www.japanstationpodcast.com.
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    • Society & Culture

Discover Japan through conversations with fascinating people.

Every episode host Tony Vega is joined by a guest to talk about all aspects of Japan, including the Japanese language, history, Japanese pop culture, food, anime, manga, movies, music, 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. Bonus episodes are regularly released on the fifteenth of the month.

For the full show notes visit www.japanstationpodcast.com.
mail@japanstationpodcast.com

    Coeds & Kaiju: On the Female Student in Japan's New Left, Kaiju Movies & More (Dr. Chelsea Szendi Schieder)

    Coeds & Kaiju: On the Female Student in Japan's New Left, Kaiju Movies & More (Dr. Chelsea Szendi Schieder)

    On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, Dr. Chelsea Szendi Schieder joins us to talk about female students in Japan's New Left movement, kaiju movies and more.
    About Dr. Chelsea Szendi Schieder Dr. Chelsea Szendi Schieder is Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Aoyama Gakuin University. Her latest book is titled Coed Revolution: The Female Student in the Japanese New Left (Duke University Press Books).
    Topics Discussed
    About Coed Revolution: The Female Student in the Japanese New Left Chelsea Szendi Schieder's interest in the Japanese student movement of the 1960s About the role of women in the Japanese New Left Female activists of the Japanese student movement of the 1960s How Japanese universities were forced to admit female students after World War II The idea that providing Japanese women with a college education would be counter productive Concerns over gender equality The Tokyo Medical University testing scandal The prevalence of women's universities in Japan About Ochanomizu University and their decision to remain a women's university How police in Japan made an effort to change to a "friendlier" policing style as a result of bad press when dealing with student protests Media portrayal of female student activists About Dr. Chelsea Szendi Schieder's class Kaiju Attack The meanings and inspirations behind kaiju movies About Shin Godzilla About Hedorah About the Heisei Gamera series of movies 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!

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    To get a copy of Coed Revolution, consider using the Amazon Affiliate link below. It won't cost you anything extra and it will support the show.
    Coed Revolution: The Female Student in the Japanese New Left You can find Chelsea Szendi Schieder on Twitter.
    @SzendiChelsea If you enjoyed this episode of Japan Station, you may also enjoy episode 25.
    Japan Station 25: The Japanese Red Army (Dr. Patricia Steinhoff) Check out the latest episode of the Ichimon Japan podcast via the link below.
    What are gyaru? (About the Slang, Fashion and History of Japan’s Gyaru/Gal) | Ichimon Japan 52
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    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 Chelsea Szendi Schieder

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    • 52 min
    My Sumo Academia: Talking About Sumo Today and in the Heian Period (Colton Runyan)

    My Sumo Academia: Talking About Sumo Today and in the Heian Period (Colton Runyan)

    On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, Colton Runyan of the University of Cambridge talks to us about his experiences training and competing in sumo, as well asl his research on Heian era physical competitions.
    About Colton Runyan Colton Runyan is a Phd candidate at the University of Cambridge and a sumo wrestler who has competed in Japanese college sumo and as part of the US National team. His dissertation research focuses on sporting events of the Heian period.

    Topics Discussed
    How Colton Runyan first got into sumo The charity sumo tournament in Akita Prefecture that Colton took part in during his time in the JET Programme What Colton liked about sumo Progressing and improving in sumo Doing sumo training at Nihon University Doing sumo training at a junior high school Teaching, training and competing in sumo in US and other counties Going back to Japan to receive proper sumo training Meeting Konishiki Competing in a college sumo tournament in Japan while a student at Saitama University The different paths people take into professional sumo The grueling nature of sumo training The most frustrating aspect of sumo training for Colton Deciding to go to Cambridge and doing research on sumo Researching the social, political and economic importance of physical competitions (sumo, horseracing, archery) during the Heian period Historical records from Japan's Heian period that document sumo A notable sumo tournament from 1013 Fujiwara no Michiga's interest in horseracing Archery in the Heian period Historical misconceptions about sumo The caring and fun nature of sumo wrestlers 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 read the Japan Times article about Colton Runyan, use the link below.
    Sumo makes its way to Cambridge as former U.S. wrestler studies sport's ancient role To read the Wasabi article about Konishiki written by Tony Vega, use the link below.
    Konishiki: Then & Now (February-March 2018 issue of Wasabi) To listen to the latest episode of the Transmissions from Hawaii podcast, use the link below.
    Memoir of a Hilo Waterman: The Amazing Life of Hawaii Swimmer, Author & Educator Richard “Sonny” Tanabe | Transmissions from Hawaii 07 Don't forget to check out the latest episode of the Ichimon Japan podcast.
    Why do hands come out of the toilet in Japan? (About Japanese toilet hands, ghosts, yokai and urban legends) | Ichimon Japan 51
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    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 Colton Runyan

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    • 50 min
    The Untidiness of Marie Kondo & Shinto: A Chat w. Kaitlyn Ugoretz of Eat Pray Anime

    The Untidiness of Marie Kondo & Shinto: A Chat w. Kaitlyn Ugoretz of Eat Pray Anime

    On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, Kaitly Ugoretz of the YouTube channel Eat Pray Anime discusses the allure and eclectic spirituality of Marie Kondo, as well as online Shinto communities.
    About Kaitlyn Ugoretz Kaitlyn Ugoretz is a Phd candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her primary area of research is online religious communities, in particular Shinto communities. She is also the author of a recent article about Marie Kondo titled The Untidiness of Marie Kondo's Eclectic Spirituality. Kaitlyn also runs the YouTube channel Eat Pray Anime. Topics Discussed
    About Marie Kondo/KonMari About the "untidiness" of Marie Kondo How people have tried to connect Marie Kondo and her ideas to Shinto Marie Kondo's website The "Danshari" method of tidying up The prevalence of so-called tidying gurus in Japan and in the West The "Japanese-ness" of Marie Kondo as a marketing tool How Marie Kondo appears to be far more popular in the US than in Japan The allure of Marie Kondo The Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo The narrative of self transformation found in Marie Kondo's shows and others like it About Marie Kondo's second Netflix show Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo About Kaitlyn Ugoretz's research on online Shinto communities What Shinto practice looks like About Shinto practice outside of Japan Practitioners of Shinto outside of Japan What attracts people outside of Japan to Shinto About the YouTube channel Eat PrayAnime 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 read Kaitlyn Ugoretz's article about Marie Kondo, use the link below.
    The untidiness of Marie Kondo's eclectic spirituality To check out Kaitlyn's YouTube channel, Eat Pray Anime, use the link below.
    Eat Pray Anime Here is one of the Eat Pray Anime videos that was mentioned during the episode.
    Can Anime Characters Become Gods? Anime Pilgrimage Explained! You can follow Kaitlyn Ugoretz on Twitter as well.
    @KaitlynUgoretz @eat_pray_anime To check out the previous episode of Japan Station, use the link below.
    In Search of the Japanese Wolf (Alex K.T. Martin) | Japan Station 74 Don't forget to check out the latest episode of the Ichimon Japan podcast.
    Why do hands come out of the toilet in Japan? (About Japanese toilet hands, ghosts, yokai and urban legends) | Ichimon Japan 51
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    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 Kaitlyn Ugoretz

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    Full Show Notes
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    • 52 min
    In Search of the Japanese Wolf (Alex K.T. Martin)

    In Search of the Japanese Wolf (Alex K.T. Martin)

    On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we talk about the probably extinct (but maybe not?) Japanese wolf with journalist Alex K.T. Martin.
    About Alex K.T. Martin Alex K.T. Martin is a feature writer for the Japan Times. He is also the author of a recent five-part feature about the Japanese wolf (nihon ōkami) titled In Search of Japan's Lost Wolves.

    Topics Discussed
    Whether the Japanese wolf (nihon ōkami) is considered a cryptid How Alex Martin became interested in researching the Japanese wolf Who Hiroshi Yagi is How Alex Martin got in touch with Hiroshi Yagi About Chichibu's connection to the Japanese wolf How Hiroshi Yagi became interested in looking for the Japanese wolf Hiroshi Yagi's 1996 encounter with an animal resembling the Japanese wolf and the famous 19 photographs that he took of said animal The process taken by Hiroshi Yagi in his hunt for the Japanese wolf Who might take over Hiroshi Yagi's hunt for the Japanese wolf when he retires Hiroshi Yagi's personality About Naoki Maruyama, founder of the Japan Wolf Association The effort to reintroduce wolves into Japan and the troubles it faces The allure and mystery of the Japanese wolf Alex Martin's articles about Tokyo post-Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Japan's declining population The smaller size of a Japanese wolf 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
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    Use the link below to access the landing page for In Seart of Japan's Lost Wolves, the five-part series of articles about the Japanese wolf by Alex K.T. Martin.
    In Search of Japan's Lost Wolves To read Alex Martin's articles about post Olympics Tokyo, use the links below.
    Tokyo tomorrow: What comes after the 2020 Games? The race is on to define the legacy of Tokyo 2020 To listen to the Deep Dive podcast episode about the Japanese wolf use the link below.
    Episode 18: Is the Japanese wolf really extinct? You can follow Alex Martin on Twitter.
    Alex K.T. Martin on Twitter Don't forget to check out the latest episode of the Ichimon Japan podcast.
    Is Yamaguchi cursed to have”ugly” girls? (Places in Japan Known for “Beautiful” & “Ugly” Women) | Ichimon Japan 50
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    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 Alex K.T. Martin

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    • 45 min
    You Know What I Mean? On Translating Japanese Fiction (Allison Markin Powell Part 2)

    You Know What I Mean? On Translating Japanese Fiction (Allison Markin Powell Part 2)

    On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, translator Allison Markin Powell talks about translating Japanese fiction.

    About Allison Markin Powell Allison Markin Powell is a literary translator, editor, and publishing consultant. The most recently published book she translated is Black Box: The Memoir That Sparked Japan’s #MeToo Movement (The Feminist Press at CUNY) by Shiori Ito. Topics Discussed
    How Allison Markin Powell became a translator of Japanese literature Getting started as a manga translator Translating the book Sensei no Kaban (The Briefcase/Strange Weather in Tokyo) by Kawakami Hiromi What is challenging about being a translator About fighting to be credited as a translator Allison Markin Powell's style of translation A tricky aspect of translating The Nakano Thrift Shop About translating Lady Joker by Takamura Kaoru 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 purchase a copy of Black Box: The Memoir That Sparked Japan’s #MeToo Movement, consider using the Amazon affiliate link below. It won't cost you anything extra and it will support the show.
    Black Box: The Memoir That Sparked Japan’s #MeToo Movement Here are links to other books Allison Markin Powell has translated. These are Amazon affiliate links as well.
    Lady Joker, Volume 1 (Kaoru Takamura) Strange Weather in Tokyo (Kawakami Hiromi) The Nakano Thrift Shop (Kawakami Hiromi)   To listen to the first part of the conversation with Allison Markin Powell, use the link below.
    Black Box: Discussing the Shiori Ito Story (Allison Markin Powell Part 1) | Japan Station 72 Don't forget to check out the latest episode of the Ichimon Japan podcast.
    Does “Your Name” live up to the hype? (Discussing Kimi no Na wa) | Ichimon Japan 49
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    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 Allison Markin Powell

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    • 19 min
    Black Box: Discussing the Shiori Ito Story (Allison Markin Powell Part 1)

    Black Box: Discussing the Shiori Ito Story (Allison Markin Powell Part 1)

    On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, translator Allison Markin Powell discusses the story of Shiori Ito and the newly published English version of the book Black Box: The Memoir That Sparked Japan’s #MeToo Movement.

    About Allison Markin Powell
    Allison Markin Powell is a literary translator, editor, and publishing consultant. The most recently published book she translated is Black Box: The Memoir That Sparked Japan’s #MeToo Movement (The Feminist Press at CUNY) by Shiori Ito. Topics Discussed
    Allison Markin Powell's study abroad experience in Kanazawa How tell all memoirs don't seem to be as popular in Japan as in the West About the book Black Box: The Memoir That Sparked Japan’s #MeToo Movement Who Shiori Ito is The frank and open way in which Siori Ito discusses her alleged sexual assault and the events after it The press conference Shiori Ito held in 2017 Meeting Shiori Ito The term "quasi-rape" (Jungōkanzai, 準強姦罪) Why Shiori Ito called her book "Black Box" Shiori Ito's strength Sexual assault statistics in Japan and other places How police made Shiori Ito reenact being sexually assaulted in front of them Some of the systematic challenges Shiori Ito faced when trying to get justice Shiori Ito's influence and impact 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 purchase a copy of Black Box: The Memoir That Sparked Japan’s #MeToo Movement, consider using the Amazon affiliate link below. It won't cost you anything extra and it will support the show.
    Black Box: The Memoir That Sparked Japan’s #MeToo Movement Don't forget to check out the latest episode of the Ichimon Japan podcast.
    Does “Your Name” live up to the hype? (Discussing Kimi no Na wa) | Ichimon Japan 49
    If you would like to support the show by picking up some merchandise, make sure to visit KimitoDesigns.com.

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    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 The Feminist Press at CUNY

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    Full Show Notes
    Get full show notes at www.japanstationpodcast.com

    • 45 min

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