Stand-up comedians Bobby Judo and Ollie Horn purport to report on the Japanese river cruise industry each week.
Bullshido (w/Oleg Benesch)
We ask scholar Oleg Benesch if the "samurai spirit" is the reason for Japan's voluntary compliance with corona guidelines, and should he fail in his duty to answer, we expect him to choose the only honorable way to deal with the shame.
A List of Women (w/Yan Fan)
On this week’s show, Yan Fan talks about the need for SpeakHer, the database of female experts in Japan, and what it says about society that something as simple as a list of women is not only necessary, but newsworthy.
Best bits of Season 2
The best bits from Episodes 1 - 54 of the award-deserving Japan By River Cruise Podcast.
The Worst Ways to Visit Japan (w/ JJ Walsh)
As Japan gets ready to reopen to tourism, sustainable travel consultant JJ Walsh thinks we should rethink harmful modes of travel like *koff koff* cruises, even though, historically speaking, big old boats have proven their worth when it comes to opening Japan.
Let's War! (w/Jesse Johnson)
Is armed conflict in Asia inevitable? Would China ever really invade Japan? What does North Korea want? Japan Times senior editor Jesse Johnson tries to navigate the tortured landscape of Bobby and Ollie's jokes about these questions.
That's What Yasashii Said (w/Ako Suzuki)
Ako Suzuki, our favorite online Japanese teacher, stops by to talk about Yasashii Nihongo: the effort to make Japanese "kinder" to foreigners. Time permitting, we'll also talk to a landlord, a cab driver, and an immigration official about why they don't care.