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Formerly known as Raw Urban Mobile Podcast; Tokyo Speaks is a podcast that highlights Tokyo's international community. Cliff (host) chats with featured guests about their careers, passions, and various topics related to life in Japan.

Tokyo Speaks Cliff (Host & Producer)

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Formerly known as Raw Urban Mobile Podcast; Tokyo Speaks is a podcast that highlights Tokyo's international community. Cliff (host) chats with featured guests about their careers, passions, and various topics related to life in Japan.

    Machine Learning Tokyo

    Machine Learning Tokyo

    Episode 80: The featured guests are Machine Learning Tokyo (MLT) members Suzana Ilić (co-founder), Dimitris Katsios, and Asir Saeed. MLT is a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization dedicated to democratizing Machine Learning (ML). They are a team of engineers and researchers--now with a community of 5,000 people--and the winner of the Rakuten Technology & Innovation Silver Award 2019. 
    In this episode, we discuss the following topics: 
    What is Machine Learning  
    What kind of knowledge base is needed to excel in Machine Learning
    How to participate in MLT study sessions and events
    Diversity, inclusion and ethics in Machine Learning
    Future career opportunities 
     
    [Guests' Social Links]
    Machine Learning Tokyo - MLT Website | Facebook | Meetup.com | Twitter
     
    [Social Links & RSS]
    RSS Feed: https://www.tokyospeaks.com/feed.xml
    Instagram: @tokyospeaks_
    Twitter: @tokyospeaks_
     
    [News]
    Tokyo Speaks was recently featured on the Guidable Japan website! Also check out Guidable Jobs for jobs in Japan.
     
    [Support via Ko-fi]
    https://ko-fi.com/tokyospeaks
     
     
     
     
     
     

    • 31 min
    Foreign Moms in Tokyo

    Foreign Moms in Tokyo

    Episode 79: Ebony Norwood-Brown and Barbara Kobayashi are teachers and moms residing in Tokyo. This episode is all about their experiences of motherhood - more specifically, motherhood from the perspective of two foreign (American) women. We discuss topics such as:
    Prenatal care in Japan
    Family/spousal relationships
    Work-life balance
    Japanese traditions related to pregnancy and birth
    Raising biracial and multiracial kids in a homogenous society
     
    [Resource]
    Tokyo Mothers Group 
      
    [Special thanks]   
    Monica, Nydia, and Tara
     
    [Social Links & RSS]
    RSS Feed: https://www.tokyospeaks.com/feed.xml
    Instagram: @tokyospeaks_
    Twitter: @tokyospeaks_
     
    [Support via Ko-fi]
    https://ko-fi.com/tokyospeaks

    • 1 tim. 13 min
    Rebranding to Tokyo Speaks

    Rebranding to Tokyo Speaks

    Episode 78: This is more of an announcement than the usual guest-featured chat about life in Japan. Raw Urban Mobile Podcast has been rebranded to the name Tokyo Speaks. In this short episode, Cliff explains how this podcast got started and why the name changed. This podcast will resume its regular episode schedule--every other Tuesday--on Tuesday, March 10th. Episode length: 7 minutes.
     
    [Special thanks]
    Graphic Designer, Jennifer Piatkowski: Jennifer is the designer of the Tokyo Speaks logo.
     
    [Music Credit]
    Background music for this episode by Rapper/Producer, Rhyming Gaijin.
     
    [Social Links & RSS]
    RSS Feed: https://www.tokyospeaks.com/feed.xml
    Instagram: @tokyospeaks_
    Twitter: @tokyospeaks_
     
    [Support via Ko-fi]
    https://ko-fi.com/tokyospeaks
     

    • 7 min
    The Noh Master's Wife

    The Noh Master's Wife

    Episode 77: Madeleine Abdel-Jalil Umewaka is author of the book and autobiography The Noh Master’s Wife: A Journey From Lebanon to Japan. In this episode, Madeleine shares her experience of leaving her home country during the beginning of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), and integrating into Japanese culture, as well as the close-knit society of Noh theatre. 
    Madeleine details what it was like being married to Japanese Noh actor, Naohiko Umewaka, who comes from a prestigious six hundred year-old Noh lineage. Noh is the oldest surviving form of Japanese theater.
    Buy The Noh Master's Wife: A Journey From Lebanon to Japan (レバノンから来た能楽師の妻) by Madeleine Abdel-Jalil Umewaka here! (Japanese version)
    [Raw Urban Mobile Podcast rebranded to Tokyo Speaks Podcast on Mar 7, 2020]
     
    [Social Links & RSS]
    RSS Feed: https://www.tokyospeaks.com/feed.xml
    Instagram: @tokyospeaks_
    Twitter: @tokyospeaks_
     
    [Support via Ko-fi]
    https://ko-fi.com/tokyospeaks
     
     
     
     

    • 23 min
    Me Too, With You

    Me Too, With You

    Episode 76: Sachiko Ishikawa is a project manager in the video game industry. She is also an intersectional feminist, who speaks out about issues concerning women in society. In this episode, we chat with Sachiko about a monthly protest in Japan called the Flower Demo. She shares her own personal experience of sexual assault and explains three conditions of sexual consent. [Episode length: 52 minutes]
    Join the next Flower Demo in Tokyo on Tuesday evening, February 11 at Tokyo Station. Click here to learn about more event locations in Japan.
    [Raw Urban Mobile Podcast rebranded to Tokyo Speaks Podcast on Mar 7, 2020]
     
    [Featured Guest]
    Sachiko Ishikawa - @Ishikawa_Sachi
     
    [Co-host]
    Nina Cataldo - @ninalalala 
     
    [Related Articles]
    Japan's Flower Demo: A Report from the Scene 
    In Japan Rape Cases, 'No' Still Means No Conviction, and Protests Are Growing
     
    [Social Links & RSS]
    RSS Feed: https://www.tokyospeaks.com/feed.xml
    Instagram: @tokyospeaks_
    Twitter: @tokyospeaks_
     
    [Support via Ko-fi]
    https://ko-fi.com/tokyospeaks
     

    • 51 min
    Yakuzen: Food is Medicine

    Yakuzen: Food is Medicine

    Episode 75: Kayoko Hirano is a certified obesity prevention health coach and founder of YakuZen Therapy. After returning to Japan from New York, where she held a corporate job for 6 years, Kayoko experienced weight fluctuation for years; that led her to develop her own weight loss protocol. She then deepened her knowledge at the Japan Obesity Prevention Society Institute.
    In this episode, we chat with Kayoko about the concept of yakuzen (food therapy), misconceptions about Japanese food, and her childhood interest in the English language, which inspired her to experience life outside of Japan. [Episode length: 56 minutes]
     **Farewell Shockolate Buddha**
    This is the last episode recorded with Raw Urban Mobile Podcast original co-host Shockolate Buddha. The podcast will also have a location change after two years of recording inside the mobile man cave. Stay locked in for more informative and entertaining conversations with locals in Japan, including occasional guest co-hosts. 
    [Raw Urban Mobile Podcast rebranded to Tokyo Speaks Podcast on Mar 7, 2020]
     
    [Featured guest]
    Kayoko Hirano - LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram
     
    [Social Links & RSS]
    RSS Feed: https://www.tokyospeaks.com/feed.xml
    Instagram: @tokyospeaks_
    Twitter: @tokyospeaks_
     
    [Support via Ko-fi]
    https://ko-fi.com/tokyospeaks
     

    • 55 min

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