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Insights and Success Stories from foreigners who built a life and career in Japan! Discover interviews of expatriates sharing their origin stories, experiences and answering the following question: "How can I start a life in Japan?"

Japan Life Stories Paul Gaumer

    • Places & Travel

Insights and Success Stories from foreigners who built a life and career in Japan! Discover interviews of expatriates sharing their origin stories, experiences and answering the following question: "How can I start a life in Japan?"

    #08 - Becoming a Tea Ceremony Master in Japan - with Tyas Sosen

    #08 - Becoming a Tea Ceremony Master in Japan - with Tyas Sosen

    Tyas Sosen is a Belgium Tea Ceremony Master from Kyoto. He has been living in Japan for over a decade, trained in an impressive number of traditional arts like calligraphy, kendo or flower arrangement before eventually joining a famous lineage of tea masters. During the next hour, we'll discuss tea, of course, but also Buddhism, Taoism, mindfulness, martial arts and the underlying principles of the tea ceremony. This is the perfect episode to lift your spirits and take your mind away from the daily worries we all face at the moment.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #07 - Recreating Kyoto in VR - with Alessandro de Bellegarde

    #07 - Recreating Kyoto in VR - with Alessandro de Bellegarde

    Alessandro is on a mission to archive Kyoto's cultural landmarks through virtual reality and high definition 3D videos. He recently covered events such as the Gion Matsuri and was an ambassador for Kyoto at the Grammy Awards ceremony. We discussed his love for Kyoto, his challenges working with the most traditional institutions and the responsibility of being a foreign resident in a city impacted by mass tourism.

    • 50 min
    #06 - Photographer @ AGK42 & UX designer - with Alex Knight

    #06 - Photographer @ AGK42 & UX designer - with Alex Knight

    More famously known online as AGK42, Alex's unique style of photography attracted a strong following on Instagram. When he is not working as a UX designer at bitcoin.com, Alex spends his nights exploring and capturing Tokyo's hidden streets. He also launched a great campaign running until early February where all the profits coming from his online shop will go directly to helping animals impacted by the terrible fires that devastated Australia recently.

    • 39 min
    #05 - Head of Design at Kyoto Journal - with Hirisha Mehta

    #05 - Head of Design at Kyoto Journal - with Hirisha Mehta

    Kyoto & Design | Hirisha Mehta is the Head of Design at Kyoto Journal, an award-winning magazine sharing artistic and cultural insights all across Asia. Hirisha's background includes experiences designing at Universal Studios and creating her own Japanese typeface. In this very rich episode, we discuss typography, scripts, Japanese design, Kyoto as a creative hub, architecture and local dialects.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    #04 - Running a design & marketing agency in Tokyo - with Nathan Hoernig

    #04 - Running a design & marketing agency in Tokyo - with Nathan Hoernig

    This week we welcome Nathan Hoernig, founder of Humble Bunny, a design and marketing agency now collaborating with famous international companies. Expatriate since 2007, Nathan explains how failing the JET program exams and creating a simple logo for a music band kickstarted his entrepreneurial adventure. He also shares his views on the marketing field in Japan, how valuable networking is and his challenges in building a great corporate culture while finding good talents.

    • 53 min
    Pro Tips - 3 hidden tricks to radically improve your Japanese skills

    Pro Tips - 3 hidden tricks to radically improve your Japanese skills

    Our 3 battle-tested tricks to radically improve your Japanese skills

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

samthuang ,

Entertaining and informative

Paul is a great host. He keeps the conversation moving and ensures that the stories lead to thought starter for listeners. The stories are entertaining and informative. I love how the podcast introduces "Japan" through the life stories of expats. As an expat working in Tokyo myself, I found these stories relatable but also refreshing at times. You learn about why the guests on the show decided to be in Japan, and how they got to where they are, such as becoming a master in tea ceremony! Or if you are someone looking to live in Japan, it's a great resource for you to gain some insights in the "how"! Highly recommend it! To the host: looking forward to more authentic original stories : )

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