80 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.
mail@japanstationpodcast.com

Japan Station: A Podcast About Japan by JapanKyo.com JapanKyo.com

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

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

    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
    Get the full version of show notes at https://www.japankyo.com/category/podcasts/japanstation/  

    • 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
    Links, Videos, Etc.
    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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    Full Show Notes
    Get the full version of show notes at https://www.japankyo.com/category/podcasts/japanstation/

    • 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
    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 Allison Markin Powell

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

    • 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.

    KimitoDesigns.com
    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
    Down & Out in Japan: On Homelessnes and Life in Japan's Slums (Dr. Tom Gill)

    Down & Out in Japan: On Homelessnes and Life in Japan's Slums (Dr. Tom Gill)

    On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we're learning about homelessness in Japan and the life of Japanese day laborers.

    About Dr. Tom Gill
    Dr. Tom Gill is a professor of social anthropology at the Faculty of International Studies at Meiji Gakuin University in Yokohama. He is the author of the 2015 book Yokohama Street Life: The Precarious Career of a Japanese Day Laborer.

    Topics Discussed
    Dr. Tom Gill's first experience in Sanya in Tokyo Reporting on street riots in Sanya in 1986 About Sanya in Tokyo What a doyagai is About Japanese slum districts About Japanese day laborers Why Sanya is mainly populated by single men How the anime/manga Ashita no Joe is set in Sanya The aging population of Japan's slums What a doya is What a typical doya room is like Older doya versus newer doya What a deluxe doya is Why people might choose to stay in doya despite it being more expensive to ren than an apartment About Japanese welfare On talking to people in doyagai On collecting cans in Osaka On municipal homeless shelters in Japan The increasing number of doya in Kotobukicho About homeless women in Japan Why there are so few homeless women in Japan Whether Dr. Gill has had any dangerous experiences in Japanese slums 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.
    If you would like to purchase Dr. Gill's book--Yokohama Street Life: The Precarious Career of a Japanese Day Laborer--please consider using the Amazon affiliate link below.
    Yokohama Street Life: The Precarious Career of a Japanese Day Laborer If you would like to read some of Dr. Gill's work, the best place to start is his Academia.edu page.
    Dr. Tom Gill on Academia.edu Don't forget to check out the latest episode of the Ichimon Japan podcast.
    What are Japan’s most famous dogs? (5 Famous Japanese Dogs + an Afro Dog) Ichimon Japan 48
    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 N/A

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

    • 47 min
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    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Cvltvre ,

Amazing talks

This is such an amazing podcasts it offers something different than the typical japan themed podcasts out there. The talks are diverse and cover a ton of different topics from foreign manga creators to Japanese cuisine inspired chefs. Antonio is a very pleasant interviewer and let’s his guests freely talk about their story without much interjection which is great

Minami Shou ,

Stop making sounds while your guests are speaking!

It was hard even to give this 2 stars, in that the podcast is unlistenable due to the host making about 2 to 3 “mmm” noises every sentence his guests speaks. It’s effectively distracting to both the listener and the guests (as you can hear them frequently pause and almost loose track of what they were saying). Imagine a buttery voiced yoda constantly “mmm”ing throughout the interviews. It’s awful! Stop it! If the host can break this habit, it will be a fantastic podcast with very interesting topics. But as is, good luck trying to get through 5 minutes of “mmm”… “mmm”…. “Mmm”…. “Mmm”…

catvidl ,

So Grateful I Found This!

I am so glad I found this podcast! It’s great to listen to while I do mindless tasks for work. The interviews are both informative and fun. I love that there’s a variety of topics discussed, from folklore to working in Japan. Thank you for making this! I look forward to sharing it with my friends and the Japanese club at my university.

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