133 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

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 15 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

    Unexpected Japanese Word Origins: FART | Japan Station 125

    Unexpected Japanese Word Origins: FART | Japan Station 125

    This time we're taking a deep dive into the history of the Japanese word for fart: onara. Where did it come from? What is its true meaning? What is its link to a secret ancient language spoken hundreds of years ago in Japan? We're answering all those questions and more!
     
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    • 11 min
    The Real Reason I Walked from Kyoto to Tokyo | Japan Station 124

    The Real Reason I Walked from Kyoto to Tokyo | Japan Station 124

    On this episode of Japan Station, we talk about why I decided to walk the old Tokaido Road in 2023 and the impact it had. This episode features a speech I did for the 2024 state convention of the Hawaii Association of the Blind.
    Topics Discussed
    Why I walked the Tokaido in 2023 What my goal was How I raised awareness of the blind & visually impaired community by walking from Kyoto to Tokyo And more! Support on Patreon & Ko-fi If you enjoy Ichimon Japan and want to ensure that we're able to produce more episodes, then please consider becoming a patron on Patreon.com. You can join for just $1 a month. Patrons get first access to podcast episodes, as well as updates on what I'm working on for JapanKyo.com. If you join the $3 a month tier you get access to the back catalog of the Japanese Plus Alpha podcast (a short series on interesting Japanese words and features of the Japanese language). If you would like to do a one time donation, that is also possible. Just use the Ko-fi link below. All donations are greatly appreciated! And if you can't support financially, that's ok. Consider telling a friend about the show!
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    • 19 min
    Why Learning Japanese is POINTLESS (for most..) | Japan Station 123

    Why Learning Japanese is POINTLESS (for most..) | Japan Station 123

    On this episode of Japan Station, we talk about why you shouldn't try to learn Japanese.
    Topics Discussed
    How AI and translation software are making it unnecessary to learn Japanese How learning Japanese is pointless for most people Why you should learn Japanese Reasons people would want to study Japanese And more! Support on Patreon & Ko-fi If you enjoy Ichimon Japan and want to ensure that we're able to produce more episodes, then please consider becoming a patron on Patreon.com. You can join for just $1 a month. Patrons get first access to podcast episodes, as well as updates on what I'm working on for JapanKyo.com. If you join the $3 a month tier you get access to the back catalog of the Japanese Plus Alpha podcast (a short series on interesting Japanese words and features of the Japanese language). If you would like to do a one time donation, that is also possible. Just use the Ko-fi link below. All donations are greatly appreciated! And if you can't support financially, that's ok. Consider telling a friend about the show!
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    • 15 min
    How Akira Toriyama Changed the World & My Life | Japan Station 122

    How Akira Toriyama Changed the World & My Life | Japan Station 122

    On this episode of Japan Station, we talk about the manga creator Akira Toriyama and his impact on the world and my life.
    Topics Discussed
    About the passing of manga creator Akira Toriyama About the impact and influence of Akira Toriyama on the US and the world About the impact of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z About the popularity of the Dragon Ball franchise around the world About discovering Dragon Ball in Peru And more! Support on Patreon & Ko-fi If you enjoy Ichimon Japan and want to ensure that we're able to produce more episodes, then please consider becoming a patron on Patreon.com. You can join for just $1 a month. Patrons get first access to podcast episodes, as well as updates on what I'm working on for JapanKyo.com. If you join the $3 a month tier you get access to the back catalog of the Japanese Plus Alpha podcast (a short series on interesting Japanese words and features of the Japanese language). If you would like to do a one time donation, that is also possible. Just use the Ko-fi link below. All donations are greatly appreciated! And if you can't support financially, that's ok. Consider telling a friend about the show!
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    • 17 min
    We Bought a Geisha House! About Geisha House Atami | Japan Station 121

    We Bought a Geisha House! About Geisha House Atami | Japan Station 121

    On this episode of Japan Station, we're talking to the owners of Geisha House Atami and learning about what it's like to buy an old house in Japan, restore it and more!
    Topics Discussed
    About Geisha House Atami About Atami About the history of Atami About what it's like buying an old house in Japan Whether you should buy a cheap abandoned house in Japan What you should be aware of before you try to buy a house in Japan What can be annoying about buying an old house in Japan What you can expect when you visit Geisha House Atami And much more Support on Patreon & Ko-fi If you enjoy Ichimon Japan and want to ensure that we're able to produce more episodes, then please consider becoming a patron on Patreon.com. You can join for just $1 a month. Patrons get first access to podcast episodes, as well as updates on what I'm working on for JapanKyo.com. If you join the $3 a month tier you get access to the back catalog of the Japanese Plus Alpha podcast (a short series on interesting Japanese words and features of the Japanese language). If you would like to do a one time donation, that is also possible. Just use the Ko-fi link below. All donations are greatly appreciated! And if you can't support financially, that's ok. Consider telling a friend about the show!
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    • 46 min
    My 3 Worst Japanese Mistakes | Japan Station 120

    My 3 Worst Japanese Mistakes | Japan Station 120

    On this episode of Japan Station, I talk about the worst 3 mistakes I made while learning Japanese.
    Topics Discussed
    About the history of Kabosu the Shibainu and the Doge meme About three of the worst mistakes I made while learning Japanese About the importance of studying Japanese outside of the classroom The funniest mistake I ever made while speaking Japanese About the word toire And much more Support on Patreon & Ko-fi If you enjoy Ichimon Japan and want to ensure that we're able to produce more episodes, then please consider becoming a patron on Patreon.com. You can join for just $1 a month. Patrons get first access to podcast episodes, as well as updates on what I'm working on for JapanKyo.com. If you join the $3 a month tier you get access to the back catalog of the Japanese Plus Alpha podcast (a short series on interesting Japanese words and features of the Japanese language). If you would like to do a one time donation, that is also possible. Just use the Ko-fi link below. All donations are greatly appreciated! And if you can't support financially, that's ok. Consider telling a friend about the show!
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    Links, Videos, Etc. Here's all th
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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 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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