30 episodes

Join us every other week for conversations with interesting characters in Tokyo, along with our usual Tokyo Cheapo take, tips tricks and hacks on getting the most of our sprawling metropolis on a pittance.

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Join us every other week for conversations with interesting characters in Tokyo, along with our usual Tokyo Cheapo take, tips tricks and hacks on getting the most of our sprawling metropolis on a pittance.

    Episode 12: Out of the Dark, Into the Country

    Episode 12: Out of the Dark, Into the Country

    Angela An

    This week the pod team sits down with Angela An of the very popular YouTube channel ‘Intenatoinally Me.’ Angela shares some horror stories from working at a Japanese ‘black company’ and how, after a well-deserved recovery holiday, she slowly worked her way up into becoming a successful full-time YouTuber. Plus, her fascinating plan for leverging her channel into helping the dying Japanese countryside.

    And on our Tokyo Stories this week, we’re down a cheapo as Greg is off handling real business. Meanwhile, Chris talks about having some fun with Japanese at a coffeeshop in London, and Taryn reveals the embarassing story behind why her foot is broken.

    Produced/edited/mixed by Taryn Siegel

    Music by Ryan Carter

    Links

    Follow Angela on Instagram

    ‘Internationally Me’ YT channel

    • 41 min
    Episode 11: Run For Your Life

    Episode 11: Run For Your Life

    Joseph Tame

    This week, we welcome to the pod an old friend, known to some as ‘Tokyo Marathon Man’, ‘Sakuraman’, or, our personal favourite, ‘The Running Christmas Tree’ – Joseph Tame. Jospeh tells the podcast team some amazing tales, including living on top of a mountain with a terrifying Swiss lady, being caught on CNN running around Tokyo inside a Christmas tree, and gradually building a successful creative agency. Plus, Joseph explains why he came to the podcast recording wearing 4 massive pinwheels – the answer to which kind of explains his whole Japan trajectory.

    And this week on our Tokyo Stories, Chris ‘hogs the mic’ to tell Greg and Taryn what it was like to attend the Fuji Rock music festival in the middle of a typhoon.

    Produced/edited/mixed by Taryn Siegel

    Music by Ryan Carter

    Links

    Check out Joseph’s wackiest videos

    Wild Tame website

    • 54 min
    Episode 10: Lost Dogs & Found Blogs

    Episode 10: Lost Dogs & Found Blogs

    Selena Hoy



    This week the pod team sits down with freelance-writer success story Selena Hoy, who boasts pieces in everything from the Atlantic to the Independent to Playboy. Selena has spent the past 15 years in Japan trying her best to marry her two loves: writing and social work. She shares some harrowing tales from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, discusses Japan’s bizarre refugee policies and tries to explain how she actually found success as a full-time freelance writer (and what other aspiring writers should do too).

    Plus – on our Tokyo Stories this week, Taryn, Greg and Chris reunite after a 2-month separation. Chris shares an expert travel tip, Greg brags about landing Olympic tickets after much queueing, and Taryn spins a tale about working at an inn on a remote island in Nagasaki.

    Produced/edited/mixed by Taryn Siegel

    Music by Ryan Carter

    Links

    Follow Selena on Twitter

    Check out Selena’s impressive portfolio

    • 47 min
    Episode 9: Post-Disaster Artist

    Episode 9: Post-Disaster Artist

    John Daub



    This week the pod is thrilled to sit down with hitchhiker, videographer and Naked Man festival participant John Daub, best known for his mega-famous YouTube channel ‘Only in Japan’. John tells the pod crew about being royally set up by a sneaky newspaper columnist, losing $30,000 on a popular video series, and turning all that around to become one of Japan’s most sucessful YouTubers. Also, John shares some moving but devastating stories about being in Japan during the 2011 earthquake, and how that changed his whole Japan trajectory (in a good way).

    Plus! On our Tokyo Stories, while Chris is gallivanting around Europe, Greg and Taryn swap tales about gallivanting around Hiroshima. Greg finds himself on a pink train and Taryn finds herself stranded on an island.

    Produced/edited/mixed by Taryn Siegel

    Music by Ryan Carter

    Links

    Only in Japan (main channel)

    Only in Japan GO (live stream channel)

    • 55 min
    Episode 8: Analog Swirls & Digital Worlds

    Episode 8: Analog Swirls & Digital Worlds

    Jasper Degens



    This week, the podcast team sits down with teamLab’s Jasper Degens, one of the geniuses behind the Borderless Mori Digital Art Museum. As one of teamLab’s first and only gaijin, Jasper tells us about landing his dream job with zero Japanese and a lot of ingenuity (and persistent e-mailing), plus arriving in Vietnam without a job or plan and teaming up with an engineer/DJ.

    And here in Japan it’s festival season! So in our Tokyo Stories Greg hops the mic to tell us what it’s like to actually join a festival – from buying a festive loincloth to shaking a 400 kg portable shrine.

    Produced/edited/mixed by Taryn Siegel

    Music by Ryan Carter

    Links

    teamLab homepage

    Apply to work at teamLab!

    Jasper’s friend Quan’s FB page

    Questions for Jasper? E-mail him! jasper@team-lab.com

    • 52 min
    Episode 7: Forest Blues, Train-car Yellows, Haunted House Greens

    Episode 7: Forest Blues, Train-car Yellows, Haunted House Greens

    Adrian Hogan

    This week the podcast team sits down with illustrious and alarmingly nice illustrator Adrian Hogan, best known for his viral ‘panoramic coffee cups’. Adrian takes us through his winding Japan journey, from being a ‘will draw for food’ starving artist to being commissioned as the Starbucks Tokyo Roastery muralist, plus some viral instagram moments, what fascinates him about the Japanese color palette and illustration style, and why Jesus Christ is buried in northern Japan.

    And in our Tokyo Stories, Greg befriends some drunken ojisans and explains what the Japanese drink ‘hoppy’ is, Chris has two serendipitous encounters in one cafe, and Taryn is obsessed with a sparkly train.

    Produced/edited/mixed by Taryn Siegel

    Music by Ryan Carter

    Links

    www.adrianhogan.com

    Follow Adrian on Instagram: adehogan

    Follow Adrian on Twitter: @adehogan

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

coughsoda ,

👍🏻

Great ideas, regardless of whether you're trying to save money.

Komocode ,

Could do without the music

I often hear the music randomly fade in and out in the middle of the conversation. Sometimes the music is too loud so I have to lower the volume but the voice is too low so I have to raise the volume.

Gilles Poitras ,

As a tight fisted traveler...

I really like Tokyo Cheapo as a resource on ways to save money while having a great time in my favorite city to visit, Tokyo. I’ve already mastered the skill of enjoying 3 weeks in Tokyo for under $2,800, including airfare and lodgings (I fly from SFO) that learning new stuff makes it even more fun.

Thanks cheapos

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