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Discover what everyday life in Japan is REALLY like! Weekly podcast episodes with half-Japanese/half-American Burke (20 years in Japan), Ben from England (15 years in Japan), and Matt from Australia (18 years in Japan). All three of them are based in Hokkaido, which is Japan's #1 domestic travel destination! These guys and their guests share their experiences with dating, marriage, working at Japanese companies, teaching at all education levels, traditions, martial arts, the struggles of life here, and the reasons why Japan is truly an amazing place to be living!

Voices in Japan Voices in Japan

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    • 4.8 • 44 Ratings

Discover what everyday life in Japan is REALLY like! Weekly podcast episodes with half-Japanese/half-American Burke (20 years in Japan), Ben from England (15 years in Japan), and Matt from Australia (18 years in Japan). All three of them are based in Hokkaido, which is Japan's #1 domestic travel destination! These guys and their guests share their experiences with dating, marriage, working at Japanese companies, teaching at all education levels, traditions, martial arts, the struggles of life here, and the reasons why Japan is truly an amazing place to be living!

    Poo Sakura at the Unko Museum in Tokyo

    Poo Sakura at the Unko Museum in Tokyo

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    With the Sakura season just around the corner, Ben, Burke, and Matt talk about the Unko Museum’s cherry blossom festival in Tokyo. 

    Other news the guys discuss is Asahi Breweries announcing that they will no longer launch chuhai (Canned fizzy cocktails) with alcohol content of 8% or higher.

    Sponsors:
    MaruMori
    This site has everything you need to learn Japanese! It’s an all-in-one, guided, gamified Japanese learning experience with the aim to take you all the way from absolute beginner to language mastery, and the best part is you can start anywhere! https://marumori.io/register?rcode=vij

    Bearfoot Bar
    Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. There are a variety of Japanese made local and craft beers, bottled and on tap. 21 different sorts of international beers. A wide range of regular and unique spirits and basic cocktails also available. Burgers and pub style snacks. With friendly English and Japanese speaking staff.  https://www.facebook.com/bearfootbar


    The Red House 
    Located in the heart of Rusutsu Ski Resort, just cross the main road and it’s behind the Seicomart Convenience store. The restaurant features a mix of Japanese, Asian fusion, and western Style dishes, including shabu-shabu with wagyu beef and Hokkaido wagyu beef steak. Open winter and summer, 12-3pm for lunch, 5-9pm for dinner, with prices ranging from under Yen 1000 to about Yen 5000. https://theredhouse.jp/

    Rusutsu Lodges
    Open all year round. Located 5 minutes walk to the main Rusutsu Ski Resort Gondola. There are Japanese, Western, and apartment style rooms with breakfast packages available. There’s a Japanese sento (public bath), two convenience stores less than a minute walk, ski room and tune up tables, plenty of free parking space, and summer BBQ packages available. Check out the website for more information and availability. http://rusutsulodges.com

    Hokkaido Guide
    Established over 10 years ago, written by locals for locals and international tourists. The guide contains information on all types of businesses and locations around Hokkaido. There's information regarding all things Hokkaido such as sightseeing, nightlife, events, services, food and restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, and more. Currently offered in English and Thai, advertising space available. Check out website for everything you need to know about this beautiful prefecture. https://hokkaidoguide.com


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    Website:
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    NEW BONUS EPISODE out now on Patreon!

    NEW BONUS EPISODE out now on Patreon!

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    Kyoto Prices, Uniqlo Crime, and New Work Visas

    Kyoto Prices, Uniqlo Crime, and New Work Visas

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    Episode summary: Ben and Burke take a look at special pricing for tourists and residents that could be coming soon to Kyoto, a years-long Uniqlo crime spree committed by some foreigners here in Japan, anti-foreigner sentiment in the country, and changes to the technical intern visa program.

    Sponsors:
    MaruMori
    This site has everything you need to learn Japanese! It’s an all-in-one, guided, gamified Japanese learning experience with the aim to take you all the way from absolute beginner to language mastery, and the best part is you can start anywhere!
    https://marumori.io/register?rcode=vij

    Bearfoot Bar
    Located in downtown Sapporo and within walking distance from the subway station. They have a variety of Japanese made and international craft beers bottled and on tap. A wide range of regular and unique spirits and basic cocktails are also available. Burgers and pub style snacks and friendly English and Japanese speaking staff.
    https://www.facebook.com/bearfootbar

    The Red House 
    Located in the heart of Rusutsu Ski Resort, just cross the main road and it’s behind the Seicomart Convenience store. The restaurant features a mix of Japanese, Asian fusion, and western Style dishes, including shabu-shabu with wagyu beef and Hokkaido wagyu beef steak. Open winter and summer, 12-3pm for lunch, 5-9pm for dinner, with prices ranging from under Yen 1000 to about Yen 5000.
    https://theredhouse.jp/

    Rusutsu Lodges
    Open all year round. Located only a 5-minute walk away from the main Rusutsu Ski Resort Gondola. There are Japanese, Western, and apartment style rooms with breakfast packages available. There’s a Japanese sento (public bath), two convenience stores less than a minute walk, ski room and tune up tables, plenty of free parking space, and summer BBQ packages available. Check out the website for more information and availability.
    http://rusutsulodges.com

    Hokkaido Guide
    Established over 10 years ago, written by locals for locals and international tourists. The guide contains information on all types of businesses and locations around Hokkaido. There's information regarding all things Hokkaido such as sightseeing, nightlife, events, services, food and restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, and more. Currently offered in English and Thai, advertising space available. Check out website for everything you need to know about this beautiful prefecture.
    https://hokkaidoguide.com

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    Website: https://www.voicesinjapan.com/

    Follow us and check out our other content:
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    https://twitter.com/voicesinjapan
    https://www.facebook.com/voicesinj


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    • 28 min
    NEW BONUS EPISODE out now on Patreon!

    NEW BONUS EPISODE out now on Patreon!

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    Overtourism in Japan!

    Overtourism in Japan!

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    From the ski slopes of Hokkaido to climbing Mt. Fuji, Ben, Burke and Matt talk about overtourism in Japan plus other news that have made headlines! Burke and Matt relive their experiences climbing Mt. Fuji, and Ben talks about some shocking news. 


    Sponsors:
    MaruMori
    This site has everything you need to learn Japanese! It’s an all-in-one, guided, gamified Japanese learning experience with the aim to take you all the way from absolute beginner to language mastery, and the best part is you can start anywhere!
    https://marumori.io/register?rcode=vij

    Bearfoot Bar
    Located in downtown Sapporo and within walking distance from the subway station. They have a variety of Japanese made and international craft beers bottled and on tap. A wide range of regular and unique spirits and basic cocktails are also available. Burgers and pub style snacks and friendly English and Japanese speaking staff.
    https://www.facebook.com/bearfootbar

    The Red House 
    Located in the heart of Rusutsu Ski Resort, just cross the main road and it’s behind the Seicomart Convenience store. The restaurant features a mix of Japanese, Asian fusion, and western Style dishes, including shabu-shabu with wagyu beef and Hokkaido wagyu beef steak. Open winter and summer, 12-3pm for lunch, 5-9pm for dinner, with prices ranging from under Yen 1000 to about Yen 5000.
    https://theredhouse.jp/

    Rusutsu Lodges
    Open all year round. Located only a 5-minute walk away from the main Rusutsu Ski Resort Gondola. There are Japanese, Western, and apartment style rooms with breakfast packages available. There’s a Japanese sento (public bath), two convenience stores less than a minute walk, ski room and tune up tables, plenty of free parking space, and summer BBQ packages available. Check out the website for more information and availability.
    http://rusutsulodges.com

    Hokkaido Guide
    Established over 10 years ago, written by locals for locals and international tourists. The guide contains information on all types of businesses and locations around Hokkaido. There's information regarding all things Hokkaido such as sightseeing, nightlife, events, services, food and restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, and more. Currently offered in English and Thai, advertising space available. Check out website for everything you need to know about this beautiful prefecture.
    https://hokkaidoguide.com

    Use our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!

    Website: https://www.voicesinjapan.com/

    Follow us and check out our other content:
    https://youtube.com/@voicesinjapanpodcast
    https://twitter.com/voicesinjapan
    https://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/
    https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/

    Get in touch:  voicesinjapan@gmail.com
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    • 33 min
    What is Japanese Beauty?

    What is Japanese Beauty?

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    Episode summary: A recent victory in the Miss Japan beauty pageant by Ukranian-born Carolina Shiino has many Japanese people very upset. Also, the movie "Oppenheimer" finally gets a release date (March 29) in Japan after internet memes with atomic bomb themes promoting the movie last year had severely offended locals in the country.

    Sponsors:
    MaruMori
    This site has everything you need to learn Japanese! It’s an all-in-one, guided, gamified Japanese learning experience with the aim to take you all the way from absolute beginner to language mastery, and the best part is you can start anywhere!
    https://marumori.io/register?rcode=vij

    Bearfoot Bar
    Located in downtown Sapporo and within walking distance from the subway station. They have a variety of Japanese made and international craft beers bottled and on tap. A wide range of regular and unique spirits and basic cocktails are also available. Burgers and pub style snacks and friendly English and Japanese speaking staff.
    https://www.facebook.com/bearfootbar

    The Red House 
    Located in the heart of Rusutsu Ski Resort, just cross the main road and it’s behind the Seicomart Convenience store. The restaurant features a mix of Japanese, Asian fusion, and western Style dishes, including shabu-shabu with wagyu beef and Hokkaido wagyu beef steak. Open winter and summer, 12-3pm for lunch, 5-9pm for dinner, with prices ranging from under Yen 1000 to about Yen 5000.
    https://theredhouse.jp/

    Rusutsu Lodges
    Open all year round. Located only a 5-minute walk away from the main Rusutsu Ski Resort Gondola. There are Japanese, Western, and apartment style rooms with breakfast packages available. There’s a Japanese sento (public bath), two convenience stores less than a minute walk, ski room and tune up tables, plenty of free parking space, and summer BBQ packages available. Check out the website for more information and availability.
    http://rusutsulodges.com

    Hokkaido Guide
    Established over 10 years ago, written by locals for locals and international tourists. The guide contains information on all types of businesses and locations around Hokkaido. There's information regarding all things Hokkaido such as sightseeing, nightlife, events, services, food and restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, and more. Currently offered in English and Thai, advertising space available. Check out website for everything you need to know about this beautiful prefecture.
    https://hokkaidoguide.com

    Use our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!

    Website: https://www.voicesinjapan.com/

    Follow us and check out our other content:
    https://youtube.com/@voicesinjapanpodcast
    https://twitter.com/voicesinjapan
    https://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/
    https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/

    Get in touch:  voicesinjapan@gmail.com
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

hardeight 99 ,

Chill conversations about Japan

Good content

Yesmando ,

Big Fan of the Pod

I listen to VIJ at work almost every day. I really enjoy the dialogue and the info these goobers put out, as I have been interested in visiting Japan for a very long time. Now that the country is opened back up, hopefully soon I will get the opportunity to visit Sapporo myself- a place I didn’t know anything about until this podcast. Keep up the good work!

Iamaauperfatty ,

Finally kept a podcast app installed.

I don’t really listen to podcast very much, though I do turn on YouTube and let it play in the background and listen. Not sure, but I generally seem to prefer the content on YouTube, and all the podcast apps I’ve ever installed have been uninstalled after a week or so because everything I find is boring, even if the topic would interest in another format. However, I’ve found myself binging these throughout work today (I work in solitude with a few breaks where I interact with clients) and I’ll keep binging. For me, the content has been really enjoyable.

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