149 episodes

Discover what everyday life in Japan is REALLY like! Weekly podcast episodes with half-Japanese/half-American Burke (18 years in Japan) and Ben from England (13 years in Japan), based in Hokkaido, and their guests sharing experiences on 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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 36 Ratings

Discover what everyday life in Japan is REALLY like! Weekly podcast episodes with half-Japanese/half-American Burke (18 years in Japan) and Ben from England (13 years in Japan), based in Hokkaido, and their guests sharing experiences on 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!

    Season Finale

    Season Finale

    Matt joins Ben and Burke for the season finale. He shares his horrid experience of being injured on a ski slope. The guys also discuss some recent news topics which include foreign residents being stopped by the police, the Fuji Rock festival returning after a 2 year lay off, and much more.
    We thank everyone so much for listening to us, whether you have been following the podcast since the beginning or you have just discovered it. We will be back soon, with some changes and a bit of a re-vamp, so stay tuned!

    Sponsors:
    Bearfoot Bar
    Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. There are  variety of Japanese made craft bottled beers. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Burgers and pub style snacks. 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:
    https://www.voicesinjapan.com/
    Follow us and check out our other content:
    https://twitter.com/voicesinjapan
    https://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/
    https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/
    Get in touch: 
    voicesinjapan@gmail.com
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)

    • 58 min
    What do Japanese People Think of Japanese Stereotypes?

    What do Japanese People Think of Japanese Stereotypes?

    Ben's friend Miyoko joins the podcast to have a look at some stereotypes about Japanese people that many Japanese hate! Are all Japanese people polite? Are Japanese women subservient and docile? Do all Japanese students study hard? And are Japanese people hiding their true feelings? Listen to the opinions of Ben, Burke, and Miyoko on these topics and much more!

    Sponsors:

    Bearfoot Bar

    Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. There are  variety of Japanese made craft bottled beers. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Burgers and pub style snacks. 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

    Use our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!

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

    Get in touch:
    voicesinjapan@gmail.com
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)

    • 50 min
    How to Prepare for an Earthquake in Japan

    How to Prepare for an Earthquake in Japan

    There was a powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake, on March 16, that hit the same area as the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Therefore, we thought it would be a good time to talk about preparing for the next earthquake in Japan. Ben and Burke share some useful resources and phone numbers, what items to stockpile at home, how to secure your furniture, and much much more. Enjoy the show!

    Sponsors:
    Bearfoot Bar
    Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. There are  variety of Japanese made craft bottled beers. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Burgers and pub style snacks. 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


    Use our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!
     
    Website:
    https://www.voicesinjapan.com/
    Follow us and check out our other content:
    https://twitter.com/voicesinjapan
    https://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/
    https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/
    Get in touch: 
    voicesinjapan@gmail.com
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)

    • 58 min
    False Truths About Japan

    False Truths About Japan

    On this episode, Ben and Burke take a look at things people thought were true about Japan and then found out weren't. Japan Today recently asked this as a question on their Facebook page, and people expressed surprise at things related to technology, food quality, treatment of foreigners and each other, and much more!

    Sponsors:

    Bearfoot Bar

    Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. There are  variety of Japanese made craft bottled beers. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Burgers and pub style snacks. 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

    Use our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!

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

    Get in touch:
    voicesinjapan@gmail.com



    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)

    • 59 min
    5 Things you don't know about Japan

    5 Things you don't know about Japan

    There are many things that are well-known about Japan. For example, trains are the most punctual in the world, the country has one of the highest proportions of elderly people, Japanese people are interested in your blood type, just to name a few. However, there are some things that many people are not aware about. We discuss some of these which include the number of islands in Japan, dancing laws, adult diaper sales, and much much more. Enjoy the show!

    Previous episodes mentioned:
    Zoos, Aquariums and Pet Life in Japan

    Sponsors:
    Bearfoot Bar
    Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. There are  variety of Japanese made craft bottled beers. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Burgers and pub style snacks. 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


    Use our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!
     
    Website:
    https://www.voicesinjapan.com/
    Follow us and check out our other content:
    https://twitter.com/voicesinjapan
    https://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/
    https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/
    Get in touch: 
    voicesinjapan@gmail.com
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)

    • 58 min
    Japanese Symbolic Animals

    Japanese Symbolic Animals

    Ben and Burke discuss a number of symbolic animals in Japanese culture, including butterflies ("cho-cho"), frogs ("kaeru"), cranes ("tsuru"), turtles ("kame"), cats ("neko"), and many others! To their surprise, only a portion of the symbolism was known by the Japanese people they checked with. Listen now to find out more about which animals symbolize luck, longevity, wisdom, fortune, peace, a safe return, womanhood, joy and more!

    Sponsors:

    Bearfoot Bar

    Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. There are  variety of Japanese made craft bottled beers. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Burgers and pub style snacks. 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

    Use our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!

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

    Get in touch:
    voicesinjapan@gmail.com
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

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.

JillieBean87 ,

I’m learning so much about Japanese culture!

I’d been searching for months for a good podcast that talks about Japanese culture, and finally found this amazing podcast. This is a great podcast that delves into what it’s like to live in Japan, Japanese culture and customs, and even travel tips. Not only is this podcast informative, but it’s also relaxing to listen to, sort of like hanging out with your friends. I’ve listened to almost all of the episodes now going from beginning to present and every episode is wonderful.

毛猴毛猴毛猴 ,

Listening to this podcast is the best time during a day

I enjoy a lot riding a bike and listening to you guys talking about different things in Japan. ♪Really easy to understand and resonate, super funny and interesting.
これからもずっと応援しております♡

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