117 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 • 27 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!

    Things to Know When Drinking in Japan

    Things to Know When Drinking in Japan

    Matt joins Ben and Burke on the podcast again to talk about drinking in Japan and what differences you can expect compared to your home country when going on a night out. We talk about having a drink whilst bartending, all you can drink plans (nomihodai), being invited for drinks with bosses and co-workers, hostess bars and snack bars, and much much more. Enjoy the show!

    Thanks to our 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/
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    Get in touch: 
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Is Japanese Society Really that Strict?

    Is Japanese Society Really that Strict?

    On this episode, Ben and Burke look at five common sense etiquette in Japan as described in an article from WOW! JAPAN. Those include whether or not you should touch food that is being sold at supermarkets and bakeries, how eating while walking might get you arrested in certain cities, leaving food uneaten at restaurants, and more! We compare our own experience of living in Sapporo with what is described in the article, and things seem to be a little different where we live...

    Voices in Japan sponsors:
    Bearfoot Bar
    A 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. Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. 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, free pick up available from the bus stop, 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. 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. 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)

    • 33 min
    How Not to Get Fired From a Japanese Job

    How Not to Get Fired From a Japanese Job

    On today’s show Burke and I discuss some rules of etiquette and manners that foreigners should be aware of when working in Japan.
    Some of the ones we talk about are how to deal with Meishi or business card, what shoes to wear and when, accepting invitations from colleagues, taking holidays, and much much more.
    Enjoy the show!

    Previous episodes mentioned in the show:

    Michael Howard: Author of the Highly Entertaining Novel The Salarymany

    Bearfoot Bar
    12 different types of Japanese made craft beers, both bottles and on tap. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Tapas style menu and burgers. Friendly English and Japanese speaking staff. Open 7 days a week. Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. 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)

    • 46 min
    Top 5 Ways to Enjoy Japanese Hot Spring Baths (Onsen)

    Top 5 Ways to Enjoy Japanese Hot Spring Baths (Onsen)

    Japanese hot spring baths ("onsen") are one of the best parts of Japanese culture. If you live here in the country or ever plan to visit, enjoying an onsen is a must. On this episode Ben and Burke discuss the top 5 things to keep in mind when you go to an onsen, including proper etiquette, some surprises you might run into, some items to try out at the facilities, our favorite onsen here in Hokkaido, and much much more!

    Voices in Japan sponsors:
    Bearfoot Bar
    A 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. Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. 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, free pick up available from the bus stop, 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. 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. 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)

    • 46 min
    The Wacky World of Japanese Mascots

    The Wacky World of Japanese Mascots

    Chris Carlier, a British writer/illustrator in Tokyo who blogs about Japanese mascot characters joins Ben and Burke on the podcast. He has appeared in articles and interviews for CNN, Vice, GQ magazine, The BBC, and The New York Times, just to name a few.
    We delve deep into this unique world where there are some very wacky mascots. A good example is Marimokkori, a popular character in Hokkaido. Marimo is the word for the green algae that grows in some of the lakes in Hokkaido, while mokkori is Japanese slang for erection.
    Chris also talks about some of the strangest characters he has seen, the annual best mascot competition, the positive impact a good mascot can have on a city, some mascot scandals, and much much more! Enjoy the show!

    Check out Chris' website and Twitter page for more information and photos.

    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, free pick up available from the bus stop, 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)

    • 48 min
    Living in Japan Will Change You

    Living in Japan Will Change You

    On this episode, Ben and  Burke discuss the ways that living in Japan has changed them while reviewing the opinions in an article by TimeOut Tokyo. Everyone's English seems to change to some degree by living in Japan, especially if you work for any amount of time as an English teacher, but how about alcohol drinking habits, places that you choose to travel, social etiquette, and appreciation for the four seasons? If you've lived in Japan or still do, would you agree that what the article and guys say is accurate? Let us know your thoughts by writing a review on Apple Podcasts! Thank you and enjoy the show!

    Voices in Japan sponsors:
    Bearfoot Bar
    A 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. Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. 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, free pick up available from the bus stop, 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. 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. 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)

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Gaddiz ,

Happy Turn!

I've been listening for a long time, and haven't felt compelled to review until now... I feel like the way Burke says "Happy Turn," and goes on about Happy Turn, will really brighten your day.
Good job, guts! Now I'm gonna go order some Happy Turn on Amazon.

Animallove95 ,

Best podcast for learning about Japan!!!

I love this podcast. It is so informative, entertaining, and hilarious. I feel like I’m just sitting down having a conversation with the hosts every episode. I wish this podcast had millions of listeners—they really deserve it.

emotionalscumbag ,

The best show about daily life in Japan!

I’ve been looking for a podcast to talk about the everyday bits about living in Japan, and “Voices in Japan” is the podcast to be listening too

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