Episode 5n – Artistic Mr. Mertens and his Ladies

10Mar14
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My co-host on today’s show is the Artistic Mr. Mertens. Craig and I talk about the Oscars, do a bit of a detour into the LGBT situation in Japan and in general, and most importantly pimp his current art exhibition Ladies First.

If you’re in the Osaka area check out Ladies First at Cafe Absinthe:

http://www.absinthe-jp.com/cafe-absinthe/news/578

And pick up Craig’s artistic wares at Society6:

http://society6.com/CraigMertens/Ladies-First-Exhibition-Poster_Print#1=45

P.S. Sorry if my sound levels are a bit high and I hope
I don’t blowout your eardrums with my obnoxious voice.
I guess every episode is a learning experience f^_^;

Episode 4n – DJ Brian J bringin’ it chilled out at Freestyle

04Mar14
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Another day, another episode. This time it’s a laid back interview over wine and cheese with Brian J. at Freestyle in Shibuya. Brian’s had a few adventures around the world and we talk about how came he from Italy to the US and then to Japan and how music shaped his journey.

Episode 3n – Caped Crime Preventer Tom Schmid

24Feb14
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Finally, a long-awaited (probably only by the host himself) interview episode. My inaugural interview guest is Tom Schmid, licensed attorney and linguistic advisor at the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI). Whoof… that’s a mouthful. Still doesn’t change the fact that Tom is an awesome guy and was a great interview. We talked about his crime preventing shenanigans, a bit about lawyering, and of course life in Japan. We were at the Aldegate pub in Shibuya so there’s a bit of background din and I’d set the gain on the mic a bit low but fortunately Tom has a strong voice and comes through clear. At about an hour and ten minutes it’s a bit long but I think you’ll enjoy the talk. I sure did.

Episode 2n – Ha! F U Hafu

09Dec13
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Here we go! Finally another episode of the most inconsistent relaunch in podcast history. But it’s all good as I talk about the documentary Hafu and read a poem to honor Mandela’s passing without properly explaining why I’m reading said poem. It was the poem that gave him strength while he was imprisoned. Takes two seconds to explain and yet somehow I start reading the poem with only a half-assed explanation and melodramatic classical music as BGM.

It’s all good.

Episode 1n – Don’t call it a Kaerizaki

30Sep13
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Yes, a new episode of Finding Japan is finally here. It’s a bit rough around the edges and I’m still developing where I want to take the show so bear with me. On this ep I have my good friend David on as co-host and we discuss a variety of things about Japan, mostly in comparison with with his home country Australia.

Epilogue 7 – Prelude: Passing of the T-Bone

21Jul13
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Hello, Finding Japan listeners! The show will go on. Host emeritus Christopher has passed the show on to Terrance and everyone’s favorite bovine personality T-Bone Taro from the former Kobe Beef Show (if you have no idea who T-Bone is just nod for now).

In this episode I introduce myself a little, talk about future plans for the show, and Christopher and I do some catching up and chit chat about things in general, Japan, and FJ. Enjoy!

Shutting Down Finding Japan?

25May11
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Posted by Christopher. Filed in Thoughts.
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Hey everyone, long time no see. Between the earthquake, my family, moving yet again, things have been pretty hectic.

I was contemplating, as indicated before, in shutting down the FindingJapan site entirely. But I wondered, if the site might be better served if someone else would like to take the reigns in hosting and creating content. If there is anyone that is interested in doing so, please send me an email or post a message here and we can get in touch.

Hope you and all of your families are doing well. Best – Christopher

Epilogue 6 – Fred and Terrance Visit Tokyo

20Sep10
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Posted by Christopher. Filed in Audio Podcast, Podcast, Thoughts, Travel.
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Before Fred and Terrance left Tokyo, we managed a round-table wrap-up of the weekend’s activities. Though the weekend did not go as planned, we still had a great time and summed up the weekend’s adventures along with Fred’s thoughts on Japan after returning after 5 years for a visit.

Listen below!

Epilogue 5 – Fuji Yoshida Fire Festival

12Sep10
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Posted by Christopher. Filed in Podcast, Thoughts, Travel, Video Podcast.
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Recently, Linda, Fred, Terrance and I made the trek up to the base of Mount Fuji to see the Fuji Yoshida Fire Festival. This festival marks the closing of the hiking trails for Fuji-san. The carrying of the mikoshi through town along with the noise is said to try to appease the goddess of Mt. Fuji so that the mountain will not erupt. Fires are lit from the center of the city all the way to Sengen-Jinja in order to impress the goddess.

You can read more about the Fuji Yoshida Fire Festival by reading on other sites. You can see the festival by watching this video. Enjoy!

Epilogue 4 – The Pachinko Experience

06Sep10
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Fred joins in this episode to discuss the ever classic Japan pachinko parlor experience.

After coming home from a round of yakitori, we enjoy a few beers on the way back to my apartment to chat about our experience. Listen to us get distracted by the ultrasonic teenage repellers down in Tsukiji.