Episode 86 – Terri Goes Akogare on Wakayama Tomisaburo

Excited to have my akogare (we talk about this word) Terri MacMillian on the show.

We talk about her music management experience (Pizzicato Five?!), life in Japan in general, her favorite actor (super cool), and of course we get a touch ornery about Black Lives Matter.

FJ Quickie Quickie Eew Wee – BLM in Nihongo

A quick primer on ways to say Black Lives Matter in Japanese.

[Kokujin no inochi wa taisetu] – Black Lives Matter (are important with no implied too)
[Kokujin no inochi koso taisetu] – It is Black Lives that Matter, Black Lives Matter! (Indeed!), more so than others
[Kokujin no inochi mo taisetu] – Black Lives Matter (too), closest to English in implication, and nuance

Note: I am an advanced speaker, but Japanese is not my first language. Constructive feedback welcome.

Episode 85 – For Relaxing Times, Don’t Make It Corona Times

Thank you to those of you who have been listening to the shorter quickiesodes. More are coming but for now, here’s a full-length episode!

Host emeritus Chris is back with me (socially distantly) to discuss these unusual times with comparisons between the US and Japan.

And everyone’s favorite bovine friend gets a mention.