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.

Episode 84 – Konechikatto Chatto

Join Terrance and Christopher for a conversational reconnect as Terrance braves the wintry tundra of Connecticut for a long overdue in-person recording from our two hosts. Get some insight on what residency in Tokyo feels like after many years and the challenges that returning to the United States presents after many years in Asia.

Special bonus: If you listen long enough, you may even get to hear the resurrected segments from podcasts of long ago and be treating to a special guest appearance.

So get ready for live and uncut, long and unfiltered discussion. Enjoy!

Episode 83 – Snow Country

It’s been a long time in the making, but we’re finally reviewing one of Japan’s most famous novels: Kawabata Yasunari’s, “Snow Country”. As one of Terrance’s absolute favorite books and only recently read by Christopher, we discuss the finer points of the novel, its context, and what we make of the imagery and plot.

Episode 82 – Takao-san

Join Terrance and Christopher with dualing audio as they journey to the summit of Mount Takao, a small mountain just west of Tokyo.

This sound-seeing (sound scene) tour includes some lively discussion on Japanese films, accents, future nature sabbaticals, and disaster scenarios. What more could you ask for?

View of Mt Fuji from Top of Mount Takao

Episode 81 – Tim Puts the Pieces Together with Musby

On this episode Terrance sits down with a Kobe friend, Tim Andersen to talk about his startup Musby. They catch up a little and go over their common background of being halfies growing up in Japan. They talk Musby’s goal of bringing language learning together with other interests – it really is a great idea and can’t wait to see what it develops into. Find out more at Musby

Episode 80 – Todd Always Stands His Ground

It’s Finding Japan’s 80th show! Terrance is joined in celebration with his friend and veteran Japan raconteur Todd Rucynski. Todd’s been in Japan for a long time has done everything from the good ol’ gaijin mainstay of teaching English to owning video stores (wuh?) to appearing on Japanese TV. They sat down at his secret office on a secret university campus to talk about what got him to Japan and some adventures since arriving more than 20 years ago. Note: The conversation was pretty long and Todd and Terrance could’ve kept going, so we’re sure there will be more, whether you all want it or not.