Episode 59 – Saxophone Train

You’ll have to wait until the end to get to the saxophone train on this one. No cheating and no fastforwarding. If so you’ll miss plenty, including some catch up chat, thoughts on what’s been keeping me so busy, and a beer review. 😀

Show Notes:

  • What’s been going on
    • Linda’s Arrival
    • Work
    • Meeting up with Saya
    • Meeting up with Scott and Karamoon
    • New Listeners
  • Responding to Blog Comments
  • Projects
    • Economics, finance, and work-related stuff
    • Explaination of how I’d like to keep learning Kanji (help me out)
  • Drink Review
    • Kamakura Beer
    • Daibutsu is there
  • Saxophone train

Still Alive


Hey everyone, this is just a quick post to let you know all that I’m still alive and well.

Life here as been quite busy the past few weeks. The first week was spent trying to get my visa paperwork straightened out which has finally settled. Then was the onslaught of work events that has keep me bowling, drinking, and singing till the cows coming home.

Now things are settling down a bit, I will be doing a whole podcast just on the past visa experience as well as doing a audio-scrapbook episode coming up with the best unused audio clips from 2007. Stay tuned!

Episode 58 – Let’s Tokyu Hands

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Ever wonder what its like to sit in someone’s pocket as they walk around Tokyo?? Now is your chance to find out! In this episode, I take a commute to Tokyu Hands leaving the recorder on for the full monty. I also talk about two fairly interesting topics. If you’re into sound tours, you’ll enjoy this episode.

Show Notes:

  • Pre-show – explanation of show format
  • Current Laundry Setup
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    • Screwing around with my laundry machine
  • Walk to Kuramae
    • Hanging out with Scott from Tokyo Calling
    • Needed the de-stressing from my visa issues
    • Talking about co-habitation with the fiancee
    • Quick stop at Lawsons (19:00)
    • Cement truck turning sound
    • Brief explanation of numbers on train maps
  • Kuramae to Iidabashi (9 minutes edited out)
    • Construction warnings
    • Really annoying alien sound
    • Running into the same guy who sold me food the day before
  • Iidabashi to Ikebukuro (42:00 – 51:45)
    • Trying to find the right exit
    • Talking about usage of strange English
    • The Bic Camera audio Assault! (45:00)
    • Almost going to McDonalds for coffee
    • Sonna no kankei nai advertisement (51:00)
  • Tokyu Hands
    • Valentine’s Day explosion!

Episode 57 – Japan Makes You Busy


Let’s get deep again. I tried to mix it up with some pleasant thoughts, some interesting sights, and of course, always deep deep riveting commentary from yours truly (sarcasm goes to 11, you know).

Show Notes:

  • Some thoughts about Saizeriya
  • Topic: Japan Makes You Busy
    • A bit about my lifestyle
    • Spending my time on the computer
    • “The Four Hour Separation”
      • 1 hr of screwing around
      • 1 hr of reading
      • 1 hr of art
      • 1 hr of life
    • [Musical Break]
    • Why is it necessary?
      • Opportunity overload
      • 6 hours spent doing nothing this weekend
      • Putting more “real” in realtime
  • Train announcer gets on my nerves
  • Escalator Apologizers
  • Some Closing Thoughts
  • Music – “Atlantic Midnight” by Jaspertine from CCMixter.org
  • Music – “Drugstar” by Pthalo

Episode 55 – Snow Day Alcohol Talk


It’s snowing in Tokyo, so what better way to spend it than bring you all with me on a trip to McDonalds for breakfast. In this episode, I tough it out through the muck and power-line slush bombs to chat about Japanese people and alcohol consumption. This episode is not very organized but there’s plenty to listen to and some music mixed in as well. Enjoy.

Show Notes

  • Part One
    • It’s snowing
    • The guy who drank too much last night
    • Yakiniku 食べ放題、飲み放題
    • Japanese paramedics
  • Intermission
  • Part Two
    • Throwup girl in the train station
    • San Nakji’s interview series, I’m next
    • Phone call
    • Bought some Dekavita
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Episode 54 – Another Zen Moment


See, the great thing about only having work now is that I have time to do stuff like this. This video is from the Osaka Aquarium, one of the largest in the world according to their website. In this clip, we get a good view of the main tank for a few moments while I rested amidst the gaggles of children.

Episode 53 – Finding Guitar Hero


Probably the fast episode I have ever put together, but a good one at that. I’ve got two main chunks of goodness in this episode. First, I talk a little about the CEO at my company and how I see Japanese companies changing. Second, we go on a sound tour of arcades in Ikebukuro looking for Guitar Hero. Will we find it? Listen in.

Show Notes:

  • Working full time
  • CEO Story
  • Ikebukuro Arcade “Sound Tour”

Episode 52 – The Overcoat

A little different approach today. I take a stab at story telling and answer a letter from my future self. It finally came today!

Show Notes:

  • School’s out! Well almost
  • Answering a letter to my future self
  • The Overcoat
  • Brief comment about the awards thing

Finding Japan 2007 Wrap-up

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I was just looking at some Google stats and log stats from my hosting company yesterday and wanted to share with you all how great this year has been for Finding Japan. This has been the most successful online project I’ve ever worked on. Even if I haven’t formally defined success criteria, it sure feels like it.
Finding Japan 2007 Statistics

  • 13,163 visits (6,107 unique) from 1,556 cities in 97 countries on 6 continents
  • 16% of visitors were from Japan
  • 20% of visitors use do not use English as their primary language for their browser
  • Over 400 GB of data was transferred to you all
  • The pre-episode from Feb 22nd was the most downloaded podcast episode
  • Tokyo Calling had the most referrals of any other personal site

Thanks again for a wonderful year and I look forward to even more fun this year. Best to you all.