It’s been awhile but I’m excited about this episode. My guest is the always hungry, always charismatic Shaka Haynes. Shaka works with me at the world famous fruit shop. More importantly, he’s making moves in the world of entertainment bringing his experience producing and promoting artists to the Japan scene. We talk about how he “found Japan” and his current experiences and future plans. Plus, we take an interesting detour and Shaka makes his case for why Boston is the most American of cities.
This is a very personal and special episode in which I talk about my experiences in the Japanese slammer. Many of you may know what happened but just to make things clear, the matter is settled, I’m ok, I don’t have a record, and technically it was detention, not imprisonment.
I caused a lot of people I care for great worry for the couple of days my whereabouts were unknown and I am very grateful for their love and efforts in making sure I was ok.
Chris Rock has a joke from his brilliant n*ggers vs black people bit about low expectation boasting. “I ain’t ever been to jail.” “You ain’t supposed to go to jail, you low expectation having…” Sadly, I can no longer laugh at this joke. I’ve been to jail and here is the story. Enjoy at my expense.
It’s been awhile but the Godfather of Finding Japan, Chris, is back in the land! Chris and Terrance have teamed up to continue bringing our discoveries and observations of this sometimes mystifying, almost always interesting country. In this episode we get you caught up with what’s been going on with our lives, as well as where we plan on taking the show.
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:
And pick up Craig’s artistic wares at Society6:
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^_^;
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!
Well, its that time. Time again for another, and final, Finding Japan episode by yours truly. It took a while but in this episode, I say goodbye to Japan and all of the fun times that we had. At nearly two hours long, this episode highlights some of my favorite parts of Japan by revisiting clips from prior episodes. Come revisit the podcast with me as we tour through the experiences I had, things I learned, and people I have met.
But rather than give a long-winded overview of the episode, just listen in and enjoy. Details about the future are also enclosed.
Thanks again to all of my friends, all of the listeners and contributors to the podcast, everyone who guided me and helped my find my way through the land of the rising sun. This was truly an amazing life experience and I will never forget it.
Finding Japan has been archived at archive.org for posterity. This site will cease to exist at some point in the future though I will do my best to maintain the feed. Check archive.org for all of the episodes, including prologues to the podcast.
Thank you all.
Photo taken at the Panasonic Center in Ariake, Tokyo, Japan. Cardboard dinosaurs rule!
Ok, well not really wrapping it up quite yet. Just some thoughts on paying my last rent payment here in Tokyo, a small request to all listeners, answering a letter to my future self, and more. Che-ch-che-ch-checka-check it out!
- Paying my last rent payment
- Listeners – submit your thoughts on your favorite part of FJ
- Watching an excavator for 2 mins (sorry for leaving that in there)
- Interlude: “Memories of an Old Dog” by Fireproof Babies
- Thoughts on video games in Japan
- Answering future self letter from 1 year ago
- My Japanese ability
- Moving out sale
- Outro: “Uno Two (Instrumental)” by KCentric
This was too good not to put up.
You asked for it, you got it. Straight from my (old) studio to your ears. This episode is 100% sound tour. Put on a pair of nice headphones and sit back to relax to the sounds of the Japan. The following sounds have been recorded during the last year or so and have been collected for your listening enjoyment.
- Short Intro
- Clip1: 2007-05-31 Riding the Yurakuchou Line
- Clip2: 2007-09-19 Ariake TOC Building 7-11 Guy with Music
- Clip3: 2007-06-01 Crows at Waseda University
- Clip4: 2007-10-08 Watching Aural Expression Class Video
- Clip5: 2008-01-18 Singing Lame SMAP Songs in Class
- Clip6: 2007-07-07 Watching Tokyo Bousaikan (Disaster Preparedness Center) Smoke Video
- Clip7: 2007-07-15 Awesome French Elevator Music at Doutour Coffee
- Clip8: 2007-12-16 Chilling at a Club in Kobe Talking about Cats with Awesome Funk Music in the Background (Guest Appearance: Terrance from Kobe Beef)
- Clip9: 2007-12-16 Kobe Planetarium Presentation
- Clip10: 2008-04-05 Tokyo Giants Game
- Clip11: 2007-09-20 Sumo Tournament Match
- Clip12: 2007-08-08 Inside the Shinkanesen (Accelerating with Train Announcements)
- Clip13: 2008-04-07 Kanamara Matsuri (a.k.a. Kawasaki Penis Festival)
- Clip14: 2008-04-06 Crazy Sounding Cement Mixer
- Clip15: 2008-02-10 Cacophonous Sounds in Iidabashi (with commentary)
- Clip16: 2007-07-28 Drumming in a Small Park in Shinjuku
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. 😀
- What’s been going on
- Linda’s Arrival
- Meeting up with Saya
- Meeting up with Scott and Karamoon
- New Listeners
- Responding to Blog Comments
- 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