Episode 73 – Ha! F U Hafu

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 72 – Don’t Call It a Kaerizaki

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.

Episode 71 – Prelude: Passing of the T-Bone

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!

Episode 70 – Fred and Terrance Visit Tokyo

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!

Episode 68 – The Pachinko Experience

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.

Episode 65 – Long Overdue Update

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Hey everyone. Thanks for writing and for all of the comments and support. I figured it was well overdue and time for me to provide an update for what has been going on. In this episode, I take some time to address the gaps, give a brief update on our lives and adventures, and explain why things have been taking so long. We talk a bit about the last year and what’s changed and what is to come. Enjoy!

Episode 64 – Final Episode

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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.

Episode 63 – Wrapping It Up

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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!

Show Notes:

  • 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

Episode 61 – All Sound Tour

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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.

Show Notes:

  • 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