Episode 66 – Video Coffee Machine

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You can be in Japan for many years and still see something new every day. This was the case when Linda and I recently noticed a new type of coffee machine at our local hospital here. Apparently this coffee machine shows a multi-angle live video feed of how your coffee is being prepared inside the machine. We’re quite sure its legit too since my coffee cup had a different color than the customer before me.

And the coffee itself? Amazing! If you are ever in Saint Lukes hospital in the Tsukiji area, hit this machine up!

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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!

Moving Back to Japan

Hello everyone. Yes it is true, I am moving back to Japan. I guess I just couldn’t get enough the first time. I’ve been receiving lots of questions about future podcasts lately, so I figured I’d sent of a quick now.

There will be a new podcast started soon and I will post the information here. Originally,wWhen I returned from Japan, I had high plans to start a new podcast about the financial crisis and my view of this crisis from overseas. However, due to lack of time and changing personal circumstances, I was not able to make this reality.

The new Japan-related podcast is already underway and under pre-production. I can only tell you that its again Japan-related, and this time has a new “twist”. So stay tuned right here for the new podcast, complete with new URL (once I name it) and new feed.

Thanks to all of the FJ listeners. I hope to take you on another, even more fantastic, ride overseas very very soon. Cheers!

Christopher

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.

Traveling Home

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I took a jet plane home this past Wednesday (first time on a 747 actually) and am now writing this post from the couch at my parents home in New Hampshire. It’s been nice to finally fly home and I am so tired-out I can barely stand it.

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I did manage to take a picture of my last meal in Japan though at the airport. I will send some updates along when I finish up the final episode, just as soon as my jet lag subsides. Talk to you all very soon.

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

Not My Train

I am so glad I don’t take this train. Looks like it was taken in the 80s or 90s though.

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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