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Discover what everyday life in Japan is REALLY like! Weekly podcast episodes with half-Japanese/half-American Burke (18 years in Japan) and Ben from England (13 years in Japan), based in Hokkaido, and their guests sharing experiences on dating, marriage, working at Japanese companies, teaching at all education levels, traditions, martial arts, the struggles of life here, and the reasons why Japan is truly an amazing place to be living!
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Tomoko, a manager at BearFoot Bar in downtown Sapporo, where we also recorded this episode, joins us on the podcast to talk about some stereotypes of Japanese women, such as wearing makeup from an early age, knowing how to cook, wearing short skirts in winter, and more. Tomoko is originally from Ibaraki, lived and worked in Australia for a short time, and has been living in Hokkaido since 2015. Past episodes that we mentioned in the show were about the Go To Travel campaign, and the one with Keiko where she talks about harassment in the work place. Check em out if you haven't already.Enjoy the show!Thanks to our sponsors:Bearfoot Bar12 different types of Japanese made craft beers, both bottles and on tap. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Tapas style menu and burgers. Friendly English and Japanese speaking staff. Open 7 days a week. Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. Why not pop in for a drink if you are in town!https://www.facebook.com/bearfootbarThe Red House RusutsuLocated in the heart of Rusutsu Ski Resort, the restaurant features a mix of Japanese, Asian fusion, and western Style dishes, including shabu-shabu with wagyu beef and Hokkaido wagyu beef steak. Open winter and summer, 12-3pm for lunch, 5-9pm for dinner, with prices ranging from under Yen 1000 to about Yen 5000.https://theredhouse.jp/Rusutsu LodgesOpen all year round. Located 5 minutes walk to the main Rusutsu Ski Resort Gondola. There are Japanese, Western, and apartment style rooms with breakfast packages available. There’s a Japanese sento (public bath), two convenience stores less than a minute walk, ski room and tune up tables, free pick up available from the bus stop, plenty of free parking space, and summer BBQ packages available. Check out the website for more information and availability.http://rusutsulodges.comHokkaido GuideEstablished over 10 years ago, written by locals for locals and international tourists. The guide contains information on all types of businesses and locations around Hokkaido. There's information regarding all things Hokkaido such as sightseeing, nightlife, events, services, food and restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, and more. Currently offered in English and Thai, advertising space available. Check out Hokkaido Guide.com for everything you need to know about this beautiful prefecture.https://hokkaidoguide.comUse our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today! Website:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Get in touch: voicesinjapan@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
Albert Weiland (aka @aruchansensei on TikTok) is a comedian with Yoshimoto Kogyo - a major entertainment conglomerate and the employer of most of Japan's popular comedy talent. Albert was able to join Yoshimoto after winning a series of comedy competitions in Sapporo, and in this episode he enlightens Ben and Burke about life as an upstart comedian who is doing it for the love of the art. Topics include the types of events and TV programs Albert has participated in, the approaches he has taken with his comedy in front of Japanese audiences, expectations for employees of a major talent agency, the reality of why entertainment in Japan might not be the most lucrative career, and much much more!Here is a YouTube clip of the hilarious Japanese comedian who was supposed to be on America's Got Talent, that we talk about at the end of the podcast.Thanks to our sponsors:Bearfoot Bar12 different types of Japanese made craft beers, both bottles and on tap. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Tapas style menu and burgers. Friendly English and Japanese speaking staff. Open 7 days a week. Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. Why not pop in for a drink if you are in town!https://www.facebook.com/bearfootbarThe Red House RusutsuLocated in the heart of Rusutsu Ski Resort, the restaurant features a mix of Japanese, Asian fusion, and western Style dishes, including shabu-shabu with wagyu beef and Hokkaido wagyu beef steak. Open winter and summer, 12-3pm for lunch, 5-9pm for dinner, with prices ranging from under Yen 1000 to about Yen 5000.https://theredhouse.jp/Rusutsu LodgesOpen all year round. Located 5 minutes walk to the main Rusutsu Ski Resort Gondola. There are Japanese, Western, and apartment style rooms with breakfast packages available. There’s a Japanese sento (public bath), two convenience stores less than a minute walk, ski room and tune up tables, free pick up available from the bus stop, plenty of free parking space, and summer BBQ packages available. Check out the website for more information and availability.http://rusutsulodges.comHokkaido GuideEstablished over 10 years ago, written by locals for locals and international tourists. The guide contains information on all types of businesses and locations around Hokkaido. There's information regarding all things Hokkaido such as sightseeing, nightlife, events, services, food and restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, and more. Currently offered in English and Thai, advertising space available. https://hokkaidoguide.comUse our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!Website:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Get in touch: voicesinjapan@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
There are a lot interesting words and phrases in the Japanese language that don't really exist in the English language. For example, "Koyo", which is a word to mean the autumn leaves changing colour. The Japanese also like to create words that represent sounds and emotions, called Onomatopoeia (Jiyongo / gidaigo) that for non-native Japanese people are difficult to make sense of. Some of the ones we talk about on this episode are words for things that age gracefully, a word for the action of buying books but not reading them, taking walks in the forest to enjoy the natural energy of trees and foliage, starting something new but giving up on it very quickly, and much much more. Enjoy the show!Sponsors:Bearfoot Bar. 12 different types of Japanese made craft beers, both bottles and on tap. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Tapas style menu and burgers. Friendly English and Japanese speaking staff. Open 7 days a week. Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. Why not pop in for a drink if you are in town!https://www.facebook.com/bearfootbarThe Red House RusutsuLocated in the heart of Rusutsu Ski Resort, the restaurant features a mix of Japanese, Asian fusion, and western Style dishes, including shabu-shabu with wagyu beef and Hokkaido wagyu beef steak. Open winter and summer, 12-3pm for lunch, 5-9pm for dinner, with prices ranging from under Yen 1000 to about Yen 5000.https://theredhouse.jp/Rusutsu LodgesOpen all year round. Located 5 minutes walk to the main Rusutsu Ski Resort Gondola. There are Japanese, Western, and apartment style rooms with breakfast packages available. There’s a Japanese sento (public bath), two convenience stores less than a minute walk, ski room and tune up tables, free pick up available from the bus stop, plenty of free parking space, and summer BBQ packages available. Check out the website for more information and availability.http://rusutsulodges.comHokkaido GuideEstablished over 10 years ago, written by locals for locals and international tourists. The guide contains information on all types of businesses and locations around Hokkaido. There's information regarding all things Hokkaido such as sightseeing, nightlife, events, services, food and restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, and more. Currently offered in English and Thai, advertising space available. Check out Hokkaido Guide.com for everything you need to know about this beautiful prefecture.https://hokkaidoguide.comUse our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!Website:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Get in touch: voicesinjapan@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
On this episode of Voices in Japan, Ben and Burke review Tsunagu Japan's list of recommended activities people should do while visiting Japan. That includes visiting temples, shrines, castles, doing purikura, riding bullet trains, eating conveyor belt sushi, karaoke, and much more, along with specific activities for Sapporo, such as Shiroi Koibito Park.Thanks to our sponsors:Bearfoot Bar12 different types of Japanese made craft beers, both bottles and on tap. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Tapas style menu and burgers. Friendly English and Japanese speaking staff. Open 7 days a week. Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. Why not pop in for a drink if you are in town!https://www.facebook.com/bearfootbarThe Red House RusutsuLocated in the heart of Rusutsu Ski Resort, the restaurant features a mix of Japanese, Asian fusion, and western Style dishes, including shabu-shabu with wagyu beef and Hokkaido wagyu beef steak. Open winter and summer, 12-3pm for lunch, 5-9pm for dinner, with prices ranging from under Yen 1000 to about Yen 5000.https://theredhouse.jp/Rusutsu LodgesOpen all year round. Located 5 minutes walk to the main Rusutsu Ski Resort Gondola. There are Japanese, Western, and apartment style rooms with breakfast packages available. There’s a Japanese sento (public bath), two convenience stores less than a minute walk, ski room and tune up tables, free pick up available from the bus stop, plenty of free parking space, and summer BBQ packages available. Check out the website for more information and availability.http://rusutsulodges.comHokkaido GuideEstablished over 10 years ago, written by locals for locals and international tourists. The guide contains information on all types of businesses and locations around Hokkaido. There's information regarding all things Hokkaido such as sightseeing, nightlife, events, services, food and restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, and more. Currently offered in English and Thai, advertising space available. https://hokkaidoguide.comUse our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!Website:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Get in touch: voicesinjapan@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
Ben and Burke discuss some of the interesting types of Japanese people that foreigners may come across while living in Japan. They only really account for about 10% of the population so are rare, but when they do appear, it leaves a memorable impression. Some of these types include The Gaijin Hunter, the Helpful Hito, The Engish Vampire, The Gaijin Gawker, and some others that we discuss in the show. Enjoy!Thanks to our sponsors:Bearfoot Bar12 different types of Japanese made craft beers, both bottles and on tap. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Tapas style menu and burgers. Friendly English and Japanese speaking staff. Open 7 days a week. Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. Why not pop in for a drink if you are in town!https://www.facebook.com/bearfootbarThe Red House RusutsuLocated in the heart of Rusutsu Ski Resort, the restaurant features a mix of Japanese, Asian fusion, and western Style dishes, including shabu-shabu with wagyu beef and Hokkaido wagyu beef steak. Open winter and summer, 12-3pm for lunch, 5-9pm for dinner, with prices ranging from under Yen 1000 to about Yen 5000.https://theredhouse.jp/Rusutsu LodgesOpen all year round. Located 5 minutes walk to the main Rusutsu Ski Resort Gondola. There are Japanese, Western, and apartment style rooms with breakfast packages available. There’s a Japanese sento (public bath), two convenience stores less than a minute walk, ski room and tune up tables, free pick up available from the bus stop, plenty of free parking space, and summer BBQ packages available. Check out the website for more information and availability.http://rusutsulodges.comHokkaido GuideEstablished over 10 years ago, written by locals for locals and international tourists. The guide contains information on all types of businesses and locations around Hokkaido. There's information regarding all things Hokkaido such as sightseeing, nightlife, events, services, food and restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, and more. Currently offered in English and Thai, advertising space available. https://hokkaidoguide.comUse our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!Website:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Get in touch: voicesinjapan@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
How do you convince timid Japanese customers to become regulars at an international pub? Mike, the manager of Bearfoot Bar in Sapporo, joins Ben and Burke to share the trials and successes he and  the staff at the bar have had in attracting the domestic Japanese crowd, which is basically the only customer base available in the midst of the coronavirus travel restrictions. According to Mike, the bar might now have a 80% Japanese customer base! What are the expectations of Japanese customers? How has Bearfoot Bar reinvented itself in the past six months to differentiate itself from the previous pubs that have enjoyed success as international bars in the same location on the sixth block of Sapporo's famous Tunikikoji shopping arcade in the middle of town? Listen to find out now!Sponsors:The Red House RusutsuLocated in the heart of Rusutsu Ski Resort, the restaurant features a mix of Japanese, Asian fusion, and western Style dishes, including shabu-shabu with wagyu beef and Hokkaido wagyu beef steak. Open winter and summer, 12-3pm for lunch, 5-9pm for dinner, with prices ranging from under Yen 1000 to about Yen 5000.https://theredhouse.jp/Rusutsu LodgesOpen all year round. Located 5 minutes walk to the main Rusutsu Ski Resort Gondola. There are Japanese, Western, and apartment style rooms with breakfast packages available. There’s a Japanese sento (public bath), two convenience stores less than a minute walk, ski room and tune up tables, free pick up available from the bus stop, plenty of free parking space, and summer BBQ packages available. Check out the website for more information and availability.http://rusutsulodges.comHokkaido GuideEstablished over 10 years ago, written by locals for locals and international tourists. The guide contains information on all types of businesses and locations around Hokkaido. There's information regarding all things Hokkaido such as sightseeing, nightlife, events, serices, food and restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, and more. Currently offered in English and Thai, advertising space available.https://hokkaidoguide.comBearfoot Bar. 12 different types of Japanese made craft beers, both bottles and on tap. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Tapas style menu and burgers. Friendly English and Japanese speaking staff. Open 7 days a week. Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. Why not pop in for a drink if you are in town!https://www.facebook.com/bearfootbarUse our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!Website:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Get in touch: voicesinjapan@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
What are some of the benefits of being foreign when living or visiting Japan? Ben and Burke talk about some of the things that foreigners can get away with, such as not working overtime, being able to shirk Japanese social responsibilities, making rude and stupid remarks to Japanese people, having much younger or older partners, and much much more.During the show, we talked about some things that can be found in previous episodes, so if you want to find out more about Matsusaka beef, the senpai kohai (senior-junior) relationship, or even the joke about ringworm, click the links to hear more.Sponsors:Bearfoot Bar. 12 different types of Japanese made craft beers, both bottles and on tap. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Tapas style menu and burgers. Friendly English and Japanese speaking staff. Open 7 days a week. Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. Why not pop in for a drink if you are in town!https://www.facebook.com/bearfootbarThe Red House RusutsuLocated in the heart of Rusutsu Ski Resort, the restaurant features a mix of Japanese, Asian fusion, and western Style dishes, including shabu-shabu with wagyu beef and Hokkaido wagyu beef steak. Open winter and summer, 12-3pm for lunch, 5-9pm for dinner, with prices ranging from under Yen 1000 to about Yen 5000.https://theredhouse.jp/Rusutsu LodgesOpen all year round. Located 5 minutes walk to the main Rusutsu Ski Resort Gondola. There are Japanese, Western, and apartment style rooms with breakfast packages available. There’s a Japanese sento (public bath), two convenience stores less than a minute walk, ski room and tune up tables, free pick up available from the bus stop, plenty of free parking space, and summer BBQ packages available. Check out the website for more information and availability.http://rusutsulodges.comHokkaido GuideEstablished over 10 years ago, written by locals for locals and international tourists. The guide contains information on all types of businesses and locations around Hokkaido. There's information regarding all things Hokkaido such as sightseeing, nightlife, events, serices, food and restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, and more. Currently offered in English and Thai, advertising space available.https://hokkaidoguide.comUse our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!Website:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Get in touch: voicesinjapan@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
On this episode, Ben and Burke look back at things that surprised them when they arrived in Japan, as well as things that are still surprising to them today. Some of those are fashion trends, such as high school girls getting frost burn on their legs from wearing short skirts in the dead of winter and only wannabe movie stars wearing sunglasses. They also cover quite a bit on love hotels and "bosozoku" biker gangs, beauty features in Japan like having a small face or "tall" nose, out-of-date tech like DVDs and CDs still being widely enjoyed in rental stores, and much much more! A lot of jokes and laughs in this fun episode!Thanks to our sponsors:Rusutsu LodgesOpen all year round. Located 5 minutes walk to the main Rusutsu Ski Resort Gondola. There are Japanese, Western, and apartment style rooms with breakfast packages available. There’s a Japanese sento (public bath), two convenience stores less than a minute walk, ski room and tune up tables, free pick up available from the bus stop, plenty of free parking space, and summer BBQ packages available. Check out the website for more booking and availability.http://rusutsulodges.comBearfoot Bar12 different types of Japanese made craft beers, both bottles and on tap. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Tapas style menu and burgers. Friendly English and Japanese speaking staff. Open 7 days a week. Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. Why not pop in for a drink if you are in town!https://www.facebook.com/bearfootbarThe Red House RusutsuLocated in the heart of Rusutsu Ski Resort, the restaurant features a mix of Japanese, Asian fusion, and western Style dishes, including shabu-shabu with wagyu beef and Hokkaido wagyu beef steak. Open winter and summer, 12-3pm for lunch, 5-9pm for dinner, with prices ranging from under Yen 1000 to about Yen 5000.https://theredhouse.jp/Hokkaido GuideEstablished over 10 years ago, written by locals for locals and international tourists. The guide contains information on all types of businesses and locations around Hokkaido. There's information regarding all things Hokkaido such as sightseeing, nightlife, events, services, food and restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, and more. Currently offered in English and Thai, advertising space available.https://hokkaidoguide.comUse our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!Website:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Get in touch: voicesinjapan@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
Lawrie from Scotland, a Karate practioner, joins Ben and Burke on the podcast to talk about martial arts. We talk about Karate, wrestling, Judo, Brazilian Jujitsu, Japanese Jujitsu, Kendo, what got the guys into martial arts, Lawrie doing Karate as a kid in Scotland, Burke wrestling in the US, Burke meeting Royce Gracie as a college freshman, Lawrie getting back into karate in Japan, what the guys think of the belt system in martial arts, what are some differences between doing martial arts in Japan and in other countries, and much much more.Previous guests mentioned in the show:Damian from the episode "Working with the Yakuza" and Jenifer from the episode "Life in Kobe and the Scotland-Japan Whiskey Connection".Thanks to our sponsors:Bearfoot Bar12 different types of Japanese made craft beers, both bottles and on tap. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Tapas style menu and burgers. Friendly English and Japanese speaking staff. Open 7 days a week. Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. Why not pop in for a drink if you are in town!https://www.facebook.com/bearfootbarRusutsu LodgesOpen all year round. Located 5 minutes walk to the main Rusutsu Ski Resort Gondola. There are Japanese, Western, and apartment style rooms with breakfast packages available. There’s a Japanese sento (public bath), two convenience stores less than a minute walk, ski room and tune up tables, free pick up available from the bus stop, plenty of free parking space, and summer BBQ packages available. Check out the website for more booking and availability.http://rusutsulodges.comThe Red House RusutsuLocated in the heart of Rusutsu Ski Resort, the restaurant features a mix of Japanese, Asian fusion, and western Style dishes, including shabu-shabu with wagyu beef and Hokkaido wagyu beef steak. Open winter and summer, 12-3pm for lunch, 5-9pm for dinner, with prices ranging from under Yen 1000 to about Yen 5000.https://theredhouse.jp/Hokkaido GuideEstablished over 10 years ago, written by locals for locals and international tourists. The guide contains information on all types of businesses and locations around Hokkaido. There's information regarding all things Hokkaido such as sightseeing, nightlife, events, services, food and restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, and more. Currently offered in English and Thai, advertising space available.https://hokkaidoguide.comUse our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!Website:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Get in touch: voicesinjapan@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
Author Michael Howard joins Voices in Japan again following the release of the hysterically funny manga version of The Salaryman available at thesalarymanbook.com. The digital comic book is a collaboration between Mike and Reina (a Japanese illustrator) that highlights Mike's experiences living in Japan and working as a businessman in the Japanese corporate world. Needless to say, there is plenty of laugh-out-loud humor when cultures collide, and The Salaryman gives both foreign and Japanese readers an inside look on everything Mike had the pleasure and horror of experiencing!For the interview, we caught Mike during a major transition in his life, where a great opportunity in publishing has him returning to live in his hometown of Chicago, but it will also allow him to frequently return to Japan. Mike opens up about his mixed feelings about no longer living in Japan, the things he will miss about the culture, and the recent efforts he has made with his Japanese in-laws to strengthen their relationship following his divorce a couple of years ago.  We of course also cover some of the great humor in The Salaryman manga as well! Podcast Sponsors:The Red House RusutsuLocated in the heart of Rusutsu Ski Resort, the restaurant features a mix of Japanese, Asian fusion, and western Style dishes, including shabu-shabu with wagyu beef and Hokkaido wagyu beef steak. Open winter and summer, 12-3pm for lunch, 5-9pm for dinner, with prices ranging from under Yen 1000 to about Yen 5000.https://theredhouse.jp/Bearfoot Bar12 different types of Japanese made craft beers, both bottles and on tap. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Tapas style menu and burgers. Friendly English and Japanese speaking staff. Open 7 days a week. Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. Why not pop in for a drink if you are in town!https://www.facebook.com/bearfootbarRusutsu LodgesOpen all year round. Located 5 minutes walk to the main Rusutsu Ski Resort Gondola. There are Japanese, Western, and apartment style rooms with breakfast packages available. There’s a Japanese sento (public bath), two convenience stores less than a minute walk, ski room and tune up tables, free pick up available from the bus stop, plenty of free parking space, and summer BBQ packages available. Check out the website for more booking and availability.http://rusutsulodges.comHokkaido GuideEstablished over 10 years ago, written by locals for locals and international tourists. The guide contains information on all types of businesses and locations around Hokkaido. There's information regarding all things Hokkaido such as sightseeing, nightlife, events, serices, food and restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, and more. Currently offered in English and Thai, advertising space available.https://hokkaidoguide.comUse our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!Website:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Get in touch: voicesinjapaSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
Damian "Hippy" Keyte joins Ben and Burke on the podcast. Originally trained as a Manufacturing Jeweller and designer, Damian (or Hippy, as he is known to his friends), has spent the past two and-a-half decades continuously retraining himself in a wide variety of creative trades. From an underwater film maker, to a carpenter and plasterer in both Japan and Australia, to having spent the last seven years at sea as a Merchant Sailor in the oil and gas industry, before finally settling down in Hokkaido, Japan to develop his own multi-discipline studio to bring all of his talents together in one place.We have such an interesting conversation with Damian and go into much more depth about all the things mentioned above and more, so enjoy the show!For more information about Damian's furniture business, Yoshitomo Design, check out his Facebook or Instagram pages.https://www.instagram.com/yoshitomodesign/https://www.facebook.com/stonesteelandwood/Podcast Sponsors:Bearfoot Bar 12 different types of Japanese made craft beers, both bottles and on tap. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Tapas style menu and burgers. Friendly English and Japanese speaking staff. Open 7 days a week. Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. Why not pop in for a drink if you are in town!https://www.facebook.com/bearfootbarRusutsu LodgesOpen all year round. Located 5 minutes walk to the main Rusutsu Ski Resort Gondola. There are Japanese, Western, and apartment style rooms with breakfast packages available. There’s a Japanese sento (public bath), two convenience stores less than a minute walk, ski room and tune up tables, free pick up available from the bus stop, plenty of free parking space, and summer BBQ packages available. Check out the website for more booking and availability.http://rusutsulodges.comHokkaido GuideEstablished over 10 years ago, written by locals for locals and international tourists. The guide contains information on all types of businesses and locations around Hokkaido. There's information regarding all things Hokkaido such as sightseeing, nightlife, events, serices, food and restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, and more. Currently offered in English and Thai, advertising space available.https://hokkaidoguide.comUse our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!Website:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Get in touch: voicesinjapan@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
On this episode of Voices in Japan we are joined by Jenifer, owner of Reza Wood Designs, a company that takes recycled whiskey barrels from Scotland’s great distilleries and transforms them into gifts and furniture.Get 15% off any product available in Reza Wood Designs online shop, using the promo code: VOICESINJAPAN valid for 1 month from the broadcast date of this episode.We have a really interesting conversation with Jenifer about living and teaching English in Kobe, Japan, why Kobe is such a great city to visit and live, going to the 1998 Nagano Winter Olymics, staying at a buddhist temple, some cultural mishaps, returning to Japan for a family trip in 2018, how she started Reza Wood Designs, Jenifer’s hometown in Scotland and it’s relationship with Yoichi in Hokkaido, the popularity of Japanese Whiskey, the Japanese drama “Massan” about the Nikka Whiskey founder and his Scottish wife, and much much more. Enjoy the show!Sponsors:Rusutsu LodgesOpen all year round. Located 5 minutes walk to the main Rusutsu Ski Resort Gondola in Hokkaido. There are Japanese, Western, and apartment style rooms with breakfast packages available. There’s a Japanese sento (public bath), two convenience stores less than a minute walk, ski room and tune up tables, free pick up available from the bus stop, plenty of free parking space, and summer BBQ packages available. Check out the website for bookings and availability.http://rusutsulodges.comBearfoot Bar 12 different types of Japanese made craft beers, both bottles and on tap. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Tapas style menu and burgers. Friendly English and Japanese speaking staff. Open 7 days a week. Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. Why not pop in for a drink if you are in town!https://www.facebook.com/bearfootbarUse our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!Website:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Get in touch: voicesinjapan@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
On this episode, Japanese Comedian Meshida gives Ben and Burke a lesson on the different levels of sex establishments in Japan.  Meshida quit his job at an Internet company several years ago to start honing is comedic skills in the United Kingdom, and he is now back in Japan doing stand-up comedy and producing a very funny and informative YouTube channel in English with many videos covering the whole gamut of sex-related topics in Japan.  In addition to learning about Meshida's background, the guys learn about everything from Hostess Bars to Soapland, how such establishments can play an important part in Japanese business culture, and even about the unfortunate and even quite regular reasons why some women might choose to work in the sex industry.  Enjoy the show!Use our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!Support the showSponsors:Bearfoot Bar. 12 different types of Japanese made craft beers, both bottles and on tap. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Tapas style menu and burgers. Friendly English and Japanese speaking staff. Open 7 days a week. Located in downtown Sapporo, on the 6th block of Tanukikoji shopping arcade, within walking distance from the subway station. Why not pop in for a drink if you are in town!Website:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Get in touch: voicesinjapan@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
Ben and Burke are joined by Sapporo local Aaron, who owns and runs a car dealership called Ace Auto Japan based in Ebetsu, Hokkaido.We talk about many things, including how he got into the car dealing business and starting his own company, Ben’s short experience of working in the Japanese car export business, Japanese car auctions, some of the awesome cars Aaron has driven, some interesting stories meeting foreign clients, such as going to Russia to generate business, car management for rich foreigners with holiday homes in Japan, Aaron’s work life, and how he balances it with his social life, Burke’s and Aaron’s racetrack exploits, drifting, boy racer life, spending time at Lake Toya, and much much more.We recorded this episode at Bearfoot Bar in downtown Sapporo, so you will hear a bit of background noise coming from the streets. Hopefully, it’s not too distracting! Enjoy the show!Use our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!Support the showWebsite:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Get in touch: voicesinjapan@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
Ben and Burke take on the controversial topic of zoos, aquariums, and pet life in Japan. Yes, neither one of these clowns is an expert on the subject by any measure, and their home countries (especially the US) definitely cannot serve as models that Japan should follow.  However, in general, there seems to be a difference in mindset between westerners and Japanese people regarding whether animals deserve to be treated better, particularly in zoos and aquariums.  That said, the boys do explore efforts being made towards improvements at Japanese zoos, most notably at the very popular and highly ranked Maruyama Zoo in Sapporo.  The subjects they cover also include the Taiji dolphin hunt controversially documented in The Cove, the worst zoo in Japan near Jozankei hot springs, bear zoos, and Ben gives Burke the self-described "most popular personality test on the web" to determine his animal spirit, which can be found at https://animalinyou.com/.Support the showUse our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!Website:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Want to be a guest on the show? Get in touch: voicesinjapan@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
On this episode, Ben and Burke discuss the Obon holiday in Japan and all things related to this special occasion.They start off by chatting about Ben’s stay at Furukawa Onsen in Jozankei using the GoTo Travel campaign, and also Burke’s visit to Takino Suzuran park. Then they move on to talk about traditional Obon customs, the meaning of Obon, two important vegetables related to this celebration (it's not pumpkin!), Bon Odori (the big Obon dance), the different stages and activities that the Japanese do, such as grave cleaning and releasing lanterns to help dead ancestors return to the afterlife, traditional clothing of the festivities and the correct way to wear them, a little history of the Bon Odori in Sapporo, having to meet distant relatives, and much much more. Enjoy the show!Here is the episode where we talked about ghosts and spirits in Japan.Support the showUse our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!Website:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Want to be a guest on the show? Get in touch: voicesinjapan@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
Ben and Burke are joined again by Matt, who first made an appearance on the very early episode "Lights, Camera, Action!" about breaking into the entertainment industry in Japan.  The discussions on this episode cover road rage, accidents, annoying behaviors on the road, getting your motorcycle license in Japan, and much much more!Support the showUse our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!Website:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Get in touch: voicesinjapan@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
On today's show, Ben and Burke discuss the GoTo Travel campaign that the government has introduced to encourage domestic travel and help boost local businesses due to the Corona virus pandemic. The Japanese government will provide subsidies of up to 50 percent on costs for hotels, transportations, restaurants, shopping, and tourist attractions within Japan. The guys also talk about butchered English slogans, just like “GoTo Travel”, Burke taking advantage of the campaign during the long 4-day weekend at the end of July, Tokyo being excluded from the campaign, Iwate prefecture angry about outsiders visiting, Ben's favourite places to travel in Hokkaido, Burke’s experience of hiking Mt Fuji, and much much more. Enjoy the show!Support the showUse our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!Website:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Get in touch: voicesinjapan@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
On this episode of Voices in Japan, Ben and Burke are joined by Ido Gabay, who is the founder of Hokkaido Nature Tours. They are a Sapporo-based award winning company that specializes in private tours in Japan's largest prefecture, Hokkaido. Our conversation with Ido provides an intimate look at his background starting from the time his family left Israel when he was young, then growing up in the United States, the factors that fueled his desire to start traveling as a backpacker through over 65 countries(!), teaching English in different parts of Asia, and finally settling in Hokkaido. The challenges along the way together with inspiration from his family have helped to strengthen his conviction that people should do what they love in life. Ensure that your next trip traveling in Hokkaido is the best that it can be by visiting www.hokkaidonaturetours.com to let the highly experienced staff at HNT customize a tour for you.Use our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!Support the showWebsite:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Get in touch: voicesinjapan@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
On today’s show we are joined by the author of The Salaryman, Michael Howard. It’s a very humoruous and entertaining book about Michael’s experiences and observations of working at a number of Japanese companies over 9 years. We talk about some of the things from the book such as, the interview process, interesting colleagues, fooling around with company expenses, trapping foreign clients when negotiating business deals, various drinks that the Japanese consume to help them deal with alcohol, the yearly health check, the dreaded barium test, and much much more!To get a copy of the book check out his website, https://www.thesalarymanbook.com/Michael is also currently working on a manga series, based on The Salaryman book, and will be coming soon. Check the website for updates.Use our Buzzsprout affiliate link to start your podcast today!Support the showWebsite:https://www.voicesinjapan.com/Follow us and check out our other content:https://twitter.com/voicesinjapanhttps://www.facebook.com/voicesinjapan/https://www.instagram.com/voicesinjapan/Get in touch: voicesinjapan@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/voicesinjapan)
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