Eat Your Kimchi

Eat Your Kimchi
Eat Your Kimchi on SBS PopAsia! Simon and Martina bring you all the latest on J-pop, K-pop and Asian pop culture. They take you on adventures through Japan and Korea, diving in to the culture, tasting the food and learning a lot along the way.
That’s a wrap!
Jun 25, 2018 • 24 min
After four wonderfully nasty years Simon and Martina say goodbye to SBS PopAsia. They look back at their time on the radio show and podcast, before sharing a final story about watching the World Cup at a lovely bar which serves toast and handmade jams…
EXTRA: People are not robot servants
Jun 18, 2018 • 2 min
Have we lost our sense of manners and decency? Simon and Martina are seasoned travelers and are disappointed to see service workers being treated rudely by tourists all too often.
Stories from Thailand
Jun 18, 2018 • 21 min
Simon and Martina are kicking back on a beach in Koh Samui, Thailand for their wedding anniversary and they’ve already racked up some fun stories just days into their trip. There’s one about a little girl who wants a tattoo, trying to drink sparkling wine…
Appreciating food, culture & remembering Anthony Bourdain
Jun 11, 2018 • 23 min
Simon and Martina remember Anthony Bourdain who was a big influence and inspiration for them as foodies and presenters. Depression is a reality for some people, including Simon and Martina, who share their experiences living with the disease.If you, or a…
EXTRA: Simon’s musical memory
Jun 4, 2018 • 1 min
Simon is really bad when it comes to matching dates with particular events. Instead, the songs he listens to during certain events remain as time markers in his memory.
How K-Pop can help the entire Korean music scene
Jun 4, 2018 • 23 min
Simon and Martina are passionate about the indie music scene in Korea but generally disappointed at the lack of promotion for these artists. Can the success of K-Pop bring attention to other music genres in Korea?
Isle Of Dogs and trying to understand haters
May 29, 2018 • 23 min
Simon and Martina recently went to the premiere of the new Wes Anderson movie Isle Of Dogs and loved it. What they didn’t love though, was the backlash towards the movie. Why do some movie critics take things too far?
Best of the Eat Your Kimchi podcast - May 28
May 28, 2018 • 19 min
The best bits from the Eat Your Kimchi podcast.
Does Seoul have what it takes to become cool again?
May 20, 2018 • 24 min
Korea has grown so much, even since they first moved to the country 8 years ago, but at what expense? Reminiscing of their early days in Korea, Simon and Martina wonder if Seoul can find its artistic flare again.
EXTRA: Nothing beats mum’s cooking
May 14, 2018 • 3 min
Simon and Martina share their stories growing up with food and some of their best memories of home cooked treats
Japanese comfort food and rainy days
May 14, 2018 • 21 min
It’s rainy season in Japan which means, Simon and Martina’s story time! When you go to Japan, you’re likely to try sushi, ramen, etc. But if you’re lucky to spend some extra time in Japan, Simon and Martina let you in on an unlikely, yet equally authentic…
EXTRA: Giving presents vs giving experiences
May 7, 2018 • 1 min
Simon and Martina have changed the way they celebrate each other’s birthday. instead of giving ‘things’ as presents, they’re finding more value in non-material experiences.
Golden week is the worst time to visit Japan
May 7, 2018 • 21 min
Golden Week, one of the busiest travel seasons, is the worst week to visit Japan. Restaurants and accommodation are usually fully booked and overpriced during this cluster of public holidays. Simon had his work cut out trying to plan Martina’s birthday…
EXTRA: The unique Japanese skyline
Apr 30, 2018 • 1 min
The difference between buildings and homes in Japan and Korea. Simon and Martina give you some advice on finding the most interesting architecture (if you’re into that kind of stuff!).
Stop and smell the roses
Apr 29, 2018 • 20 min
After a few hectic weeks Simon and Martina decide to take a day off for some chill, exploration time. Taking in the local architecture and people-watching at the local park, the duo accidentally recreate a hipster movie scene. They share their tip for…
EXTRA: Japan’s business card culture
Apr 22, 2018 • 1 min
When doing business in Japan business cards vital. But Simon and Martina have some thoughts on the card exchanges.
Wedding etiquette in Japan
Apr 22, 2018 • 21 min
Simon and Martina went to their first wedding in Japan. Some of it was familiar, some of it…not so much. The duo think they were horrible guests. What did they do at the wedding? It’s a pretty funny story #lol
EXTRA: Simon’s Japanese joke
Apr 16, 2018 • 1 min
While at their newly discovered yakitori restaurant, Simon pulled off the greatest thing any language-learner could do - make a joke in your new language. Did it go down well? Or was it a total fail?
Underground yakitori action with older folks
Apr 16, 2018 • 23 min
Simon and Martina explore a cool new area and stumble upon an incredible yakitori restaurant. And their awesome story’s just beginning there. The duo interact with fellow patrons at the restaurant, ensuing hilarity. Simon also pulls off a successful joke…
EXTRA: When tourists need to put their phones away
Apr 9, 2018 • 2 min
There’s a big difference between going to a tourist site, to tick it off your bucket list, and actually appreciating a tourist site. Simon and Martina tell us when to put that selfie stick away to stop and smell the roses.
Japan’s best kept secret temple
Apr 9, 2018 • 24 min
Simon and Martina travelled to Otsu this week to sample one of the top three beefs in Japan, Omi Beef! While there they stumbled upon the most beautiful, grand, quiet temple (just two stops away from Kyoto!). The duo are still letting us in on how to be…
EXTRA: Why online negativity hurts
Mar 29, 2018 • 3 min
Simon and Martina recently had an awful encounter when an incident from the real world turned nasty online. They’re giving their thoughts on the effect of these comments on themselves and the potential effect on others, especially young people on social…
When social media is an awful place
Mar 29, 2018 • 25 min
Simon and Martina are talking about how they deal with negativity online and attempt to understand why people treat other’s awfully in the digital space. Simon was effected by a negative comment left about him this week, because he didn’t have time to…
EXTRA: How Japanese people unwind
Mar 25, 2018 • 2 min
It’s Hanami (or Cherry Blossom Season) in Japan, and that means time to relax and unwind. Simon and Martina describe what Japanese people do to de-stress. Even Japanese businessmen unwind in pretty unexpected ways…
How to enjoy Cherry Blossom Season in Japan
Mar 25, 2018 • 19 min
Hanami or the Cherry Blossom festival is a huge tradition in Japan where people gather under the cherry blossoms for picnics and to appreciate the beauty of nature. Simon and Martina say it’s like a family friendly version of St. Patrick’s Day! Join them…
EXTRA: The Onsen Otaku
Mar 19, 2018 • 1 min
Simon and Martina’s friend Yohei is known as an ‘Onsen Otaku’. Just how far does he go to experience the greatest hot springs Japan has to offer?
A mysterious box of crabs
Mar 19, 2018 • 18 min
Simon and Martina find a box of high-quality crabs on their doorstep. They were sent by a very special friend that can only be described as “pretty much perfect”. What they did with the crabs is a juicy story of delicious wonder and friendship.
EXTRA: Why we view different cultures the way we do
Mar 12, 2018 • 1 min
Simon and Martina recently encountered a real life Aegyo (a really cute, and shy girl) in Japan. It got them thinking about how media changes people’s idea of certain cultures. The girl reminded them of chracters in Anime, and they don’t know if it’s…
The top 3 places in Japan have Simon and Martina ‘fuming’
Mar 11, 2018 • 20 min
Simon and Martina are fuming. Their beloved Kichijoji (where they live) has fallen from first, to third, in popularity ratings. According to real estate agencies, Kichijoji has slipped in popularity among popular places to visit in Japan, with Ebisu…
EXTRA: Simon’s new favourite restaurant
Mar 5, 2018 • 1 min
Simon and Martina are keeping their new favourite taco restaurant a secret and Simon is very serious about ensuring nobody finds it!
Japan’s best tacos
Mar 5, 2018 • 21 min
Simon and Martina have found the best taco restaurant in Japan! It’s so good, they’re not even telling you where it is. Actually, it doesn’t exist *winky face*…Simon’s favourite taco is the lamb (so don’t go ordering that). Martina just loves chatting to…
EXTRA: Simon predicts the internet
Feb 25, 2018 • 1 min
Simon was way ahead of the times when he started using Twitter. In 2008 he actually tweet that, “more people should use Twitter.” Now he can’t believe it’s such a massive platform, and powerful people like the President Of The United States use it. Crazy!
“More people should use Twitter”
Feb 25, 2018 • 25 min
Simon and Martina go back to where Eat Your Kimchi all began; with their first ever tweet in 2008. They read some of their oldest tweets and look back on what it was like when they started as Youtubers. Simon asked more people to use Twitter (he just knew…
EXTRA: Simon’s friendly barista
Feb 18, 2018 • 1 min
This is the one thing that made Simon’s day recently. It made such a difference that Simon and Martina talked about the power of kindness in their latest episode
How to easily change someone’s day
Feb 18, 2018 • 23 min
Simon had a barista draw a smiley face on his coffee cup recently and it made him so happy he wanted to talk about kindness in Japan in this episode. Martina tells you how comments on social media have an instant effect on the mood of your day, while…
EXTRA: Is stamp collecting cool?
Feb 11, 2018 • 1 min
Simon and Martina’s neighbour collects stamps and wants to know how much they are worth. Simon’s not sure if people still collect stamps anymore. Is it still a thing?
Why friends unfollow friends on social media
Feb 11, 2018 • 25 min
Simon and Martina are having a little vent about why they unfollow people (yes, sometimes their friends) on social media. If they’re not interested in the things you post, if you’re spamming your account with baby photos, if they don’t like what you’re…
EXTRA: Why you shouldn’t be embarrassed dancing in a club
Feb 5, 2018 • 1 min
Simon says he’s a terrible dancer, but doesn’t care. He and Martina are in their mid-30s and ain’t the best dancers in the world. Sure, they used to be super embarrassed about it, but now they realise no one’s a good dancer in the clubs so no one’s…
Bargain VVIP rooms in Japan (how ‘old’ people party)
Feb 5, 2018 • 24 min
This week Simon and Martina went to a club in Japan, to see an artist they love dancing to. While waiting for that artist, instead of hanging with everyone else in the club, they paid $30 to go to a VVIP room. They were shocked at how reasonably priced it…
EXTRA: Simon’s unique beard trim
Jan 28, 2018 • 1 min
Simon got a hair cut and beard trim while in Rome. It was like nothing he’s ever experienced before.
What it’s like to holiday in Rome
Jan 28, 2018 • 25 min
Simon and Martina are back from Rome and tell you what it’s like to holiday there. Simon says it’s the most beautiful city in the world. They loved the artistic graffiti and ALL the delicious food. They also noticed how ‘touchy-feely’ the Italians are. A…
EXTRA: The best way to travel
Jan 21, 2018 • 2 min
Simon and Martina have done a lot of travel around the world. Through their time planning holidays, they’ve come up with their number one travel tip.
Simon and Martina’s top travel tip
Jan 21, 2018 • 27 min
Simon and Martina’s number 1 travel tip! This week Simon and Martina are in Rome! They’ve noticed people are collecting sights like Pokemon; taking selfies, looking at the photo and then leaving the sight, without taking it all in. The EYK duo have a few…
EXTRA: Holidays in Rome
Jan 14, 2018 • 0 min
Simon and Martina want to try and record a podcast episode in a Roman pub but it is proving difficult!
Thoughts on the Logan Paul YouTube controversy
Jan 14, 2018 • 28 min
Simon and Martina discuss the controversy around YouTuber Logan Paul and the backlash over a recent controversial video he filmed in a Japanese forest. They’re not just upset, or angry, about that video though. This is a bigger issue for them.
Ramen that tastes like Thanksgiving
Jan 1, 2018 • 34 min
Simon and Martina tell you about Ramen that tastes like a Thanksgiving turkey, amongst other things. They discovered the Ramen shop while out walking on their date night (CUTE). The line for this place continually goes out the door and even has sake in…
The K-Pop industry after Jonghyun’s death
Dec 26, 2017 • 26 min
This week, Simon and Martina reflect on Jonghyun’s death. They talk about how SHINee started their interest in K-Pop and tell you their favourite songs from the band. They also talk about how the industry could better look after their artists and ask you…
What happens during party season in Japan!
Dec 17, 2017 • 36 min
This week Simon and Martina party in Japan for Bonenkai (Japanese drinking party) season! They talk about some strange things they’ve observed people doing and their experience eating delicious gyoza. In the middle of the ep there was a mini earthquake…
EXTRA: A little something to make you drool
Dec 13, 2017 • 2 min
Simon and Martina go in-depth on their pancake experience in Japan, which was like nothing they’ve ever experienced. We just thought we’d give you a little something to make you drool…and put on your ‘must-eat’ bucket list.
Pancakes that are so good, they’re not even pancakes
Dec 13, 2017 • 41 min
This week Simon and Martina had the most incredible pancake experience ever. They found a place in a ‘sad mall’ (they also explain what a ‘sad mall’ is). The pancakes were super light and fluffy, and souffle looking. It was a huge place, was totally…
EXTRA: A fizzy drink that tastes like Vegemite; “it’s just rank”
Dec 13, 2017 • 0 min
Simon and Martina have stumbled on a restaurant in Japan that sells a drink that - in the words of Simon - “tastes rank.” The duo think it takes the fun out of a soft drink. They describe it as something that tastes like Vegemite (but not in a good way)…
Is this the best Ramen in Tokyo?
Dec 13, 2017 • 24 min
This week Simon and Martina found two amazing eateries that you all need to try when you go to Tokyo. One place had the best Kimchi the duo have had in Japan so far and the other served up the best Ramen. When they first went in to the Ramen place, it was…
EXTRA: More in love than ever; relationship advice from Simon and Martina
Dec 13, 2017 • 3 min
This week Simon and Martina give solid relationship advice. The duo have been married for 10 years and they’re more in love than ever. They say you should buy flowers, or something small, ‘just because’ and not just for special occasions, to show them…
A neighbourhood party in Japan; it’s $10 for everything
Dec 13, 2017 • 39 min
This week Simon and Martina talk about a neighbourhood party in Japan. They went in a hipster area. You could BYO meat, but they also paid $10 and food was provided. There was a DJ, games (which Martina won) and they met people from all over the world.…
EXTRA Simon’s been married to Martina for 10 years and doesn’t need marriage advice
Dec 13, 2017 • 5 min
This week we’re feeling all ‘naaaw’ and warm and fuzzy because Simon is talking about how in love he is with Martina after they’ve been married for 10 years. He loves being with her, she’s his best friend. He’s doing marriage right and doesn’t need…
The magical experience of thrift shopping in Japan
Dec 13, 2017 • 41 min
While Simon had an adventure going to the Polish Embassy, Martina had an adventure of her own thrift shopping. Martina loves thrift shopping and well Simon hates shopping period! Also, Simon and Martina’s neighbour gives them a plant, will they kill it…
Inside Japan’s Studio Ghibli museum
Dec 13, 2017 • 38 min
This week Simon and Martina went to the Studio Ghibli museum in Japan for the second time, and it was better than their first visit. This time they watched the movie, which they say you have to do if you go to the museum. There are movies that don’t air…
EXTRA: Why are Japan’s police bikes so slow
Dec 13, 2017 • 3 min
This week Simon and Martina talk about police bikes in Japan. They’re really slow because they’re not automated bikes; the duo want to know why they don’t have motorised bikes because they go slower than other bikes (like the ones Simon and Martina own).…
How accessible Japan’s transit system is
Dec 13, 2017 • 39 min
This week Simon and Martina talk about how accessible Japan’s transit system is. A friend of the EYK duo, is visiting them in Japan and she uses a mobility aid at times. Simon and Martina have noticed what it’s like getting around on public transport in…
EXTRA: The different kinds of bells in Japan and how they work
Dec 13, 2017 • 2 min
This week Simon made an observation (by himself) so he needs to share. Once he woke up at 7 am, without an alarm, feeling awake and like he didn’t need more sleep, which is weird for him. So he got up and went for a walk to see what ‘normal’ people do in…
Coffee culture in Japan; explain the mystery to us
Dec 13, 2017 • 35 min
This week Simon and Martina want someone to explain to them how people survive in the morning without having a coffee. In Japan coffee places don’t open until 10 or 11 am, and no one seems to drink coffee before work. Not a single coffee shop is open on…
Ordering ice-cream sundaes at a steamy, dapper bar in Japan
Dec 13, 2017 • 44 min
This week Simon and Martina went to a secret bar in an alleyway, and ordered chocolate kisses and ice-cream sundaes. It was off Harmonica Alley and was really dark except for some blue fair lights inside. You paid to sit down, and they sat next to two…
What it’s like to be the star at a fan meet-and-greet
Dec 12, 2017 • 45 min
This week Simon and Martina talk about doing a fan meet-and-greet and explain what the experience is like for them. It’s exhausting, but they absolutely love it and appreciate their fans “so so so much.” On the day, they have breakfast (just a green…
The ‘underbelly’ and ‘seedy side’ of Japan
Dec 12, 2017 • 40 min
This week Simon and Martina checked out a nearby neighbourhood, Koenji, and they discovered a grungy, seedier - but amazing - side to Japan. They found a bar that had a lot of penis statues on the outside, but when they went inside they had the best night…
Why Japan is safer than other countries; an interesting tale
Dec 12, 2017 • 42 min
This week Simon and Martina talk about how amazing Japanese people are when it comes to being kind and genuine. As the duo put it; Japanese people are taught not to be ‘jerks’ to other people from a very young age. There’s no petty crime in Japan. The…
The ‘darker’ side to Japan
Dec 12, 2017 • 41 min
This week Simon and Martina talk about a ‘darker’ side to Japan. They discovered a place in their Japanese suburb, that they’ve never explored before. At about 10pm, they decided to walk down a sketchy street and they found a Chinese restaurant that was a…
What happens after midnight in a Japanese neighbourhood
Dec 12, 2017 • 41 min
This week Simon and Martina talk about a very interesting experience they had in their Japanese neighbourhood. It was raining, but they chucked on rain coats and went outside to explore. They stumbled on an amazing Thai restaurant, then went to another…
How to control burnout as a YouTuber; getting that worklife balance
Dec 12, 2017 • 41 min
This week Simon and Martina are talking about how to strike a healthy work/life balance and control burnout as a YouTuber (with advice you can take even if you’re not a YouTuber). The duo are in Melbourne because they’ve just been at a YouTube Creator’s…
What it takes to be a successful YouTuber
Dec 12, 2017 • 43 min
This week Simon and Martina are coming to Australia for a YouTube Creators Summit! The top YouTube creators are invited to the event - this one is for creators from the Asia Pacific region. There’s different panels, and sessions for YouTubers to get to…
Get in the game; how Japan’s sport events are so different to Canada
Dec 12, 2017 • 41 min
This week Simon and Martina are talking about how different sporting events are in Japan and Canada. In Japan you can bring your own food and drink to a sports game, you can buy fresh beer from a keg that’s not ridiculously expensive, Japanese fans clean…
What it’s like to be on a Korean TV show
Dec 12, 2017 • 41 min
This week Simon and Martina talk about their experiences being on Korean TV shows like Running Man and Star King. It’s not as glamorous as you’d think, and it’s definitely not something you should do if you want an ego boost. The duo give advice to…
What are some handy Japanese hangover cures?
Dec 12, 2017 • 44 min
This week, Simon and Martina tackle an 18+ topic this week - beer! Local beers are sold cheaply in their home country, but are sold at a premium overseas (hence everyone else’s fascination of Foster’s beer - except Australians!). This in turn leads to…
Why it can be difficult for foreigners to rent an apartment in Japan
Dec 12, 2017 • 42 min
This week Simon and Martina talk about why it can be hard for foreigners to rent apartments in Japan. Their discussion is based off an article that talks about one girl’s experience trying to rent an apartment and getting turned down for being a…
Hanging out with renowned chef Yosuke Suga and eating the best Parma ham in Japan
Dec 12, 2017 • 37 min
This week, Simon and Martina take off to Gifu with renowned chef Yosuke Suga (who is really, really, ridiculously good-looking) to eat amazing Italian food, discover the local produce, and explore artisan prosciutto. Aside from the (slightly exaggerated)…
Are the effects of ranking systems in Korean TV shows contributing to bullying in teens?
Dec 12, 2017 • 35 min
Sanrio characters get ranked (think Hello Kitty!). Is a ‘ranking’ attitude now ingrained in Korean culture among teens and Simon and Martina talk about quirky observations in Japan.
Why going back to your home country is more of a burden than anything
Dec 12, 2017 • 33 min
Why going to your original home country can be a burden. Simon and Martina make sense of Japan’s recycling system and Kichijoji is Japan’s number 1 place!
An American airbase in Japan; what it’s like
Dec 12, 2017 • 30 min
Simon and Martina went to the American airbase in Japan, to watch the new Spider-Man movie with their friends. It was fascinating to go there. It was like being transported back to America; the buildings, the signs and the roads. They went to a Chilli’s…
Japan’s commuting culture; why it’s better on buses and bikes
Dec 12, 2017 • 28 min
This week Simon and Martina talk about Japan’s commuting culture and why they love riding on buses and bikes. People in Japan are so honest, and it’s the small things they do on public transport that warms your heart - making it fuzzy. It’s a good place…
HIGHLIGHT: When online fame goes to your head
Dec 12, 2017 • 10 min
Simon and Martina talk about a food review site in Japan called Tabelog, and a reviewer called Mr Udon, who became very well known for his food reviews. While the EYK duo were in Canada, they were sent a translated article from a tabloid publication about…
Simon and Martina talk about T.O.P and online netizen culture
Dec 12, 2017 • 35 min
This week Simon and Martina talk about T.O.P and online netizen culture; about how online communities need to be less harsh at accusing people for their actions, whether they’re famous or not. The online culture is becoming toxic and it needs to stop…
Secrets to a successful marriage; why Simon and Martina haven’t fought in 10 years
Dec 12, 2017 • 24 min
This week Simon and Martina talk about the secret to a successful marriage. They’re celebrating their anniversary, and they haven’t fought in 10 years…want to know how? A guy in Japan drew a comic about his marriage, which explained how he and his wife…
Best Of - What really happens in Japanese High School’s, Japan’s crazy work culture and foreigner butler cafe’s
Dec 12, 2017 • 34 min
Get some of the best bits from Simon and Martina this year! You’ll hear stories about new technology in Japan that will help dementia patients, butler cafe’s that only employ foreigners, Japan’s crazy work culture and more!
Reverse culture shock, going back to Canada
Dec 12, 2017 • 22 min
This week Simon and Martina are back in Canada and they’ve had culture shock. They’ve forgotten to tip in restaurants, and forgotten that it’s impolite to lift your bowl to your mouth and shovel food in when outside of Japan. They don’t like certain…
The 7 most undesirable traits for women, that make them undateable in Japan
Dec 12, 2017 • 25 min
Simon and Martina have found out about the seven most undesirable traits for a woman, that make them undateable in Japan. These include speech and body language being too masculine, talking about being unhappy, only being considerate of the person they…
Why you’re never too old to learn from travel; what to do with your parents in Japan
Dec 12, 2017 • 21 min
Simon’s parents visited Simon and Martina in Japan; the duo have some advice about what to do when your parents visit Japan to ensure they enjoy it. Simon’s parents don’t usually like trying new things and it was his mum’s frst time visiting Japan, so…
Why are Japanese and South Korean teens so sad
Dec 12, 2017 • 22 min
This week Simon and Martina ask why Japanese teens are so sad. A recent report shows that young people in Japan have the lowest mental wellbeing out of 20 major countries, with South Korea and Turkey the only countries rating lower. There are shifts in…
Why you need to experience a private onsen (without getting your butt stung)
Dec 12, 2017 • 21 min
Simon and Martina go to a hotel where each room has a private onsen. It’s a great way to experience the Japanese hot tub culture, and there’s no rules (like not allowing people with tattoos in). At the hotel there’s a hidden staircase in each room that…
Adult Karaoke, Anime high schools and work culture in Japan: the best bits of Eat Your Kimchi
Dec 12, 2017 • 35 min
This week Simon and Martina are a bit sick, so we’ve rounded up the best bits from Eat Your Kimchi so you can indulge. They’re talking about Anime high schools; the difference between what people see in Anime compared to what actually happens in Japanese…
Japans potato chip crisis; they’re running out of chips
Dec 12, 2017 • 21 min
Simon is sick today, so Martina is talking about her struggle to learn the Japanese language and about Japans potato chip crisis. Most of the chips in Japan are made from potatoes grown locally. Last year the region that grows potatoes was hit by a record…
Why the new Chinese boy band (who’s members are girls) is so fascinating
Dec 12, 2017 • 21 min
Simon and Martina talk about the new band to come out of China recently: FFC-Acrush. It’s a boy band made up of members who are girls, and they launched at a husband expedition. They’re not allowed to disclose their sexual preferences, so they maintain…
What really happens in Japanese high schools; they’re not the same as in anime
Dec 12, 2017 • 22 min
High schools in anime verse high schools in real life; Simon and Martina talk about what really happens in Japanese high schools compared to what happens in anime. Japanese students were surveyed about the differences between anime and real life schools.…
A Twitter storm erupted over Japan’s work culture
Dec 12, 2017 • 19 min
Simon and Martina talk about a Twitter storm that erupted after a tweet was posted about the workplace culture in Japan. An image from a book was posted on ‘Japanese Twitter,’ attempting to create an understanding about people who have Asperger’s. The…
K-Pop bands are going to Japan to make money
Dec 12, 2017 • 21 min
Simon and Martina talk about all the K-Pop groups going to Japan because they’re not making money in Korea, and they’re making a lot of money in Japan. There’s bands they haven’t heard about in Korea for ages but are everywhere on billboards in Japan.…
A K-Pop group promoting plastic surgery isn’t good for Korean culture
Dec 12, 2017 • 21 min
Simon and Martina talk about the new plastic surgery themed K-Pop music videos, by girl group Six Bomb, called ‘before’ and ‘after.’ The first video shows the girls ‘before’ plastic surgery and the second shows them ‘after’ going under the knife. The EYK…
Karaoke just got sexier there’s a new ‘adults only’ scoring system in town
Dec 12, 2017 • 20 min
Simon & Martina talk about the new karaoke game in town that gives you rewards or punishments based on your performance with their ‘adult scoring system’. If you perform well with perfect pitch and rhythm, there will be all scenes of sexy women or men…
Nintendo’s lawsuit against Mari Car and Japan’s exclusive restaurant culture
Dec 12, 2017 • 24 min
- New music in Japan- How music is different in Korea and Canada compared to Japan- Nintendo’s lawsuit against Mari Car- Wanting to launch Mario Kart go-kart track- When is it ok to copy, and to what extent?- Exclusive restaurant dining in Japan-…
Food poisoning in rush hour, second-degree fun and overcoming language barriers
Dec 12, 2017 • 21 min
- Japan has nine islands- Fukuoka has amazing ramen and street food stalls- It’s close to Korea- Simon and Martina met a lot of people from different backgrounds- Overcoming language barriers and making friends was great- Martina got food poisoning from…
Cultural appropriation in Vogue and fake news about the Fukishima nuclear plant
Dec 12, 2017 • 19 min
Cultural appropriation:- Vogue magazine cover featuring models of many nationalities (now dubbed the ‘Diversity’ issue)- Karlie Kloss’ outfit was inspired by the geisha culture- Causing controversy online- Online outrage is calling it ‘yellow face’ and…
Japan’s drinking culture, changing generations and expensive wristwatches
Dec 12, 2017 • 22 min
- People go out drinking every single day in Japan- Millennial males don’t drink as much as older generations (39% of millennial males don’t drink)- They also buy less cars and less wrist watches- Simon’s friend has lots of watches, some of them are worth…
Tattoos in Japan, Oranges in Ehime, the Iron Chef of France and the oldest Onsen
Dec 12, 2017 • 22 min
An amazing trip to Ehime province in JapanPlanned to film at a high-end restaurant, but the Chef said they had to see where his produce is grown, to have a better understanding of the foodTravelled with the chef, Yƍsuke Suga; the Iron Chef FranceVisited a…