Voices in Japan

Voices in Japan

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Discover what Japan is REALLY like. Every week, join Burke and Ben, as they share their personal experiences and opinions about living in Japan, covering all topics such as working, studying Japanese, customs, holidays, traditions and much much more. W…


Working with the Yakuza
Jul 17 • 46 min
A good friend of the podcasters, Damien, joins this episode to share some of the experiences he has had with yakuza through jobs that he had during his early years in Japan.
Japan’s Dual Nationality Problem
Jul 10 • 46 min
Dual nationality has currently been in the news. The professional tennis player, Naomi Osaka is about to reach her 22nd birthday, when she will have to decide (by Japanese law) which citizenship to have, Japanese or American. We have a very interesting,…
Japan’s Love For Old Technology
Jul 3 • 38 min
Find out about some of the baffling tech devices our podcasters have encountered while living and working in Japan in this episode.
The Fake Plastic Bonsai of Hospitality
Jun 26 • 42 min
Japan’s hospitality has the reputation of being second to none, but is this really true? Can Japanese service staff go that extra mile for consumers? What are some of the things that people find disturbing about Japanese hospitality? Listen now for a…
Hired as a Teacher, Living like a Rockstar!
Jun 18 • 37 min
Japan imports a variety of essentials for modern living, including native English speakers to teach them the language. Some actually arrive into Narita or Haneda Airport with the proper credentials for the job, while others may only be searching for a…
Jon Mott: Is Japan REALLY That Safe?
Jun 11 • 40 min
Jon Mott is a long time resident of Japan, part time musician and snowboarding enthusiast. He shares his thoughts about safety in Japan and. Is Japan REALLY as safe as everyone thinks it is? The guys compare the different public perceptions of the police…
The Weird World of Apartment Hunting and Buying in Japan
Jun 4 • 37 min
Renting and buying an apartment in Japan, including all of the challenges that foreigners face, and the costs such as key money and deposits.
Quirky Japan: Face Masks, Monster Crows, and Ghosts
May 28 • 42 min
There are many quirky things about Japan. On this episode we talk about three such things. You will see people wearing face masks everywhere in Japan. There are a number reasons such as preventing colds, keeping their faces warm, and women sometimes…
Matt Holloway: Lights, Camera, Action! Breaking into the Japanese Entertainment Industry
May 21 • 42 min
If you were living in Japan, would you be interested in being a model or appearing on Japanese television? Do you meet the requirements to make the cut? Entertainment is one industry that foreigners in Japan can explore simply for the novelty of . ….
The Importance of Blood Type in Japan
May 14 • 38 min
Do you know your blood type? Well, if you are visiting or living in Japan, you should. Knowing one’s blood type is common in Japan and the Japanese are very curious to know yours. There are four main types that most people fall into. The most common…
Do I or Don’t I get married in Japan?
May 7 • 36 min
Are there wedding bells in your future? Marriage is one of life’s most important decisions. While Japanese people celebrate the big day with their own unique traditions, some wedding ceremonies and receptions blend in a few fashionable aspects from …
Hokkaido Life: Ending the Heisei Era with a 10 day Golden Week Holiday
Apr 30 • 42 min
Special guest Yumi joins the guys again to talk about the special 10 day Golden Week holiday. Does she like Golden Week? The Heisei era ends on May 1st and a new emperor will be crowned, beginning the new Reiwa era. Listen to some interesting Golden Week…
Interview: Yumi shares the truth about fitness and the mindset of Japanese women!
Apr 23 • 40 min
Special guest Yumi joins the podcast to give the guys a new perspective on life in Japan. In this episode full of laughs, our podcasters learn about the growing exercise trends taking over the land of the rising sun, and discover the great lengths that a…
Beer, Sake, Shochu, Sleep……Repeat!
Apr 16 • 45 min
Drinking is such a big part of Japanese life. People drink to build relationships with colleagues and business clients, and of course to relieve stress or relax. Many people, especially businessmen, take full advantage of these drinking opportunities…
Slave to the Salaryman Life!
Apr 10 • 46 min
Looking for a career in Japan? Get ready for the crazy welcome parties, greetings and farewell speeches, morning stretches, meetings on top of meetings, and the possibility of literally working to death, aka karoshi! Can the government policies being…
Japanese Men’s Makeup and Grooming
Apr 2 • 36 min
In uber fashion-conscious Japan, the styles of men and women continue to converge. Did you know that even men are wearing makeup and spending their yen on skincare products? What is driving these trends, and have our podcasters tested their masculinity by…
Mastering The Japanese Language!
Mar 26 • 42 min
Having lived in Japan for a combined 25 years, how much have our podcasters mastered Japanese? Find out now as they discuss overcoming the struggles of learning kanji, give great advice on studying techniques like finding a Japanese girlfriend or…
Do Japanese Students Really Study That Hard?
Mar 19 • 32 min
Japanese students are mega busy. Many of them go to school 6 days a week! They join school clubs, go to cram school, AND they have homework. It’s not cruisy like their western counterparts. Get in Touch: https://twitter.com/voicesinjapan…
Who to Trust?? The Great East Japan Earthquake 8 Years Later
Mar 12 • 41 min
How is Japan still trying to recover from the 9.0 megaquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant meltdown - a triple disaster that struck on March 11, 2011? Listen now to hear our hosts describe their experience, the ongoing suspicions about the disaster…
Experiencing Hokkaido’s Biggest Ever Earthquake!
Mar 6 • 29 min
In September 2018, Hokkaido was hit by the biggest earthquake ever recorded on the Northern Japanese island. 5 months later, another earthquake hits the same area. Burke and Ben share their experiences during those worrying times.Get in…
Becoming An Adult In Japan
Feb 27 • 19 min
The streets are filled with kimono, hakama, and drunk Japanese 20 year olds on Coming of Age Day. But many people question the meaning of this holiday. Find out why in this episode.Get in…
Don’t Do THAT On The Subway! The Japanese Hate It!
Feb 19 • 35 min
What do you think annoys Japanese people on the subway? In Japan, there is a lot of things and some of them are not so obvious, such as doing make up. Ben bets with Burke that he can guess what the Japanese find most offensive when riding the subway. Who…
It’s A Man’s World On Valentine’s Day In Japan
Feb 13 • 39 min
Discover the unique twist to how Japanese people celebrate February 14th, and enjoy hearing how these expats first encountered romance upon arriving in Japan.Get in…
Top 3 Reasons To Live In Japan
Feb 11 • 51 min
The Japanese mystique - what makes foreigners stay? There are myriad reasons, ranging from broad to highly specific. For Burke and Ben hot water surging from the earth, beautiful women, and universal access to clean toilets were three primary features to…