Japan Life Stories

Japan Life Stories

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Insights and Success Stories from foreigners who built a life and career in Japan! Discover interviews of expatriates sharing their origin stories, experiences and answering the following question: “How can I start a life in Japan?”


#09 - Connecting cultures through business innovation - with Fariza Abidova
Apr 28 • 60 min
Fariza shares a great story, from moving to Japan from her home country in Uzbekistan to bootstrapping 50 businesses in 3 years, being a panelist alongside Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, and writing for the Nikkei, one of Japan’s biggest…
#08 - Becoming a Tea Ceremony Master in Japan - with Tyas Sosen
Mar 19 • 63 min
Tyas Sosen is a Belgium Tea Ceremony Master from Kyoto. He has been living in Japan for over a decade, trained in an impressive number of traditional arts like calligraphy, kendo or flower arrangement before eventually joining a famous lineage of tea…
#07 - Recreating Kyoto in VR - with Alessandro de Bellegarde
Feb 6 • 50 min
Alessandro is on a mission to archive Kyoto’s cultural landmarks through virtual reality and high definition 3D videos. He recently covered events such as the Gion Matsuri and was an ambassador for Kyoto at the Grammy Awards ceremony. We discussed his…
#06 - Photographer @ AGK42 & UX designer - with Alex Knight
Jan 29 • 39 min
More famously known online as AGK42, Alex’s unique style of photography attracted a strong following on Instagram. When he is not working as a UX designer at bitcoin.com, Alex spends his nights exploring and capturing Tokyo’s hidden streets. He also…
#05 - Head of Design at Kyoto Journal - with Hirisha Mehta
Jan 16 • 65 min
Kyoto & Design | Hirisha Mehta is the Head of Design at Kyoto Journal, an award-winning magazine sharing artistic and cultural insights all across Asia. Hirisha’s background includes experiences designing at Universal Studios and creating her own Japanese…
#04 - Running a design & marketing agency in Tokyo - with Nathan Hoernig
Jan 7 • 53 min
This week we welcome Nathan Hoernig, founder of Humble Bunny, a design and marketing agency now collaborating with famous international companies. Expatriate since 2007, Nathan explains how failing the JET program exams and creating a simple logo for a…
Pro Tips - 3 hidden tricks to radically improve your Japanese skills
Dec 19, 2019 • 14 min
Our 3 battle-tested tricks to radically improve your Japanese skills
#03 - On bootstrapping a startup in the travel industry, selling it and rescuing Japan’s primary sector - with Tao Romera Martinez
Dec 10, 2019 • 63 min
A discussion on how Tao moved from a corporate life to getting his startup acquired and now coming to the rescue of Japan’s agricultural market
#02 - Working in the Anime & Gaming industry - with Adrian Leon Morris
Dec 2, 2019 • 42 min
A discussion on the Japanese gaming industry and the career opportunities available for foreigners
#01 - Business English Coach - with Lina Boudier
Nov 25, 2019 • 46 min
A discussion on learning Japanese, teaching English and creating a business in Japan
#00 - On creating Japan Life Stories - with Paul Gaumer
Nov 18, 2019 • 10 min
An introduction from your host for our podcast’s pilot