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Every episode someone stops by Japan Station to talk about their connections to and interest in the fascinating place that is Japan. Host Tony Vega and his guests talk about things like Japanese pop culture, history, anime, manga, movies, music, video games, comedy, the impact of Japanese culture around the world, underground social movements, social issues in Japan, and much more. Episodes are released on the first of every month with bonus episodes occasionally being released on the 15th. www.japanstationpodcast.com

Every episode someone stops by Japan Station to talk about their connections to and interest in the fascinating place that is Japan. Host Tony Vega and his guests talk about things like Japanese pop culture, history, anime, manga, movies, music, video games, comedy, the impact of Japanese culture around the world, underground social movements, social issues in Japan, and much more. Episodes are released on the first of every month with bonus episodes occasionally being released on the 15th. www.japanstationpodcast.com
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Every episode someone stops by Japan Station to talk about their connections to and interest in the fascinating place that is Japan. Host Tony Vega and his guests talk about things like Japanese pop culture, history, anime, manga, movies, music, video games, comedy, the impact of Japanese culture around the world, underground social movements, social issues in Japan, and much more. Episodes are released on the first of every month with bonus episodes occasionally being released on the 15th. www.japanstationpodcast.com

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Episodes

Crystal Kay

5/14/2019
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The one and only Crystal Kay is the guest today in this very special episode of the Japan Station podcast. A singer, songwriter, and actress, Crystal Kay has been singing for just about as long as she's been able to speak. In fact, her first credit is at the age of four when she used her vocal talents in a song for a commercial promoting the PC Engine Duo game console (known as the TurboDuo in the U.S.). Crystal released her debut single in 1999 at the age of 13 and in the two decades since...

Duration:00:25:29

Kaiju for Hipsters (Kevin Derendorf)

5/1/2019
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Episode 12 of the Japan Station podcast is here and this time we're stomping our way into the world of kaiju. Kevin Derendorf is an expert on the world of giant monster movies and the author of the recently published book Kaiju for Hipsters: 101 "Alternative" Giant Monster Movies. In this episode we discuss: kaijuA Space GodzillaUltramanLove & Peace It's non-stop kaiju on this episode of Japan Station!

Duration:00:52:09

Sacred High City, Sacred Low City (Dr. Steven Heine)

4/15/2019
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Episode 11 of the Japan Station podcast is here and this time we're exploring the city of Tokyo. Dr. Steven Heine is the director of the Asian Studies Program at Florida International University and author of the book Sacred High City, Sacred Low City: A Tale of Religious Sites in Two Tokyo Neighborhoods. In this episode we talk about: butsuden"gendai)OsōshikiThe Funeral By the end of this episode you'll have a newfound appreciation for the city of Tokyo.

Duration:01:14:30

Photographer Andrew Faulk

4/1/2019
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Episode ten of the Japan Station podcast is here and this time we're taking a dive into the world of photography. Andrew Faulk is an award-winning Tokyo-based photographer originally from the U.S. who has done work for major publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Game Informer. In this episode we talk about how Andrew's career in photography got started, what it was like starting his photography business in Japan, some of the interesting assignments he has...

Duration:00:52:21

Ghosts of the Tsunami (Richard Lloyd Parry)

3/1/2019
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Episode nine of the Japan Station podcast is here and this time we're talking about the devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan's Tohoku region on March 11, 2011. Richard Lloyd Parry is an award-winning foreign correspondent, the Asia Editor at The Times of London in Tokyo, and author of the book Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone. In this episode we talk about the experiences of people that lived through the 2011 earthquake and...

Duration:00:54:38

The Origins of Shōjo Manga (Dr. Deborah Shamoon)

1/31/2019
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Episode eight of the Japan Station podcast is here and this time we're exploring the fascinating history of shōjo manga. Dr. Deborah Shamoon is an associate professor in the Department of Japanese Studies at the National University of Singapore. She is the author of Passionate Friendship: The Aesthetics of Girls' Culture in Japan, a book which examines the emergence and history of shōjo manga (a genre of Japanese comics aimed at girls and typically produced by women). In this episode we...

Duration:01:04:05

The Wacky World of Japanese Mascots with Chris Carlier

1/15/2019
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Episode seven of the Japan Station podcast is here and this time we're taking a deep dive into the crazy world of Japanese mascots. Chris Carlier runs the blog Mondo Mascots and the very popular Twitter and Instagram accounts of the same name. On Mondo Mascots Chris documents Japan's many, many, many mascots. From the bizarre to the cute, Chris covers them all. In this episode we discuss the history of Japanese mascots, the origins of the term yuru kyara (yuru chara) and how it is...

Duration:01:01:48

Talking Zen with Gesshin Claire Greenwood

1/1/2019
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Episode six of the Japan Station podcast is here and this time we're talking about Zen. Gesshin Claire Greenwood is a Zen priest and the author of the book Bow First, Ask Questions Later: Ordination, Love, and Monastic Zen in Japan. Funny, intense, and thought-provoking, the book chronicles the more than five years Gesshin spent in Japan training in Zen and living in monasteries. During her time in Japan she trained at both a temple monastery in Okayama Prefecture called Toshō-ji and an...

Duration:01:09:34

Rakugo Performer, Ventriloquist & Comedian Showko Showfukutei

12/14/2018
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Episode five of the Japan Station podcast is here and this time I'm joined by comedian Showko Showfukutei. Originally from Kobe, Japan, Showko is a rakugo (Japanese traditional comic storytelling) performer, ventriloquist, and stand up comedian living in Melbourne, Australia. She is the only fully trained rakugo performer living outside of Japan and her unique brand of comedy has taken her all over the world and even the finals of Australia's Got Talent. In this episode Showko talks about...

Duration:00:45:41

All About Trying to Become Big in Japan (David Elliot-Jones)

12/1/2018
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Japan Station episode 4 is here and this time we're talking all about one man's mission to achieve the heights of fame in the land of the rising sun. In this episode David Elliot-Jones talks about the crazy journey he went on as the star of the ridiculous but thought-provoking documentary Big in Japan. Dave discusses why he and his two friends (Lachlan McLeod & Louis Dai) chose to leave their homes in Australia and spend two years of their lives in Japan chasing fame, what it was like...

Duration:01:02:39

The Origins of Anime and the Making of Japan's First Feature Length Animated Film with Dr. Jonathan Clements

11/15/2018
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This time we're taking a deep deep dive into the history of Japanese animation with Dr. Jonathan Clements. An expert on Asia and anime, Jonathan Clements is the author of many books, including Anime: A History, The Anime Encyclopedia (co-authored with Helen McCarthy), and Sacred Sailors: The Life and Work of Seo Mitsuyo. In this episode we discuss the origins of Japanese animation and its fascinating history. We particularly focus on the making of Japan's first feature-length animated...

Duration:00:50:49

How To Become A Comedian in Japan (Ann Lethin)

11/2/2018
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Japan Station is back with episode 2 and this time I'm joined by owarai comedian Ann Lethin. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Ann moved to Japan to pursue a career in comedy after college. Ann discusses why she decided to do that, what comedy schools (yōseijo) are like, the challenges of being a comedian in Japan, a major reason why Japanese comedy can be so nonsensical, moose recipes (kind of), how she got involved with the Big in Japan podcast, and more. Ann provides a fascinating...

Duration:00:55:34

Japan Station 01 - The Behind the Scenes of Top Knot Detective (Aaron McCann & Dominic Pearce)

11/1/2018
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Celebrate the official start of the Japan Station podcast with not one, but two amazing guests! This episode I'm joined by filmmakers Dominic Pearce and Aaron McCann, the creators of the hilarious mockumentary Top Knot Detective. In the episode Aaron and Dominic talk about what inspired them to make Top Knot Detective and the challenges they had to overcome to make their vision a reality. We also discuss bad '80s action movies (specifically, the hilariously bad 1987 "masterpiece" Miami...

Duration:01:00:56

Episode 0 Welcome to Japan Station

10/23/2018
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This is a quick preview of Japankyo.com's new podcast: Japan Station. On this episode host Tony Vega talks a little bit about himself and what to expect in this podcast. Features clips of Dominic Pearce (Episode 1), Ann Lethin (Episode 2), and Jonathan Clements (Episode 3). New episodes will be coming out on the first of every month with occasional bonus episodes dropping on the 15th. The first episode comes out on November 1st, so subscribe now and don't miss it! Enjoy!

Duration:00:04:58