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This Is Where I Grew Up Ep. 22 - High Waisted Dinosaur Jeans

7/31/2018
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After surviving the latest typhoon, John and Hiroko sit down to have a freewheeling discussion about paleontology hoaxes, high waisted jeans, hand-me-downs and some differences between American and Japanese television. Trapper Keepers Hydrarchos (dino hoax)

Duration:00:44:27

This Is Where I Grew Up Ep. 21 - Road Trippin'

7/24/2018
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After a week off, Hiroko and John are back! This week they are talking about the grand American tradition of the road trip. Pee also seems to come up more than usual... Learn about Hiroko's Los Vegas secrets and John's experience with the police of Valdosta Georgia. Wooly Willy (magnetic drawing toy) NHK Easy News Real life Thomas The Tank Engine

Duration:00:50:40

This Is Where I Grew Up Ep. 20 - Oh Captain My Captain AKA Hangin' With Teach

7/10/2018
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This time around Hiroko and John are accompanied by the soothing sounds of Japan Railways. This week we are talking about teachers: the good, the bad, and the accordion playing. Hiroko recounts a tense moment between herself and a baseball coach. John recounts a short story he wrote in third grade about a haunted Thanksgiving.

Duration:00:47:51

Are Insects Animals Or What?

7/3/2018
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In this very special edition, Hiroko and John have a glass of iced tea and talk about our friends in the animal kingdom. Learn about John’s rodeo dilemma and decide for yourself whether or not Hiroko is a pet serial killer. Also, ARE insects animals? Really, we want to know.

Duration:00:41:03

This Is Where I Grew Up Ep. 18 - Music Music Music!

6/26/2018
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This one is all about music; from jr. high band anxiety to polite headbanging at Judas Priest concerts. As a bonus to listeners everywhere John and Hiroko even do some singing in this installment! Of course, there is also plenty of talk about Christian rock. John just can't stop talking about it. Ecuadorian Pan Flute! Yo Ho Ho! Scorpions: Big City Nights Galaxy Express 999

Duration:00:44:55

This Is Where I Grew Up Ep. 17 - The Best Summer Of My Life!

6/12/2018
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It's the ides of June and John and Hiroko fight through the brutal heat to bring you another episode. This conversation is all about memories of summer: shaved ice, Wyoming rocks, and mismatched flip-flops, carnivals and more! Patty and Jimmy Shaved ice

Duration:00:44:16

This Is Where I Grew Up Ep. 16 - Japanese Proverbs And Bubbletape Stinkbombs

5/30/2018
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This week Hiroko and John focus on the classic Japanese kotowaza 出る杭は打たれる ( the nail that sticks out will be hammered down). Our heroes discuss individuality, group mentality and even a little bit about baseball! Hair dye student scandal.

Duration:00:41:38

This Is Where I Grew Up Ep. 15 - Moms Or Something

5/23/2018
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As a sort of sequel to last weeks episodes about dads, this week John and Hiroko share their mother memories. This one borders on a therapy session at times but if you stick with it you can learn a few new Japanese proverbs and some interesting facts about the American "R" sound. Remember moms see EVERYTHING.

Duration:00:46:33

This Is Where I Grew Up Ep. 14 - Dads

5/15/2018
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Just in time for Mother's Day John and Hiroko decide to record an episode about...Dads! This week our hosts battle the heat and manage to spend some time recounting a few memories of their fathers. Hear about Tom Hill's passion for log cabins and mouse skydiving as well as Shojiro Kobayashi's passion for Coco-Cola. You got the right one baby, uh huh!

Duration:00:41:04

This Is Where I Grew Up Ep. 13 - Gross Bathroom Shoes and Shinzo Abe

5/8/2018
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This week John and Hiroko spend a lot of time talking about shoes, germs and various cultural differences. Learn about cockroach orange juice and Japanese bathroom rules. If you like the show please rate us and leave a review on iTunes. It helps us a lot. Thanks! LINKS: Prime Minister Shoe Dinner Article

Duration:00:33:36

This Is Where I Grew Up Ep. 12 - Sleepovers!

4/30/2018
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Time for a slumber party! John and Hiroko discuss pillow flights and late night brushes with the law. We also learn about the tawdry details of John’s first glimpse at a nudie magazine. Show links: 八時だよ!!全員集合

Duration:00:47:34

This Is Where I Grew Up Ep. 11 - This Plane Is Going to Chile: Religion and The Land Before Time.

4/16/2018
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This episode gets a little philosophical as Hiroko and John discuss the little pieces of identity we create for ourselves as we get older. From Pearl Harbor to creepy dudes in libraries to classic 80’s animated films episode 11 has something for everyon

Duration:00:41:27

This Is Where I Grew Up Ep. 10 - Sick Day

4/8/2018
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As John and Hiroko convalesce they discuss getting sick: missing school, family sickness traditions and more! Hiroko questions the American wisdom of drinking Sprite for a sore throat and John recounts misadventures in a Canadian Medival Times. Links: Cyborg 009

Duration:00:40:42

This Is Where I Grew Up Ep. 9 - Once Upon A Time In America... And Japan!

3/26/2018
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This week John and Hiroko have colds. Sorry for the late upload! This episode is a short introduction of first memories in America and Japan! Hiroko talks about how her image of the United States was based on the movie Gremlins and how she made her mom cry. John talks about how much he loves Japanese Konbini.

Duration:00:37:34

This Is Where I Grew Up Ep. 8 - Spring Time Is For Lovers

3/19/2018
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This week things get romantic. John and Hiroko have a conversation about young romance; crushes, kisses, and confessions... of love! John reveals which Disney princess he most desires while Hiroko admits she has really sweaty hands. ---- Check out Tristen Gaspadarek here.

Duration:00:41:07

This Is Where I Grew Up Ep. 7 - Adventures in Food

3/12/2018
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This week John and Hiroko discuss the wonderful world of food! learn the about John's ice cream kryptonite and hear Hiroko's thoughts on the virtues of American pizza. Inside Out's Japanese broccoli swap おでん (Oden)

Duration:00:36:50

This Is Where I Grew Up Ep. 6 - Toy Time!

3/5/2018
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In this Episode Hiroko introduces Hina MatMsuri, an annual holiday for girls. They also get into toys toys toys! John steals action figures and trash talks about Lego while Hiroko waxes nostalgic about yo-yos. モンチッチ(Monchichi) 雛祭り(Girls Day) Qbert My Pet Monster

Duration:00:40:02

This Is Where I Grew Up Ep. 5 - First Jobs

2/22/2018
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This is the episode where we learn that John is a pretty bad person. Hiroko and John discuss early work experiences, Walmart job interviews and the downsides of having to wear school uniforms in Japan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ6-5U94lg8

Duration:00:35:09

This Is Where I Grew Up Ep. 4 - The Things That Scared Us

2/10/2018
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John and Hiroko enter the forest of spooky memories this week. Turn out the lights and listen to memories of Shinto shrines, raccoon women, D&D demon possession and weird blue phosphorus balls! Kuchisake Onna Fiddler on the Roof Sequence

Duration:00:48:06

This Is Where I Grew Up Ep. 3 - Shrimpy Wimpy Boy

2/6/2018
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Blind acupuncturist, magic rice, marching band and scoliosis! John has a therapy session where he recounts being terrible at almost every sport and Hiroko patiently listens.

Duration:00:33:02