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.
Hydrarchos (dino hoax)
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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Prime Minister Shoe Dinner Article
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
My Pet Monster
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.
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!
Fiddler on the Roof Sequence