About Us

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So you've found your way to Sensei and The Geek. This is the home of the podcast of Rob Beck and Jay Friendly. We are a couple of Canadian boys who came to Japan in the year 2000, fresh out of university, and looking for a year of adventure. Instead we stayed for a lifetime! We are both business owners, with Rob being the owner of Prime Eikaiwa, and English conversation school located in Fuji city, Shizuoka prefecture, and Jay being the owner and lead developer Jaypan, a web development agency located in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture.

Looking at our businesses, it probably seems pretty clear which of us is the sensei, and which of us is the geek. However one of the great things about our dynamic is that both of us can fit either role depending on what we're talking about, so the title is actually quite fluid! Rob being a teacher of course is regularly called sensei, but with Jay being a specialist in web technologies, he finds himself explaining web concepts at times, putting him in the teaching position. Conversely while Jay is usually the geek, being the tech guy, Rob has an extensive knowledge of Japan (as well as a million other things), which places him in the position of the geek quite often.

Being long-timers in Japan, we have a different perspective on Japan than those who come to live in the country for a year or two. We both speak Japanese at an advanced level, giving us direct insight into the thoughts of Japanese people, and just what is going on in this sometimes crazy country we call home!

So, we started a podcast to talk about our perspective, and to discuss various things about living in Japan, for those who may be interested. We intend to discuss various things such as current events, cultural perspectives and tech stuff, but we may veer off into topics entirely unrelated to these - we never know where our conversations will go! We also intend to interview various people on the podcast. Some will be 'fresh off the boat' with a brand new perspective to coming to Japan, and others will be established long-termers like us, as well as various professionals, and some Japanese people as well, giving people an inside perspective on life in Japan.

If you have any topics you'd like to see discussed, please don't hesitate to post them in our forum, and we'll take some time to do some background research if necessary, and discuss the topic live.

So, thanks for taking the time to visit, and happy listening!