#14 - Where's the beeeeeef - with Ernie Izumi

Description

In this podcast, our guest is Ernest Izumi, the Japanese-Canadian owner of Maple Leaf International School (http://www.maple-leaf.co.jp) located in Matsusaka city in Mie prefecture. Matsusaka is also the source of one of the "top three beefs", at the same rank as Kobe-beef. We talk with Ernie about beef, being Japanese in Canada, being Japanese in Japan, and about living in the countryside versus living in the city.

Duration
1:39:11

Is there an Eco in here? - with David Heyman

Description

In this weeks podcast we talk with David Heyman, a current Japan resident, contributor to the three parrots podcast, and environmental science engineering student. We discuss renewable energy, nuclear power, climate change, and communal recycling projects. We even break our No-politics rule momentarily to learn about the difficulty of trying to vote from Japan. Long distance learning also makes an appearance, so join us and hopefully you too will learn something new about emerging technologies and the truth of your individual carbon footprint.

Duration
1:59:19

Home is Where the Work Is

Description

The decision to uproot everything you've ever known and move to another country is never the easy choice. But is it the right one? Having the advantage of already doing it once before when moving to Japan, The Geek shares his insight on making the transition to Australia to capitalize on his Drupal programming expertise. Is this the end of Sensei and the Geek as we know it!? Tune in to find out.

 

Sponsor: Ito Photo Studio (Instagram)

Duration
1:26:13

A Podcast is Worth a Thousand Pictures - With Shigeki Ito

Description

In this podcast, our guest is Shigeki Ito, owner of Ito Photo Studio in Fuji city Japan. Ito Photo Studio was started by Shigeki's father, and has been in business for fifty years. Shigeki has Masters Degree in Fine Arts and Photography, that he earned studying in New York. He talks with us about his time studying in New York, the changes in both the photography industry over the years, as well as the technology, and some interesting ideas about art.

Duration
1:11:14

Going Deep for Golden Week - with The Sensei and The Geek

Description

In this episode, Sensei and The Geek forgo a guest, and get into a deep talk about the history of science, whether or not race is a social construct, how language determines culture and culture determines language, binary thinking, and how the internet brings us together as a species.

Oh, and we also talk about BBQs and Golden Week.

Duration
2:08:49

Sneaker Cars Under the Ethiopian Stars - Tales of a Digital Nomad - with Scott Brills

Description

In this episode, we interview Scott Brills. Scott is a digital nomad who has traveled to over 90 countries, running rallies, rickshaws, and roadblocks. He talks about what it's like to life your life on the road, spending only two or so months a year at home, his love of Japan, and how people all over the world are just people, and generally pretty cool.

In our language section, we talk about the different types of keigo (polite talk), and specifically two words used in business: 御社 (your company) and 弊社 (my company).

Duration
1:55:17

Who goes to Vegas, stays in Vegas - making Mike American again

Description
In this podcast we talk with Mike Michaud, a former long-term resident of Japan who made the transition from living in Osaka to a life in Las Vegas! Join us as we explore the thought process one goes through when their time in Japan ends and the the next stage of life begins, and how the experience of living in Japan for an extended period of time affects one's life forever.
Duration
2:34:23

Dreadlock Holiday - With Kirby Gill

Description

In this episode we introduce a new format we call 'Get to know a Gaijin". In the interview we were privileged to talk with Kirby Gill, a high school English teacher in Fujinomiya City hailing from the Caribbean paradise known as Trinidad and Tobago.
Here we explore his life in Japan from his unique perspective and learn about the fascinating country from which he came.
With so many interesting people from around the world that we have the pleasure of meeting, we hope that this interview will give you a window into that part of our lives that makes Japan so intriguing.

Duration
1:06:57

Taking Care of Business - with Jeff Swartz

Description

In this podcast, we interview Jeff Swartz a long time resident of Japan, first arriving on the JET Program for 3 yrs in 1992 in southern Chiba prefecture. Jeff also taught at a private girls HS in Fuji for a time. Since 2000, Jeff has been involved in the human resources industry in Tokyo. Originally, from New Jersey in the US, Jeff has also lived in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Jeff is married and a father of two boys, David who turns 12 today and Jacob who is 8 and a half.

Duration
2:29:00

Long time no leave - with Kris Kent

Description

In this podcast we interview Kris Kent, a 22-year Canadian expat in Japan, head of the English department at a private girl's jr/sr high-school in Tokyo, and former professor at Temple University in Tokyo. We discuss our decisions to stay in Japan long-term vs. leaving, marriage, children, and the term 'hafu', and our feelings about it as parents of bi-racial children in Japan.

The words of the day this week are:

先輩 (senpai) - senior

後輩 (kohai) - junior

Duration
2:38:00

Japan

Description

In this episode we discuss the Japanese "holiday" of White Day, and how Valentines day in Japan differs from the rest of the world. In our 'I didn't know that' section, we each tell the other something that we think they didn't know about Japan. In Jay's "Tech sec" segment, Jay talks about the technological side of creating a site built around podcasts, and how we submit the podcasts to iTunes.

Duration
2:05:00