The Japanofiles Podcast
Welcome to the Japanofiles, a podcast about Japan. This podcast, which began in 2009, presents interviews that have been recorded in Japan. Most of the interviewees are English-speaking foreign residents of Nagano Prefecture who live in the greater Matsumoto area. They share their stories about living and working in Japan. The host of this Japan podcast, Dave Carlson, is a long-time resident of Matsumoto.

In this week's Japanofiles Podcast, Dave talks with Ian Beattie, a self-employed carpenter and long-time resident of the Matsumoto area. Ian shares his thoughts on a variety of topics related to housing and the construction business in Japan.

Key Words: Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan; English-language interview; housing; construction; carpentry; Shinshu area and the regional things that are the best; podcasts about Japan; Japanese architecture

Direct download: Japanofiles_10.mp3
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This installment of The Japanofiles Podcast explores two aspects of traditional Japanese culture. The first segment presents a visit to a Japanese harvest festival, the Taimatsu Matsuri (Torch Festival), which is held every autumn in Asama Onsen. The second segment is a discussion about kyudo, Japanese traditional archery.

Key Words: Nagano Prefecture, Japan; Matsumoto city; English-language interview; Japanese archery; kyudo; Matsumoto Torch Festival; taimatsu; harvest festival; Asama Onsen area and local things that are the best; podcasts about Japan

Direct download: Japanofiles_09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:14am EDT

After presenting a few of the autumn sounds from the Asama Onsen part of Matsumoto, Dave talks with Karen Ricks about her reasons for coming to Japan, and about the many activities she's involved in here in Matsumoto.

Key Words: Matsumoto city, Nagano Prefecture, Japan; English-language interview; Asama Onsen sounds and area things that are the best; podcasts about Japan; hot springs


Direct download: Japanofiles_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:35am EDT