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.

While many of the English-speaking foreign residents in Matsumoto are language teachers, some have come here for other reasons.  Today's Japanofiles Podcast guest, a doctor from Iraq, talks about the motivation behind her sudden decision to move to Japan, and about the help she received from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). She also discusses her work in Japan, as well as her plans for the future.

Key Words: podcast about Japan; interview; living in Japan; working in Japan; Japan podcast; Matsumoto, Nagano; Iraq

Direct download: Japanofiles_37.mp3
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In the center of Matsumoto city, clustered around Matsumoto Castle, there are several dozen public wells, including the historic Genchi no Ido. The Japanese Ministry of the Environment recently listed the water from this particular artesian well among the "Hundred Famous Waters of Japan".  Today's guest on the Japanofiles Podcast, David Ockert, first explains his reasons for moving to Matsumoto. He then talks about the various fresh-water wells in town and, to conclude, he leads a group on a walking tour of the downtown wells.

Key Words: Matsumoto City, Japan; Nagano-ken; podcast about life in Japan; artesian wells; foreigners living in Japan; Japan podcast

Direct download: Japanofiles_36.mp3
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Today's Japanofiles Podcast explores the pleasures and challenges of bicycling in Japan. After talking with Colin Willimott about some of his experiences, Dave speaks with seven other people, including an Olympic athlete who lives in Asama Onsen, about cycling in the Matsumoto area.

Key Words: bicycles and Japan; bicycling in Japan; cars and bicycles; Japan podcast; Matsumoto City, Nagano-ken; a podcast about life in Japan

Direct download: Japanofiles_35.mp3
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Today's Japanofiles Podcast features two women. The first guest is Ann, who lives to the south of Matsumoto in Shiojiri City. Ann explains why she came to Japan and then discusses a few of the challenges she has faced living in Shiojiri.  Today's second guest is Karen Ricks, who visited the show last year for Episode 8 and talked about the many activities she's involved in here in Matsumoto. Today Karen shares information about a big change that has taken place recently.

Key Words: Japan podcast; pregnancy; childbirth in Japan; discussion about living in Japan; Japan-related conversation; interviews 

Direct download: Japanofiles_34.mp3
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August was a month of goodbyes and hellos.  Episode 33 of The Japanofiles Podcast begins with a farewell event at Studio Sonic.  Next is a conversation with a recent visitor to Matsumoto, Matthew O'Neill.  Matthew is a musician who spent a month in Matsumoto participating in the Saito Kinen Festival. The final segment is a chat with Peter, another recent visitor to Japan.

Key Words: music events; podcast about events in Matsumoto, Japan; Nagano Prefecture; Saito Kinen Music Festival; visitors to Matsumoto; Japan-related conversation; podcasting

Direct download: Japanofiles_33.mp3
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After discussing the Obon Festival, Dave visits the Bon Odori dancing in his neighborhood.  He then introduces Matsumoto Bon Bon and talks with some of the participants.  The second half of the podcast features a discussion with Jesse Holyoak, who came to Matsumoto to be an exchange student at Shinshu University.

Key Words: Japanese festivals; Matsumoto festivals; traditional dancing; podcast discussion; Japan podcast about life in Japan; Nagano Prefecture

Direct download: Japanofiles_32.mp3
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Episode 31 of The Japanofiles Podcast features an interview with Milton Beattie, a long-time foreign resident from New Zealand.  Dave then takes a train ride up to Nagano City to visit the immigration office and check on his visa status.

Key Words: Japanese visa; permanent residency; podcast about life in Japan; discussion about Japan; podcasting in Japan

Direct download: Japanofiles_31.mp3
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Jonathon Adams drops by The Japanofiles Podcast to share the story of how he became interested in Japan and why he moved to Matsumoto.  He then discusses some of the challenges of being a vegetarian in Japan.

Key Words: vegetarianism and Japan; discussion about vegetarian lifestyle in Japan; Japan-related podcast discussion; Matsumoto city, Nagano Prefecture, Japan

Direct download: Japanofiles_30.mp3
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For today's Japanofiles Podcast, Dave visits SWEET Corporation to talk with the company president, Kyota Charles Watanabe. Watanabe-san, who has family ties to both the US and Japan, shares some of his family history. He then talks about his work at SWEET, and about some of the various community activities he sponsors, including the annual Shotengai Eigasai Film Festival.

Key Words: Film Festival, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, Podcasts about Japan, Japan-related podcasts, discussion, Dave Carlson (host), Hotaka Club, Seattle

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Direct download: Japanofiles_29.mp3
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When you hear the words 'Japanese food', what comes to mind? For today's Japanofiles Podcast, Dave talks with seven friends, and together they explore the wonders of natto -- a popular Japanese food that is little known outside Japan.

Key Words: natto, podcast about life in Japan, fermented soybeans, soya, Japan-related podcasts, Japanese food, Japan podcasts, 

Direct download: Japanofiles_28.mp3
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