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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:04pm EDT

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:02pm EDT