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.

John Koons, outdoor adventurer and man about the globe, visits The Japanofiles Podcast to discuss his reasons for moving to Nagano Prefecture, and to talk about his recent experience of hiking around Tohoku, the northernmost region of Japan's Honshu island.

Key Words: Tohoku region; interesting stories; Nagano Prefecture, Japan; Matsumoto; podcasts; interview; English-language discussion about Japan; best hiking and camping experiences in northern Japan; popular hiking destination; Japan's northern coast

Direct download: Japanofiles_16.mp3
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For this episode of The Japanofiles PodcastErin King talks about her lifelong interest in Japan, and about various other Japan-related topics -- language study, her work situation in Nagano Prefecture, thoughts on Japanese cultural identity, and more.

Key Words: interview; Japan-related podcast; English-language discussion about Japan; living and working in Nagano Prefecture, Japan; stories; best areas for travel; interesting examples of cultural identity; podcasts about Japan; Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan

Direct download: Japanofiles_15.mp3
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Episode 14 of The Japanofiles Podcast features a discussion with Daniel Martin, an American from Oklahoma. Daniel first came to Matsumoto as a university student, and he now lives and works here. Our conversation covers various topics, including Daniel's experience as a student in Japan and how that contrasts with his present life as a shakaijin.

Key Words: podcasts; Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan; studying in Japan; international university student at a Japanese university; best experiences studying in Japan; working in Japan; interesting experiences as an international student in Japan; Japan-related podcast  

Direct download: Japanofiles_14.mp3
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For this episode of The Japanofiles Podcast, Dave is joined by Mark Brierley, another long-time resident of Matsumoto.  Mark talks about his early interest in Japan and about his various work experiences.

Key Words: podcast; discussion; interview; what is interesting about Japan; working in Japan; Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan; best examples; Shinshu University; popular Japanese expressions; Japan-related podcasts

Direct download: Japanofiles_13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:05pm EDT

Richard Robinson, the man who brought Halloween to Matsumoto, is Dave's guest for this episode of The Japanofiles Podcast.  In addition to explaining why he organized the annual Halloween in Matsumoto event, Richard talks about his early interest in Japan, as well as his reasons for moving to Japan and for settling in Matsumoto.

Key Words: podcast about Japan; Halloween in Japan; Matsumoto's best and most interesting holiday event; David Carlson, host; popular event in Matsumoto; Nagano Prefecture, Japan; Japanese events; Japan-related podcasts; interview; discussion about Japanese culture

Direct download: Japanofiles_12.mp3
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This "kiri-otoshi" episode of The Japanofiles Podcast features short discussions with six different guests.

Key Words: interviews; discussion about Japanese language and culture; podcast; best short clips: collection of 6 interesting and short audio segments; Japan-related podcasts; Matsumoto, Nagano-ken, Japan; David Carlson, podcast host 

Direct download: Japanofiles_11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:22pm EDT

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
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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
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This episode of The Japanofiles Podcast features a discussion with Kevin Leahy, translator of the popular Vampire Hunter D series of Japanese novels. Kevin talks about his childhood encounters with Japanese culture; his decision to work in Japan; his interest in many genres, including horror, science fiction, manga and animation; how he became a professional translator; and his experiences translating the Vampire Hunter D novels.

Key Words: Japan-related podcast; translation; Hideyuki Kikuchi; Vampire Hunter D; Kevin Leahy, translator; Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan; best; podcasts about Japan; Japan-related podcasts; interviews


Direct download: Japanofiles_07.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:47pm EDT