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.

Today's show features a discussion with Charles Ward, better known to his friends as Charlie, and increasingly well-known as the creator of the manga character Fukuro-chan. Charlie discusses a wide range of topics -- from his year-long bicycle journey around Japan to the many interesting activities he's been involved in since moving to Matsumoto.

Key Words: manga; bicycling around Japan; Fukurochan; Japanese constitution; peace; Matsumoto area's best attractions; podcasts about Japan

Direct download: Japanofiles_19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:06pm EDT

This episode of The Japanofiles Podcast begins at "Ame Ichi" , an annual Matsumoto event with close to 450 years of history.The second segment of today's show features long-time resident Herb Leisenfelder, who talks about his experiences living and working in both Yamanashi and Nagano Prefectures.

Key Words: working in Japan; owning a house; Matsumoto's best and most popular festival: the Ameichi Festival; Japanese events

Direct download: Japanofiles_18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:12pm EDT