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.

What do you do when the company you work for goes belly up?  Today's guest, Thomas Leitke, talks about his experience of working for GEOS, a major operator of eikaiwa (English conversation) schools in Japan. The company filed for bankruptcy in April, leaving Thomas and many other language teachers without work. Thomas also talks about some of the activities he pursues in his free time. In addition, an uguisu (Japanese bush warbler) sings a lovely rendition of "ho-hokekyo".

Key Words: GEOS, foreign employment in Japan, working in Japan, podcast discussion about life in Japan, Mastumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japanese birdsong, uguisu

Direct download: Japanofiles_26.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:57pm EDT

Mervin Salazar became inspired to learn Japanese after winning a trip to Japan in the 1990s. He then went on to work for several Japanese computer companies, and later to serve in Japanese municipal and prefectural government as a Kokusaikoryuin, or "Coordinator for International Relations" (CIR). As a CIR, Mervin has worn many hats and dealt with many cultural and social issues, including racial discrimination. For Episode 25 of The Japanofiles Podcast, Mervin talks about some of his experiences living and working in Nagano Prefecture.

Key Words: CIR, working in Japan, JET Programme, discrimination, living and working in Japan, Japan-related podcasts

Direct download: Japanofiles_25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:53pm EDT

Tyler Lynch runs a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) in the hot-spring resort area known as Togura Kamiyamada Onsen.  For Episode 24 of The Japanofiles Podcast, Tyler explains how he got into the ryokan business, and he talks about the various tourism-related activities he is involved with.

Key Words: Running a business in Japan, onsen, hot springs, ryokan, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, discussion about living and working in Japan, Japan-related podcasts

Direct download: Japanofiles_24.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:28am EDT