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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 native 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.

Dec 1, 2020

After a brief visit to the Shinmai Media Garden, Dave talks with fellow Matsumoto resident Kevin Chang. Kevin is the founder and CEO of Kai Analytics, a Canadian-based market research firm. Kevin discusses some of the challenges of maintaining a base in both Canada and Japan, and he also talks about his podcast, Python...


Nov 1, 2020

For Episode 76 of The Japanofiles Podcast, Dave talks with Betty Rioux about moving to Japan, and about the difficulty of deciding where to live and work.

Key Words: podcast about Japan; interview; discussion about moving to Japan; life in Japan; career choices; Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture; Japan-related...


Oct 1, 2020

Takenori Kato, an international medical aid worker with the Japan Chernobyl Foundation (JCF), is usually stationed in Iraq. However, because of international travel restrictions due to COVID-19, he's currently working remotely from the JCF headquarters in Matsumoto. In today's Japanofiles Podcast, Kato-san talks about...


Sep 1, 2020

For this month's Japanofiles Podcast, Tyler Lynch drops by to talk about life in Togura Kamiyamada, a hot-spring resort area about 40 miles NE of Matsumoto. Besides running a traditional Japanese inn, Tyler has also been involved in many interesting projects to help promote tourism and local businesses.

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Aug 1, 2020

For today's Japanofiles Podcast, Dave is joined by James Van Lieu to talk about the mountains of the Matsumoto area. James has set himself the very ambitious goal of getting to the top of all the mountains in Matsumoto, and he has been documenting his activities online on YAMAP.

Key Words: The Japan Alps; Matsumoto;...