Now and Zen Japan

Now and Zen Japan

Conversations with Japan experts with a focus on business, culture, and arts. Entertaining and educational stories of success & failure and lessons learned. Discover first-hand what it’s like to live, work, and experience the most fascinating country in the world. Direct from Tokyo, this is the Now and Zen Podcast!

Recent Episodes

Author Cross-Cultural

Karen Hill Anton: Author, The View from Breast Pocket Mountain

Nov. 23, 2021

This episode we are treated to a wonderful conversation with an amazing woman who continues to have a fascinating life. Karen Hill Anton discusses her memoir "The View from Breast Pocket Mountain". Published in late 2020 th…

Entrepreneur Hospitality

Mac Salman: Discovering the World of Japanese Adult Beverages and Customized Tours

Nov. 7, 2021

The phrase "Do what you love and you never have to work another day in your life" fits Mac Salman perfectly. Mac left the finance industry and pursued his passions - Travel, Japan, and tasty spirits. We discuss his customiz…

Cross-Cultural Entertainment

Meshida: Japanese Stand-Up Comedian

Oct. 24, 2021

Meshida is an ex-Japanese salaryman turned English language standup comedian. For the past eight years Meshida has been performing his style of comedy in both Japan and the UK. In addition he is a successful YouTuber, mostly…

Traditional Japan Marketing

Kaki Okumura: Japanese Principles to Live a Longer & Happier Life

Oct. 6, 2021

This conversation is one of the most amazing I've had since starting Now and Zen Japan. This episode could certainly change your life. Especially if you suffer from unhealthy lifestyle habits. Prepare to be blown away by Kak…

Entrepreneur Digital Marketing

Anthony Griffin: Global Communications Entrepreneur

Sept. 25, 2021

It's a real feel-good conversation with uber positive and incredibly humble entrepreneur Anthony Griffin. He is the founder of Saga Consulting where he "helps organizations and individuals tell their story to the world". I…

Travel Sales

Don Bunkenburg: Taking the Lufthansa Group in Japan to new heights

Sept. 9, 2021

We all miss traveling, and this episode I get to speak with long-time, airline professional, Don Bunkenburg. Don is the Senior Director in Japan for the Lufthansa Group. Which includes Swiss Airlines, Austrian Airlines, and…