Traditional Japan Episodes

Oct. 6, 2021

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

This conversation is one of the most amazing I've had since starting Now and Zen Japan. This episode could certainly change your …

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July 24, 2021

Robert Whiting: "Tokyo Junkie" 60 Years of Bright Lights, Back Alleys…

I have been a big fan of Robert Whiting ever since I read "Chrysanthemum and the Bat" back in high school in the 1980's. Numerous…

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Jan. 21, 2021

Taro Asano: Traditional Japanese Sword Craftsman

Dive into the world of traditional Japanese sword making with craftsman Taro Asano. He is one of only a handful of practicing "Ka…

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Aug. 8, 2020

Katsura Sunshine: Master Rakugo Storyteller

Katsura Sunshine is the only Western Rakugo Master Storyteller in the world and only the 2nd in the history of traditional Japane…

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June 21, 2020

Tim Sullivan: Cross-Cultural Educator & Authentic Storyteller

Tim Sullivan is a cross-cultural educator as well as a very down to earth and culturally astute ambassador for Japan and foreign …

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June 7, 2020

Paul Willis: Omotenashi Consultant

This "remote "episode I sit down with Omotenashi Consultant Paul Willis. Didn't know this was an actual job? Neither did I, which…

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May 21, 2020

Alex Bradshaw: Kagoshima Ambassador for Award-Winning SENGAN-EN

Alex Bradshaw is the ultimate Kagoshima spokesperson. It's rare to meet a foreigner so personally invested in any specific region…

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March 30, 2020

Ruth Jarman's Top 3 Japanese Cultural Traits

This episode is a follow-up with 32-year Japan entrepreneur Ruth Jarman. She is the founder of Jarman International, and the auth…

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Feb. 7, 2020

Michael Howard: "The Salaryman" Author

Michael Howard is the author of the "The Salaryman". A humorous, manga-illustrated memoir from an American who tried and failed …

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