By David Pavlina
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Writer / comedian / American ex-pat David Pavlina hosts Japanatron--a podcast about life, learnings, and cultural experiences in the land of the rising sun. A wide variety of topics related to Japan are covered, all told from the standpoint of an American living in Tokyo.
||Explicit37 - Japanese Holidays||Prepare for a whirlwind tour of the year covering my favorite Japanese holidays.||3/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit36 - Overtime in Japan||Japanese people are known for doing crazy amounts of overtime work, so much so that some have literally dropped dead.||1/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit35 - The Hyponatremia Incident||I narrate and reflect upon a personal medical emergency experience that landed me in a Japanese hospital for a week.||8/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit34 - Remembering the Tohoku Earthquake||I recall and discuss my experience in Tokyo during and after the massive March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake.||4/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit33 - Japanese TV||I discuss reasons why I both hate and love Japanese television and elucidate my professor-like ruminations as to why it is the way it is.||1/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit32 - Noise Pollution in Japan||An obnoxious topic covered by a loud ugly American--let's talk about noise pollution in Japan. I rant about Japan's problem with excessive noise, sharing personal experiences and heavily-biased conclusions.||1/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit31 - IT Jobs in Japan||I discuss Japan's IT industry for foreigners, specifically Tokyo IT for Western foreigners. I narrate my fascinating personal story about how I got my foot in the proverbial Tokyo IT door, followed by learnings and advice.||9/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit30 - Experiences in Japanese Show Biz Part 2||Part 2 - I discuss experiences working in Japan's talent industry with the beautiful and talented fellow American Cait Meyer.||9/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit29 - Experiences in Japanese Show Biz||I discuss experiences working in Japan's talent industry with the beautiful and talented fellow American Cait Meyer.||8/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit28 - Tips for Studying Japanese||I present Japanese language study tips and mental shortcuts that have aided me in the quest to learn this often bewildering tongue.||5/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit27 - I Don't Get It||No matter how long I live in Japan, there are a few things about this country and its culture that perpetually confuse me. I present my whine list followed by grinch-like groans.||3/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit26 - Japanese Service||Japan prides itself on its awe-inspiring service. I discuss 4 examples of where I find exceptional service in Japan, along with 4 examples of perplexing exceptions.||1/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit25 - Healthcare in Japan||I discuss healthcare in Japan, comparing and contrasting it with USA healthcare. I also share several personal experiences to paint a more colorful cultural picture.||11/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit24 - Internet Service in Japan||I discuss internet service in Japan, explaining various options and approaches--landlines, wireless routers, and other alternatives.||10/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit23 - Mobile Phones in Japan||I discuss mobile phone service in Japan, offering money-saving tips and alternatives to the big 3 (evil) mobile providers.||8/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit22 - Cycling in Tokyo||After 3 months of commuting to and from work by bicycle, I discuss learnings, enumerate tips, and offer (bad) advice regarding cycling in central Tokyo.||7/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit21 - My Favorite Japanese Stores||Some of them brick-and-mortar, some of them online--I discuss my favorite Japanese shops and digress with a few personal addiction experiences.||7/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit20 - Japanese Obsessions||I discuss 6 Japanese obsessions that shed light on a culture that never fails to beguile me.||5/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit19 - The Themes of Japan||I discuss several all-encompassing themes I've discovered during my time here that summarize Japanese culture and society very conveniently.||4/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit18 - Restaurants||It's time to talk about dining in Japan! I focus particularly on what makes Japan's fast food and family restaurants so unique.||3/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit17 - The Misunderstood||I discuss four often-misunderstood things related to Japanese culture.||1/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit16 - What Japan Taught Me About Health||I discuss several things that Japan and its culture have taught me about promoting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.||11/30/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit15 - DOs and DON'Ts of Tokyo Life||I discuss key rules I live by to survive Tokyo's insane population density.||11/15/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit14 - LA Visit Part 2||Part 2 of 2 of a special episode recorded in my hometown of Los Angeles. Among other things we discuss Japan's pro wrestling scene, gun control, health care, and weddings.||9/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit13 - LA Visit Part 1||Part 1 of 2 of a special episode recorded in my hometown of Los Angeles. Among other things we discuss Japan's dark underbelly, including the red light industry and the Yakuza.||9/15/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit12 - Dating and Nightlife||I share stories and discuss 4 unique Japanese things that add a little spice to the dating and nightlife scene here.||5/6/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit11 - What They Think of US||I discuss 4 images of America that I've heard a number of times from the mouths of Japanese people.||3/24/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit10 - Hotsprings||Winter is the best time to visit a Japanese onsen, aka hot spring. I share some fun experiences and provide helpful tips.||1/2/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit9 - Drinking in Japan||Japanese people love to drink. And so do I. So let's talk about drinking in Japan: beer, sake, shochu, izakayas, yeah!||11/18/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit8 - The Kyoto Incident||It's storytellin' time on Japanatron, so curl up by the fire and enjoy a tale of a Japan road trip gone slightly wrong. You and your intestines will never forget it.||9/22/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit7 - Life at AEON||I discuss the good, the bad, and the funny regarding life at AEON working as an English conversation teacher in Japan. Was that a run-on sentence?||8/22/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit6 - Japan's Summer of Bugs||Summer is here, and so are the bugs. I discuss how I deal with 3 Japanese bugs particularly active in summer.||7/18/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5 - Reflections on Life in the Countryside||The two and a half years I worked as an English conversation teacher in the Japan countryside were the golden days of my Japan experience. I talk primarily about daily life and spending free time in Tottori, Japan.||7/7/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4 - Cool Japanese Stuff I Can't Live Without||Japan has a few products and services that are so damn cool I can't live without them. A few may even be successful in the US, while others…no freakin' way.||4/22/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit3 - Why I Can't Move Back To America||Why I Can't Move Back To America - After over 8 years in Japan, I don't think I can ever move back to the USA. Here's why.||4/15/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2 - Survival Japanese||Survival Japanese - A fun outline of tips and tricks I've learned while living in Japan and interacting with the natives.||3/10/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1 - Smoking||Smoking in Japan - Japanese people love their cigarettes. I discuss the reasons why and what should be done about it.||2/19/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
Japanatron is Japanarrific!
Not what I had hoped
I downloaded and listened to this podcast in the hopes of hearing a nuanced rumination on life in Japan. Instead, I (and others) received an ethnocentric polemic against smoking in Japan. The author comes off as paternalistic (not the first, certainly not the last) towards the Japanese.
So so awesome!
I LOVE this podcast! If you like Japan, podcasts, humor, or are a human being, listen!!!
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