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.
||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|
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.
Japanatron is Japanarrific!
So so awesome!
I LOVE this podcast! If you like Japan, podcasts, humor, or are a human being, listen!!!