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Eat Your Kimchi
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It's Eat Your Kimchi on SBS PopAsia! Each week Youtube stars Simon and Martina share their Asian pop culture adventures. Join EYK for K-pop, J-pop, food, travel, and all that's weird and wonderful! Tune in Mondays from 10PM (Australian Eastern Standard Time) - or download the podcast!
 
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Ladybeard's Kawaii Konnection
Weekly
 
He's everyone's favourite cross-dressing, pro-wrestling, J-Rocker. Catch the latest on J-rock and Japanese Pop Culture with Ladybeard every Tuesday from 8PM (AEST) on SBS PopAsia radio
 
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This week Simon and Martina talk about why visiting your original home country can be a burden. They related to an article written by an American, who's lived in Japan for five years. The article says going home isn't always enjoyable, and can be more of a burden. The EYK duo talk about why they can relate; people expect so much of them when th ...…
 
Simon and Martina went to the American airbase in Japan, to watch the new Spider-Man movie with their friends. It was fascinating to go there. It was like being transported back to America; the buildings, the signs and the roads. They went to a Chilli's restaurant (which is an American restaurant) and they paid with American money, and had to t ...…
 
This week Simon and Martina talk about Japan's commuting culture and why they love riding on buses and bikes. People in Japan are so honest, and it's the small things they do on public transport that warms your heart - making it fuzzy. It's a good place to bike ride too. The duo want to know what the bike riding culture in Australia is like. Le ...…
 
Simon and Martina talk about a food review site in Japan called Tabelog, and a reviewer called Mr Udon, who became very well known for his food reviews. While the EYK duo were in Canada, they were sent a translated article from a tabloid publication about Mr Udon. Nothing is confirmed, because it is a tabloid, but being in the publication will ...…
 
This week Simon and Martina talk about T.O.P and online netizen culture; about how online communities need to be less harsh at accusing people for their actions, whether they're famous or not. The online culture is becoming toxic and it needs to stop being so negative. T.O.P has done so much for Korea with BIGBANG and as a huge K-pop star. They ...…
 
This week Simon and Martina talk about the secret to a successful marriage. They're celebrating their anniversary, and they haven't fought in 10 years...want to know how? A guy in Japan drew a comic about his marriage, which explained how he and his wife hadn't fought in 7 years - it went viral. Also, there's a train in Japan that costs between ...…
 
Get some of the best bits from Simon and Martina this year! You'll hear stories about new technology in Japan that will help dementia patients, butler cafe's that only employ foreigners, Japan's crazy work culture and more!
 
This week Simon and Martina are back in Canada and they've had culture shock. They've forgotten to tip in restaurants, and forgotten that it's impolite to lift your bowl to your mouth and shovel food in when outside of Japan. They don't like certain Canadian food that they used to love, mainly because it's too salty. Typical Tokyo outfits stand ...…
 
Simon and Martina have found out about the seven most undesirable traits for a woman, that make them undateable in Japan. These include speech and body language being too masculine, talking about being unhappy, only being considerate of the person they have a crush on, selfish princess-like mentality, looking like they have fun when talking bad ...…
 
Simon's parents visited Simon and Martina in Japan; the duo have some advice about what to do when your parents visit Japan to ensure they enjoy it. Simon's parents don't usually like trying new things and it was his mum's frst time visiting Japan, so Simon and Martina made sure his parents felt comfortable in a new country. They booked them in ...…
 
This week Simon and Martina ask why Japanese teens are so sad. A recent report shows that young people in Japan have the lowest mental wellbeing out of 20 major countries, with South Korea and Turkey the only countries rating lower. There are shifts in Japanese culture, where the youth don't want to be 'salary people,' they don't want to follow ...…
 
Simon and Martina go to a hotel where each room has a private onsen. It's a great way to experience the Japanese hot tub culture, and there's no rules (like not allowing people with tattoos in). At the hotel there's a hidden staircase in each room that takes you to a big private hot tub where no one can see you. There's a hair dryer and fridge ...…
 
This week Simon and Martina are a bit sick, so we've rounded up the best bits from Eat Your Kimchi so you can indulge. They're talking about Anime high schools; the difference between what people see in Anime compared to what actually happens in Japanese high schools. Adult karaoke; singing just got a whole lot sexier. Work culture in Japan and ...…
 
Simon is sick today, so Martina is talking about her struggle to learn the Japanese language and about Japans potato chip crisis. Most of the chips in Japan are made from potatoes grown locally. Last year the region that grows potatoes was hit by a record number of typhoons, which affected a lot of the potato crop. Potato chip producers had to ...…
 
Simon and Martina talk about the new band to come out of China recently: FFC-Acrush. It's a boy band made up of members who are girls, and they launched at a husband expedition. They're not allowed to disclose their sexual preferences, so they maintain ambiguity. They can be whatever you're attracted to; male or female. They haven't released a ...…
 
High schools in anime verse high schools in real life; Simon and Martina talk about what really happens in Japanese high schools compared to what happens in anime. Japanese students were surveyed about the differences between anime and real life schools. The results showed four things that happen in anime high schools that don't represent reali ...…
 
Simon and Martina talk about a Twitter storm that erupted after a tweet was posted about the workplace culture in Japan. An image from a book was posted on 'Japanese Twitter,' attempting to create an understanding about people who have Asperger's. The book teaches people why others may be a little different. They used an example of someone leav ...…
 
Simon and Martina talk about all the K-Pop groups going to Japan because they're not making money in Korea, and they're making a lot of money in Japan. There's bands they haven't heard about in Korea for ages but are everywhere on billboards in Japan. Also a very popular clothing brand in Japan (GU) has created really cheap Sailor Moon clothes ...…
 
Simon and Martina talk about the new plastic surgery themed K-Pop music videos, by girl group Six Bomb, called 'before' and 'after.' The first video shows the girls 'before' plastic surgery and the second shows them 'after' going under the knife. The EYK duo are pretty outraged by cosmetic surgery being promoted through the music industry. Some ...…
 
Simon & Martina talk about the new karaoke game in town that gives you rewards or punishments based on your performance with their ‘adult scoring system’. If you perform well with perfect pitch and rhythm, there will be all scenes of sexy women or men that show up on the screen (including ‘boobies’). If you suck, you get pics of old men dressed ...…
 
- New music in Japan - How music is different in Korea and Canada compared to Japan - Nintendo's lawsuit against Mari Car - Wanting to launch Mario Kart go-kart track - When is it ok to copy, and to what extent? - Exclusive restaurant dining in Japan - Impossible to get a table - A website has been set-up to help foreigners get in the restauran ...…
 
- Japan has nine islands - Fukuoka has amazing ramen and street food stalls - It's close to Korea - Simon and Martina met a lot of people from different backgrounds - Overcoming language barriers and making friends was great - Martina got food poisoning from tempura and the duo had 'second-degree' fun - Simon and Martina were stuck in peak hour ...…
 
Cultural appropriation: - Vogue magazine cover featuring models of many nationalities (now dubbed the ‘Diversity' issue) - Karlie Kloss' outfit was inspired by the geisha culture - Causing controversy online - Online outrage is calling it ‘yellow face’ and cultural appropriation - Simon and Martina don't agree - Karlie kloss has apologised - Si ...…
 
- People go out drinking every single day in Japan - Millennial males don't drink as much as older generations (39% of millennial males don’t drink) - They also buy less cars and less wrist watches - Simon’s friend has lots of watches, some of them are worth $20,000 - Watches used to be a sign of status - Phones are the new status symbol and ma ...…
 
An amazing trip to Ehime province in Japan Planned to film at a high-end restaurant, but the Chef said they had to see where his produce is grown, to have a better understanding of the food Travelled with the chef, Yōsuke Suga; the Iron Chef France Visited a citrus farm in Ehime - the oranges were amazing The area was inspiration for the film “ ...…
 
Veganism in Japan - Japanese have colloquialisms for different types of men - Meat eating men are hot tempered and macho - Vegetarian men are gentle and more interested in cooking and staying at home - New term: 'Cabbage roll men,' who are soft on the outside, but macho on the inside - It’s hard to be a vegan, or vegetarian in Japan because the ...…
 
Marriage in Japan - International marriages declining, which seems strange - Martina thinks stats are misleading - Is Japan becoming less friendly to foreigners? Cyber Security - You can copy fingerprints from photos and break into iPhones Olympic Mascots - Pikachu and Mario are not on Olympic Mascot list - Merch pictures have been released - J ...…
 
Visiting the Studio Ghibli Museum - Tickets can't be bought at the museum - They check ID, because it's so popular people try to sneak in using other people's tickets - Some animated films can only be seen in the museum - The gift shop has some very special merchandise Visiting a "Maid Cafe" - Never been before - Bizarre dream-like world. Waitr ...…
 
- Following through on New Year's Resolutions? - New Year's Eve party in Tokyo with a bunch of Koreans - Switching between languages is easier with wine! - Fukubukuro (lucky bags) - First tuna of the year auctioned off
 
- Hawaii - Worked way too much filming things; night time swimming pool shenanigans & Martina the surfer - Izu Oshima Island, home to a farm of tiny bunnies - Samurai City - a very special experience training in the martial art of Naginata - Sailor Moon excitement
 
- Kichijoji is no longer the most desirable city in Japan to live in - Christmas in Japan - decorated but different feels - Kill Bill restaurant for Simon's birthday - Moving into an empty house - Kyoto food weekend with a total of 7 Michelin stars - Mario Kart driving around Tokyo - that YouTube video took much longer than you thought to shoot ...…
 
- What is Korean BBQ like in Japan? - Dashing through the snow on a pizza delivery sleigh.. - Is Kawaii culture is holding women back? Japan's First Lady discusses - I have a pen.. I have boobs.. - new PPAP spin-off
 
- Went to a 'snack bar' in Osaka - a toned-down type of host bar - Karaoke fan chants, dance moves and Japanese 'Livin' La Vida Loca' - PPAP's PIKOTARO apparently isn't making any money - Simon and Martina speculate.. - Japanese End of Year 'Bonenkai' (forget the year) Parties
 
- Final Fantasy XV is released and Simon is beyond excited - How does Final Fantasy XV stack up to other Final Fantasy games? - Spa Land - Can your local mayor build a spa-themed amusement park? This one just might! - How to be cool in Japan - the top buzz words used by Japanese High School girls
 
- Bullet Train experience: punctuality, city- unique bento - 1st impressions of Kyoto - Eating at exclusive restaurants in Kyoto - A restaurant that bids for THE best ingredients at the markets; serves food on dishes that are 400 years old - The magical man in the mountain - menus based on foraged mountain ingredients…
 
- Where are the political themes in K-Pop music? Are Korean Indie musicians not getting a look-in? - Adventure Time: Fuji-Q Highland amusement park - Simon's terrifying(ly awesome) roller coaster experience - Can you graduate from driving? A way to kerb the traffic accident rates among elderly drivers in Japan?…
 
- Went to the Ghost in the Shell trailer launch party - Thoughts on the Ghost in the Shell casting controversy - Parallels to Avatar: The Last Airbender movies - Simon's foodie adventures - Anthony Bourdain loves Japan
 
- Christmas has started in Japan! (As soon as Halloween ended) - witnessing how Western traditions are observed in Korea/Japan - End of an era - K-Pop group Beast may never be called 'Beast' again (or is it Batoost?) - Just how expensive can a pair of persimmons be? The answer may be more bitter than sweet…
 
- The Kappa: A creature in Japanese folklore known to steal your soul jewel from your butt - Offical guides released for using onsens/hot springs in Japan - Tawawa Challenge - the new overboob challenge? - Stuck in an elevator in China - what would you do?
 
- Rural Japan train adventure - Train culture in Japan - fast bullet trains vs slow scenic carriages - Love-chan the cat: train station master - Visiting a traditional Edo town & onsen hotel - Final Fantasy fun in Shibuya
 
- Back from Hawaii - Interesting chats with Korean taxi drivers in Hawaii - Local food: expectation vs reality - Asian food in Hawaii - Do you try the local cuisine when you visit a country? - Hawaiian surfing instructors
 
- Sneaky Matrix mosquitos - PPAP - the next Gangnam Style? - Pet Taxis - Typhoons in Japan
 
- People are going to sushi train restaurants, eating only the fish and leaving the rice - Japan's greatest mascot contest - Inspiration porn and "cry please" programming
 
- Large number of single, young Japanese workers have not experienced serious relationships - Work ethic in Japan - fitting in a social life? - Capsule toys
 
- Back in Japan after North America trip - Coming home to Spudgy's special surprise - Jet lag, annoying kids and flight itinerary choices - Shooting guns in Las Vegas - The houseboat in Arizona - Utah and a cabin in the woods
 
- From Las Vegas - Online survey of Japanese men and the most hurtful complaints they've received from frustrated wives - Shocking statistics and attitudes toward cheating in Korea
 
- Live from Toronto - surprising their parents - Girls' Generation Tiffany's snapchat controversy on Korean Liberation Day - G-Dragon's Liberation Day controversy - Should fans be angry at YG for the lack of iKON/WINNER promotions?
 
- Tokyo is quiet this week - everyone out of town for Obon Festival - Videos of a delighted Chinese swimmer Fu Yuenhui goes viral - North Korean athlete takes a selfie with South Korean athlete - Army obligation exemptions for male South Korean athletes who earn an Olympic medal? - Inappropriate remarks about female athletes from Korea's big 3 ...…
 
- Most desirable companies for potential husbands - Smile balls? Onions that don't make you cry - Zombie museum in Osaka
 
- Last Kawaii Konnection radio show; more stuff with PopAsia in the future- Leaving Ladybaby; the lowdown- EXCLUSIVE: First solo Ladybeard song sneak peak*- New Segment: The Bomb Shelter- The end, for nowBy popasia@sbs.com.au (SBS PopAsia).
 
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