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Krewe of Japan is a weekly podcast that takes listeners on audio journeys through Japanese culture. With our hosts as your guide, and the help of guest experts, Japanese natives, and ex-pats, understanding Japan is now easier than ever before.
 
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This week on Krewe of Japan Podcast... 約束の通り、日本アカデミー最優秀作品賞受賞監督の内田英治さんと日本語版のインタービューです。このボーナスエピソードは日本語と英語で放送します。内田英治監督の生活とキャリアについて話を楽しんでください!将来にもっと日本語版のゲストインタービューが出てきますので、ソーシャルメディアで是非フォローしてください。 As promised in Episode 18, here is the Japanese version of our interview with the Japanese Academy Award-Winning Director Eiji Uchida from January 2022. This…
 
This week on the Season 3 penultimate episode of Krewe of Japan... Everyone knows the term culture shock, but this week Jenn & Doug back it up and put it in reverse... and take a look at REVERSE culture shock. They talk about the difference between culture shock & reverse culture shock, share some experiences with it, and how to cope when going thr…
 
This week on Krewe of Japan Podcast...the Krewe sits down for an exclusive interview with Eiji Uchida, the director of Netflix's The Naked Director & 2020 Japanese Academy Award Winner for Best Film... Midnight Swan. In this in chat, Uchida-san discusses his career in the Japanese independent film industry, how diversity is important in movies, how…
 
This week on Krewe of Japan Podcast... the Krewe is back full steam ahead on a travel train (plane?) and this time we are taking a more prefecture-specific approach like past seasons! Joined by returning guests Kay Allen of Japan National Tourism Organization & Megan DeVille of JETAA USA , we explore the prefecture of Aomori and everything it has t…
 
This week on Krewe of Japan... Japanese language study is BACK on the menu!! Jenn & Doug sit down with Loretta of KemushiChan YouTube Channel fame to talk all things Japanese Language Proficiency Test (better known as... JLPT). Loretta drops some knowledge on the best study tips and things to think about when applying & preparing for the JLPT! YOU'…
 
This week on Krewe of Japan Podcast... with the borders re-opened, the Krewe is on a travel kick lately (and is ALWAYS on a food kick)... so this week the Krewe put the two together! Joined by Shinichi of TabiEats YouTube Channel fame, we explore Japan with a food-focused filter. From crazy vending machines to a cuisine breakdown by region, this ep…
 
A wild Rapid Fire Question Challenge appears! Season 3's 1st RFQC actually is a throwback to a couple Season 1 guests whose rapid fires never got released. The first challenger is Jennifer O'Donnell, translator & localizer who joined us for Season 1 Episode 15 called "Careers in Japanese: Translation & Localization". In that episode, we explored ho…
 
This week on Krewe of Japan Podcast... What is city pop? With guest host Andre deLaneuville, the Krewe explores the musical genre that has had a renaissance over the last decade (even more so within the last 4-5 years). After talking through individual experiences with this feel good style of music, Andre & Doug dive into a conversation with former…
 
This week on Krewe of Japan Podcast... Meet the man who became Marvel's Man in Japan and changed the tokusatsu & pop culture game forever: Gene Pelc! With special guest host Matt Alt, the Krewe sits down with Gene Pelc and his son Ted to discuss how Japanese tokusatsu Spider-Man came to be (and its lasting impact on tokusatsu), behind the scenes ta…
 
This week on Krewe of Japan Podcast... don your henro gear, grab your walking stick, & journey to Shikoku for an 800 mile, thousand year old 88 temple pilgrimage with Todd Wassel, author of the travel memoir Walking in Circles! The Krewe & Todd explore the history behind the pilgrimage, personal experiences traversing the island, some can't-miss ti…
 
This week on Krewe of Japan Podcast... news of the Japanese borders re-opening to foreign independent-travelling tourists has everyone hyped! While this announcement of visa waivers & removal of daily caps isn't officially official just yet, all things are pointing to this being cemented soon. However, up until this point, 2022 hasn't been the easi…
 
This week on Krewe of Japan Podcast... Doug & Jenn sit down with elite voice actor Kyle Hebert to discuss one of the most popular genres in all of anime: Shonen Anime. Having done countless voices for characters over the years (Adult Gohan in Dragon Ball Z/Super, Kiba in Naruto, Aizen in Bleach... just to name a few), Kyle shares his thoughts on th…
 
The Krewe is on a short mid-season break until September 9th! We have some great episodes coming down the back-half of season 3. You aren't going to want to miss this. If you haven't already, hit that subscribe button in your favorite podcast app. In the meantime, catch us on social media (info below!), catch up on past episodes you missed, or mayb…
 
This week on Krewe of Japan... Picking right back up where that cliff-hanger left off, Part 2 of our 2-part sit-down with Albo Agunday of Albo Media features a more granular deep dive into street racing & drifting in Japan. Albo shares insight into the techniques of drifting and racing, some personal close calls, misconceptions of drifting and stre…
 
This week on Krewe of Japan... Buckle up! In Part 1 of a 2-part series, we are hopping in the passenger seat of a Cyber S-2000 for a crash course in drifting & street racing in Japan. Jenn & Doug are joined by YouTuber and self-proclaimed Drift Hunter Albo Agunday of Albo Media to talk his interest in Japanese car culture, how he managed to break i…
 
This week on Krewe of Japan... The Krewe talks New Orleans cuisine in Japan! Jenn & Doug take a virtual/audio trip to Osaka to get a sample of the popular Cajun-Creole cuisine of Bistro New Orleans, a restaurant owned by New Orleans-native CC Haydel. CC shares how he got into the restaurant & hospitality industry in Japan, the challenges that come …
 
This week on Krewe of Japan... the Krewe steps back in the ring with ChocoPro's Champion Baliyan Akki for the 2nd half of our 2-Part Special exploring Japanese Pro Wrestling! In Part 2, Akki shares with Jenn & Doug stories from his early days of navigating the Japanese wrestling scene, how he ended up in Gatoh Move, what makes Japanese Pro Wrestlin…
 
This week on Krewe of Japan... strap on your wrestling boots because the Krewe is stepping in the squared circle with ChocoPro's Champion Baliyan Akki in a 2-Part Special exploring Japanese Pro Wrestling! In Part 1, Jenn & Doug sit down with Akki to learn about his wrestling journey, what attracted him to Japan, and how he inevitably ended in Japan…
 
This week on Krewe of Japan... Fans of Japanese-language video games, rejoice! Jenn & Doug talk about their experiences in playing Japanese language video games, and then chat with Matt, the creator of the popular Game Gengo YouTube channel. Matt breaks down his thought process behind approaching language learning via video games, while providing s…
 
This week, join the Krewe as they explore the summertime festival scene in Japan. What are some essentials to enjoy at any given summer festival? What is the Japanese government doing to help support the preservation of these cultural traditions? Find out this, along with a month-by-month breakdown of some of the top festivals to check out while in…
 
This week on Krewe of Japan... Jenn & Doug sit down with Ziv Nakajima-Magen of Nippon Tradings International to get the inside scoop on what the real estate market is like in Japan! Ziv drops some big-time knowledge about purchasing a home in Japan (be it, every day use or investment property). You'll be shocked it's not as capital intensive as you…
 
The Krewe is BACK! Season 3 kicks off June 17th at 12p CST with a deep dive into the music genre of enka! Jenn & Doug sit down with Jerome White Jr, more famously known in Japan as ジェロ/Jero. Jero is the first African-American enka artist in Japan and his hit "Umi Yuki" soared to the top of the Oricon Charts back in 2008. Jerome shares his personal …
 
We're baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! The Krewe returns back from its off-season to make a special announcement! Season 3 will officially be launching June 17, 2022! Here are a few of our guests & topics for this new season: - Exploring Enka ft. ジェロ (Jerome White Jr./Jero) - Drifting & Street Racing in Japan ft. Albo Agunday of Albo Media - Learning Japan…
 
In this season finale episode, the Krewe look back on some of their favorite moments from the season, share the behind the scenes of the podcast, and look to the season ahead! It has truly been a pleasure! Thank you for joining us throughout season 2 on our weekly audio journeys! For more on the Japan Society of New Orleans: https://japansocietyofn…
 
In this week's episode, the Krewe conclude their discussion with Dr. Hiromu Nagahara on the history of the Japanese Imperial Family. In part two, Dr. Nagahara teaches the Krewe about the role of the shogun throughout Japanese history, how the imperial family evolved throughout WWII, and modern controversies surrounding former Princess Mako. This is…
 
In this week's episode, The Krewe sit down with associate professor of history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), Dr. Hiromu Nagahara for part one of their discussion on the history of the Japanese Imperial Family. In part one, Dr. Nagahara shares his background, the origins of the Japanese emperor, what makes the Japanese Imper…
 
In this week's episode, the Krewe conclude their awesome discussion with comedian and Youtuber, Dogen! In part 1, the Krewe got to know Dogen, his background and his journey into learning Japanese. In this part, they embark on a deep dive into learning Japanese. This discussion takes them to many places from discovering the meaning of pitch-accent …
 
In this week's episode, the Krewe sit down with famous comedian and Youtuber, Dogen! In Part 1, Dogen shares his background including how he became interested in Japan and its culture, his background in martial arts tricking, early attempts at learning Japanese, his path to writing comedy in Japanese, and so much more. Stay tuned for Part 2 of the …
 
The Krewe rings in 2022 with a deep-dive look back at a wild and crazy 2021. Nigel, Jenn & Doug recap many of the major news stories that came out of Japan in 2021, from the Covid-19 & Olympics to Starbucks regional fraps & Mie Prefecture's crackdown on dog pee. Join the Krewe in saying goodbye to 2021 on last time! For more on the Japan Society of…
 
The return of the Rapid Fire Questions! In the first RFQ of season 2, Daniel Morales steps up to the plate to try and answer as many random questions as he can in 2 minutes! Be sure to check out Daniel's full episode "Learning Japanese Through Literature ft. Daniel Morales"! Daniel's Website: http://howtojaponese.com/about/ Japan Society of New Orl…
 
In the final part of this 2-part episode, Doug and Nigel conclude their discussion with Rob Dyer (founder and CEO of The Real Japan). This time they tackle the specific off the beaten path recommendations in the Kansai area, from onsen town and art museums, to giant torii and castles in the sky. They also discuss helpful topics like navigating via …
 
In this part 1 of this 2-part episode, Doug and Nigel sit down with Rob Dyer (founder and CEO of The Real Japan). The Krewe and Rob cover a lot of ground in this episode from Rob's visit to the Krewe's home of New Orleans, his backstory of falling in love with Japan, and meeting his wife via a penpal exchange to Rob's first journeys to Kansai, the …
 
In this Week's episode, the Krewe take on the age old subbed vs dubbed anime debate. In addition to sharing their perspectives on the debate, they sit down with voice acting veteran, Dan Woren (Bleach, Naruto, Fate/Zero and so much more), who shares his journey into voice acting, the process of voice acting in anime and video games, and his take on…
 
This week on the Krewe of Japan Podcast, the Krewe is back with another language learning episode! In this one, they sit down for an in depth discussion on learning Japanese via literature. The Krewe is joined by translator and host of "How to Japanese Podcast", Daniel Morales. He shares with the Krewe his language learning journey, resources for t…
 
In this episode, the Krewe are re-joined by a guests from season 1, Kay Allen (Japan National Tourism Organization) to discuss all things Hokkaido! With the distinction of being the largest prefecture in Japan, Hokkaido offers some of the top winter sports experiences in Japan, incredible natural landscapes, and the chance to learn about the cultur…
 
In this episode, the Krewe dive into experiencing Japan as a student via studying abroad. They share different methods of studying abroad, what studying abroad encompasses, and essential lessons they learned during their time studying in Japan. From personal experiences to tips on financing your journey, they cover it all. If you've ever had a desi…
 
In this spooky Halloween themed episode, the Krewe takes a journey into the supernatural and discusses the world of Yokai. On the journey, the Krewe are joined by authors Hiroko Yoda & Matt Alt, authors of the book "Yokai Attack: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide". From the origins and its development through the years, to questions like "is cook…
 
In this week's episodes, the Krewe discuss visiting Japanese theme parks. From onsen and hawaii themed parks, to Disney and Universal Studios, Japan has a lot to offer when it comes to scratching your theme park itch. The Krewe shares their experiences visiting parks, and later in the episode are joined by Youtuber content creator Chris Nilghe of T…
 
In this episode of the Krewe of Japan Podcast, Doug, Jennifer and Nigel dive into the world of manga. The Krewe provides an intro to manga for those unfamiliar with it, notable characteristics, and why you should consider reading it. In the second half of the episode, the Krewe sits down with Danica Davidson, author of 17 books and frequent manga w…
 
It’s that time of year again… and no, we aren’t talking about Christmas music already playing in stores. It’s JET Program Application SZN! Nigel, Jenn, & Doug chat with Tye Ebel, the JET Coordinator for the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville, to discuss all things JET Application Process. Tye shares some great points on what to consider when c…
 
TADAIMA! The Krewe is BACK! Season 2 kicks off October 1st at 12p CST, and Nigel, Jenn, & Doug are coming in hot with this super-sized special first episode! The Krewe goes down the rabbit hole that is Studio Ghibli, talking about some history behind the famous animation studio and their favorite films. Then, Steve Alpert, former Senior Vice Presid…
 
In this brief podcast update, the Krewe discuss the recent major hurricane which made landfall in Louisiana, how each member of the Krewe is doing and provide an update on the progress of season 2. Get ready to pack your audio suitcases and join us once again on our weekly audio journeys into Japanese culture, history, pop-culture, and so much more…
 
In this between season bonus episode, the amazing Matt Alt (our very first podcast guest) stops by for a Rapid Fire Question Challenge. From Rick James, Big Tex McDonalds sandwiches, and sake flavored KitKats, nothing is off limits in this challenge! Been missing your weekly audio journeys to Japan?! Keep your eyes peeled for more information on ou…
 
Just like that, Season 1 comes to a close! Nigel, Jenn, & Doug peel back the curtain and reflect on all the behind-the-scenes effort & challenges that went into launching, continuing, and finishing the inaugural season of Krewe of Japan! They discuss their favorite episodes , re-visit bloopers (#DougThings), read out some listener feedback, & tease…
 
Did you know New Orleans is the home to the Gulf Coast’s only sake brewery? The Krewe didn’t until a few weeks ago! In this episode, Doug& Nigel sit down and reminisce about their first encounters with sake before sitting down for a sake deep dive with Brian Ashcraft, author of the award winning Japanese Sake Bible. Brian talks about what led to hi…
 
In this episode, the Krewe finally concludes their discussion on the greatest anime of all time. Doug, Jenn, and Nigel discuss the biggest anime of today, how streaming anime legally helped make anime cool, and what factors lead to creating an anime hit! Thank you so much for tuning in to this mini-series, and be on the lookout for a future manga s…
 
JET Program acceptance letters have gone out & short-listers are on the edge of their seats waiting to find out their placements. In this episode Nigel, Jennifer, & Doug talk about the months-long emotional roller coaster of preparing to relocate to a new country (for JET or any program). Departing JETAA Mid-South President Megan DeVille stops by t…
 
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