Best Japan podcasts we could find (Updated January 2019)
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History of Japan
Weekly
 
A weekly podcast on Japanese history, covering everything from prehistory to the modern era. Additional information available at the podcast blog, at www.historyofjapan.wordpress.com
 
This is the latest news in English from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN. This service is daily updated. For more information, please go to https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/.
 
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Living Japan
Monthly
 
Living Japan discusses modern Japanese culture, social issues, current events and news, and many other Japan related topics. We aim to appeal to people who have lots of experience and knowledge on Japan as to those who are just beginning to learn about Japan or are thinking of coming here for short or long term stays. On the web, you can find us at livingjapanpodcast.wordpress.com Email us any questions or comments at livingjapanpodcast@gmail.com Thanks for listening!
 
Two guys podcasting about the obscure side of Japan you haven't heard about but probably should.
 
Japan's only public broadcaster NHK provides this reliable Japanese language course with free podcast. You can easily start learning basic grammar and vocabulary by listening to the story of Anna, who studies Japanese at a university in Tokyo. nhk.jp/lesson
 
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Big in Japan
Weekly+
 
Bilingual Owarai comedians residing in Tokyo talk about what's big in Japan.
 
Uncanny Japan explores all that is weird from old Japan. Strange superstitions, old wives tales, cultural oddities, and interesting language quirks. These are little treasures dug up while doing research for my writing, and I want to share them with you here.
 
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Japan This Week
Monthly+
 
A weekly roundup of the week's biggest — and smallest — national news, crime, politics and entertainment stories from Japan Today with a dash of opinionated commentary and a sprinkling of readers' comments. Ready for you every Friday evening (JST).
 
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Got Faded Japan
Weekly
 
The Got Faded Japan Podcast gives listeners a glimpse of the other side of Japan's news, subculture, peoples, parties, drinking spots, and all around mischief and mayhem. Hosted by Johnny, Sean, Jeremy, & Jude
 
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Just Japan Stuff
Monthly
 
Everything you want to know about Japan...
 
This is the latest news in Hindi from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN. This service is daily updated. For more information, please go to https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/.
 
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Finding Japan
Rare
 
A audio and video podcast blog about finding our own Japan during our 20s, 30s, and now 40s.
 
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Let's Enjoy Japan!
Monthly+
 
A comedic and educational podcast taking you on ten minute(ish) tours around everything Japanese!
 
This is the latest news in Russian from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN. This service is daily updated. For more information, please go to https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/.
 
Often Imitated, never duplicated. The soundcloud of "Japan Nick" aka from Japan Nick's Rock and Metal Pandemonium online exclusively for the time being. Ten of my interviews are on Blabbermouth. I have 50 articles published in the Aquarian Weekly.Visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Japan-Nicks-Rock-and-Metal-Pandemonium/145419538831730 for the official facebook page.http://www.theaquarian.com/author/nick-perkel/
 
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Japan Jukebox
Weekly
 
Exploration of the new, old and experimental music of the Island nation, and how they rock the world from dusk to the rising sun. Every Monday night at 11 PM listeners journey across the Pacific to Japan with producers Danny Hiltz and Cody Winters . Danny and Cody have been producing Japan Jukebox for three years now and were introduced to Japanese music through video games such as Final Fantasy, Mega Man and Legend of Zelda. Intrigued by the unique compositions, they started digging deeper ...
 
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Moto Japan
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Automotive content with tips and tricks of riding in Japan. For the Japanese version, search for "もとじゃぱん ぽっどきゃすと".
 
This is the latest news in Vietnamese from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN. This service is daily updated. For more information, please go to https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/.
 
Historical true crime cases and current crime-related news from Japan, with an emphasis on covering things which aren't covered in English elsewhere.
 
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In Japan
Daily+
 
日本在住外国人による、日本からの様々なストリーを、日本語と英語で届けています。
 
This is the latest news in Spanish from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN. This service is daily updated. For more information, please go to https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/.
 
Historical true crime cases and current crime-related news from Japan, with an emphasis on covering things which aren't covered in English elsewhere.
 
King of Sports is dedicated to all things New Japan Pro Wrestling! Join Henry and Branden every week for an in-depth look at the most popular pro wrestling company in the world. Reviews, analyses, predictions, rumors, you can hear it all on the King of Sports Podcast!
 
John and Sam in Japan: The International Comedy Podcast brings you live stand up comedy, musical comedy, the news you may have missed from Japan and around the world, interviews with people from all walks of life, and much, much more.Comedians from all corners of the globe will showcase their stand up sets, improv comedy recorded live from around the world will set the podcast alight, and special guests will speak passionately about their areas of expertise. All this plus your hosts, John an ...
 
This is the latest news in Thai from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN. This service is daily updated. For more information, please go to https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/.
 
This is the latest news in Arabic from NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN. This service is daily updated. For more information, please go to https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/.
 
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X Japan Podcast
Rare
 
Started by X fans for X fans, the X Japan Podcast is an English speaking monthly audio podcast discussing everything in the world of X Japan. Recording from Australia and the US, hosts Wayne and Jeremy have been a diehard fan of X since the 90's. https://www.facebook.com/xjapanpodcast http://xjapanpodcast.libsyn.com/podcast
 
This collection of 14 stories collected by Lafcadio Hearn, contains Japanese ghost stories, but also several non-fiction pieces. Hearn tries to give a glimpse into the customs of the Japanese, by giving examples of Buddhist Proverbs and explaining the use of incense and the nation wide fascination with poetry. Furthermore, he has again translated several hair-rising ghost stories, like "A Passional Karma" about the truly undying love of a young couple.
 
Discover the hottest bands in Japan, with tunes and interviews direct from Tokyo!
 
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Real Rover
Monthly+
 
John Craig, (a.k.a. Echan deravy) born in Scotland, has lived multiple lives as an expat in Japan. He has been an entrepreneur in the West and the East, has written and translated over 40 books on new paradigm science, spirituality, travel and ancient civilization as well as translated works on consciousness, health and ecology. As a documentary film maker he has recently produced 'Why on Earth' about a barefoot walk across Iceland as well as 'Earth Pilgrims' filmed in six different countrie ...
 
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Japan Jukebox
Weekly
 
Japan Jukebox is a weekly radio show on Louisiana radio station KRVS 88.7FM. Listen to us every Monday at 11PM central time for our new episodes and Saturday at 3AM for an encore broadcast.
 
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Tokyo Lens
Monthly+
 
Life & adventure in Japan, hidden secrets, cultural discovery, as well as how to get to, and enjoy Japan from near or far. A podcast for everyone. Weekly podcast-exclusive topics, as well as going in-depth on topics covered on the Tokyo Lens YouTube Channel (YouTube.com/TokyoLens). Welcome to the Tokyo Lens Podcast by Norm Nakamura.https://www.NormNakamura.com
 
We're Simon and Martina. We run a YouTube channel where we travel around Japan and the world. There are some stories we can't film. For those, we'll share our Tokyo Tales.
 
Football Japan's Ben Mabley presents all the latest football stories in a handy, bite-sized format. Take five to catch up with everything you need to know on the J. League, the Japanese national team, and more. サッカーと日本をこよなく愛する、日本在住の英国人のベン・メイブリーが、Jリーグをはじめとする日本サッカー情報を英語で発信します。毎週1回配信
 
Super Sentai has been on TV in Japan for over 40 years. We've been lying around, making drinking rules for this children's show for a fraction of that time. But drinking is always more fun with friends, so grab a beer and a copy of the drinking rules, and join us on this boozey adventure.
 
Podcasts from the Europe Japan Research Centre seminar series
 
A podcast in English for and by university students, which began in Japan. Podcasts cover a wide range of themes and topics, including academic subjects such as finance and Japanese culture and history.
 
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CC & C
Rare
 
Every two weeks, CC Haydel and Cailean Babcock get together to podcast about politics, culture, and life in Japan.
 
Learn Japanese with Daily Podcasts from Tokyo Whether you are Japan-bound or a seasoned speaker, our lessons offer something for everyone. We incorporate culture and current issues into each episode to give the most informative, both linguistically and culturally, podcasts possible. For those of you with just the plane ride to prepare, check our survival phrase series at Japanesepod101.com. One of these phrases just might turn your trip into the best one ever! Yoroshiku O-negai Shimasu!
 
Learn Japanese with Daily Podcasts from Tokyo Whether you are Japan-bound or a seasoned speaker, our lessons offer something for everyone. We incorporate culture and current issues into each episode to give the most informative, both linguistically and culturally, podcasts possible. For those of you with just the plane ride to prepare, check our survival phrase series at Japanesepod101.com. One of these phrases just might turn your trip into the best one ever! Yoroshiku O-negai Shimasu!
 
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Super J-Cast
Weekly
 
Discussion, analysis, and commentary about all things from the world of New Japan Pro Wrestling.
 
Enjoy Church is a vibrant and contemporary church with multiple campuses throughout Australia, Japan and the United States. It’s our heart, to love, equip and encourage you in Christ and to help you become all that God has purposed and called you to be.
 
Follow your hosts on a trek into Japanese history, from ancient Japan to the end of the Samurai and all points in between - culture, warfare, literature, and interviews. The Official Podcast of the Samurai Archives Japanese History page.
 
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Cool People In Japan
Monthly+
 
 
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8-4 Play
Monthly+
 
Every other week, tune into 8-4 Play for talk about Japan, video games, and Japanese video games, straight from the 8-4 offices in beautiful downtown Tokyo. Featuring the sultry voices of 8-4's own Mark MacDonald, John Ricciardi, Hiroko Minamoto, Justin "JJ" Epperson, Roy Blakely, Sarah Podzorski, and Graeme Howard,
 
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Japanatron
Rare
 
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.
 
Welcome to Shonen Jump, a weekly digital manga magazine published in North America, featuring the most popular manga in the world! You can read heavy-hitters like Naruto, One Piece, Bleach and more on the SAME DAY they come out in Japan! And you can read it how you want to—on iOS, Android or anything with a Flash-enabled Internet browser. Plus if you become an annual member, we’ll send you seasonal Yu-Gi-Oh! promo cards in the mail, give you digital gifts and MORE! Become a member today!
 
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Got Faded Japan. ep. 436 MANA HARDCORE, The sexy goddess of Tokyo's musical subculture has been hiding in the shadows for the past year. What has she been planning all this time??? Her musical strategy of TAKING OVER THE MOFO WORLD, THAT'S WHAT!MANA HARDCORE & BLACKO join us on the show and we are so very honored! FADE ON!LEARN MORE ABOUT MANA ...…
 
FIND US ON PATREON https://www.patreon.com/BigInJapan Drunk Stephen misses the show and rambles about current events in Japan. twitter.com/BigJapanShow
 
It is said that Japanese are expected to go wild in their youth... Some believe that it is a part of the culture. Knowing fully that these youth will eventually have to fall in line with society, it seems to even be forgiven. All of it seems to peak and start to wind down on one single day; The Coming of Age Day. In this episode of the Tokyo Le ...…
 
Exploration of the new, old and experimental music of the Island nation, and how they rock the world from dusk to the rising sun.By fontknows@louisiana.edu (Lobby).
 
This is a podcast which picks up a few interesting things that have appeared in the news in recent weeks. In this episode we have something from health, the environment, and science. In health, we learn that Japanese researchers have found that a medication used for dizziness may give new insights to helping people with illnesses such as Alzhei ...…
 
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We're back again with more news, chapter reviews & answers to your questions! Segments 0:38 - Introductions 4:56 - News 16:27 - Chapter Reviews 22:23 - Questions
 
I'm starting 2019 off with the Seven Lucky Gods (Shichi Fukujin), or, well, more specifically ONE of the Seven Lucky Gods: Ebisu. He's the only one born and bred in Japan and, boy, does he have some seriously weird backstory. Come listen to me talk about Ebisu while binaurally recording a walk through Kyoto Station.…
 
-Japanese Tekiya=Yakuza booth venders -Japanese magazine Spa’s sex article scandal -End of the year Nogizaka 46 Show -Japanese Brothel Talk
 
With Wrestle Kingdom in the rearview mirror and the Fantastica Mania tour kicking off, Joel and Damon dedicate this week's show to catch you up with all the news and notes from last week including the AEW launch and what it means for NJPW, KUSHIDA leaving , Takashi Iizuka's retirement, New Beginning show announcements, dating tips from Joel and ...…
 
Welcome to the Enjoy Church podcast. It’s our heart, to love, equip and encourage you in Christ and to help you become all that God has purposed and called you to be. To learn more, visit www.enjoy.church
 
Got Faded Japan. ep. 435 Tokyo MC and mastermind beat maker Anthony H leaves his solid gold mic and mad-scientist beat machines at home to join Johnny for some beers, wine and a chat about the fast times of living in Tokyo! Fasten your seat belts Faders, this is gonna get wild! FADE ON! NOW YOU CAN DIRECTLY SUPPORT THE SHOW AND BECOME A PATREON ...…
 
It all started with a seemingly harmless survey. But what was found, was a little more than they were expecting. Today we learn about some major gripes that Japanese people have. In particular, with trains and the commute. And it might not be what you think. In this weeks episode of The Tokyo Lens Podcast by Norm Nakamura, by very popular reque ...…
 
This week, we cover the fascinating tale of Sei Shonagon and the Makura no Soushi, or Pillow Book. Why is a collection of anecdotes considered to be one of Japan's greatest literary classics? What mkes the Pillow Book so famous? And why does Isaac love it so very much?
 
We catch up after the New Year, look forward to 2019, and get a little retro. Or...more than usual anyway.
 
In this week's news from Japan Today: Carlos Ghosn made his first public court appearance since being detained by Japanese courts last November; a weekly tabloid’s ranking of the top universities in Japan for guys to pick up girls blows up; a Japanese politician bemoans what will happen if the whole country “goes gay;” a man was arrested for cl ...…
 
Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! You wake up on the sofa in your Japanese friend’s apartment, and you’re not sure how you got there. You’re also not so sure why your head is throbbing so much. You don’t remember a lot about what happened last night, but you definitely know you took shots of Japanese sake [...]…
 
Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! You wake up on the sofa in your Japanese friend’s apartment, and you’re not sure how you got there. You’re also not so sure why your head is throbbing so much. You don’t remember a lot about what happened last night, but you definitely know you took shots of Japanese sake [...]…
 
Our first episode of 2019 is here and of course, it’s all about WRESTLE KINGDOM 13, BABY. We go in-depth on each match from the Tokyo Dome on January 4th, and Henry discusses what it was like being there for the event live in person. We also discuss what happened on New Year Dash, and speculate on what things could be like in the world of NJPW ...…
 
Exploration of the new, old and experimental music of the Island nation, and how they rock the world from dusk to the rising sun.By fontknows@louisiana.edu (Lobby).
 
Exploration of the new, old and experimental music of the Island nation, and how they rock the world from dusk to the rising sun.By fontknows@louisiana.edu (Lobby).
 
Origami is one of the most famous of Japanese arts. It is quite incredible what Japanese people have been able to do by folding paper. It has also become an area of study for mathematicians, and the principles have been applied to space exploration and medicine. This video made by students at Nara University of Education in Japan, demonstrates ...…
 
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