By David Pavlina
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.
Heavenly Japanese Flavors Part 2 - Japanatron 40
With special friend and guest Pavi, we discuss my list of heavenly flavors and foods that I first encountered in Japan and/or strongly associate with Japanese cuisine: Goma - https://amzn.to/2Ij10K3 Anko - https://amzn.to/2IgVckn Mentaiko - https://amzn.to/2GJGUeP Umeboshi - https://amzn.to/2uBY2hM Matcha - https://amzn.to/2GrHpXP
November 7, 2018
Heavenly Japanese Flavors - Japanatron 39
With special friend and guest Pavi, we discuss my list of heavenly flavors and foods that I first encountered in Japan and/or strongly associate with Japanese cuisine: Shouyu - https://amzn.to/2uE1Lvh Ponzu - https://amzn.to/2IjaIMy Yuzu - https://amzn.to/2Ja6vvP Wasabi - https://amzn.to/2E8H4qY Shoga - https://amzn.to/2H2joYo Nori - https://amzn.to/2EbhjGh Shiso - https://amzn.to/2IjqIy1 Mikan - https://amzn.to/2GtsOee
November 7, 2018
Public Pools in Japan - Japanatron 38
My daughter's been really into swimming lately, so we've been spending lots of time at the local public pool. It seemed like an apt Japanatron topic, so here it is!
November 5, 2018
37 - Japanese Holidays
Prepare for a whirlwind tour of the year covering my favorite Japanese holidays. I enjoy the not-working, eating, and getting drunk aspects; but complain about the having to buy and do stuff. Special thanks to the listener that suggested this topic.
March 19, 2017
36 - Overtime in Japan
Japanese people are known for doing crazy amounts of overtime work, so much so that some have literally dropped dead. There's no way you're going to get American me to work such hours, so what's up with all the overtime in Japan?
January 29, 2017
35 - The Hyponatremia Incident
I narrate and reflect upon a personal medical emergency experience that landed me in a Japanese hospital for a week.
August 28, 2016
34 - Remembering the Tohoku Earthquake
I recall and discuss my experience in Tokyo during and after the massive March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake.
April 10, 2016
33 - 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.
January 31, 2016
32 - 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.
January 10, 2016
31 - 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. Recommended if you too are looking into working in Japan's tech world.
September 20, 2015
30 - Experiences in Japanese Show Biz Part 2
Part 2 of a special episode of firsts--my first guest and my first video podcast. I discuss experiences working in Japan's talent industry with the beautiful and talented fellow American Cait Meyer. The iTunes version is audio-only, so please check out YouTube for the video version. More info about Japan's show biz industry here: http://www.mondaiji.com/blog/japan/show-biz
September 12, 2015
29 - Experiences in Japanese Show Biz
This is an episode of firsts--my first guest and my first video podcast. I discuss experiences working in Japan's talent industry with the beautiful and talented fellow American Cait Meyer. We shot enough for 2 episodes, so please stay tuned for more! The iTunes version is audio-only, so please check out YouTube for the video version. More info about Japan's show biz industry here: http://www.mondaiji.com/blog/japan/show-biz
August 30, 2015
28 - 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.
May 31, 2015
27 - 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.
March 15, 2015
26 - 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.
January 4, 2015
25 - 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.
November 30, 2014
24 - Internet Service in Japan
I discuss internet service in Japan, explaining various options and approaches--landlines, wireless routers, and other alternatives. Please see this blog article for more information about my own ISP Asahi-Net: http://www.mondaiji.com/blog/japan/general/10207-life-in-japan-english-speaking-internet-service-provider-asahi-net
October 19, 2014
23 - Mobile Phones in Japan
I discuss mobile phone service in Japan, offering money-saving tips and alternatives to the big 3 (evil) mobile providers.
August 24, 2014
22 - 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.
July 26, 2014
21 - 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.
July 19, 2014
20 - Japanese Obsessions
I discuss 6 Japanese obsessions that shed light on a culture that never fails to beguile me.
May 5, 2014
19 - 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.
April 13, 2014
18 - 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.
March 21, 2014
17 - The Misunderstood
I discuss four often-misunderstood things related to Japanese culture.
January 3, 2014
16 - 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.
December 1, 2013
15 - DOs and DON'Ts of Tokyo Life
I discuss key rules I live by to survive Tokyo's insane population density. If you take these golden nuggets of advice to heart, you will do just fine in Tokyo.
November 16, 2013
14 - LA Visit Part 2
Part 2 of 2 of a very special episode recorded in my hometown of Los Angeles with my 3 best friends. Among other things we discuss Japan's pro wrestling scene, gun control, health care, and weddings.
September 22, 2013
13 - LA Visit Part 1
Part 1 of 2 of a very special episode recorded in my hometown of Los Angeles with my 3 best friends. Among other things we discuss Japan's dark underbelly, including the red light industry and the Yakuza.
September 16, 2013
12 - Dating and Nightlife
It's time for a night out on the town! I share stories and discuss 4 unique Japanese things that add a little spice to the dating and nightlife scene here.
May 6, 2013
11 - What They Think of US
Living abroad you gain a fascinating perspective on what the rest of the world thinks of your home country. I discuss 4 images of America that I've heard a number of times from the mouths of Japanese people. Don't shoot the messenger!
March 24, 2013
10 - Hotsprings
Winter is the best time to visit a Japanese onsen, aka hot spring. I share some fun experiences and provide helpful tips. It's a great show to listen to if you too have ever felt compelled to be naked in a room full of naked strangers.
January 2, 2013
9 - 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!
November 18, 2012
8 - 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.
September 22, 2012
7 - 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?
August 22, 2012
6 - 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.
July 18, 2012
5 - 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.
July 7, 2012
4 - 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.
April 22, 2012
3 - 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.
April 15, 2012
2 - Survival Japanese
Survival Japanese - A fun outline of tips and tricks I've learned while living in Japan and interacting with the natives.
March 10, 2012
1 - Smoking
Japanese people love their cigarettes. Compared to the USA, Japan is a veritable smokers' paradise. I discuss the reasons why, and what should be done about this public health concern that annoys the crap out of me.
February 19, 2012