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Travel Japan with Wes Mathur

Travel Japan with Wes Mathur

By Wes Mathur
Welcome to my life in Japan working in media. In this podcast I'd like to empower you to travel smart, safe, and with confidence, all while having a wild fun time. I'll walk you through the most important things I've learned about traveling and living in Japan as a student, tourist, employee, and business owner. From conception of my desire to check out Japan to running a business here with the best Japanese friends I could have ever asked for.
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Travel Japan with Wes Mathur S1 E1 - Preparing for Your 1st Time in Japan

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Travel Japan with Wes Mathur S1 E11 - Food Differences in Japan
In our second to last episode we are talking about food in Japan, one of my favorite things.  We will cover traditional Japanese food, as well as food that has been adapted into Japanese cuisine from other countries. We also cover how Japanese food has been adapted to be marketed to America and to wester palates.  Feel free to message with any questions or comments at podcast@wesmathur.com and thank you for listening. And as before, a very warm thank you to tiktok creator @seiki361 for making most of the music you hear in the background of this podcast.
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March 31, 2021
Travel Japan with Wes Mathur S1 E10 - Mythical Beings and Urban Legends of Japan with Mari
We are blessed to be joined this week by Tiktok creator momento.mari as we talk about her specialty, mythical beings and Urban Legends of Japan. We discuss several of these creatures from the cute, the shocking and the savage.  We also talk about Mari's personal experience studying abroad in the country side of Japan.  I enjoyed learning about these myths so much and I hope you do as well. Feel free to message with any questions  or comments at podcast@wesmathur.com and thank you for listening.  And as before, a very warm thank you to tiktok creator @seiki361 for making the music you hear in the background of this podcast.
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February 6, 2021
Travel Japan with Wes Mathur S1 E9 - Japanese School Clubs and Circles, And How They Are Different
This week after covering the recent covid news we talk about school clubs in Japan, my experience with them, and how they are different from school social and interest school clubs in the west.  The terms club and circle also have different implementations in Japan so we cover that too.  Feel free to message with any questions or comments at podcast@wesmathur.com and thank you for listening.  And again a very warm thank you to Tiktok user @seiki361 for making the music you hear in the background.
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January 28, 2021
Travel Japan with Wes Mathur S1 E8 - Learning Japanese through Immersion with Brett Williams
This week we have a special guest on the show, Brett Williams, a content creator and film maker who teacher how to learn Japanese through immersion methods.  We discuss these methods and compare and contrast them to how I learned Japanese at school in Japan, also with the benefit of immersion.  This method can also be applied with learning any language which is fantastic. As always feel free to message with any podcast related comments or questions at podcast@wesmathur.com.  Finally a warm thank you to tiktok user @seiki361 for creating the music you hear in the background of this podcast.  Thanks for listening.  
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January 16, 2021
Travel Japan with Wes Mathur S1 E7 - Public Transportation and where to stay in Japan.
Hello, hope the new year is treating you well. In this weeks episode we discuss my experiences with public transportation in Japan, and finding a place to stay.  I find public transportation here really convenient and wish I knew some of these things when I first arrived in the country.  I'm extremely happy with the music as well from tiktok user @seiki361, so a warm thank you to them! As always feel free to message any questions or comments about the podcast to podcast@wesmathur.com.
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January 15, 2021
Travel Japan with Wes Mathur S1 E6 - My new years experiences in Japan
Happy 2021 from Osaka Japan!  I hope everyone is going to have a great 2021.  In our first episode of the year,  we cover my experiences on new years in Japan, news of space travel plans for Japan, Education to make society more safe,  and more.  We have new music in the background of this episode from tiktok user @seiki361 so a warm thank you to them!  As always if you would like to contact us about this podcast we can be reached at podcast@wesmathur.com.
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January 3, 2021
Travel Japan with Wes Mathur S1 E5 - Happy Holidays From Japan, Our First Live Recording
Happy Holidays from Japan, this is our first live recording done  of youtube live, the changes being  we have live  questions we can take from listeners.  We cover how Christmas and new years are celebrated differently in  Japan as well as what I have done here as a traveler during the holidays.  We also touch upon popular Japanese holiday events and news. We will likely do similar types of recordings in the future and I hope you enjoy this!  If you have any questions or comments  please email  us at podcast@wesmathur.com, thank you for listening!
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December 26, 2020
Travel Japan with Wes Mathur S1 E4 - Free time in Japan and How I Used It at Karaoke In the Cit
Episode 4 of the Travel Japan with Wes Mathur Podcast, in this episode I take a different and more  personal approach hopefully, in describing how I began to use my free time in Japan, getting lost and making friends. Of corse as before we go into recent Japanese news and vocabulary and talk about what it's like to more to a new country with a culture so different from what you are used to. Thanks for listening.   
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December 10, 2020
Travel Japan with Wes Mathur S1 E3 - Beginning to Learn Japanese, and My 1st Night Out in Japan
Episode 3 of the Travel Japan with Wes Mathur Podcast, In this episode I cover the lesson plan for learning Japanese we were given, including methods and orders in which to learn reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Japanese.  I then go into a general night out in Japan by covering my first night with friends at an Izakaya (A Japanese tavern), as well as differences in social culture I've noticed.  We also cover this weeks news in Japan and some Japanese vocabulary that pertains to this weeks episode, thank you for listening.
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November 22, 2020
Travel Japan with Wes Mathur S1 E2 - Arriving in Japan, Airport, and Things that Surprised me.
Episode 2 of the Travel Japan with Wes Mathur Podcast, Here I will cover first arriving at the airport and things I think are helpful and important  to get  done there.  This episode also features 3 new segments, 1st of which being news, where I will cover the news from this past week in Japan.  Later in the episode I will answer messages from listeners, and finally at the end I will cover some pertinent Japanese words, for anyone who wants to learn.  I will also touch on my first impressions and the country and culture and things that surprised me.  I also go over in detail all that was covered in my Summer Abroad in Japan school orientation and some personal details on the people in my group.  This was a wonderful and strange time in my life, thanks for listening. 
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November 12, 2020
Travel Japan with Wes Mathur S1 E1 - Preparing for Your 1st Time in Japan
Welcome to the  1st Episode of the  Travel  Japan with Wes Mathur Podcast, Here I will cover preparing for my first  trip to Japan in detail. This should be helpful for anyone hoping to travel to Japan as a tourist, student, or employee, but has the student path covered in full.  I went as an  exchange student so I will go from the conception of my plan to study abroad, through my application process and program orientation, Packing, all the way to taking off on a plain to Osaka.  In this podcast I will cover all elements of traveling japan, studying Japanese language and culture, and living and working in Japan based on my  experiences doing all of those things over the corse of 4 plus years.  Thanks for listening.  
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November 2, 2020
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November 1, 2020