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Feb 28, 2020

On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: What was it like in Fukushima during the Tohoku earthquake?

Note: This is part one of a two part series.

Topics Discussed

  • A firsthand account of what the 2011 Tohoku earthquake felt like in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture
  • The 2011 tsunami
  • The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster...


Feb 18, 2020

On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: What's the deal with "fish girl on a cliff?" And by "fish girl on a cliff" we mean the 2008 Studio Ghibli film Ponyo.

Topics Discussed

  • The general reception of Ponyo
  • Whether Ponyo was better received in the West or in Japan
  • The "catchiness" of the theme from Ponyo
  • A review of...


Feb 12, 2020

On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: What's it like being a fake priest in Japan?

Topics Discussed

  • What a nisebokushi is
  • The different terminology for priests in Japanese (shinpu vs bokushi)
  • The phenomenon of having foreigners dress as priests to officiate weddings in Japan
  • How most "fake priests" in Japan tend to...


Feb 9, 2020

Today's Question

On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: Why do Japanese train stations do that?

Topics Discussed

  • The train system in rural areas versus urban areas in Japan
  • Trains in Kagoshima and Ishikawa
  • What a Wanmanressha (one man trains) is
  • Unmanned rural train stations
  • Why Japanese train stations use cute songs...


Feb 3, 2020

On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: Do Japanese people have longer intestines than Westerners?

Topics Discussed

  • Whether Japanese people have longer intestines than Westerners
  • The idea that longer intestines are a result of the Japanese people having a diet centering around rice, grains, and vegetables
  • The...