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The Japanofiles Podcast

Welcome to the Japanofiles, a podcast about Japan. This podcast, which began in 2009, presents interviews that have been recorded in Japan. Most of the interviewees are native English-speaking foreign residents of Nagano Prefecture who live in the greater Matsumoto area. They share their stories about living and working in Japan. The host of this Japan podcast, Dave Carlson, is a long-time resident of Matsumoto.

Aug 1, 2020

For today's Japanofiles Podcast, Dave is joined by James Van Lieu to talk about the mountains of the Matsumoto area. James has set himself the very ambitious goal of getting to the top of the all mountains in Matsumoto, and he has been documenting his activities online on YAMAP.

Key Words: The Japan Alps; Matsumoto;...


Jul 3, 2020

The Japanofiles Podcast is back! Today's show features Charles Ward, a prize-winning board game designer who lives in Matsumoto. Charlie explains how he got into board game design, as well as what it takes to get a game produced. He also details the development of one of his recent creations, ROKUMON -- a two-person...


Aug 29, 2017

For Episode 71 of The Japanofiles Podcast, Chris Koch, owner of The Storyhouse Cafe in Matsumoto, stops by to talk about his experience of starting a business in Japan.

Key Words: podcast about Japan; interview; discussion about starting a business in Japan; life in Japan; career choices; Matsumoto, Nagano...


Jul 28, 2016

In Episode 70 of The Japanofiles Podcast, the conversation focuses on Japanese weddings. Today's guest is Martin Gillis, a longtime resident of Japan who performs weddings.

Key Words: podcast about Japan; interview; discussion about weddings; marriage; life in Japan; career choices; Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture;...


Mar 8, 2015

On March 11th, 2011, Kevin Kato and his family were living in Fukushima, Japan. Today they live in Matsumoto. For Episode 69, Kevin visits the Japanofiles Podcast and talks with Dave about his family's experiences of the past several years.

Key Words: Fukushima nuclear disaster; earthquake; radiation; Matsumoto; Nagano...