Hello and welcome to Japan Explained!
I’m Toki, and before starting this podcast I spent almost 8 years in Japan. Half of that time passed battling with misconceptions about this country.
But let me tell you how it all started.
I was just another person loving Japan. And then I decided to move here. One suitcase of stuff and a one-way plane ticket. My goal was to become a know-it-all tour guide in the country of my dreams.
So I studied everything as long as it was related to Japan, got my licenses and started to work as a tour guide. I was so so happy!
Four years forward, in 2020 Japan closed its doors to tourists. So I finally went to see sakura on my own. Which was pretty cool, to be honest.
But when that was done, I soon realised how much I missed my job. Especially the part where I tell people about all the cool little things that make up Japanese culture.
So I started a podcast!
Feel free to join me to learn about Real Japanese Culture, about its history, crafts, architecture, people and everything else like… convenience stores, regional differences or obsession with everything seasonal.
This show exists only because of you. I see the downloads going up, read your comments and suggestions for the new topics and get motivated to do more research, find new stories and generaly to keep going. So your support is greatly appreciated. And there are many ways you can help.
Do you have a bag of questions? Have a suggestion to improve the sound? Found a cool topic for the show or just want to discuss something Japan-related? I'm here to listen. Feel free to leave a comment on any blog post or send me a message.
Audio and site hosting, domain name, cover arts, books - all these things are essential to the podcast but pricey. Help me cover some expenses and be sure I'm spending my time researching a new episode for you and not thinking if I have enough to pay the bills for the show.
Right now it's just a little shop but I'm working to make it better. Check it out to get some of my Wallpaper sets with photos of Japan and mini-guides to places from Japan Explained episodes.
And best for last, there is always something free on offer!