Episodes

  • Ultimate Japanese Sake Guide: Dassai Brewery

    Ultimate Japanese Sake Guide: Dassai Brewery

    Japanese sake.  Let’s go on an adventure across Japan to learn about the country’s official drink. How do you make this stuff? How should it taste? Is polish size important? Is it like wine or like beer? How do you […]

  • Kyoto Street Food Guide: Nishiki Ichiba Market

    Kyoto Street Food Guide: Nishiki Ichiba Market

    You’re in Kyoto and you want to eat traditional and very cheap local food? NISHIKI MARKET is the place to be! It’s called “Kyoto’s Kitchen” for a reason – if it’s famous and eaten in Kyoto, it’s here. Nearly every […]

  • Crane Game Secrets Revealed: Japan’s UFO Catcher Academy

    Crane Game Secrets Revealed: Japan’s UFO Catcher Academy

    It’s time to head to a Japanese Game Center dedicated to UFO CATCHERS also known as the CRANE GAME. Glass boxes with pinchers you can control to win all sorts of treasure – if you have the skills and experience […]

  • Aomori NEBUTA FESTIVAL Experience

    Aomori NEBUTA FESTIVAL Experience

    This past summer, I participated in the Nebuta Matsuri and documented my experience in an episode. This is by far my favorite summer festival in Japan and I have attended 3 times over the years — maybe a 4th next […]

  • The Pikachu Train Adventure: The Coolest Anime Train in Japan

    The Pikachu Train Adventure: The Coolest Anime Train in Japan

    Japan’s trains are awesome not just because they are modern, fast and efficient. They’re also super cool! Need an example? How about this: The Pokemon With You “Pikachu” Train! Need more? The GeGeGe no Kitaro “Kitaro Family Train” train in […]

  • Rice in Japan: Food, Sake, Festivals & Religion

    Rice in Japan: Food, Sake, Festivals & Religion

    This episode is more than just rice! Perhaps this will open your eyes to the adventure you’re about to take: ☆ Beautiful scenery ☆ Dangerous animals ☆ Delicious foods ☆ Handling heavy machinery ☆ Booze and parties! (Sake and festivals) […]

  • Japanese Ice Cream Flavor Challenge

    Japanese Ice Cream Flavor Challenge

    Tokyo’s summer is hot with temperatures often over 35C / 94F and humidity so high it’s like being in a sauna. One was to stay cool it so eat ice cream. Japanese has it’s own original flavors and ingredients. Nevermind […]

  • Japan’s Most Terrifying Bridge: Eshima Ohashi

    Japan’s Most Terrifying Bridge: Eshima Ohashi

    It’s been nicknamed the ROLLER COASTER BRIDGE because of it’s super steep slope and appearance of being a bridge to the sky. That’s the Eshima Ohashi Bridge straddling Shimane and Tottori prefecture in Japan. Facts about the Eshima Ohashi: ★ […]

  • Japan’s Night Trains: Sleeper Car Adventure: The Sunrise Izumo Express from Tokyo

    Japan’s Night Trains: Sleeper Car Adventure: The Sunrise Izumo Express from Tokyo

    Night trains! That’s right. Japan has a few of them left.From Tokyo, there is one that departs daily, and if you arrive in Japan with a JR Rail Pass you can ride it – with no additional cost. That means […]

  • Tokyo Cat Cafe Experience at Temari no Ouchi

    Tokyo Cat Cafe Experience at Temari no Ouchi

    Cat Cafes have been booming here in Tokyo. What’s all the fuss about? John and Jennifer Juilen visit Temari no Ouchi Cat Cafe in Kichijoji, Tokyo. It’s one of the top cat cafes in the city. Temari no Ouchi has […]

  • The Oiran Tradition: Japan’s Real Celebrities

    The Oiran Tradition: Japan’s Real Celebrities

    If you’re looking for Japanese culture, Asakusa in Tokyo is the top spot. On this day, John visits the Yoshiwara for the Oiran Dochu, a parade re-enacted annually to preserve the old traditions of the neighborhood. The event is attracting […]

  • Tokyo Manga Shop & Anime Studio Mega Tour

    Tokyo Manga Shop & Anime Studio Mega Tour

    Anime and manga fans are increasing world wide! Tokyo is at the center of it all so in this episode, John Daub and Patrick W. Galbraith, author of the Otaku Encyclopedia and Moe Manifesto head to Nakano Broadway and Mandarake, […]

  • This is the stem of the wasabi from the farm fresh and raw

    Complete Wasabi Guide

    If you’ve ever eaten sushi, you know about wasabi. It’s green and sort of spicy, the kind of spicy that burns through the nose. Pretty awesome, right? It dawned on me that after many years in Japan, I knew very […]

  • Tsukiji Fish Market: Tuna Auction and Breakfast Odyssey

    Tsukiji Fish Market: Tuna Auction and Breakfast Odyssey

    The world’s largest fish market is one of Tokyo’s biggest attractions. Tsukiji is set to move to a new location soon so we went for a visit this month. Here is where we went. ★ Tuna Auction 04:00 to 05:00 […]

  • Stay in a capsule hotel in Shinjuku Tokyo on the cheap. Japan's most unique ONLY in JAPAN experience.

    Tokyo Capsule Hotel Experience

    A real life capsule to sleep in. Cool! This is one of the most “ONLY in JAPAN” experiences possible — staying in a capsule hotel in a Japanese city. It’s cheap and convenient but why do people actually stay here? […]

  • Mt. Fuji at the sento local public bath house

    Japan’s Public Bathing Exposed: The Naked Truth

    I remember when I first came to Japan and a new Japanese friend invited me to a sento, a public bath. My first thought was “WTF dude! I’m not going get naked with you in the same bath and pretend you aren’t […]

  • Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Shine’s 10,000 Gates Explored

    Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Shine’s 10,000 Gates Explored

      Adventure in Kyoto! Loads of culture and history in one city. Kyoto’s “Shrine of 10,000 ‘Torii’” or Gates is simply awesome. It’s also ranked as Japan’s no.1 attraction for foreign tourists* Yes, it can be crowded during the day, […]

  • Osaka Street Food Guide: Dotonbori

    Osaka Street Food Guide: Dotonbori

    So you’re going to Osaka and you want some information on things to see and do — and EAT! Well, one place you shouldn’t miss is Dotonbori. (sometimes spelled Dotombori or Doutonbori) It’s Osaka’s historical entertainment district and well know […]

  • Pepper the artist at pepper tech fest 2014

    Japan’s Robot World Unleashed: They’re Here!

    Robots in Japan have entered the next stage! From science fiction to THEY’RE HERE right now standing next to you! Soon, everyday life will have some kind of robot in it. Let’s take a look at what’s here right now […]

  • John Daub and Joseph Tame dance with Honda's ASIMO at the Welcome Plaza in Aoyama, Tokyo.

    Japan’s Amazing Robots: Honda’s ASIMO, UNI-CUB and the Robot Culture

    John Daub and Joseph Tame go on location to Honda’s HQ and Welcome Plaza in Tokyo to meet ASIMO, one of the world’s most famous humanoid robots! The ASIMO project isn’t just about building a robot. From this research, Honda […]