Voices in Japan
Voices in Japan
Jan 5, 2021
A Deep Understanding of Japanese Culture
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Alexander Bennett from Kyoto joins Ben and Burke to share the wisdom he has gained about Japanese culture, and also himself, after having lived in the country for over 30 years. Alex is a professor at Kansai University, holds two PhDs in bushido-related subjects, has appeared in an NHK documentary on Miyamoto Musashi, and has published multiple books related to Japan, including Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide. He is most well known for his accomplishments in martial arts, attaining top ranks in multiple disciplines, and especially for his dedication to kendo, in which he is 7th dan, coaches the New Zealand national kendo team, and is the editor in chief of the magazine Kendo World. Alex is a very humble person with an underlying intensity, and it was a real pleasure to hear his story and his thoughts on Japanese culture and life in this country.


Bearfoot Bar

12 different types of Japanese made craft beers, both bottles and on tap. A range of whiskeys and basic cocktails also available. Tapas style menu and burgers. Friendly English and Japanese speaking staff. Open 7 days a week. Located in downtown Sapporo, walking distance from the subway station. Why not pop in for a drink if you are in town!


Red House

Located in the heart of Rusutsu Ski Resort, just cross the main road and it’s behind the Seicomart Convenience store. The restaurant features a mix of Japanese, Asian fusion, and western Style dishes, including shabu-shabu with wagyu beef and Hokkaido wagyu beef steak. Open winter and summer, 12-3pm for lunch, 5-9pm for dinner, with prices ranging from under Yen 1000 to about Yen 5000.


Rusutsu Lodges

Open all year round. Located 5 minutes walk to the main Rusutsu Ski Resort Gondola. There are Japanese, Western, and apartment style rooms with breakfast packages available. There’s a Japanese sento (public bath), two convenience stores less than a minute walk, ski room and tune up tables, free pick up available from the bus stop, plenty of free parking space, and summer BBQ packages available. Check out the website for more information and availability.


Hokkaido Guide

Established over 10 years ago, written by locals for locals and international tourists. The guide contains information on all types of businesses and locations around Hokkaido. There's information regarding all things Hokkaido such as sightseeing, nightlife, events, services, food and restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, and more. Currently offered in English and Thai, advertising space available. Check out Hokkaido Guide for everything you need to know about this beautiful prefecture.


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Deep Dive from The Japan Times
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83: What is Clubhouse and why is it so popular in Japan?
On this week's episode we look at why Clubhouse, an invite-only social media platform, has become all the rage in Japan. Here to discuss is Yuzuha Oka, a tech journalist at NewsPicks Japan, and also Austin Freeman, a Japan Times contributor and founder of the 13,000 member strong clubhouse group Tokyo Unearthed. Read more:  Why is Japan so intrigued by the audio app Clubhouse? (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/02/19/national/media-national/clubhouse-explainer/) (Patrick St. Michel, The Japan Times) Clubhouse tops Japan chart as CEOs and celebrities embrace chat app (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/02/10/business/corporate-business/clubhouse-japan-app-chart/) (Bloomberg via The Japan Times) Clubhouse app offers Chinese rare glimpse of censor-free debate (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/02/08/asia-pacific/clubhouse-china-censorship/) (The Japan Times) Facebook said to be building a product to compete with Clubhouse (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/02/11/business/clubhouse-facebook-product/) (The Japan Times) You’ve been invited to Clubhouse. Your privacy hasn’t (https://www.vox.com/recode/22278601/clubhouse-invite-privacy-contacts-app) (Sara Morrison, Vox) On this episode: Yuzuha Oka (Clubhouse: @yuzu): Twitter (https://twitter.com/yuzuhaoka) | Website (https://yuzuhaoka.wordpress.com/highlights/)   Austin Freeman (Clubhouse: @anxiety): Articles (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/author/austin-freeman/) Oscar Boyd (Clubhouse: @omhboyd): Twitter (https://twitter.com/omhboyd) | Articles (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/author/oscar-boyd/) | Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/oscar.boyd/) Announcements: Sign up to the Deep Dive mailing list (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/email-newsletters/) and be notified every time a new episode comes out. Get in touch with us at deepdive@japantimes.co.jp. Support the show! Rate us, review us and share this episode with a friend if you've enjoyed it. Follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/japandeepdive) , and give us feedback. This episode of Deep Dive may be supported by advertising based on your location. Advertising is sourced by Audioboom and is not affiliated with The Japan Times. Photo: Clubhouse as it appears on the App Store.
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