Episode 11.5: DRM-free Sumo Wrestlers

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Summary: (http://pokya.jp/japanpodshow/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/ep_11_5elephant-sumo600.jpg) In this extra episode of Japan Podshow, George and Joseph (shouldn't that be Joseph and George?) are coming to you live from the Metropolitan Art Space in Ikebukuro. Listen to the show here 32mb, 30 mins, MP3 (http://pokya.jp/japanpodshow/media/series01/japanpodshow-episode-11point5-drm-free-sumo.mp3) Download it direct here, Subscribe and listen in iTunes or Listen via our RSS feed. At the Sumo (http://pokya.jp/japanpodshow/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/sumo_wrestling_5952-2-300x200.jpg)On the show today we're putting on weight and going to the Sumo at Ryogoku kokugikan (http://www.sumo.or.jp/eng/). It was day 9 of one of the six annual Grand Sumo Contests, and in the last two hours we saw some of Japan's top wrestlers throwing their weight around. You can see the video we shot at the Grand Sumo Hall here (http://pokya.jp/japanpodshow/2009/10/video-sumo-wrestling-special/). In this podcast, hear more about the sumo experience, including a story about the food that they wrestlers eat and where you can try it - whilst watching the wrestlers grazing in their stable. Check tournament dates and seat availability on the official English Grand Tournament site (http://t.pia.jp/sumo/en/sumo11.php). You can buy tickets here (http://ent-sumo.pia.jp/index.html) (Japanese only). Interview: Hear Japan This week's entrepreneur interview is with Nathan, founder of www.hearjapan.com (http://www.hearjapan.com), one of the world's best online stores for DRM-free Japanese music. Hear how Nathan first became interested in Japanese music when here as an exchange student, how he grew the business and what challenges he's faced (the full version of this podcast will be out shortly on our sister podcast Making it in Japan (http://www.pokya.jp/makeit)). Competition - Win credit for Japanese music downloads! PLUS: FREE downloads for all listeners! In this week's competition we're giving away credit for downloads from www.hearjapan.com. (http://pokya.jp/japanpodshow/images/hearjapanlogo.gif) * First Prize: ¥5,000 yen * Second Prize: ¥2,500 * Third Prize: ¥1,500 Closing date for entries: 27th October 2009 Entering is easy - just listen to the podcast and you'll know what to do! ¥200 of credit for use on www.HearJapan.com for all listeners How to get your credit: * Register with Hear Japan (http://www.hearjapan.com/account/register) * Do what we tell you to do on the podcast and then email us at hello [@]  Japanpodshow.com with your Hear Japan username (please allow a little time for credit to be processed) Music played in the interview included Water On feat. Akino Arai (http://www.hearjapan.com/store/album_info/Thank_You_For_Being_A_Friend), Ant's Planet (http://www.hearjapan.com/store/album_info/capital_of_gravity), Okane o haratte! (http://www.hearjapan.com/store/album_info/Kago_no_Tori_Tenkuu_o_Shirazu) and Kobune Okiba no Ie (http://www.hearjapan.com/store/album_info/SWEET_SWITCH). At the end of the interview George and I talk about Omodaka (http://www.hearjapan.com/store/group/OMODAKA). Music We are played out today by Water On feat. Akino Arai (http://www.hearjapan.com/store/album_info/Thank_You_For_Being_A_Friend), a HearJapan.com artist. Listener's Feedback Thank you everyone for your feedback! If you have sent any in the last 10 days we'll be including it in our final show. Join us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pokya) Follow us on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/japanpodshow) Write a review in iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=310413183) Email us [hello at japanpodshow.com] Phone us - numbers on our contact page (http://pokya.jp/japanpodshow/contact/) Skype us (skype:japanpodshow?call) Comment on our site (http://www.japanpodshow.com) Comment on our YouTube channel (http://www.pokya.jp/japanpodshow) ...and remember,