Episode 11: Harajuku and the Weblish Wonder

Japan Podshow - The Podcast all about Japan show

Summary: (http://pokya.jp/japanpodshow/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/episode_11_600-300x300.jpg) Episode 11 of Japan Podshow is unlike any other podcast you have heard before. This may or may not be a good thing - have a listen and decide for yourself! Listen to the show here using the player below the elephant43mb, 47 mins, MP3 (http://pokya.jp/japanpodshow/media/series01/japanpodshow_episode11_harajuku_weblish-wonder.mp3) Download it direct here, Subscribe and listen in iTunes or Listen via our RSS feed. Intro: The musical begins We're not sure what came over George and Joseph, but they decided that they were going to come up with songs on the spot to provide links between sections in this episode. The fun starts with a musical intro. The streets of Harajuku Join George and Joseph as they head down to Harajuku to meet the characters who gather there on a Sunday. There's the man in black who loves to dance, a group of cosplayers, a Brazillian man who has flown 30 hours only to be disappointed (but makes up for it by wearing a psycho rabbit mask), and the man who dresses as a schoolgirl and impersonates a butterfly, the legendary Koichi Yamada. What do the tourists who are there think about all this? Watch the video: The characters of Harajuku! See the video in High Definition on the Japan Podshow YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bih30IAiuKk). Entrepreneur interview: John Daub, Weblish Media Ltd. (http://pokya.jp/japanpodshow/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/weblish_shows.jpg)This is an extract of the full interview which you can hear over at Making it in Japan (http://pokya.jp/makeit/2009/09/john-daub-weblish-media-ltd/). Weblish Media Ltd (http://www.weblish.net), established in 2007, is an educational entertainment network, with videos distributed via iTunes to over 100,000 regular subscribers. John's video series Vocabulary Generator was ranked the No. 1 video in Japan for 10 weeks, and the network has up to a million downloads per month. In this interview, John tells us of his motivation for starting the company, and how it has grown. What effect has John's experience of travelling to over 70 countries had upon his videos, and how can horses and llamas help students to learn Japanese? John also talks about the help he got from Jetro (http://www.jetro.go.jp/), and what the future holds for Weblish. Listen to the full interview here (http://pokya.jp/makeit/2009/09/john-daub-weblish-media-ltd). Learning Japanese - Another prong Joseph and George have a shared prong (learning Japanese tip) this week. They reccomend The Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar series from the Japan Times (http://bookclub.japantimes.co.jp/act/en/Detail.do?id=0454). Competition Time Listen up to see if you are the lucky winner of Kat McDowell's (http://www.katmusic.jp) new album, Echoes over the ocean (http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B0027ZY0MU?ie=UTF8&tag=josephtame-22&linkCode=as2&camp=247&creative=7399&creativeASIN=B0027ZY0MU)(http://www.assoc-amazon.jp/e/ir?t=josephtame-22&l=as2&o=9&a=B0027ZY0MU) Win a song about you, performed live (and filmed) in Shibuya! Yes, Joseph and George will perform it live,  for you, in front of the Hachiko statue in Shibuya, and video it for you. Get your entries in now by email! Listener's feedback Thank you again for your feedback! This week we have another tip-off about George impersonating an Australian DJ, and a very nice comment from our No.1 (and only?!) fan in California! Details of how to submit your feedback below. Music: Nobuki Ueda - Live in the Kitchen In this episode we are very fortunate to have a professional musician perform live in our kitchen studio. Nobuki Ueda (www.nobukiueda.com (http://www.nobukiueda.com/)), whose album Seven Songs from Lab is available in the Japan iTunes Store (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=290633994&s=143462) and from Amazon