Episode 102 – The Episode Formerly Known as the 100th Episode

This week: your questions! What places are fun to visit Japanese? How do you learn Japanese outside of school? And does the Emperor obey traffic laws when he drives himself? All that and more today!

Listen to the episode here.

Images

Sensoji in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, the first place I ever visited (and got lost in) in Japan.
Sensoji in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, the first place I ever visited (and got lost in) in Japan.
Kinkakuji, an answer to the ancient question "can you ever have too much gold?"
Kinkakuji, an answer to the ancient question “can you ever have too much gold?”
The Naruto whirlpools in Shikoku.
The Naruto whirlpools in Shikoku.
A view of Hakodate city from Mt. Hakodate. I irrationally love this city.
A view of Hakodate city from Mt. Hakodate. I irrationally love this city.
A view from the Kanemori red brick warehouses looking up towards Mt. Hakodate. My school is actually visible here (it's the white building highest up the mountain slope).
A view from the Kanemori red brick warehouses looking up towards Mt. Hakodate. My school is actually visible here (it’s the white building highest up the mountain slope).
Because you didn't believe me about the Honda.
Because you didn’t believe me about the Honda.
Emperor Akihito is respected in Japan, but wields no actual political authority.
Emperor Akihito is respected in Japan, but wields no actual political authority.
Japanese troops training in Manchuria, c. 1938. Japanese army training was harsh in the extreme, designed to toughen up soldiers for the rigors of combat. It also contributed to extremely high levels of psychological stress which may have been a contributing factor to the psychological "snapping" of Japanese occupation troops.
Japanese troops training in Manchuria, c. 1938. Japanese army training was harsh in the extreme, designed to toughen up soldiers for the rigors of combat. It also contributed to extremely high levels of psychological stress which may have been a contributing factor to the psychological “snapping” of Japanese occupation troops.
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4 thoughts on “Episode 102 – The Episode Formerly Known as the 100th Episode

  1. arigaa

    This episode made me feel all warm and fuzzy. I hope we don’t have to wait another 100 episodes for the next one : )

  2. “A view of Hakodate city from Mt. Hakodate. I irrationally love this city.”

    I can understand this irrationality. I spend a lot of time in Tokaimura, Ibaraki. I rather love the town (large number of foreigners have been coming here for years, you are not a novelty, and rarely get the tourist treatment … you are just a slightly daft person who doesn’t speak Japanese very well ^^). It is completely irrational as objectively the town has little in the way of historic charm, beauty (though it has its spots), few things to do and was the site of an infamous nuclear accident … yet I’ve a soft spot in the heart for Tokaimura.

    1. We’ve all got our favorites! It’s weird to think about how much of Japan I haven’t even seen — you could spend a lifetime seeing all the wonderful places it has to offer.

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