The Hanoi episode

The Hanoi episode (S8:E1) of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown may be one of the most underrated moments of television history. Yes, memorable certainly for Obama’s visit to Vietnam and the wistful reminder of his intellectual superiority and emotional maturity compared to that of his successor, our current shameful idiot-in-chief, but mainly truly beautiful for the Read More …

Quake

Saturday morning, Kumamoto, Japan, on the island of Kyushu, was hit by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake. It followed a smaller M-6.5 quake on Thursday that rattled nerves (and a lot more), but unfortunately turned out to be just a precursor to the larger seismic event. When I was a boy, we lived in the city Read More …

AGP (20)15 – Seven Years Later

Episode 14 was recorded in 2007. Episode 15 was recorded in 2014. It’s not every podcast you’ll wait seven years for another episode for, and this probably isn’t such a podcast. Nevertheless, here’s another episode a decade later! Scott and Jack, former hosts of Audio Gaijin, and friend and fellow gaijin Scott Howder go back Read More …

Audio Gaijin (20)15 – Seven Years Later

As I referenced in an earlier post, I did a podcast called Audio Gaijin with my dad in 2006 and 2007. The podcast was about our time in Japan during the mid ‘70’s to mid ‘80’s. One episode featured a friend and fellow gaijin of ours, Scott Howder. Late last summer, dad and I got Read More …

Super Secret Episode 15

If you’re familiar with me or this site, you may have listened to Audio Gaijin, a podcast recorded with my father in 2006 and 2007 about our years in Japan in the 70’s and 80’s (archive here). What you don’t know yet is there’s actually a super secret unlisted 15th episode that no one has Read More …

Audio Gaijin Podcast Archive (Again)

Back in the old days (2006 to early 2007), my dad and I did a podcast about our years in Japan in the mid ‘70’s to early 80’s called Audio Gaijin. Any of you who’ve been gaijin know what I’m talking about, especially if you were gaijin back in those days. Now apparently you can’t Read More …

AGP 11 – Nihongo

This episode is all about the Japanese language – what makes it unique, what it shares in common with Chinese, and what challenges face those wishing to learn Japanese. Since this podcast was recorded, the number of resources available to those wanting to learn Japanese has just exploded. The advent of smartphones, tablets, and apps Read More …