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Health Coaching & SOGO Fitness with Menya

Health Coaching & SOGO Fitness with Menya

December 15, 2020

Episode 93: Menya Hinga is Founder & CEO of MH Health Coaching and Co-Founder of SOGO Fitness and Co-Fit Movement. After 18 months of working as an English teaching assistant in Nagoya, Japan, Menya moved to Tokyo and transitioned to a career in fitness. 

In this episode, we chat about Menya co-founding one of the biggest fitness communities in Tokyo, and his passion to help people from all over the world learn the skills and develop the habits necessary to achieve their fitness goals and create sustainable health.

This is the last episode of this year - more to come in 2021! 

 

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Building Community in Japan: Meet the Seals

Building Community in Japan: Meet the Seals

November 18, 2020

Episode 91: Married couple, Henry Moreland Seals and Sasha Lee Hague-Seals, met in Tokyo and are longtime residents of Japan. Henry is a HR professional and recently became the first foreign-born member of the Human Rights Commission in Nagareyama city. Sasha's home-based food company, Yumm Cupcakery, makes cupcakes, cakes, cookies and now cake mix products that you can easily enjoy with your family. In this episode, we learn how these two lovebirds met and all about their love for helping others and building community. 

 

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Food For Good: Hult Prize at Waseda University

Food For Good: Hult Prize at Waseda University

November 5, 2020

Episode 90: Quynh Trang Ho Thi (Campus Director) and Emoh Justina (Trainers and Judges Coordinator) serve on the Hult Prize Organization Committee at Waseda University. The Hult Prize is an annual and global student competition with a focus on social entreprenuership and social impact. This year's theme is "Food For Good."

In this episode, Trang and Justina talk about their upcoming event for the 2021 Hult Prize Challenge. Trang and Justina also tell us why they decided to study in Japan and what sparked their interest in sustainable development and tackling social issues.

 

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Emoh Justina @emoh_justina

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Life & Music: A Chat with Crystal Kay

Life & Music: A Chat with Crystal Kay

October 22, 2020

Episode 89: Singer Crystal Kay released her debut single "Eternal Memories" at 13 years old and went on to make nine top-10 albums (including compilations) over the span of two decades. July of this year marked her 21st Anniversary in the music industry and Crystal joins us on Tokyo Speaks to talk about her life and career, as well as her goals going forward. We discuss the following topics:

  • Starting her music career at 13 years old
  • Collaborations with Japanese Hip Hop group, M-Flo
  • Pursuing a music career in the U.S.  
  • Finding herself in NYC & returning to Japan 
  • Interviewing Alicia Keys & Janet Jackson
  • Black Lives Matter Tokyo & Naomi Osaka

 

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Black-Owned Anime Studio Makes History in Japan

Black-Owned Anime Studio Makes History in Japan

September 22, 2020

Episode 87: In 2016, Arthell Isom and his twin brother, Darnell Isom, founded D'ART Shtajio Inc. - the first foreign-owned anime studio in Japan. Arthell and his studio has worked on projects for Netflix, Grammy Award-winning music artist, The Weeknd, and was recently featured in Pharrell and Jay-Z's "Entrepreneur" music video. In this episode we discuss the following topics:

  • Arthell's love for illustration and background painting for anime
  • Studying at the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco
  • Black culture & anime
  • Working on projects for The Weeknd
  • Being featured in Pharrell and Jay-Z's music video
  • Working for Ghost in the Shell Art Director, Hiromasa Ogura
  • Founding in his own anime studio in Japan

 

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Getting to Know the Organizers of Black Lives Matter Tokyo

Getting to Know the Organizers of Black Lives Matter Tokyo

July 15, 2020

Episode 85: Sierra Todd and Jaime Smith are organizers of the Black Lives Matter Tokyo Peaceful March. On June 14, 2020, Sierra and Jaime—along with the rest of their team—put on Tokyo's largest Black Lives Matter event, which drew more than 2,000 attendees. In this episode, we discuss the follow topics:

  • How Black Lives Matter Tokyo started
  • Preparing for the peaceful march
  • Post-march reflections (challenges and lessons learned)
  • Sierra and Jaime's backgrounds 
  • Being Black and Queer

 

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Destigmatizing Periods

Destigmatizing Periods

June 30, 2020

Episode 84: Marina Yoshimura is the Founder and President of PERIOD@Tokyo, which is a chapter of the parent organization PERIOD. In this episode, Marina tells us why she decided to start a chapter of PERIOD in Japan. We'll also discuss various aspects of menstruation (periods) such as deep-rooted stigma, education, health, first-time experiences, and accessibility of period products. 

Guest host, Chalice Davis (also known as singer/songwriter Afrodyty), gives this episode another level of depth by sharing a horrific menstrual experience and condition that undermined her health in 2019. 

PERIOD@Tokyo recently partnered with Japan Association for Refugees (JAR) and launched a campaign called #GiveLove to donate period products to asylum seekers and refugees in Japan. 

 

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Foreign Moms in Tokyo

Foreign Moms in Tokyo

March 10, 2020

Episode 79: Ebony Norwood-Brown and Barbara Kobayashi are teachers and moms residing in Tokyo. This episode is all about their experiences of motherhood - more specifically, motherhood from the perspective of two foreign (American) women. We discuss topics such as:

  • Prenatal care in Japan
  • Family/spousal relationships
  • Work-life balance
  • Japanese traditions related to pregnancy and birth
  • Raising biracial and multiracial kids in a homogenous society

 

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2019 Wrap-Up: Community in Tokyo

2019 Wrap-Up: Community in Tokyo

December 25, 2019

Episode 73: We celebrate our podcast anniversaries with our pod brothers Mega and Late of the Mega Late Show. At the heart of both podcasts is a focus on the international community in the Greater Tokyo Area. In the last episode of 2019, we recap this year's highlights and recognize many of the awesome guests we featured on our respective podcasts. Learn about some of the talented folks in entertainment and music production, plus leaders in technology, marketing/advertising, and environmental activism. 

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Context, Passion, and Opportunity

Context, Passion, and Opportunity

December 18, 2019

Episode 72: Ed Thompson is a marketing consultant active in Japan and Asia-Pacific, who started his own Tokyo-based company in 2000 called Concept Design. Ed is frequently called upon by global executives to assist them with coaching and training programs to build stronger teams that can compete in global markets. He's also a lead lecturer in continuing education programs at Temple University and New York University (Japan campuses) targeting working professionals in Tokyo.

In this episode, Ed shares some of the key things he's learned throughout his professional career in Japan, including one of the simplest and most powerful ways to leverage your passion to achieve opportunities that may be waiting just around the corner. 

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The Voncujovi Brothers: What is Vodu?

The Voncujovi Brothers: What is Vodu?

December 10, 2019

Episode 71 (Part 2 of 2): This episode is a continuation from Episode 70 featuring Ghanaian-Japanese brothers, Sena and Pele Voncujovi. In this episode, Sena (a Vodu priest) and Pele (a Vodu practitioner) give us insights into the West African spiritual and herbal practice of Vodu (also spelled Voodoo or Vodun). 

The influence of Christianity and Islam in the African continent has long been apparent. Subsequently, Vodu has been demonized globally. Many Ghanaians and other West Africans have denounced it as "satanic" and there are fewer and fewer priests and practitioners today. Through their social media platform "ReVodution", Sena and Pele's mission is to destigmatize Vodu and restore a lost pride among Africans. [Episode length: 36 minutes]

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The Voncujovi Brothers: Black on Both Sides

The Voncujovi Brothers: Black on Both Sides

December 3, 2019

Episode 70 (Part 1 of 2): Sena and Pele Voncujovi are Ghanaian-Japanese brothers, who relocated to Japan from their home country of Ghana. Sena is a Career Development Coordinator at Ashinaga and Pele is a Marketing Analyst at Rakuten MobileBoth Sena and Pele, along with Oulimata Gueye, are co-founders of the group and community event called Jaspora. Jaspora aims to facilitate networking, learning and collaborating among people of the African diaspora (as well as their allies) with the purpose of accelerating contributions to the development of Africa.

In this episode, we chat with Sena and Pele about their educational background, biracial identity, and cultural experiences in both Ghana and Japan. Stay tuned for part 2 of this conversation (Episode 71) next Tuesday! 

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