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One Woman’s Passion for Social Impact

One Woman’s Passion for Social Impact

October 7, 2020

Episode 88: Angela Ortiz is the founder of the volunteer-led nonprofit, Place to Grow, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Senior Manager at Adidas Japan. In this episode, we discuss the following topics with Angela:

  • Growing up in Japan's countryside as a Colombian-American with her parents and 10 siblings
  • Becoming a mother at 19 years old
  • Finding impetus in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011.
  • Pursuing a career in social impact
  • Creating her nonprofit Place to Grow
  • Writing her first book on social impact

This episode is sponsored by Code Chrysalis

 

[Place to Grow]

https://placetogrow-ngo.org/

 

Place to Grow: 8 principles that will make you an effective leader in social impact

by Angela Ortiz

 

[Guest host: Oulimata Gueye] 

@lasenegarujin

 

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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

This episode is sponsored by Code Chrysalis

 

[Follow D'ART Shtajio]

https://dartshtajio.com/

 

[Guest host: Danté Carver] 

@dantecarverofficial

 

[Guest host: Mega Robinson]

@megadesu_

 

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Japan’s Travel Ban: Personal Stories from Foreign Residents

Japan’s Travel Ban: Personal Stories from Foreign Residents

September 2, 2020

Episode 86: Sibyl Kane (lawyer), Christopher Key (engineer), and Elisa Ovalles (student) share their personal stories of how they were affected by Japan's COVID-19 travel ban. 

 

[Follow Elisa Ovalles]

@simplekyotolife

Read Trapped in Japan by Elisa Ovalles

 

This episode is sponsored by Code Chrysalis

 

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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

 

[Follow Black Lives Matter Tokyo]

https://blacklivesmattertokyo.carrd.co/

 

[Follow Sierra Todd]

@frokyo

 

[Follow Jaime Smith]

@jaime.in.japan

 

[Guest host: Thalia Harris]

@ladyscribe21

 

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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. 

[Follow Period@Tokyo]

@tokyoperiod

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. Donate here!

 

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Cyberpunk Girl: Using Tech to Inspire

Cyberpunk Girl: Using Tech to Inspire

June 16, 2020

Episode 83: Steffie Harner is a Software Engineer at Code Chrysalis; Co-Founder of Startup Lady Japan; and Cyberpunk content creator/influencer. Steffie came to Japan simply to fulfill her childhood dreams, but a series of events led her to co-founding a nonprofit organization for female entrepreneurs and a new career in software engineering. In this episode, we chat with Steffie about the following:

  • Co-founding Startup Lady Japan
  • Becoming a software engineer
  • Her life and career in Silicon Valley
  • Her love for Cyberpunk and digital content creation

 

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@steffieharner (Instagram) @steffieharner (Twitter)

 

[Guest host: Yan Fan]

 @yanarchy (Twitter)  @yanarchy (Instagram)

 

[Code Chrysalis]

https://www.codechrysalis.io/

Want to learn how to code? Sign up for Code Chrysalis' Foundations course by August 31 and mention "Tokyo Speaks" for a 15% discount!

 

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COVID-19 Tokyo: Community Check-In

COVID-19 Tokyo: Community Check-In

April 18, 2020

Episode 82: Returning guests, Robin Lewis, Kayoko Hirano, and Yan Fan, join Tokyo Speaks remotely to talk about how they're adjusting to this new reality caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Although we all are dealing with a global pandemic that has impacted every aspect of our lives, Robin, Kayako, and Yan share some ways that we can still be productive, healthy, and helpful to others in their time of need.  

Read these helpful blog posts by Robin, Kayoko, and Yan on Medium:

10 Ways to Support Coronavirus Relief in Japan

by Robin Lewis (Co-Founder of Social Innovation Japan & mymizu)

 

5 Ways to Support Your Immune System During the Pandemic

by Kayoko Hirano (Certified Obesity Prevention Health Coach)

 

Job Hunting in a Global Pandemic and Recession

by Yan Fan (Co-Founder and CTO of Code Chrysalis)

 

[Special Shout Outs]

Thanks to Guidable for featuring Tokyo Speaks! Check out Guidable Jobs and Guidable Media

Episode 82 background music by Rhyming Gaijin 

 

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Forging Your Own Path

Forging Your Own Path

April 7, 2020

Episode 81: Amber Chook is Co-founder of Zebra Global and Founder of TEDxRoppongi (an independently-organized TEDx event in Tokyo). Amber moved to Mie, Japan from Harbin, China at the age of 15, and she was placed in a high school that had low expectations for its graduates.

Instead of following the standard path for women in the area, getting married and becoming a housewife, Amber pushed aside her high school responsibilities and religiously studied English on her own; then eventually pursued her college education at Hosei University in Tokyo. 

In this episode, we discuss topics such as:

  • Growing up in China and Japan
  • Her interest and career in Blockchain technology
  • Women empowerment in the tech/fin-tech sector
  • Her passion for social impact
 

[Follow Amber Chook]

Facebook | LinkedIn

 

[Amber Chook's Book Recommendations]

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 

The Alchemist

 

[Co-host]

Jasmine Griner a.k.a Enlightize - @enlightize

 

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Machine Learning Tokyo

Machine Learning Tokyo

March 24, 2020

Episode 80: The featured guests are Machine Learning Tokyo (MLT) members Suzana Ilić (co-founder), Dimitris Katsios, and Asir Saeed. MLT is a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization dedicated to democratizing Machine Learning (ML). They are a team of engineers and researchers--now with a community of 5,000 people--and the winner of the Rakuten Technology & Innovation Silver Award 2019. 

In this episode, we discuss the following topics: 

  • What is Machine Learning  
  • What kind of knowledge base is needed to excel in Machine Learning
  • How to participate in MLT study sessions and events
  • Diversity, inclusion and ethics in Machine Learning
  • Future career opportunities 

 

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Machine Learning Tokyo - MLT Website | Facebook | Meetup.com | Twitter

 

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Tokyo Speaks was recently featured on the Guidable Japan website! Also check out Guidable Jobs for jobs 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

 

[Resource]

Tokyo Mothers Group 

  

[Special thanks]   

Monica, Nydia, and Tara

 

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Rebranding to Tokyo Speaks

Rebranding to Tokyo Speaks

March 7, 2020

Episode 78: This is more of an announcement than the usual guest-featured chat about life in Japan. Raw Urban Mobile Podcast has been rebranded to the name Tokyo Speaks. In this short episode, Cliff explains how this podcast got started and why the name changed. This podcast will resume its regular episode schedule--every other Tuesday--on Tuesday, March 10th. Episode length: 7 minutes.

 

[Special thanks]

Graphic Designer Jenn Piatkowski. Jennifer is the designer of the Tokyo Speaks logo.

 

[Music Credit]

Background music for this episode by Rapper/Producer, Rhyming Gaijin.

 

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The Noh Master’s Wife

The Noh Master’s Wife

February 22, 2020

Episode 77: Madeleine Abdel-Jalil Umewaka is author of the book and autobiography The Noh Master’s Wife: A Journey From Lebanon to Japan. In this episode, Madeleine shares her experience of leaving her home country during the beginning of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), and integrating into Japanese culture, as well as the close-knit society of Noh theatre. 

Madeleine details what it was like being married to Japanese Noh actor, Naohiko Umewaka, who comes from a prestigious six hundred year-old Noh lineage. Noh is the oldest surviving form of Japanese theater.

Buy The Noh Master's Wife: A Journey From Lebanon to Japan (レバノンから来た能楽師の妻) by Madeleine Abdel-Jalil Umewaka here! (Japanese version)

[Raw Urban Mobile Podcast rebranded to Tokyo Speaks Podcast on Mar 7, 2020]

 

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