Tokyo Speaks
Dating in Tokyo

Dating in Tokyo

October 1, 2019

Episode 61: Chalice and Bri, both American women and Tokyo residents for 5 plus years, spill the tea about dating in Tokyo. We discuss their preferences in men, and dating Japanese men versus foreign men. 

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Self-Validation

Self-Validation

September 24, 2019

Episode 60: Originally from Osaka, Mai relocated to Tokyo for a new job and to experience what the big city has to offer. In this episode, we chat with Mai about her experiences of being ostracized and bullied for not behaving and thinking like most Japanese. She details her internal struggles, stemming from a broken relationship with her mother, which also led to long-lasting suicidal thoughts and a deep need for self-validation. [Episode length: 53 minutes]

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Kenyan Super Mom

Kenyan Super Mom

September 17, 2019

Episode 59: Dr. Harriet Ocharo is a Research Scientist for a Japanese multinational conglomerate company, and she is also a single parent. Prior to moving to Tokyo, Dr. Harriet relocated from Kenya to rural Japan to study for a PhD in Information Science at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST). 

Studying abroad is quite common; what is not common is doing this while raising a child in a foreign country. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Harriet about her life in Japan as a single parent. 

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Japanese Corporate Culture: The Good & Bad

Japanese Corporate Culture: The Good & Bad

September 10, 2019

Episode 58: Rochelle Kopp is a management consultant, columnist and author. She specializes in cross-cultural communication, human resources, leadership and organization development; working with Japanese companies doing business globally and global companies doing business in Japan.

Rochelle writes for publications in Japan and the U.S., including ongoing columns in the Asahi Shimbun, Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun, the Newsweek Japan website, and U.S. Frontline News. She is also the author of 37 books, including her most recent work--written in Japanese--titled "外国人と働き方" (How to Work with Foreigners).

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Marketing Beauty & Lifestyle

Marketing Beauty & Lifestyle

July 30, 2019

Episode 56: Chioma Anyalewechi is Founder and Director of An-yal, a digital marketing company in Tokyo, Japan. In this episode, we have a fun chat with Chioma about backpacking in 23 countries, teaching English at prestigious Japanese companies, and starting her own company. 

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Nigerian Born

Nigerian Born

July 9, 2019

Episode 53: Bukky Odejobi is Founder and Creative Director of Awa'Tori. Awa'Tori's mission is to bridge gaps in creative industries between African and Asian markets. Serah Alabi is a fashion graduate and freelance photographer. Serah will have her first photo exhibition in Tokyo on July 26.

Both Bukky (Nigerian-Canadian) and Serah (Nigerian-German) were born in Nigeria but emigrated to different countries. We bring these ladies together for a chat about their Nigerian roots, growing up in Canada and Germany, and their endeavors in Japan. Serah and Bukky didn't know each other prior to this podcast.

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Why I Left My Dream Job

Why I Left My Dream Job

July 2, 2019

Episode 52: In her early 20s, Jasmine Griner (a.k.a Enlightize), worked at the World Bank Group, which she said was her dream job; however, Jasmine reached a point when she decided to move on—leaving behind a lucrative career—to follow in the footsteps of her grandma. In this episode, we learn how her grandma (and parents) influenced her journey at a young age. 

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Queen of Japanese Horror

Queen of Japanese Horror

June 18, 2019

Episode 50: Award-winning Filmmaker, Pablo Absento, has gained global recognition for her horror short films at multiple festivals all around the world; also getting the attention of Academy Award-winning Director Guillermo del Toro ("Master of Horror"), who generously retweeted one of her works. Pablo joins us on the podcast to talk about her love for Japanese folklore and making horror films in Japan. She also shares some bizarre and horrific experiences while making those films. 

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Princess of Japanese Girly Fashion

Princess of Japanese Girly Fashion

June 11, 2019

Episode 49: Ebony Bowens is a Japanese fashion enthusiast, who works in the entertainment sector as a singer/performer. Ebony joins us to talk about girly fashion styles from Japan; the importance for women of color to be given equal opportunity and positive representation in Japanese society; and inspiring women to embrace their femininity. She details her experiences in the U.S. and Japan in regards to the aforementioned subjects. 

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Idol Culture & Sex Work

Idol Culture & Sex Work

May 21, 2019

Episode 46: Amina Du Jean's dreams of being a J-Pop idol in Japan came true when she was scouted by a Japanese talent agency. In 2015, she moved to Japan to pursue her dream while also attending a Japanese university. Since leaving the J-Pop idol business, Amina relocated to London, where she's continuing her studies in sociocultural anthropology, writing her first book, and working as a sex worker. She also writes about popular cultures/subcultures and creates similar content on YouTube. We chat with Amina about her experiences in Japanese idol culture, sex worker rights and activism. 

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Foodie Adventures

Foodie Adventures

May 15, 2019

Episode 45: Stephanie Haddad is a Food & Travel Writer, who is also the founder of Japan Food Trips. Japan Food Trips takes you on a culinary journey through the lens of a local - introducing you to hidden foodie gems in Tokyo and surrounding areas. We talk with Stephanie about bizarre Japanese delicacies (whale, blowfish, "natto" and more), the different trips Japan Food Trips offers, and her career in TV editing.

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Every Day is Gravy

Every Day is Gravy

May 10, 2019

Episode 44: Leza Lowitz is a writer, yoga instructor, and owner of Sun and Moon Yoga studio in Gotanda, Tokyo. Leza shares her spiritual path from meditation to martial arts to Yoga; as well as important life lessons in empathy, kindness, and interconnectedness. She also details what life was like in Tokyo after two major tragedies in Japan: Tokyo Sarin Gas Attack (1995) and Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami (2011). 

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