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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

 

[Follow Steffie Harner]

steffieharner.com

 

[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 

  

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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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Me Too, With You

Me Too, With You

February 4, 2020

Episode 76: Sachiko Ishikawa is a project manager in the video game industry. She is also an intersectional feminist, who speaks out about issues concerning women in society. In this episode, we chat with Sachiko about a monthly protest in Japan called the Flower Demo. She shares her own personal experience of sexual assault and explains three conditions of sexual consent. [Episode length: 52 minutes]

Join the next Flower Demo in Tokyo on Tuesday evening, February 11 at Tokyo Station. Click here to learn about more event locations in Japan.

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

 

[Featured Guest]

Sachiko Ishikawa - @Ishikawa_Sachi

 

[Co-host]

Nina Cataldo - @ninalalala 

 

[Related Articles]

Japan's Flower Demo: A Report from the Scene 

In Japan Rape Cases, 'No' Still Means No Conviction, and Protests Are Growing

 

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Yakuzen: Food is Medicine

Yakuzen: Food is Medicine

January 21, 2020

Episode 75: Kayoko Hirano is a certified obesity prevention health coach and founder of YakuZen Therapy. After returning to Japan from New York, where she held a corporate job for 6 years, Kayoko experienced weight fluctuation for years; that led her to develop her own weight loss protocol. She then deepened her knowledge at the Japan Obesity Prevention Society Institute.

In this episode, we chat with Kayoko about the concept of yakuzen (food therapy), misconceptions about Japanese food, and her childhood interest in the English language, which inspired her to experience life outside of Japan. [Episode length: 56 minutes]

 **Farewell Shockolate Buddha**

This is the last episode recorded with Raw Urban Mobile Podcast original co-host Shockolate Buddha. The podcast will also have a location change after two years of recording inside the mobile man cave. Stay locked in for more informative and entertaining conversations with locals in Japan, including occasional guest co-hosts. 

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

 

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Kayoko Hirano - LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram

 

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Super Smash Hoes Podcast

Super Smash Hoes Podcast

January 7, 2020

Episode 74: Erika Bulach and Fahreen Budhwani met in 2018 while attending Sophia University in Tokyo. After realizing they shared similar interests, Erika and Fahreen teamed up and created the Super Smash Hoes Podcast. On the podcast they discuss societal issues concerning gender inequality, women's rights, feminism, the LGBTQ+ community and more; in the context of Japanese society.  

In this episode, Erika, who was raised in Japan, shares her experiences with sexual harassment and assault. We also discuss the safety and overall well-being of women in Japan. Fahreen could not physically join us; however, this episode includes an audio summation of her dissertation "Why Womenomics Isn't Working in Japan", which adds another layer of depth to this informative chat. 

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

 

[Featured guest]

Super Smash Hoes (Erika & Fahreen) - Anchor | Instagram: @supersmashhoespodcast

 

[Resource]

"Why Womenomics Isn't Working in Japan by Fahreen Budhwani

 

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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. 

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

 

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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. 

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

 

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Ed Thompson - LinkedIn | About Me

Concept Design - Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

 

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