About this podcast
An ill informed Korean living in Japan trying to have civilised, humorous discussions with interesting, well-informed people.
About this podcast
An ill informed Korean living in Japan trying to have civilised, humorous discussions with interesting, well-informed people.
Starting from scratch. Born and raised in Japan, but not Japanese.
On today's episode of the podcast, I am joined by Rahul. He and I share a lot of similarities. We both have lost so much growing up, and had to adapt to survive. He, like myself, had to DIY approach to life, especially in higher education. Whilst I have paid and am paying for my education, Rahul did so by being an integral part of the company he's currently working at. He's the classic underdog story, with a twist. First being hired as a package fulfilment specialist, he worked his way up by charming the CEO and the fellow employees of his company. Now, the company is paying for his education because they see his unlimited potential, and current worth. We also delved into his experiences as an Indian who was born and raised in Japan, and the drawbacks he had to face because of that. It was a big pleasure getting to pick his brain, and I'm sure y'all will feel that too. Rahul's second and drunker episode, where we delve in to his FALSELY laid image as a homophobe, and more in depth conversation about privilege, racism, and all sorts of other shit, will be provided on my Patreon, coming online soon! Thanks for listening, hope y'all enjoy.
What is good art? And being an artist in Tokyo
On this episode of my podcast, I talk with my very talented friend Amy! She's a Canadian artist currently working and living in Tokyo. We talk about how her creative process differs when she's making content in Tokyo, compared to back home, and I try to pick her brain about what she thinks makes art good and/or timeless. She has a lot of diverse and engaging art that she currently sells on her website an showcases on Instagram and other galleries/pop-ups in Tokyo, and she's also just one of the funniest people to talk to and share thoughts with. Enjoy!
Stop Asian Hate Crimes
Hi guys, today's episode is a bit different. This is more for myself than anyone else. I thought I'd try to verbalise my thoughts on the hate crime shooting that happened in the past few days in Atlanta. These are my opinions, and rather than posting more tragic porn on my social media, I thought just ranting and sharing my thoughts here were better methods to share my thoughts and to just unload. Thank you for listening.
The chef life in Tokyo, and burning down your house at 8 years old
On today's episode of my podcast, I have my good friend Louis. He's a half Australian half Japanese chef currently working in Tokyo, and he's incredibly interesting. His zen and nonchalant outlook in life makes talking to him one of the most entertaining experiences you'll ever have. On this episode, we talk about Louis's path to becoming a chef, his love for anime, and his surprising reveal of the fact that he literally burned down his house to ashes when he was 8 years old. Enjoy!
Famous on Tiktok, Japanese hustle culture, and FILMS
On today's episode of my podcast, I am joined by the buff, the handsome, the talented, and the hardworking Shota. Shota is a Japanese American living in Tokyo working as a video producer, creative, photographer, and content creator. He's been and still is hustling in the media world in order to learn as much as he can, so that he can reach his goal of working in the film industry. That being said, I enjoyed a thorough and energetic conversation with him about our favourite film, and different aspects to what makes a good movie. You will hear in this interview of how dedicated he is to his craft, and how nonchalant he is about his Tiktok fame, which, in my opinion, shows the modesty Shota has and lives by. Growing up in different parts of the world, Shota and I also discuss the experiences of being raised in multiple cultures, and how that's shaped our perspective and out look today. Enjoy!
Peace, tech, and multicultural parenting
On this episode of my podcast, I interview the talented, the disciplined, and the intelligent: Peace Gates! It was such a pleasure interviewing Peace because of his very interesting and colourful background. Raised in Japan, Peace faced multiculturalism head on when he decided to attend a full on American high school at a US military base after spending the rest of his years in the Japanese education system. Peace runs a Youtube channel focused on tech reviews and, as you will hear on this episode, he's incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about his specialty. He's also a photographer and a videographer, a man of many talents. He is also one of the most disciplined and focused person I've met in my life, as he lives his life with value, perseverance, and PEACE. A little disclaimer from Peace: he would like to let the listeners know that he's not an expert on gaming PCs, and tried to give the best explanation when commenting on the build of the new Macbook Pro. Enjoy!
Converting to Islam in a modern world, and the curious lives of porn stars
On the second part of my podcast with Misha, we divert in to another incredibly interesting aspect of her life. Personally, she's the first half American half Japanese individual whom I know converted to Islam so it was very captivating to hear her story of how she came to accept the religion. She breaks all stereotypes of what the conventional, and often ignorant, image of what Islamism should be. In my opinion, she represents what all great things about religion represents, basic human kindness and compassion. Sprinkled with some humor and odd insights into different aspects of modern society, this episode is yet again a very rewarding conversations I've had on the podcast. Hope y'all enjoy!
Starting a movement, and spreading consent
On this episode of my podcast, I'm joined by the incredibly intelligent and funny Misha! I was lucky enough to be introduced to her by a childhood friend of mine, and had the honour of interviewing her about her life's struggle and accomplishments. Misha, who happens to be a survivor of sexual assult, is the co-founder of Speak Up Sophia, a university organization created to educate and spread the concept of consent , and ultimately prevent sexual assaults in Japan. She is an inspiration to us all, as she created something so meaningful out of an experience that should never occur. She is also a frequent contributor to the Japan Times, and now currently a masters student at the esteemed University of Tokyo, where she studies political science. Throughout this podcast, she shares a lot of the traumas she had to endure and overcome to be at where she is today. Paired up with her great sense of humor, I can confidently say that this interview was one of the most inspiring and entertaining podcasts I've recorded thus far. Hope you enjoy this episode!
What's the meaning of life? Let us foolishly try to answer that
On the third and final part of my interview with Lorcan, we try to answer THE question: what would a dictatorship led by Tae look like? And then quickly followed by the close second: what is the meaning of life? Lorcan and I try to tackle down the hefty question by referencing the books and philosophies that we were and are inspired by throughout our lives. Enjoy!
Are the new Star Wars films absolute abominations? Not according to Lorcan
This episode of the podcast has a clear topic of discourse: are the new Star Wars trilogy absolute fucking horse shit? Or does it have value? My best friend Lorcan seems to think the latter, and I try to tell him otherwise. We then discuss our thoughts on the Hollywood business as a whole, and different actors involved in that industry. Enjoy!
Nigeria is the Korea of Africa, and being black in Japan.
To commemorate another semester of subpar quality education shrouded under superficial prestige, I introduce you to all.. Lorcan. Lorcan is a dear friend of mine who happens to be a rocket scientist. He is also.. Korean. He's the type of man who you'd ask if you can't access google, as he has some form of knowledge about almost anything you're curious about. He's also the man you want to call when you're in trouble, as he's one of the most loyal and passionate friends I know. On this episode of the podcast, Lorcan and I talk about myriad of topics including the varying minority experience in Japan, Japanese work culture, family dynamics, and the use of the 'n-word.' Enjoy!
So, where's falafel reeaaallly from? Oh, and Israel's mistreatment of Palestine
Before I give a brief introduction to this episode, I would like to give out a little disclaimer: In case some of you listeners jump the gun, our criticism of Israel is towards the government and the state of Israel, not of the Israeli and Jewish people as a whole. I think that's a very important distinction to make and keep in mind before listening to this episode, as this topic is a very sensitive one for many people. On this episode of the podcast, I'm again joined by the amazing Yasmine. For some context, Yasmine is from Egypt and I'm from Korea. Egypt has signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979 and have been economic allies ever since. As someone who've studied the region's conflicts as the best I could, with as much objectivity I could have, my opinions about the conclusion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the aftermath are from a process of weighing atrocities done on both sides. We talk about our opinions of the inhumane treatment the people of Palestine are receiving under the Israeli state, and also discuss the obviously most important question: who was the OG creator of the oh so scrumptious and mouth watering falafel? Enjoy!
'Sustainable' fashion, the modelling industry, and Egypt
On today's episode of my podcast, I am joined by Yasmine. Yasmine's had a very interesting background here in Tokyo. Although she's from Egypt, she spent her entire childhood and adult life here in Tokyo, attending both Japanese and International schools. She's a local with a unique perspective, as she experienced living in a homogenous country as a foreigner both as a child and an adult. Yet, like most people in this world, one thing can't come close to define who Yasmine is. She's an artist, a friend, a model, a thinker, and a passionate advocate for her work and what it stands for. But, the two traits that I think defines her the best are humble and self-aware, as many of you will hear from this podcast. She realises the hypocrisies of the system she's apart of, but, most importantly, tries to better her surroundings with her actions and commentaries. With this in mind, Yasmine and I explore the sustainable fashion industry, the modelling world, and the cultural and societal differences between her home country, Egypt, and her second home, Japan. Enjoy!
Lets talk about sex, education, and consent baby~~
On this personal episode of my podcast, I am once again joined by the great Julie for the second part of our podcast. We begin the conversation by discussing her very lovely long distance relationship with a hot hunk of a man aka her boyfriend, and continue on to discuss the importance of the right type of education in our youth. The topics range from the use of mind altering substances to the topic of sex and consent. Julie and I continue on to discuss how consent is incredibly essential to basic human interaction, but also how it can be construed to cause harm on others. As some of the anecdotes here are very personal ones from my life, I do stick by what I said and what happened. I want to say that my experiences are definitely NOT monolith, and that based on statistics and stories alone, stories told by women should be taken seriously and with face value.
How does one become a creative producer in Tokyo? And the worrying trend of weaponising mental illness for sympathy
On today's episode of my podcast, we have an inspiration. My very good friend Julie is a success story here in Japan. Not only did she master a very difficult language during her studies here, but she also wouldn't compromise to the status quo of limited job opportunities in Japan for foreigners. With her amazingly positive, loving, and mindful personality, she was able to fight and work for the jobs that made her happy, landing her the position of creative director in one of the most interesting and colorful creative agencies here in Tokyo. On this episode, we delve into what her path was like to get to where she is now, and all you listeners will get to hear why everyone loves her the moment they meet her. Piggybacking off of the topic of the creative industry, we also comment on how some influencers, models, and sociopaths try to mimic and weaponise common symptoms of mental illness to garner sympathy, attention, and favours. Enjoy!
Freelancing in Tokyo as artists, yay or nay?
On the second part of my podcast with Riko, we delve in to the ethics behind the freelance art world in Tokyo. To have a proper discourse, we bring up an event that's picking up a lot of traction right now in Tokyo, and ask ourselves if the whole procedure of an artistic 'collective' in events is either a good or predatory practice/industry. A topic like this would've been too one sided if I was having this discourse with someone who didn't know much about the world of event planning and art collectives, as I and most people do not have first hand or even second hand experience on the procedural and creational aspect of running such events/collectives. That's why this episode was so engaging as I got to put in my opinions to someone who is very knowledgeable in this world. Hope y'all enjoy!
Child prodigy, artistic prowess, and man-buns
On today's episode of my podcast, I'm joined by the incredibly creative and intelligent Riko! She's a Japanese Kiwi artist who creates beautiful paintings about the world around her. But wait, there's more. Not only is she a creative powerhouse, but also happens to be a child prodigy, which is extensively discussed on this episode. She's also a fan of man-buns. Underneath all her great achievements and skillsets, Riko is one of the most perceptive and empathetic people I have met. She has a way of attracting people into the conversation and making the participants feel like they're in a safe space, even if the topic of the conversation is divisive. She's soft spoken, not because she's shy, but because her message and tone resonate themselves. I hope you guys enjoy this episode, and hope all of you are having a great start to a new year!
Mental health in Tokyo, and psychedelics
Happy new year everyone! Lets hope that COVID-19 fucks off in 2021. Today's episode is the 2nd part of the interview I had with Tanner. On this episode, we talk about how mental health is treated here in Tokyo and how predatory the field can be when it comes to western psychiatrists practicing in Asian countries. We then move on the something Tanner is very passionate about, which is the modern use of psychedelics to help mental health and treat mental illnesses. Enjoy!
It's all about that PMI (Potatoes, Mormon royalty, Idaho)
Merry Christmas everyone! To the few listeners I have, I apologise for the little hiatus I took from posting up episodes. I took some days off to fully celebrate the holidays with some good friends, food, and booze. Now back to it! On today's podcast, I have my very good friend Tanner joining us. He's an intellectual, a psychedelic, mormonism, and potato aficionado, a model, a dj, an artist, and just overall a good friend. On this part of our interview, we mainly focus on Tanner's specialty on his home state of Idaho and special connection to mormonism. Enjoy!
Insta models, transgender athletes, and the fat acceptance movement
On the second and drunker part of my interview with Mei, we throw in some opinions on into some dicey topics, as we usually do. I ask her about her experience being an Instagram model, the good, the bad, and the ugly. We go further in by looking at the ironies, hypocrisies, and the tragic aspects of being a model, and continue on to talk about the body acceptance movements that have been happening in recent times. Hope y'all enjoy this episode, and if you do get offended then please message me and send me death threats so I can feel like John Lennon.