Cool People in Japan Episode 14: Aya Kawakami

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For episode 14 I was very lucky to sit down with the amazing Aya Kawakami, who walked me through how theatre became her obsession, and what made her want to start her own production company. Be sure to check out her website to see what she has coming in the future:

https://theatreiridescence.com/

I’m also pleased to announce that the Japan Podcast Network are featuring us for the next couple of months, make the effort to visit them and have a listen to some of their awesome podcasts!

https://www.japanpodcastnetwork.com/

Cool People in Japan – Episode 13: Alex Fraioli

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Bar owner and podcast dynamo, Alex Fraioli was a hard prize to bag, twice our interview fell through but I refused to take the (not so) subtle hints that he had better things to do with his time and persevered; this particular episode was recorded at about 3am on a Tuesday night (or Wednesday morning), with patrons still enjoying a rigorous game of Mario Tennis at Alex’s bar. It’s a little noisy, but sums up Alex’s hectic life perfectly, he’s an awesome dude, with very little free time and I’m glad he chose to spend some of that with me…and you by proxy. Be sure to check out Critical Hit if you are in the Nagoya area (www.criticalhitbar.com) as well as No More Whoopers, an awesome podcast Alex co-hosts (www.nomorewhoppers.tumblr.com).

Cool People in Japan – Episode 12: Dean Webber

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The podcast’s first non-Nagoya based cool person, Dean Webber is a man in love with Kyoto, and before we sat down for this interview we enjoyed the iconic Daimonji Festival from the comfort of his balcony. Thanks for a great night mate and an even better interview.

Cool People in Japan – Episode 11: Mark Guthrie

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We are back on the interviews with a real doozy this week, Mark Guthrie, local writer and beer aficionado. We spoke about Mark’s upcoming projects, what he does in his free time and exploring this weird alien emotion called happiness…wasn’t really sure what he was talking about, but I nodded and smiled!

You can pick up a digital version of Mark’s debut novel on Amazon, simply click anywhere on this line of text…except here!

Cool People in Japan – Episode 9: Evan Gach

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This week I spoke with Evan Gach, a musician, DJ, PHD Student, environmental warrior and pub-crawl veteran. We spoke about Dad Jokes, American politics, the environment and how Evan became a student here in Japan and is actually planning his future…what a crazy idea! I might have pronounced his surname wrong, so to apologise, here’s some props for his awesome music:

Cool People in Japan – Episode 7: Adam Pasion…again!

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After a hectic week and a couple of interviews fell through, the true hero that is Adam Pasion swung in to rescue the podcast from a week of dead-air. Also, I’ve set myself up for a fall by asking you lovely people to submit a few questions for episode 10…please get in touch!

Cool People in Japan – Episode 6: Steve Allen

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For episode 6 I sat down with my senpai, Steve Allen, a DJ, father, teacher and former alcoholic. We spoke about everything from teaching, health checks, keeping cool in the summer and a weird disposition I have to ignore people to save from ruining their day!