Friday, July 18, 2014

Japan Podcast - 075 - How to Save Money in Japan

The Japan Podcast -- Episode 075 -- "How to Save Money in Japan" 

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Show Notes:

  1.  Cook yourself 
  2. Local Supermarket in the evening (Look for the 50% off sticker) 
  3. Freezer is your friend 
  4. Eat at home 
  5. Bring your lunch to work during the week 
  6. Buy things that are in season (Veggies and fruits) 
  7.  Local Farmers Markets 
  8. Fish markets will have deals on several fish (fish bundles) 
  9. The "Save your change daily method". 
  10. Wholesale Markets (Costco, Mr Max) 
  11. Check Apps and websites for coupon (i.e. McDonalds) 
  12. 100 Yen Stores and Supermakets 
  13. Point Cards Shop Online 
  14. Get travel money but ride your bicycle or walk (ride the train there and walk home, take the bus instead of the train to save a 100 yen here and there, cycle if at all possible) 
  15. Sukiya, Yoshinoya, etc. 
  16. Don't join a gym, hit up the local parks and sports parks, get off the train one or two stops earlier and walk.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Japan Podcast - 074 - Typhoon Number 8

Japan Podcast - 074 - Typhoon Number 8

While halfway through recording a solo episode of the Japan Podcast I managed to catch Anthony "The Crank" on Skype, so we had a nice 30 minute conversation.  He gave us the pre-summer update.  It was great to catch up with him, and I predict more shows with both of us in the future!!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Japan Podcast is Now on Stitcher!!

Hey folks, check this out!! We are now officially on Stitcher (^_^) So, for those that don't like iTunes or are a big fan of Stitcher's app for Android and iOS....Subscribe to our show.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Help Support "The Yank" and "The Crank" through Patreon

To help give The Japan Podcast the boost that it needs, we are launching a Patreon Campaign.  With as little as $1 per episode your patronage will help us continue to bring you the podcast, and allow us to start adding more exclusive content, that I have no doubt will be valuable to you.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

The Japan Podcast - Episode 073 - Teaching in Japan with no Degree

The Japan Podcast - Episode 073

In this episode of The Japan Podcast we answer a listeners question about teaching in Japan without a degree.  Our listener has a somewhat unique situation with a "Child of Japanese Visa" (i.e. His mom or dad is Japanese).  In the podcast I answer his question and give him some advice and recommendations.

  • Housing in Japan
  • What kind of jobs are available and what type to look for
  • What to do in the first week or two
  • ..... and lots more so have a listen :-)
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Saturday, May 24, 2014

New Japan Vending Machine 2014

Well, what do we have here? It looks like a new style vending machine in Japan.  

Here I blew up the picture a bit so we can do a price check on drinks in Japan. Looks like the prices went up a little bit.  Deals can still be had if you go to supermarkets or grocery stores. 
  • Cola (PET Bottle) 16o Yen
  • Tea (PET Bottle ) 160 Yen
  • Water (Pet Bottle) 110 Yen
  • Can Coffee 130~140 Yen
  • Cola/Fanta (Can) 120 Yen
Don't forget to recycle when your finished with the bin next to the machines.  They are labeled so you know what to put where.  

Anthony "The Crank" Goes to Yobuko to Eat Squid

Just got of the Skypes with Anthony "The Crank" and he was nice enough to share some of his pictures from a trip to Yobuko in Karatsu, Japan.  Yobuko is famous for one thing and one thing only....SQUID! Otherwise known as "Ika" イカ in Japanese.  
The waters off of Karatsu have lots of squid and other fresh fish.  Below is the bridge to Yobuko.   

I have also had the pleasure of going to Yobuko on several occasions and have to say that if you want fresh delicious Ika, Yobuko is the place to go.  Basically, the way it works is that the staff grabs a live squid, cuts it up a bit, puts it on a plate while it's still moving, squeezes lemon on it and it changes colors.  Next you eat the Ika sashimi (raw squid) for a while, and then when you are ready to make tumpura fried squid with the remaining parts of the squid you didn't eat.

The Ika tempura. 

In most parts of Japan there are sea walls just about everywhere.  You will always see people fishing off of them. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Japan Podcast: May 2014 Update

Japan Podcast May 2014 Update
Just a quick update to let you know what's going on. Stay tuned for a full episode later this week.
Thanks, Eric "The Yank"

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