I don’t think I’ve ever once talked about Japanese podcasts on this site. They exist, and they exist in abundance. I have my favorites, and I tend to stick with them. I’m quite picky with my podcasts; they have to be interesting, high quality, contain unique information, and match my interests exactly. I recently introduced you to what variety shows I was watching right now. Next up are podcasts.
“Watching and exchanging thoughts on Dragon Ball Super’s weekly episodes.”
I started watching Dragon Ball before I knew what anime was. I’ve been a long time fan. While it’s more of a nostalgia trip for me, I find it fun to hear discussions about the newest continuation of the series that started a year and a half ago.
Every week, after the newest episode, 2 Dragon Ball fans discuss it. What results is a comedic dynamic and great entertainment. The discussion is from the Japanese person perspective of the series, which is different than a Western discussion. Japanese culture and the real Japan world are constantly weaved into what’s being talked about, and this is what makes it stand out.
They have about 85 episodes, and I am assuming will continue doing this until the end Dragon Ball Super. If you ever thought to yourself that you wanted a deeper Dragon Ball analysis, you may want to try this out.
“NHK News Radio”
Up until recently I was a fanatic of this podcast. I stopped listening to it so much because there was too much stress-inducing news, and hearing so much of it every day wasn’t doing me any good. But this podcast is good. Probably one of the best.
It’s clear and easy to understand, with a nice balance between male and female newscasters. It is updated multiple times a day, and was absolute perfect material for me for shadowing. Since they review the same news stories throughout the day, it is easier to pick up on news terminology and events. It acts like a built in SRS because not only does it repeat multiple times daily (with variation), but a lot of news stories continue to develop throughout the week, so new words and phrases stick.
If you want to challenge yourself, try to listen to all daily updates (including the end of day hour long journal update).
3. IT ニュース六時五分
“Daily Morning IT News at 6:05am”
While I gave up binging world news and politics, I still love science and technology news and find it uplifting. 足立明穂 (Akiho Adachi) is an excellent podcaster. His voice is friendly, he speaks at a nice pace, and he sure knows what he is talking about.
He’s a bit of a mystery, as he boasts how he won’t use a smartphone, but at the same time absolutely loves discussing modern technology. Lately he’s been talking a lot about AI development in Japan, a fascinating topic (both on a moral and technological level).
He delivers his podcast every morning at 6:05am (hence the title). He’s easy to shadow, and despite being a solo podcaster, his episodes never get boring.
“Akiho Adachi’s Weekly IT Trend X”
Adachi-san from the above podcast is so good, he has a completely separate and sponsored podcast, that he does with a partner. It’s similar in content, covering IT trends and discussing them, but having a second person adds a new dimension. It is also a longer podcast that covers a full week worth of new tech news.
I like watching both. A full week of daily ones, and then the weekly one, as it acts as a good wrap-up of what he has been discussing.
“Hino Kaeko’s Rules of Love and Work”
When I first ran into this podcast, I did not think it would be something I’d be excited to listen to. But 日野佳恵子 (Kaeko Hino) is a a great personality. I enjoy the business/job advice more, but the love advice is just as entertaining, and she often mixes the two together (love and work are the same genre anyway?)
It is a listener question and answer format. A listener sends in a love or work related question and she answers it together with the show’s “navigator” ナグ (Nagu). He manages to bring out the best in her, and their conversations always bring me a good laugh.
They’ve been doing the show since 2012, with a number of long breaks in between. While the other podcasts above are time-sensitive, I recommend starting with the first episode and enjoying the ride of the 100+ episodes to today.
What Podcasts do you Recommend?
What have you been listening to lately that you think everyone here on Jalup should check out? Leave some podcasts in the comments and let’s grow this list!
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.