Raw Urban Mobile Podcast
Queen of Japanese Horror

Queen of Japanese Horror

June 18, 2019

Episode 50: Award-winning Filmmaker, Pablo Absento, has gained global recognition for her horror short films at multiple festivals all around the world; also getting the attention of Academy Award-winning Director Guillermo del Toro ("Master of Horror"), who generously retweeted one of her works. Pablo joins us on the podcast to talk about her love for Japanese folklore and making horror films in Japan. She also shares some bizarre and horrific experiences while making those films. 

Pablo's info:

Watch Pablo's short films via her YouTube Channel!

@pablo_absento (Instagram)

Pablo Absento (Facebook)

Hometown - Weybridge, UK

 

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Princess of Japanese Girly Fashion

Princess of Japanese Girly Fashion

June 11, 2019

Episode 49: Ebony Bowens is a Japanese fashion enthusiast, who works in the entertainment sector as a singer/performer. Ebony joins us to talk about girly fashion styles from Japan; the importance for women of color to be given equal opportunity and positive representation in Japanese society; and inspiring women to embrace their femininity. She details her experiences in the U.S. and Japan in regards to the aforementioned subjects. 

Ebony's info:

@ebunnybee Facebook | Instagram 

@ebunny_bee Twitter 

Hometown - Bronx, NY

 

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Icon Andre Mizrahi

Icon Andre Mizrahi

June 4, 2019

Episode 48: Icon Andre Mizrahi, Founding Father of the House of Mizrahi, is one of the most notable figures of underground ballroom culture, which was started in NYC by the Black and Hispanic LGBT community. Not only has he achieved the highest status of "Icon" for his fierce competitiveness, awards, and leadership; Andre has inspired others around the world, including Konomi Shishido, who's better known as the Legendary Mother Koppi Mizrahi.

Koppi entered the ballroom scene in 2009 as the first Japanese and foreign member and was deemed the status of "Legendary" in 2016 (at the Latex Ball in NYC) for establishing a House of Mizrahi chapter in Japan; she then established more chapters in other Asian countries. For this episode, Andre joins us in the mobile man cave with Koppi to talk about his long history in ballroom culture, as well as his first trip to Japan.  

Andre's info:

Andre Mizrahi (Facebook)

Hometown - Brooklyn, NY

 

Koppi's info:

@koppimiza (Instagram)

Koppi Mizrahi (Facebook)

@koppimiza (Twitter)

Hometown - Tokyo, Japan

 

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ON-1: Building a Creative Community

ON-1: Building a Creative Community

May 29, 2019

Episode 47: Jimi Okelana is Founder and CEO of ON-1, Inc. ON-1 is an interactive, multimedia event and production team established in the heart of Shibuya. In this episode, Jimi shares the many twists and turns of his professional career, which included attending graduate school in Japan. He also talks about why it was important for him to get a Japanese "seal of approval", as he strives to build an innovative and sustainable creative community driven by tech, fashion, art and music in Tokyo.

Jimi's info:

https://on-1.io/ (Website)

ON-1 (Facebook) 

ON-1 (Instagram)

Hometown - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

 

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Idol Culture & Sex Work

Idol Culture & Sex Work

May 21, 2019

Episode 46: Amina Du Jean's dreams of being a J-Pop idol in Japan came true when she was scouted by a Japanese talent agency. In 2015, she moved to Japan to pursue her dream while also attending a Japanese university. Since leaving the J-Pop idol business, Amina relocated to London, where she's continuing her studies in sociocultural anthropology, writing her first book, and working as a sex worker. She also writes about popular cultures/subcultures and creates similar content on YouTube. We chat with Amina about her experiences in Japanese idol culture, sex worker rights and activism. 

Amina's info:

www.aminadujean.com

@aminadujean (Instagram)

@aminadujean (Twitter)

 Amina Du Jean (YouTube)

Hometown - Detroit, Michigan 

 

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Foodie Adventures

Foodie Adventures

May 15, 2019

Episode 45: Stephanie Haddad is a Food & Travel Writer, who is also the founder of Japan Food Trips. Japan Food Trips takes you on a culinary journey through the lens of a local - introducing you to hidden foodie gems in Tokyo and surrounding areas. We talk with Stephanie about bizarre Japanese delicacies (whale, blowfish, "natto" and more), the different trips Japan Food Trips offers, and her career in TV editing. 

Stephanie's info:

Japan Food Trips (Website)

@japanfoodtrips (Instagram) 

Japan Food Trips (Facebook)

Hometown - Los Angeles, California 

 

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Every Day is Gravy

Every Day is Gravy

May 10, 2019

Episode 44: Leza Lowitz is a writer, yoga instructor, and owner of Sun and Moon Yoga studio in Gotanda, Tokyo. Leza shares her spiritual path from meditation to martial arts to Yoga; as well as important life lessons in empathy, kindness, and interconnectedness. She also details what life was like in Tokyo after two major tragedies in Japan: Tokyo Sarin Gas Attack (1995) and Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami (2011). 

Leza's info:

http://sunandmoon.jp/

Sun and Moon Yoga Tokyo (Facebook)

Sun and Moon Yoga Tokyo (Instagram)

Hometown - San Francisco, California

 

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Food, Dance, and Culture: Speakeasy TYO & Soul Food House

Food, Dance, and Culture: Speakeasy TYO & Soul Food House

May 3, 2019

Episode 43: This is a special edition of the Raw Urban Mobile Podcast presented by ON-1. Our special guests are Brooklyn Terry (Speakeasy TYO) and David Whitaker (Soul Food House), who are entrepreneurs and longtime residents of Tokyo. In this episode, we discuss the service they provide to the community, the challenges they faced running a business in Japan, and what it means to share their passion and culture with others. Speakeasy TYO and Soul Food House is more than just a place to eat and dance. Listen to Terry and David explain it all and answer questions from the audience. This podcast was recorded at the Alpha Beta Coffee Club in Jiyugaoka. 

Big thank you to:

ON-1: Facebook | Instagram

Alpha Beta Coffee Club: Facebook | Instagram

Soul Food House: Facebook | Instagram

Speakeasy TYO: Facebook | Instagram

 

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Startup Lady: Be the Game Changer

Startup Lady: Be the Game Changer

April 30, 2019

Episode 42: Amee Xu and Moeko Suzuki are co-founders of Startup Lady. Together with the other co-founders Koko Sato and Steffie Harner, these ladies are creating international communities and startup ecosystems which inspires women to discover their passion, realize their dreams and bring them to reality. In this episode, Amee and Moeko tell us about the services and programs Startup Lady offers women in Japan. We also learn about their upbringings, dreams, education, and their favorite game changers. 

Startup Lady's info:

https://startuplady.org/

@startupladyjp (Instagram)

@startupladyjp (Twitter)

@startupladyjp (Facebook)

Hometown - Vancouver, Canada (Amee) & Ashikaga, Japan (Moeko) 

 

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Ambassador of Magic

Ambassador of Magic

April 23, 2019

Episode 41: Steve Marshall is a professional magician, mentalist and lifelong entertainer, who has resided in Japan for more than 20 years. We chat with Steve about how he got into magic, his training at a Clown College, and performing in the Greatest Show on Earth (Ringling Bros. Circus). Steve also gives his thoughts on creepy clown sightings in the U.S. 

Steve's info:

http://stevemania.com/

Steve Marshall (Youtube)

@stevemarshallmagic (Instagram)

Hometown - Zephyrhills, Florida

 

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Serving Japan’s International Community

Serving Japan’s International Community

April 16, 2019

Episode 40: This week we chat with TELL’s Outreach Coordinator, Selena Hoy. Selena shares information about TELL’s extensive outreach programs that cover a wide range of issues that are important to the international community. We also discuss heavy topics such as mental health and suicide in Japan, Japanese work culture and more.

About TELL:

TELL is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing effective support and counseling services to Japan’s international community as well as helping to address the country’s growing mental health care needs.

TELL's info:

Lifeline number: 03-5774-0992

https://telljp.com/

@telljapan (Instagram)

@telljapan (Facebook)

@TELLJapan (Twitter)

Thanks to Nina Cataldo for being a guest host on this episode!

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Street Fashion and Culture

Street Fashion and Culture

April 9, 2019

Episode 39: Our guest this week is Designer, Brand Consultant and YouTube Influencer, Reggie Casual. Reggie is the creator and host of “The Casual” YouTube channel, which delves into international street fashion and culture with a major focus on Japanese street fashion – look nowhere else for in depth insight on the most popular and influential Japanese brands. In this episode we discuss Japanese brands vs. American brands; hip-hop culture’s influence on Japan; culture appropriation and culture appreciation; and more related topics. Have a listen and in the words of Reggie Casual, “keep it casual.”

Reggie's info:

The Casual (Website)

The Casual (Youtube)

@thecasual.co (Instagram)

Hometown - Los Angeles, California

 

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