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Kenyan Super Mom

Kenyan Super Mom

September 17, 2019

Episode 59: Dr. Harriet Ocharo is a Research Scientist for a Japanese multinational conglomerate company, and she is also a single parent. Prior to moving to Tokyo, Dr. Harriet relocated from Kenya to rural Japan to study for a PhD in Information Science at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST). 

Studying abroad is quite common; what is not common is doing this while raising a child in a foreign country. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Harriet about her life in Japan as a single parent.  

Dr. Harriet Ocharo - Blog | Instagram | Twitter 

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Japanese Corporate Culture: The Good & Bad

Japanese Corporate Culture: The Good & Bad

September 10, 2019

Episode 58: Rochelle Kopp is a management consultant, columnist and author. She specializes in cross-cultural communication, human resources, leadership and organization development; working with Japanese companies doing business globally and global companies doing business in Japan.

Rochelle writes for publications in Japan and the U.S., including ongoing columns in the Asahi Shimbun, Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun, the Newsweek Japan website, and U.S. Frontline News. She is also the author of 37 books, including her most recent work--written in Japanese--titled "外国人と働き方" [How to Work with Foreigners]. 

Rochelle Kopp - Website | Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin

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Tokyo Kink Society

Tokyo Kink Society

August 6, 2019

Episode 57: Tokyo Kink Society (TKS) is an alternative performance arts group for like-minded individuals interested in sensual and artistic performances; and dressing up in cutting-edge fashion. The group creates a safe "fantasy space" that features various types of artistic expression through BDSM and fetish-style entertainment. 

In this episode, we chat with Charm, a TKS producer and original member, about TKS events and the art of Japanese rope bondage (referred to as "Kinbaku" or "Shibari"). Charm also studied this art under the tutelage of Go Arisue - one of the world's top rope bondage masters.

Tokyo Kink Society - Website | Facebook 

Special thanks to guest hosts Ayana and Ebony for joining this episode! Learn more about these ladies on episodes 12, 28, and 49.

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Marketing Beauty & Lifestyle

Marketing Beauty & Lifestyle

July 30, 2019

Episode 56: Chioma Anyalewechi is Founder and Director of An-yal, a digital marketing company in Tokyo, Japan. In this episode, we have a fun chat with Chioma about backpacking in 23 countries, teaching English at prestigious Japanese companies, and starting her own company. 

An-yal - Website | Instagram | Facebook

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The Father-Son Dynamic

The Father-Son Dynamic

July 24, 2019

Episode 55: Thom Peace is a consultant, English teacher, and owner of DC English. Lloyd Peace is a consultant, English teacher, and seasoned IT professional with over 20 years of sales and program management experience. 

Lloyd (father) and Thom (son) have a dynamic personal and professional relationship, as father-and-son business partners. In this episode, we discuss their combined 25 years in the Education industry and their companies DC English and Peace Works Japan

Peace Works Japan | DC English

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Hip-Hop Culture: Tokyo

Hip-Hop Culture: Tokyo

July 18, 2019

Episode 54: Mega and Late, hosts of the Mega Late Show, teamed up several years ago to create a platform that highlights local and traveling music artists, producers, and talented individuals in Tokyo's Hip-Hop community. This dynamic podcast duo has interviewed notable music artists and producers such as Hip-Hop legend Marly Marl, N'Dea Davenport, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge of the band "The Midnight Hour" (who are also members of the legendary Hip Hop group A Tribe Called Quest) to name a few.

Mega and Late joins us in the Mobile Man Cave to talk about their podcast and various things related to Hip Hop culture in Tokyo. Each episode of the Mega Late Show also has updates on shows and events happening in Tokyo. 

Mega Late Show - Soundcloud | Instagram | Facebook

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Nigerian Born

Nigerian Born

July 9, 2019

Episode 53: Bukky Odejobi is Founder and Creative Director of Awa'Tori. Awa'Tori's mission is to bridge gaps in creative industries between African and Asian markets. Serah Alabi is a fashion graduate and freelance photographer. Serah will have her first photo exhibition in Tokyo on July 26.

Both Bukky (Nigerian-Canadian) and Serah (Nigerian-German) were born in Nigeria but emigrated to different countries. We bring these ladies together for a chat about their Nigerian roots, growing up in Canada and Germany, and their endeavors in Japan. Serah and Bukky didn't know each other prior to this podcast. 

Bukky Odejobi - Website | Instagram 

Serah Alabi - Website | Instagram

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Why I Left My Dream Job

Why I Left My Dream Job

July 2, 2019

Episode 52: In her early 20s, Jasmine Griner (a.k.a Enlightize), worked at the World Bank Group, which she said was her dream job; however, Jasmine reached a point when she decided to move on—leaving behind a lucrative career—to follow in the footsteps of her grandma. In this episode, we learn how her grandma (and parents) influenced her journey at a young age.

Jasmine Griner (a.k.a Enlightize) - Website | Instagram

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Dreaming of Sleeping

Dreaming of Sleeping

June 25, 2019

Episode 51: Dosing (short for Dreaming of Sleeping) are a Tokyo-based collective of artists and musicians creating forward-thinking art and music. We chat with three members of the crew—Steffen Yoshiki, Calumecs, and Dot.Kai—about the group’s music, individual projects, and the underground music scenes in Tokyo and Asia.

Dosing - Website | SoundcloudInstagram | Facebook | Twitter

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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 Absento - YouTube | Instagram | Facebook

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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 Bowens - Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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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.

Icon Andre Mizrahi - Facebook

Legendary Mother Koppi Mizrahi - Facebook |Instagram (Learn more about Koppi in Episode 21)

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