Raw Urban Mobile Podcast
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)

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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Building a Paperless English School

Building a Paperless English School

April 3, 2019

Episode 38: Our guest this week is English teacher, podcaster and musician, Matt Bigelow. Matt doesn't teach English at a typical school - he built a paperless English school at a leading tech company for Blockchain and AI Engineers. In this episode, we chat about how he built this innovative learning environment, and various topics related to AI, including how AI is perceived around the world. Towards the end of the chat, Matt talks about his music-inspired podcast (The Matty B Files) and his latest projects.

Matt's info:

http://www.matthewpmbigelow.com/home

Hometown - Vancouver Island, Canada

 

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Guns, Anime, and Confucianism

Guns, Anime, and Confucianism

March 26, 2019

Episode 37: DJ Hiro tha Jap grew up in Japan but has spent more than 10 years of his adult life in NYC. The combination of Hiro’s international experiences and thorough understanding of Japanese culture and history allows him to view his home country through a unique lens. In this episode, Hiro talks about the history of guns in Japan; the dark side of Japanese anime; and the influence of Confucianism on Japanese society.  

Hiro tha Jap's info:

Hometown - Tokyo, Japan

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For the Marginalized

For the Marginalized

March 19, 2019

Episode 36: Tokyo-based Producer and Art Director, Rumi Tominaga, specializes in independent films and music videos. Rumi is an avid supporter of works by marginalized creatives, who explore provocative and uncomfortable themes. In this episode, Rumi talks about her latest projects and details the pain and growth she experienced throughout her life, including from past relationships. 

Rumi's info:

https://www.rumitominaga.com/

Hometown - Los Angeles, California

 

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Black Girls Rock

Black Girls Rock

March 12, 2019

Episode 35: Imani J. Dawson is a singer-songwriter and member of the female creative group, Bae Tokyo. In this episode, Imani shares her experiences working as a foreign woman in Japan’s music and entertainment industry. She’s also set to release her second solo music project along with a new single called “Pokemon Swag".

Featured music by Imani. Song title: "Pokemon Swag"

Imani's info:

https://www.imanijmedia.com/

@imanijess (Instagram)

@ImaniJess (Twitter)

Hometown - Rockland County, NY

 

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Plant-Powered in Tokyo

Plant-Powered in Tokyo

March 5, 2019

Episode 34: We chat with British narrator and author, Nadia McKechnie, about living a vegan lifestyle in Japan. Nadia is also an organizer of the Tokyo Vegan Meetup group, which has close to 7,000 members. In this episode, she shares insight on Japan’s past and present dietary habits, as well as what the future might hold.

Nadia's info:

https://www.nadiamckechnie.com/

@plantpoweredintokyo (Instagram)

Hometown - London, UK

 

Vegan Tokyo

https://vegantokyo.org/

 

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