Konnichiwa Podcast

This delightful podcast is hosted by three bilingual speakers of Japanese and English—My, Dan, and Yurie. They cover a wide range of topics, including culture, current events, and travel, mixed in with anecdotes from their own lives. If you’re looking for some Japanese listening practice that is both fun and accessible, this podcast is definitely worth a listen.

The podcast is decidedly bilingual, and this is … [ Read more ]

The 24 Best Japanese Dramas to Binge and Learn Japanese

Need a break from Japanese textbooks and vocabulary flashcards? Then it’s time to chill with some Japanese dramas!

J-dramas are easy to get sucked into, especially because they’re so different in format from most Western shows. And they’re a fantastic way to gain some insight into Japanese culture, language, and locales in Japan.

One nice thing about Japanese dramas? They’re usually only one season long and about … [ Read more ]

Awesome Japanese YouTubers

The Japanese YouTube scene is more sparsely populated than its American counterpart. However, there is definitely a rising J-vlogging scene. But as with all things up and coming, sometimes it’s hard to tell where to start and find out what’s worth your time. Fortunately, I’ve found several awesome Japanese YouTubers for you.

podcasts.jp – The Japanese Podcast Directory

Looking for more listening material? Here you can browse by category or the Top 100. There are iPhone and smartphone pages as well. Page is Japanese only.

Joe is Japanese

Joeisjapanese is an animated series about haafu Joe McCunney’s adventures in Japan – witty, dry and based on reality if you believe the advertising. At the moment there is only a single long teaser clip on the site, but well worth a look, and the English subtitles will help beginners follow along. High production values and good writing. [courtesy of Nihongojouzu.com]

Hello Tokyo – Puzzles of Daily Life

An orientation for new residents of Tokyo.

In 11 minutes, you will discover how to: summon a waiter; apologise for running into … all » someone; say a simple thank you; choose and use a phrasebook; decipher Italian, French, other western menus; take advantage of plastic food displays; prepare quick meals with instant food and deli items; read 6 key kanji on food packages; save money … [ Read more ]


ChannelJ is a broadband Internet television station focused on Japanese politics, economy, culture. It’s available in both Japanese and English.

Live365.com – Japanese

Links to various Internet radio servers featuring the Japanese language.

iiV (Internet Interactive TV)

Live and on demand internet video – I haven’t really used the site so I can’t discuss the quality of content.


Breaking down terrestrial boundaries, speaking the international language of rhythm, samurai.fm is your gateway to a new international soundscape.

Featuring the freshest sounds from the international scene as well as the finest home grown talent from Japan, we act as a portal for Japan to the rest of the world and the rest of the world to Japan.

Not sticking to one kind of music we simply … [ Read more ]


The theme of Brovision is to introduce Japanese culture, life, people, cities etc. towards the world. Brovision is a fully Broadband optimized website and it features valuable video clips.

Yahoo! goes hard gay

Here’s a 7-minute capture from a Japanese variety program. The story-line of this sketch is as follows: A character called “Hard Gay” (by comedian Masaki Sumitani aka “Lazer Ramon”) thinks that the “Hoo!” in Yahoo! is stolen from his often used exclamation and goes to visit Yahoo! headquarters to try to get a deal. He wants to be in their ads, even goes to prove … [ Read more ]

Yomiuri Online Online Video

Find various streaming video options on this site from the Yomiuri Shimbun.


Japanese TV on demand has been around for a while, at least in a limited sense with downloadable bulletins from NHK. All that changed last April with the launch of Gyao, a new free internet TV service which has everything from TV dramas to J-pop to cooking shows and anime. This is great for anyone curious about modern Japanese culture and of course students of … [ Read more ]

Mayumi K’s Osaka dialect 大阪弁 Japanese Podcast

Don’t let the full title fool you: “Osaka dialect 大阪弁 Japanese lesson in English” – Mayumi K’s podcast is fully bilingual, with Mayumi speaking in Osaka-ben and then repeating the words in English. Along the way she also throws in vocab explanations and speaking tips. At 5 minutes a serve the podcast is a good length for repeated listens. The level is intermediate and it … [ Read more ]

365日物語 (365 Days of Stories)

365日物語 (365 Days of Stories – my translation) is a series of three minute readings from the book of the same name. Each episode ties into a historical event linked to the same date – I listened to episodes about Mary Shelley’s publication of Frankenstein, Churchill’s take on the Iron Curtain and how Franklin Roosevelt was never photographed in his wheelchair. Very easy on the … [ Read more ]


JapanesePod101 is a well put together podcast aimed at beginner level students of Japanese. Each podcast is approximately 10 minutes long and just right for people starting out because:
-the lessons focus on one main concept and drill it solidly
-the lessons are very easy to understand
-even simple words like きれい are broken down and spoken slowly ”き れ い”、which is perfect for beginners
-the skits, despite being cheesy, provided good … [ Read more ]