The Toronto-Gunma boys come in hot on the very first episode of 2018. Gavin, Andrew, and Jeef reconnect after a two-week winter vacation. The gang is immediately trusted into car talk as we talk about Andrew’s busted bumper. Gavin also talks about getting a flat tire.
Afterwards, Gavin retells the tales of his two-week long southwestern Japan road-trip. Many places were reached, and many more Instagram photos were farmed. The gang compares the differences between being a tourist in popular Japanese tourist spots versus the Japanese countryside.
Picking up from Episode 3, Gavin talks about the possibility of staying in Japan for another year and half. He talks about the internal and external struggles of finally coming to a decision. The guys also talk about what to do with their remaining time in Japan. Immediate goals include studying Japanese, travelling, and starting a language exchange group.
Gavin is once again joined by Andrew, and fellow English teacher, Mat (with one T). Mat shares some Australian chocolates with the gang as we hear about why he’s teaching in Japan. Gavin talks about overcoming extreme heartbreak as the gang is recovering from the loss of – what will now be known as – the “lost episode” of DIU Podcast.
Issues this week include outrageous phone bills and slow ass Internet speeds, snow season in Japan, and the lack of a “regular sized” adult toothbrush. However, the main topic this week revolves around the gang’s impending decision of renewing the contract to stay in Japan for another year… Why are Andrew and Gavin on the fence? Tune in to find out!
Later on throughout the show, hearing about the Australian chocolates, another good friend (and English teacher), Lena, pops into the studio. She talks about her contract renewal decision and her desire to learn Japanese. We also hear some hot gossip about misbehaving co-workers and stories of how people keep hitting on her.
Gavin and Andrew check back in for the second installment of DIU Japan. This time they are joined by fellow Canadian English teacher, Jeef. This week, the gang focus their discussion heavily on driving in Japan.
Now well into their first few months in the Gunma prefecture, the gang all have rented kei (yellow plate) cars – expanding the realm of possibilities while exploring the land of the rising sun. But not all is right in this seemingly beautiful paradise.
Gavin rants about the fact that there is no “left on red,” how he paying more for insurance than Andrew and Jeef, and how amber lights literally last half a second.
We also talk about our boy Ebachan – A.K.A. a NPC mechanic character straight out of Initial D – and our two-hour hike up a mountain during a typhoon.
Other topics include super thin apartment walls, the legendary gaijin smash ability, and the group of people known as gaijin hunters.
(Recorded on September 18, 2017)
Apologies for the delay, as it took me two-plus weeks to edit this episode (read: get my shit together)
After spending a month getting acclimated to his new home, Gavin returns behind the mic for the premiere episode of DIU Podcast: Japan. Gavin is joined by long-time friend, and fellow English teacher, Andrew.
The two talk about the initial month in Japan. Topics include: buying shoes, setting up apartments, social conformity, work-life balance, cultural distinction, Japan as a cash society, and the North Korean missile threat.
Stay tuned as there will be many more issues to be uncovered; whether in Japan or globally.
I mentioned that the North Korea fired a missile over Japan on Monday (Aug 28) – I misspoke. Although Western media would have learned of the news on Monday, the actual event happened on Tuesday (Aug 29) in Japan.