Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Big in Japan - Podcasting is for the weak

Here is a conversational podcast, I wouldn't have tried, had I not known the guest on the show. פודקאסט זה לחלשים (Podcasting is for the weak - feed) did a show with Oren Ronen who has moved from Israel to Kyoto, Japan. Oren and I used to work for the same company and we have also joined on several social occasions.

I knew he moved to Japan from Facebook and Twitter, but did not know how he was doing. On Twitter he announced having been interviewed on the podcast (גדולים ביפן). What better chance for me to be updated?

Conversational podcasts usually do not attract my liking. I have expressed this in the past about Real Talk, Nilpod (which is, as far as I can see, really outstanding in the genre), Masters of None and I simply turned down the request to review the Bouty Bouty SquadCast and am still not sure about 300 Bucks Damage. However, when someone talked that I knew and I was genuinely curious how he was doing, the experience turned out to be utterly different.

Why then the review? Very few of my readers will know Oren. Well, first of all, he tells in a very captivating style about Japan. He relates how he searched and found a room for rent. He tells about the anime TV series that are running and have caused upheaval among the fans. You get some feel of current day Japan. Second, there is something about Israeli poking conversation that is so much more sophisticated than English, Dutch or German I know.
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