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Hiragana Times Podcast

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This English language podcast provides listeners with an insight into the Japanese language, way of life, history, society, trends and more. The content is selected from Hiragana Times, a bilingual magazine in Japanese and English aimed at non-Japanese that has been published since 1986.「ひらがなタイムズ ポッ… read more

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.026]

October 26th, 2020

5:10

[This episode]

“Devil Inspector” who Solved a Homeless Issue
- HASEGAWA Heizo (1746-1795)

ホームレス問題を解決した鬼捜査官
― 長谷川 平蔵(1746-1795)

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Japan Watching [Vol.025]

October 22nd, 2020

3:28

[This episode]

Is the Price of Security too High?
その安心料は高くつく?

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.025]

October 19th, 2020

4:34

[This episode]

Warm-hearted Judge Well-Known Through Television and Movies
- OOKA Echiizen (1677-1751)

テレビや映画でお馴染みの、人情味あふれる裁判官
― 大岡 越前(1677-1751)

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Japan Watching [Vol.024]

October 15th, 2020

3:03

[This episode]

Who is in the Wrong?
誰が悪いのでしょうか

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.024]

October 12th, 2020

5:24

[This episode]

Story of Revenge Attack Leader Passed Down for 300 Years
- OOIISHII Kurranosuke (1659-1703)

300年後の今も語り継がれる仇討ち物語のリーダー
― 大石 内蔵助(1659~1703)

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Japan Watching [Vol.023]

October 8th, 2020

2:42

[This episode]

Although Vending Machines Can Be Found Everywhere in Japan...
日本には自動販売機はどこにでもあるけれど……

Japanese History Makers [Vol.023]

October 6th, 2020

5:25

[This episode]

Haiku Giant Rumored to be a Ninja
- MATSUO Basho (1644-1694)

忍者説もある俳句の巨人
― 松尾 芭蕉(1644~1694)

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Japan Watching [Vol.022]

October 1st, 2020

2:28

[This episode]

Priority Seating is for Whose Benefit?
優先席は誰のためにあるの?

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.022]

September 29th, 2020

1:55

[This episode]

Master of Two Swords who Rejected Divine Protection
- MIYAMOTO Musashi (1584-1645)

神の加護をも拒絶した二刀流の達人
― 宮本 武蔵(1584~1645)

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Japan Watching [Vol.021]

September 25th, 2020

2:50

[This episode]

Don’t say “Mottainai!”
「もったいない!」なんて言わないで

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.021]

September 21st, 2020

2:52

[This episode]

Three Sisters Destined to Live Dramatic Lives
"The Three Sisters of Asai"
- Chacha (1569-1615)
- Hatsu (1570-1633)
- Gou (1573-1626)

数奇な運命をたどった三姉妹
「浅井三姉妹」
― 茶々(1569~1615)
― 初(1570~1633)
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Japan Watching [Vol.020]

September 17th, 2020

3:10

[This episode]

How Much Will the Treasure in Your Home Sell For?
我が家のお宝はいくらで売れる?

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.020]

September 14th, 2020

5:22

[This episode]

Warrior who Brought About Peace Through Bold Action - SOU Y
oshitoshi (1568-1615)

大胆な行動で講和に導いた武将
― 宗 義智(1568~1568)

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Japan Watching [Vol.019]

September 10th, 2020

1:50

[This episode]

Japanese are Not Only Diligent
日本人は勤勉なだけではありません

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.019]

September 7th, 2020

4:29

[This episode]

Ambitious Warrior who Arrived Late
- DATE Masamune (1567-1636)

遅れて来た野心家の武将
― 伊達政宗(1567~1636)

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Japan Watching [Vol.018]

September 3rd, 2020

2:46

[This episode]

Is Leftover Food Bad?
残った食べ物はまずい?

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.018]

August 31st, 2020

5:49

[This episode]

Elder Brother who Saved his Family & Younger Brother who Devoted his Life to Loyalty
- SANADA Nobuyuki (1566-1658)
- SANADA Yukimura (1567-1615)

真田家を守った兄、忠義に命を捧げた弟
― 真田 信之(1566~1658)
― 真田 幸村(1567~1615)

Japan Watching [Vol.017]

August 27th, 2020

1:58

[This episode]

Japanese Act by Guessing What Other People Are Thinking
日本人は人の心を読んで行動します

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.017]

August 25th, 2020

2:23

[This episode]

The First Caucasian Samurai
- William ADAMS / MIURA Anjin (1564-1620)

最初の青い眼のサムライ
― ウィリアム・アダムズ/三浦 按針(1564~1620)

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Japan Watching [Vol.016]

August 21st, 2020

3:06

[This episode]

Japanese Toilets Are Too Advanced
日本のトイレはすごすぎる

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.016]

August 17th, 2020

5:27

[This episode]

Christian Woman who Accepted her Fate in Time of Civil Wars
- HOSOKAWA Garrciia (1563-1600)

宿命を悟った戦国キリシタン女性
― 細川 ガラシャ(1563~1600)

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Japan Watching [Vol.015]

August 13th, 2020

3:15

[This episode]

Japanese Style Out of Home Services Admired by Non-Japanese
外国人が称賛する日本流留守対応サービス

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.015]

August 11th, 2020

5:11

[This episode]

Warlord who Continued to Defeat an Enormous Army
- SANADA Masayuki (1547-1611)

巨大勢力に勝ち続けた武将
― 真田 昌幸(1547~1611)

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Japan Watching [Vol.014]

August 6th, 2020

2:52

[This episode]

I Live in a Palace
私はパレスに住んでいます?

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.014]

August 3rd, 2020

4:01

[This episode] 

The Drifting Wartime Fate of a Beautiful Woman
- Oichi (1547-1583) 

戦国の定めにほんろうされた美女
― お市(1547~1583)

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Japan Watching [Vol.013]

July 31st, 2020

1:55

[This episode]

Are Lies Going to Help You?
嘘はあなたを助ける?

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.013]

July 28th, 2020

4:54

[This episode]

Strategist on his Guard Because of his Talent
- KURODA Kanbei (1546-1604)

才能がゆえに警戒された軍師
― 黒田 官兵衛(1546~1604)

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Japan Watching [Vol.012]

July 23rd, 2020

2:46

[This episode]

Our Kitchen Garden
我が家の家庭菜園

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.012]

July 20th, 2020

4:11

[This episode]

Great Shogun who Created a Base for Peace with Tolerance and Strategy
- TOKUGAWA Ieyasu (1542-1616)

忍耐と策略で平和の礎を築いた大将軍
― 徳川 …

Japan Watching [Vol.011]

July 16th, 2020

2:53

[This episode]

Why Do They Distribute Packs of Tissue Paper for Free?
どうしてポケットティッシュをただで配るの?

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.011]

July 13th, 2020

2:18

[This episode]

Dictator who Started as a Lowly Farmer
- TOYOTOMI Hideyoshi (1537-1598)

身分の低い農民からはい上がった独裁者
― 豊臣 秀吉(1537~1598)

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Japan Watching [Vol.010]

July 9th, 2020

1:59

[This episode]

The Other Side of Japanese Name Cards
日本語の名刺の裏側

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.010]

July 6th, 2020

5:36

[This episode]

A Warlord who Fought only for Justice in Wartime
- UESUGI Kenshin (1530-1578)

義のためにのみ戦った戦国武将
~ 上杉 謙信(1530~1578)

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Japan Watching [Vol.009]

July 3rd, 2020

2:01

[This episode]

Japanese Numeric Puns
日本式数字の語呂合わせ

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.009]

June 30th, 2020

3:09

[This episode]

Master of Tea Ceremony who Discovered Unnoticeable Beauty
- Sen no Riikyu (1522-1591)

人が気づかない美を見出した茶の湯の達人
~ 千 利休(1522~1591)

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Japan Watching [Vol.008]

June 25th, 2020

2:00

[This episode]

Japan is “Galapagos-Cool
日本は「クールなガラパゴス」

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.008]

June 22nd, 2020

3:22

[This episode]

Zen Master who Saw the Truth
- IKKYU Soujun (1394-1481)

物事の本質を見極めた禅の達人
一休宗純(1394 ~ 1481)

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Japan Watching [Vol.007]

June 19th, 2020

2:51

[This episode]

Are Priority Seats Necessary in Japan?
優先席は日本に必要ですか

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.007]

June 15th, 2020

4:12

[This episode]

Priest who Taught that Sinners are more Deserving of a Place in Paradise
- Shinran (1173 - 1262)

悪人こそが楽園へ行けると説いた聖人
― 親鸞(1173~1262)

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Japan Watching [Vol.006]

June 12th, 2020

1:47

[This episode]

Mobile Phones Really Are Essential
携帯電話がないと本当に困ります

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.006]

June 8th, 2020

2:58

[This episode]

First Shogun Who Founded a Military Government
- MINAMOTO no Yoritomo (1147 - 1199)

武家政治を始めた最初の将軍
― 源頼朝(1147~1199)

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Japan Watching [Vol.005]

June 5th, 2020

1:53

[This episode]

American who Loves Japanese Puns
だじゃれの好きなアメリカ人

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.005]

June 2nd, 2020

2:40

[This episode]

Warrior Who Became a Symbol of “Glory and Downfall”
- TAIRA no Kiyomori (1118 - 1181)

「栄華と没落」の象徴となった武将
-平清盛(1118~1181)

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Japan Watching [Vol.004]

May 29th, 2020

3:54

[This episode]

Japan’s Homeless – Behind the Scenes
見えざる日本のホームレス事情

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.004]

May 25th, 2020

3:51

[This episode]

The Author of “The Tale of Genji,” a Book that Describes a Handsome Prince’s Love Affairs
- MURASAKI Shikibu (about 979 ~ about 1016)

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Japan Watching [Vol.003]

May 21st, 2020

5:23

[This episode]

What is inside the Heart of a Professor Invited to a Wedding Ceremony?

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.003]

May 18th, 2020

3:51

[This episode]

Talented Man who Became the God of Literature
- SUGAWARA no Michizane (845~903)

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Japan Watching [Vol.002]

May 14th, 2020

4:47

[This episode]

Beautiful Female Customers in a Fashionable Restaurant

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.002]

May 11th, 2020

5:21

[This episode] 

The Prince who Created the Framework of Japan
(SHOUTOKU Taishi)

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Japan Watching [Vol.001]

May 7th, 2020

5:04

[This episode]

A Woman with a Large Stomach — A Little Drama on a Train

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Japanese History Makers [Vol.001 ]

May 5th, 2020

5:34

[This episode] 

Who is the Emperor Sleeping in the World’s Largest Burial Site?
(“Mr. X” buried in Emperor NINTOKU Grave)

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