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Planet Japan Podcast – Ep 194: How to Light Up a Room with Your Smile

February 2, 2011

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We open the show with musings about chocolate macadamia nuts.


We review some of the comments we received at Japanapalooza, Planet Japan’s new and official companion blog.

The Blog of the Week is back with 3 big blogs, including Prime Minister Kan’s new English-language blog. Ashley writes Surviving in Japan, a great blog for folks who are looking for goods or services in Japan and aren’t sure where to find them. is a unique and funny blog about culture and language from Koichi.

Speaking of blogs, The Preacher and The Skeptic have written an interesting piece about whether or not Jesus is coming back on May 21, 2011.

The big annual whale meat festival in Osaka was headlined by a display called, “A Whale’s Body is Indeed a Theme Park.”

Our Tech Corner looks at LED smiles, a way for your smile to REALLY light up the room. UPDATE: These unique lights apparently are not for real, but were only featured in the TV commercial below.

The BCC got into a bit of a brouhaha with the Japanese embassy when one of its shows took a lighthearted approach to the subject of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs.

The Mystery of Tiger Mask is unfolding in Japan, as various good samaritans leave gifts for kids anonymously, all in the name of a

popular anime character.

(Image from TOEI Animation Europe)


Tatsuya Ichihashi, the accused killer of English teacher Lindsay Hawker has been spending his generous amounts of free time writing a book, which has just been released. It’s all about how he managed to elude the cops for 31 months.


We close out the show with some good old rockabilly music by a band called Angie and the Car Wrecks from Washington State. The name of the song is “Draggin’ Down” and it’s courtesy of

That’s it for now. Thanks for listening!


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