Last week I announced my quest to become more and more immersed in the language. I’m going to try to phase in as much Japanese as I can over the next couple of weeks. This means going out and finding some good sources of material.
To start off I wanted to replace most of my podcasts with Japanese podcasts. I kind of naively thought that podcasting in Japan would be similar to podcasting in the States. But, I was wrong. Podcasting hasn’t really caught on yet in Japan and so there was a lot smaller selection and actually a lot of the popular podcasts are in English. So, I had to do a lot of hunting.
I did find one interesting podcast that wasn’t a news podcast, She Saw Mail. It is a radio story about a man and a woman. The woman is a CEO of a major cosmetics company that is sponsoring an amateur orchestra, but then decides to cut off the funds to the orchestra. Meanwhile the man, Matsubara Ren, is a violinist in the orchestra. This is where the story starts.
I liked this podcast mainly for two reasons: 1) It was well produced. The voices are clear and easy to understand. 2) It presents written Japanese, albeit a little complicated and formal, but written Japanese all the same.
I play a snippet from the podcast in the episode, so let me know what you think of it.
Action Steps –
1) What do you think of She Saw Mail? Is it too complicated to understand or just right?
2) Are there any other Japanese podcasts or shows you listen to on a regular basis?
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Music by Kevin MacLeod