Wooooooo Hooooooo!

My first podcast! What an ordeal it is to put one of these things together, but the most fun I’ve had by myself in a long time. Guzzling red wine probably helped.

Intro: Guano Apes

See the photo gallery! If there’s nothing there, I fell asleep before I got a chance to upload photos. Check back later. I’ll get them up, promise.

The JET Program

MasagoroMasagoro’s home page. In addition to being an accomplished artist, fluent in baby talk in two languages and performing original songs on toy piano outside the Shibuya station, a Google search reveals that she’s also a published poet.

Rich Pav

Richard has been living in Japan since 1990 with his wife and two teenage sons, Tony and Andy.

24 thoughts to “Wooooooo Hooooooo!”

  1. Very cool first podcast. Today I found a new show on my podcast via Tokyo Calling. I really like your show. Looking forward to more shows of yours.

  2. It’s so cool you really did it !! I was laughing so hard when Masagoro said “you are sensitive man!!” She is very talented, no question about it especially her drawings like you said. Her work reminds me Sakura Momoko who is the author of “Chibimaruko-chan”. Anyway, looking forward to your 2nd podcasting !! hahaha

  3. Hi. I just listened to your podcast, and quite like it. Keep them casts comin’! I’m looking forward to hear more from you…


  4. Your wrong… I don’t know you and I’m listening to you. You were recommended by Scott Lockman of “Tokyo Calling”. Hey! The photo gallery doesn’t connect to anything… and I like pictures.

    O.K. back to your show… excuse me.

  5. I just finished listening to your first podcast. The stuff you did at Shibuya Station was breathtaking. The subject of your undercover recording was interesting enough. But the ambient sound of the location is what blew me away. What a place. It falls right in line with my general impression of Japan. How very exciting. What a place. I’d love for you to record just the ambience of that place with no commentary. You were outdoors? The only thing American that I can compare it to in my experience would be a gambling casino.

    I’ve subscribed. I know it’s hard work, but keep it up.


  6. Enjoyed your podcast. Thanks for your candor. Looking forward to hearing more.
    Linked to you from Tokyo calling.
    Another gaijin from North America.

  7. BTW the quality of your recording of your sound scape was great. Please post that photo of it. I really enjoyed meeting Masagoro with you. She’s obvious playing a child character, interesting. I’m attracted to the less beaten path myself. Please check my link out.

  8. Hi, I just listened to your podcast on the advice of Scott Lockman at Tokyo Calling, and I thought it was great. Your encounter with Masagoro was interesting and entertaining. I like the set up you used to record, the ear bud microphones and all. I really hope you will continue to do this regularily as I find listening to people living in other parts of the world describe their everyday life and special experiences interesting. I have some experience living in Asia myself, 2 years in Taiwan.

    Anyway, I look forward to another show. Take it easy and keep up the good work.

  9. Hi, Rich I’m Emiko from Osaka!
    I really enjoyed your first podcast.
    Hope to keep listening to your podcasts on my daily commute.
    Keep it up!

  10. hey, really enjoyed the first podcast…can’t wait till the next one… i really liked the shibuya soundscape…please do more. also, i think the gallery link is down.

  11. Hi

    I just listened to your first show. How do I subscribe? The subscription link on the first page doesn’t work. I want to make sure I don’t miss your next episode. Loved episode number 1. I live in New York. My wife lived in Tokyo for 6 years. I visited for the first time on our honeymoon 6 months ago. Keep up the good work


  12. Your RSS feed seems to have dissapeared.

    Keep up the good work, it was a very entertaining and informative first episode. Definitely will remain one of the (few) podcasts I look forward too.


  13. Greetings from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!

    I must say domo domo for a very engaging first podcast. No, I don’t know you. I heard about it from Tokyo Calling. Keep up the good work.

    Oh, what brand are your stealth contraptions?

  14. Thanks for the show, I think the quality of sound is excellent. I stumbled across it from a random link at podcast alley. I do subscribe, and am looking forward to a soundseeing tour

    From Alaska,


    Here’s mine http://www.north61.com/podcast

  15. Loved your podcast! i’m totally new to podcasting and this was my first! Since I’m interested in Japan and planning to visit it soon, it seemed a good first choice.

    from Sweden

  16. Hi Rich,
    I really enjoyed your podacast. It was very refreshing and positive. You have a good flow and not cynical at all like some of the podcasts I’ve been hearing lately. Good work.

  17. Hi – just found your podcast through podcast alley. I have to say that the sound quality out and about is just amazing. Interesting and unusual – and no I don’t know you.

    I used to work for a company the produced American radio shows for J-Wave in Tokyo, so I have a passing interest in Japanese culture.

    Really enjoyed the show.


  18. Great first show. I think you’re going to be getting a lot more listeners than you bargained for haha. I love the feeling of walking through Japan. Keep up the great work.

  19. I am sooo impressed with the sound quality you are getting from your earbud microphones. Can you please post a description of them (model number, etc) so those of us who would love to use something like them can acquire them? You’ve impressed this Canadian, that’s for sure.

  20. Hi! I really enjoyed listening to your first podcast! I spent 5 years teaching English in Taiwan, so a lot of your experience resonates with me. I’m also a bit of techie, so I can relate to that too.

    I’ve got a website (www.uglyexpat.com) but I haven’t started podcasting yet. I’m currently too busy, pursuing my MA in ESL at the University of Hawaii. I’ll definitely start in the future, and I love the whole soundscene idea!

    I’m also really curious about the use of technology in the classroom. I’ll poke around your site, and I look forward to future podcasts!

  21. Hi Rich, I’m listening to your podcast at this moment… Got the link via Bicyclemark.org and TokyoCalling 🙂
    Cool to have the globe covered now with Podcasting 😀

    Really interesting and great soundseeing … so keep’m coming.

    Greetz from Holland

  22. I’m looking forward to listening to many more of your podcasts! So far so good. Except you still say “tokyo” like an american (toe-key-oh) which drives me crazy…you’d think that after all your years in japan that would have worn off…trust me, the world will know you are talking about Tokyo if you pronounce it like a Japanese would. But that little pet peeve won’t stop me from listening!

  23. Your podcast is very interesting. I visited Tokyo a couple of months ago and feel somewhat nostalgic listening to the sounds and Japanese conversation. Where have you learned Japanese ? Your English is native but your Japanese seems to be native too. I’ve been learning Japanese since last year and I am not very good yet but I can’t seem to detect any accent in your Japanese. Maybe I can use your convesation as Nihongo practice 🙂 Keep it up! 🙂

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