The Japaneur Podcast - A Japan insider guide with an outsider perspective

Japan is a pretty big part of my life. My family, education, travel and business has always at some point connected with Japan. I even have a formal university degree in Japanese language and literature. And I get asked a lot of questions. Enough to make me realize that there are a ton of people out there that are Japan-curious, whether it's just an interest in going there on holiday, or a deeper interest in the unique and wonderful culture.

So I'm pleased to announce the Japaneur podcast. On iTunes, Soundcloud and Stitcher.

Whether it’s your first visit, or your 20th trip, Japaneur gives you a local’s point of view on all things Japan. From the food, customs, and culture, to the technology, language tips, and even life hacks for a gaijin planning the move of a lifetime, Japaneur will help you get the most out of your next travel experience in Japan.

The Japaneur site is home to all my blog posts on Japan, including my Japanese language practice and learning tools like Today's Kanji. Check out the podcast and let me know what you think.  If you have any question about Japan, a comment or a story to share, or you just want to say hi, you can connect with me on twitter @japaneur

今日の漢字 Kanji of the day

I'm blogging daily on Japaneur now since my son and I started a new thing last week:  今日の漢字。"kyou no kanji" 

We pick one kanji each day to focus on and learn.  My son's 6, so this is a great time for him to really get into kanji in a fun way.  It's great for me as well, since I just committed myself to getting JLPT certified, starting with the basics and going all the way.

Want to come along for the ride?  I have a degree in Japanese language and literature and, at one point, I had about 2100 kanji committed to memory, reading and writing. Kanji is the key to everything in Japanese, and most non-Japanese find it the most "overwhelming" part of the language.  It's not. It's just a bunch of pictures.  If you can recognize a circle from a square, you can learn kanji. And if you get some kanji under your belt, your Japanese learning will hyper-accelerate.

Sooooooo...... come join us, or tell a friend who's interested in learning Japanese.  It'll be a blast.