Kanpai Kronicles

Kanpai Kronicles

Talking about all things Japan: the weird, the wonderful, and the *yabai*. Join Norm and Holly as they share their experiences having lived there, what they've observed about Japanese society from many different angles, whilst getting in some laughs and cries in between! read less
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Episodes

Happiness, Gratitude and all that good shit | Kanpai Kronicles 13
Jan 31 2022
Happiness, Gratitude and all that good shit | Kanpai Kronicles 13
In this episode, we talk about happy memories! What makes us happy? How did it evolve over time? Norm and Holly take a tip down memory lane as we look back at our happiest memories growing up, and how it eventually evolved into gratitude over time. Also, we talk about what an e-boy Yokai would look like...so look forward to that chemical romance!Timestamps[00:00:00] Intro[00:00:12] Football and getting our first names[00:05:11] J-Dramas and dumb memories at the dorm[00:10:48] Welcome to the show![00:15:46] The Gaijin building of Rikkyo University[00:18:53] The Yokai of the Week[00:36:20] What would spawn an eboy Yokai?[00:43:13] What's the first thing that comes to mind when we think of happiness?[00:54:48] The Years of Angst[01:04:13] Uncontrolled freedom can be dangerous[01:11:20] Seeking happiness on a deeper level[01:22:34] It's hard pointing out the happiest moment of our lives[01:27:00] Favourite happy memory in Japan[01:36:17] Finding happiness now[01:44:45] Putting chapters in our happiness[01:49:22] Happiness as defined by other peopleLinksYokai of the Week: https://yokai.com/chouchinkozou/Coffee & Vanilla: https://mydramalist.com/37567-coffee-vanillaFollow Holly here:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hotaru.chi_/Twitter: https://twitter.com/hotaruchi_YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCozAFQfdEfhjmyafFjesaqgFollow Norm here:Twitter: https://twitter.com/thisaintnormYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClRCbVifuTpvHn6WVcJaXdA/videos
The wonderful world of love hotels | Kanpai Kronicles 12
Jan 31 2022
The wonderful world of love hotels | Kanpai Kronicles 12
In this episode, we dive into the wonderful world of love hotels! Exploring the concept of sex in Japan, the convenience of these buildings and all the crazy themes that exist there, Norm and Holly go design their own while navigating around this wonderfully uncomfortable topic. Enjoy!Timestamps[00:00:00] Intro, Priming for Lust[00:02:36] Dealing with religious family members[00:05:53] Introducing the show and Happy Thanksgiving![00:10:26] Celebrating Thanksgiving as an excuse for gratitude[00:14:40] A shot to your declarations![00:18:19] The wonderful world of love hotels[00:20:48] Japan After Dark[00:29:58] The accepted taboo of sex in Japan[00:34:01] The booming business of anonymous sex[00:41:01] The behaviour will still exist[00:44:14] Yokai of the Week[00:50:52] Is there a Ms Shirime? And depictions of Yokai in Manga and anime[01:04:41] Themes galore in love hotels[01:10:02] The liberation found in SM[01:14:11] A fuck trip across Japan[01:20:31] How would we design our own love hotel?[01:32:47] Our personalities don't always match to our sexual desires[01:39:54] Questioning celibacy and the difficulty of supporting a familyLinksYokai of the Week: https://yokai.com/kejourou/11 Bizarre Japanese love hotels: https://tokyonightowl.com/11-bizarre-japanese-love-hotels/Follow Holly here:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hotaru.chi_/Twitter: https://twitter.com/hotaruchi_YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCozAFQfdEfhjmyafFjesaqgFollow Norm here:Twitter: https://twitter.com/thisaintnormYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClRCbVifuTpvHn6WVcJaXdA/videos
Anime, Weaboos, and Engineered Nostalgia | Kanpai Kronicles 10
Nov 23 2021
Anime, Weaboos, and Engineered Nostalgia | Kanpai Kronicles 10
In this episode, we talk about anime! But not just the Narutos, One Pieces, and Bleaches: we talked about the childhood anime that we grew up with, our relationship with anime fans (aka. weaboos), and the real implications of what each of the genres represent. This isn't a discussion for everyone unless you're a fan of cultural implications and anthropology too, but enjoy nonetheless!Timestamps00:00 Intro02:06 Daylight Savings and a crazy Deepavali drinking night07:07 Yokai of the Week22:50 Childhood anime and Digimon vs. Pokemon31:31 Getting a larger worldview and growing perspectives through anime39:45 To be wrapped up in a fantasy world43:33 The origin of weaboo, and Japan as a 'perfect world'54:15 What we consume skews our impression of a country1:07:00 We understand countries through the lowest barrier of understanding1:12:43 Creating anime to provoke discussion and bring up issues1:18:35 Perfectly engineered nostalgia, and compensating for what a culture is missing1:32:16 Sexualisation of Asian Men and trends breaking stereotypes1:37:42 Becoming more skeptical of attractions after the Hallyu Wave1:46:18 Not many people in Japan watch anime as much as we do1:54:09 Manga recommendationsLinksYokai of the Week: https://yokai.com/suikanobakemono/Psycho-Pass: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psycho-PassDance! Subaru: https://myanimelist.net/manga/6888/SubaruPromised Neverland: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Promised_NeverlandFollow Holly here:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hotaru.chi_/Twitter: https://twitter.com/hotaruchi_YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCozAFQfdEfhjmyafFjesaqgFollow Norm here:Twitter: https://twitter.com/thisaintnormYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClRCbVifuTpvHn6WVcJaXdA/videos
Preparing to live in Japan | Kanpai Kronicles 7
Nov 2 2021
Preparing to live in Japan | Kanpai Kronicles 7
In this episode, we talk about what to know, bring, and research when moving to Japan! From things you don't need to bring to necessary recommendations and logistics to consider, we give you the rundown on what you need to set up ASAP!WARNING: This episode contains graphic themes, namely because of our chosen Yokai of the week. If you're not a fan of graphic/violent imagery, please use the timestamps below to skip to the main topic! #PocariSweatBoyzTimestamps:00:00 Intro2:03 Catching up8:42 Lockdown messed with our sense of time12:33 We relate more with the obscene15:40 (EXPLICIT) Youkai of the week: Enkou30:55 Moving to Japan: What should you prepare?34:36 Should we bring personal items?38:38 Holly sharing her experiences moving in for work40:07 The little things you have to worry about42:43 Trust your own medicine49:03 When in doubt, seek a Japanese colleague50:19 Pocari Sweat, Elixir of Life53:55 Ukon to save you from binging alcohol54:48 You should know this before entering1:01:05 Japan loves long-term contracts1:11:49 Prepare clothes for 4 seasons1:21:25 Winter is dependent on the region1:26:26 The mentality you should have when moving to Japan1:36:34 How do you act in a foreign environment?LinksYokai of the Week, Enkou: https://yokai.com/enkou/Follow Holly here:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hotaru.chi_/Twitter: https://twitter.com/hotaruchi_YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCozAFQfdEfhjmyafFjesaqgTwitch: https://www.twitch.tv/hotaruchiFollow Norm here:Twitter: https://twitter.com/thisaintnormYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClRCbVifuTpvHn6WVcJaXdA/videos
Burnout and Fleeting Friendships | Kanpai Kronicles 4
Oct 16 2021
Burnout and Fleeting Friendships | Kanpai Kronicles 4
We're going to take it slow this episode and talk about burnout, fleeting friendships, finding your support system, and the desperation we can get to when we're trying to find our way back 'home'. This is not a light-hearted episode, and though we talk about our experiences in Japan, we also talk about how to cope with ourselves before and after it. Hope you learn a lot from this one!Timestamps:5:20 How we handle burnout changes as we grow older10:42 Burnout multiples if all the contexts gather in one place15:32 "Growing up as a person, there's something wrong with me"20:50 Creating personas as a coping mechanism for stress26:56 Tokyo is too fast-paced for nature33:45 The first step to making friends needs courage41:37 People adapt at different speeds to get comfortable in speaking their mind 49:40 When friendships deepen after exchange1:00:33 "Everyone is busy"1:05:17 The beauty of friendship is the time spent keeping it up1:11:05 Social media is a form of burnout1:17:52 Coping with fleeting connections1:30:42 To meet with the people you know before exchange again1:38:16 There was a desperation to get back to where you did exchange1:48:10 Find your support systemFollow Holly here:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hotaru.chi_/Twitter: https://twitter.com/hotaruchi_YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCozAFQfdEfhjmyafFjesaqgFollow Norm here:Twitter: https://twitter.com/thisaintnormYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClRCbVifuTpvHn6WVcJaXdA/videos
Convenience stores are the backbone of Japanese society | Kanpai Kronicles 2
Oct 16 2021
Convenience stores are the backbone of Japanese society | Kanpai Kronicles 2
In this episode, we talk about convenience stores! Not only do we cover our favorite brands, we share our experiences using them and how convenience functions as the backbone of Japanese society. Taking a fun topic and zooming it out to a macro perspective, how does a culture provide convenience for you and how does that reflect your place in society? Find out! #wildpantygachamachineTimestamps3:39 Why Family Mart is top-tier8:45 Our breakfasts start at 7-1113:29 Embarrassing moments21:11 The convenience store is the backbone of society30:41 Cash-based society means we're hunting for ATMs35:44 Saving face through efficiency can lead to isolation49:23 Vending machines and used panties54:13 Sexual conveniences, pink salons and hugging1:02:03 Convenience stores make being alone an option1:12:08 The atmosphere changes our personality1:25:01 Loneliness is a vice that we can escape to1:34:04 Not paying for any medicine in Japan1:39:44 Reverse engineering society by looking at convenience store experiencesMentionedConvenience Store Women by Murata Sayaka: https://www.goodreads.com/is/book/show/36605525-convenience-store-womanFollow Holly here:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hotaru.chi_/Twitter: https://twitter.com/hotaruchi_YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCozAFQfdEfhjmyafFjesaqgFollow Norm here:Twitter: https://twitter.com/thisaintnormYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClRCbVifuTpvHn6WVcJaXdA/videos