Category Archives: J-web Interviews

Interviews with Japan-related heavyweights. One-on-one interviews with Japan-related website owners, Japanese teachers, translators, and MORE

One sweet and succulent dictionary! – an interview with Gregory of the Tangorin dictionary app

Hope you made room for dessert because today you’re in for a treat! We’re chatting it up with Gregory Bobin, creator of Tangorin Japanese dictionary! JapanTree: What motivated you to start your Tangorin project? Gregory: The faculty at my university declined my offer to digitize and open source the kanji learning materials they were distributing […]

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2,136 Kanji OR Die! The 97 Day Kanji Challenge – an interview with Nico from NihongoShark.com

Alright !!  I’ve got a treat for you! Today I’m chatting with Nico from NihongoShark. His website has plenty of good information for language learners including a free ebook on learning Japanese that gives an excellent overview of what and how to study. If you’re looking for motivation, great advice (some of the best I’ve heard, […]

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Gone Fishin’: for a human approach to Japanese – An interview with Brian Rak of Human Japanese

Today I’m here with Brian Rak of Human Japanese. His app, Human Japanese, is on a mission to help you “get” Japanese in an engaging and human way. This is definitely one program anyone learning Japanese will want to try out (especially self-learners). I know teachers and tutors will love it too. The introduction to hiragana (with […]

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The Internet’s Best Japanese Translation Dictionary – An Interview with Honyaku Star!

Today we’re talking to Mark of LocalizingJapan. Mark is the creator of the Japanese translation dictionary Honyaku Star. “But,” you ask, “just what is a ‘translation dictionary’? What makes it different? And what makes Honyaku Star the best?” Ahh, my friends you’re about to find out. But first, I’d like to say, if you’re like […]

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Words Jim Breen wrote to me.

Awhile ago I contacted Jim Breen (the dictionary guy) for the Japan-related web debate and he wrote back to me. You can read all about it and his quote here I was inspired by what Jim wrote because he told me that there were times he felt silly and like walking away from it all. […]

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When in Japan… an interview with JapanItUp

Hi All. We’re back for our last romp with Steve from JapanItUp.com. If you are just joining us here is yesterday’s post. Today Steve is going to point us to a few of his favourite posts. And he has some Japan advice for us too. DailyJ: Which are your favorite posts so far and why? […]

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How you can Japan It Up with the man behind the site – an exclusive interview with JapanItUp.com

If you missed it, yesterday we had a little chat with the blogger behind JapanItUp and found out why he loves Japan. Originally I used his alias, Smoother, because that was what he had been using on his site. But he just contacted me and asked me to use his real name, Steve. So now […]

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Why Smoother loves Japan – an interview with JapanItUp

If you missed it yesterday we Japan’ed it up with blogger/interviewee Smoother and heard about why he started JapanItUp. Today we’re going to find out about how he made it to the land of sun. DailyJ: First of all, can you tell us a little bit about yourself (for instance how you ended up in […]

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Why Japan It Up? – find out in this exclusive interview

Today, after a bit of a delay, we are ready to rock it up. No? Shake it up? I guess not. Japan ItUp? That’s the one! I proudly present to you the first part of our little chat with Smoother of JapanItUp.com. DailyJ: What motivated you to start JapanItUp? Smoother: At first I was writing […]

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How Tofugu was born – an exclusive interview

Hi All. Today we are back one last time with Koichi of Tofugu.com (Japan Humour Blog of the Year 2007). I first heard about Tofugu from Thomas at NihonHacks.com when he recommended them as a good possible interviewee. So, thanks to Thomas, today we get to hear the story of how the wonky Tofugu was […]

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Why Koichi is embarrassed about the Japan Humour Blog of the Year Victory – an interview with Tofugu

If you missed it, yesterday we found out that Tofugu’s mission is to “make interest in Japan cool again”. Today we are back with Koichi taking a look at some of the great content on Tofugu that earned it Best Japan Homour Blog 2007 and why he is embarrassed about it. Here is some of […]

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Why interest in Japan is cool again – an exclusive interview with Tofugu

Hello everyone. Today we are back with Koichi, the panda hat wearing blogger from Tofugu.com. If you missed it, yesterday we had a fun time watching Koichi’s video on Segat Sanshiro (the Chuck Norris of Japan). DailyJ: What is the mission/vision of your site? What is Tofugu all about? The overarching goal (I suppose our […]

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Submit or suffer the wrath of Segata Sanshiro! – the official Tofugu world domination interview

It’s here. It’s wonderful. It’s … wonky I am excited to bring you the first part of an interview with our new panda-headed overload Koichi of Tofugu.com! Today he is going to show you why Japan has Chuck Norris beat. > Despite what you might have read about Chuck Norris Facts (which have even been […]

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“Remember, this is Japan” – an intervew with South Of Reality

Today we’re back again with South Of Reality. Yesterday he gave us his opinions on Nova and ESL. Now let’s hear a little bit about his site and some advice he has for anyone interested in living in Japan. DailyJ: What is the mission/vision of your site? What is your site all about? SouthOfReality: Mainly […]

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What South Of Reality has to say about ESL and Nova – an exclusive interview

Smug little bunny. Today were back with South Of Reality hearing his opinion on English teaching in Japan. If you’ve had your head in the sand and have not heard about the Nova debacle, this post ought to “enlighten” (translated disgust) you. DailyJ: Can you tell us a bit more about your experiences with Eikaiwa? […]

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A blogger with too much time on his hands? – an exclusive interview with South of Reality

Hi All. Today I have a treat for you, South of Reality has given DailyJ an interview. DailyJ: What motivated you to start South of Reality? SouthOfReality:Too much time on my hands. I wish I had that problem! 😀 Then I could contact more bloggers DailyJ: Tell me more about your site. Why it excites […]

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How you can make GTA happy – an interview with Gaba Teachers Association

If you missed it, here is yesterday’s post. We have a couple more questions today as part of our fun with “Gaba Teachers Association.” But first I want to highlight a very funny GTA post. “Eight-year old reflects on how his life could have turned out if only he had studied harder” – the sad thing is, this is […]

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What GTA has to say about Gaba and ESL in Japan – an interview with “Gaba Teacher’s Association”

After a bit of a delay, here is the rest of the interview we started a few days ago with the GTA, onion.com of ESL news. DailyJ: Why did you chose Gaba and what has your experience with them been like? GTA: I chose Gaba because I don’t like rejection or going to more than 1 […]

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Why this site is the onion.com of ESL news- an exclusive interview with Gaba Teachers Association

“After months and months of pondering,   I’ve put together a few answers to your questions below. -GTA”     Finally its here! After much arm-twisting, waiting, and then failure (on my part) to post promptly, DailyJ has brought you the interview with the “bestest” news source for ESL teachers in Japan!!     Daily […]

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Post #2 of “The Japan-related Web” guest-blogging-series on Rising Sun of Nihon

Here is a snippet from the next post in the guest blogging series. We will be chatting about this all month long and want to hear your opinions, so be sure to visit RisingSunOfNihon and join in the discussion! The purpose of this series is to inspire everyone (from reader to webmaster) to greater collaboration, […]

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Post #1 of “The Japan-related Web” guest blogging series on Rising Sun of Nihon

And so it begins… As I mentioned earlier, Bill from Rising Sun Of Nihon has invited me to use his blog as a platform where we can all come together and discuss the Japan-related web! This will be a month long guest blog series. I am going to be putting snippets of the posts here […]

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Why I am guest blogging at RisingSunOfNihon

Past DailyJ interviewee, Bill Belew, has invited me to guest blog on RisingSunOfNihon and I can blog about any topic. So, of course I am going to blog about the Japan-related web! The guest blogging series will be a month-long discussion about “The Japan-related Web: What it is, What it could be and Why it […]

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Don’t forget to subscribe to comment notification

Lots of little posts today. First I just want to mention the comment notification feature that has been added to the blog. If you comment and want to receive an email when someone replies to your comment, click on the subscribe to comment notification checkbox at the bottom of the comment field! ALSO, If you […]

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Back, and almost ready for action

Hi all, I am back. I am working on catching up on emails from readers and upcoming interviewees. I also have some comments to reply too. Once I get up to date with that I will be back to my regular posting schedule. I apologise if I have not replied to you yet. I am […]

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Travelling and brainstorming

Hi All, I am on a little trip so I might not get a change to post over the next two days. I thought I would be able to set up mobile blogging (via mobile phone) but alas that did not work out. Oh well. I am looking forward to a great 2008 on here […]

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Japan-bloggers United Mailing List?

世論 Ken YN over at WhatJapanThinks has been holding a little Japan Blog of the Year Contest and he brought up some really interesting ideas in the comments section of the post. Ken YN: I’m not very good at this community thing, but I feel that there should be some sort of J-bloggers United mailing […]

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What Japan Thinks reviews DailyJ – and – yes to the next JapanBlogMatsuri

Ken YN over at WhatJapanThinks has been reviewing the runners up for the Japan Blog of the Year Award, and DailyJ is “grateful bewildered” to have a place on that list. His review of DailyJ is below. More importantly, after a bit of childish “Are-we-there-yet?” style nagging, we have word from Ken about possible future […]

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