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The (New, Not-At-All-Outdated) Japanese Podcast and Streaming Audio Thread

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Master Post Last Updated 07/05/2017

Per Fabrice, creating a new thread for up to date info on podcast and streaming Japanese audio. I'll try and keep this master thread updated with podcasts that are current, i.e., that actively stream new episodes.

Initial entries - please post your own recommendations in a single post below. By posting, you are agreeing to keep your post up to date should the status of your resources change.

**配信中 (Currently Broadcasting)**

ひいきびいき - http://hkbk.fm/
**Beginner Recommended** - H/t @daniel_wahl for this awesome, greater-for-beginners podcast by UX designer Sakota Daichi and actress Kimura Haruka. 203 episodes as of 12/29/2016. Daichi and Haruka take turns talking about 贔屓 (their favorite things) - food, idol groups, video games, etc. I'm just a couple episodes in but I'm already hooked.

Hotcast WAVE (HOTCAST and そこあに) - http://hotcast.info/
**Beginner Recommended** - Two of Japan's most durable podcasts with years worth of episodes.  Very easy entry for people looking for unscripted listening content; Kumo-san is the unsung idol of Japanese language learners. HOTCAST is two commentators (Kumo and Micchi) talking about food, alcohol, tech and other lifestyle subjects, while そこあに is a four- or five-way discussion on recent anime that appeals to adults. You can also purchase and download years' worth of old episodes from 2005 to 2011 for about $10 a year. Each broadcast accepts reader comments, and reads a few on air each week. (I've never gotten up the gumption to submit anything, but I've heard a few posts over the years from non-native speakers.)

恋汐りんごとぱいぱいでか美のぱいはわラジオ - http://paihawa.seesaa.net/
Beginner Friendly. A free chat between Koishio Ringo, one of the members of the idol group バンドじゃないもん! and Pai-Pai Dekami, a Japanese rapper/DJ. (YMMV; she's about as out there as her name suggests.) Ongoing and regular podcast as of the date of this post. I've only listened to a little so far, but it's very slow, entry-level language for new learners. If you like idols, this is probably your thing.

NHK podcastshttp://www.nhk.or.jp/podcasts/
Mostly news. NHK ジャーナル in the NHK News stream is the go-to for most of us news junkies, as it's a solid hour every weekday of news, commentary, and special reports. (And sports. Zzzzzzz.) マイあさラジオ appears to be snippets of conversations with experts on various news topics. (NHKジャーナル also does such interviews regularly, particularly on Thursdays and Fridays.)

TBS Radio - https://radiocloud.jp/
Formerly a series of podcasts, TBS has shifted all of their streaming content to their own Web site. Their player isn't the greatest, but on the plus side, they have a variety of programs like たまむすび that offer fast-paced conversations on various news and cultural topics. They often have colorful and entertaining guests like カンニング竹山. UPDATE - TBS has now moved from its crappy online player to an iOs/Android app. Unfortunately, for now, the app seems equally crappy. It's netting around a 1.5 star rating on the Apple App Store, mainly because of login/logout issues, and because the app seems to want to re-download episodes you've already downloaded. The latter was especially painful for me as I was trying to listen to some political podcasts on the train back from Itami to Shinagawa, and the app insisted on re-downloaded episodes over my slow ass T-Mobile international plan. The app's usable, but it works much better over Wifi than mobile at the moment. 

女子だけ体育館に集会!! (Girls-Only Gathering in the Gym) - http://radio-joshidake.seesaa.net/
Haven't listed to this myself yet, but it's still going strong as of 12/16/2016. Content is available to download in MP3 format. Update - This is described as "by girls, for girls", so if you're a dude, your mileage may vary. I personally find it interesting, and the rapid conversational tone makes for great listening practice.


**配信終了 (Old But Archived)**

Note: If you find something in this section, I encourage you to consider spending some time archiving a show's audio before it goes offline. If possible, please host in a stable file hosting/share account you own (GDrive, Amazon Drive, DropBox, etc.) that supports secure access, rather than posting to a free media sharing site.  

ねえねえ聞いて! - http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/cyatoco
Cyatoco!! This is the podcast of an older Japanese woman (I think?? previous reviewers called her "young", so who knows...) who mainly shares rare information, shares stories of gratitude, and discusses science of happiness-type news articles as well. She's the sweet Japanese aunt you always wish you had. I haven't listened closely to the last episode to see if anything's happened, but her posting has been very sporadic this past year, so I'm putting her in the Archived column. Easy, great for beginners. (If someone can potentially grab an archive of this before it disappears, that'd be awesome.)

Suntory Saturday Waiting Bar Avanti - http://www.tfm.co.jp/podcasts/avanti/
The quintessential "two people talking in a bar" podcast. (No, that's not a genre - I'm just being cheeky.) For intermediate to advanced learners. Great for practicing listening to people speak about casual topics at a brisk, natural pace. 365 back-episodes available; all told, it's roughly 50-60 hours of pure, non-stop listening practice. NOTE: I'm apparently really bored at work today, b/c I just wrote a PowerShell script to download all 365 episodes (thank you, URLs w/o GUIDs and random hashes).  Should this ever disappear, I'll be happy to share it out on odrive. 

まりもえお! - http://marimoeo.seesaa.net/
The quintessential "three girls talking" podcast (okay, I need some new 口癖). Per tokyostyle: "Broadcast all through high-school and long after. Their last podcast is over a year old but the archives go back to the beginning and there are 106 episodes to chew through. (This is a direct link to their first month of podcasts.)"

l-Rのポッドキャスト (Listening-Reading Podcasts)
Podcast-style materials with transcriptions available. Pointers to archived content allowed, but must be stored in a stable cloud storage solution (no free media hosting sites with short-lived links). Only podcast-style content should be submitted (no audiobooks, radio drama, etc.).

LingQ "Podcasts" - https://www.lingq.com/ (Freemium)
The LingQ service has a number of podcast-style monologues and dialogues with full transcripts. Subscribers can download the associated MP3 files as well as copy the transcripts to local storage. 

自分で調べろ! (Find it yourself!)

ニッポン放送Podcasting Station - http://podcast.1242.com/
NBS's latest-and-greatest podcasting directory. Lots of entertainment and lifestyle content appears to be available here.
Edited: 2017-07-05, 4:52 pm
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This is great.

Let me just speak for me (and presumably the other lower-intermediate guys out there), I would love it if people could identify which podcasts / streaming audio they first started listening to, or find particularly easy.

My listening practice right now is watching shojo/slice of life anime on crunchyroll - first without subs, and then with subs.

In the past, when I've tried to listen to podcasts, I just found them too hard, and gave up.

I'd love to try again, but don't want to get frustrated and give up. So any advice pointing me to beginner-friendly shows would be great.

I probably won't be able to listen to anything now (who knows, maybe I will). But I suspect that later in the year I'll be able to "graduate" to the easier resources people wind up listing here.
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(2016-12-29, 1:41 pm)ariariari Wrote: This is great.

Let me just speak for me (and presumably the other lower-intermediate guys out there), I would love it if people could identify which podcasts / streaming audio they first started listening to, or find particularly easy.
My entry point was the Hotcast WAVE podcasts (HOTCAST and そこあに). Those are probably the easiest to start with, but still require a decent ear and a fair amount of vocab. I would say you can pick up fragments from そこあに more easily; HOTCAST may lose you if the begin to discuss some area of Japanese culture, food, drink, etc. you've never heard of before. Generally, I find HOTCAST's episodes about technology (e.g., the new iPhone releases) to be easiest. 

Before that, I worked exclusively with things for which I had transcripts - JP subtitled shows, 昔話 (still a treasure trove of stuff w/ transcripts here: http://hukumusume.com/douwa/pc/jap/), and whatever I could crib from buonaparte's old audio thread that hadn't expired.

For news (which I love), I used NHK ニュース, as their stories as written map very closely to the video content embedded in the story.
Edited: 2016-12-29, 2:20 pm
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Added ひいきびいき to the list. Definitely worth checking out if you haven't stumbled across it before! Just listening to 203, and I think this is a great one for beginners - very clear, simple conversational Japanese.
Edited: 2016-12-29, 7:20 pm
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(2016-12-29, 1:41 pm)ariariari Wrote: Let me just speak for me (and presumably the other lower-intermediate guys out there), I would love it if people could identify which podcasts / streaming audio they first started listening to, or find particularly easy.

Not really a proper podcast but it kinda fits what you're asking about - I used to stream a lot of FNN news (http://www.fnn-news.com/) cus it has a convenient feature where you can have it play news videos one after the other automatically (ニュース動画連続再生 button halfway down the right of the front page).

As for proper podcasts, I first started around the same time with 爆笑問題カーボーイ (http://www.tbsradio.jp/bakusho/ - still going!) cus I saw it recommended on AJATT, it was funny when I understood it, and I was fine with not understanding much at first. I can't recommend it as particularly beginner-friendly though.
Edited: 2016-12-29, 7:21 pm
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まりもえお! broadcast all through high-school and long after. Their last podcast is over a year old but the archives go back to the beginning and there are 106 episodes to chew through. (This is a direct link to their first month of podcasts.)
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Tokyo Local helped me a lot. So did listening to the NHK Radio news, both in EN and in JP. I listened to a lot of 爆笑問題 until TBS removed all of their RSS feeds and did that stupid website thing. I don't have time to mess with that, especially if I'm going to be driving somewhere.

I still listen to FM Okazaki on a regular basis before bed. Habit, I guess?

I loved that one podcast of the old guy with the soothing voice. Crap, can't remember his name now, but it was a great to listen to if I had trouble going to sleep. He just soothed me unconscious almost immediately. Big Grin
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Please try to use same format as first post, if you have an addition to make the thread more readable / scannable: (unless gaia means to update first post with all the suggestions)

Podcast Titlehttp://podcast.url 
Description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description description.

( add discussion at end of post ) Commentary commentary Commentary commentary Commentary commentary Commentary commentary Commentary commentary Commentary commentary Commentary commentary Commentary commentary Commentary commentary .
Edited: 2016-12-30, 5:33 am
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(2016-12-30, 5:30 am)ファブリス Wrote: Please try to use same format as first post, if you have an addition to make the thread more readable / scannable: (unless gaia means to update first post with all the suggestions)

I'm going to try and update it, but no promises I won't flame out at some point. At either rate, it'd help if people followed the same format, as I can just lift-and-shift their entries into the top post.

Note that I don't plan to call out the individual TBS podcasts - I subsume them all under radiocloud.jp. If you want to call out a particular contemporary one in the thread as being especially suitable for beginners, please do!
Edited: 2016-12-30, 10:00 am
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Are there any Japanese language podcasts with written transcriptions?  I'm still learning to be able to understand spoken Japanese so without written transcriptions listening to podcasts is pretty useless.
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(2016-12-30, 10:23 am)phil321 Wrote: Are there any Japanese language podcasts with written transcriptions?  I'm still learning to be able to understand spoken Japanese so without written transcriptions listening to podcasts is pretty useless.

LingQ (http://lingq.com/) is generally your best bet for audio materials with detailed transcripts. Last I used it, they had a fair number of intermediate/advanced podcast-like episodes with full transcription. It's worth subscribing for at least a month to download and archive a bunch of materials. I believe the Nippon Voiceblog stuff is also posted there. 

There are a few other things floating around, like The Last Wave, which had a transcription project going on for a while. If anyone has a stable location for such archived content, I'll be happy to record it under a "Transcripts" section. ("Stable location" means a privately owned cloud storage service you intend to keep operational for the near long term, and not a free file sharing service - such links tend to have a short shelf life.)
Edited: 2016-12-30, 12:51 pm
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Updated post to include a "Beginner Recommended" tag. Promoted both HOTCAST Wave and ひいきびいき to the top of the list. Also started a small l-R (Listening-Reading) section for transcripted work.
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#13
You guys really rock. Thanks so much!
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#14
Quick note - for those of you who knew and loved the old TBS Dig! podcast, 荻上・チキ Session 22 (https://radiocloud.jp/archive/ss954) on TBS RadioCloud is a nice alternative. Regular, in-depth discussion of current news events both in Japan and abroad.
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鈴木敏夫のジブリ汗まみれ - http://www.tfm.co.jp/asemamire/
Studio Ghibli news & interviews with Ghibli staff. The host seems like he knows Ghibli staffpeople well & and has a sort of calming old grandpa-like voice, so I listen to this before sleeping sometimes.

そこ☆あに - http://sokoani.com/
Japanese views on current anime episodes, series by series. The hosts' comments can be really amusing.
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#16
Special request: video podcasts I could watch on the Apple Tv =) This isn't specifically learning related, something to watch with the Podcasts app on the TV. Maybe this would fit better in another thread?
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(2016-12-29, 11:24 am)gaiaslastlaugh Wrote: 天使のMorning Call (Angel's Morning Call) - http://tenshi-call.com/
Current as of 12/24/2016. Downloadable MP3 available w/o region-blocking. Described as 「一人でも多くの方に幸せになっていただきたいと願い、幸福の科学がお送りするラジオ番組です」(a program where one person who wants to make as many people as possible happy discusses the science of happiness). VERY slow, deliberate speaking style; good for beginners, however, it's also interspersed with a lot of musical interludes. Probably an ideal podcast for bedtime.

just looking through this thread again and noticed this. 幸福の科学 here is a proper noun - the name of a sketchy religious movement. you might be familar with them with the recent scandal involving actress 清水富美加 that's all over the news. haven't listened to the podcast yet but not the sorta thing i would wanna promote

edit: in the middle of listening to the latest one now. lots of "spiritual" mumbo-jumbo and promoting their group
Edited: 2017-02-24, 11:25 am
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(2017-02-24, 11:10 am)Ash_S Wrote:
(2016-12-29, 11:24 am)gaiaslastlaugh Wrote: 天使のMorning Call (Angel's Morning Call) - http://tenshi-call.com/
Current as of 12/24/2016. Downloadable MP3 available w/o region-blocking. Described as 「一人でも多くの方に幸せになっていただきたいと願い、幸福の科学がお送りするラジオ番組です」(a program where one person who wants to make as many people as possible happy discusses the science of happiness). VERY slow, deliberate speaking style; good for beginners, however, it's also interspersed with a lot of musical interludes. Probably an ideal podcast for bedtime.

just looking through this thread again and noticed this. 幸福の科学 here is a proper noun - the name of a sketchy religious movement. you might be familar with them with the recent scandal involving actress 清水富美加 that's all over the news. haven't listened to the podcast yet but not the sorta thing i would wanna promote

edit: in the middle of listening to the latest one now. lots of "spiritual" mumbo-jumbo and promoting their group

I was actually reading about that last week. Good point - will strike.
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#19
This is a very helpful list, thank you for putting it together!

Question: does anyone know of a good podcast about cooking? Or where I should start in a search for one?
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(2017-03-01, 9:20 pm)Kaede Wrote: This is a very helpful list, thank you for putting it together!

Question: does anyone know of a good podcast about cooking? Or where I should start in a search for one?

The only one I've ever heard is on ねえねえ聞いて, which started off with a segment called なんちゃってクッキング.

A search for 料理ポッドキャスト brought up this: http://podcastrank.jp/?tg=%CE%C1%CD%FD. Not sure which one of those are still active. Please let me know if you dig in and find some good ones!

As far as video goes, I'm a fan of Moco's Kitchen, which airs daily at the end of Zip! on 日テレ. You can watch a list of episodes here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKBFWAB9...xBZ2yT-KYX.


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#21
Hey, that's the dude from Zettai Kareshi! That's awesome!! I didn't know he was into cooking. Definitely watching those, thanks! And thanks for the podcast rec and link; I'll try to remember to tell you if I find anything cool.
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(2017-03-06, 4:17 pm)Kaede Wrote: Hey, that's the dude from Zettai Kareshi! That's awesome!! 

Yep, and he had a small stint in 東京タラレバ娘 recently as well. Smile It actually took me three episodes until I shook my wife's arm and cried, "Hey, that's Moco!!"
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(2017-03-06, 4:17 pm)Kaede Wrote: Hey, that's the dude from Zettai Kareshi! That's awesome!! I didn't know he was into cooking.
理想な彼氏 indeed.

I liked Zettai Kareshi (there was a Sub2SRS deck available back in the days) and watched and enjoyed Moco's kitchen a few times last year. So, thanks for the subtle hint Smile
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#24
I've added updates on TBS Radio (which now has an app) and 女子だけ体育館に集会!!.

On a separate note - following up on the above posts, Moco fans will be glad to know that he's part of the main cast of 緊急取調室 (aka きんとり), which is one of the best shows of the spring season.
Edited: 2017-05-26, 4:25 am
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#25
I've added an entry for 恋汐りんごとぱいぱいでか美のぱいはわラジオ .

I'm currently trying to do some free listening to some new channels I see popping up in iTunes. I'll update the Master Tracker as I find things that may be compelling to members of this forum.
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