Thursday, May 31, 2007

Episode 4: The first day at work

In this our 4th episode we start to broach the massive subject that is being an ALT in Japan. With 7 people in the studio you are going to hear about lots of different experiences from our first days as ALTs. There were perhaps too many of us in the studio! Sorry if we talk over the top of each other.
We also answer some of your email and discuss electronic dictionaries.

This week we broke the 500 mark for subscribers to the podcast. Thanks to everyone who has put us on your itunes podcast list and also thanks to all those people who have sent us email. Keep spreading the word.

If you have a blog then please put the site in your links section.

Also, we know that a lot of current JETs listen in Japan so we are giving you the opportunity to say hi to the new ALTs who are coming to your prefecture before they arrive in Japan. You can do this in a number of ways; by sending us an email which we can read on air, by recording a short audio file and sending us the MP3, or by getting in touch with us to set up a phone call. We'd love to have as many people involved in the show as possible and that shouldn't be limited by where you are in Japan.

We'd especially love to hear from JETs who are in some strange places in Japan. So, if you have an interesting story that you would like to share then get in touch.

Thanks for listening. May 31st.mp3

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Special Podcast - technical high schools

hey guys colin hood here. we got some emails about how a normal day in japan goes down so as a result i took control of the podcast hahahaha. this is a brief little podcast about a normal day for me, with a slight focus on technical high schools and how to wint he eharts and minds of a room full of nonplussed teenage boys.
join the club activity
try biking to work
learn japanese
make friends with the sports coaches
its a little slow but tis an exact recounting of a normal day for me....minus the naps of course

Download it Podcast colins solo day.mp3

Episode 3: Your emails, omiyage and banks

Hello everyone.
Well this week we spent most of our time answering your emails and Colin grilled our Shana on being a woman. Also we taked abpout omiyage, banks and Colin gave us his shoe guide.
I think it might be a bit quiet so turn up that volume, kick back and hear us roar!

Send us your questions to

Also, if you are currently an in-country JET and you want to plug your prefecture then send us an email with your prefecture's shout-out.

Thanks for listening.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Our listeners so far...

Thanks everyone who has downloaded us so far. We have had a great response and we though we would show you just how international we are. These are the locations of today's guests!

Keep the questions coming in.
This saturday we'll touch again on things to bring (this time with some female input!) and we'll talk about sending stuff from your home country to Japan.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Episode 2 : Money and Packing

This week the 5 of us discuss packing and money. What to bring, what not to bring and how much cold hard cash to save.
Download it here or else just put your email in the field at the right and you'll get an email everytime a new podcast is uploaded. Your email will not be stored by us or any evil companies!
Remember you can subscribe in itunes also.

In the podcast I mentioned the JET General Information Handbook. Its PDF version can be found at

Please send us your comments and suggestions.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The itunes podcast directory link

Click on this link if you have itunes and want to be taken to our page within the intues music store.

Our first (proper) podcast

This is our first offical podcast recorded on Saturday May 12th. This week we have a telephone interview with AJET Chair Rosalyn Adams. We chat about AJET and its usefuleness to JETs in Japan.

Download it here!

Please send us your questions to or leave us a comment on the blog.

Remember that you can subscribe to the podcast through the itunes music store. Just search for "jet japan" and look for our logo.


Friday, May 11, 2007

Technical Stuff

You can see on the right of the page you have the ability to subscribe via feed or via email. If you type your email address into the space provided you will recieve a weekly email telling you about any podcast updates. If you hit the feed button you will be able to see an rss feed of the site and through it you will be able to subscribe to the podcast in itunes; that way you never need look at the blog again. Just wait for any new podcasts to fall into itunes as soon as they are published; easy. That way you can have us on the go!

Any questions or comments please email us.

Our podcast preview

This was recorded a few weeks ago as a teaser for the podcast. The presenters were Colin j, Chris H, Colin H and Doug G.

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You can subscribe in itunes.

The email and site are wrong. The email address is

Welcome to the blog and podcast

Welcome to the JET Newbie podcast. This podcast is for all those new ALTs coming to Japan in July and August of 2007 on the Japan Exchange and Teaching programme. We will be covering many aspects of the living and working in Japan as it relates to JET participants. We hope that this podcast will be as interactive as possible so please email us at or else leave us a comment. Suggestions, questions and general banter are encouraged. Hit the subscribe button to access the podcast through iTunes so you are always up-to-date. This podcast if produced in conjunction with Fukui JETs.