Japan Times Journalist and host of the Japan Times podcast that was ranked #1 in a Japan Times article entitled "The best podcasts about Japan" Oscar Boyd has bad news for anybody who plans to continue living on planet Earth for more than 12 more years.
Plus, Ollie recommends two river cruise courses that might kill you, and Bobby shares his favourite river cruise related podcasts according to the jingles he likes the most—his favourite being a high quality horn that the podcast host toots themselves.
Topics discussed on this episode range from:
- Why Ollie thought of Oscar when he went to a waterfall.
- Oscar's goal to climb every summit that Oscar could see from his Fukuoka bedroom window.
- Oscar's break into journalism by creating his own hiking guides.
- The different ways to climb Mt. Fuji and why they are all just barely worth it.
- A story about being less fit than a 72 year old Japanese mountaineer (not Ollie's story!)
- How Hamamatsu should consider a rename to Hamamatsui after it recorded a record-breaking 41.1 degrees temperature this week.
- There is still a climate change crisis, and Corona, on balance, was an unwelcome addition to the list of invisible threats we're already trying to deal with.
- How there may be a glimmer of hope that economic incentives may help solve the climate crisis
- The extent to which the benefits achieved by diligence of Japanese people to separate garbage into different materials may be just a drop in the ocean that is rising so fast all that recycled cardboard may get wet if it's in a bin outside a coastal property.
- Practical ideas for protecting the planet that are so obvious and potentially effective that they'll probably never happen.
- The environmental protest movement in Japan, and the one time that Shibuya crossing has ever inspired hope.
- Bobby's observations of a generational gap in approaches to climate change.
- Why Oscar feels self-conscious when sitting in an Onsen.
- Oscar's suggestion for how to make Google Maps depressing.
- Japan's five seasons. Yes you read that right.
- Ollie's suggestion for a new response when you hear someone say "atsui desu ne" (it's hot isn't it)
Topics discussed on the extras include:
- Why the podcast is called Japan By River Cruise, which apparently, we made it 49 episodes without ever revealing
- Ollie's experience climbing Fukuoka Tower for a radio gig
- Which one of is doing this into a sock
- Oscar's inside knowledge of how incredibly successful Ollie and Bobby are
- Comparative Japanese Abilities
- Bobby FINALLY reveals what school he went to
- How JBRC may have roasted itself out of making Japan Times's best podcast list and why it might not be a good idea to just always shit on anyone else in our field
- Oscar's unrealistic expectations of both river cruises themselves AND us a river cruise podcast
- Our number one rule
- The Early days of the JBRC cast
- Ollie and Oscar's very good advice for getting into podcasting
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What is Japan By River Cruise?
Stand-up comedians Bobby Judo and Ollie Horn purport to report on the Japanese river cruise industry each week.