Love Japan Magazine x The All Japan Show

This week Love Japan Magazine are doing an interview 'swap' with Adam, George and Olivia, the small team behind The All Japan Show podcast. It's always great to connect with other London based people with a passion for Japanese culture and do a bit of cross promotion. We asked each other a few questions about our interest in Japan and... here are the results! 

If you'd like to read my interview you can head over to The All Japan Show blog for a read, where I chat about how I launched LJ Mag, why I became fascinated with Japanese culture in the first place, and what's on the cards for the future.

Tell us a bit about what the All Japan Show is about and who you are, why you decided to launch.

The All Japan Show is a Japanese culture based podcast which focuses on all facets of Japan. This includes current events, pop culture (such as anime and music) and the latest cultural trends in the country.

The All Japan Show is a three member team. Adam Mitchell is the host and creator of the show, he's also known for his Youtube channel Adams WorldOfEverything which is a Japanese culture based channel.

George McCarthy is the regular co-host of the show. George is fluent in Japanese and works as a translator. He's also worked in the anime industry by translating manga and marketing a popular game. He's the most well versed in Japanese current affairs.

Our newest member of the team is Olivia Comstock, who is from North Carolina in the US, she has only been on one episode of the show so far, but knows a lot about Japanese Visual Kei music.

Lately, we've been focusing on the currently airing anime series Steins;Gate 0 as Adam and George are big fans of the show.

2) How did you first become interested in Japanese culture? 

Adam: I first became interested in Japanese culture while staying at my uncle's house. I saw two posters on his wall which intrigued me (and disturbed me at the time) very much. I discovered they were the movie posters for Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth and Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion. Years later, I decided to watch the show and fell in love with it. I wanted to know more so did lots of research. For years I only knew Japan for anime, but wanted to learn more. Since then I've been doing my best to learn lots about Japanese culture.

George: This goes back over 13 years, from when I first started having karate lessons. My instructor had travelled all across Asia whilst studying martial arts, and his stories, especially those from Japan, mesmerised me. Fast forward a few years, and I watched my first anime. I started to watch loads, and eventually stopped watching other TV all together!

The real turning point for me was in GCSE Latin class. I hated it! As I was failing, my teacher introduced me to Memrise, and said it was a great app for learning vocab. Did I use it for Latin? Nope. I'd found a course on there to learn Japanese! A year later I dropped off the Latin course and did the Japanese exam instead. That was the start of my 5-year long study journey. And what a better study resource than manga, anime and games!

Olivia: It pretty much started with different knickknacks my mom had around the house when I was a kid. I was always drawn to her various vases and figurines, but it wasn't until I was about 12 that my interest really took off. My friends at the time really liked anime and we would watch it all the time together, but I wanted to dive deeper and go beyond what I was taught through anime. So I started looking up facts online about Japanese culture.

3) What are some of the highlights so far from your first year? 

George: For me, it's certainly been watching the show grow. It started off as a way for Adam and I to chat each week, but it's quite quickly become something bigger and better. Getting Hyper Japan press passes was definitely the highlight of the year. 

Adam: As George says, it was just a way for us to catch up with each other originally, I personally am really grateful for the opportunities we have been presented with as part of this show. From getting our first ever press passes for Hyper Japan last year to being able to interview Touch My Secret during their UK tour last year, we would like to thank the band and Dave Batey and Chris Morris from Orion Live UK for setting that up for us. 

Touch my Secret Hyper Japan
FEMM Hyper Japan 2017
Hyper Japan 2018

My favourite moment of the past year was definitely attending Hyper Japan Christmas 2017 as press. I interviewed FEMM and a new vocal and dance unit called BOO at Hyper Japan, BOO consists of Satoko Kasuya and Miyuu Hosoda, they were really great to chat with and really enthusiastic at excited to be performing in the UK. Satoko was the backing dancer for DIVA, a sub unit of AKB48 and Miyuu was a member of SDN48 and also performed on the AKB48 album "Koko ni Ita Koto".

4) What are your plans for the future? 

George: As far as the show is concerned, I'm not too bothered about 'getting big', it's always been something I've done for fun - a hobby basically. But if the show does get big then that would be great. As far as future plans are concerned, I'd like to cover more events, and branch the show out into a few different areas, such as sharing Japanese study resources.

Adam: We have some cool plans for The All Japan Show coming up such as working on a professional website, and (as George just mentioned) he plans on adding an educational element into the show. I thoroughly enjoy what we do and would love to cover Hyper Japan again as press, which we are planning to do in 2018. I'm really excited to see where the show goes in 2018 and beyond.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone who has supported the show so far, we've only been going for just shy of a year (our 1 year anniversary is in June). We hope you will continue to support us!

You can find The All Japan Show on Soundcloud at www.soundcloud.com/thealljapanshow and the blog at https://thealljapanshow.wordpress.com/