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  • Japan’s Night Trains: The Izumo Sunrise Express ★ ONLY in JAPAN #32

    Japan’s Night Trains: The Izumo Sunrise Express ★ ONLY in JAPAN #32

    Night trains! That’s right. Japan has a few of them left.From Tokyo, there is one that departs daily, and if you arrive in Japan with a JR Rail Pass you can ride it – with no additional cost. That means you save on a night at a hotel while enjoying the sights of the Japanese countryside. Talk about killing two birds with one stone! Departing at 10pm daily, the Sunrise Izumo & Sunrise Seto is Tokyo’s last daily night train.The […]

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  • COMPLETE WASABI GUIDE: Facts and Information with Video

    COMPLETE WASABI GUIDE: Facts and Information with Video

    If you’ve ever eaten sushi, you know about wasabi. It’s green and sort of spicy, the kind of spicy that burns through your nose. Pretty awesome, right? It dawned on me that after many years in Japan, I knew very little about this plant. I mean, was it even a condiment? How’s it grown? Where does it come from? How much does fresh wasabi really cost? Is it a root? I headed to Nagano’s DAIO WASABI FARM to get all […]

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  • The 7th floor in the Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel in Kabukicho. It's a hotel near Golden Gai.

    Tokyo Capsule Hotel Experience ★ ONLY in JAPAN

    There are many reasons to stay at a capsule hotel. Perhaps you missed your last train, worked too long or just plain got drunk and need somewhere to crash. For tourists visiting Japan, there’s one reason in particular. It’s an amazing only in japan experience on the cheap! Let’s face it, you’ve got to stay somewhere! One of the most popular capsule hotels in Japan is the Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho neighbourhood. Shinjuku Golden Gai is only […]

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  • Put the towel on your head to keep the water clean and look very stylish!

    Japanese Public Bathing Exposed: The Naked Truth ★ ONLY in JAPAN no.26

    I remember when I first came to Japan and a new Japanese friend invited me to a sento, a public bath. My first thought was “WTF dude! I’m not going get naked with you in the same bath and pretend you aren’t some naked guy next.” I grew up bathing in private, usually with just a quick shower and have considered nudity as the first step to … you know!! He probably thought my reaction was as weird as I thought him […]

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  • TBS ひるおび 2014年07月31日

    TBS ひるおび 2014年07月31日

    I appeared on TBS ひるおび program on 07/31/2014 to talk about the increase in foreign tourists, especially from China and how foreigners want to “do” things in Japan, not just “see” things. ひるおび (Hiruobi) is a live broadcast and I was a little nervous at first, but the host Megumi-san was very nice and I saw it as a conversation not a TV appearance. TBS sent a private car to pick me up from my house! That was really amazing! […]

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  • おしごとの英語シリーズ ビデオポッドキャスト for Smart.fm no.5

    おしごとの英語シリーズ ビデオポッドキャスト for Smart.fm no.5

    This is おしごとの英語シリーズ ビデオポッドキャスト no.5 for smart.fm (now called iknow or iknow.jp) I made a series of 8 shows highlighting their Office English course. It went on the become the no.1 video on iTunes Japan for 4 months in 2009! This episode features 4 key phrases     and we use them in an example sentence and in a drama / skit called “The Office Boys”     Educational Information + Entertainment! EduTainment!! Watch Part 4 online here. Part 6 coming soon.

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  • 雑誌「プレジデント」で、なんと孫正義さんの英語プレゼンを分析しちゃいました

    雑誌「プレジデント」で、なんと孫正義さんの英語プレゼンを分析しちゃいました

    John Daub (ジョン・ドーブ) and Nishito Akiko (西任 暁子) broke down Masayoshi Son’s speech and highlight his strong points and weak points. Giving a key note speech, presentation or talk to a group in English requires connecting with the audience. It’s important to understand the culture of the people you are talking to. As Softbank extends more and more into the USA and turns around stuggling mobile network company SPRINT, Son’s role as CEO and leader will require bridging Japan and […]

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  • An Arm and a Leg | 値段が高い 第20回「Idiomania | イディオマニア

    An Arm and a Leg | 値段が高い 第20回「Idiomania | イディオマニア

    第20回目のテーマは「An arm and a leg」 今日の慣用句は an arm and a leg です。 直訳では「腕と脚を失う」となりますが、慣用句では「大金を払う」「値段が高い」という意味になります。 We talk about the origin of this idiom then practice it in a listening practice and skit. In the skit, a stranger wants to buy a used car, but the salesman tries to sell him expensive cars. In the end, the stranger finds a very nice and affordable car. Note: This is the first appearance of the character “Strangeman”        

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  • John Daub at TEDxTokyo Teachers in 2013 Setting Silly Goals

    John Daub at TEDxTokyo Teachers: Set Silly Dreams

    John Daub spoke at TEDxTOKYO TEACHERS 2013 about his trip from Japan to the top of Kilimanjaro … with a can of coffee. He enjoyed drinking GEORGIA’S KILIMANJARO 50/50 canned coffee so much that it inspired him to set an unusual goal of taking a can of that coffee “home” to the top of Africa’s highest peak. Along the way, he met many fantastic people and had tons of little adventures. The point of the talk: Achieving or reaching the […]

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  • ジョン・ドーブ in 産經新聞

    ジョン・ドーブ in 産經新聞

        On January 8, 2014, my program 「Only in Japan」was featured in Japan’s Sankei Shinbun (Newspaper) In Tokyo, the story landed on the front page. In Osaka (See below) the story had a photo from the “Amazing Japanese Toilet” Episode. It was a huge honor to be featured! See more on the ONLY in JAPAN website Newspaper Article: http://onlyinjapan.tv/産経新聞-only-in-japan-newspaper/ TBS ひるおび feature: http://onlyinjapan.tv/only-in-japan-on-tbs-ひるおび

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  • Ms. Fujisaki’s Job Interview | 仕事の面接 [John’s コメディー英会話ショー] 第27b回

    Ms. Fujisaki’s Job Interview | 仕事の面接 [John’s コメディー英会話ショー] 第27b回

    第27b回 Ms. Fujisaki’s Job Interview | スキット [John’s コメディー英会話ショー] Ms. Fujisaki’s Job Interview | 仕事の面接 Part 2 The lesson focuses on job interview questions in English. Be prepared when going into a job interview! * Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? * 5年後の自分はどうなっていると思いますか?◆面接 Ms. Fujisaki will go to ABC corporation for a job interview with the Bucho. In the interview, the Bucho will ask her many questions. Please study lesson 1 before watching the skit. Good luck Ms. […]

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  • Harajuku Fashion: Takeshita Street Adventure ★ ONLY in JAPAN #12

    Harajuku Fashion: Takeshita Street Adventure ★ ONLY in JAPAN #12

    Harajuku is the center of Japanese Youth Fashion. Cute and colorful, the pop fashion culture is thriving here, and John Daub goes deep into it. He becomes a Harajuku guy! What exactly is Harajuku fashion? Let’s cruise down Harajuku’s famous Takeshita-Dori for the complete first-hand story. Joining John in this report is Michelle Branch, an international fashion consultant and buyer for Japanese Youth Fashion. She’s not only knows the local fashion scene, she’s a part of it herself. The story […]

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  • WAO! Corporation ワオ・コーポレーション

    WAO! Corporation ワオ・コーポレーション

    From 12/2012 Weblish has been working with WAO! Corporation to produce Japanese Subculture videos for their new channel WAO! 流〈RYU〉JAPAN John Daub created and produced the「ONLY in JAPAN」program brand which was used by WAO! to highlight Japan’s uniqueness from the point-of-view of a Japanese foreign resident. The contract expired on 10/30/2013 and the show is the property of John Daub and Weblish. Production for ONLY in JAPAN continues in 2014 with a new sponsor. The show has been a big […]

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  • The Japanese Toilet

    The Amazing Japanese Toilet 「ONLY in JAPAN」

    ▽▲The Amazing Japanese Toilet▲▽ The Japanese toilet is not just a toilet. It has evolved into a high-tech machine of pleasure. *It cleans itself. *It cleans you. *It’s eco friendly. *It’s just awesome! There are loads of options with more on the way as the technology evolves. In this episode, John and tech otaku Joseph Tame visit the TOTO showroom where they have many of their latest toilets on display. We’ll take a tour and give you our report while […]

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  • John reports in「ONLY in JAPAN」at the Naked Man Festival 裸祭り

    John reports in「ONLY in JAPAN」at the Naked Man Festival 裸祭り

    This year, I started a new program with my partner WAO! Corporation. The show is called “Only in Japan” and WAO! has added it as part of their Japanese Subculture Internet TV Channel. Each week and each month, there will be new episodes exploring Japan’s uniqueness. The purpose is not to just show the strange things, but explain why it is not strange. There’s history and culture behind everything in Japan, and I want to share those stories. I’m also […]

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  • Yahoo! Japan GyaO!

    Yahoo! Japan GyaO!

    Weblish is pleased to announce that we will be working with Yahoo! Japan’s GyaO! Video content website. Starting on October 29, 2012, Weblish video content will be available on GyaO! The first show is Otaku!英会話 and the second is John’s コメディー英会話ショー. These shows were first introduced as video podcasts on iTunes Japan and were ranked in the top 10 nationally and no.1 in Education. As partners, we hope to inspire as many students as possible in Japan to learn English […]

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  • 第22回 中級レベル★例文11 [Reverse Engineering English | リバース・エンジニアリング・英語]

    第22回 中級レベル★例文11 [Reverse Engineering English | リバース・エンジニアリング・英語]

    第22回目のテーマは「私は2週間に四半期ごとの報告書を提出した。」 Intermediate level business sentence. We can use this phrase in the office. Do you know how to say this in English? We focus on using “ago” >> 2 weeks ago, 3 days ago, 7 years ago. Like us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/weblish and Twitter at http://twitter.com/weblish Special thanks to Brightcove!

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  • 第22回 Skate on Thin Ice | 危ない橋を渡る 「Idiomania | イディオマニア」

    第22回 Skate on Thin Ice | 危ない橋を渡る 「Idiomania | イディオマニア」

    「Skate on thin ice」今回の慣用句は「skate on thin ice」です。 直訳では「薄い氷の上でスケートをする」ですが、 慣用句では「危ない橋を渡る」「危険な立場にある」「際どい問題を扱う」という意味になります。This idiom means to do something risky or possibly dangerous. In the skit, Abdul skates on thin ice with the boss for harassing the boss’s daughter! Be careful Abdul!

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  • 第92回 仕事の英語 2「Vocabulary Generator|単語工場」

    第92回 仕事の英語 2「Vocabulary Generator|単語工場」

    第92回目のテーマは「Office English 2 | 27 words」Vocabulary in this lesson: leave the office, to head home, make a presentation, to make progress, to launch a product,
    Have a nice evening, end of the month, to meet a deadline, minor problem, supplier, procurement …

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  • Zubrowka ズブロッカ 「早口言葉」

    Zubrowka ズブロッカ 「早口言葉」

    Weblish has been making videos with support from Zubrowka since 2009. Our video on “tongue twisters” has been an annual favorite with fans. Most recently, Weblish and Zubrowka created a new video in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo where several people celebrating the cherry blossoms tried their best to say challenging phrases. Along with our annual “tongue twister” videos, Weblish also does special videos that blend in fun and learning. In 2010, Weblish made a video at a Zubrowka sponsored party with […]

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  • 第39回 代々木公園で早口言葉 [John’s コメディー英会話ショー]

    第39回 代々木公園で早口言葉 [John’s コメディー英会話ショー]

      第39回目のテーマは「Tongue Twisters in Yoyogi Park」Fun tongue twisters show in Yoyogi Park in Tokyo (1) Six slippery snails slid slowly seaward (2) A proper pot of coffee in a proper copper coffee pot. This show was made possible with support from Zubrowka http://www.zubrowka.jp/

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  • 第2回 Q3&Q4 リーディング Part 5 (短文穴埋め問題)「TOEIC® GAME SHOW」

    第2回 Q3&Q4 リーディング Part 5 (短文穴埋め問題)「TOEIC® GAME SHOW」

    第2回目のテーマはリーディング Part 5 (短文穴埋め問題)「TOEIC® GAME SHOW」Q3: If you __________ additional money to finish the project, please talk to your financial manager. Q4: Mr. Colin …

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  • 花見時 Cherry Blossom Season

    花見時 Cherry Blossom Season

    In April, Japan will once again welcome the blossoming of “sakura” or cherry blossoms all around the country. The blossoms first bloom in west in Kyushu and gradually move eastward towards Kansai, Kanto, Tohoku and Hokkaido. Where are the best places to view the cherry blossoms in your area? Here are 5 sentences with “cherry blossom” in English. 日本では、今月の末から4月の初めにかけて桜が満開になるでしょう。 Cherry blossoms will be in full bloom from the end of this month to the beginning of April in Japan. 桜は開花してからわずか1週間くらいで散ってしまいます。 Once cherry blossoms are in […]

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  • 第38c回 The Court of Dolls | 法廷ドラマ [John’s コメディー英会話ショー]

    第38c回 The Court of Dolls | 法廷ドラマ [John’s コメディー英会話ショー]

    John is in the doll world — and in the court of dolls. This lesson focuses on legal vocabulary which is quite useful for TV dramas about crime. Please see if John goes to jail! [ Watch PART 1 here ]

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  • TOEIC GAME SHOW Debut! 2.8.2012

    TOEIC GAME SHOW Debut! 2.8.2012

    Weblish’s newest video podcast TOEIC Game Show will debut on February 8, 2012. The purpose of this podcast is to make TOEIC study fun and encourage students to study more. All the questions from our show come from a very useful study service, and we hope you try it! Weblish is creating a new brand with this show, so TOEIC Game Show has it’s own page: http://toeicgamshow.com On this page, we will post useful information, videos, study tips, answers and […]

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  • Boris Unibrowski | ボリス・ウニブラウスキー

    Boris Unibrowski | ボリス・ウニブラウスキー

    I will rule the world!    Name Boris Unibrowski Age Unknown Job Evil Boss Shows Idiomania, しごとの英語シリーズ Likes Cats Caviar Kobe beef Destroying other people’s companies Historical books Fast cars Beautiful women

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  • Manuel Jones | マニエル・ジョーンズ

    Manuel Jones | マニエル・ジョーンズ

    I’m studying to be an accountant.   Name Manuel Jones Age 37 years old Job Janitor Shows Idiomania, しごとの英語シリーズ Likes Studying, math

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