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JCCC Podcast: All Things Japanese with John Ota

Join John Ota, architectural writer, designer, historic preservationist on a journey to explore all things Japanese! This podcast was created to provide information and connect with JCCC members and the public during the Spring and Summer of 2021 to provide hope, information and entertainment during the lock-down months.


Episode 5: This episode, John Ota delves into JCCC's very own Toronto Japanese Film Festival - from tidbits about trends, movie stars to the ingenuity of the Japanese film industry when compared to Hollywood blockbusters. Podcast guests for this episode are TJFF co-directors, Chris Hope and James Heron, and Executive Producer and Artistic Director, Aki Takabatake. James and Aki also give their personal recommendations and highlights including films by female Japanese film directors and family-friendly picks. Click here to see this year TJFF's film line up.


Episode 4: Join John Ota in exploring the Story of Kimono - from cultural history to its depiction in films like The Devil Wears Ju-Ni Hitoe Kimono. Podcast guests for this episode are anthropologist and author, Liza Dalby as well as visual and digital arts educator, Katherine Yamashita.

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Episode 3: Join John Ota in exploring the Magic of Sakura - Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees from symbolisms and national pride to cherry blossoms in the city of Toronto, Canada. Podcast guests for this episode are James Heron, Consul-General Sasayama Takuya, and Chako Setoyama, Sakura visionary and tree planter. Join John as he takes you through a virtual Hanabi (Flower Viewing) in Tokyo

Episode 2: Join John Ota in exploring Traditional Japanese Houses

Podcast guests for this episode includes: James Heron and Eiri Ota, principal architect at UUfie Architecture and Design Studio. Join John Ota as he takes you through a virtual "walking tour" in the Nomura Samurai House and Garden in Nagamachi.



Episode 1: Join John Ota in exploring the question: What is a Japanese Garden?

Japanese Gardens and the History of the Toronto Japanese Garden Club. Podcast guests for this episode includes: James Heron, Irene Foulkes, and Jiro Fukushima.


All Things Japanese with John Ota is currently available through Apple PodcastsSpotify, IHeart RadioPodcast Addict, Stitcher, Podfriend, Castbox, Castro, and Overcast.