Abroad in Japan


Independent filmmaker Chris Broad brings you his multi-award winning YouTube channel Abroad In Japan in podcast form. Aided by broadcaster Pete Donaldson, they bring you a taste of life in the most unique country in the world, from great cuisine to capsule hotels, current events and tips on how to spend your time there.

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  • jalapeno_bizz
    Abroad in Japan - the Podcast
    This show is so fun! I’ve watched Chris Broad’s YouTube channel for years, and this podcast is just as good and very funny. I love hearing stories from listeners as well. 🇯🇵
  • Nategear
    Absolutely fabulous
    I’ve been listening to this show since the early days and I still absolutely love it. Great perspective, interesting personalities and quality content.
  • Nyohira
    Cringey, shallow look at Japan
    If you’re looking for a mediocre examination of life in Japan from a foreigner’s perspective then yeah this is okay I guess. Don’t expect to learn about Japanese culture or traditions—this isn’t the podcast for it. Having listened to all episodes Chris’ entire spiel is “haha Japanese people don’t speak English isn’t that so wacky and funny?” While initially the podcast episodes presented a look at various aspects of Japan that are indeed strange and/or unique, the formula for new episodes is now “look at this weird news article about Japan, aren’t Japanese people so kooky?!” followed by reading emails. This podcast has clearly run out of material. Chris is also oblivious to his occasional jingoistic remarks, to which Pete can only awkwardly chuckle along. It hurts to listen to. The people who still enjoy this hot garbage are probsbly cringey weebs, judging from his YouTube fanbase. What a sad group of losers.
  • MedicMom2022
    I love this perspective of life in Japan.
  • NellyJica
    Huge Chris fan. Watched his youtube channel since the beginning and this podcast is a great extension of that. Pete is really fun too. That being said, i LOVED when other great jvloggers like Sharla did some episodes. I would love if other youtubers showed up as guests more often along with Pete. The more the merrier!! Love this channel.
  • Elena VN
    Funny and informative
    I like Pete’s style and energy. He makes it even more fun
  • Jonissdd
    You lose your audience when you start lying to them and lose their trust. The whole Pete is on vacation we’re giving Pete the week off is it set up is clearly a lie. Podcasts listeners are invested in the topic and the hosts, tell us the truth, people are not stupid and it’s condescending to set up a clear lie. So I will invest my time to listening to podcasts that 1 embraces and make its audience feel like their POV matters and 2 not treat them like idiots and lie to them!
  • MikeMurdok
    Love it!
    Great podcast! Especially when you’re as sad and lonely as I am!
  • SarahMackenzie
    Long time watcher first time reviewer
    I used to listen when they first started the podcast as I watch Chris on YouTube but I just don't care for the podcast. There's not enough about Japan and more him and Pete rambling on about whatever. I had stopped listening for a few months when I heard Sharla was a guest on and enjoyed the couple with her. Nothing against Pete, as he is professional dj and all, but I think his and Chris'energies are not cohesive enough.
  • BergKatse
    This podcast has high functionality
    I always loved Chris’ YouTube channel. In a world of over earnest trust fund baby traveloguers treating Japan like a precious object that would crumble at the slightest sideways Western gaze, it is really refreshing to have a snarky sarcastic Brit give his plain talking impression of Japan while still managing to be respectful of the culture. The banter he has with Mr Pete makes me chuckle constantly and the 45 mins flys by far too quickly. I was supposed to be on secondment in Japan last year but this podcast will give me my Japanophile fix until I can go in 2022. Yeah. Alwight mate.
  • Cmdprompt
    More Pete!
    Pete brings the show alive
  • ANerdReview
    Love this podcast!
    Am a big fan of Chris’ YouTube channels. His conversations with Pete are fantastic. It runs like the 3 of us are catching up like old friends: very casual, hilarious, and educational! 5/5
  • salad senpai
    I like the show but sometimes Pete chimes in with his political views and it’s really annoying
  • Atrophy Wife
    Fun informational channel
    Really funny but also informative.
  • Black earth 112
    Personal opinion
    Just as a personal thought, chris should have a show more like his YouTube live stream where it’s just him talking about stuff in japan. Tbh I don’t really like Pete, I listen to the show for Chris. Pete doesn’t really give any value inputs, also I just prefer to listen Chris’s voice. Then you got the problem with ads. There seems to be quite a lot. But then again I wouldn’t mind that if Chris is the one to say them, but it’s either Pete’s voice or some prerecorded ad from the company. I love the show but lately it’s feeling more and more like the little rock in my shoe that is annoying me is slowly getting bigger and bigger.
  • campiberger
    Traveling to Japan in my car
    I love the YouTube channel and so I was so excited to come across his podcast.
  • cdekter
    Pete needs to go
    I have stopped listening as I got tired of Pete’s abrasive, opinionated style. Chris brings all the interesting facts and stories about Japan while Pete just stinks the place up with his uninformed opinions about all manner of topics foreign and domestic. It’s such a turnoff I have finally given up and unsubscribed.
  • xsquid99
    Props from a fellow expat resident!
    Chris’ podcast is entertaining and full of great information and banter with a splash of humor thrown in for good measure. I love his YouTube channel and was super happy to discover his podcast!
  • Jonathanツ
    Love it!
    This podcast never fails to raise my spirits when having a rough day!
  • JayMagsMC
    Incredible Podcast
    Great hosts who have a great flow between them! Great info about Japan and lot more.
  • Ihateyourmusic999
    great hosts!
  • Maxerus
    Our man in Japan
    A must for anyone who is curious about Japanese culture. Chris and Pete are vary well versed in all things japan. And provide a interesting western perspective. Also the companion YouTube channel “Abroad in Japan” is Amazing! すごい‼️
  • americangeordie
    Gets me through everything
    This podcast has gotten me through 10 hr days grooming puppies .. I’ve literally listened to all of the podcasts over a 3wk period .. (yes all of them) also side note.. the dogs I groom always perk up when Pete talks lol🐶
  • Thrillcekr
    My Favorite!
    Always very entertaining and educational. Makes long, boring nights of building automobiles on an assembly line more a little more tolerable.
  • MidKniight
    Cant wait for each episode
    I'm a huge fan of everything Abroad in Japan. I love chris and Pete and cant wait for new episodes to come out which is now TWICE a week! This podcast brings makes me long for my future trip to japan after all this covid nonsense is over. Sometimes I just like to relisten to my favorite episodes if I'm feeling down or had a crap day. Keep up the awesome work!
  • Ibra2318
    Love it!
    I really like the chemistry between the two of them and love the outro!
  • David X. Lin
    Really good podcast, and has me looking forward to Mondays and Wednesdays!
  • h201912
    The topics lure you in to listening. But they ramble on about other things for most of the podcast.
  • AmyEMey
    My favorite podcast
  • FriscoGolfDad
    The best way to end a day....
    After I missed my March 2020 trip to Japan I found this amazing podcast and it has become a highlight of my week (now 2x a week!). Thanks for sharing all of your stories and insights on a country I can’t wait to visit.
  • SteamedLambs
    Great Peek
    As advertised, one of the best looks at Japan without going there. Pete and Chris have a great rapport and keep the episodes short and sweet.
  • sed222
    Loved it till Pete got into social justice
    I watch Abroad in Japan and love it. I was enjoying the podcast until in the 1st episode I was listening to Pete started calling the penal system in the U.S. “modern slavery”. While he is entitled to his opinion I certainly don’t have to listen to it. If that type of stuff doesn’t bother you, sit back and enjoy. If you listen for relaxation and fun and not for that type of commentary you may want to pass it by.
    Amazing podcast
    This is a great podcast to learn about Japan or to just relax and have a good laugh.
  • army310 Troy
    I don’t know what happened
    Long time listener, but as of late Pete has been getting more and more of a butthead(I don’t want to curse) and confrontation. I will give you guy’s an other week to become who you were before the Coronavirus.
  • Pacifico's
    Great time
    Love the podcast.
  • gen9558
    Absolutely Charming, Entertaining, and Interesting
    I wholeheartedly appreciate both Chris and Petes dedication to making podcasts a bit more enjoyable to listen to. I love their banter and commentary as they never fail to make me laugh. I am really interested in Japan, but most podcasts have been pretty dry and don’t really grab my attention but this one does ! Chris is very thoughtful in his commentary and Pete is always ready to bring a uniquely entering twist on his thoughts. Only reason its not 5 stars is that they often get off topic, which is usually hilarious, but stray away from talking about Japan in those instances. Otherwise great job and keep up the good work !
  • ScamSurvey
    Two blokes full of hot air
    Wow I didn’t think it could be done but these hot air balloons just avoid talking about Japan. Most of their content is just talking about how they both are doing. No real content here. Other podcasts are way better
  • War2D2a
    Huge fan of the YouTube vids and this podcast. Chris and Pete have great personalities and a ton of knowledge on Japan and Japanese culture. Their passion and love for Japan emanates in their discussions. This podcast has been much needed during this difficult time. 5 stars.
  • Kassamain
    Love the Combo
    I really dig how earnest you all are on this podcast! It's such a refreshing "off-the-cuff" take that sets it apart from the YouTube videos. I especially love it when Pete gets real and dips into a bit of the political side of things, which truly feels genuine and makes for great podcast material.
  • Brivera88
    Good but could be better
    It would be better if it was just Chris with guests from his YouTube channel not just Pete which I find a bit abrasive for every episode. Cutting back on the politics would help as well. I was expecting Abroad in Japan but in podcast form.
  • Elmanie
    Brightens My Day Every Episode
    One of my favorite things about this podcast is the insight coming from two unique perspectives. Chris shares his thoughts, experiences, and knowledge as one who has been living in Japan for many years. Then there is Pete who “pops over” to Japan every now and then for short periods of time, eyes wide with childlike excitement and a desire to soak in every moment of his limited days on holiday, Coolish in hand! As someone who has lived in Japan many years myself, I always appreciate the fresh perspective coming from those visiting Japan for the first time, or even those who only ever come on holiday but do not live there - Japan enthusiasts, one might call them. ;) I have a deep love of visiting places all over Japan, but because of a lack of time (and funds, let’s be honest), I appreciate hearing Chris’ perspective of the exciting places he visits and the people he meets. The combination of Chris and Pete’s collective experiences is informative, exciting, hilarious, and something I look forward to every week. Not only that, but ending each episode reading fan mail from the “fax machine” is one of my favorite parts of each podcast, especially hearing the quirky stories from others living in Japan. I would recommend this to more people except for all the swearing and at times over-the-top crude comments, but overall find it entertaining and the perfect pick-me-up after a long hard day. :)
  • SoftwareMom
    If you enjoy the YouTube series, try this
    More of Chris Broad’s updates and little notes on Japanese culture. More friendly voices to go with the wonderful YouTube travel and culture series.
  • sophia says hi
    Literally, this is the weirdest podcast ever. They cuss so much, and this might as well be the podcast where undereducated creeps talk about their perspective on pop culture, and this isn’t even about japanese. The only thing that is remotely entertaining is making fun of their accent.
  • slckaren
    Chris’s Perspectives are Like A Magic!
    Can’t wait each week for this podcast. Chris’s videos are great for travel advice, but also extremely entertaining for any westerner who is living or has lived in Japan. If you’ve followed Chris’s channel on You Tube, the podcast version will not disappoint! Keep up the good work, Chris!
  • Emilia von Hresvelg
    It’s Like Having Two Japanese Penpals
    Absolutely brilliant show that talks about the the most import news from Japan every week. The two hosts, Chris Broad and Pete Donaldson, are very likable and have engaging personalties. Not only is this a good tool to help one prepare for a trip to Japan, but also for those who simply want to learn more about the different regions and unique culture vested in the island nation. Although the show does teach some of the Japanese language, it is better suited for learning about the daily life and traditional aspects of Japan. Overall, Pete and Chris have a winning series here and this show is a great extension to Chris’ original YouTube platform.
  • HeyaBango
    Tool for learning Japanese
    About 4 months ago, George Trombley from Japanese from zero did a video teaching Japanese through analyzing tweets in Japanese about Chris. That got me to look up the Abroad in Japan channel and I’ve been busy binge watching the many excellent videos. I started checking out the podcasts also. My favorite segments are when Chris quizzes Pete on his Japanese language skills. Content like this helps put the vocabularies in context and makes it easier for me to remember them. For example, Pete said something about someone once told him he has a hiroi forehead. Now I’ll never forget what hiroi means! So thank you both Chris and Pete!
  • Megan 0571
    boring. displays a narrow limited view of Japan
    not much to say other than they should get really educated, get to point and yap less.
  • jmoise5
    Great Podcast
    Look forward to Chris and Pete every Wednesday, probably the only good thing about that day.
  • Jacko0309
    Funny content
    Love Chris and Pete!
  • Tinkerdebbbbb
    Thank you to Chris and Pete for entertaining me on my commute! Hope to see Chris on my vacation! Please give some tips for the cherry Blossoms!
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