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Host Peter Barakan delves into various aspects of Japanese culture; exploring practices, history, and modern innovations in such areas as ramen, rice, sushi, geisha, bonsai, and so much more. Local experts discuss their passions at fascinating length, and American Japanophile Matt Alt experiences the food, practices, and cultures in each episode in depth. Viewers will finish each half hour episode with a new understanding of an area of Japanese life through demonstrative videos and explanations, all delivered respectfully and true to the Japanese way of life.

Series Cast

  1. Peter Barakan as Self - Host

    Peter Barakan

    Self - Host

    304 Episodes

  2. Emma Howard as Self - Narrator (voice)

    Emma Howard

    Self - Narrator (voice)

    268 Episodes

  3. Matt Alt as Self - Reporter in Plus One

    Matt Alt

    Self - Reporter in Plus One

    195 Episodes

  4. Kanako Sachno as Self - Narrator (voice)

    Kanako Sachno

    Self - Narrator (voice)

    36 Episodes

  5. Kyle Card as Self - Reporter in Plus One

    Kyle Card

    Self - Reporter in Plus One

    8 Episodes

  6. Kanoa

    Self - Reporter in Plus One

    2 Episodes

  7. Chieko Mukasa

    Self - Food Journalist

    2 Episodes

  8. Chad Mullane

    Self - Comedian

    2 Episodes

  9. David McMahon

    Self - Reporter in Plus One

    1 Episode

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Current Season

Season 11

2024 • 3 Episodes

Season 11 of Japanology Plus premiered on January 4, 2024.

Japanophiles: Matthew Headland

(11x3, March 7, 2024)

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Status Returning Series


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Type Documentary

Original Language English


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