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We began a podcast on March 27th 2020, to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the beginning of this mad adventure.
The podcast will drop every Sunday at 12pm GMT (8pm Japan Time).
You can listen to the podcast on your preferred platforms by following these links.
Hover on the names of the joints in the individual episode description below to take you straight to the joints we talk about each week.
Ep 59: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes Pt.3
COMING SOON! All editing prudence goes to the wall as we fall down a deep, deep hole in this feature-length episode...
Ep 58: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes Pt.2
Disagreements abound as we hit the remainder of our joints on Day 1 of 3, deep down Kansai way!
Ep 57: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes Pt.1
Dear Lord! Edible insects, sock rations and so much smoke on a hectic three-dayer in Kansai.
Ep 56: The Curtain, The Sword & The Samurai
We are back in town for a good old-fashioned Tokyo episode with three cracking Tokyo joints!
Ep 55: The North Remembered Pt.4
James continues to offend: this time just the whole of Europe. And we visit the epic Paragonian!
Ep 54: The North Remembered Pt.3
James pisses off another regional tourist board as we hit the snowless spring streets of Aomori for a couple of contrasting joints.
Ep 53: The North Remembered Pt.2
In Pt.2 we visit Morioka, officially the next best city after NYC, for two great joints and some serendipity with Johnny!
Ep 52: The North Remembered Pt.1
First a four-part sojourn to colder climes with teachers, taxi and a treasure trove of joints. Oh, and The Crusaders.
Ep 51: Das Buch!
James picks what's left of Philip's brains after finally seeing the TJJ book come to life in Germany.
Ep 50: Reunion!
Two men weep uncontrollably as they meet in a Shibuya hotel and recommence what they love doing most.
Ep 49: Days of Wine and Roses
A debrief of our book campaign and a couple of tantalising Tohoku pitstops.
Ep 48: Book-er TJJ & The MG's
Listen in for our BIG announcement of a very exciting development!
Ep 47: Crochet & Croquet
James swans about Kyushu & Honshu while Philip lives vicariously through his stories...
Ep 46: Six Kyushu Joints Pt2
Philip teaches James English and James continues his solo trip around the southern island of Kyushu.
Ep 45: Six Kyushu Joints Pt1
Pork 'belly' politics, Sony Rollins on the beach and a mixture of the new and old as James heads south on a solo mission.
Ep 44: Coda
Not the end, just the end of the beginning as we look forward to 2021 and beyond.
Ep 43: Ultimate TJJ
Our all-time favourite joints: not an easy task with so many to choose from.
Ep 42: Greatest Hits Vol.2
More reminiscences as we edge closer to our all time favourite joints.
Ep 41: Greatest Hits Vol.1
We reminisce on our maddest moments throughout as we head to our all time favourite joints.
5 Days in June Pts 1-8
An epic eight part journey in June 2018 from the northern island of Hokkaido to the southern island of Kyushu.
Ep 32: Well Hello, Dolly
A mixed bag in Kansai with
, before hitting
on the way home.
Ep 31: Sono ta
Some of best of the rest this week,
Jazz Cafe Hayashi
Ep 30: The Final Cut
Last of the Tokyo Deep Cuts this
Ep 29: Closed
A more mournful look at places no longer with us:
, and the legendary Masako.
Ep 28: Minty Peas
Another handful of epic deep cuts
in the arms of Mother Tokyo with
Ep 27: From the Black Forest
Our international journey of discovery continues as we uncover a gem
hidden under a beautiful
bookshop in Buenos Aires.
Ep 26: Empire Strikes Back
This week we check out some of the old imperial capital's finest joints with
A fictionalised version of a visit to the incredible Basie written by Philip Arneill and soundscape by Grooves Ahead.
Ep 25: Meeting The Don Swifty
This week we
make it up to the joint to end all joints, the incredible, inimitable, unbelievable
Ep24: Heading North Pt2
The journey north continues in this second part with
, before we finish off in the mysterious
Ep23: Heading North Pt1
We begin winding our way to meet
, via Fukushima and Sendai, taking in
Ep22: No, not Tokyo Bay...
We span 3 continents and time zones this week as we chat to Daniel Gahr & Shirin Raza about the birth of their jazz joint-inspired Bar Shiru in Oakland.
Ep21: Deep Pockets
Another deep dive into Tokyo's myriad collection of lesser known joints as we
and the incomparable
Ep20: Regional Rivalry
We venture to the dark side and visit Kansai this week in the first of a series as we hit
Ep19: In Suburbia
This week we brave the 'burbs at all
times of the day and night to visit
Ep18: The Legend of Tachibana
in Gunma, before Philip’s extended interview with Tohru Aizawa, the driving force behind the legendary Tachibana album.
Ep17: All that J-Jazz
A fascinating discussion with members of jazz record collecting royalty,Tony Higgins and Mike Peden, compilers of the
BBE J-Jazz records
and many, many more.
Ep16: All the Single Ladies
We celebrate the small but dedicated number of pioneering female owners by visiting
Ep15: Weird & Wonderful Pt2
Second part of two exploring especially extraordinary joints. This week we hit
, and the enigmatic
Ep14: Weird & Wonderful Pt1
All joints are created unique, but some are more unique than others. This week we visit
& the inimitable
Ep13: First Cut is the Deepest
5 Tokyo deep cuts for the hardcore aficionado this week as we crisscross
the city to visit
Ep12: Hot & Swing since '33!
The final instalment of Port in a Storm with The 2 Johns,
, heavy hitter
Ep11: Port in a Storm Pt2
We criss-cross Yokohama this week, visiting
Episode X: Stand
This week we felt there were simply
more important conversations to be
had than ours. Please visit
for more details.
Ep10: Port in a Storm Pt1
We are south of Tokyo this week. We head to Yokosuka's
Blue In Green
, before hitting
, and Yokohama's
Ep9: Back to the Future
This week we're looking forward at some brighter lights like
, and head to the epic
in Berlin too!
Ep8: I Want Candy
Narita airport? Surfers' Paradise? We explore all over Chiba this week with
Ep7: There Must Be An Angle
Nights of crawling around floors and cramming into dark corners for the perfect angle in
Ep6: Bittersweet Stories of Pepe
If you ever wondered where Dean Martin, scuba diving, paratroopers and jazz intersect, it’s here! 'O-tsukare' to
Ep5: Problems with Samurai
Still in Shinjuku. this time with Murakami, cats and Coltrane: this episode has it all
as we visit the legendary
Old Blind Cat
Ep4: The One-Armed Master
We're in the kaleidoscopic neighbourhood of Shinjuku at
, and the incomparable
in Golden Gai, where service comes second!
Ep3: Major Milestones
This week we celebrate significant projects milestones by revisiting
. Click on the links to see the photos.
Ep2: What's all the fuss?
This week we talk about what a jazz kissaten really is and what you can expect. See
by clicking the links.
Ep1: Five Long Years!
In our first episode we celebrate the 5th year of the project and share a few stories from along the way. See
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