Reasons to Love Japan – Episode 36 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I’ve been writing about my love for Japan ever since I began this blog 11 and a half years ago, but the fact is, I had lost sight of just HOW MUCH I love it! Thirteen years after I left Osaka, I finally got to return, and I was reminded of all the reasons I love Japan, and everything was even better than I remembered.

Enough of me. I’m not the only one who has ever visited Japan, and in this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I have three guests who tell their tales of all things Japanese. It’s a wonderful place but in many cases a slightly unusual one (part of the charm) and that’s certainly reflected in several of the stories you’ll hear in this episode. One of these unusual things involves toilets, and I can’t help but take this as an opportunity to share a collage of my toilet control panel photographs … enjoy.

Reasons to Love Japan - Thoughtful Travel Podcast - Toilet Control Panels

PS: If, like me, you feel the urgent need to know more about Japanese toilets, I honestly have to say the Wikipedia page on Japanese toilet history is fascinating!

Show notes: Episode 36 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Reasons to Love Japan

It’s all about Japan in Episode 36 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast. It’s rare that I chat about a single destination but I’ve made an exception for Japan, because a bunch of my guests have talked about it and I’ve just come back from a fabulous week exploring one of my favourite countries in the world.

Photographer Martin Bailey moved to Japan 25 years ago to work in a lace factory and has now lived there most of his adult life. He has lots of wisdom to important about all things Japanese and yet we end up talking about toilets!

Aggie Lim joins me next to speak about issues of nudity. For a very modest society, Japan is very forward when it comes to bathing with strangers and we Aussies have a hard time adjusting to the onsen way of life.

Finally, Joe Baur reminds me of some of the challenges of getting by in Japan without fluent Japanese and we also chat about the amazing transport system.


 Reasons to Love Japan - Episode 36 - The Thoughtful Travel Podcast


  1. LOL I could rave on too. I had a very funny experience in a onsen. A little boy came running up to me pointing at me saying gaijin. His mother was so embarrassed. I don’t think he had ever seen a gaijin let alone a naked one!! Ha ha.

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