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Hosted by Peter Barakan, this program explores many aspects of Japan, both traditional and contemporary: arts, sports, entertainment, food, technology, nature, etc.

Peter Barakan, Broadcaster

Born in London in 1951, Peter earned a degree in Japanese from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. An expert on diverse forms of popular music, Peter is also a well-known TV and radio presenter. He has lived in Japan for 40 years and has a deep understanding of the language and culture.



Sun.23:30 - 0:00
Mon.5:30 - 6:00
11:30 - 12:00
17:30 - 18:00

Nov. 30, Sun.*This program was first broadcast on Dec. 5, 2013

Parties and Gatherings

The Japanese do, of course, enjoy drinks in private with friends, but going out is far more common than holding parties at your home. In Tokyo alone, there are 18,000 pubs and beer halls. In the evenings, these places are crowded with colleagues enjoying after-work drinks. Recently, some companies have begun subsidizing the costs of parties held by their employees, and even opening bars on their own premises. On this edition of BEGIN Japanology, our theme is parties and gatherings.

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