It’s always nice to find some quality, Japanese-language podcasts.

The one I want to introduce in this article is 大人のラジオ番組 (otona no rajio bangumi).


Since this podcast is in all Japanese, it’s probably not going to be a whole lot of help for lower-level students. Sorry, yo. Maybe you could try listening to a couple episodes, feeling the great big sadness that is low-level, lack-of-skills life, then use that as a motivator to study more!

Unfortunately, I wouldn’t count listening to a too-difficult podcast as studying, though. I talk about this concept of level-appropriate language exposure all over the site, in addition to in the Hacking Japanese Supercourse.

Recently I’ve been addicted to Pete’s Mysterious Garage podcasts, but a couple of years ago I was really into 大人のラジオ番組.

Most of the podcasts are about health-related topics and outdoor stuff. For example, they talk about dry-eye a lot. I don’t know how they manage to make that interesting… but… yeah, props.

I remember also listening to a few episodes about 森林セラピー (shinrin serapii). Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t know what that is, because I don’t think it’s commonly understood Japanese.

森林 (shinrin) means “forest,” right? And セラピー (serapii) means, you guessed it, “therapy.” So it’s… “forest therapy?”

Yeah, seriously. The idea is that you go into the forest, lie around, maybe take a nap, and then Boom! Therapy happens. They actually make a pretty good case for it, and listening to talks about it, I often found myself longing to get out of the urban jungle that is Tokyo and explore me some nature. But, well, that never happened. I blame my friends. And my job at the time.

Here’s a website (in Japanese) about “forest therapy,” if anyone is interested. You could even follow the “Forest Therapy Society” on Facebook, thus further filling up your Facebook feed with Japanese goodness.

You know, now that I’m actually sitting down to write a post about this podcast, I’m starting to realize that I have no idea what the theme of this podcast is supposed to be. If you look at the podcast’s official site, this is the description:


otona no tame no otona no raifusutairu ni shouten wo ateta bangumi. kenkou igaku, kokoro, jinseiron, ongaku, kyouiku bunka, supoutsu nado, otona no tame no otona no jouhou wo otsutae shimasu

A program for adults that focuses on adult lifestyles. In this program we talk about adult topics such as health and medicine, happiness, lifestyle choices, music, education, sports, and so on.

Wow, I should probably spend some more time translating that so that it sounds more natural. But, whatever, you get the general idea… I hope.


I used to listen to this podcast a lot when back when I lived in Sendagaya, in Tokyo. I used to go for runs in the area around the Tokyo National Gymnasium. I’ve always loved listening to podcasts, because everyone is just so friendly to one another in them. It’s a nice, peaceful, uplifting thing to listen to at any time.

If you’re at a high enough level to understand this podcast, it could keep you entertained for a long, long time. There are over 300 episodes!

Here’s the podcast on iTunes, and here’s the official page, again.

Have fun, yo!


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Yo! I'm Niko, the founder of NihongoShark. I'm also a Japanese translator, writer, and all-around language nerd.

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