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‘Tis the season to try to be festive, with Christmas and the New Year fast approaching. And who better to celebrate with than Japan’s grumpy Brit, Chris Broad.

Chris Broad has been making videos for YouTube for almost 10 years now, publishing them on his channel Abroad in Japan. The last time he joined us on Deep Dive was back in 2019, after his channel crossed the 1 million subscriber mark. But over the course of the pandemic, that number has swelled, and now stands at over 2.5 million.

Earlier this month, Chris invited us up to visit his new Blade Runner-inspired studio in Sendai, where we recorded this episode of Deep Dive, in which Chris talks about the evolution of his channel, his new studio setup, and what’s left for him to explore in Japan.

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So long, 2021:

We want to hear stories from our listeners, wherever you are! Send us your stories about your favorite experiences this year, and what got you through the challenges of 2021. It could be a new hobby you started, a trip you took after getting vaccinated, anything that helped make 2021 a memorable year.

Record a voice memo on your phone — the inbuilt app is totally fine — and tell us your story along with your name and where you’re recording from. Try and keep the recording to a minute or two. Once you’re done, email your recording to deepdive@japantimes.co.jp with the subject line “So long, 2021.”

Please send your entries in by Monday, December 27, to be played around the New Year. Listen to last year’s episode, here.

On this episode:

Chris Broad: Twitter | Website
Oscar Boyd: Twitter | Articles | Instagram

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