Monday, May 10, 2010

The radio spirit

I appear on the radio program "All Night Nippon Sunday" from time to time.

Yesterday evening, I went to the radio station in central Tokyo and chatted in the program as the host, for 90 minutes.

I like speaking on the radio. There are rough storylines and a list of music to be played during the program, but apart from that, you are quite free to organize your talks. You can touch upon your recent encounter with the World Memory Champion, discuss how to love your mother with the listener, and consider how one may deal with the post-vacation blues. What you say is quite spontaneous and on the spot, and nurtures a great spirit of gaiety.

I recall, when I was in the low-teens, it was quite the thing to listen to the radio. The discussions in school on the day after was quite dominated by the funny things that the host had said in the evening. I think the ethos of the radio was resonating with our youthful dreams and anxieties.

So here's to the radio spirit. I am looking forward to my next opportunity to chat on the air. I expect that to happen sometime in June.


Yuzu said...

I like to listen to your voice in air,anyway sadly my aria can not listen to "All Night Nippon".
I am sure that you are an excellent person in air.
Please have some more programs in radio.

(ma)gog said...

Dear Mogi sensei,

I have just read your Japanese blog and have found that there will be "Prince Edward Island tour" in June! Well, my heart is literally pounding with such an excitement!

It is really a shame that I can't join you, but just recently I was thinking maybe I will go back to P.E.I. in 2013, that is, exactly 30years since I visited there.

I would like to introduce the very nice home page of "Anne's world" to you here, which I found when you were writing about your experience in Canada early this year. Please visit

I stayed at this Lucy Montgomery's Heritage Museum just one night in August in 1983, and I met Magog there. I hope this museum will be included in your tour trip.

Well... As for your radio programm, I am hoping to be able to listen to it if there is one in August this summer, because I will be back to Tokyo for nearly a month for the first time in four years! And also, if there is your public lecture during that time, I will definitely come to see you!

砂山鉄夫(Tetsu Sunayama) said...

"When I was young, I'd listen to the radio~"("Yesterday Once More" sung by Carpenters)

I'm still listening to the radio almost everyday.

Music from the radio sometimes takes me to the good old days...