Kyodo News presents a bilingual podcast for English learners about the ins and outs of news writing and how to translate tricky Japanese phrases into English. Have fun listening to journalists discuss recent articles as they occasionally go off on unrelated tangents.
Episode 1: Japanese summer festivals
Looking forward to one of the most famous fireworks displays in Japan? Three journalists – Yamaguchi-san, Toma and Rei – talk about the Sumida Fireworks Festival, which will be held for the first time in four years after the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn about the difficulties of finding the right phrasing for certain seasonal words and the writers' experiences at other events around the world.
Article mentioned in the podcast: Annual Tokyo fireworks festival to be held for 1st time in 4 years