Episode 6: Tourism and vandalism 

Is vandalism an inevitable side effect of tourism?

Three Kyodo News journalists – Yamaguchi-san, Horiuchi-san and Ed – talk about a foreign tourist who was recently caught carving their name into a wooden pillar at a UNESCO World Heritage site in Japan. They discuss the potential rise in vandalism as more people travel, and go off on a tangent about Ed's recent trip to Spain and Portugal and learn about the Luxembourgish language. 

Article mentioned in the podcast:

World Heritage temple in Nara vandalized by visiting foreign teen

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.

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Defacements mar a wooden pillar at Toshodaiji Temple in Nara, Japan, on July 7, 2023.
(Photo courtesy of Nara Prefectural Police)(Kyodo)