English World Podcast: Episode 39 – Cherry Blossoms

Japan’s Famed Cherry Blossom Season and the Economic Impact of Inflation: A Podcast Discussion

Episode 39 of the Kyodo News podcast features a discussion on cherry blossoms in Japan. The three journalists, Yamaguchi-san, Horiuchi-san, and Toma, share their thoughts on the annual practice of cherry blossom viewing and how recent inflation has affected the amount of money spent on it. They also talk about their experiences visiting cherry blossom spots this year.

The podcast also mentions an article that highlights how inflation has impacted budgets for cherry blossom viewing in Japan. As a journalist, I can relate to the challenges that come with translating tricky Japanese phrases into English while discussing news articles. But what makes this podcast unique is its ability to veer off into unrelated tangents, offering listeners a glimpse into different aspects of Japanese culture and life.

In one photograph featured in the podcast, people are shown admiring cherry blossoms at an avenue stretching for 1 kilometer on Tokyo’s Meguro River. The scene is set with paper lanterns lit up on March 25, 2023, capturing the beauty and tradition of cherry blossom viewing in Japan. Whether you’re an English learner or just someone interested in Japanese culture, this podcast offers a refreshing take on news writing and translation that will leave you inspired to explore more of Japan’s wonders.

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