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The Troubles of Being a YouTuber: A Chat w. Gaijin Goombah | Japan Station 15

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Gaijin Goombah is the guest today on this episode of the Japan Station podcast.

Gaijin Goombah is a YouTuber who has made a successful career out of teaching people about the real world culture and history that is present in many of today’s most popular video games and anime. Gaijin Goombah’s interest in Japan is one that goes quite far back and led him to both study abroad and work in Japan. Aside from running his own very popular YouTube channel he also streams on Twitch.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Gaijin Goombah became interested in Japan
  • The interesting role the film Kill Bill played in Gaijin Goombah’s life
  • How Gaijin Goombah went from wanting to be an actor to working with Matthew Patrick (MatPat) of The Game Theorists YouTube channel
  • Gaijin Goombah’s time living in Japan
  • Gaijin Goombah’s experience teaching English as part of the JET Program
  • The stresses of being a YouTuber
  • How monetization works on YouTube vs. streaming and which is more profitable
  • What Gaijin Goombah finds rewarding about his creating videos
  • The research process Gaijin Goombah undertakes when creating a video
  • Popular misconceptions surrounding ninja
  • Why the recent reboot of GeGeGe no Kitaro is a must-watch anime
  • Gaijin Goombah’s views on moe
  • Why anime is an amazing medium
  • And much more!

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Extra Stuff

Hit the button below to check out Gaijin Goombah’s YouTube channel.

Gaijin Goombah on YouTube

And if you’d like to check out Gaijin Gommbah on Twitch, then you can do so via the button below.

Gaijin Goombah on Twitch

You can also find Gaijin Goombah on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

The video below is episode 0.5 of Gaijin Goombah’s Yokai Watchers series. This is the video in which Gaijin talks about GeGeGe no Kitaro and finding one’s passion.


If you’d like to watch Gaijin Gommbah’s Which Ninja series, you can do so via the video below or click here to check out the playlist for the entire series.

Here is Gaijin’s video on the cat girl ninjas of the visual novel NEKO-NIN exHeart.

To watch Gaijin Goombahand Takahata101 riff on visual novels live, check out Yes Yes Love Adventure GO! here.

To watch Gaijin Goombah and Akidearest talk about whether moe is ruining anime, check out the video below.

The clip below was mentioned in the podcast and shows the infamous “Osaka Bang!” experiment that a Japanese TV program once conducted. This video was brought up when discussing the Kansai region in the podcast. Although a funny video, it’s important to keep in mind that this is by no means a scientific study nor do we know how many passersby did not react to being “shot.” It seems extremely likely that the show specifically chose only people who played along with the joke.

More reently, the YouTube channel Asian Boss did a video on the Osaka Bang! phenomenon. You can watch it below.

Special Thanks

Opening/Closing song: Oedo Controller (大江戸コントローラー) by Yunomi featuring Toriena (Used with permission from Yunomi)
To listen to more of Yunomi’s music, check out his Soundcloud page or YouTube channel.

Japan Station cover art: Provided by Erik R.

Image: Courtesy of Gaijin Goombah

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