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Having produced over 100 episodes of the Abroad in Japan Podcast together with Chris since 2018, and travelled Japan more extensively than most (across 10+ trips), Pete is a Japanophile and top London Radio DJ rolled into one.

Pete's Story

@petedonaldson

Having risen to power first as a radio DJ on hugely popular radio stations XFM and Absolute Radio, Pete Donaldson’s real passion lies in Podcasting, where he can sink his teeth into topics as diverse as football, wrestling and Japan. As the co-host of one of the world’s biggest soccer podcasts “The Football Ramble”, when he’s not immersed in the world of football, he’s sneaking off to Japan to quench his thirst for Coolish ice cream. With an obsession with retro video games and electronics from the 80’s, it’s no surprise he’s been drawn to Japan over and over in the last decade, each time becoming incrementally more fluent in the Japanese language. Chris and Pete first met in London in 2017, while Chris and Natsuki were filming “Natsuki: The Movie”. As an Abroad in Japan viewer, Pete had heard they were in town, and whipped them into Absolute Radio for a spontaneous interview that went on to feature in the film. Several months later on a trip to Japan, Pete met up with Chris in Tohoku and together they went on a road trip. Three days and one speeding fine later, the two had outlined their plans for the Abroad in Japan Podcast which launched in February 2018. Since then Chris and Pete have travelled across Japan together by bicycle through Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe, frozen to death at the Sapporo Snow Festival and even been seaweed fishing at 5am on Japan’s Pacific coastline. 
 With a monthly audience of over 300,000 listeners, today the Abroad in Japan Podcast is the largest podcast on all things Japan and since 2018 the two have yet to miss a single week, such is their dedication to the cause. Be sure to drop by every Thursday to hear a news roundup of what’s going on in Japan, and to hear Chris and Pete talk about their obsessions with Family Mart Fried Chicken and Coolish respectively.
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Pete's Soundboard

Metaphors

   

I Live Here Now

   

Why!!

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I Don't Pay Attention

   

Not Enough Coolish

   

Ohayo Gozaimasu

   

Fiddlesticksy Awful

   

I'm in Akihabara

   

I Miss You

   

Betto Betto San

   

Upset Your Brain

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Arigatou COWZAIMASU

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Touch the Cockleaver

   

Argh! (Scary growl)

   

Slip it in My Mouth

   

I Beg Your Pardon

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She Licked the Wall

   

Never Kick People

   

Terrifying Laugh

   

My Fault!

   

Bastard!

   

Nani Kore!

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Have a Coolish

   

Marmaduke

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Can I eat it?

   

American National Anthem

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I Want to go to Bed Now

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Son Who Was an Envelope

   

You're the Real Monster

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Shibuya

   

Shinagawa

   

Akihabara

   

Featured Content

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48 Hours at Japan's Biggest Snow Festival

Sapporo snow festival is one of Japan's most popular annual events, but does it live up to the hype? We spent 48 hours in the city, eating, drinking and getting serenaded by random people....

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I Tasted Kobe Beef for the First Time | A5 Japanese Wagyu

We taste A5 Kobe Beef (A5), the highest grade of beef in Japan and have our taste buds ignited. What better way to spend our time in Kobe of Day 18 of Journey Across Japan (and send off Pete)....

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24 Hours in Osaka | 6 Things to do in Japan's Nightlife Capital

Osaka is Japan's nightlife capital; a vibrant city home to amazing food and people. On Day 17 of Journey Across Japan we spend a night out taking in the city! Leave us a LIKE if you enjoyed joining our night out!...

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24 Hours in Kyoto | Japan's Best Monkey Park

Kyoto Monkey Park is loved by all. We make our way through it and uncover the mysterious monster street on Day 16 of Journey Across Japan with Pete Donaldson....

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I Got Lost in Kyoto with only a Paper Map

Kyoto is difficult to navigate with Google Maps, let alone using a paper map. On Day 15 of Journey Across Japan we get lost in Kyoto....

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Natsuki: The Movie (Life in Japan Documentary)

Burnt out and suffering from a mid life crisis, the eccentric Natsuki decides to take an emergency one-in-a-lifetime trip to Europe. Surprisingly, not everything goes according to plan....

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Shisha in Japan - is it ever a good idea?

Pete and Chris will be back Sunday night with more hand to air firework action, join us then! ...

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How to Sneak into a Love Hotel (Short Ep!)

A tiny amuse-bouche of an ep, since Chris is a poorly tiger. But don't worry, he'll be firing on all of his cylinders this coming Wednesday, when the show returns. POW! ...

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Japan's most overated burger restaurant!

Hi there! Are you enjoying the podcast? Super. We'll be back this Sunday for more fun! ...

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When Dating a Stranger in Kyoto Goes Horribly Wrong

Charming men, doing charming things. ...

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What NOT to Say When Leaving a Japanese Restaurant

"I hated all of this food and will soon be sick" ...

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This is Japan's Worst Ever Tinder Date

Pete and Chris will return this Wednesday for more Japan-related nonsense!...

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When Eating Ramen Goes Horribly Wrong

Chris is fresh from his Halloween spooktacular, and Pete's just mainly been eating sweets....

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Why Chris Joined the Tokyo Yamanote Line Marathon This Week!

And Pete and Mr Chris will be back right here on Wednesday evening doing what they do...third best!...

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Why People Want to Get Married So Soon in Japan

Goes together like a horse and carriage!...

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Why Japanese Women Can't Re-marry soon after Divorce (but Men can)

A divorce? HEH HEH HEH...

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Japan's Oldest Toilet Accidentally Damaged in Car Crash!

Crash bang wallop, what a khazi!...

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Why Japan Has the Highest Life Expectancy in the World!

Pete and Chris will return on Wednesday for more of this silly nonsense!...

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The Japanese Convenience Store Made of Ice

Back once again in their respective vocal booths, Pete and Chris stay frosty!...

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Why Chris Has Japan's WORST Business Card Etiquette

He just tears them up in front of the person and scowls loads....

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The Japanese Dish I Regret Trying The Most

Brains. He ate loads of massive salty brains. Gross!...

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Japan's Worst Ever Fish Dish Explained

Seriously, this is rough!...

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Why Japan STILL Uses Floppy Discs in the 21st Century

DON'T COPY THAT FLOPPY!...

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The Japanese Hotel with Beer on Tap in Every Room!

Chris is drinking beer in his hotel room, Pete's making fly soup in his SULO bin,...

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Japan Encourages Young Adults to Drink More Alcohol to Boost Economy (Genuinely)

Pete is currently preparing his favourite drinking flagon. You get the hero you deserve, clearly!...

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Why Chris and Connor Are Cycling 1,000km Across Hokkaido

You just know one of those dafties are going to pop a wheelie and proper brain themselves....

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Why the Yakuza Are Disappearing in Tokyo

Boring, doing organised crime all the time, isn't it? Not for me, I like it....

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Why Chris Loves Sleeping on Japanese Futons!

Loves a futon, this lad....

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Japan's Most Ridiculous Scam Involves Loads Of Crabs

Chris and Pete talks VPNs, VPLs and EPL, all on the podcast that gave the world the catchphrase 'what's in the fax machine?'...

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Chris Hits the 10 Year Anniversary of Living in Japan

Covid: running rumpant in the Tokyo area....