POdcast: Japanese with Friends

Learning Japanese? Check.

Doing it with friends? Double check.

Successfully incorporating Japanese into work and life? Triple check that, yo.

Japanese With Friends is the podcast where we cover stories with friends about learning Japanese, experiences with the language, and everything that comes with being a foreigner in Japan. It is a collaborative effort between Risu Press and Japan Switch, in an effort to help encourage Japanese language learners to enjoy the process and figure out what they want to do in the future.

Most Recent Episode

Learning Japanese and being a digital nomad in Japan with Cindy Bissig

April 19, 2021

Today we spoke with Cindy Bissig from Obsessed With Japan at obsessedwithjapan.com. We dive into tech and self employment in Japan, and what it takes to own a niche as a foreigner working in Tokyo. You'll hear about her experience learning Japanese, which allows her to fulfill her commitment to bringing value to her audiences inside and outside of Japan.

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Tyson Batino and hacking the JLPT

April 18, 2021

In today's episode, we get to learn how Tyson Batino "hacked" the JLPT to get the N1 certificate. 

Japanese With Friends – Experiences learning Japanese and living in Japan, with a focus on how foreigners can learn the language and live life their way in this country. Today we spoke with Tyson Batino, who runs japanswitch.com, bfftokyo.com, and onecoinenglish.com. Hosted by Colten Nahrebeski from risupress.com

Who Runs the Show?


Colten is the owner of Risu Press. He is a Canadian marketer, who lived in Tokyo for over 6 years. Colten achieve JLPT N2 and worked in various industries in Japan. His background in learning Japanese was fundamental to his career progression, and he now runs Risu Press as a platform with a mission to connect foreigners with the opportunities and information they need to live their best life in Japan. His best-selling product, the JLPT Kanji Poster Set has been sold worldwide since 2014 and is on the walls of thousands of Japanese learners.


Tyson is currently the co-founder and director of Japan Switch and popular One Coin English that has over 7000 students. In addition to creating a whole new market in the English language industry in Japan, he co-founded the media site BFF Tokyo as a hobby, which provides free in-depth guides on visas, jobs, learning Japanese, and anything related to thriving in Japan. He has lived in Japan for over 15 years and achieved JLPT N1 in 3.5 years. For more information, read his bio here

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