Laid-Back Japanese Podcast

Learn Japanese without feeling like you’re in a classroom.

Illustrated poleroid taken of a study desk with a notebook, some scattered pictures of Japan, and a phone using NativShark to study Japanese.

Natural, everyday Japanese

Listen in on fun chats and true stories about living life “in Japanese” with Chie, Niko, and other guests.

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words: English with Japanese sprinkles.
words: Japanese-only on the same topic

Made by popular demand

The Japanese learning community at NativShark kept asking for more material they could study casually, outside of their core daily study activities.

So we decided to create the podcast Niko had always dreamed of — relaxed conversations in English about Japanese language and culture packed with valuable, usable information. But free of tedious drills, vocab lists, and grammar sections.

If you watch the podcast on YouTube, you'll see that we also tend to get carried away sharing pictures of specific products, places, and so on that we just had to mention^^

Illustration of Niko and Chie

What Laid-Back Japanese Is All About

Brass Key with an icho-leaf design

Context is key

Japanese is a highly contextual language. By listening in on stories related to Japanese, it is more likely to stick and be recalled later.

LBJP logo on fire with motivation

Challenge Mode

Every LBJP episode is accompanied by a Not-So-Laid-Back Japanese one where the same topic is explored in a shorter, all Japanese episode.

Tea pot pouring tea into a cup and a slice of strawberry rolled-cake and fork.


This is not a lesson. This is not a hard-core learning material. We provide a casual space for learners to kick back and have fun for a while.

Come say hello in our community!