The Midnight Brew

Good conversations at the best virtual diner on the Internet.

The Midnight Brew is a podcast hosted by Cailean Babcock out of Osaka, Japan, at the best virtual diner on the internet. Episodes feature interviews with inspiring individuals from around the world, as well as discussions about creativity, art, movies, current events and culture. Released every other Friday at midnight Japan Standard Time.

Episode 5: Voluntary Insanity, Part 1

This is part one of a two-part interview with Jamie El-Banna, founder of the volunteer group, It’s Not Just Mud ("INJM" to its friends). Jamie tells us about how he decided to come to Japan one day over lunch, his personal experiences during the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake, and how he was inspired to spend the next three years as the head of his own disaster relief non-profit organization (NPO). Jamie also reveals some of the inner workings of the Japanese government and culture, including the surprising truth about Japanese fishermen and Twitter.


The Midnight Brew: “Voluntary Insanity, Part 1"

Episode 5 (November 22, 2014)


Show Notes for this Episode


Check out Jamie’s website, It’s Not Just Mud. You can also follow him on Twitter.


Links of Interest:


This week’s Midnight Brew trivia fact: the majority of users on Twitter are retired Japanese fishermen exchanging pictures of food porn.

No, really.

It’s all completely obvious to anyone who has mastered a reasonable level of Japanese. For example, understanding the difference between “bonsai” (a tiny, immaculately manicured tree); “banzai” (an exclamation meaning, “May the emperor live a thousand years!”); and “Bandai", a popular Japanese toy manufacturer responsible for the original concept that became known world-wide as “The Transformers”.


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