What new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is a website dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, a round-table discussion on what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming. Shout out to Portland-based No Kind of Rider for our intro/exit music!
On this week’s episode, our ever-affable host Greg Nibbler speaks with Editor-in-Chief Cator Sparks (in-studio!); Managing Editor, Nicole Raney; and Spirits Editor, Sam Slaughter about The Manual’s Journey to Japan travel series.
Nicole Raney offers up some tips and tricks on flying into Tokyo, some information on getting around while in the country (including discussions of the subways and rail lines), and the importance of planning ahead. One of her best tips: Write out the addresses of your destinations on paper in Japanese to hand to taxi drivers.
The group discusses translations, mis-translations, the dangers of relying too much on technology to bridge the gap, and the importance of learning a few words in Japanese. A little bit of etiquette goes a long way in this decorum-dedicated country. Stream now to hear Raney’s most useful Japanese phrases.
Cator Sparks gives us a rundown of Japanese knives and why they are superior to almost any others on the planet — then gives a mouthwatering description of the best Japanese food.
And, of course, Sam Slaughter gives us a rundown of the spirits situation in the country, including the Japanese love of whisky, cocktails, and sake.
Find Inner Peace and Experience History at a Ryokan: Writer Elizabeth Dahl outlines the difference between a hotel and a ryokan and gives you all the reasons why you should spend at least a few nights in one when visiting Japan.
Five Katana-Sharp Japanese Knives Your Kitchen Needs Now: Everything you need to know about Japanese knives and also where to buy them.
The Weird and Wonderful World of Japanese Convenience Stores: Conbini, as Japanese convenience stores are locally known, are actually more convenient than their American counterparts. The food is surprisingly delicious —a must-try when visiting.
The History and Growth of Japanese Whisky: Did you know that Japanese whisky is only about 90 years old? Read on for more information about the country’s top brands and what kind to buy when you’re in the country.