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Guzen Media Japan 65-"Next" Opening

2011-06-23 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)


Next-Opening from Chaz Wright on Vimeo

This is the opening to the movie "Next" that my students and I made for our school festival. We wrote, shot, subtitled, and edited the movie in 5 days. The running time of the movie is 18 minutes. I will be putting the entire movie up later.

This was a big challenge because we only had 5 days to shoot after school, my students aren't actors and are learning English, we had to change our story and rewrite it as we went along because of bad weather, and I was using a HDSLR, Canon 60D, for the first time. Pulling focus was a big learning curve for me.

We all had a great time making our movie and I'm very proud of my students.

Mahalo to Moby Gratis for the music
Mistake (David Rossi Re-Work Instrumental)

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Videos Me Likes

2011-06-22 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

I started a new website Videos Me Likes because I love good shite there are so many amazing videos and short films out there that need to be seen and recognized.  So if you get a chance go check it out here.


I found this stunning time lapse that I thought you guys interested in Japan would love to see.


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Out My Window

2011-05-29 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

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A Hole in the Clouds

2011-05-15 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

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Guzen Media Japan 64-Shoko Is Back!

2010-09-17 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

Shoko came back to school to do her 2 week student teaching.


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Mt. Fuji from the Shinkansen

2010-03-31 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

It's is always exciting to catch a glimpse of 富士山 Mt. Fuji while the 新幹線 Shinkansen speeds down the rails.

*this picture and video was taken with my Apple iPhone 3GS

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Guzen Media Japan 63-Steven "the exchange student" Returns Part 3

2010-02-24 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)



This is the 3rd and final part of a special video episode where I welcome Steven "the exchange student" back to Japan and our school. It has been 5 years since he returned to Australia. Find out what he's been up to.

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Guzen Media Japan 63-Steven "the exchange student" Returns Part 2

2010-02-19 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)


This is Part 2 of a special video episode where I welcome Steven "the exchange student" back to Japan and our school. It has been 5 years since he returned to Australia. Find out what he's been up to.

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Guzen Media Japan 63-Steven "the exchange student" Returns

2010-02-14 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)


It's been a long time, but I'm finally posting something here again. Steven "the exchange student" who was a regular guest on the show way back when I first started Guzen Media Japan returned for a visit 5 years after he left.

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The New Year 2009

2009-01-01 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)



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Guzen Media Japan 62-Australian Exchange Students

2008-10-02 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

A new season of Guzen Media Japan has begun. In this episode I talk with two exchange students from Australia that remind me a lot of two other exchange students that were a big part of the early days of Guzen.


Hayley and Nathan


Gocke and Steven

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Japanese Songs of Summer 4-Alive

2008-08-20 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

My fourth choice for Japanese songs of Summer is Alive from the group SPEED. They were only together for a short time, but they made a big impact on the J-pop scene. They were one of the most talented of the many girl groups that seem to pop up overnite. I'm looking forward to seeing them reunite again for 24 Hour TV.

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Japanese Songs of Summer 3-島唄

2008-07-25 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

My third choice for Japanese Songs of Summer is 島唄 (shima-uta) by The Boom. This to me is the Japanese Free bird. When it comes on I have stop what I'm doing and listen to it to the end.

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Japanese Songs of Summer 2-アジアの純真

2008-07-24 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

My second choice for Japanese Songs of Summer is Puffy's first single and huge hit アジアの純真 (Asia no Junshin). This came out in the summer of 1996 and was played/sung/karaoked to death. I liked this duo and the song the first time I saw/heard them and still do.



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Japanese Songs of Summer 1-夏祭り

2008-07-23 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

In the next several days I'm going to post some of my favorite Japanese songs of summer.

My first choice is one of my all time favorites 夏祭り(natsumatsuri) by Whiteberry. The song gets you moving and the video made me nostalgic for the good old days.

I wish the group would've stuck together. They were a refreshing break from the usual J-pop girly girls.

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Tanabata 七夕

2008-07-13 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

This is a video I shot during a Tanabata festival that took place in my neighborhood.

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Skate Crash

2008-06-22 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

This some footage that I shot at the East Coast Surfing Championships in Va. Beach a few years back.



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Why not come here?

2008-06-05 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

People are always asking me if they should come to live and work in Japan. The decision was easy for me. I always knew I wanted to come here and I did everything I could to get myself in a position to do so. It took me over twenty years to make it here after I first thought about it. There were many obstacles that almost prevented me from achieving my dream, but I never gave up.

I really like this speech by Steve Jobs and just found it (guzen) with Japanese subtitles. It's very inspirational and it speaks to a lot of things that I have felt and believe in. I can also see how the things I did and tried in my past have helped me greatly in the things I do now. In his speech he calls it connecting the dots.

You are the only one who knows if you should come to live and work here. Instead of asking why come here ask yourself-

Why not come here?

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Jaymay Live in Europe and the US

2008-05-01 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

Here is your chance to see Jaymay live. Check out her site for updates and sample her songs.

I really dig her music and at the moment I've been playing Blue Skies over and over. I could so hear it in an Edward Burns film.

You can get her latest CD Autumn Fallin on iTunes.


May 5 Maidstone
Zebra Bar - supporting Tift Merritt

May 7 Swansea
Monkey - supporting Tift Merritt

May 8 Bristol
St Bonaventure - supporting Tift Merritt

May 10 Buckingham
The Radcliffe Centre - supporting Tift Merritt

May 11 Edinburgh
The Pleasance - supporting Tift Merritt

May 12 Nottingham
Rescue Rooms - supporting Jens Leksman

May 13 Newcastle
The Cluny - supporting Jens Lekman

May 14 Leeds
Woodhouse Club - supporting Jens Lekman

May 15 Glasgow
Oran Mor - supporting Jens Lekman

May 19 Manchester
Academy 3 - supporting Jens Lekman

May 21 Birmingham
Glee Club - supporting Jens Lekman

May 23 Belfast
The Black Box - supporting Jens Lekman

May 24 Galway
Roisin Dubh - supporting Jens Lekman

May 25 Dublin
The Village - supporting Jens Lekman

June 10 New York
Bowery Ballroom

June 11 Philadelphia
Tin Angel - with Fink

June 12 Arlington
Iota - with Fink

June 13 Cleveland
B-Side - with Fink

June 14 Pittsburgh
Club Café - with Fink

June 16 Chicago
Schuba’s - with Fink

June 18 Los Angeles
Troubadour - with Fink

June 19 San Francisco
Café du Nord - with Fink

June 20 Portland
Doug Fir - with Fink

June 21 Seattle
Tractor Tavern - with Fink

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Japanese Rocking and Rolling

2008-04-29 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)



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Guzen Media Japan 61-Exchange Student Alex

2008-04-18 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

In this episode Alex, the new exchange student, joins me and talks about how she became interested in Japan, the process she went through to become an exchange student, and some of her first impressions about school.

CCI Center for Cultural Interchange

Senpai/Kohai

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Some Views of Mt. Fuji

2008-04-01 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)



This is a video I took on my way back to Shizuoka from Tokyo.

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JAYMAY-Conan O'Brien, Autumn Fallin', and SXSW

2008-03-10 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

Two years ago I was surfing around iTunes looking for some new music and I ran across an artist named Jaymay. I immediately fell for her sound and lyrics and ended up buying all her songs. I visited her site to find out more about her and her music and noticed that she was coming to Japan for a mini tour. I sent her an email asking if she would be interested in doing an interview and to my surprise she said yes.

We met a few weeks later in Ginza and was very pleased to have the chance to get to know her. She is passionately dedicated to her art and like we say back home, she is good people. You can see the interview we did and the performance of her hit Gray or Blue in the videos below.

I'm very happy to see her doing so well and I hope to get a chance to have her on the show again soon.

Jaymay will be appearing on the Conan O'Brien show tonight.

Get Jaymay's new album Autumn Fallin'

She is also performing two shows at SXSW

Saturday 15 March 2008
Hit Sheet SXSW Party at Momo's
618 w. 6th st. 3pm. ages 18+

Saturday 15 March 2008
Maggie Mae's Gibson Room
323 e. 6th st. doors 7pm. Jaymay 8pm. ages 21+

Catch her in New York
The Mercury Lounge in NYC(with a band)
Wednesday 19 March 2008. 10pm. $10. ages 21+

Check out her sites
Jaymay Myspace
Jaymay's Website






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Guzen Media Japan-Surfing in Japan

2008-03-04 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

A friend of mine took some video at the Hurley Surf Contest in Shizunami, Japan a few years ago and I put this video together for fun. Surfing in Japan is very popular.

The song in the video is Stereoman is from the awesome group Ellegarden. My favorite song from them is Space Sonic.



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Twitter With Me

2008-03-03 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

Things have been really busy around here and I haven't been able to record a new show. I'm hoping to get something up soon.

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Guzen Media Japan 60-Marathon Chris

2008-02-11 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

Chris joins me in this episode to talk about running, recent news, wine, living in Japan, teaching, and many other topics. Unlikely Supporter Tokyo Marathon Hash House Harriers Naked Festival Koda Kumi Suntory Whiskey commerical from the movie Lost in Tra…

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Guzen Media Japan 59

2008-02-03 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

In this episode John and I talk about teaching kikokushijo and the 2008 US JET Program Interview Candidates announcement. download mp3 My StumbleUpon Page…

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Guzen Media Japan 58-Listener Questions

2008-01-24 :: guzenmedia@gmail.com (Chaz)

In this episode John and I answer some listener questions like: What does Guzen mean? What do we do when we come across other gaijins? Can you be happy in Japan? If you have any questions please ask and we'll do our best to answer them. download mp3 My S…

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