John Rucynski is an educator, writer, editor, cyclist, hiker and baseball enthusiast, not necessarily in that order. In this episode, John shares some stories about his background, world travels, teaching and writing/editing. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Center for Liberal Arts and Language Education at Okayama University, and his main research interest is the role of humor in foreign language acquisition and intercultural communication. Episode #26 with John Rucynski can be found HERE.


Oswego, New York – 

Jerry Seinfield – 

State University of New York at Oswego – 

Sapporo, Japan –

Es Con Field Hokkaido (Japan Times) – 

Eikaiwa in Japan –

School for International Training – 

Learning Portfolios (University of Hawaii) – 

Scaffolding (The Glossary of Education Reform) – 

PPP (British Council) –

Morocco – 

John Fanslow (International Teacher Development Institute) – 

Ship for World Youth – 

Okayama University –

Doshisha University – 

Kwansei Gakuin University – 

Content and Language Integrated Learning (Bridge Universe) – 

Content Based Instruction (British Council) – 

Mixed Roots Studies – 

Jiro Dream of Sushi – 

Koko Yakyu – 

Kenneth Eng – 

Horimono –

Alice Gordenker – 

The Japan Times – 

The History of Japanese Tattoos (Luca Ortis) – 

PechaKucha Night – 

A Passion for Japan: A Collection of Personal Narratives – 

Bridging the Humor Barrier –

Wes Lang (Hike Master Japan) – 

Carman Tamas – 

Trevor Raichura (Hanshin Tigers English News) – 

Blue Sky Publishing – 

New Ways in Teaching with Humor – 

Second Harvest Japan – 

Minami Sanriku – 

Hanshin Tigers –

Yomiura Giants –

Hanshin Koshien Stadium –

Over the Hills Hiking Group (Facebook) – 

Hiking in Japan Facebook Group –