Society & Culture
ciplantgo: What, Why & Who
Welcome to ciplantgo, where Cipango - a poetic name for Japan, used by Marco Polo - and ‘plant-based lifestyle’ cross path. There are two sides to ciplantgo: a podcast aimed at introducing people living a plant-based lifestyle in Japan, and an instagram account where I share many aspects of my everyday routine.
My name is Florent Debouverie, and I’ve been knee deep into Japanese culture and language for almost half of my life. After quite a few unexpected career and mindset turns in my early 30s, I came to veganism around September 2017. The journey since then has been both fascinatingly fruitful and frustrating, and has led me to ask myself how to spread, in my own way, the message for more compassion towards animals. Ciplantgo is my answer to this question.
The podcast will mainly revolve around interviews of people living in Japan and living a plant-based lifestyle, whether they’re vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian. When possible, the interviews will be held in English; if not, then in any other language I am fluent in, French or Japanese. Although being in Japan, it makes sense to me to prioritize English. One reason is that I like the idea of reaching out to foreigners in Japan, or to any other English speaker throughout the world. Another reason is my belief that the more one identifies with me, the more likely that person will feel like challenging their ideas and habits. Being a foreigner in Japan, I do not think a lot of Japanese would naturally identify with who I am. Lastly, English is a language that comes more naturally to me, so I believe it will be a better tool to help me focus on the interview itself rather than on my Japanese grammar. That being said, I might reconsider this decision further along the line, if I deem it necessary.
As for the frequency of releases, I aim at one or two episodes per months; I’m someone who loves consistency and would very much want to guarantee an interview every other week, but only time will tell if I can manage that on top of the usual life stuff.
On the instagram account, I will upload pictures and videos of my various training and diet routines, as well as of my numerous hobbies. It will be a way for me to use my good health, fitness and very socially active life as a testimony to how a plant-based lifestyle can contribute to enjoying all those positive aspects without much, if any, sacrifices.
Music: "Corporate Japan" by Birocratic (http://birocratic.lnk.to/allYL)
ciplantgo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ciplantgo/
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