The Big Root is a podcast about everywhere Japaneseness. The namesake is daikon or 大根, literally “big root” in Japanese. Also called winter radish, this vegetable is everywhere in Japanese cuisine. Grated, chopped, pickled, braised, stewed, it touches every category of Japanese food. Like the daikon, Japanese influence reaches all corners of the world, and this podcast explores the ubiquity of Japaneseness through community, entrepreneurship, and culture that embody what being Japanese is about. In the first season, we introduce Japanese and Japanese American people and activities in the Big Apple. The podcast is independently produced and hosted by Susan McCormac and Toshiki Nakashige in New York, New York.