The Monthly Radio Show ” JAPANESE BENTO BOX “ is on Bay FM 99.9 i ( usually on 4th Tuesday on every month) which promotes the Japanese rich culture and wisdom through interviews and community news. We invite Japanese locals who live in the Byron Shire and share their journey in finding their new home away from home,  as well as interviewing about their current lifestyle and passion. The show is presented by Hiromi Shibasaki, who has been a national radio presenter in Japan ( FM81.3 J-WAVE) and has moved to the area in 2015 to pursue a more sustainable way of life. The show aims to offer the Byron Bay community an insight into the Japanese culture, and to be the voice and platform for the Japanese people to further connect, integrate with the local community. On this page, you can listen to the recording of the shows from the link below This program was made possible with support from the Community Broadcasting Foundation. Find out more at


ON AIRED : MAY 28, 2024 Interview Guest – Natsumi Okuda

ON AIRED ; APR 30, 2024 Interview Guest – Nami Igarashi

ON AIRED ; MAR 26, 2024 Interview Guest – Junko Nayaka

ON AIRED : JAN 23, 2024 Interview Guest- Byron Taiko

ON AIRED : DEC 26, 2023 Interview Guest- Taeko Iizuka

ON AIRED ; NOV 28, 2023 Interview Guest – Chika Hayashi

ON AIRED : OCT 24, 2023 Interview Guest- MARIA NISHIJIMA

ON AIRED : SEP 26, 2023 Interview Guest- YUMIKO TANAKA

ON AIRED : AUGUST 22, 2023 Interview Guest-YOSHI TAKADA
ON AIRED : JULY 25, 2023 Interview Guest-TOMOHISA MARUYAMA

ON AIRED : MAY 23, 2023 Interview Guest – Aiko Abe- Nail artist

Why I ended up as a Byron Local Radio Host ?

Having spent 10 years in a high paced corporate career in Japan, working for global financial institutions and founding a social venture business, it was a turning point when Hiromi was offered and took up the challenges of a leading role in a global environmental NGO. In parallel Hiromi took up a position presenting the Sunday morning show  on Japanese National commercial radio J- WAVE FM 81.3 These dramatic career changes and experiences solidified her to realize where her true passions lay. This was to create a more sustainable lifestyle connecting people , communities and nature. In 2015, Hiromi set on a new adventure moving to Australia, settling here in Byron Bay. She founded Blanco , catering to Japanese tourists sharing with them some of her local connections and experiences. She is also a qualified chef, running a small macrobiotic catering business @SACHIPLATE and much loved miso making workshops. Her passion is connecting people and sharing different cultures. She has extensive experience in public speaking internationally on topics that include the environment, ocean conservation, conscious eating, surfing tourism and sustainability. This led her to be invited to host Bay FM’s Japanese program on the Multicultural Nation Show back in Sep 2016.