This is the ONLY in JAPAN 360 Question & Answer video presented in 4K. I’ve put a lot of photos and additional video all around this 360 world so definitely have a look around. If you have Google Cardboard or a Virtual Reality headset use them. If not, you can use your browser or your app and look around the world just make sure they’ve been updated. Hey everybody! ONLY in JAPAN Narrator: Peter von Gomm This is Nihonbashi which many consider to be the centre of Tokyo. It’s a hub for many traditional businesses that have been operating here for centuries. A lot of international businesses and start-ups are located here too. Welcome to Tokyo Station! This is the ONLY in JAPAN Q&A episode in 360 so help yourself and look around, you can move your smart phone around or if you’re using Google Cardboard or a VR headset welcome to a brave new world! Bold, big and beautiful! So this is Tokyo Station where you pick up the Shinkansen and the new Nihonbashi entrance which is pretty cool. I’m going to take you over now to the other side to the Marunouchi entrance which is older and traditional but they’ve renovated it so it’s quite interesting. I’m going to keep this video moving. That means I’m not going to try to stay in one spot. You’ll get a chance to look at the city and answer some of your questions while you get a chance to look around which I think is going to be pretty cool. Look up! The north and south Marunouchi ticket gates have high beautiful ceilings. The station opening in 1914 and its design is rumoured to have been based on Amsetrdam Centraal Station. This is one of my favorite places in all of the city. This is the 7th floor of the (Shin) Maru Building which is across the street from Tokyo Station. You can see the Shinkansen and all the trains whizzing by. It’s being renovated right now and should be completed within the next year. This side is Ginza. Over there behind this building you can probably see Tokyo Tower. And behind us is the Imperial Palace which is where the emperor lives and it’s flat and green and absolutely beautiful. And at night, the view from here is spectacular! I highly recommend coming to the 7th floor of the (Shin) Maru Building. This is also an appropriate place to start the questions and answer series. With this question: Why did I start ONLY in JAPAN? — and that happened right after the earthquake on March 11, 2011. A couple of months after the earthquake happened tourism died here in this country and that really broke my heart because I had been living here for over 15 years at the time. and know how incredible Japan is. I just wanted to take what I was doing — I was already reporting on an Internation TV station (NHK World) — to take that reporting to another level because YouTube is a platform that allows me the freedom to do whatever I want to go anywhere, to see anything That’s really exciting to me, and I wanted to do that. In 2012, I drew up the blueprints for ONLY in JAPAN and in 2013, I launched the series in February with the NAKED MAN FESTIVAL which was a lot of fun. In 2003 was also a reason I decided to stay in Japan. I hitchhiked the whole country from Wakkanai on the top of Hokkaido to Kagoshima, the very bottom of Kyushu — the whole country! In the course of 1 month and I made a movie about that. and that experience is why I stay in Japan and is also a reason why I really love this country because while I was hitchhiking I was picked up by 20 people over the course of the month who took me from place to place and just the kindness, sincerety, and the hospitality of strangers — in this country was so overwhelming to me that I decided to stay in Japan I had been in the country for 6 years at that time. And after that, I said I’m going to stay. So if you’re wondering why I came to Japan I don’t even know the reason why, I guess it was curiosity. The real question is why did I stay? and I think it’s because this country is absolutely beautiful. It’s safe. The food is delicious. I love being a foreigner and being an expat. People look at you different. It’s sort of exciting in that way. I feel that the best way I can help my own country in to — bridge Japan to the rest of the world not just American but — other countries in Asia and to tell the story of Japan to tell you what’s happening in this country and I really love that. TOKYO STATION I hopped on to the Yamanote line and traveled to the next spot The Harajuku/Omotesando area This way, this way, over here. So I had a little trouble asking my self these questions -so I enlisted the help of my friend
-Hello We searched of a quiet place to do an interview The trip took us to Harajuku’s Takeshita Dori where I learned about fashion in a previous episode Passing Harajuku station, we walked to Yoyogi Park and settled in on a bench by the pond Question and answer in the park Q&A in the park Welcome to Yoyogi Park in the center of Tokyo I take in all the top comments, and given to Angela over here who’s going to be asking me these intimate and personal questions because I can’t ask myself. I need someone to ask me Alright, go ahead Get this over with So question 1, from….Wo….. -What…Wo..?
-Oh, Wyatt, Wyatt Wyatt! Wyat Walker Why do you like Japan so much I like Japan because I’ve been here 18 years and it’s part of who I am now. It’s my home True I see Japan and US both being my home, but right now I think I’m more.. connected with Japan But why? Why do you like it? WHY? Um… It’s so easy to live here. It’s so much fun It’s so interesting every day The food, the people The fact that I get to speak in a foreign language, The fact that I’m very different here People look at me funny sometimes, Maybe the way I’m dressed, or the way I walk or whatever -The way you walk!
-I don’t know! It’s just… really interesting to live as an expat in another country and why not Japan Next question from Konan Kun What is your ethnicity? Yeah, this one got asked a lot of me Um, I’m American. 100% American. Yeah, my mother is originally from India. She’s born in Mumbai. My father is American, but his background is German-English. I think there is Polish, and some New Zealand in the family. Oh really? So, I’m mixed. -International
-Internationally Me… -Internationally You..
-That’s her name. Ok, Konan Kun also asked… Do you live in Japan? Yes, yes … A lot of people ask me, “Do you live in Japan?” Yes, I’ve lived in Japan for … 18 years. Since 1998. Once I left Japan for six months and I came back and I’ve been here ever since. This is my home. That’s an interesting question. Yes — we have … This is a hard name. Yes-we-Hado-ken Who is best girl? Oh, I saw this one! Who is best girl!? Got 17 likes. Wow! I don’t even know what that means, um … best girl I’m not married. I’m single. I’m straight. -Really?
-Yes What? What does that mean? I’m joking. Yeah….yeah… Denny Lee asked Can you show us behind the scenes of ONLY in JAPAN? That’s really good. Um … ok! So I got this 360 camera about a month ago and I’m going to be using this on location shoots just putting it on the side and creating 360 videos which will be behind the scenes and this will be really behind the scenes because It will open up the world in front of the camera and behind it and I’ve created a channel “ONLY in JAPAN 360” which you will be able to see a lot of 360 content I’m separating the two because if you don’t have goggles, If you don’t have Google Cardboard, this format can be a little annoying well you can just press the button, press the arrows on the screen Yeah, you can do that but it’s still annoying You’re always flipping around, If you say something, you have to go back to the person to see them again or you’re in a cafe watching like this and that can be a little strange for people to do so I think it’s good to have a seperate channel Let’s take a break and head to Hachiko Scramble nearby Here are the top episodes in terms of views of the channel Thank you all for making these shows popular Now in the center of the intersection, a short fan submitted video from Mobile, Alabama in the USA We love ONLY in JAPAN My favorite episode is probably the Spochan one ’cause I like to sword fight and we have some light sabers, and I like how you mentioned the the double sided spochan sword that looked like the Darth Maul saber I like your videos a lot. My favorite one was the Gachapon I really want to do a lot of them when we come up to Japan I like the strawberry episode because it has strawberries They are my favorite fruit I love the ice cream episode because it has ice cream in it It’s my favorite desert Thank you John for making ONLY in JAPAN Mata ne~ Mata ne~ Rowland family, thank you very much! Back to the park for some more Q&A. I talked about show’s frequency, and why I make only two a month. I think this channel ONLYinJAPAN is going to right now it’s only twice a month I try to get it out the 1st and the 3rd Thursday. Sometimes it’s a little later, sometimes it’s even earlier but anything more than twice a month is a challenge. -Because I’m on locations and —
-Hahaha You know what I mean! We make these videos.. Most YouTube creators, we don’t have a camera man and audio guys and editors, and producers above us and people telling us what to do. We go on location. There was one in Kagoshima — a volcanic sand bath. I went to Kagoshima by myself I set up three cameras on tripods all around The manager of the place was controlling the camera as a favor and that’s how I operated and I had to move quickly That’s one of the biggest challenges of doing the format that I do is that I don’t have the cameraman to film all the time I really would like to have it but … Which is amazing, your work. Ah, anyways Anyways, ah, Papa Franku asks He asks Why did you decide to live in Japan? I sort of answered this in the opening, I guess I can go a little detailed I came to Japan in 1998 I just finished college I graduated from Ohio State in 1997 I worked all through college, I didn’t have any debt or any loans to pay off I had a little savings and I blew that all in backpacking in 6 months around the world, and when I got back, I needed a job My room mate was a Japanese major He came to Japan in a JET program He sent me an email. We didn’t have any chatting or texting back then He wrote “You got to come to Japan, man. It’s so awesome” He used to say this all through college Used to sleep on a futon, He was a weirdo “Yeah, you got to come to Japan, the place is nice.” You make good money. “It’s weird! It’s awesome! It’s Asia!” So I hadn’t seen (East) Asia yet, I came here. He left — I stayed! And I’ve been here ever since. He was one of the big factors why I came because I had a friend who was here already. I didn’t know any Japanese before I came, I wasn’t interested in manga and wasn’t interested in Martial Arts