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    Why did I come to Japan and make this show? ★ ONLY in JAPAN Q&A and Tokyo Tour in 360
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    Why did I come to Japan and make this show? ★ ONLY in JAPAN Q&A and Tokyo Tour in 360

    October 14, 2019

    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


    ?? Tokyo Travel Guide ?? | Travel better in JAPAN!

    September 24, 2019

    You’re joining me in a very special city. Let’s
    start with my preconceptions: I expected Japan’s capital, and home to the world’s largest
    urban population to be over the top and really in your face, with neon lights and anime at
    every turn and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The streets are lined with towering, multi-storey
    buildings, each filled with mind bending department stores and arcades, offices to some of the
    world’s biggest brands and restaurants serving the best food you’ll ever taste. But despite all the apparent madness and chaos,
    spend a few days in Tokyo and it just makes sense. Here, efficiency is an art form. Japanese
    attention to detail is legendary, and it runs through everything, from food to public transport
    and urban planning. And yes, even the toilets. This trip was an educational and weirdly enlightening
    experience. I’ve been lucky to visit a lot of amazing places making these videos, but
    Tokyo is in a league of its own. So Tokyo, it’s big, it’s busy and it’s
    brilliant. As ever, let’s start with the airports. Flying from the UK you’ll come into one
    of Tokyo’s two major international airports, Haneda or Narita. Of course, you don’t
    need me to tell you that Tokyo is a really long way away, direct flights from Europe
    will take a whopping 12 hours for the nine and a half thousand kilometre journey. So you’ve got Haneda airport which is roughly
    13 miles south of the city, and then you’ve got 50 miles east. Fortunately, both are really
    easy to get to noisy noisy Tokyo. Here’s what you need to know. From Haneda you have three main options, the
    airport limousine bus, a taxi or the monorail. The airport limousine takes between 30 and
    45 minutes, stopping at most major hotels in the centre of town, with prices increasing
    for the night service between midnight and 5am. A taxi should take about half an hour depending
    on traffic, with prices depending where you’re being dropped off. There’s also a 20% extra
    charge between 10pm and 5am. However the quickest option is the airport’s
    dedicated monorail. It’ll get you into Hamamatsucho station in 13 minutes and from here you can
    connect to the circular Yamanote metro line to reach other parts of the city. The monorail runs between 9 and 7 on weekdays
    and then 9 to 5 on weekends and public holidays. That’s Haneda! Here’s what you need to
    know about Narita. Narita is a whopping 50 miles east of Tokyo,
    so all of your transport options are going to take a while. The Airport Limousine bus
    and taxis runs from Narita but both will take anywhere between 90 minutes to 2 hours to
    reach central Tokyo. Instead, take the JR Narita Express. It’ll whisk into town in
    a little under an hour, and with this being Japan, the trains are on time and super efficient. A word of warning about getting home; if you’re
    flight’s on a Sunday, make sure you check the train times because there’s a reduced
    service. Check your departure time, and then allow plenty of extra time to get to the airport. I cannot stress enough how huge Tokyo is,
    so if you were planning on doing most of your sightseeing by foot, I’d give that a serious
    rethink. You’re going to need to use the metro, so here’s what you need to know. The metro can be pretty daunting at first
    glance: for starters, just looking at the map alone could prove a little overwhelming
    to even the most seasoned traveller; AND to make things really complicated, it’s run by
    two separate companies – Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway which can require two separate
    fares depending on which lines you use. It’s not all bad though – we’ve found
    easy solutions to travel better on the metro. The first thing to do is get yourself a tourist
    travel card. This means you won’t have to worry about which line you’re using as your
    card will cover them all. They’re available at the Tokyo Metro information centres in
    Ueno, Ginza, Shinjuku and Omotesando stations, as well as both airports and some hotels.
    You’ll need proof that you’re a tourist so make sure you have your passport with you. Otherwise, single tickets are available at
    vending machines at every metro station. They have an English language option and you can
    search by station to make sure you purchase the appropriate ticket. They only accept credit
    cards when buying day passes, so make sure you have enough cash if you’re buying a
    single. As well as making sure you have the right
    ticket type, there’s a few things you’re gonna need to know before venturing on the metro. No smoking and giving up priority seats are a
    given, however did you know you shouldn’t use your mobile? Ok, Texting and wifi is fine,
    but definitely no phone calls. It can get very crowded so many services provide
    women only carriages during rush hour. …and speaking of rush hour… Avoid using the metro between 8 and 9 in the
    morning and 5 and 6 in the evening when it’s busiest. Another thing, don’t be fooled
    by the abundance of vending machines; you either eat there, or you take it with you
    but definitely do not eat on the carriage. As for navigation, good old City Mapper has
    been a godsend as ever. Why? Because I kid you not, the metro stations are absolutely mahoosive. The great
    thing is, City Mapper tells you exactly where you need to get off and at what stop and at
    what exit. So that’s the metro, next taxis. They’re
    absolutely everywhere in Tokyo. They start at ¥710 and have a surcharge after 10pm,
    so watch out for that. Taxi doors are automatic and will open and close by themselves, which
    can be really surprising for the first time you use a taxi here in Tokyo. It’s also worth
    mentioning that your driver is unlikely to speak English, so try to have addresses printed
    in Japanese for them. So that’s the transport covered. Next up
    is my favourite: the food! Take it from me, the food in Tokyo doesn’t
    just rival any other city, it completely surpasses them. In 2017, for the 10th year running,
    Tokyo was voted the most Michelin stars of any other city on the planet. That’s more
    than London, Paris and New York combined. And it’s not just the fancy high-end restaurants
    either. Just about all the food I had in Tokyo was of exceptional quality, right down to
    a quick bite in a department store. The quality of the ingredients and the attention to detail
    in the preparation is unlike any other city I’ve visited. So to learn more about how to eat like a local,
    I met up with tour guide and translator Ayako Furuya in Harajuku. While waiting for our food to arrive, I got
    a quick lesson in how to correctly use chopsticks, a vital skill for anyone visiting Japan. Like that? Ok, so it practice. Ok, because I can’t use them. So. I’m sorry, I’m left handed, but, so,
    please hold your one stick with your, so, two fingers. So like that? Yes like holding a pen. Yes. And add another chopstick like a pen too. Yep. So, please move… This side, like this side. Please move only upper part. Yes! With chopsticks fully mastered it was on to
    our main course of soba noodles. So we ordered different types of soba noodles.
    So yours is hot broth, hot soup. Smells lovely! Yes, and so this is duck meat. And mine is very cold one. Ok. It’s very special for you, maybe! And with
    sesame sauce, like this. This is dipping sauce. Oh ok. While Aya’s choice of cold noodles wasn’t
    tempting me, it’s a popular choice in summer. My dish of hot noodles with duck meat was
    delicious, and as Aya pointed out, make sure to slurp loudly as a sign of appreciation. So you kind of slurp them? Oh yes, yes, thank you for asking. In Japan,
    when people eat noodles, so making sound, they’re always making sound. So it’s a sign
    of it’s delicious. Oh lovely! So please try to slurp noodles. Make as much noise as possible! Yes! Ok. That’s perfect! Oh that’s really tasty. So huge thanks to Aya, we’ll catch up with
    her later to learn some basic Japanese, but now we’re going to take a look at some of
    the different districts of Tokyo. Tokyo’s big, we’ve already established
    that. It’s made up of 23 wards, where each ward is then divided into a smaller district,
    and then each one is different from the last. Now, there’s no way I’ve got enough time
    in this video to talk you through them all, so I’m just gonna go through some of my
    favourites. Akihabara is best known for it’s electric
    town, a mecca for local otaku, video game lovers and anime fans the world over. To the north-east of Akihabara is Asakusa,
    a district of Taito. It’s most known among travellers for the giant Sensoji temple, Tokyo’s
    oldest and an absolute beauty. Ginza is the place to go if you have some
    serious cash to burn – with up-market shopping malls and flagship department stores, not
    to mention boutiques, art galleries and high-end restaurants, you’ll have no problem spending
    a small fortune. A short walk from Ginza is the legendary Tsukiji
    Fish Market. In my opinion this is THE place in Tokyo to go for sushi and fresh fish. However,
    a note of warning; the market is due to be relocated in Autumn 2018 so do check online
    before planning your visit. Shibuya is home of the iconic Shibuya Crossing,
    and is an important centre of youth culture and fashion. Harajuku is a district of Shibuya and extreme
    cultural Mecca, not only to the youngest and trendiest of Japan’s residents, but the rest
    of the world. Shinjuku is Tokyo at its finest and is the
    largest of the districts that make up the city proper. There are: skyscrapers, neon
    lights, giant Godzilla statues, labyrinthine department stores, businesses, cat cafes,
    a massive park, arcades, a VR theme park and the concentrated craziness of the Robot Restaurant,
    Shinjuku has it all. And my top tip is to head to Memory Lane for the best Yakitori
    in town. So those are my favourites. Next up, time
    to learn some Japanese. Communication can be a big concern for tourists
    heading to Japan. The language is very different to those in Europe and Japanese script is
    indecipherable for us westerners. Confusingly, there are several different versions of written
    Japanese, with the most common being traditional Hiragana and the Chinese-influenced Kanji. Signs have translations into English and romaji,
    which is Japanese written with familiar Roman characters. The great thing about romaji is
    that it’s phonetic; say it how you see it making sure to pronounce all the vowels and
    keep your intonation flat. For example; Shin-ju-ku, Na-ri-ta, Shin-zo
    A-be and Eda-ma-me beans. Now of course, English isn’t widely spoken
    and learning a little Japanese will go a long way, with locals always appreciating the effort.
    After touring Harajuku, we sat down with Aya again, to get to grips with some Japanese
    basics. It’s terrible! So I thought maybe we could
    start with some basics. How do I say hello? It’s konnichiwa. Konnichiwa Another one, I’ve been bumping into a lot
    of people and I don’t know how to say sorry or pardon or excuse me! Ah that’s a very useful one we can use!
    It’s just say sumimasen Sumimasen. Ok! How do I tell someone my name is Dan? Ah so, Watashi wa Dan desu. What about yes and no. Yes is hai. Hai. Hai. Hai. No is Īe. Īe. Īe. Īe. So when in a restaurant, how do I ask for
    the receipt or the bill? Ah so, we say okaikei. okaikei. Okaikei. Also in the restaurant, how do I ask for a
    table for two? Ah so, just say futari. Sorry what was that again? Futari. Futari. Futari means two people. Oh futari. Oh ok! How do I say thank you? It’s very easy. It’s arigatō. Arigatō. Ok, you were saying earlier there was like
    a bit on the end. Arigatō… …gozaimasu. Gozaimasu. Arigatō gozaimasu. What does that
    mean? So the longer phrase is more polite expression,
    like the difference between thank you and thank you very much. Oh ok! So shall we talk about bowing? Yes! Ok, so there’s varying degrees? Yes, the meaning is totally different from
    degrees. So I shall so you an example. Should I stand as well? Yes. So in business situations, when two people
    meet, we bow shallowly like this, 30 degrees. 30 degrees. Yes. So, nice to meet you. Nice to meet you too! So, 60 degrees, middle one. So when we express
    thanks to someone, so like thank you very much. Thank you! Yes. Thank you very much! And there was a third one? Yes, the third one is a very serious one.
    It’s 90 degrees. 90 degrees. Yes. Ok. So, can you imagine, in which situation people
    use this bow? Probably when you’ve done something really
    wrong? So you’re like “I’m so sorry!” Yes! To apologise. Ok. Yes, like “I’m very sorry!” Aya, thank you so much for showing us the
    ropes in Tokyo. If you’d like to book a walking tour with her, visit her website here.
    Next, money. Currency here is the Japanese yen where £1
    buys between 140 and 150. Now, despite Tokyo’s love of everything futuristic and technological,
    it’s still a heavily cash reliant city, favouring coins and notes over your credit
    and debit cards, this has proven to be a bit tricky. My advice? Once you’ve checked the
    exchanged rate, worked out your budget, bring the whole lot in cash. You need to know that ATMs can be found at
    post offices, 7-Eleven stores and JP Post Banks, though they generally close at 9pm
    or earlier and may not be available at weekends or national holidays – so plan ahead. Fortunately,
    some convenience stores and shopping centres are available 24/7. Now, at the risk of sounding stingy, I love
    Japan because you just don’t have to tip, it’s not done here which is fantastic. Why?
    Because leaving a tip is seen as being charitable rather than generous, and it’s just massively
    insulting. So don’t do it! One of the great things about Tokyo is its
    distinct lack of street crime. so don’t worry about taking your spending money around
    with you. This includes your spending money. Obviously don’t be stupid with it, and take
    more care in areas such as the Kabukicho red light district in Shinjuku, but in general
    there’s far less to worry about here than almost any other city on Earth. In fact, Tokyo
    placed first in The Economist’s Safe City Index in 2017. And is Tokyo expensive? In a word, yes. However
    for those of us used to prices in London, Paris or New York, then Tokyo shouldn’t
    hold too many surprises. Here’s a look at our costs during our stay. My stay at the beautiful Heathrow Hilton T4
    before my flight was £215. Flights should cost around £650 return from
    London to Tokyo. Worldwide travel insurance with Holiday Extras
    was £16. Our 3 bedroom apartment in Shinjuku was £205
    per night. Entry to the crazy robot restaurant was 8000
    yen per person. Entry to the Shinjuku VR Zone with four games
    was 4000 yen each. And weekday entry to cat cafe was 1000 yen
    for 60 minutes. If you want to check conversion rates, go
    to or download the app. As my time in Tokyo comes to an end, don’t
    forget to subscribe as we have loads more exciting travel content to come. So that’s it for Tokyo, it’s been awesome.
    I cannot lie, it’s busy, it’s brash, it’s noisy, it’s super loud but it’s also colourful,
    vibrant, really really humble. The people are wonderful, they are so friendly and so
    polite. But as always with these trips, I’ve gotta hone in on the food, it’s spectacular!
    Get yourselves here, get some ramen and just have an amazing time exploring Tokyo, do it!


    Japanese Train Bento (Traveling Tokyo to Nikko, Japan)

    September 19, 2019

    what better than eating delicious men to own the terrain nothing much [Music] hey guys so what exactly is an EQ Ben was basically a bento or box lunch so that the train stations and sometimes even inside the trains our trip today starts at Shinjuku Station will be rewarding an express train to Nicole one of the most beautiful places in Japan okay altering is departing soon let’s go buy some a Cuban we don’t want to miss our train [Music] the echo benda I got is called the autonomic you see bento Aki which means grown-up holiday autumn version this bento is kind of on the pricey side is 2,000 yen and it is pricey for a box lunch but there are many many ingredients here and they are carefully selected and carefully prepared for your enjoyment so this is what my bento looks like it comes in this beautiful beautiful package and it’s wrapped in this beautiful cloth so I’m going to take it off and as always there is a wet towel chopsticks and a toothpick and a special menu so you know what you’re eating [Music] this is the each module which means first box there are so many things in here I don’t know where to start these are gingko nuts and that is some kind of shellfish clam I think documen cannot remind me so much of Otto gingko nuts chestnuts things like this gingko nuts are actually simmered in a really light sweet soy sauce let’s try this clamp mmm oh yeah mmm the clam is not chewy which is really nice I hate chewy seafood I really like ski seasons as well so here we have a piece of fish that’s an egg omelet this is Amna masu which is vinegared vegetables daikon and carrots I’m gonna try it with this orange thing here hmm good num also what is that orange thing okay I just looked at the menu it is persimmons I think this is beef tongue you know I’m not like a huge fan of beef tongue but depending on how its prepared I can eat it hmm that’s actually nice hmm is it kind of a guitar charred grilled flavor the texture is not that chewy either like a lot of tongue is hmm this I like there’s a carrot this is mountain yam or Naga anymore in Japanese this is a yam that you make total with we did a video on mountain tackle where we eat Totoro soba and that’s what this is made of hmm hmm hmm kind of crunchy nice potato a flavor and a little bit slimy but not so slimy well I like this it also has a roasted flavor here we have some keep could I get and we got a shrimp here that is a sweet potato in the shape of a ginkgo leaf this is some kind of shrimp and something that’s a shiitake mushroom and this is a crab this is a piece of crap deep fried crab I’m gonna try this hmmm it’s a real crab hmm very happy never had real crab in a bento no wonder its mm yeah these are chestnuts here with some candied walnuts looks like a three bean salad so let’s go for that chestnut mmm knives are sweet oh my god this is a matsutake mushroom I never eat matsutake mushroom because it’s so expensive here in Japan no wonder this bento is so expensive it’s really intensely flavored I’m not used to matsutake it’s delicious it’s delicious what I pay $200 for it not really 2,000 yen okay let’s go on to my second box and this one has my rice and some sushi here and that’s my pickled vegetables that’s an pickled eggplant this one kind of meatball this is oh whoo which is some kind of gluten thing it’s a Japanese thing and here’s my simmered vegetables that’s my konyaku mountain yam with yuzu lotus root mini turnip like amaz Oh beautiful flavored vegetables but this one is very delicate and it doesn’t taste like soy sauce and all whatsoever I think these used soy sauce I’m sure that is salmon so I’m gonna go for this one I do like salmon but I like Saba better I think this is vinegared Saba I love this I love suppose Lucia the rice is seasoned with vinegar but the fish is also seasoned in vinegar this one is one of my favorite type of sushi so this is rice with kimchi tamago which is egg omelet and some salmon roll oh that is delicious this is actually regular rice not sushi rice because there’s no vinegar and that’s perfect because the hakuna the salmon roe is salty enough and gives it you know flavor we have two good vegetables here these artists kimono and this is daikon radish and this is an a mini eggplant now these I know a lot of people think it’s salad and they eat it these vegetables by themselves but these are to be eaten with the rice what you do is you eat some of this and then you eat a little bit of the rice hmm and when you combine the two it’s perfect mmm so she’s waiting patiently so I think I’m gonna let him eat now mine is unagi bento unagi means eel yeah machine is loved you but today I eat eel the regular bento is cold there is a strings put the strings the steam comes holiday look look look so let’s open Nagi bento yes here is chopsticks and otft wet towel and this is a color for year so it’s for year let’s open yay here here let’s pour some sauce this is Japanese paper corridor sancho it is necessarily for you it’s totally different from the regular paper turkey must not it is very soft tender nice no I can’t believe this is a Cuban and rice with this sauce it’s so good it’s sweet correct Sita sauce really good soy sauce the best that sweeter side it is a little bit concentrated it matches with rice I will eat eel and rice together this is a pickled vegetable maybe it’s not as get some kind of squash if you don’t use to eat nah that’s okay maybe the first time it is difficult to eat because its taste of it’s okay but eat twice or three times it becomes very good you know the other thing about Vento’s or Japanese food in general is that they use a lot of seasonal ingredients I think that’s what makes Japanese Vento’s really interesting now like I said before there’s nothing better than eating an achy bed or riding on a comfortable train with a beautiful view like this you [Music] okay guys we’ve arrived at our destination we’re here to check out the sights and of course to try out all the 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    Japanese Train FOOD REVIEW – Sushi and Bentos | Traveling Tokyo to Hakone, Japan!
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    Japanese Train FOOD REVIEW – Sushi and Bentos | Traveling Tokyo to Hakone, Japan!

    September 5, 2019

    Hey, everyone its Mark wiens in Tokyo Japan We got all the bags packed and we’re at Shinjuku station right now on our way to go to a place called Hakone which is it’s about an hour and 45 minutes away by train, and it’s a mountainous area It’s going to be beautiful. It’ll be my first time there, but I’m just going to vlog this train journey And I hope that we’re going to have an opportunity as soon as we find our Our train which might be a little bit of a task To eat some vending machine bentos on the train so it’s going to be a quick vlog ride. Huh Micah? Alright, let’s go. We’re looking for the oDakyu station. Oh Jessie lineless, oh yeah, I think we’re going up here. You know Doc you And by the way, we’re traveling with a lot more stuff than we normally travel with when you and I were just traveling us Too we could travel really really light and bring the bare minimum But ever since having a baby, and we got this entire backpack in this entire suitcase 98% of it is For Micah. All right at least at 11:30. Just past 11 right now and that cost Per person, so it was around 2050 or so yen, and now it’s time to look for a bento to take on the train How they have some vent hose over there Where do they have a vending machine though? I Wonder if they have a vending machine yeah We have some little bentos over here at small stall and then over their convenience store They’re also selling some bentos. I was I was kind of hoping for the vending machine bento Where you get it out of the vending machine and then you take it on the train? But I don’t think I don’t see any this is a I think this is the smaller smaller station you okay with that no Oh cool without that let’s type out of sweet. It’s portable fish I got the I got the one fish in one beef bento and Now see if we have any other snacks small little snack. They’re all some Katsu sandwiches you must have another snack And our train has just arrived. Oh here. It is right here this almost looks like a boat oh it’s going to be an hour and 41 minutes to Hakone and One thing you don’t want to do when you’re in Japan and get on a train a train like this with with too little food So we got a bunch of food, but just in case you don’t come with enough food I didn’t even know that they have a whole onboard menu But it looks to be like the same company that goes little bentos With the train so I think we got the same same food, but that’s that’s awesome You can order Japanese to extend hoods on the train just in case we eat everything indeed more There’s always back to back-up plan We’ve been on the train for at least two or three minutes. I think it’s time to start digging in okay I’m going to begin with that rice ball. This is from that convenience shop It looks like I think I might be some kind of katsu, deep fried cutlet in there And then how do you do that you open? Open here And oh, it’s already wrapped okay. It’s like a kiwi burger all there appears to be Maine. I think that’s mayonnaise in here There’s some lettuce a cutlet. There’s right Well, that’s that’s a heavy little handful right there Oh, yup, that is a kind of a soggy fried piece of meat or chicken Nice, Japanese, Gooey rice and then the seaweed not the freshest Thing that you’ll find, but that does taste pretty good, and there’s definitely quite a lot of like mayonaise dressing in there Looks like a burger Next up. I want to try to try one of these boxes. Which I think is the type of of sushi and The box is actually very cool. Look at that. Look at that colorful box Maybe some mackerel on the on the cover there, and it’s tied up with a rubber, band This looks very interesting and I this is kind of an impulse purchase extra bento a box that I that I bought just because I wanted to see what it was oh Cool. Oh Yeah, that is sushi. I think this is like a I don’t know I’ve never had sushi like this, but this looks wonderful and interesting I’ll just go in for one of these one of these pieces here Well, it’s kind of kind of jammed in there. I’ll go for this guy. Oh It just fell off alright Has a little more of a preserved taste to it the fish actually tastes like it’s like vinegar Probably almost like you can almost taste pickle very sour so it is very sour It’s good though. It’s like it’s like sushi that lasts and the fish is actually quite salty already, so But maybe it would be good with a little bit of extra soy sauce I will Open this Little Tube squeeze in some soy Sauce over here And next up though I want to try one of those those leaf wraps. I don’t know what that is That looks oh there’s rice underneath it in a leaf, and I’m not sure if that’s it I’ll dip a little bit in the soy sauce It has a similar taste to like a grape leaf again it tastes like a maybe I shoot oh there comes around the drink cart or A sesame leaf it has a kind of earthy sesame Slightly peppery taste to it and I’ll come back to the sushi later But I like the box of the box. It’s really cool as well, and I’m going to dig into these other bentos here gosh one bento that is fish and That photo appears to be very buttery and then one bento that is This is the beef bento Let’s open up that slide it out Oh, okay. It definitely looks a little better in the photo open this up There’s beef in here. There’s rice at the bottom. There’s a little egg. There’s this looks like some daikon All that looks like fish egg. I think that’s fish eggs. We’ve got the fish And there’s oh that one that one’s nice and colorful. There’s a good selection of vegetables. There’s rice on the bottom. There’s lotus there is Carrot mushroom egg, and then some other small salads over here, okay. I’ll start with that fish Could be butter fish That fish is almost the texture of chicken So firm and then there this may be a lotus stem. There’s sesame seeds on there, and then did some finely shaved omelet with rice oh That’s pretty good. I really like that sesame seeds has that nice toasted sesame seed flavor to it. The rice is nice and gooey I think the the only thing that could really make it better is if it was hot rather than cold it is kind of cold so that kind of Kind of makes it less less good than it could be but still For Takeaway, bento Japanese lunch box. It’s pretty good Let me try some of this I think these are so beans and I don’t know what type of beef it is. It looks kind of like it almost looks like slices of tongue No, maybe not maybe it’s just regular beef and I’m pretty sure this is just a whole fish egg sack I’ll save that after the beef. I’ll try some that beef first Let’s wrap it into some rice Oh yeah maybe it is tongue Anyway, that’s good. That salty it’s a Soy, sauce on that beef – beef is a little bit chewy The Rice is good Again, it’s cold But you know that going in that it’s going to be cold But I think that’s the only thing I could improve it as if it was nice and piping hot and now moving on to the stack of eggs Oh wow, that’s a really good. It’s really really salty And it actually it doesn’t even have that fishy of a taste to it Even just a little bit spicy. I think there’s some chili in there as well Just a little bit spicy and then you can really taste the, you can really feel the texture of that on your tongue You can feel all those little those little fish balls That’s delicious actually And that completes this meal on a train it was actually very enjoyable That sushi. Ah it really kind of grew on me Well the first bite was okay but I thought it would like it more and more you just can’t you can’t think of it as Fresh fish sushi you got to think of it differently. It’s more like rice ah paired with pickled preserved fish and it was delicious. I enjoyed that. It’s really cool that on the trains in Japan you can They they actually they actually They encourage eating bentos on trains It’s getting more and more beautiful the further we get out of tokyo and we’re getting into some really nice lush green mountains We’re passing by Rivers and streams beautiful And exactly on schedule we have arrived to hakone. I think this is the final station of the train but that was a very very comfortable and very enjoyable train ride and That was some some good lunch as well So thank you very much for watching this vlog Please remember to give it a thumbs up click like and also subscribe for lots more videos and I’ll see you on the next video

    Why Japanese Trains Surprise Tourists So Much
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    Why Japanese Trains Surprise Tourists So Much

    August 22, 2019

    Let’s play a game: you need to guess which
    country has the highest density of vending machines in the world! Tough? Here’s another hint for you: it’s also the
    country which consists of a staggering 6,852 islands! Right you are! It’s Japan. And one of the most amazing things about this
    country is its railway! See for yourself: 45 of the 50 busiest railway
    stations on this planet are in Japan. And Japanese trains are literally one of the
    world’s marvels. Let’s have a look at the most popular ones! Sunrise Express is an overnight sleeping train. And before I start telling you all about its
    secrets, I have to warn you: After you learn more about this amazing kind of transportation,
    you may feel an overwhelming desire to travel to Japan and take a trip on this train! Sunrise Express consists of two trains, Sunrise
    Izumo and Sunrise Seto. They’re combined on their way from Tokyo
    to Okayama, then split up and travel to two different places. Sunrise Seto goes to Takamatsu, and Sunrise
    Izumo heads for Izumoshi. As you may guess, on the way back, the two
    trains get coupled in Okayama again and return to Tokyo as a whole. Unlike most modern trains, Sunrise Express
    has not one or two, but six types of accommodations! And if you prefer to travel with the highest
    standards of comfort, no matter the cost, first class is for you. By choosing a Single Deluxe compartment, also
    called A class, you’ll get a cozy room for one passenger. You’ll have everything you need there: a table
    with a chair, access to radio controls, lockable doors, and a personal sink situated next to
    your bed. Also, you won’t have to worry about bringing
    along a change of clothes because you’ll be provided with slippers, a bathrobe, and a
    set of toiletries right on board. Oh, and some more good news! Whenever you feel the need to freshen yourself
    up, you can visit a shower without any problems. This service is free for deluxe compartment
    passengers! As you see, these compartments make you feel
    as if you’re staying in a nice, although not very spacious, hotel room which is also conveniently
    moving toward your destination point. Besides, you can admire the breathtaking local
    landscapes through your compartment’s wide window. And what a great bonus it is! But let’s say you don’t want to spend a fortune
    on your privacy, or you’re going to travel with a companion. In this case, you can opt for class B which
    offers passengers different kinds of accommodations, such as Sunrise Twin, Single Twin, Single,
    and Solo. You can choose the one to your liking depending
    on whether you travel alone or with a partner. By the way, class B doesn’t mean that it’s
    significantly worse than first class. You can close the door of your compartment
    just as you do in class A and enjoy a wonderful atmosphere of isolation. On the other hand, you won’t get any slippers… That’s not all Sunrise Express has to offer! There’s also Norinobi, and even the name
    sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? That’s the last type of the train’s accommodation. And it probably looks like nothing you’ve
    seen before! Imagine this: you enter Norinobi and are greeted
    by a single two-level space that has a flat and rigid surface. Small wooden walls separate sleeping places,
    and each of the latter has a window, so, you won’t have any problems with enjoying the
    views outside. The seats (or shall I say “beds”?) are comfortable
    and long enough to have a good rest. All in all, Norinobi is the perfect way to
    feel like a local, make new friends, and understand Japanese culture and lifestyle a bit better. On the whole, Sunrise Express has everything
    you may need to have a comfortable trip. There are enough toilets to take an early
    morning bathroom trip without getting stuck in a restroom line. On top of that, on board the train you’ll
    find vending machines with drinks, lounges, and smoking cabins. And one car has a special compartment that
    is wheelchair accessible. But there’s one important thing you should
    remember unless you’re traveling in a first class Single Deluxe compartment. If you want to take a shower, you need to
    buy a special card. Well, why not? It sounds reasonable, right? Maybe, if you don’t consider the fact that
    water in the shower flows for only 6 minutes, and you can see the countdown on a special
    timer inside the shower cabin. Oh my, doesn’t it sound like a challenge to
    rinse off all the shower gel and shampoo before your time runs out? But whether you finish on time or walk out
    of the shower still slippery from the unrinsed soap, you’ll still need to press the auto
    clean button so that the shower cleans itself. Which type of accommodations would you pick
    if you traveled by Sunrise Express? Sound off in the comment section below! Well, Sunrise Express is something else! But how about the train that almost tops the
    list of the world’s fastest trains? Right, I’m talking about Shinkansen! Even the most experienced travelers will find
    some facts about this train jaw-dropping! The engineer who invented Shinkansen, Hideo
    Shima, planned to design a train that would look and feel like an airplane. And he obviously succeeded! Interestingly, after finishing his railway
    career, the man was promoted to the head of the National Space Development Agency of Japan. Shinkansen has another name, “the bullet train,”
    and no wonder! The train’s operating speed can reach 200
    miles per hour! But according to test runs in 2003, Shinkansen
    can increase its speed up to 361 miles per hour! When you think about such breakneck speed,
    it’s impossible not to wonder about rail accidents. But the Shinkansen safety record is nothing
    but impressive. The train has been running for almost 55 years
    and has already carried more than 10 billion passengers. But even despite frequent typhoons and earthquakes,
    there haven’t been any fatalities among passengers. Even more, in 2012, when they estimated the
    average Shinkansen’s delay from the schedule, it turned out to be only 36 seconds. And these delays came from all kinds of uncontrollable
    causes, like natural disasters! One very curious thing about this high-speed
    train is “Shinkansen Theater.” No, that’s not about actors performing in
    plays on board the train. This is the name of one of the most unusual
    cleanup teams in the world. Just imagine: these people can clean the whole
    train within 7 minutes. They probably use some kind of magic, because
    the trains are always spotlessly clean. And unlike the rules applied to other Japanese
    trains, you can eat and drink on board the Shinkansen. At most railway stations, there are stores
    that sell bento boxes (aka lunch boxes) so that you can buy one and eat during the trip. This Shinkansen train sounds like some kind
    of sci-fi transportation! But even without mentioning this high-speed
    train, Japanese railway is an amazing thing on its own. Here are some exciting facts about it. All Japanese high-speed trains have an automatic
    emergency brake system that comes into action in case of an earthquake. Picture this: at the first signs of an earthquake,
    the central control system which connects all the trains all over the country freezes
    every single one in its track. In Japan, there’s a profession that probably
    doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. That’s the “pusher.” Oh no, this person doesn’t push the train
    to help it speed up! Pushers, also called attendants, help passengers
    get into crowded railcars. What a job! The world’s busiest train station is Shinjuku
    which has more than 3.6 million visitors. Not a month or a week – a day! This place is a baffling maze of underground
    tunnels, where even the most seasoned locals regularly get lost. In 2016, the East Japan Railway designed a
    new single-purpose app which can help passengers get around Shinjuku station. The longest train that runs upside down is
    also in Japan. To see this wonder, you need to travel an
    hour outside of Tokyo, where you’ll find yourself in a beachy prefecture called Chiba. The Chiba Monorail System has a weird retro-futuristic
    look. The train itself hangs from the rails and
    travels along the 9.4 mile long track. It makes the Chiba Monorail the longest suspended
    rail system on the planet. Japanese people are really, really fond of
    their trains. Do you want proof? How about this: there is so much train fandom
    in the country that train lovers separate into numerous groups, from those whose hobby
    is to walk around train stations to those who can’t live without train lunch boxes. In 2017, a Japanese train company apologized
    to passengers when its train left the station 20 seconds ahead of schedule. This story went viral all over the Internet
    in Japan. The Tsukuba Express, which connects Tokyo
    and Tsukuba, departed at 09:44:20 instead of 09:44:40 as it was supposed to. It turned out that the crew didn’t check the
    departure time properly. Shame on them! Which fact about Japanese railroad did you
    like most? Write about your ideas in the comments below. Remember to give this video a “like,” share
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