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    A Train That Heals: Veterans Day 2018
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    A Train That Heals: Veterans Day 2018

    November 15, 2019

    My name is Spencer Whelan. I’m the
    founder and CEO of Proclaim Advocates. Our company does advocacy marketing and
    Texas Central is our client. Really, really proud and excited to be working
    on something that I think is really revolutionary. I think it’s going to
    change the way that we think about how we do our lives. The things that he went
    through really changed the way he looked at life and he passed that on to me. And
    the system itself is eight generations from what he rode in 1967. I’m just
    excited about this entire project, regardless of it being my client. It’s
    something that I think the state needs I didn’t know about dad’s story until because we started working with the
    freaking on this project it’s an incredible connection I think
    something that I’ve done in my long past just now becoming a reality here in the
    u.s. I never imagined that I would have a grandson happy now that I do I am
    pretty proud that he’s a seer and that my son and his grandson are going to be
    able to see this project come to fruition and be able to experience the
    same things that I experienced when I was 20 years old whenever two cultures
    two countries two economies start to work together on a project the best of
    both amount we have people from Spain Italy Japan the United States the UK
    experts in the field across the high-speed train systems around the
    world coming to Texas and investing in Texas to make sure that this thing gets
    completed and it’s going to be a real thing and to know that he got to see
    generation 1 and we’re going to get to see the final generation with the help
    of all of these international partners I think we’re going to build something
    really unique and special you

    Travel Tips for Japan You Must Know!
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    Travel Tips for Japan You Must Know!

    November 15, 2019

    [Upbeat Instrumental Music] [Upbeat Instrumental Music] [Upbeat Instrumental Music] [Martina] So you booked your tickets to Japan you’re ready to come here But you know what it can be pretty overwhelming [Simon] We’re gonna give you our travel tips to Japan to make your trip a whole lot easier *Toilet Flushing* *Fart noise* [Simon] Ahhh… F*sheep noise*k Now what you’re gonna find in Japan is that public bathrooms are a little bit hard to find an easy way to find a public Bathroom if you really need to go is in convenience stores and convenience stores are everywhere you don’t even have to buy anything But you can leave something behind excuse me *toilet flushing* That actually wasn’t me flushing that was me just pushing the button that said flushing sounds Whew this seat’s warm. I have a question I want you to describe in the comment section below if you went into a bathroom in your convenience store in your home country What would it be like? would it have a warm toilet seat? Along with a bidet and flushing sounds? Would it be as clean as this? Please tell me I’d love to know. I’m sure it’s as clean as what we have here. God, I’m so comfortable, I don’t even wanna go. That’s it for this video I’m chilling in this bathroom [Simon] Now you might find if you’re using data roaming on your phone that it dies a lot mine certainly does [Martina] Yep [Simon] and if you’re looking for somewhere to charge your devices It’s not as common as what we’re used to in North America so the place you’re gonna need to go the charge your stuff is bear with me, McDonald’s *Pow* *Gunshot* *Gunshot* *Angry dog bark* [Martina] I know that sounds really weird But if you have a laptop and you’re traveling and you’re looking to like dump your memory card and stuff McDonald’s is actually kind of Like a workplace in Japan and it’s totally bumpin it’s always bumpin Also if you come to McDonald’s make sure you check out their bizarre specials because Japan is constantly doing like special edition things for example cheese bolognese fries Fries in McDonald’s are always dope. From what we’ve heard, they’re the only country that actually fries their fries in fat I don’t know if that’s real or just an urban legend, but they taste amazing I was supposed to have the first bite. Notice how I ordered it and it had like one fork… For me [Simon] Mmm my god
    [Martina] Mustachio Hmm that’s actually really good whoa Ketchup is so 1950. Ketchup, you’re out. That’s sweet and salty and cheesy damn So let’s talk about the internet in Japan when you land in the airport make sure you pick up either a Wi-Fi hot spot that you could bring with you everywhere you go Or if your phone is unlocked you can also get a SIM card at the airport It’s roughly around $10 today for unlimited internet access Definitely get that or if you decided not to get a hot spot or a SIM card you can go to any Starbucks in Japan For free Wi-Fi however it will make it difficult for you to use Google Maps outside of a Starbucks Google Maps is gonna Give you everything you need to navigate Japan bus schedules Subway schedules Walking locations to get you to the restaurants that you want to go to oh what’s that? I hear you plan on just leeching off the network for free while in Japan Hahahaha! Good luck with that And one last thing if you are in a Starbucks And you have a drink make sure you finish your drink and throw out your cup in the Starbucks Because if you leave the Starbucks with a cup, good luck finding a garbage can anywhere in Tokyo they just don’t exist Damn it One of the most overwhelming things about being in Japan is using the train system [Martina] You know those videos you see on line of people like smushed inside of trains like with their arms You might get pushed into a subway Yeah, that’s gonna happen So we’re gonna try to show you guys how to get on and off the train when you line up for the train line up on both sides of the line don’t line up in the middle here As soon as the train pulls in you step off to the side People will get off through the middle and then once they’re all gone, then it’s your turn to get onto the subway And then you go through the middle this way Sounds complicated for some people I know but just follow that rule and you won’t be a jerk [Simon] Uh, Toumorokoshi supu onegaishimasu (Corn soup, please) [Simon] Uh, Sumoru. Hai (Small. Yes) [Simon] Daijoubu desu. (It’s all right.) [Simon] Arigatou gozaimasu. (Thank you very much.) Before I get on the subway, I like to grab myself a high quality cup of warm corn soup right here on the subway platform sounds weird But it’s delicious it’s like corn on the cob in soup format And you don’t get all the stuff in your teeth and look embarrassing to your friends What are you saying getting a cup of soup by myself on the subway is embarrassing to my friends. It’s not like my friends watch this anyways it’s not like I have a lot of friends 🙁 Welcome to Tokyo Station Odds are you will be taking a Shinkansen or bullet train from this station if you’re heading out to Kyoto or Osaka or other parts of Japan And if you are going to be taking a bullet train from here I highly recommend that you come here an hour in advance at least because Tokyo Station is massive It’s just really massive, and it’s very busy as well There’s a very good chance you’re gonna get lost And don’t be embarrassed about getting lost like even local Japanese people get super lost at this station because it’s very confusing But why are we saying the importance of coming in hour in advance? The bullet trains leave ON. TIME. [Simon] On the second The second! TO THE SECOND! If your train leaves at 6:02 there’s a dude with like a watch He’s like. 58! 59! And then the doors shut and it leaves so do not ruin your trip by showing up late Getting lost and then missing your train be punctual ([Martina] Punctual) be responsible be an adults get your shit together I need you to get that shit together No? [Martina] Drake? I need- No?
    [Simon] It’s copy written [Martina] I don’t think anyone’s gonna-
    [Simon] That means demonitze [Simon] This video took a lot of time to make
    [Martina] I need you to- (hums) YouTube don’t listen to this song Just cover your mikes So that’s it for our video on travel tips to Japan and Tokyo Obviously we couldn’t cover everything there is to know so if you have any questions Please leave them in the comment section below We answer as many questions as we can or we might just make a video about it Oh, yeah, we can have like part two travel tips to Japan Also, if you guys are hitting up a Shinkansen, a bullet train, make sure you grab yourself an Ekiben before you leave Tokyo Station What’s an Ekiben ([Simon] Oh?) oh? This is an ekiben. And if you want to know what’s inside of this magical little box come with me click on Martina’s video and I’m gonna teach you all about that Look, I’ve got a better option for you Tokyo Station has a famous vegan ramen shop. I’m gonna have some ramen right now I think you want to see that instead. RAMEN or whatever the hell this is?
    [Martina] Look at all this magic. What is this? [Martina] Look at all this seafood
    [Simon] Pick me, obviously [Martina] Come with me choose your own adventure choose your adventure with Martina.
    [Simon] Pick me, choose the best adventure with Simon


    Shinkansen. Japan’s bullet train. 360 video in 8K

    November 14, 2019

    In 1940, Japan’s authorities proposed to
    connect the country’s largest cities by a high-speed railway line. That’s how the project Shinkansen was born. The plan was to launch a train with a top
    speed of 200 km/h between Tokyo and Shimonoseki that is located at the southwestern tip of
    Honshu, 1,000 km away from the capital. Now the railway network has expanded to 2,765
    km with maximum train speeds of 130–320 km/h depending on the area. Over the 50-plus year exploitation, there
    have been no passenger fatalities. Until 2016, Shinkansen had held the speed record, and untill 2011 it had held the passenger traffic record. Let’s have a ride on Shinkansen. The high-speed trains Shinkansen successfully
    assume their responsibilities. They comfortably and quickly carry the passengers from the most distant points to the points of their destinations.

    World’s Future MEGAPROJECTS
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    World’s Future MEGAPROJECTS

    November 12, 2019

    Welcome to TDC. This is our mini-documentary
    on the most ambitious, fascinating infrastructure Megaprojects of the near future. The rulers of the United Arab Emirates have
    insane amounts of money to spend. Thanks to everyone’s thirst for oil, they’ve been
    on a construction spree unlike any the world has ever seen for such a small country, investing
    in one ambitious infrastructure project after another. At one point, 24 percent of all the
    world’s construction cranes we in Dubai. Unfortunately, that was before the 2008-2009
    global financial meltdown, which led to much of the investment in the city drying up faster
    than the water on somebody who just got out of the pool at the Burj Khalifa. But the government
    insists that many of these projects have simply been delayed, and are putting their money
    where their mouth is with the recent approval of a $32 billion expansion of Dubai’s Al
    Maktoum International Airport that will break ground by the end of 2014. When complete,
    it’ll suddenly have the capacity to become the busiest airport in the world in both total
    passengers – at 220 million a year – and total cargo of 12 million annual tonnes of goods
    that can move through it–that’s almost 3 times more than what takes off from the
    runways of the world’s current leader, Hong Kong’s International Airport. It’s terminals
    will able to hold 100 of the massive new Airbus A380’s that are over 2/3ds of a football
    field long and cost $300 million a pop. The UAE’s Emirates airline already owns more
    of those planes than anyone else in the world. It’s the largest airline in the Middle East
    and will eventually move into the Al Maktoum airport to help jump start activity. The government’s
    plan is for the airfield to be the heartbeat of a city within the larger city of Dubai
    called World Central, which the UAE thinks will be home to 900,000 residents in the near
    future. The airport also hopes to be the central hub for the emerging Middle East, North African,
    and South Asian economic bloc known as MENASA. But time will tell whether the Shaikh’s
    vision for Dubai actually becomes a reality, or fades like some vicious mirage. This is Songdo International Business District,
    the world’s most futuristic urban area. It’s being built 40 miles southwest of the
    second-most populated city in the world, Seoul, South Korea. The $40 billion project is along
    the waterfront in the city of Incheon and is embracing two key concepts that urban planners
    are in love with: The first is Aerotropolis, which means the airport is integrated into
    the urban center instead of banishing it far outside of the city. This allows for shorter
    trips to and from the place that’s going to get you out of town–this’ll be an emerging
    pattern in 21st century planning as air travel continues to become accessible to more and
    more people in our increasingly interconnected world. Songdo is brilliantly directly connected
    to the airport via the 7-mile long Incheon bridge so you’ve just got a straight shot
    that gets you there in like 10 minutes that’s also got these incredible views and is the
    first thing visitors see coming into the city. The other key theme is Ubiquitous City, which
    is a uniquely Korean concept where every device, component, service is linked to an informational
    network through wireless computing technology, allowing for greater coordination and a more
    efficient and synchronized city than has ever been possible before. An example of this is
    Songdo’s trash system, which won’t rely on garbage trucks, because a network of tubes
    will suck in the garbage straight from the can and through a system of pipes, transport
    it efficiently to treatment facilities. Songdo’s so dedicated to being a model for sustainability
    that it has set aside 40% of its land area to be outdoor spaces like parks and it’ll
    become the first city in the world outside of the United States to achieve LEED certification,
    which is the highest energy consumption and waste standards possible with currently available
    technology. As a tip-of-the-hat to other great cities, Songdo will also incorporate replicas
    of New York’s Central Park and Venice’s historic canals. Overall, construction is
    currently half done. It already has 67,000 people living there studying and working at
    its many schools, including the foreign campuses of four American universities, but it’s
    struggled to attract Korean businesses as the government is refusing to give tax incentives
    for relocation, because that would create an unfair playing field favoring Songdo over
    other cities in the country. Still, if it stays squarely focused on the future, Songdo’s
    a long-term investment that’s likely to pay off. Nicaragua is about to embark on what may be
    the boldest and riskiest Megaproject in the history of the world. One that will change
    it forever. It’s going to build the biggest canal in the world . The $50 billion Nicaragua
    Grand Canal will cut the country in half to connect the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific,
    running through the biggest lake in Central America. At 173-miles-long, it’ll dwarf
    the 120 mile-long Suez Canal in Egypt and directly compete with the Panama Canal 250
    miles to the south, through which more than 15,000 ships already pass each year. But in
    the coming years, many more ships full of goods and raw materials are going to try and
    pass back and forth from the Pacific to the Atlantic to connect Europe, Brazil and the
    Eastern Coast of the United States, with China and the rest of Asia. The story of how little six-million-man Nicaragua,
    the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is able to afford such an expensive
    project is a fascinating case study of globalization, and how capitalism is increasingly driving
    geopolitical decision-making. In June of last year, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s
    Sandanista party also controlled parliament and – without any real debate – gave a 50-year,
    no-bid contract to Chinese telecommunications magnate Wang Jing to build and manage the
    proposed canal. And, it just so happens that, also last year, according to a report in the
    LA Times, Wang hosted a number of Nicaraguan officials and businessmen on a trip to China,
    where the powerful and connected Wang supposedly flaunted his extreme wealth and was accompanied
    at all times by Chinese military officers and other high-ranking governmental officials.
    So, it’s tough to believe him when he insists that the Chinese government is not financially
    backing the project, especially when we already know that China is using state financed companies
    to buy more and more assets in the West. The opportunity to own the world’s most valuable
    shipping lane seems too tempting for the Chinese government to pass up. The supposedly democratic government of Nicaragua
    is using a page out of China’s playbook, by refusing to release any of the studies
    about the impacts of the canal until December 2014, the same month construction will begin.
    That’s because there is a loooong list of environmental and humanitarian concerns. The
    project will tear through countless ecosystems and communities, and rip into the source of
    much of the country’s fresh water, Lake Nicaragua. The residents whose land is on
    the canal route have received no word on what the government plans to do for them in terms
    of compensation and relocation. But, as easy as it is to criticize the way
    the project is being handled, it’s also fairly hypocritical of me, as an American,
    to mount a very convincing argument against the plan. Afterall, about a hundred years
    ago, US President Theodore Roosevelt basically took control of Panama and pushed through
    the canal there, a project that’s benefitted America time and time again, and has made
    Panama economically better off in the long run. But we’re not living in 1914… Now is the time of social media-fueled revolution,
    where images and video fly around the world instantly, empowering even the poorest locals
    to use the power of the global community to rally support for their cause and exert political
    pressure in unpredictable ways. So, what I’m saying is that it may have been easy for President
    Ortega see all that money flying around and secretly, singlehandedly approve a massively
    disruptive project like this, but when those bulldozers start tearing apart the countryside
    – and people’s homes – there’s probably going to be hell to pay for not consulting
    the voters at all. This could be shaping up to be another one of those important moments
    of struggle in world history between the powerful have’s and the have nots. On the one hand, you have the limitless funding
    of the Chinese who want that flag-in-the-dirt, statement-making moment for their country
    of staking a claim in the Americas. We know the canal would benefit corporations in the
    west through the shipping and trade benefits I outlined earlier. And with construction
    set to begin in Nicaragua next month – there doesn’t seem to be any stopping it from
    starting. But on the other hand, this thing is going
    to take six years at a minimum to finish, and if we’ve learned anything from recent
    history, it’s that a lot can happen in six weeks or six months, let alone six years. On a person-to-person basis, the United Arab
    Emirates has the biggest Ecological Footprint in the world thanks to its prolific oil production
    and the massive construction boom that’s been going on there for the last decade. So
    it’s surprising to learn that the UAE is home to Masdar–the world’s first zero-carbon,
    zero-waste city. To meet this ambitious goal, it’s powered only by renewable energy, like
    a 54-acre 88,000 panel solar farm beyond the cities’ walls. That’s right, I said walls.
    The designers studied ancient cities to learn the most effective planning methods to reduce
    energy consumption. One of the key things are walls that helps to keep the high, hot
    desert winds away from its inhabitants. They also raised the entire foundation of the site
    a few feet above the surrounding land to keep Masdar cooler and spaced the buildings much
    closer together to keep the streets and walkways narrow, and mostly in the shade. These techniques
    – combined with 130-foot wind towers that suck air from above and convert it into a
    cool breeze blowing on the street – mean Masdar is a comfortable 70 degrees fahrenheit when
    just a few meters away, the thermostat rises well above 100. Plus, there’s no driving
    in the city and any car that enters is parked at the outskirts. A system of driverless electric
    vehicles then ferry people from place to place underground, and a light rail system is also
    available above ground, which means there’s no need for streets. And in a move that cuts
    both water and electricity consumption more than half, there are no light switches or
    water taps–everything is controlled by movement sensors. This unprecedented level of environmental
    consciousness has won it hard-earned endorsements from environmental conservation groups like
    Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund. The German engineering giant Siemens has located
    its Middle East headquarters there, as has the International Renewable Energy Agency.
    The Masdar Institute for Science and Technology – a small postgraduate university that was
    founded through a collaboration with MIT – occupies one of Masdar’s first completed buildings
    and is already producing great work and first-class researchers. So the city undeniably has a
    solid foundation, but it’s got a lot to do still if it’s going to meet its ambitious
    goal of housing 50,000 residents and hosting offices for 60,000 more commuters. The city’s
    co-founder admits that Masdar is “a fraction of what it was supposed to be back in 2006
    when we announced it. At the beginning of the project, nobody really anticipated how
    difficult it is to build a city.” This underscores the point many urban planners around the world
    have made: that we should be focused on making our existing cities more sustainable instead
    of building brand new ones. But even if Masdar only teaches us one or two major things about
    what’s possible when it comes to sustainable urban design – and it does seem like it’s
    already done that – then it’ll have been worth it, even if it takes much longer to
    achieve its overall vision, or if it ultimately fails. Because let’s be honest, the UAE
    was going to spend that $20 billion in oil revenue on something, so it’s better for
    everyone that its going to an important experiment like Masdar rather than another row of gold
    and marble crusted hotel skyscrapers or an electricity-sucking indoor snow park. This is the future–maglev trains. Japan’s
    all aboard. They’re spending a staggering $85 billion over the next 30 years to connect
    the island’s three largest cities: Tokyo to Nagoya to Osaka. That’s over three hundred
    miles that you’ll be able to cover in about 67 minutes by racing through the countryside
    at over 300 miles per hour. Maglev technology uses powerful magnetic charges to move rail
    cars that float several inches above a concrete guideway, rather than riding on steel wheels.
    This frictionless system allows for a smoother ride at significantly higher speeds than traditional
    high speed rail. In contrast, California’s planned high speed rail system that’ll eventually
    connect San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, will only be able to travel at top
    speeds of 220 mph, but its estimated overall cost is ten billion dollars less than the
    Japanese system and will cover a distance two and a half times as long. The Chinese
    city of Shanghai has had a short maglev line in operation since 2004, but the Japanese
    line is the world’s first intercity link to gain public approval. The project’s called
    Chuo Shinkansen – or as the Japanese refer to it, Rinia Mota Ka – and is a culmination
    of 40 years of Japanese maglev development that began with an unlikely partnership between
    Japan Airlines and Japanese National Railways. What’s really impressive about this project
    is that JR Central – the company that’s building the line – will finance the project
    without public money, thanks largely to the success of the bullet train it’s run from
    Tokyo to Osaka since the mid 1960’s. The company’s also pushing hard to construct
    a maglev line between the American capital city of Washington DC and New York, which
    would showcase the technology to the American market and the rest of the western world.
    The Japanese government has even offered to fully finance the 40 mile first leg of the
    US project from Baltimore to DC, a proposal Prime Minister Shinzo Abe directly pitched
    to President Barack Obama during a meeting last year. But critics of Maglev say the costs
    outweigh the benefits. Opponents have raised questions about the sheer monetary cost of
    the project, its environmental impact, and whether it is really needed. Tunnels will
    be blasted through some of Japan’s highest mountains to build the Chuo Shinkansen line.
    But regardless of what the critics say, something had to change. When the Maglev system is done
    it will help alleviate the overcrowding on Japan’s existing rail system and make it
    feasible for commuters into Tokyo to live further outside of the city than they can
    now. Many of the projects that we’ve profiled
    in our Megaprojects series have a real purpose for advancing society, or at least meeting
    the needs of a growing world economy. Then there’s Azerbaijan’s ridiculous Khazar
    Islands, a project that – despite all the progress in the world – is the perfect example
    of everything that’s still wrong with its power structure, but more on that in a moment.
    The creatively named Azerbaijan Tower will be the world’s tallest building, about 800
    feet taller than the current leader, the Burj Khalifa, and, insanely, twice as tall as the
    tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, New York’s One World Trade Center. The Freudian
    showpiece of the $100 billion project, Azerbaijan Tower will rise above the capital city, Baku,
    and will be surrounded by 55 artificial islands built in the Caspian Sea with land gathered
    by completely destroying a nearby mountain. There will also be at least eight hotels,
    a Formula One racetrack, a yacht club, and an airport. So basically, we’re talking
    about Donald Trump’s fantasy. Now, it’s one thing to build an over-the-top city like
    Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, which is one of the most-developed places in the world,
    and a completely different thing for it to rise in Azerbaijan, which has a per capita
    GDP that’s not even ⅕ as much as the UAE. This madness is the brainchild of the billionaire
    developer Ibrahim Ibrahimov, who has extremely cozy ties with the corrupt government of the
    newly oil rich nation of Azerbaijan. Just how corrupt is Azerbaijan? In a 2012 report
    by watchdog group Transparency International that declared 2/3rds of the world’s countries
    “highly corrupt,” Azerbaijan’s Prez Ilham Aliyev stood out from the pack as the
    report’s infamous, “person of the year,” with untold amounts of money stashed in various
    locations around the world. But back to President Aliyev’s good buddy, Ibrahimov, who lazily
    came up with the tacky idea for the megaproject that’s basically a copy of Dubai’s island
    development and mega-tower while on a flight home from, you guessed it, Dubai. He argues
    that Khazer Islands will be home to 800,000 people, but doesn’t explain how those people
    will afford its expensive apartments. Instead of investing in the future by maybe funding
    a network of world class universities – which Azerbaijan isn’t even close to having – in
    a country that borders no ocean and produces no product that the rest of the world wants,
    besides oil, the government thinks its a good idea to build this. I doubt many of the nine
    million people of Azerbaijan think it’s a very good idea. In fact, in a possible sign
    of things to come, last year, Azerbaijanis in a city across the country, got so fed up
    with the corrupt regime, they rioted for two entire days. But look, the capital is doing
    some things right, Baku made Lonely Planet’s top ten ranking of the best nightlife spots
    in the world. I just wonder how much they paid to get on the list. No list of Megaprojects would be complete
    without including the largest-ever science project. The International Thermonuclear Experimental
    Reactor (or, ITER) is a collaboration between China, the European Union, India, Japan, Russia,
    South Korea, and the United States that is under construction in Southern France where
    researchers will attempt to see if they can, essentially, recreate the power of the Sun
    and harness it in a steel bottle. Gas will be heated to over 150 million degrees in a
    massive steel frame using giant magnets that will force some atoms together. In this experimental
    reactor, the hope is to produce 10 times more energy than what is used to initiate the reaction,
    or the equivalent of 500 megawatts of power for 1,000 seconds. Although electricity won’t
    be generated at the ITER facility, a fusion power plant would use the heat generated to
    drive turbines and produce power. Unlike nuclear fission, which are what all nuclear power
    plants are today, fusion reactors should be completely safe, with no risk of a producing
    a runaway chain reaction and no dangerous long-living radioactive waste. The fact that
    nations who are competing in nearly every area of geopolitics and economics are coming
    together to collaborate on a $50 billion project is a sign that the science is incredibly promising
    and the potential benefits to humanity are profoundly game-changing. That’s why countries
    that represent half of the world’s population and account for 2/3ds of the global economy
    are participating: because solving fusion would mean prosperity for all, the closest
    thing to limitless energy we can fathom. This month, after the completion of the ground
    support structure which took four years to finish, the second phase of construction began:
    the walls of the seven-story building where the experiment will take place. But we’re
    still several years away from turning the thing on. The complex will make its first
    attempt to produce plasma in a fusion reaction in 2020, with regular operations beginning
    in 2027, 11 years behind schedule and over 40 years after the program was first initiated
    in 1985. But no matter how long, or how many tries it takes to get it right, the prospect,
    the hope of living in a world powered by this type of energy that we wouldn’t need to
    fight over, or pump out of the ground, that we wouldn’t need to burn, that wouldn’t
    harm our precious planet, that’s probably one of the most optimistic, hopeful ideas
    I’ve ever heard, and it’s definitely one worth waiting for. China is about halfway done building the largest
    expressway system in the world, and it’s done so at a feverish pace over the last 25
    years to keep up with the rise of the automobile as the country – and the world – has shifted
    away from a rail-based transportation system. The first expressway within the National Trunk
    Highway System, as it’s called, opened in 1988 and today, just 26 years later, the system
    is over 65,000 miles long. In the ten years since 2004, the network has tripled in length.
    Each year, China’s now building new expressways equivalent in length to the distance of going
    coast-to-coast and back in the United States. The Chinese system exceeded the total length
    of the US interstate highway system back in 2011. This crazy expansion has happened because
    the Chinese have embraced the car at a staggering pace. This next mind-blowing fact pretty much
    sums up this entire video: as the country’s middle class boomed and tens of millions of
    people suddenly could afford to buy cars, in the 20 years from 1985 to 2005, the number
    of passenger vehicles in China increased from 19,000 to 62 million cars on the road, that’s
    a mind-blowing increase of 323,000%. And that 62 million number is more than tripling to
    200 million by 2020. That’s why we’ve seen those stories that I thought were a joke
    the first time I read them, of traffic jams around Beijing stretching over 60 miles and
    lasting for 11 days. So this project is sorely needed simply for the country to function.
    When it’s finished, it will have cut total travel times between cities throughout the
    country, by half, on average. Overall the total cost of building the entire system is
    $240 billion dollars, that’s easily the biggest infrastructure project in human history,
    with $12 billion a year being invested through 2020. It’s been able to afford to do this
    without adding a national fuel tax because 95% of the system are toll roads owned by
    private, for-profit companies. This is a problem, as tolls are expensive at over 10 cents per
    mile…which is more than the cost of fuel itself. But regardless of how the roads are
    paid for, or whether, you drive on them in your gas or electric car, or ride in a self-driving
    car. The Chinese economy and quality of life of its people will be significantly better
    thanks to this ambitious project. It seems the whole country is embracing the Chinese
    saying, “Lutong Caiton,” wealth follows the extension of motorways. India faces one of the most challenging situations
    in the world. It has 1.2 billion people spread over a vast country. More than 350 million
    of whom will move into cities in the coming decade, which means some 500 new urban centers
    will need to be built from scratch. And even though India’s sheer size means that its
    economy ranks third in the world in purchasing power, overall, it’s relatively poor and
    underdeveloped. It’s also young. The average Indian is just 27 years old, compared to the
    average American, who’s a decade older. This means that most of the population is
    about to hit their prime working years—these are all people who need jobs to be created
    now. That’s why the government is embarking on the largest infrastructure project in Indian
    history: the $90 billion Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, whose backbone will be a 920 mile
    long dedicated freight corridor, basically a set of multiple rail lines that will exist
    solely to move goods from the factories where they are produced to the sea and airports
    where they can be exported to market. It’s designed to cut the logistical costs of manufacturing
    goods to make India the cheapest place in the world for a company to build its stuff
    and – in turn – triple the amount of merchandise it exports from 2010 levels by 2017. Japan
    is the major partner behind the project because the Japanese economy is based on a technology
    industry that needs to build its products at the most competitive rates in the world.
    The overall effort will include a 4,000 MW power plant, and at least three brand new
    seaports and six airports. And all along the route, 24 new cities will spring up with each
    aiming to be superior to any existing Indian city in terms of the quality of infrastructure,
    planning, management, and services offered. With natural resources scarce – and climate
    change a concern of any good urban planner – the use of technology has been stressed
    to make sure this boom will be as clean and sustainable as possible. Roads are also a
    major part of the plan with thousands of miles of expressways planned to ease congestion.
    The project is a priority of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who entered office in 2014
    after leading his BJP party to a dominating win in the 2014 election, giving him a mandate
    to enact his vision for making India a global manufacturing superpower. It seems the Indians
    are attempting to follow a similar blueprint for success the Chinese put into action over
    the last 40 years. With a population nearly as big, Indians are rightly asking, why not
    us? If you were playing Sim City, you’d want
    to go about building your metropolis the same way the Saudi’s have with King Abdullah
    Economic City. And just like other great leaders of men, you’d probably name it after yourself
    too, which is exactly what King Abdullah did. You’d also focus on job-creating infrastructure
    and a dream university to attract the best and brightest. Saudi Arabia is the world’s
    dominant oil producer, and is a country that knows how to play the game. While its flashier
    neighbors like Abu Dhabi and Dubai get all the publicity for their megaprojects, the
    Kingdom is embarking on a far more ambitious project that’s focused squarely on creating
    the most cohesive, well-planned city in the Arab world. The $100 billion enterprise on
    the coast of the Red Sea is about an hour’s drive north of Jeddah, the second-largest
    city in Saudi Arabia, and plans to expand into an area about the size of Washington
    DC. That location is no coincidence, says Fahd Al Rasheed, the man who’s in charge
    of growing King Abdullah Economic City – which we’re going to shorten to just its initials,
    KAEC – “you’re talking about 24 percent of global trade going through the Red Sea,
    and this is a trend that’s never been addressed by a Red Sea port.” That’s why KAEC’s
    port is going to be massive, with an annual capacity of over ten million shipping containers,
    which would make it one of the busiest ports in the world. So cargo is KAEC’s first major
    transportation hub. The second is Haramain station, one of four stops on Saudi Arabia’s
    planned high speed rail network that will connect the new megacity to Jeddah, Makkah,
    and Madinah. This will bring thousands of visitors to KAEC right from it’s inception,
    with officials hoping that some will naturally take jobs and stay there, fueling its expansion.
    At first, the whole plan struggled to gain much traction with investors, “but,” says
    Al Rasheed, “then we reoriented ourselves towards building that demand, creating that
    support and it’s completely shifted. Now we have captive demand — all our apartments
    are full and we have waiting lists for hundreds of people, literally.”
    Part of that shift focused on KAEC’s Industrial Valley which is centered on a large petrochemical
    plant and has more than 70 companies lining up to set up bases there.
    And then there’s the cornerstone of any thriving city: a great university. Enter,
    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology – which began instruction in 2009 with a staggering
    $20 billion endowment, making it the third best-funded university in the world behind
    Harvard and Yale. This capital injection has allowed it to lift off like a rocket in its
    first five years. It’s recruited some of the best talent from over 60 countries around
    the world–scientists who’ve carried the school to an eye-opening 99.9% research record
    score. The research teams at King Tech are advancing many important fields like solar
    cell technology and cancer therapy. It teaches in English and is the first mixed-gender university
    in the Kingdom. Plus, with just 1200 postgraduates on an 8,900 acre campus, there’s plenty
    of room to expand in every direction. With forty percent of Saudi Arabia’s citizens
    under 15 years old, the plan is for the megacity – by itself – to create upwards of a million
    jobs for all of those young people to grow into.
    In the end, it may be true that Saudi Arabia would be a bone-dry desert wasteland without
    it’s exploitation of the vast fields of black gold underneath it, but at least – in
    the twilight of his life – King Abdullah is doing all he can to set his people – and the
    rest of the world – on a slightly better path than the one they were on when he took over
    just nine years ago in 2005. And if that’s his legacy, he deserves to have a city named
    after him. Thanks for watching. I hope you enjoyed this
    video, and if you did, you’ll love our video profiling 10 promising renewable energy sources
    of the future or our mini-doc on robotic armies and the militaries of the future. Make sure
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    The Tower of Tuna Challenge!
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    The Tower of Tuna Challenge!

    November 12, 2019

    Guys you know how much we love food. Lately we’ve been traveling all over Japan to try to find some of the best places you can add to your food bucket list. So today we took a quick bullet train over to beautiful Shizuoka, where we’re gonna eat an absurd amount of tuna. And you might be asking why don’t we just go to Tsukiji fish market, except Shizuoka is the tuna capital of Japan. They are the number one exporter of tuna all around the country. So we decided to go to Kashino-Ichi fish market so that we can take on the infamous Maguro Mountain. Sashimi for days. We’re gonna die. I’ll out eat you? You’re gonna out eat me? Who’s gonna eat.. I don’t know. We already know the answer to this. – You think you’re gonna win? We already know the answer. – I mean I don’t know, you never know. – We already know. Oh ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2018 UFC maguro mountain showdown live from beautiful Shizuoka. We have the crowd favorite of the night Simon. Dothraki man warrior who is currently the heavyweight mandu champion. Of course, we can’t forget the underdog Martina bunnies are puffy Ella. She has been known to surprise at times when she out eats Dothraki man warrior and such instances is Coco curry and who can forget the spicy ribs of death. We’ll see if this match goes down in flames or goes up in smoke. So when we spoke to Shizuoka prefecture about this shoot, We asked them if they had any kind of cute hats or Shizuoka shirts that we could wear to show our excitement. And we’re a little bit surprised with the results. Ducky this is Amazing
    -Amazing I’m the pirate of Shizuoka
    -yarr Category is: Shizuoka realness. Oh wow, oh my god. Yes reel them in. Oh look at that. Yep She’s cutting the fish and she is serving it and eating it. Hmm true. I really love the way Mt. Fuji brings out her eyes It’s just a really unique piece. Look at that. That is definitely one of the fishiest Queens. Keeping it real while reeling it in. Oh yeah, I’d love to smack that hali-butt. Serving up raw fish and raw looks mm hm Simon and martina, your look was supposed to be under the sea, but it sunk like the Titanic I’m sorry my dears, but you’re up for elimination Hey guys, for real though, um we did not plan this and I am really surprised that they’re actually okay with this because we are gonna prance around wearing this for the rest of the video So I know it’s really difficult to take us seriously with these hats on but this place is a seafood lovers paradise. This is legit because they’re so close to actually getting the fish from the market. This place is like, it was just bustling for lunch, but not like crazy bustling, where you have to like get up at 5:00 a.m and like elbow people out of the way. If we lived in Shizuoka we would be eating here every day. This is… this is my dream place. I love sea food. They have tuna everything here. Tuna bowls. Tuna. Tuna. Tuna. Tuna games Tuna. Tuna. Tuna And even … tuna ice cream. Hmm. -Yeah -What?
    -it’s made from tuna, -but…
    -sucker, it’s vanilla. They have all these amazing challenge bowls. Like Dan had a gigantic tuna nigiri for lunch.
    -Like this big! We only watched because we’re saving our room. We’re about to like start eating soon *grunting* You going down!
    (inaudible gibberish) And now what
    -and now what
    We’re gonna be getting a mountain of tuna How much tuna are we actually getting?
    -400 grams -400 grams of Tuna -Each. This is gonna be my protein intake for the day We’re gonna have to go on one of those dance adventures again like Italy in order to not be super fat. We’re gonna have the fishiest farts Oh boy… I didn’t even know that was a thing.
    -oh my god -our cats gonna love us
    -he’s gonna totally love us ♪ suspenseful music ♪ Okay, okay, okay we have to stop at the same time, okay ready, huh? That’s crazy, that’s crazy! Whoohoo and match has begun. If you see here in the instant replay Simon’s eyes clearly indicate that he believes Martina will not be able to finish this amount. Oh my god. Are you still going? When are you gonna stop? This is madness.
    -Okay. Stop. This is gonna be my bowl here. Oh my this is not happening.
    -this feels like something I should be curling outside. Oh my god, Simon.
    -Okay. I think I made a terrible decision. I think you made a terrible decision. I’m only gonna do half of that. – girl no we’re here for a challenge We don’t come here for diet food. We didn’t come here for snickety snacks. We came here to eat tuna until we die. This is how we’re going out. Mom and dad, thank you for all that you’ve done. it’s time for me to go. alright
    – more more more more more more more MORE They’re the same?
    -Nonono more more MORE higher higher higher more more MORE Okay yes stop, stop Oh my god, this smells amazing The miso soup and the croquette. The fish doesn’t smell like anything, which is great because you don’t want your fish to smell. You’re don’t want you fish smelling fishy.
    -But the miso soup We’re gonna need these kind of flavors I think to break up as we keep eating -The monotony -Cause we’ll be like, there’s too much tuna. I gotta say I’m a little concerned right now because this all just looks like raw chicken -It really just looks like raw chicken. -Well, it’s not its been sauced. -It’s not, it’s tuna いただきます (itadakimasu: thanks or the food/let’s eat) I’m a little bit worried about what we just done -you should be, but this is gonna be… really… -Do you think you’re gonna like, dip yours with wasabi or pour it on top? -I’m gonna try it pure first Okay, I’m gonna see how this goes. -me too. Ready? –
    Go for first place -Let’s go for it. Oh yeah. -That’s great
    -it’s like nicely tangy. super soft. -Yep, there’s no like, chunky tendons. -Yeah -This is great -Wow. -Oh my god. We might actually able to finish this -What do you mean ‘actually’, of course we’re gonna finish -I don’t know ducky Lord. All right see with this hat on than I expected -My eyebrows keep moving around. -I think I should just go like the full speed ahead Hmm I’m not sure what the best strategies for something this you just eat quickly or chew slowly because I may have more room in your stomach All I know is, Simon’s falling behind. -Oh girl you shovelling -I’m eating like a businessman on my lunch break. I’m eating so fast, that I can’t even talk. -Mmm -Okay -I mean -Shovelling time -Simon is really falling behind me here Look at this I got this whole hole here Do you know what kind of fish we’re eating today? …Yeah So the fish we’re eating today; this is kihada tuna, which is a three kilogram tuna, and it’s a lot leaner a lot less fat than other tuna woah and let’s see that again You can see martina going in for the ‘dumps everything unceremoniously on top of her food’ to moisten it, helps it go down faster. -It’s a lot easier to eat -definitely, because this is like a poke bowl, and people love poke bowls. -Yes. -I feel like if we were eating a different kind of tuna that was like really really fatty. There’d be like a maximum capacity of how much you can eat. -Mmm Kind of like when you’re eating a really buttery beef. *static* -Hey Do you like soda? Do you like curry? Do you like shrimp? Well come on down to S-Pulse Dream Plaza in Shizuoka and try out our shrimp flavored soda Yeah, there’s the ebi at the end. Ooooh Whoa That’s special, that’s uh, that’s not my style. I’m gonna move on to a different beverage if I could, if you don’t mind right now S-Pulse Dream Plaza, where you can torture your friends by making them drink soda flavors that shouldn’t exist We’ve gotta see who’s gonna finish first. A race to see who’s gonna get sick first. My hands are starting to cramp How’s your hand doin’ girl? -Oh it’s cramped -Your hands cramped? -Right now, i’m stuck in this position I was holding the bowl so intently to try to finish this. Back to the eating position. -Back to eating. What happens if I warm up some of my tuna? -Well, that might be gross Simon. -It’s a terrible idea. Don’t ever do that again. Whoa -Whoah -Calm down girl -I think I’m winning. -I think you are too. -I’m definitely winning this -Cos you had less than me, that’s why. -No I did not -You definitely did. -Simon is like, ‘Oh I shouldn’t eat anything all day’, and I said you want to win an eating competition, you need to make sure that your stomach is big enough to eat that food And Simon was like, ‘Ooo, breakfast!’ How is he gonna possibly catch up to me at this point -Ah, I’m gonna catch up that’s -I’m even gonna go in for my croquette -That’s a great croquette, isn’t it? -this tastes like childhood hamburgers -Yes -Right? -Yes -Did it just hit you? -Yes, it definitely tastes like my parents kind of hamburger -Yes -they used to make -because they take mince meat and they mix it with like a panko or like a bread so it’s not like an, actual like, ‘100% American beef burger’ My parents would call this ‘cutlet cheeky’ -really? -and I just realized cutlet is a cutlet -and cheeky means chicken? -No cheeky cuz it’s cute Cutlet cheeky~!
    =oh god what is this=Here’s an interesting fact about tuna: maguro in Japanese is slang for starfish in English, if you know what I mean -and if you don’t you don’t, don’t look it up. -Holy *bleet* girl Holy shit, I’m being put to shame, gir! How are you doing this? -it’s the hat and the Shizuoka spirit, its come to me -this is a side of you that I’ve never seen -Grrr super saiyan Martina, hrrrghhh Pro tip: you could just lift up the rice and hide some tuna underneath it. Nobody will know. Oh my god you have so much more tuna. -I know I know girl -you are literally so far behind -I really want to know how, are you are you doing the Korean thing, which is just like throwing shots behind. Is there like, tuna all over the ground here that you’ve been dumping. -No, there’s a kitty inside my kimono -How have you been cheating -and i’m just going *cat meowing* -Oh gosh, I feel really In fact if you pat my back, I have a tiny little burp BOUUWGHHHH Now its gone. -Oh yes, a burp, I got room, second wind Sad, Simon, sad I don’t think you’re gonna catch up son. -I’m amazed. -What can I say, flick my Mt. Fuji hair. -Oh did you forget the rule? There’s a special rule that you can do 1 2 3 switch bowl. You remember that? Yeah that’s, Maguro fact: You can do 1 2 3 switch Bowl. I mean you can switch bowls. You can only do it once per challenge. Okay, so you do it once -Only once per challenge entirely -and then I go 1 2 3 switch bowls and then that’s it we both got our once per challenge -Dan is living for this Dan. is. living for this. Living for this look. -Gosh, I do feel full but I want more of that croquet I’m gonna beat you girl, you giving up Taking my croquet? This is gonna be -Don’t you throw-up Ricky Bobby -the biggest -fish cake *bleet* of my life Just a huge oden right out of the butthole, you know what that’s gonna be… Alright here I go. -No, you’re not going anywhere Okay Wait Ducky you can’t do this to me, my reputation. I need to prove to everyone Well, I’m trying my hardest to slow down, but I literally have one piece left here it goes Simon about to lose to his tiny tiny wife. I’m glad you won because that means I don’t have to do any more. I am stuffed and amazed? I’m so impressed with my wife Let’s go for ice cream! Wow Simon. I think everyone needs to see just how badly you lost. I can’t believe how well you did I was expecting you to give up. This is unbelievable girl this is a new side of you that I haven’t seen, because I whooped you in the dumpling challenge. No food competition ever tells people they can’t have water. I gave up because it was too salty. -all this ‘could’ve’, ‘would’ve’ business doesn’t matter Now you guys know the truth. -The whole point is -I whooped him. -This is a tie, one for Martina, one for me What?! How is this a tie?? One for Martina, one for me This is clearly not a tie -Nonono, overall in our food experiences -Not even close, I ate more rice than you I even finished your croquet Well, it’s official if you guys think you can come here and beat Simon or beat me I want you to make sure that you send us a picture either on Twitter -Yeah -or on Instagram, you better tag us so that I can find these and prove to Simon that he’s losing too many people around the world -No, look, 400 grams is an obscene amount But what did I just eat -an obscene amount -400 grams. Who do you think you ate 300 maybe 200? No, this is definitely three How, how dare you this is definitely 300 -Let’s ask, shouldn’t the chef know, shouldn’t the chef know how much this is? -The chef knows. Yeahh yeah yeah yeah I still ate more than Simon -So, I was given 450 grams, Martina was given 400. I left 70 grams behind for a total of 380, and Martina ate all of hers so she wins at 400 grams So I know I had more than you. I did have more -But it doesn’t matter if you have more than me. -You did eat more than me. -I ate more than you. I even ate more rice than you. So I am the undisputed maguro lightweight wait middleweight, maybe every weight after this, CHAMPIIIIOOOOOOOOOON Congratulations girl. Love, I am so impressed with how well you’ve done I know. -I know I’m being a hater but I’m really quite surprised I know -You did a great job -Don’t act like you’re not impressed because I know that you are impressed I’m the winner. -We had a great time here in Shizuoka. The clothing is awesome. The hats are great and the tuna is delicious Yup -If you want to experience this yourself, make sure you click on the description box below and learn more about beautiful Shizuoka Okay when you guys come here I want to make sure that you tag me on Instagram or on Twitter with a hashtag of like #eatyoursushi and maybe #Shizuoka and that way I can see how many of you beat Simon it can just be a collection of online tags of Simon being a loser SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER SIMON IS A LOSER Now if you’re still hankering for more fish because I know I am You should come with me to my bonus video because I’m gonna learn how to make nirigiri from scratch I’m literally gonna become a sushi chef Simon -But let’s be honest. You’ve had way too much fish for one video That was an obscene amount, come with me. I’m gonna show you some specialty ice cream that they have here. You can never go wrong with ice cream It’s ice cream, -but sweet or savory? -What you want? -Ice cream or sushi? -make the right decision

    How to get from Narita Airport to Tokyo |
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    How to get from Narita Airport to Tokyo |

    November 12, 2019

    Narita Airport is located in Chiba prefecture and is one of Tokyo’s two main airports, the other being Haneda Airport which is closer to the city center. Narita handles a majority of Tokyo’s international flights and is the first place in Japan many visitors must navigate. With this in mind, here is a brief overview
    of how to maneuver through Narita Airport and get to downtown Tokyo when arriving on
    an international flight. After de-planing, the first stop is immigration. To expedite the process, each passenger should
    have their disembarkation form filled out before approaching the counter. Here, an officer will ask a few questions
    about your trip, scan the fingerprints of your index fingers and take your photo. Assuming everything goes well, you can move
    on to the baggage claim. Everyone arriving on an international flight except for those connecting to another international flight must collect their checked luggage here this includes passengers connecting to domestic flights. With baggage in hand, Customs is next. Each family will need to hand in a Customs Declaration Form which should be filled out ahead of time. Passengers with items to declare should use the red lanes while those with nothing to declare should go through the green ones. Finally, after clearing Customs, you will
    enter the public area of the terminal where there are many useful services you may want
    to take advantage of before leaving the airport such as Currency exchange & ATMs Wi-Fi and SIM card rentals Information counters Baggage delivery and storage Showers, Nap rooms, and lounges Rental car pick-up and many more
    Also, if you purchased a Japan Rail Pass, this can be picked-up at one of the two JR
    EAST Travel Service Centers located in the basements of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. When you’re ready to leave the airport and
    head into Tokyo there are many options to consider. In the basements of Terminals 1 and 2 are
    train stations, and bus stops are located on floor 1 of all three terminals. The most popular train routes are:
    The JR Narita Express or (NEX) which goes directly to Tokyo Station as well as a few
    other major downtown stations. The NEX has comfortable seats and convenient luggage storage but is also the most expensive option. The Keisei SkyLiner which is the fastest train
    option and goes to Nippori and Ueno stations. Like the NEX, the Skyliner is also has nice
    seats and luggage storage, but is a bit expensive. And finally, there are two types of slower,
    but cheaper, Keisei Limited Express trains. One that goes to Nippori and Ueno and another that goes to Asakusa and continues all the way to Haneda Airport. Note that these are regular commuter trains
    that do not allow for seat reservations and can get crowded during rush hours. For buses there are two main types:
    The expensive Airport Limousine buses which go to a variety of locations throughout the
    city including Tokyo station and many major hotels. And discount shuttle buses which go primarily
    to Tokyo Station. Finally, it is possible to take a taxi from
    Narita, however this option is quite expensive and will set you back around 20,000 yen to get into the city. We hope this video helps you know what to
    expect when navigating through Narita Airport. For more information about Narita or to watch
    another video, click the links on the screen now or head over to, your
    comprehensive, up-to-date travel guide first-hand from Japan. Thanks for watching, and be sure to subscribe
    for more videos about Japan. Happy travels.

    How to get from Narita Airport to Central Tokyo
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    How to get from Narita Airport to Central Tokyo

    November 7, 2019

    You are on your way to Tokyo — a dream trip — your first time to Japan. You love everything Japanese, from their game shows to their socks; the Land of the Rising Sun; sushi, Pokemon, and vending machines. You have planned the perfect vacation, the perfect hotel, but wait… You forgot to figure out how to get from the airport to your hotel without spending a fortune on a taxi. Well, we’re here to help. But first, please like, subscribe, comment, and share, and do not forget to hit the notification bell. Wheels down. You have landed at Narita Airport. Your next step is to grab your bags, clear customs, and then make your way to Tokyo. Narita Airport is located about 60 kilometers east of Tokyo, and the options for getting from Narita to Tokyo are many and varied, from train, bus, taxi, even helicopter. For the first time visitor the variety can seem a bit overwhelming. Depending on where your final destination is in Tokyo, one way may be more convenient than another. Let us sort out the confusion. First, let’s take a look at Tokyo. Tokyo is a vast metropolitan area with over 770 square miles to explore. Locals speak of Tokyo’s geography in terms of train lines. There’s a loop line around central Tokyo called the Yamanote line. The neighborhoods on this line, and the neighborhoods within the loop, are all considered downtown Tokyo. The Yamanote loop includes six stations that serve as Tokyo’s main connecting hubs. Anything outside of the Yamanote loop is considered uptown or suburbia. This makes Tokyo’s downtown massive. The loop is 21.4 miles around. All of this is important when considering transportation options from Narita Airport. One express train may be better for you than another, depending on where in Tokyo you need to go. Here are your transportation options from Narita Airport to central Tokyo. For speed and comfort, take the train. There are three express trains, as well as the regular local trains: the Narita Express, the Keisei Skyliner, and the Keisei Access Express. The Narita Express, operated by Japan Rail East, runs about every 30 minutes and takes about 50 minutes to arrive at Tokyo Station. Trains then continue to other stations in central Tokyo. Be careful which car you sit in. Some cars head to Yokohama, while the rest continue to Shibuya, Shinjuku, and sometimes Ikebukuro. The Keisei Skyliner just takes over half hour to Nippori station, and about 40 minutes to Keisei-Ueno station. From Nippori station, you can connect to several JR train lines. Keisei Access Express takes longer, but costs considerably less than the Skyliner. It also stops at more stations, so depending on where you are staying, it might get you closer to your hotel. All of these Express trains share stations with the JR Yamanote loop line, making most final destinations only a transfer away. Pro tip: If you have a Japan Rail Pass, the Narita Express is operated by JR East. If you plan to use your pass while you’re in Tokyo, you can activate your pass at the airport and use it for the Narita Express. Once you’ve collected your bags and cleared passport and customs, look for signs for trains. The airport is well signposted and you should not get lost. There are two train stations at Narita Airport: Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Both Japan Rail and Keisei have ticket counters, as well as automated ticket machines located in the basement under each terminal, right next to the entry to the tracks. If you do use one of the automated machines, make sure your credit card has a PIN number. The Narita Express runs from 7:45 a.m. ’til 9:45 p.m., and costs 3,020 yen for Ordinary Class, and 4,560 yen for First Class between Narita Airport and Tokyo Station. For other hubs, the cost goes up 200 yen. You can buy a round-trip ticket with a discount. Keisei Skyliner runs from 7:26 a.m. until 10:30 p.m., and costs 2,470 yen from Narita Airport to Nippori. The Keisei Access Express runs from 5:41 a.m. until 11 p.m., and costs 1,240 yen from Narita to Ueno. The train has no reserved seats. It is first come, first served, and is more equivalent to a subway car. For a less expensive train option, the Keisei main line offers a glimpse of what daily commuting in Tokyo is like. There are no seat reservations or luggage racks, and they can get quite crowded. The cost is 1,03o yen from Narita to Ueno. Trains run every hour. Other options to get into central Tokyo: Bus and bus shuttles are both cheap and frequent. The Express bus Tokyo Shuttle, and the Access Narita, run buses approximately every 20 minutes during the day, costing around 1,000 yen, and more at night. The time is around 60 minutes for travel. Reservations can be made in advance by internet. You can purchase tickets from the bus ticket counter inside Narita Airport. Another option is the Airport Limousine bus, servicing a large amount of stops, and thus the best choice for anyone who looks for a direct connection to their accommodation or a specific place. The Airport Limousine bus stops at major hotels and stations. The fares to this convenient bus vary between 2,800 yen, and 3,100 yen for central Tokyo, with offers and discounts for round trips available to international visitors. One trip from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station takes between 75 and 125 minutes. Again, you can purchase tickets inside the airport Of course, there’s the always trusted taxi. Make sure to save your pennies, though. A regular taxi from Narita to central Tokyo will set you back over 20,000 yen. For those that speed is the only option, the helicopter is your way to go. From Narita to central Tokyo, it will take you 20 minutes, and set you back over 225,000 yen, but that is for three people. You need to reserve a week in advance and large items are not permitted. Welcome to Tokyo. Now go out and explore! If you have enjoyed this video, please like, subscribe, comment, and share, and do not forget to ring that notification bell. ‘Til next time, happy and safe travels!

    Canada to Japan – The Journey | Canada to Tokyo | Tokyo to Iwaki | Japan
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    Canada to Japan – The Journey | Canada to Tokyo | Tokyo to Iwaki | Japan

    November 7, 2019

    Holy crap, I’m going to Japan! Good morning some of my favorite people! So today, I’m heading to a bus stop, which is extremely weird for me to do in my own City, but
    today I have very good reason to do that! So we’re going to Japan! It was very unplanned. So originally we were just going to be going to Quebec,
    which is only a couple provinces away, maybe a 10-12 hour drive from where I
    live here in Halifax, but then Akane had to go back to Japan,
    and I said “you know, this is probably the perfect time to go”. So earlier this week,
    actually technically it was last week, we bought the flights on like a
    Wednesday, here it is Monday, and we are heading to the airport! So what we’re going be doing, is we’re going to be taking the city bus to the airport. So
    something that would take you 20 minutes or half an hour to drive, is going to
    take us a leisurely hour-and-a-half this morning, so we’re going be catching the
    #3 from here near the Mumford Terminal, and then we’re going to be going to the Bridge Terminal, where we catch I believe it’s the #320 all the way
    out to the airport! So chances are we’ll see you there, not so much along the way.
    It’s going to be a pretty long and boring ride. Good morning Akane! Good morning. How do you feel
    about this morning? Cold! Yeah? What’s the temperature? Umm? 10C? Yeah. Oh it was 9 degrees in the morning. That’s pretty crazy, isn’t it? Yeah. And what’s the temperature of where we’re going to be going? Ah rainy! Right now just 23 degrees. Well, that’s alright. But today…look! It’s going to be 29! Nice! Flight 1 of 2. Halifax, Canada to Toronto, Canada. Flight Duration: 2 Hours. Alright, so we have made it to Toronto
    after two hours of flight. It was a really good flight, looks like a brand new plane!
    Everything was super clean, super perfect, and it was absolutely fantastic! So I’m
    hoping our second flight is just like that although it’s gonna be like six times longer! Uh oh! That’s a big difference! But anyway, first section of the journey,
    really good so far! Welcome to Tokyo, Japan! Alright! Good day! For us, it’s next day
    technically, after a 13 hour plane ride we have finally made it to Tokyo! We cleared customs, which we thought was going to be quite a little hassle, Because as you can see, by my passport, my picture is horrible! If you guys remember back in the Kentucky videos, where that massive
    rainstorm happened… About to find out the status of our tent. Well, the tent is standing. The…fly… The fly is…oh no. So just on the other side of that fly is my open… The word I’m looking for is “suitcase” My open clothes, luggage. It might be wet! Okay, so our entrance has collapsed, But… Let’s see what it’s like on the inside. I don’t… No, you’re clothes are so wet. Oh yeah, there’s a puddle in my chair. So there’s a nice puddle of water. Oh your speaker! Oh no! Hopefully that’s… Is that waterproof? Nope, I don’t know. I guess we’ll find out. Yeah, oh yeah, that’s pretty wet. Well my passport was in my luggage, and that’s what it looks like now. When we came back from that trip,
    and went to Canada, we asked about it. They said it was fine since it still scanned. However, So we flew from Halifax to Toronto and Toronto here, When we were boarding in Toronto coming internationally, they stopped me
    at the gate it’s probably…there’s a good chance it’s not going to work. Anyway, we get here, and the looks at it,
    and he’s like “whatever” and puts me right on through, so far things for the trip have gone really smoothly. I slept really well, probably, I don’t know, 5 or 6 hours of the 13
    hour trip. as oh hey length is good to be Anyway, it’s good to be here on Japanese soil, and I’m looking to see with this country has to offer! Catching the train to Iwaki. A great system where the color of the light above your seat lets you know if it’s available or pre-booked. Hey guys, we’re pretty much ready for bed. I want to thank you all so much for watching. If you like the video, hit the thumbs up for me, And if you’re new to the channel I want to say welcome, I hope you subscribe. We’re going to be doing some amazing things while here in Japan. So everyone, I hope you have a great day, and I hope to see you on the next adventure tomorrow! A special thank you to the following sponsors. Filmed August 2018

    Japan Holiday 2017 Vlog #4 – Bullet Train To Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Temple, Curry!!!
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    Japan Holiday 2017 Vlog #4 – Bullet Train To Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Temple, Curry!!!

    November 6, 2019

    It’s raining in Kyoto. All the activities that we’ve got today are outside. It’s crazy miserable out here. This is day 4 of Japan. We are now in Kyoto We just got off the Bullet Train. It’s pouring down here. We are going to try and get some umbrellas. And try and find our hostel. That’s us checked in to our hostel. Kyoto Morris. It’s actually really nice.
    Really nice. Really Modern. Everything is clean and brand new. Big room. Laundry room. Shower rooms. There’s a bar. There’s a restaurant. You can get breakfast there. Western or Japanese. You can hire bikes.
    Probably the nicest hostel I’ve ever stayed in. It doesn’t look like a hostel. It looks like a hotel. It wasn’t too dear either. It was pretty cheap as well. We got it on We are going to try and find this place now. Fushimi Inari. So that’s day 4 finished. We went to Fushimi Inari. Which was amazing. The torii gates are the ones that they used for Memoirs of a Geisha. They were really cool but unfortunately it got dark when we got to that point. And then we went to a restaurant and we had curry. And it was one of my favourite meals of the holiday. It was so good. It was really cheap as well. Tenner. Tenner. The staff were really friendly. They had an English menu but it also told you what all the sauces and the stuff that’s on the side. Like what to use and what they are for. which is cool because most of the times you have to guess. There was one that said Japanese sauce. Then in brackets; (Not Soy Sauce). Which was nice of them. And tomorrow we have a traditional tea ceremony. Yeah, with not actual Geishas. It’s Maiko. So they are training to be Geishas. We are actually going to have an early night. We say it all the time but we never get one. But we are going to tonight. And we’ll see you tomorrow. Byeeeeee