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    Shinagawa Station – Tokyo – 品川駅 – 4K Ultra HD

    September 26, 2019

    One of Tokyo’s largest train stations and a hub for the shinkansen (the Bullet Train), Shinagawa Station is also home to several office buildings, residences, a shopping mall and a small park. To be fair there isn’t anything special about this place that you would not find anywhere else, however millions of people, tourists or not, are passing through this station without really taking the time to discover it. Today’s video tries to right this wrong and our camera will slowly guide you around Shinagawa station and its many faces.


    🇯🇵 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!


    Day in My Life | Living in Japan

    September 22, 2019

    *alarm* *whistling* Now, I remember the good old days when I used to look forward to breakfast with things like eggs, sausages, bacon, omelets; now, now it’s just oatmeal. About four months ago, I decided to switch to a healthy breakfast. It was part of my incredible plan to gradually lose weight throughout the year so my breakfast routine has been comprised of oatmeal, black coffee and a banana. Only problem is, I still haven’t lost any weight; this breakfast routine has failed to bear any fruit. Well, apart from the banana. In hindsight it might be because, after preparing the healthy, nutritious oatmeal, I have to drench it with at least one liter of maple syrup to make it edible. Yeah, Canadian culture! Only reason I decided to do a vlog today of all days, is because I suspect today could be slightly above average day. I’ll get onto it in a minute, why that might be. Suffice to say, it might involve going to Tokyo and being on Japanese TV. *Might* be, because I don’t – even I don’t know to be honest. A day in my life vlog, until now – is – y’know, what day should you do a day in your life vlog? You never know what life might throw at you in any – in any given day. For example, yesterday when I woke up I never thought, by the end of the day I would have bought a brand new oven glove especially as one as flimsy and as tacky as this. But its true value lies here on the back of the oven glove with this powerful philosophical statement, which resonated with me on an emotional level. I’ll read it out, it says: This is me. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. And I read that and I thought, “Yes, that is me. That is how I define accomplishment.” Only thing that compromises that bold statement here is the question underneath, and it’s a question that reads: “What your favorit color?” What your favorit color? Uh, I don’t know who thought that was a necessary addition to the glove seems like a pretty poor follow-up question to an otherwise reasonable statement. You know, it’d be a bit like Sarah Connor in the Terminator turning to her son John and saying, “John, there is no fate, but what we make for ourselves. Oh, and by the way, what your favorit animal?!” It’s outside of having a shower, eating breakfast, and examining oven gloves; The only other habit I have, the only other morning routine I do is I write out one chapter from a Japanese textbook. In this case, the Intermediate Japanese Grammar Guide. I don’t have as much time as I used to when it comes to learning Japanese. This is the one thing I pretty much do now, every day. Like I really enjoy studying Japanese and even though my handwriting is atrocious, I really enjoy doing it. I know when I’ve done this, I’ve done one good thing today, you know. Even if the rest of the day goes to shit, I’ve done something that I could be happy about. Oh my god. Now that is what I call a Christmas tree. Yeah, look at those lights. Look at that. All ready to go for Christmas, all ready to go for December. So, about to pack the bags, go to Tokyo, and while I’m doing it I’ll fill you in on why we’re going in the first place. So every year in Japan they have a big annual awards thing for the 30 keywords of the year. 30 keywords that summarize the year’s annual events. I think last year the keywords were “Shinzo Abe” (the Prime Minister of Japan) maybe “Donald Trump”, and “fake news” but there’s 30 of them, and somebody who represents that keyword will come on stage and get the award in front of loads of cameras and stuff and it’s a really big, kind of event throughout Japan on the news, and this year one of the top ten keywords is “J-Alert”. Now J-Alert is the system which notifies you in an emergency. For example, like an earthquake or a tsunami, your phone will ring and go off and vibrate to kind of notify you about the emergency. And J-Alert also happens when there’s a North Korean missile. You probably know where this is going. They apparently – they saw my video where I got woken up by the North Korean missile by J-Alert, right, they saw that and thought I would be a good representative for the word J-Alert. So I’ve got go to Tokyo and accept this kind of award for the keyword in front loads of cameras and stuff and it’s really weird, and I don’t know much about it other than that, but I’m a little bit nervous. I don’t really know what to expect, it might be good, it might not be good, but we are gonna find out. Fortunately I’ve got help on the way. Ryotaro – my friend Ryotaro is gonna be joining me down there to kind of help me out. I told a good friend of mine about this award yesterday, and he said to me that it sounded like a “Sick award, mate!” Yeah, it’s “sick”, and I thought, why do people use the word “sick” in that context? It really annoys me. When did that become a popular word? If somebody says to me, “Yeah, that was sick mate!” I literally just picture a puddle of sick in my mind. I don’t want to, you know, I don’t want to, but it’s just there – a puddle, a puddle of sick and it’s horrible, so So we’ve got to ride the Shinkansen bullet train to Tokyo today, but I’m feeling a little bit anxious. There was an event last week that shook Japan to its core: A train – a train left the station 20 seconds early. They were supposed to leave the station at 9:44:40 but it left at 9:44:20. What happened next was a global media storm, and even though the train company apologized, the damage – the damage was done, so I’m keen to get there 20 seconds early today especially as we’ve got to do at least one swanky time-lapse of Sendai before we go, so let’s get a move on. Just did the time-lapse, it came out pretty well. I would say – I would go so far to say it was *sick*. But as I came out the building while I was doing it, I noticed there was loads of people standing around I peeked at someone’s phone, and they’re all playing Pokemon Go. I thought that died out ages ago. I didn’t realize that was still a thing. I know I never got into it. Thought it was a waste of time – time better spent doing time lapses, and actually there’s people here: They’re playing Pokemon Go as well. Didn’t even notice. Right then. Onwards to Tokyo. (machine) Ticket and coin. So, we’re on the train. Didn’t leave 20 seconds early this time. My little bento to see me through the trip: I think it’s chicken or pork or something. Should be there in 90 minutes. So I’m gonna get some work done and have some lunch. Looks alright, it’s not gonna win any prizes for looking too nice, though. Yeah, let’s tuck in. Second coffee of the day – much needed. Especially as we’re gonna be passing through Tokyo Station soon, the eighth busiest station in the world. I hate it. Whenever I go there I feel so overwhelmed and to go from like, Sendai, which is in the countryside, which is, you know, there’s not that many people here – to go from there to all of a sudden be flooded with hundreds and thousands of people standing around. It’s just kind of a really intense transition, and – so yeah, need to be prepared. That’s where coffee comes in. So now we’ve got to go to the Imperial Hotel and I don’t know where that is. Whilst Tokyo Station might be pretty chaotic, the area around it is actually really nice. It’s very relaxed, chilled out. In many ways, it feels very different from the rest of Tokyo. The streets are really, kind of huge, there’s trees, unbelievably, and lots of coffee shops. It’s just a nice place to just chill out and relax. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed in Tokyo, this is the area: Tokyo Station. Just got an angry phone call from Ryotaro: “I’m in the lobby by the Christmas tree. Where are you?” We’re here at the Imperial Hotel though. Looks rather grand, it’s huge. All right, let’s go and find Mr. Grumpy. (Chris) Hey! (Ryotaro) What’re you doing? (Chris) Vlogging. (Ryotaro) Vlogging? (Chris) Gonna be a vlogger today. (Ryotaro) Yeah? (Chris) Say something profound, quick. (Ryotaro) Profound? (Chris) Yeah, quick. (Ryotaro) Today’s the day. (Chris) Today’s the day? (Ryotaro) Right. For us. (Chris) You got a haircut. (Ryotaro) Yeah, yeah, I got a haircut. (Chris) All right, let’s go. Have you been here before? (Ryotaro) Yes, I have. (Chris) Many times? (Ryotaro) Yeah, many times. (Chris) Of course you have. Luxurious, decadent man. So, we’re in the room. Ryotaro’s gonna come and meet us down here in a minute. Coffee’s on the way. It’s the most important thing whenever you get into a hotel room. Between you and me I don’t think I’d stay here. It seems a bit expensive for what it is. It’s more about the reputation, right, than actually being something that’s good. Still, we’ll find out. Oh, the coffee’s ready. (Ryotaro) Hey, brother. (Chris) What’d you just say? “Hey, brother”? From my room, actually I can look over the Imperial Palace (Chris) You bastard. (Ryotaro) Cup of coffee. (Chris) Here’s your coffee, your lordship. (Ryotaro) Thank you. (Chris) All right, they gave us the rundown on what’s happening. So, this – this award it’s like a TV show that they have every year. (Ryotaro) From, like tonight and, in every single news that you – that gets broadcasted in Japan will cover on that. (Chris) Bloody – (Ryotaro) Amazing. (Chris) Bit scary, isn’t it. (Ryotaro) It is, it is. (Chris) Will I be on the front cover of Time magazine? (Ryotaro) I’m not sure about that. (Chris) I’ve been let down by the media time and time again. About two months ago I was told I’d be on ITV News and I was, for like ten seconds, then there was the BBC live interview where my iPhone died and it’s just like, yeah, there never seems to be – Close, but no cigar. (Ryotaro) Yeah, see, like you don’t – you shouldn’t put, like too much expectation on that But, the fact is, they have chosen 30 words, and we are chosen within those first ten. (Chris) First ten? First ten? (Ryotaro) First ten. (Chris) Do you know where? (Ryotaro) Don’t know. (Chris) Could we be number one? (Ryotaro) Nah, nah, nah. J-Alert? Nah. (Chris) Can’t be number one. Although it could get political, with the whole North Korean thing. Maybe they want to be like, “Ah, war with North Korea! J-Alert! Whoa!” Shame we’re not first though. People say it’s taking part that counts, it’s not. It’s coming first. Everyone knows that. Taking part, load of rubbish. If you don’t win, you’re nothing. Write that down, put it on your wall. That’s the quote of the day. So, go up on stage, do I have to say anything? (Ryotaro) I don’t know – oh, yeah, yeah, yeah! Yes, they will. (Chris) What do I say? (high pitched voice) (laughs) They’ll be like, they’ll be like “Welp.” In that voice. Just scare everyone. I’ve got the Fuck Sake t-shirt, can I wear that on stage? (Ryotaro) I don’t know. I don’t know. (Chris) Something like that could be good. Free million dollar – Ryotaro, we have a situation My t-shirt, look how crinkled it is, wrinkled, wrinkled, crinkled. Can’t go on a TV show with like, a few million people watching it, with a t-shirt that looks like that. (Ryotaro) Yeah, that’s a Youtuber. So we dress like a Youtuber. It just tells what it is, you know? Tells the reality. How you live. (Chris) But I’m better than this. (Ryotaro) I didn’t know that. (Chris) I’ll show him. Hi, could I have the ironing board, please? Thank you very much. Aha, so I got the ironing board. The only problem is, I’ve only ironed clothes like, once in my life. I tend to just get them out the washing machine and then hang them up in a nice way and they didn’t get creased anyway, but how does this – what do we do? Shit. Genuinely no idea how this works. I don’t really know – oh, the light? No? I like to think I’m pretty good at technology: computers, tablets, phones, whatever Give me an iron though, and it’s game over. I haven’t a clue how to use this fuck- Look, there’s a light, but then – Do I – Then, and how do you put that in there? Doesn’t look right. See, this is the reason I don’t do day in my life vlogs, because stupid shit like this happens every day. I had to give a talk last week to some students in high school about careers and the life of a Youtuber, and lots of people ask me what it’s like, would I encourage other people to do it, and I don’t know if I would, really. When I started doing YouTube stuff, I didn’t anticipate all this, you know. You just, I started off in an apartment holding a camera and talking to myself, in fact pretty much like I’m doing now, but in a hotel room. And for me, the real kick I get out of doing YouTube isn’t the presenting bit. I’m not that good at that, and I don’t really enjoy it as much as you’d probably think. I like the writing, I like the editing. I like the overall creation aspect of being a vlogger and filmmaking. It’s just, I never had anyone who could present the videos for me. So I could kind of hide around to the back of the camera. So sometimes I find it more difficult than you’d think, to be enthusiastic about it all but generally, you know, I’m very grateful, very lucky for the opportunities that come about through doing this, and Yeah, I think tonight is gonna be quite fun and quite interesting. At the very least, it’s nice to be in Tokyo at the Imperial Hotel learning how to iron things. I failed, I completely failed. I’m gonna have to just cover myself with the black jumper and wing it. What an idiot. We go up in stage in half an hour. You ready? Yeah. You’re not? You look nervous. Way more nervous than usual. Oh god, I’ll have to wing it. I haven’t had enough coffee for this either. Pretty nervous. Why happens if you fall over on stage in front of all the cameras? (Ryotaro) Yeah, you do that. (Chris) We’ll do it. Try and trip you up. (in Japanese) J-Alert! (in Japanese) Yeah, it was, it’s pretty scary having that kind of attention. For example, I was on the television in the UK and many websites, and they treated me like a specialist on North Korea even though I was just a Youtuber who got woken up. My Mum thought it was very crazy, very crazy experience. That was crazy. We got the award, and then we had to sit on a table in front of about, there must have been about two to three hundred cameras there, from news sites all around Japan and I got there, this little award, which is kind of cool and funky and Yeah, pretty – pretty scary, but not too bad – not too bad and Don’t really know what to think. While we were having our photos taken, there was a huge banquet – a huge sprawling banquet the likes of which I’ve never seen. I was so excited to get stuck into it, but by the time we got there, all gone. All of it! (Ryotaro) No meat, no fish, not even the salad. (Chris) Yeah. So after all that, doing whatever that was, there’s no food, so (Ryotaro) Made us hungry. (Chris) We’re now going out into the streets of Tokyo to try and find something to eat. Whoa. (Chris, deep voice) Through the fires, but champion will rise. Oh, oh wait. I genuinely can’t see you through this steam. How many times do you eat out a week, do you reckon? Five times a week? (Ryotaro) How many times do you? Three or four? Not by choice – usually because I’m on the go My dinners aren’t quite as luxurious as this, usually. Still, it’s a special occasion, right? Ryotaro got a haircut! Yeah! So, finally got shot of Ryotaro, and I’ve got the award here, thought would have a closer look at what’s in the box? What’s in the box??! Always wanted to do that. All right, so this is the award that I got on stage And it says *gendai yougo no kiso chishiki*, which means “general basic terminology of modern language”. That’s what it means. The relevance, of course, is that the whole thing was about keywords, like modern-day keywords. And in my case the keyword was: J-Alert. J-Alert – there it is. There’s a little clock. Not sure what the relevance of the clock is, but the fact that it’s ten to 10:00 is an indication of why I look so tired and crap at the moment. The only thing that worries me is, when I was on stage I had this very dry mouth and I was kind of doing this weird thing where I was kind of going and I really hope they didn’t pick that up. I definitely would have done, but let’s have a look. Let’s inspect the damage. The Mission Impossible soundtrack. Oh my god. All right. Watch there. Aw, fuck, there it is. Look, aw. In hindsight, I probably could have done it in Japanese and I quite wanted to, but we needed an excuse to get Ryotaro on stage and so he came on as my “translator”, and Yeah, but fuck the mouth thing. What’s all that about? So the fun is officially over, and I’m about to do some editing for an hour before I go to bed, but first: Let’s raid the fridge and see what complimentary food and drinks there are. Ohh. I don’t normally do this, as it’s quite expensive, but seeing as I didn’t have to pay for the hotel, I feel like I can let myself off this once. Apple juice, yeah, and peach juice, yeah, and Chocolate. Job done. Yes. Merlot? No, no alcohol tonight. I already had my fun for one day. So it’s 11 past midnight, and finally tucked in bed. Don’t know why I ate those chocolates, it was a stupid idea, especially before bed. Don’t do that. I don’t think much will come from the award thing today, but you know what? I had a good day. It was quite fun. It’s always – it’s always nice to have an excuse to come to Tokyo, and I think it’s led to a slight surge in views to the North Korean missile video Here’s a comment from Aaron Chung who says, “Don’t say bad words like ‘fuck’, you lose subs that way!” Yeah, you’re probably right Aaron. Probably right, mate. But you know what? I don’t give a fuck anymore. Thing is, after getting a few hundred thousand subscribers, I’ve started to become really self-conscious about the way I act on video, because you think, well, lots of important people could be watching this. You. You could be an important person. So, you know, you do become self-conscious, but I’m trying to learn to let go of that feeling and not not give a shit anymore. Maybe in a way that’s why I did this day in the life video. To kind of go behind the scenes and show what I’m like when I’m not really thinking things through, and I’m literally just filming myself doing something on an average day or slightly above average day. But for now guys, as always guys, many thanks for watching, I’ll see you next time. That fucking iron is looking at me. I can feel it smirking, mocking me. It is pretty shocking that I don’t know how to iron after all these years. Probably gonna have to learn somehow, one day, someone will teach me, no doubt, the way of the ironing.


    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 delicious food here thanks so much for watching guys let us know what you thought in the comments down below big thanks to our patrons for making this video possible take care guys bye bye [Music]


    Japan mascot shows bear necessities for marketing success

    September 16, 2019

    A clumsy bear mascot for a remote Japanese
    farming region has rocketed to superstar fame and notched up an unlikely marketing triumph
    in a nation obsessed with all things cute. The life-sized Kumamon and his now nationally
    ubiquitous image — red cheeks and doughy physique — are found on everything from pastries
    and keychains to airplanes and purses. Most local mascots linger in relative obscurity
    but Kumamon draws hundreds of camera-toting fans at public events. He makes national television
    appearances and his wobbly signature dance — once performed for the emperor and empress
    — has notched up more than two million views on YouTube. Rivalling the success of Hello
    Kitty or Mickey Mouse in Japan, the black bear has rung up a commercial fortune for
    his rural birthplace, and become a closely-watched marketing case study. The phenomenon has tickled
    officials from his home in Kumamoto, a prefecture in the far south which barely registers with
    many Japanese, let alone outsiders. “Definitely Kumamoto’s prominence has increased in the
    eyes of the public,” said Masataka Naruo, brand officer for the local government. The
    rise of Kumamon — who has more than 300,000 followers on Twitter — is all the more striking
    given the ferocious competition among mascots, known in Japanese as “yuru-kyara” (laid back
    characters). They are pressed into service to represent everything from cities to companies
    or even prisons, with the licensed character industry worth about $30 billion a year, including
    copyright and merchandising. That is more than the Japanese, who love to read, spend
    on books. In just two years, Kumamon has generated $1.2 billion in economic benefits for his
    region, including tourism and product sales, as well as $90 million worth of publicity,
    according to a recent Bank of Japan study. The national craze marks an auspicious combination
    of charm, calculated planning and good fortune. TV show writer Kundo Koyama, best known for
    his work on the Iron Chef cooking series, was charged with promoting the prefecture
    when a new bullet train service linking Kumamoto with the commercial hub of Osaka was being
    launched in recent years. Koyama then asked celebrated art director Manabu Mizuno to create
    a campaign logo, and threw in the cuddly Kumamon as a bonus. But his folksy construction won
    over local officials who were advised to let businesses use his image free of charge as
    long as it promoted the region, directly or indirectly. And instead of selling a little-known
    area of the country and local products such as plums or chestnuts, they marketed the bear.
    “In big cities, all of Japan’s prefectures are constantly engaged in this fierce competition
    for publicity to lure tourists, investment and to promote local products,” said Naruo,
    the brand officer. “But city people get their guard up when they see that kind of thing,
    so we needed to come up with a new and eye-catching way to promote Kumamoto.” That included a
    national tour with the once-publicity shy bear now seen bungee-jumping, holding witty
    press conferences, or taking a dip in Japan’s famous hot springs. The prefecture’s governor
    lectured at his alma mater Harvard University last year with its sales titan by his side.
    Free licensing and promoting the character rather than the region was a key reason for
    Kumamon’s success as his image could be used in national campaigns, while the generic design
    appealed to a wide audience. That meant Kumamon could appear on bread or T-shirts, as well
    as BMW’s MINI or crystal figurines made by luxury name Baccarat. But mascot challengers
    are everywhere, including Funasshii, the unofficial mascot of an area near Tokyo. The cuddly yellow
    “pear fairy” rocks out with a vigorous dance that has struck a chord with a population
    who grew up on cartoons and “manga” comic strips. And in a place where fame can disappear
    in a blink of an eye, Kumamon’s future rests on staying relevant as a local spokesman,
    not national fame, said Shogo Toyota from Osaka’s Research Institute for Culture, Energy
    and Life. “Kumamon’s true role is to be a medium for boosting Kumamoto’s brand image,”
    he said. That point is not lost on regional officials who want to bring the bear back
    to his roots. “What we’re trying to sell is not Kumamon, but Kumamoto prefecture,” Naruo

    My 5 minute guide to Japanese Bullet Trains (Shinkansen)
    Articles, Blog

    My 5 minute guide to Japanese Bullet Trains (Shinkansen)

    September 14, 2019

    Hey guys
    right now i’m on a shinkansen i’m going between Hiroshima and Fukuyama
    but I also just caught another shinkansen from Tokyo to Hiroshima
    I’ve been catching a lot of shinkansen’s these past two days
    So one of the things as a tourist that you can do when you come to Japan is use the JR
    rail pass which means you have unlimited rides on JR
    lines and shinkansens for a limited amount of time
    so you can purchase like a week, 2 weeks, whatever
    If you want to travel a lot this might be a really great option for you
    if not there’s also aeroplanes which can be a lot cheaper if you’re not travelling
    to so many areas But if you wanna travl on the shinkansen and
    you’re gonna travel a lot- (baby) YEEAAAAHHH
    ooooOoo th-
    ohhh my goood I don’t even know if you guys can hear me
    to be honest there’s so many sounds though
    Kenji there’s so many sounds KENJII
    This baby will be a part of my video I wanna tell you guys how I enjoy my shinkansens
    to the fullest With shinkansens it’s kind of not common
    for me to ride them, they’re a little bit expensive, they’re
    kind of a special occasion. So when I do ride them I make the most of
    them, it’s like they’re a holiday within themselves
    So one of the things about shinkansens is you can bring as much food as you want on
    them that’s one of the things that i love
    In Tokyo station you can get these things called ‘Ekiben’
    which is basically just a station bento box that you can take on shinkansens
    So they have heaps of different options, they even have vegetable options and vegan options
    In Tokyo station there’s a lot of different things to choose from
    On the way here I got the most delicious bento box I have ever eaten
    It was sooo good I also picked up two soy cream donuts to take
    with me on the journey which you can also find in tokyo station
    So just so you know, you are allowed to drink alcohol on the shinkansen
    The guy sitting next to me on the last train drank two bottles of wine
    I mean they were still like this big, but he was just chugging it
    So if you feel like drinking a beer, having some wine, keeping it luxurious, keeping it
    chill Just grab some alcohol on the way in and you
    can drink it on your journey Now shinkansens can range from a lot of different
    times, right now we are on one for just 20 minutes
    but on the way here we rode one for 4 hours When you catch a shinkansen each of them have
    different names and they go different speeds and to different places
    So make sure you check up what kind of shinkansen you want to ride
    what’s the most expensive, what’s the least expensive
    what the ride times are, that kind of thing always good to know
    For this shinkansen ride I got a donut so I’m just going to be eating that while I
    talk to you guys Now if you are catching the shinkansen towards
    kyoto and osaka from tokyo you will be able to see mt fuji on a good day
    Luckily enough I was able to see it last night This is so good
    If you do forget to bring like a bento box or some snacks or whatever
    there’s a trolley that goes through the train which has some snacks and drinks and
    things to choose from if you get hungry while you’re on your trip
    and you forget to get something beforehand They also have toilets and some vending machines
    they’re a little bit more expensive and the drinks will be quite small i think
    but the options is there if you want to get a drink while you’re on the shinkansen
    If you do get a shinkansen and if it’s possible I do recommend getting a window seat
    because one of the best things is to look out the window and see all of the scenery
    go by I love it so much Honestly it’s basically like getting a flight,
    liike going on an airoplane but you don’t have to go through the whole
    check in process and getting on the plane and waiting for take
    off having all of that extra hassle
    this one just goes super fast you have a good time
    and suddenly you’re there, that’s why it’s a little more expensive than flying
    so if you’re travelling to Japan on a budget I do recommend checking out flights to different
    areas rather than the shinkansens Also don’t forget to bring something to
    do, something to read, you could just play on your phone,
    watch a movie if you have a way to do that It’s chill you can still use internet and
    everything but really, it’s just nice to look out the
    window so cool
    So you can get a reserved seat but it’s quite a bit more expensive than a ‘choose
    your own seat’ seat So if you do it the cheaper way, if its a
    more empty shinkansen then it’s great you can sit wherever you want
    but if you come in and it’s quite busy then you might have to stand
    So that’s kind of what can happen with a – they’re called ‘jiyuu seki’
    choose freely seat so just be careful with those but it should
    be fine Ok so that was just a little quick introduction
    to shinkansens and how i like to ride them
    how do you guys like to ride shinkansens? do you have any extra things that you like
    to do?or anything i missed? any tips or tricks? let me know in the comments down below
    Thanks for watching, if you enjoyed this video please give it a thumbs up, leave a comment
    down below, hit subscribe if you want to see more videons like this or not like this
    and I’ll see you guys in the next video Jaaaaaaa ne!


    Tokyo to Osaka: Cheapest and Fastest Transport Options

    September 11, 2019

    – [Narrator] Osaka is a port town and the second largest
    city in Japan after Tokyo. It has a lot in common
    with its Kanto neighbor but people here pride themselves in being a bit rough around the edges, more genuine and outgoing
    than their Tokyo counterparts. However, getting there can be a hassle and there’s more than a
    few means to get there. So to help you on your way, here are the cheapest and
    fastest ways from Tokyo to Osaka. If money isn’t an option, then you’re probably
    watching the wrong video but the Shinkansen is your fastest and most convenient way to Osaka by far. While it is the most
    expensive method on the list, you do have a few options
    depending on comfort and how fast you want to get there. The speediest bullet train is the Nozomi at about two hours and 30 minutes. The second fastest is the Hikari. It’ll save you about 310
    yen but will also add an extra 30 minutes or
    so to your travel time. The slowest is the Kodama at four hours but at a reasonable 10,300 yen. Tickets can be purchased
    at most major stations like Tokyo in Shinagawa. Also keep in mind that
    the Shinkansen only goes to Shin-Osaka station which
    is actually a few hops away from Osaka proper. There’s also an option for those not exactly in a hurry to get there. The Seishun 18 is a seasonal package consisting of five tickets
    for five non-consecutive days of unlimited travel for
    as little as 11,850 yen, in effect, making each day of
    travel cost just 2,370 yen. The catch is that these can only be used on local and rapid JR trains which makes for long journeys and complicated routes. But that can’t be all bad, right? I mean, it can’t be more
    than nine hours. (groans) flying into Osaka is also an option although it’s not the most convenient. You can find great budget airlines to Kansai International
    Airport like Vanilla Air for 4,631 yen, Peach for 4,441 yen, and Jet Star for 5,585 yen. But you do have to keep in mind the cost of getting
    from KIX to Osaka proper but you can check out our sister site, Japan Cheapo for tips on how to do that. Also worth a mention
    is Osaka Itami Airport. It’s closer to Osaka station
    making it more convenient but ticket prices tend to
    be about 5,000 more yen than flying to KIX. A trip by bus probably isn’t
    going to be your first choice but there are some great
    Cheopo picks that can get you to Osaka for as little as 2,000
    yen depending on the season and level of comfort
    you’re willing to pay for. At six to nine hours on the road, we definitely recommend
    splurging a little on comfort. Day buses tend to be slower due to traffic but a night bus departing
    as late as midnight can reach Osaka as early as dawn. Hey, if you like what you just watched, subscribe to our channel
    for more videos like them. For more tips and tricks on
    getting to Osaka from Tokyo, visit our article at


    A travel by Shinkansen (bullet train) – MAXたにがわ号に乗ってみた

    September 8, 2019

    上毛高原、越後湯沢、長岡、終点新潟に止まります。 Maxたにがわ311号ガーラ湯沢行は1号車から8号車… お下がり下さい… 禁煙です。 Maxとき… はい。新潟行 ガーラ湯沢行 ドアが閉まります。 オーライ。 (車内チャイム) 本日もJR東日本をご利用下さいましてありがとうございます。 この電車は上越新幹線MAXたにがわ号ガーラ湯沢行とMAXとき­号新潟行です。 次は上野に止まります。 Ladies and Gentlemen.
    Welcome on board the Joetsu-Shinkansen. This is the MAX Tanigawa super-express bound for Gala Yuzawa, combined with MAX Toki super-express bound for Nigata. The next stop will be Ueno. Maxとき311号新潟行とMaxたにがわ311号ガーラ湯沢行が発車致します。 次は上毛高原に止まります。 黄色い線までお下がり下さい。 ドアが閉まります。ご注意ください。


    【定点観測】東海道新幹線名古屋駅 朝ラッシュ Japanese bullet train -Shinkansen- rush hour

    September 6, 2019

    ←Platform 15     Nagoya station    Platform 14→ ←KODAMA 636 for Tokyo   HIKARI 508 for Tokyo→ ←KODAMA 636 for Tokyo  ←KODAMA 636 for Tokyo  NOZOMI 212 for Tokyo→ NOZOMI 212 for Tokyo→ ←HIKARI 510 for Tokyo The next train doesn’t arrive until 15:30 NOZOMI 110 for Tokyo→ The next train doesn’t arrive until 26:30 ←NOZOMI 214 for Tokyo KODAMA 638 for Tokyo→ The next train doesn’t arrive until 36:30 ←NOZOMI 112 for Tokyo NOZOMI 112 for Tokyo