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What’s it like to live in Japan? Bonkers, but brilliant. From tiny apartments and hilarious “Engrish” marketing to a weight loss culture taken to the extreme, here you’ll find tips for understanding the Japanese mindset, uncovering the culture and navigating the often confusing etiquette you’ll encounter in everyday life.

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Why I DON'T Watch JAPANESE TV

Japanese TV is beloved the world over. But is it really as good as people think it is? I recount my three most awkward experiences on Japanese Television and reveal my reasons for why I avoid watching it....

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What NO-ONE Tells You About Japan

What do I dislike about Japan the most? Why do strangers here always randomly ask your age? Who's in my basement? And how did a Giant Hornet once lead me to almost crash my car? The answers to all these questions and more, lie within....

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When English in Japan Goes HORRIBLY Wrong

Engrish. Japanglish. Whatever you want to call it, when Japanese-English marketing goes wrong, the results are spectacular. But WHY is English used so frequently in Japan and how bad can it really get?...

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What I'll Never Understand About Japan

Japan can be a confusing place. In this video, I reveal the things that still confuse me, the strangest thing I've seen in the country, and the frustrating time I was refused an apartment. Also, is cheating common in Japan and who will win the sw...

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How is the Coronavirus Affecting Japan | Is it Safe?

The Coronavirus situation in Japan has been worsening in recent weeks. In this video I discuss major news and events from across the country and whether it's still safe to visit the country....

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Japan's Most Dangerous Obsession Explained | Drift Racing

Japan's street racing subculture can often feels at odds with Japan's image. We take a look at Drifting and visit the country's biggest drifting circuit to understand why it's popular and to try it for ourselves....

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25 Useful Japanese Words for Everyday Conversation

You'll hear these 25 Japanese words pretty much every day in Japan - so it's worth knowing them. We wander through Tokyo for the day, using them in natural situations and discuss what they mean and how they're used. (Featuring Natsuki & h...

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12 Things You Should Know Before Coming to Japan

Travelling to Japan can be daunting. Make sure you go prepared with this list of tips to help you get the most out of your trip!...

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6 Surprising Life Lessons I Learned in Japan

To celebrate living in Japan for six years & 1M subs, I share six life lessons I've learned from my time here as a teacher, Youtuber and failure....

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Day in My Life | 24 Hours in Tokyo

Natsuki and I catch up in Tokyo in a fairly ridiculous day. ...

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How Difficult is Travelling Japan without Japanese? | Travel Tips

Travelling Japan without Japanese might not be as tough as you think....

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12 Things NOT to do in Japan

What not to do in Japan! Learn the etiquette before you get here!...

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Day in My Life | Living in Japan

Ever wondered what life in Japan looks like? From waking up in a bed, to journeying to Tokyo on a bullet train and being on Japanese TV, it'll be like you're practically there on this remarkable journey....

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What Happened to Natsuki: The Movie?

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Japanese Nightlife Etiquette | Beginner's Guide

Japanese nightlife etiquette can be a bit intimidating when visiting Japan for the first time. We go over some useful tips for first time visitors....

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Where's the Best Place to Live in Japan? City vs. Countryside

Japanese city life and country life are a world apart. In this video I discuss my experiences of both lifestyles and weigh up the pros and cons....

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WHY I MOVED TO JAPAN | My Biggest Life Decision

Why I decided to move to Japan 5 years ago. Story finally revealed....

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21 Things to do When You Arrive in Japan

Just arrived in Japan? Here's 21 ideas on things to do, to help you kick off your trip....

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4 Ways Living in Japan Changed Me

For the 100th video, I look back on ways Japanese culture may have changed my personality. ...

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Japan's Greatest Store | Don Quijote

In Don Quijote you can find almost anything - especially bizarrely branded goods....

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DON'T GET FAT IN JAPAN

Getting Fat in Japan comes with consequences ....... let me explain....

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Crazy ENGRISH | Japanese-English Marketing

Engrish. Japanglish. Whatever you call it, Japanese-English marketing is full of crazy and absurd surprises. Let's go downtown and see what we can find. (( *WARNING* May include some sarcasm ))...

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Exploring My Tiny Japanese Apartment

My good friend Natsuki and I explore the new apartment, before heading out to the local Games Arcade....

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Everyday Life in Japan: 10 Essential Questions Answered

QUESTIONS FEATURED: How difficult was it to integrate into Japanese society? Is Japanese technologically ahead? Are you accustomed to squat toilets? What was your most awkward experience? What is your favourite season? Is there something that makes e...

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4 Reasons Japanese-English Marketing is Amazing | Engrish

Japanese-English marketing is one of Japan's undervalued treasures. Discover a language that's superior to standard English and how it's exploited to sell products and services within Japan....

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Is it Difficult to Make Friends in Japan?

Tips on making Japanese friends in Japan! Something a lot of people seem to worry about....

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Life in Japan: 6 Months in 3 Minutes

Life in Japan! 6 months of unedited Japan footage on the phone + an hour fiddling with the iMovie app = this random compilation of life in Japan. Filmed in Tokyo & Touhoku on an iPhone 6. Soundtrack: "Fallen Stars" by Grafton Primary (awesome band c...

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How to Lose Weight in Japan - #Week 10 *Finale*

Losing weight in Japan! After 10 weeks attempting to lose 10kg was the target reached!? Time to find out......

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Living and Working in Japan Q&A

Hear about Life in Japan from two guys who've lived and worked here for over 2 years!...

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How to Lose Weight in Japan - #Week 2

Is losing weight in Japan easy? Can you lose 10kg in 10 weeks? Here's week 2 of the challenge!...

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How to Lose Weight in Japan - #Week 1

Is losing weight in Japan easy? A friend recently challenged me to lose 10kg in 10 weeks - here are the results of the first week!...

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Living in Japan and Losing Weight

If you live in Japan, surely you'll naturally lose weight? After all, living in Japan means you'll naturally adopt the healthy Japanese lifestyle and probably live until your 300 years old....

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How to Move to and Work in Japan

To many people, moving to Japan seems not just daunting, but almost impossible. However there is a way that makes getting a job and moving to Japan relatively painless and much more easily accessible. ...

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How Dangerous is Japan?

Is there crime in Japan? Or does crime and safety feel different? Let's find out....

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Living in Japan: Culture Shock!

Culture Shock in Japan, Convenience and Sushi: I've now been in Japan two months and in this video I briefly describe the experience of culture shock and also discuss the theme of convenience in Japanese culture....

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Are Japanese Work Parties Actually Fun?

Bingo! The Christmas season has come around once again, Pete's having it large in London, but what about the work party season in Japan? We're also talking typhoons and Tinder....

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How to overcome social anxiety in Japan

A genuine YouTube Harry and a top London radio DJ are back to chat all things Japan! (Chris and Petey)...

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The real reason Chris moved to Japan

What do the Japanese think about Brexit? Also, does every Japanese person have a 'thing' they do for tourists? ...

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12 Things we wish we'd known about Japan before arriving...

The boys return, fatter and swearier than ever, and loaded with 12 things you need to know before heading for Narita (or Haneda) airport! ...

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Which places would we choose to live in Japan?

A group of Scousers outflank the Japanese mafia and Chris finds out his papers are no longer adequate. ...

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The Christmas party

We're feeling unbelievably festive as the two giants of podcasting actually meet in a room for the first time in a couple of months!...

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The ultimate Japanese Christmas gift

Pete deep fries a cheesy octopus, and tries to talk about his favourite Japanese curry brand!...

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An awkward situation with a Japanese neighbour

Chris deals with a big slamma jamma, and Pete wants to talk about automatic doors. It's a door special, guys!...

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Rude Japanese people - do they exist?

...we're not exactly sure. What we're certain of, however is that Pete sleeps through alarms like a hibernating bear. Idiot....

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Getting a Japanese Tattoo

Chris is considering a new tattoo - his first - after a harrowing month-long bike across Japan....

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How not to rob a Japanese convenience store

True crime being such a hot podcast topic, Chris and Pete delight listeners with one of the most underwhelming robberies in recent memory. ...

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Don't do this in Japan!

Chris and Pete go into more detail on the subject of one of Chris' most popular YouTube videos, 12 things not to do in Japan - also the guys read out some of your emails from the fax machine. What they're doing coming out of a fax machine, w...

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How Awkward is Meeting Viewers in Japan?

Our favourite piece of office equipment whirrs into life as Pete educates Chris on sexy rope-play, and Chris helps out a left-hander. Something for everyone, there....

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The Greatest Japanese Faux Pas Ever

It's a news special - with Natsuki: The Movie on the horizon, Pete and Chris pile through some important crow-based news stories. Warning: contains Assange. ...

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Questions!

The fax machine gets fired up once again, and Pete and Chris do their best to answer every last one of them in under 45 minutes. ...

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Your questions answered!

Pete pulls his favourite questions off the Abroad In Japan fax machine and fires them at our boy out East....

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Life as a vlogger (and radio DJ)

Our boy in Sendai gives us the lowdown on how to achieve YouTube stardom, or at the very least how not to go crazy when you're living off supermarket ramen. We talk tattoos, Tokyo Game Show and mid-air katana battles. ...

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Myths about Japan!

Chris and Pete are back and are taking on some Japanese myths head on. Are the people really that friendly? Do you need to know the language to get around? Pete learns the Japanese word for liver, and a man performs the international sign for 'c...