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Weird & Wonderful


Thousands of years of isolation gave Japan a distinct identity and way of life, which today manifests itself in the most unique and unexpected ways. Whether it’s a cuisine of deadly poisonous Blowfish, hotels staffed by enthusiastic Robot Dinosaurs, or a surprising and sophisticated love hotel culture, immerse yourself in Japan’s weird and wonderful cultural oddities.

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I SLEPT in Britain's Most Haunted Prison Vs. Church | Feat. @CDawgVA & @The Anime Man

Having left Japan for the first time in 3 years, I'm back in the UK sleeping in Britain's most haunted Prison & Church with @CDawgVA & @The Anime Man of Trash Taste fame. Wacky Weekend UK!...

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I Drove to Japan's Snowiest Town | Winter Road Trip Feat. @CDawgVA

Japan's Snow Monkeys are famous the world over located deep in snow territory. On this Wacky Weekend we explore sake vending machines, venture into a creepy tunnel and meet the monkeys face to face! ...

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I Tried Japan's Most INSANE Noodle Challenge | Feat. @CDawgVA

Japan's most insane noodle challenge involves eating over 100 bowls of soba noodles. But can we do it? Only one way to find out......

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I Built a Japanese RAMEN Shop in My Apartment | STUDIO Tour

I love ramen. I love cyberpunk. And I love 1980's Japan. Combine all of these and you get the brand new Abroad in Japan studio. Come and take a look inside! Feat. @CDawgVA, Natsuki and @Premier Two....

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Inside Japan's ABANDONED Theme Park | Feat. @CDawgVA

During Japan's 1980's economic bubble, hotels and amusement parks were built throughout the country. Then in the 90's it all came crashing down, leaving the country filled with abandoned places. On Wacky Weekend, Connor, Natsuki and I exp...

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Inside Japan's WORST Hotel Room | Feat. @CDawgVA

Japan's hotels are typically amongst the cleanest in the world. This one wasn't. As Connor and I head off for a Wacky Weekend around Shikoku, we confront a terrifying bridge, a village inhabited by 350 scarecrows and the worst hotel room in J...

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Inside Japan's CAPSULE Tower | 140 TINY Tokyo Apartments

The Nakagin Capsule Tower in the heart of Tokyo is iconic, featuring 140 retro tiny apartments built in the 1970's. Sadly, the future of the capsule tower isn't looking so great and this time next year it may be lost forever. Let's go inside and take...

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24 Hours in Nagasaki | 6 Things to do in Japan's Hidden City

Nagasaki is hidden away on Japan's southern coast. We explore the abandoned Gunkanjima Island, enjoy mouthwatering street food and bring back Dr Jelly one last time....

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I Explored Japan's Largest ABANDONED Island | Why 10,000 People Disappeared

Japan has over 6,000 islands. Many are losing their populations and becoming abandoned. Ikeshima island is home to an abandoned area the size of a small city. This week in Journey Across Japan we explore this genuinely jaw-dropping island once and fo...

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I Stayed OVERNIGHT at Japan's BIGGEST Theme Park

Japan's biggest theme park isn't what you expect. This week on Journey Across Japan we explore a mysterious cave, crawl through the nation's tiniest Tori gate and go full Red Dead Redemption....

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I Tried Watching Japan's WORST TV Show of All Time

Japanese TV has a reputation for wacky shows. But Zuiikin English easily tops the list as the most ridiculous. Once you've seen it, there's no going back....

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Why This Japanese Town Eats BEARS

In Japan's northern region of Aomori, the locals regularly eat bear meat. But why's it popular and how does it taste? We travel across Aomori to try 5 dishes and uncover why it has the shortest life expectancy of any prefecture in Japan. (And...

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Why I Avoid CHRISTMAS in Japan

Christmas in Japan can feel like an alternate reality, where KFC took over the world. I reveal why I usually avoid Japan during the festive season and why you shouldn't visit in late December....

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Inside Tokyo's Most Expensive Penthouse Apartment

We go inside a luxury Tokyo apartment on the rooftop of a Shibuya tower, to see how far $25,000 a month's rent can go....

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What ¥1,000 Buys You in Japan's No.1 Dollar Store

1,000 yen can go a long way in Japan's no.1 dollar store. With stunning views of Mount Fuji, the greatest car gadgets ever devised and Japan's cutest volcano, Joey and I end our odyssey through the Japanese Alps. EPISODE 6 in our blockbuster ...

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I Spent a Day in Japan's Biggest British Theme Park

Not far from Mount Fuji is Japan's biggest British theme park; a park so large it has its own working railway! This week on Journey Across Japan we visit the most iconic viewing point of Mount Fuji, wander the streets of a British theme park and ...

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I Rented an ENTIRE Japanese Capsule Hotel | $500 Room Tour

Japanese Capsule Hotels are an experience everyone needs to have. (Only once). This week we escape from a Typhoon by staying in our own capsule hotel, and find ourselves lost in the tomb of Japan's largest pyramid (yes, seriously). EPISODE 4 in o...

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Inside a PRIVATE Japanese Hot Spring Hotel Room | 1,000 Year Old Bath

Japanese Hot Springs (Onsen) can't be beat. This week we produce a Japanese commercial in a single day, walk the streets of Takayama and hop in a private bath as we continue our Journey Across Japan. EPISODE 3 in our blockbuster 6 part series!...

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I Tried Japan's WORST Food (So You Don't Have To)

Japanese cuisine boasts the most delicious food on the planet. BUT there are spectacular exceptions. Continuing our Journey Across Japan, we find the worst food in Japan, stay in a log cabin and discover an incredibly creepy location. EPISODE 2 in ou...

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Inside an ABANDONED Japanese Love Hotel

Love hotels are big business in Japan. But not all stay open forever. As we begin our Journey Across Japan from Tokyo to Mount Fuji, we get lost in a quarry, stumble across an abandoned love hotel and taste Fish & Chip Pringles. EPISODE 1 in our bloc...

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What a $20,000/Month Japanese Apartment is Like | Tokyo Home Tour

We go inside a $20,000 per month Japanese apartment in the heart of Harajuku, Tokyo. But how good can it really be? Let's take a tour!...

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Why Google Translate FAILS at Japanese

Translating between Japanese and English can go horribly wrong. We explore HOW and WHY, as well as the most common mistake made by all new Japanese learners....

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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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Japan's 10 Most Nightmarish Creations Revealed

Japan's mascots are a masterclass in creativity and horror. And some are a lot more frightening than others. In this video we uncover 10 of the scariest creations found across the country....

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What Owning a Love Hotel in Japan is Like

Love hotels are big business in Japan, worth an estimated $40bn to the economy. For the first time ever we take a look behind the scenes of a love hotel and meet the charismatic owner who's built his world around the business....

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What Does Japanese Raw Horse Sashimi Taste Like?

How does Japanese horse meat taste? This week we visit Japan's largest volcano (Mount Aso), a real life Smurf Land, see Japan's billion dollar mascot and try horse meat sashimi, all in one place: Kumamoto....

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Japan's Most Expensive Tuna | $3.1Million Catch

In January 2019 a single tuna was sold for a staggering $3.1m. The week before I set off for my 2,000km cycle across Japan, we set off to north Honshu, where all of Japan's most prized tuna is sourced, to watch them get caught firsthand....

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I Ate Japan's Deadliest Dish | Poisonous Blowfish (Fugu)

Blowfish (Fugu) isn't a delicacy to be taken lightly, given that the poison within the fish can cause paralysis. Ryotaro and I travelled to Yamaguchi - Japan's home of Fugu - to see the dish being prepared and to taste it for the first time....