Let's Talk About Weird Japan
Lets Talk About Weird Japan

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Thanks to the Great Courses Plus for sponsoring the video. Signup for your FREE trial to The Great Courses Plus here: http://ow.ly/yLNI30l6iO1 "The Great Courses Plus is currently available to watch through a web browser to almost anyone in the world and optimized for the US, UK, and Australian markets. The Great Courses Plus is currently working to both optimize the product globally and accept credit card payments globally." "What do you find weird about Japan?" That's actually a question I got asked while doing an interview. I've always avoided talking about the weird, the wacky Japan. I made videos to show the everyday Japan. However, that question never quite stopped bouncing around in my skull. Special thanks to: - All interviewees - That Japanese Man Yuta (interviewer) https://www.youtube.com/user/YPlusShow - Only in Japan (mascot footage) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVNEV9yeuqk - Tofugu (Why do Japanese TV Shows Have Little Boxes of Celebrity Reactions) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_nScf0alik - Supporters on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/lifewhereimfrom Additional Information Sources: - Good Morning Call (Netflix) - 世界の中心で、愛をさけぶ Crying Out Love In The Center of the World TV Series (TBS on Amazon Prime) - Inemuri http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160506-the-japanese-art-of-not-sleeping?ocid=twfut - Goya Sensei https://twitter.com/goyasensei - Goya-kun http://www.yurugp.jp/vote/detail.php?id=00000346 - Goya-kun fan club http://gohyakun.com/ - Funassyi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuPEfI5f2j4 - AKB48 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkHlnWFnA0c - Crayon Shin-chan - Yokai Watch - Friends - The Big Bang Theory - Katy Perry - California Gurls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F57P9C4SAW4 - Ariana Grande - God is a woman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHLHSlExFis - Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri by Jere Samuli Perttula https://www.flickr.com/photos/37935939@N04/9234334360/in/photostream/ - Goya - By User:加藤寿一 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33668977 - Goya - By あなたのサンドバッグになりたい - 投稿者自身による作品, CC 表示-継承 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9989050 Website Post → http://bit.ly/LWIFEP113 Video Gear I Use 📷 Camera: https://amzn.to/2JzuLII 📷 Wide Lens: http://amzn.to/2BcJCGJ 📷 Prime Lens: http://amzn.to/2C2LEpt 📷 Drone: https://amzn.to/2Qbt9XV 🎤 Microphone: https://amzn.to/2Pxx58d 📺 Monitor: http://amzn.to/2E8XzUI 📷 All the rest: https://kit.com/lifewhereimfrom/youtube-filming-gear Connect 🗲Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/lifewhereimfrom 🗲Life Where I'm From X Channel: http://bit.ly/ytlwifx 🗲Website: http://www.lifewhereimfrom.com 🗲Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lifewhereimfrom 🗲Instagram: https://instagram.com/lifewhereimfrom 🗲Twitter: https://twitter.com/lifewhereimfrom Music by Epidemic Sound http://www.epidemicsound.com/

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Evolation : "maid cafe" "????" "maid-u cafe" "oohhh"

ThatGuy : 13:38 japans has been doing reaction skits way before youtube i swear they live in the future

you are correct and I am wrong. : 3:01 if she is his girlfriend, this guy has balls of steel

NoPlaceLikeCheese : Living in NYC, I wish we adopted the mask thing here. I get sick way too often.

Jedidiah Young : Great video. In high school I was an exchange student and was really let down I didnt see all of "weird"Japan. Recently I took my wife to Japan for our anniversary and took a few detours into those niche cultural areas and was still underwhelmed. I think the internet paints this unfair image of what Japan is like. I think the weird stuff most westerns will find is how quite things are, how clean things are, how quickly trains board and how efficient things are. It's a great speed of life.

corey harrison : "so have you ever slept in school before" .."yes just did that today" ..rock on man

Afiq Amyrulz : OMG Shin chan is the best! HAHAHA thats my childhood right there

Nasser Feed : The weird thing about Japan is the obsession with school girls

Isori : Really, if only "professional jounalism" could be fair like this... I guess that when there is someone screaming with neon lights on a hill it must be hard to see the people sipping coffee beside you. In most cases, Japanese stereotypes are not too negative, but it really pushes my buttons when there are articles or videos like "Hey look how weird this Japan thing is because Japan." It's unfair, unhelpful, unrealistic, unprofessional and just shameless attention-grabbing. But even worse than this kind of journalism is Japanophiles who forget Japan isn't Disney, it is a country full of "boring" everyday life as much as everywhere else. (Sorry about ranting) And if you think about it, it is the same every time a country tries to talk about another one from a "journalistic" point of view, which if not infuriating, it is very sad. Great work, by the way!

CALM KITTY : IT is also because nobody blows their nose in public! you just don't. It is considered unacceptible. I can get down with that. A mask is respectful of others I believe. I totally support that logic. Lovely video btw. I think fruit as a gift is cool too.

NK Montreal : As an asian from Canada and past 30 years of age, I still "kan-cho" my friends 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

veabruhilda : Teapot Genitalia Man 😂😂😂 cracked me up because I'm immature like that. But I love your videos. Sad I just recently discovered your channel, but I have been binge-watching for days now.

By the Numbers : You have really upped your game. Your production values have always been good, now they're better. Same with content, which is thoughtful and thought provoking. Any big city is not that country. New York is not USA, London is not UK, or Moscow is not Russia. These cities are real, valid, and functioning in their own rights. But they are not the whole country. Same with Tokyo. And within each of these cities, it is not hard to find people and situations that are weird, and especially weird things that make good pictures. Alongside of the weird are the vast armies of rather ordinary people who go about their daily lives in seemingly unrenarkable ways. What makes them weird? Because they are not usual, normal, or commonplace. They stand out in the crowd. One day in Tokyo, I got off the subway surrounded by men in dark suits, white shirts, and dark narrow ties. Like a river of people we flowed up to the streeet where we were met by other rivers of men in dark suits. Then, there he was. A man walking towards me. What made him stand out? He wore a brown suit! Did he represent the whole? Not likely. No more than with the maid cafes, or any other "oddities."

Moryanka Chalia : Says anime *shows shinchan*

Fled From Nowhere : Japan is weird not because what we consider weird is normal for all of them, but simply because they have the ingenuity and the balls to create those weird things. Sure, maybe most of those weird things strike Japanese people as weird, too. But Japan's awesomeness comes from the fact that they still make those weird things despite how weird they might be seen by society.

Yithiru : This was a very good look on the "weird" side of Japan. On the topic of tv dramas, at first I was quite confused watching 恋空 and 14才の母 since in both shows the girls get pregnant even though you don't even see them kiss. But you get used to it and it becomes endearing. Eating 納豆 and seafood is something I doubt I will ever get used to though... I can't even stand the smell haha.

Ty : Shin Chan was one of the first anime I watched... Next Inuyasha, Yuyu Hakusho, Dragon Ball, One Piece and Naruto. It's definitely the odd one out.

Anita Anita : Thank you for clearing so much Bull*** nice to know the actual Japan 🙂👍

Alexander : Man, I didn't know you guys have the bitter gourd. In the Philippines, children would avoid that vegetable because of the bitter taste. Edit: We call it "Ampalaya". We also use the vegetable as herbal medicine

OcT083r : I wish I could wear a mask to keep people’s germs away in the US, never considered that weird.

Jessica Smith : I love this video. I took my family to Japan for the first time last year. Before we went, I explained a few things they would see that they should consider "normal" for Japan. You've covered most of them in this video. We really enjoyed watching you go over them in detail. Everyone in my family was like, "Yeah! I saw that a lot!" The kancho thing made everyone crack up really bad. I taught my children to kancho from a very early age so they knew exactly what that was. Thank you for another very fun and informative video.

Life_wrecker Xoxo : Weird Japan thousand times better than weird America

Layzee x : "communicat" LoL. Love your videos

J C : I don’t think the mask is weird, it’s considerate. I’ve seen people wearing them occasionally, and the first time was years ago. You can buy them at most drug stores, and they are at the check in desk at the clinics. Of course, the Japanese brands have a much larger variety of colors and patterns.

Lynz C : I love every part of Japan. The weird, the niche, the normal, the mundane. Every country has their weird niches I think. The difference in Japan is that you van really - really - get into something even if it is weird. That's where I think a huge gap is in understanding between the people who go to Japan for the weird and the people who are for some reason very against others being happy with their love for weirdness. I love anime and cute stuff and when I go to Tokyo I find myself in Akiba for days. You can find *anything* and not only can you find anything, but your love for anything even if small, you can find A LOT of it. I wonder if it's because Japan treats hobbies differently than we do since they have such limited time to enjoy them, they choose to get really into them . I feel like their work, life and overall environment breeds creativity. And obviously there's some large market for all this stuff and it's usually not foreigners. Thank you for doing this in a way that doesn't put down the people who DO like weird. So many other videos (and the comments section) seem to have this complex against those who like the Japan weird. Japan has their unique quirks like every other country and it's wonderful! But what I love most is that even daily mundane life is somehow magical. Love Japan :)

Pamela Anneliese : I wish wearing masks in public to protect against illness, allergies, etc. was commonplace here in the United States. It's a great idea!

HaiLsKuNkY : in the uk we have the rent a boyfriend/girlfriend thing, they are called escorts.

Namez : great video, the production is great, as well as the narration. Had my attention the whole 24 minutes! Keep it up.

SHUBHAM SHARMA : Everything is weird except ANIME and clean Streets(NO HARD FEELINGS)

bananadread : Thanks sir, good documentary. This is high quality.

nZurah : i never really write comments on YouTube but all your videos are just fantastic, so informative and professionally done. I hope you see this comment because there are a lot of people out there that are extremely happy to see a video of yours pop up in their sub box :) can't wait for the next one!

Shereemae Cruz : 24:35 may i ask where is this place? Tia :) i love watching ur videos!😍☺️

Carter Chamberlain : Do you replace masks after sneezing? I would imagine it gets kind of moist in there... Also, I love Tea Pot guy from Yo-Kai Watch 😂

いjodie : Greg: I don’t speak Japanese super well Also Greg: speaks Japanese extremely well with no accent at all

Aloes Kaurinta : your voice is soothing af. love Japan btw ❤

Jocelynne McDaniel : The mask thing gets on my nerves here in the US, I dont have a spleen so I have to be super careful about getting sick and when I wore a mask to school in highschool I was told by teachers to take it off and people would be so rude but I'm just trying not to die because sick people wont just stay home. I don't understand how its weird??

Radu Todiras : " For since time immortal, the lighter the skin, the fairer. The darker, the more common" - Shogun. That explains why they don't want to tan.

m3tr0idgrl : Shin chan will always be my favorite lol 😂💖 didnt kno there was a such thing as childrens hentai tho... bruh 💀

jiminie : what's so weird about eating a whole fish? do you live under a rock??

MATONA : in the last minute i saw a dating cafe xD i knew that japanese harajuku style is overrated cause i went to japan university . usually japanese people wear western clothes more and my friend and i usually sleep when then teacher start their lesson lol

abc : The nudity thingy is actually exactly the same as in Finland. Even many finnish family movies have full nude sauna scenes and japanese bathing rules are almost identical to the finnish sauna rules.

swedish Japanesuu : Really good video! alot of info.. you're becoming alot better for each video man! it was a pleasure watching! coming to japan 2019 for studies!

Jamie Manville : Love this video! I really enjoyed how you interviewed locals in addition to your family. I always look forward to your videos!

firebhlade : thank you for creating these videos. i always enjoy them, especially because I can see the thought and care you put into planning and producing them. it's wonderful to watch your mini docu-series of life in japan.

infirmux : common cold, flu, etc. = viruses. Those masks do nothing to block viruses. Those that don't know can feel good about doing something. Those that do - probably don't care anyway and wear them all the same.

BibbidiBobbidi Bunny : Some things about Japan that seem unusual to me are the availability of cigarettes and alcohol in vending machines, the fact that men are not afraid of "cutesy" things, and the fact that there seems to be a process to everything that MUST be followed. Also, I've noticed how openly Japanese people tend to talk about bodies, even commenting on things that might be frowned upon in other places. I've heard people casually talk about someone being "fat" or they have "big ears." They aren't necessarily being rude or mean, but pointing out flaws doesn't seem to be a sensitive topic in Japan. In Australia, some things that others might find weird include our habit of shortening words (we do it a lot-almost excessively), the fact that we are so casual with colleagues, bosses, even university teachers (it's not uncommon to call your boss by his first name), the whole "byo" thing, and the fact that it is perfectly acceptable (with exceptions) to go to a store, fast food eatery, or voting booth shirtless, shoeless or wearing swimwear.

Zach Lindner : I rarely comment on videos, but I gotta say that this was really awesome.

Guilherme Rubio : Weird fact about Japan: the government owns shares of the national industry of tobacco, Japan Tobacco. The ministry of health and the ministry of economy clash about this.

Nathan Slijkhuis : you know the mask's don't really help research show's it bud i get it why people would think it. them the fruit prices, we have a lot of the japanese anime in the Nederlands also on tv, bud i am used to it and its kind a funny.