Living in Japan: Culture Shock!

Living in Japan: Culture Shock!


I think Japan might be one of those few countries
in the world where you can sit and eat Ghana and drink Sour Calpis whilst simultaneously watching a man hypnotizing a woman into having
a seizure on National Television in front of a very large man…dressed as a woman UK has Cadbury’s, America has Hershey’s Japan of course has Ghana which is the finest cheapest chocolate you can get, for about a hundred yens It’s great, I don’t know if it has any connections with Ghana, or somebody thought “Let’s call it Ghana!” Really great! If you come to Japan, definitely buy this stuff! And there’s no better way, to wash that Ghana down with a nice can of Calpis! Calpis Sour I guess that any drink..that claims to be filtered through vodka and charcoal will to same degree, taste like Calpis So I have been in Japan for about 2 months now I feel like I’m no longer on holiday, I really do live in Japan And this is quite weird for me ’cause this is the first time I’ve ever lived abroad So one of the things
I wanted to talk about is Culture Shock As its something who affects people who move abroad for the first time And it’s something that I’ve had now
particularly as I don’t speak Japanese And it’s quite a weird sensation There are 3 stages to Culture Shock The first is Initial Euphoria This beer came with a free hand towel How good is that? Oh look, there are Buddhas…carved in the rock Oh my god those sushis What are all these colorful things? Woaw that is a mountain! Oh a vending machine! It’s a vending machine Oh another vending machine!!! I just opened my bank account, and I got a free towel…a FREE TOWEL with my BANK ACCOUNT You would NOT get that in the UK!! Yeaaah….it’s a………water bill… The Second is Irritation and Hostility Literally, I’m running out of room
for these f….ing towels I just got my Internet but I feel a bit of a snag I….can’t read any of this… Where are the god damn muffins???! Hello I’m having problems with my Internet Oh I don’t speak Japanese English…? No?…..Okay Yeah, well I don’t need the Internet anyway What are they on about? The third stage is Gradual Adjustment And I think that’s the stage I’m in now There are days where I feel like i’m in a giant theme park and there are days where I feel like there is a barrier between me and the Japanese people So at least Culture Shock
is driving me to learn Japanese Pushing me.
So in retrospects it’s probably a good thing! There’s a big theme of convenience in Japan And you’re never far away from two things: Convenience Stores, and Vending Machines Vending machines sit pretty much
on every street corner In the UK having a vending machine
on every other street just wouldn’t work Simply because they would get smashed up
after only 45 minutes Here in Japan you can put one in the middle of nowhere Because of the almost non-existent crime rates It’s not a problem Small convenience stores line every other street Opened 24 hours a day 11 days a week, 365 days a year And you can do some pretty cool things
at the convenience store From buying airline tickets to paying your water and electricity bills Unless like me… you can’t read your bills so you just put them in this special Japanese cupboard designed to put your bills in Because you aren’t gonna pay
for something you can’t read All the way up until you get deported One of the most convenient tools in Japan, is this: It’s called a Hanko Stamp And basically it’s your own personalized stamp which you use to stamp all the hundreds and millions of documents you get on a daily basis And I’d never heard of it before I came to Japan And there are entire shops dedicated to craft these personalized stamps and selling these cases And you can get some pretty pimped-up stamps made of like gold or silver… ..depleted uranium.. Little holders for your stamp it’s pretty cool admittedly And I like using it coz I feel like a lazy gangster Because you do get so much paperwork in Japan as well, it’s easier than doing a signature again and again It’s a lot of fun to use And I quite like stamping things just for the fun of it As I mentioned in my last video My kitchen is quite small,
designed to make you eat out every other night Because in my mind it’s too difficult to physically prepare dinner or food in such a small space But to some degree this kitchen is once again a good example of Japanese innovation on foresight because by having such a small kitchen,
I eat out every other night and in the process making me walk to restaurants, keeping me fit! So, to some degree,
the Kitchen is keeping me fit and healthy Although I did just get a car BUT one of my favorite places is a chain of sushi restaurants called Kappa Zushi And it’s popular with families or with people who like to stuff their face with raw fish, soy sauce and green tea All for a 1000 yens which is 8£ or 12$ When I first started going I thought,
like most things Japanese it had a real air of convenience about it, after all your food comes to you on a conveyor belt or you order it on the screen
and it comes to you on this little train Which is amazing, it’s honestly the future but now, in train form and you wonder why all your food
isn’t brought to you on a train It just makes sense But what I find is it’s not the convenience
of it all that’s impressive but how it’s actually designed to make you eat more than you’d actually want in the first place And maybe it’s me just being greedy but…allow me to explain! You go in, sit down, pour your green tea and then you go up to the screen,
ordering what food you want While you’re waiting for 5 minutes
for the train to pass by, you’ll inevitably take some things off of the conveyor belt Just..just to get you started And when you finish those, the train will probably pull up with all your food and off you go again When it’s time for Round 2
you turn your attention back to the screen Go through a few pages And you come across something called… First bonito Concrete Floor And this isn’t just any Bonito Concrete Floor,
this is the FIRST Bonito Concrete Floor Err..assuming that there’s…more than one Bonito being “beautiful” in Spanish,
or at least I thought it was and when you see something
that says Bonito Concrete Floor which is either a ridiculous mistranslation or just the world’s greatest order at a sushi restaurant You inevitably get it! And sit there and wait! If you’re someone impatient like me, you start taking more and more fish from the conveyor belt So when the Concrete Floor finally does arrive And disappointingly appears to be just some sort of fish instead of a bag of Concrete You feel a bit disappointed You know, when you order a Concrete Floor, at the very least you expect a Concrete Floor So, you start ordering more fish So the cycle continues, you’d order off the screen,
while you’re waiting
you eat more food off the conveyor belt And when you’ve finished, the experience culminates with you walking out stuffed full of raw fish and with your monthly bank balance decimated Well that’s the end of the video I’ll be putting up my next video in a few weeks I actually spent most of the budget for this video on that shot of the windmills at the start So here’s that shot again And, yeah, any questions, ask away See ya later There are three stages to Culture Shock The first is Initial Euphoria WTF is that? Shut up There are 3 stages There are 3 stages to… Oh my god that bird is gonna die There are 3 stages to Culture Shock Oh this is not happening Come on! Shut up!! There are 3 stages to Culture Shock,
the first is Initial Euphoria…Oh my god! That bird.. What is it doing Why is it so loud? The best thing about the 24hour convenience store is At 1am you can go and get some sort of roll And, I’m quite excited about this.. Fried Potatoes with….Toothpick? I’m excited coz i’ve never had potatoes
out of the hot cooker thing They have a really good hot food section and..
there we go! let’s give it a shot! They might’ve been out a while They’re pretty bad But generally the food is awesome I recommend it, get some hot food from Seven Eleven Fuck shit Just dropped a chip in the cooker

100 thoughts on “Living in Japan: Culture Shock!

  1. Watching your really old video 7 years later is trippy because also watch your new stuff your knowledge of Japan has improved heaps and you seem more sarcastic now :))

  2. Having watched over 1 video I've Subscribed now and watched over 10 lol. I'm an American who has lived abroad in the UK and now curious about Japan lol. Keep up the great work, awesome videos. Best of luck to you!😁

  3. so this video is realy fcking old but i still feel like i have to share this mistranslation story lol

    when i was in greek once, me and my parents went to some bar in the middle of nowhere and in the salad section of the menu there was αβοκάντο σαλάτα (avocado salad)

    however in the german section u could instead opt to order "Advokatensalat" (lawyer salad) LOL

    still makes me laugh to this day (ㆁωㆁ*)

  4. It's weird seeing such an early video. I might have to go to that hair saloon some day.
    Those stamp things are a pretty cool idea. I've only recently heard about them.

    Would buying an English internet Modem work in Japan?
    Also, I'm happy that you lost weight in your later videos. I myself could stand to loose a good 15 pounds.

  5. 第2ステージ破壊すぎでムカつく《゚Д゚》韓流の歌は日本人もわからん

  6. This was my first video I've ever seen of you l. Can't believe it's been 6 years. I'm saving up and getting ready to enroll into school so I can get my degree so I can enroll into JET and move to Japan. I'll be 30 when I'm ready and I know I have a late start but I know I can do it. These videos always gave me hope that I could one day myself move here. I'm so glad you made the best decision of your life and moved to Japan!

  7. あー、"自動販売機"は英語で"vending machine"って言うんですね。
    私は簡単な英語しか知らないので、最初"便利(Benri) machine"っていう
    日本語と英語をミックスした言葉を使ってるのかな、と思いました。
    「カルチャーショックには3段階ある」という考えが、とても勉強になりました。
    他の動画も沢山見ています。楽しい動画をありがとう!

  8. There’s a story (it may be apocryphal) that Coca Cola built an apparent indestructible vending machine that they tested in various cities around the world. The story goes that it had survived relatively unscathed in New York, but the one they tested in Glasgow was destroyed within a day.

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

  9. Did you remove your first video? Wasn't there a video before this one, the one where you talked about settling in and your first apartment and demonstrated you amazing pull-out couch bed? It doesn't seem to appear on your video list.

  10. If you want even more culture shock move to Pennsylvania.
    I just saw a device being used on a clip about Japan. It's a little bit smaller than a cellphone. It's a translator.
    When you speak into it it translates instantly to Japanese! Just speak into it and hold it towards the people your speaking to and a Japanese voice comes out.
    It works great!
    Maybe you got that towel as a hint that you should wash yourself. The Japanese think foreigners stink ! I think they were speaking about Americans but I think your included in that assessment since you got the towel. LOL

  11. Wow I just realized how old this is and how old I am as I see the Japanese for busy people book on the table…

  12. 普通の日本を満喫してるなぁ
    回転寿司ならスシローが美味しいよ。茶碗蒸しとかサイドメニューもお勧めだ。
    あとは季節限定と言うか旬の食べ物がお勧めなので、各地で食べ歩くと良いと思う。
    有名な特産をお取り寄せするとか、果物屋でビックリする値段のものの中で
    まだそんなに無理せずに買えるものを試してみると、信じられない美味しさにビックリする
    と思うなぁ
    野菜でも美味しいものが在るけど、さつま芋は海外ではあまり有名じゃないから
    焼き芋や大学芋で気軽に食べられるし、冷凍の大学芋ならコンビニでも売ってるから
    気軽に試してほしいね。

  13. concrete floorはタタキのことだな。つまりタタキ→三和土→concrete floor
    Googleでそのまま英訳したんだろ。

  14. To think it has been 7 years since watching this and now starting Japanstudies in University Leiden, Netherlands 😀

  15. わかる。俺も年金の支払いとか水道代のこととか何が書いてあるかわからないから、棚の奥にしまってる。

  16. Wait so YouTube recommends me this on 12th of September 2019 (I saw this the day it was released, but I guess YouTube has Alzheimers), and nearly 7 years ago – in this very video – Chris states that he just puts his bills in a special cupboard and ignores them until he's deported… So you've not paid a water bill and have been dodging deportation for 7 years?? NICE MATE 😂😂😂

  17. Early-days Abroad in Japan videos have the same exact humor as current ones except filmed on a jitter cam. They’re great!

  18. It feels weird binging chris's newer videos then this one appearing. It's like going backwards in time and seeing how far hes come :O

  19. 日本のことを率直に紹介してくださってありがとうございます。

  20. Watching this after binge watching the Journey Across Japan videos and hearing "nihongo ga wakarimasen" and hearing Chris going on about conveyor belt sushi after hearing him say that's not real sushi in a recent video gave me some culture shock. He really grew and changed in the past couple years. I really like how he always had his sense of humor though.

  21. A small kitchen is something we share (I realize this is an old video, so you more than likely live somewhere else in Japan now, but let's ignore that for just a second) and, honestly, if not for my roommate offering to cook dinner most nights, I'd probably eat out more myself, especially since, after moving to my new house, even though many of the better conveniences I had at my old house aren't around here, there is a Pizza Hut, as well as Sushi place and Indian restaurant not too far away, so I could literally eat out almost every night if I really wanted to

  22. あんた最高に面白いよ🤣
    イギリス的ユーモア大好き。サイモン ペッグ&ニック フロストみたいだ。

  23. Your videos are great but can I just say that the "large man dressed as a woman" is a trans actress? Her pronouns are she/her.

  24. マツコの見た目のインパクトは全世界共通

  25. そうだよね〜、説明書に英語載せるべきだよねえ
    たまに英語の説明書見かけるけど
    まだまだ普及してないもんね

  26. I take it you now know that ‘bonito’ is indeed a Spanish word but not only the one you thought it was!
    (Type of high quality tuna)

  27. Japanese like to give away towels free of charge.

    確かにやたらと無料でタオルをもらうね。あとはサランラップとか洗剤とか。

  28. Sour Calpis? I'll just stick to the original. Peach Calpis is okay as well. I've only tasted those two flavors. One time, a vending machine had been clogged with coins. I wanted root beer and it wasn't working. I kicked it and a bunch of coins spewed out of the machine. On that day, I received about two dollars in coins and root beer. I put the coins back into the machine. It just so happens that if you do that, it gives you drinks. I didn't steal them. I consider it payment for fixing the machine.

  29. i just live in china but teach japanese it tech on youtube, and i have never been in japan, if you have language problem, you can come to me.—https://youtu.be/Cu7u9-EkAJ0

  30. To be fair to the UK, which I am quite often not. UK bank accounts come with better than a towel, they give free money if you switch to them depending what the bank offers. Usually £100-200 free money/gift card

  31. おすすめで出てきたから観たら自分の地元映ってて笑った。

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