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  • This is the ONLY in JAPAN 360 Question & Answer video

  • presented in 4K.

  • I’ve put a lot of photos and additional video

  • all around this 360 world

  • so definitely have a look around.

  • If you have Google Cardboard or a Virtual Reality headset

  • use them.

  • If not, you can use your browser

  • or your app and look around the world

  • just make sure theyve been updated.

  • Hey everybody!

  • ONLY in JAPAN

  • Narrator: Peter von Gomm

  • This is Nihonbashi

  • which many consider to be the centre of Tokyo.

  • It’s a hub for many traditional businesses that have been

  • operating here for centuries.

  • A lot of international businesses and start-ups are located here too.

  • Welcome to Tokyo Station!

  • This is the ONLY in JAPAN Q&A episode

  • in 360

  • so help yourself and look around, you can

  • move your smart phone around or

  • if youre using Google Cardboard or a VR headset

  • welcome to a brave new world!

  • Bold, big and beautiful!

  • So this is Tokyo Station where you pick up the Shinkansen

  • and the new Nihonbashi entrance which is pretty cool.

  • I’m going to take you over now to the other side

  • to the Marunouchi entrance which is

  • older and traditional

  • but theyve renovated it so it’s quite interesting.

  • I’m going to keep this video moving.

  • That means I’m not going to try to stay in one spot.

  • Youll get a chance to look at the city

  • and answer some of your questions

  • while you get a chance to look around

  • which I think is going to be pretty cool.

  • Look up!

  • The north and south Marunouchi ticket gates have

  • high beautiful ceilings.

  • The station opening in 1914

  • and its design is rumoured to have been based on

  • Amsetrdam Centraal Station.

  • This is one of my favorite places in all of the city.

  • This is the 7th floor of the (Shin) Maru Building

  • which is across the street from Tokyo Station.

  • You can see the Shinkansen and all the trains whizzing by.

  • It’s being renovated right now

  • and should be completed within the next year.

  • This side is Ginza.

  • Over there behind this building

  • you can probably see Tokyo Tower.

  • And behind us is the Imperial Palace

  • which is where the emperor lives

  • and it's flat and green and absolutely beautiful.

  • And at night, the view from here is spectacular!

  • I highly recommend coming to the 7th floor of the (Shin) Maru Building.

  • This is also an appropriate place to start

  • the questions and answer series.

  • With this question: Why did I start ONLY in JAPAN?

  • and that happened right after the earthquake

  • on March 11, 2011.

  • A couple of months after the earthquake happened

  • tourism died here in this country

  • and that really broke my heart

  • because I had been living here for over 15 years at the time.

  • and know how incredible Japan is.

  • I just wanted to take what I was doing

  • I was already reporting on an Internation TV station (NHK World) —

  • to take that reporting to another level

  • because YouTube is a platform that allows me the freedom

  • to do whatever I want

  • to go anywhere, to see anything

  • That’s really exciting to me, and I wanted to do that.

  • In 2012, I drew up the blueprints for ONLY in JAPAN

  • and in 2013, I launched the series in February

  • with the NAKED MAN FESTIVAL

  • which was a lot of fun.

  • In 2003 was

  • also a reason I decided to stay in Japan.

  • I hitchhiked the whole country from Wakkanai

  • on the top of Hokkaido to

  • Kagoshima, the very bottom of Kyushuthe whole country!

  • In the course of 1 month

  • and I made a movie about that.

  • and that experience

  • is why I stay in Japan

  • and is also a reason why I really love this country

  • because while I was hitchhiking

  • I was picked up by 20 people over the course of the month

  • who took me from place to place

  • and just the kindness, sincerety, and the hospitality of strangers

  • in this country was so overwhelming to me

  • that I decided to stay in Japan

  • I had been in the country for 6 years at that time.

  • And after that, I said I’m going to stay.

  • So if youre wondering why I came to Japan

  • I don’t even know the reason why, I guess it was curiosity.

  • The real question is why did I stay?

  • and I think it’s because this country

  • is absolutely beautiful. It’s safe.

  • The food is delicious.

  • I love being a foreigner

  • and being an expat.

  • People look at you different.

  • It’s sort of exciting in that way.

  • I feel that the best way I can help my own country in to

  • bridge Japan to the rest of the world

  • not just American but

  • other countries in Asia

  • and to tell the story of Japan

  • to tell you what’s happening in this country and

  • I really love that.

  • TOKYO STATION

  • I hopped on to the Yamanote line

  • and traveled to the next spot

  • The Harajuku/Omotesando area

  • This way, this way, over here.

  • So I had a little trouble asking my self these questions

  • -so I enlisted the help of my friend -Hello

  • We searched of a quiet place to do an interview

  • The trip took us to Harajuku's Takeshita Dori

  • where I learned about fashion in a previous episode

  • Passing Harajuku station, we walked to Yoyogi Park

  • and settled in on a bench by the pond

  • Question and answer in the park

  • Q&A in the park

  • Welcome to Yoyogi Park in the center of Tokyo

  • I take in all the top comments,

  • and given to Angela over here

  • who's going to be asking me

  • these intimate and personal questions

  • because I can't ask myself. I need someone to ask me

  • Alright, go ahead

  • Get this over with

  • So question 1, from....Wo.....

  • -What...Wo..? -Oh, Wyatt, Wyatt

  • Wyatt! Wyat Walker

  • Why do you like Japan so much

  • I like Japan because I've been here 18 years

  • and it's part of who I am now. It's my home

  • True I see Japan and US both being my home,

  • but right now I think I'm more..

  • connected with Japan

  • But why? Why do you like it?

  • WHY? Um...

  • It's so easy to live here. It's so much fun

  • It's so interesting every day

  • The food, the people

  • The fact that I get to speak in a foreign language,

  • The fact that I'm very different here

  • People look at me funny sometimes,

  • Maybe the way I'm dressed, or the way I walk

  • or whatever

  • -The way you walk! -I don't know! It's just...

  • really interesting to live as an expat in another country

  • and why not Japan

  • Next question from Konan Kun

  • What is your ethnicity?

  • Yeah, this one got asked a lot of me

  • Um, I'm American. 100% American.

  • Yeah, my mother is originally from India.

  • She's born in Mumbai.

  • My father is American, but his background is German-English.

  • I think there is Polish, and some New Zealand in the family.

  • Oh really?

  • So, I'm mixed.

  • -International -Internationally Me...

  • -Internationally You.. -That's her name.

  • Ok, Konan Kun also asked...

  • Do you live in Japan?

  • Yes, yes ...

  • A lot of people ask me, "Do you live in Japan?"

  • Yes, I've lived in Japan for ...

  • 18 years. Since 1998.

  • Once I left Japan for six months