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  • Good evening guys and welcome to Journey Across Japan

  • Tonight we are in the city of Osaka (大阪市), nightlife capital of Japan

  • And joining me, as I eat and drink my way through the city, is Mr. Pete Donaldson

  • I'm on my holiday, so I'm ready to get funky

  • Osaka (大阪市) is Japan's second-largest city, although with a population of 20 million

  • It's still larger than the likes of London, Los Angeles and Paris

  • Undeniably grittier than Tokyo (東京), Osaka locals have a reputation for being laid back and outspoken

  • And in my experience generally friendlier from the Tokyo (東京) counterparts

  • There's no easier place in Japan, to strike up a conversation with a stranger and tonight is no exception

  • As we learn the local dialect from some students pretend to be cool

  • Take a nostalgic trip to a retro video games bar

  • Incinerate our mouths with Osaka most popular dish

  • And even throw in an elaborate Blade Runner-esque, neon lit montage sequence

  • Hopefully by the end of our night, you'll have some extra ideas and what to do, the next time you find yourself in Osaka (大阪市)

  • We all know, all good nights out start with a decent meal, given that Japan's second largest city is often referred to as Tenka no Daidokoro, or the Nation's Kitchen

  • It seems fitting to kick things off with Osaka Style Okonomiyaki pancakes

  • Easy to eat and hard to pronounce, Okonomiyaki typically consists of batter, pork, shrimp and shredded cabbage

  • Smothered with mayonnaise worcester sauce and dried bonito fish flakes

  • And in this case, I've ordered some extra cheese, partly because my greed knows no bounds and partly just to piss off Pete

  • The fact that you added cheese to this concoction, Chris, means that it's very hard to cut

  • Those chopsticks skills

  • I can't really, I can't get on it, because there's a permafrost of cheese underneath

  • This is a good way to start the evening, if you come to Osaka (大阪市), one dish you need to try, okonomiyaki

  • It'd be a crime to miss it, but given all the, all the drinking, we'd probably end up doing tonight

  • It's a good place to start out, we've actually got our first drinks here, some sake (酒) and Pete

  • It looks like Pete cut his finger in a glass

  • I'm having my favorite drink that I often have in Japan when I do visit, it's called a Red-Eye. Chris, what's in it?

  • Red-Eye, beer and tomatoes

  • P: It's beer and tomato juice. C: That's disgusting

  • P: Beer and tomato juice. C: Can I try it?

  • Is it literally just beer and tomato? How can that work?

  • Not even any spice in it

  • It's just fizzy tomato juice

  • That is just fucking horrible

  • I think, I'll just stick with the sake, do we even have that in the UK? Good, let's keep it away from the UK

  • God, no

  • Well, we're stuffed full of okonomiyaki, we've had our sake and now the night can truly begin

  • Isn't that right, Pete?

  • Let's do this!

  • We need more? How many more? I'll take them all

  • Whilst in many countries of the world, drinking alcohol in public is either forbidden or frowned upon

  • In Japan, not only is it legal, but very common to see people out drinking in parks and open spaces

  • And there's nowhere better to do that in Osaka (大阪市), than the dynamic and vibrant neighborhood

  • of Amerikamura, quite literally America town

  • One of the fashionable centers of Japanese youth culture for over 40 years

  • and just to show Amerikamura's dedication to all things American

  • They've even got a replica Statue of Liberty

  • Looming overhead, it's just like America, isn't it

  • This stuff, 9 percent drink, it is so fucking lethal, I don't know what they put in it. Have you had this before?

  • Have you not? oh, you're in for a treat, alright it's weird, I'm quite alcoholic resistant. Is that a word?

  • I'm quite good with drinking alcohol

  • Doesn't really affect me, but this, 2 cans of this

  • And I'm straight off to Narnia

  • If you ask anybody who drinks this stuff, any foreigner who comes to Japan who drinks this, they'll testify that this is a potent drink

  • Let's see it has an effect on Pete

  • I want to meet Mr. Tumnus, to America town

  • Well I'm not drinking that again

  • Oh, it's horrible

  • Doesn't taste like apple, it tastes like cyanide

  • What apple, there is apples?

  • There's lemon, there's orange, blueberry and we got Apple

  • But it doesn't taste like apple, it tastes like gas, like petroleum

  • Do you feel like you're in somewhere that is, is different right now?

  • Lot of kids hanging out in the circle

  • It looks like a level from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, a lot teenagers hanging about, a lot of people with thick, chunky BMX tires

  • Just lads with a lot of street wear on

  • You cross one street in Osaka (大阪市), you can hear like hip-hop music start playing, you see all these crappy clothes shop start cropping up

  • And then it looks like this, there are a load of BMX's around

  • After just 10 minutes of moping around drinking

  • Pete and I, successfully blend into America town, when we find ourselves being invited over to join some friendly students

  • I'm happy

  • These nice locals, are going to teach Pete some Osaka dialect

  • What is Osaka dialect for cool?

  • So I am from the north of England

  • I also have a different accent to everyone else

  • To sort of say, yes, in my accent

  • Why aye man

  • P: Newcastle, why aye man

  • Really?

  • Yeah, why aye man

  • Aho means stupid

  • Hey guys, Amerikamura, get a drink, rock up, meet some people have some fun, and now, it's on to the next place

  • Not only are there some amazing retro systems in here, there are also some amazing stuff we never got in England

  • We never got even in Europe, this is great, thanks for bringing us here, Chris

  • You're welcome Mr. Donaldson, I'm a good friend

  • You are a good friend

  • So guys, we're now in a videogame bar and I'm about to kick his ass at Bomberman

  • on the Nintendo Super Famicom or as it's known in America

  • The SNES

  • The Super Famicon was before my time, I was born in 1990 and I was too young for this, but I did had Bomberman on the Gameboy

  • So that's why I learned there the rules, the ways of Bomberman

  • The ways of Bomberman or ancient Japanese art of the way of the Bomberman

  • I'm bottom right, guys

  • Top left

  • What's that? Is that guy riding a fucking squirrel or something?

  • Games bars are once a lot more common in Osaka (大阪市) and Tokyo (東京), where you can sit down drink and relax

  • Whilst playing retro video games in a relaxed environment, more reminiscent of being a friend's house than at a bar

  • Sadly however, more and more are closing down under pressure from large video games companies

  • So my advice is try visit one, while they still exist

  • In hindsight, this games pretty fucked up

  • I'm a guy laying bombs, while riding a kangaroo, who-who's dreamed this up?

  • No, no, yes, yes, I won, yes and a celebratory

  • Celebratory Chicken McNugget, there you go

  • Celebratory?

  • Like the chickens never laid an egg

  • The taste of victory

  • In any other YouTube situation, he didn't insist on doing something twice

  • But because he's won, I know for a fact, this is the final time will play this game

  • Yeah

  • We're done here

  • Osaka (大阪市) most popular dish, can be found on almost every street corner in the downtown area and the often smell the sweet sizzling batter

  • Long before you spot the stand the side of the street

  • Wow, that was a lot of alliteration, wasn't it? This my friends is Takoyaki

  • Literally fried octopus balls, we have two flavors

  • Salt and sauce, and the sauce is worcester sauce

  • What is the salt? Just salt?

  • Just salt, what is the salt?

  • I want the juice sauce

  • We can share, Pete

  • I will start with salt

  • This was 350 yen for five balls, which is about 3 dollar 50, very cheap

  • That's bloody good, ain't it?

  • It's super good very hot though, your mouth is about to be incinerated, so be careful

  • I have these before and they are hot for about the half like of uranium, like 50 years

  • They look so inert, but you know for a fact there is molten hot takoyaki inside

  • So what it is, it is basically it's kind of batter

  • with mayonnaise and fish flakes on top and worcester sauce here and inside we have sliced up chopped up octopus

  • Which some of you may not like the sound off, but actually it tastes amazing with the batter, with the mayonnaise, with the sauce

  • I'm still, it's too hot for me to try that

  • Pete is good to do it though

  • Get close of Pete crying

  • Yeah, to hot

  • Look at his face

  • The shop staf are captivated by Pete's inflamed face, look at how red Pete's going, ladies and gentleman

  • Because they're so delicious, you want to put them in your mouth right away

  • And I realize that sounds a bit weird, because we are eating balls, you want to put them in your mouth, really really quickly

  • But they're just so hot

  • It would be a crime and absolute crime to come to Osaka (大阪市) without trying takoyaki though, like

  • For me, what's Pete, what are you doing, Pete?

  • I'm cooling it by, there's a breeze coming down this Avenue, so I'm letting the ball linger in the breeze

  • If you come to Osaka (大阪市) and you come to eat takoyaki, bring a windsock

  • Know which way the winds going so you can cool them down

  • You burst yours

  • I burst it, my takoyaki ball has exploded

  • So the other day, yesterday I think, I asked you guys what we should do in Osaka (大阪市), one of the most popular things that came up was karaoke

  • Now I hate filming karaoke, because of copyright issues on YouTube, it's a great way to get this video taken down

  • Removed off YouTube and my entire evening of filming and editing going up in smoke, and yet we are going to karaoke

  • Right now, so it's going to happen

  • So it's just going to potentially put the whole video at risk, but it's going to be worth it

  • Because we're able to hear Pete Donaldson sing

  • So the way karaoke works in Japan, you get a room to yourself, you get a booth and you get a little touchscreen

  • Panel like this, you put in the song you want, hit the button and off it goes

  • So simple as that

  • Even I could do it at 1am

  • Even Pete Donaldson could do it and it's all you can drink as well, it's nomihoudai

  • Which means you sit here for like 2000 yen, which is 20 dollars

  • you can drink as much as you want for 2 hours, and that's pretty fucking good

  • The good thing about karaoke is, it's all in one room

  • The food is fried chicken, already have that in that basket there, it's gone

  • Fried chicken, drinks, It's all there, songs music, drinks, relaxation, karaoke

  • You could be in here for 2 or 3 hours and

  • I'm out of love, I'm so lost without you, I don't know the rest of this song

  • Well guys, we've done our karaoke for 90 minutes, I can't feel my voice

  • I want to go to bed now