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  • [Japanese instructions reverberating from faraway speakers]

  • [Japanese instructions reverberating from faraway speakers]

  • [soft bing-bong chime from speakers]

  • [M]: [indistinct] news.

  • [M]: Oh, sorry, did I itch your ear? I'm sorry, that was the worst.

  • [M]: Little scottish fold ears.

  • [M]: So... how's everyone doing? April 2020, nothing much to report about...

  • [M]: Right? Everything's cool and calm, there's-- there's no problems at all...

  • [M]: I have reorganized my kitchen a couple times.

  • [squeaky noises]

  • [long squeak]

  • [M]: If you've been keeping up with our channel, we have been doing... a lot of stuff, uh, related to... Final Fantasy streaming.

  • [explosion noise] [M]: [deep inhale] It's been TOTALLY fine.

  • [M]: So I know you might be looking at all this coffee stuff on the counter and being like,

  • [M]: "Martina, are you sure everything's fine with you?"

  • [M]: Yes. I can explain this.

  • [M]: So it's no secret that we love coffee. We talk about it ALL the time, you're always seeing us

  • [M]: hand-dripping and... drinking coffee on stairwells... and we even made a video about a few of our favourite coffee spots in Tokyo.

  • [M]: So it is no surprise to you that we love coffee, but the real question is: do you know why I LIKE coffee?

  • [M]: [falsetto voice] Pick me, Martina, ask me why! [M]: I'm glad you asked!

  • [M]: When we were all kids, there were all ice cream flavours that were kinda like the basic flavours we all liked.

  • [M]: So usually, like, chocolate, vanilla, maybe strawberry, and depending on what part of the world you're from, maybe you had different flavours.

  • [M]: But there's kinda like this basic level that we all kind of accepted,

  • [M]: and if somebody offered you something with, like, nuts in it, like pistachio or walnut caramel or cheesecake,

  • [M]: you'd be like, "EUGH!"

  • [M]: But, as we got older, we started to dabble in different things! Maybe you start doing a chocolate ripple,

  • [M]: or you got into, like, Superkid, which is like-- it's a really-- I recco-- number one-- I-- I really--

  • [M]: But then you start getting into other things! Like maybe Vietnamese coffee,

  • [M]: or sorbets, there's a big scale of ice creams.

  • [M]: And getting to know ice cream... wasn't really hard to do. I mean--

  • [tender solemn music] [M]: It was hard to do. It was a battle of going out and MERCILESSLY trying pistachio over and over again

  • [M]: until I found out what pistachio can taste like.

  • [M]: Coffee is actually similar to ice cream.

  • [M]: We all kinda maybe started off trying a certain kind of coffee. It might've been something our parents made,

  • [M]: it might've been our first Timmy Ho Ho's--

  • [M]: Canadians in the house, double double WHAT!

  • [M]: If you're in Italy, it might've been espresso, or those cute little mocha pots on the stove that I learned how to use for the first time,

  • [M]: but THEN you might start dabbling in different kind of coffees.

  • [M]: Hand-drips, coffees made with air press machines, you might try French presses,

  • [M]: you might start doing little tiny single hand-drips, with metal filters, cloth filters,

  • [M]: all these things make everything taste different,

  • [M]: and next thing you know, you've dove headfirst into the coffee world and you're visiting different roasters and coffee shops,

  • [M]: trying what THEIR coffee tastes like. Because all the coffee beans -- where they're from

  • [M]: the way they're roasted, how they're dried, how they're brewed -- it makes things taste different.

  • [M]: So it's an exciting adventure, and it should never be considered, I think, a snobby one.

  • [M]: Like, you should never look down on someone for liking vanilla or chocolate ice cream.

  • [M]: If they don't like pistachio as adults, that's okay! They can like what they want, and it's the same thing, I believe, with coffee devices.

  • [M]: No matter how you wanna brew your coffee,

  • [M]: even though we like hand-drip and Bodums©, and all this kind of stuff, I also... really like a good ol' drip machine sometimes.

  • [M]: That's right, a drifp machine. [S]: A dripfh machine? [M]: Have you heard it?

  • [S]: What's a drifph machine? [M]: The drihh machine. [S]: You wanna drimtsheen? [M]: It drips! [S]: It dritimus.

  • [upbeat runway music] [M]: However, due to the current situation of the world right now--

  • [ghostly voices] [S]: The virus that shall not be named~ [M]: Coldemort~

  • [M]: I've been unable to explore a new cafe, a new roaster, and a new coffee shop,

  • [M]: and it was totally fine until we realized that we're running out of coffee beans.

  • [M]: [growing hysterical] Which we handled reALLY WELL!!!

  • [M]: Which is why we are super grateful that we have a sponsor for this video!

  • [M]: It's Trade Coffee. They will mail you coffee to your mailbox. You heard me right!

  • [M]: [whispering] We have been saved!

  • [M]: So here's what I like about Trade Coffee. I made, um, doodles and a diagram for myself

  • [M]: because of my brain fog, it helps me remember, but they're very cute doodles.

  • [M]: They have over fi-- [music stops]

  • [M]: Didn't help my mouth, though. [S]: Didn't help me out, [unintelligible] [M]: Didn't help my mouth!

  • [M]: That's the next part of brain fog: getting your mouth to move with your head.

  • [M]: Okay, so they work with over fifty coffee roasters all over the USA.

  • [M]: That means you've got small shops being supported, and maybe bigger shops as well,

  • [M]: but you can choose, and that's awesome!

  • [M]: The first 100 people to click the link in the infobox will get 30% off their first coffee order.

  • [M]: That's pretty shnazzy.

  • [M]: And they also have a coffee quiz online on their site that you can take

  • [M]: and it lets you know what kind of coffee you want, and I love taking online internet quizzes!

  • [S]: They're my favourite! [M]: Don't you judge me!

  • [M]: So thanks again to Trade Coffee for sponsoring this video as I stand...

  • [M]: braless and in pajamas in my kitchen, the way we all realistically make coffee in the morning.

  • [M]: Let us continue our, uh, adventure of what's happening around Tokyo.

  • [M]: For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me popping out a lot in Tokyo because I'm heading to physiotherapy,

  • [M]: so I've had the chance to kind of document what's been happening every week. It's been crowded,

  • [M]: then it's been less crowded, and less and less crowded, so there's a whole bunch of different clips to show you guys

  • [M]: just how different Tokyo looks from March all the way up to April.

  • [M]: So this area here is totally under construction, and crazy changing, like,

  • [M]: when we used to live here four years ago,

  • [M]: this wasn't here at all. So they're changing all the bridges, they're making all these different buildings,

  • [M]: so at one point this is going to be just, like, a completely different-looking Shibuya than I'm used to.

  • [M]: Very Omotesandō ("the foremost 'architectural showcase' streets in the world") of them.

  • [M]: So we're tucking into dinner. Usually we make this with extra protein.

  • [M]: That's what Simon's working on. This is all totally precooked chicken breast.

  • [M]: Uh, he has not been licking his chicken fingers.

  • [S]: I did that in the livestream, by the way.

  • [S]: I did-- I cut the chicken breast and I was licking my fingers.

  • [M]: And was everyone like-- [S]: I hope everyone knew that it was-- holy shit, I never told anyone! [M]: No, of course they didn't!

  • [M]: I know! So for those of you who watched Simon's amazing five day Final Fantasy...

  • [S]: Oooh, verified. [M]: It was a really great marathon. [S]: Yes. [M]: Great community-building exercises.

  • [M]: Just totally awesome.

  • [M]: I am adding some spinach to my carbonara(?).

  • [M]: I like steaming a little bit of it in beforehand, and I have this little...

  • [M]: steamer box that I got... here it is!

  • [M]: So I just salted it, and then I squeezed it out, that way it's like semi-cooked,

  • [M]: but you can see that it can definitely-- can definitely go a bit longer.

  • [M]: But it'll add even a bit more wetness. Look at all the stuff that I squeezed out of this. [S]: Mmhmm.

  • [M]: That would've all been like an extra tablespoon... [falsetto British accent] ruining the texture of my pasta! I never!

  • [M]: And... [unintelligible]

  • [S]: Alright.

  • [S]: Add some chicken breast up in here...

  • [S] That's real nice... yeah, that's a whole lotta chicken breast.

  • [S]: Black pepper on there... and got some dill here. [M]: Oh, grab that dildo (dill though)!

  • [S]: Gotta add some dill, yo!

  • [S]: Mix that all up-- look at that egg yolk!

  • [S]: Burstin' right open right there, you see that? Oh yeah.

  • [S]: And mix this all up.

  • [S]: This is so creamy...

  • [S]: Magnificent! Oh yeah, this is some dope... dope conbini food.

  • [deep food porn voice] [M]: Oh look at you, you creamy masterpiece,

  • [deep food porn voice] [M]: for under five dollars I get this fresh pasta covered in cream and cheese... add a little more of that dill, though.

  • [deep food porn voice] [M]: Ooh! Mixin' that up with that chicken, perfectly cooked? I am ready!

  • [M]: Got our carbonaras(?), got our beers... [S]: And we got Tiger King!

  • [M]: And we-- we're gonna watch Tiger King. [S]: We gonna watch Tiger King, learn about Florida. [M]: We're on episode four.

  • [M]: Alright guys, time to... dig into some delicious food. Oh my god, I managed to put on different socks today!

  • [M]: [sighs] [S]: Hey, you put on socks today! [M]: Awww yeah, it counts!

  • [M]: This is insanely dead, especially for this station. This is Mitakaniki, so if you're coming to see the Ghibli museum,

  • [M]: or "Ju-bu-ri", you catch a bus here, and...

  • [M]: I mean, the station is dead, and it's the middle of the afternoon, so they've closed the department stores, the Starbucks are closed,

  • [M]: it looks like everything's been shut down. I'm staying safe, but I'm getting some videos every time I head out.

  • [M]: I've got my physio tomorrow again, so I'll try to get some more shots of what's happening downtown Tokyo as well.

  • [S]: So we kinda ripped through all of our coffee beans very, very quickly,

  • [S]: and while we're waiting for our next bag of beans to come,

  • [S]: um, we're kind of desperate, so I decided to go to Little Nap Coffee. We included that in our coffee shop video before.

  • [S]: It's by Shibuya station, which, I saw on video is super empty. So I thought I'd take a nice walk from Shibuya

  • [S]: to Little Nap Coffee, should be like 20 minutes or so,

  • [S]: and as I PASSED Shibuya I decided to cut through Yoyogi Park along the way, and lemme tell ya,

  • [S]: this does not look like a state of emergency here.

  • [S]: Now, I think by North American standards this looks like there's no state of emergency at all,

  • [S]: looks like this is as usual,

  • [S]: but I can definitely say that on a Sunday afternoon with weather as beautiful as this,

  • [S]: It's 21C degrees, yesterday was a miserably rainy day.

  • [S]: This looks busy now, but I think it would be a lot busier if there WASN'T a state of emergency.

  • [S]: It's just still... very crowded.

  • [S]: And the problem is, there's a lot of bottlenecking, like when you wanna cross the street or something, or cross over a bridge.

  • [S]: So many people are coming through at the same time that it's really difficult to keep those two metres apart, so...

  • [S]: Kind of like... hanging back and waiting for people to pass through is... is the way I'm doing it, here.

  • [S]: Goddamn, I just needed some beans, I didn't expect to see so many people here.

  • [S]: On my way back from getting coffee beans, I was cutting through the park again, and...

  • [S]: it just got so much busier now than it was before.

  • [S]: And it just seems a lot more crowded, and...

  • [S]: Gotta tell ya, I was starting to feel very anxious, and ramped up about i-- even my hands were shaking!

  • [S]: I dunno what came over me, but I was feeling very uncomfortable with this.

  • [S]: And I didn't think that I'd be able to walk all the way back in a good state of mind, so...

  • [S]: I found an open bench...

  • [S]: I sat down...

  • [S]: and closed my eyes, and I took a few deep breaths,

  • [S]: and I just tried to listen to what was happening around me.

  • [S]: I heard a really loud-ass bunch of crows...

  • [S]: and I heard a lot of the wind rustling through the leaves,

  • [S]: and I heard parents playing with their kids, and just after a little bit of sitting like this,

  • [S]: I started to calm down, and I started to feel so much better.

  • [S]: And I thought to myself, "I'm pretty sure that there are a lot of other people in this park that might be feeling the same way."

  • [S]: VERY uncomfortable with the state of the pandemic right now, very uncomfortable...

  • [S]: with staying at home all the time, and they realize how important it is

  • [S]: for us to go out and to be a part of nature.

  • [S]: And now, I know that every country has different rules and different approaches to how they're doing things,

  • [S]: but I do hope that once the world begins to open back up again,

  • [S]: we don't forget how we felt now.

  • [S]: Being indoors all the time. Being indoors a lot more than usual.

  • [S]: And I hope that when things open up again that we could

  • [S]: remember how we felt now. And not take nature for granted.

  • [S]: And... as I was sitting there, a lot calmer and in...

  • [S]: much more a state of peace...

  • [S]: I almost got shit on by a bird, and I realized that was my sign to go the f*ck home. So see ya later!

  • [S]: I've been here many times -- I have NEVER seen it this empty before.

  • [S]: [whispered] Ever.

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Tokyo: State of Emergency

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    Sophie posted on 2020/05/14
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