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  • Pizza sand hmm delicious

  • For years now whenever I've got into Family Mart

  • there's something that's always caught my attention. An ominously branded product known only as Baked Sand

  • and yet I've never actually bought it until today. So I went down the Family Mart to grab it only to discover

  • They've rebranded it as Pizza Sand which to be fair is marginallmm

  • Now I know what you're probably thinking a pizza covered in sand sounds absolutely delicious

  • But I'll be a disappoint you by revealing that this actually means sandwich the word for sandwich

  • Japanese is SANDO, but because they wanted English branding on the products

  • they dropped the 'O' to make it sound more English and the end result is

  • an awkwardly named products that we're about to try, for the first time.

  • It has been microwaved down the store and it's a little bit soggy.

  • That's- that's not good. Anyway, here we go.

  • [Food noises]

  • No, not bad not to be good either

  • all I can think about right now is a pizza filled with sand

  • And so I just don't really buy this again. Just just forget about that.

  • It's a four out of ten product at best

  • So today I'm answering questions you guys have sent in about life in Japan

  • travel food,

  • Culture will also be reading out comment of the week and hate mail of the week because not everybody is nice

  • And as always together,

  • We'll uncover the answers to all the big questions about Japan the good the bad and the ugly. So without further ado lest I be

  • Would you rather have feet for hands or hands for feet?

  • Every time for fu-

  • "They said the giant Japanese Hornets have finally made it to this side of the world and... they're here to stay.

  • Can you tell us about all those encounters you've had with those beasts? Have you seen one inside your home?

  • For those of you that aren't familiar with the giant Japanese Hornet? It's an absolute horror show.

  • Imagine an angry-looking bee, the size of a fist

  • with a deadly six-millimeter stinger that's been described as being the most painful in the world.

  • It's a good thing I didn't learn about Hornets in a pamphlet about Japan before I moved here, to be honest

  • Otherwise, it could have been abroad not in Japan

  • But I did once have a frightening close encounter with the Hornet, not in my house, fortunately.

  • But I did have one in my car once which to be fair was equally as bad.

  • I was driving down the road with windows down on a nice sunny afternoon

  • the afternoon wind brushing through my hair

  • and then a hornet came through the window and hit me in the side of the head

  • and started buzzing around the car

  • [Humming]

  • Fortunately, I wasn't in a built-up area

  • So I hit the brakes, pressed all the buttons, all the windows went down it managed to fly out the car to safety

  • it was pretty unnerving

  • It could have ended quite badly if it stung me in the face while I was driving

  • But they're pretty amazing creatures to witness from afar

  • and providing you don't get too close to a nest or make any sudden movements when they're nearby, you'll be fine

  • Do girls ever run up to you and say, "I love you Chris"

  • You bet they do happens every single day in my imagination

  • What is one of the most underappreciated?

  • Dishes that's been featured and what some dishes you'd recommend for people to try at least once when they visit Japan

  • I'll give you two and the first one is Genghis Khan. No, not the Mongolian ruler but a juicy lamb mutton barbecue dish

  • I like the dish for two reasons. The first one is it's called Genghis Khan. How cool is that?

  • Imagine if all dishes were named after a famous historical

  • Dictator what will you be having today, sir? Yes, I'll have the Colonel Gaddafi with a side dish of ideo me a good choice

  • sir, thinking apparently the lamb mutton dish is called Genghis Khan is because here in Japan they typically associate Mongolia with lamb and

  • Mongolia equals Genghis Carlos as simple as that brilliant right fundamentally

  • It's a bloody delicious dish cooked on an iron grill in a way where all the juices from the meat

  • Marinate all the vegetables at the bottom of the grill

  • It's also one of Japan's only dishes involving lamb and it certainly doesn't disappoint

  • The second thing is a really a dish but a sweet cooled Bon Ton Ahmet literally citrus fruit candy

  • Or as I like to call them leap of faith sweets because they require

  • Something of a leap of faith to put them in your mouth given they are wrapped in edible plastic

  • At least I hope they're edible. Otherwise, this might be a very short video

  • At first it is undeniably unpleasant. It does just taste like you've stuffed a plastic bag in your mouth

  • But after about five six seconds the plastic melts away and you get this lovely

  • Juicy citrus fruit flavor coming through and pour the point out. It's not actually plastic. It's some sort of gelatin made by wizards

  • Well, there's something quite satisfying about them and you can get them in any supermarket across Japan Genghis Khan would have loved it

  • Have you ever had an or encounter with a viewer?

  • I found it's quite common to be recognized in the street

  • But people just don't know where from or where they've seen me last year

  • I was in ski G fish market in Tokyo making a video with realtor E and a viewer I think for America came over and

  • Said way mate. I know you from somewhere and I was like, well, maybe I felt kind of smug because Rialto is standing there

  • I thought you know it made me look good. And then he said you're on YouTube. Are you making making videos?

  • Yeah, that's that's me. And then he said wait a minute. Are you Dave in Japan? You're Dave in Japan. Oh

  • Yeah, yeah, that's me Dave Dave in Japan dude. I love your videos Dave in Japan. Yeah Dave in Japan

  • That's that's who I am. That's what we do. Terry Otero laughing his head off all the while. I wouldn't have minded

  • I didn't really mind

  • I felt kind of funny, but we ought to I bullied me for the rest of the day as we walked around Tsukiji market

  • Is it embarrassing to ask someone where the love hotel is? No not if you've had a lot to drink

  • What is your favorite product that you originally only purchased because of bad English. Well, I wouldn't say it's bad English

  • It's bloody brilliant English. Check this out. This is my new hat and for those of you that seen recent videos

  • I have started something of a hat collection

  • I haven't had much today. Haven't really got out much

  • But when I do get out I buy hats with weird English on like this one that says are you excited less adventure?

  • special every day

  • but that hat is so last week because this one is my new favorite hat and it simply says

  • Factors to protect by might let things take their course an act of Ramage

  • Let things take their course an act of ravage. Yeah, wait a minute reading that out loud

  • It does sound a little bit dodgy. Doesn't it? Let things take their course an active ravage

  • That's the sort of thing you'd hear being read out in a courtroom

  • I don't feel for where that are in public forget about forget about a hat

  • If your first tattoo isn't Family Mart chicken, then you're a knob

  • My first tattoo isn't going to be a piece of Family Mart fried chicken is what it looks far. It's gone

  • Now it's a well-known fact

  • There's a lot of animosity between South Korea and Japan

  • For various historic and geopolitical reasons and just by virtue of being here

  • Sometimes you get caught up in the crossfire leading to bizarre and incredible nicknames like this one, for example

  • Hello, Japanese spy, man

  • never come career forever

  • Japanese spy man. Finally a title that I can wear with pride. I can never cut it as a British spy, man

  • I can certainly make it as a Japanese spy, man. Unfortunately, though it simply isn't true

  • We all know who the real Japanese spy man is with his multilingual skillset

  • Charismatic persona and uncompromising Lee 20 smile. I've been to South Korea absolutely loved it

  • And now I'm gonna make a special effort to go again just to spy you and to conduct industrial espionage on an unprecedented scale

  • What's your favorite train station of why most stations in Japan are all the same

  • Modern convenient ultimately dull and then there's four curry station, which is dinosaurs

  • Life-size

  • Animatronic dinosaurs. It's like a low-budget Jurassic Park

  • I cycled past Fukui station on journey across Japan and of all the stations I saw on that 2,000 kilometer journey

  • That was easily the coolest and the reason is the Curie is home to one of the biggest dinosaur

  • Archaeological sites in the country and the runner-up award goes to Niigata station for having 200 Saki vending machines

  • Honestly the most fun you could ever have at a train station

  • Only they could combine the Saki vending machines, but the animatronic dinosaurs to create the world's best station get drunk ride around on a dinosaur

  • Possibilities would be limitless

  • When will you get me out of the basement? I didn't eat anything for two weeks now the real crisp broad

  • You knew the rules, you know, what's gonna happen you only have yourself to blame I

  • Need to get here

  • Yeah, wait some Peter Sam

  • Please

  • What's the largest animal you think you could single-handedly cling film to a lamppost

  • Yeah a

  • porpoise

  • You always seem uncharacteristically

  • Positive about Japan in general. Is there anything about the country or culture that really bothers you?

  • You know what? That's because nothing here does bother me nothing at all because

  • Oh

  • There might be one thing

  • Firstly I don't mind living in an apartment the size of a shoe. I kind of like it. It's kind of cool

  • it's a simple way of life even in my first apartment where I used my ironing board as valuable kitchen space on account of the

  • Fact I lacked an actual kitchen. It was kind of fun. It made me feel like I was in a

  • low-budget

  • post-apocalyptic movie to be honest and I get the need for small apartments given Japan's population density and walls made of

  • Cardboard because bricks are vulnerable to earthquakes

  • but if you are gonna build apartments off

  • Why is essentially thick paper why not insulate the walls just that little bit better to make them?

  • Soundproof because I can hear my neighbors on all sides whether it's arguing cooking cleaning fire doing random things

  • You know, I hate it. Absolutely horrible. It's like a radio that can never be switched off

  • It's also made me very self-conscious about how noisy I can be in my own apartment

  • Typically in the evening if I'm watching a film or TV or something

  • I have to use headphones. So it doesn't feel like a shared cinematic experience

  • Maybe I've just been unlucky but the two or three apartments I've lived in haven't had great walls

  • I don't know if you're somebody that lives in Japan do you of this problem? Is it just me? Am I going mad?

  • Probably certainly being stuck indoors for the last two months has made that problem a whole lot worse

  • It might not be a japan-only problem

  • but I do know that if you are gonna pack so many people into such a small space some

  • Soundproofing or better insulation would make all the difference and make the quality of living here

  • just a little bit higher, but I don't think

  • Construction companies are gonna do it just because they make more money if they don't that's all there is to it

  • That's why hey why is the true meaning of life to get Twitter verified, but I haven't got it

  • So my life is utterly worthless

  • Have there been any times that a stranger in Japan has talked about you behind your back not knowing that you understand Japanese

  • If so, what did they say? I remember in my first year here

  • I went to a local festival and you know, it's really busy people just sitting there

  • drinking having fun and I walked past a couple he must have been in their 30s there about a foot away from me and the

  • going turned to his wife and said I

  • Should my eyes a foreigner and he said it in a way that clearly he has seen that I didn't know what he'd said

  • So I spun around and went. Oh, yeah, and he was quite taken aback by this

  • He dropped his ice cream all over the floor and just sort of sat there in shock and horror, but honestly

  • That's the only thing I've ever really

  • encountered people just expressing surprise that there's a foreigner, but you know

  • Japan is one of the most homogenous countries on earth and it's extremely rare to run into someone in the countryside here that it's not

  • Japanese so you get used to it pretty quickly and you learn not to get offended by it and the merely I'm equally as guilty

  • Whenever I see a foreign around here, I also dropped my ice cream in horror and disgust

  • He look like a fat jake gyllenhaal

  • Fat Jake, I don't see it

  • I don't see it at all when I

  • suspect sometimes that some of my viewers need to wear these

  • But I'll add it to the list with Elon Musk and Frankie Muniz. And in the meantime, why don't you go fuck yourself?

  • What are three or four things that no one tells you about Japan they're surprised you when you moved there

  • alright

  • So there's three things that I learned about Japan through just being here stuff that nobody told me and the first one is this

  • Signatures aren't really thing. Japan uses a

  • Traditional and ultimately flawed method called the Hanko stamp and it comes with this little funky case check that out as cool

  • Isn't it whenever you do serious paperwork at the Town Hall or deep banking or buy a car?

  • You need to use your own personal seal when I first got it

  • I was like, wow, that's cool my own stamp. You can get the ink in there and then stamp things was brilliant

  • I couldn't stop stamping things. It was so much fun. However, I quickly grew to hate it every time I needed it

  • I've never actually had it because it's just a bit weird carrying a stamp around with you all day

  • Well, you've got a perfectly good signature

  • No only that but if something happens to your stamp, it could be a complete and utter nightmare

  • I've actually had to hanko stamps in my time

  • The first stamp just had my name Chris on it and I was told after a year of using it that it wasn't good enough

  • Just wasn't good enough stamp. I don't really know why I've still never understood that several years later

  • I went to my bank with my pencast to change my address and everything was going well woman was very nice

  • And I did my stamp and then she suddenly realized that my new stamp was different to my old stamp

  • And she said why have you got a new stamp?

  • and I said I got rid of that one like four or five years ago and she was like

  • Do you have it still when I was like, hey, it's long gone

  • You know dustbin somewhere and at that point the entire bank broke

  • well

  • The whole Bank just came to a standstill

  • No less than ten members of staff huddled around my document trying to work out what to do. Cuz ISM is awful

  • I got the supervisor. They've got the manager. They've got the regional manager one point even God came down to try and sort this fiasco

  • Finally after 40 minutes they went. Okay. Well, there's nothing we can do

  • We're just gonna have to let it go and that was the end of that

  • I left the bank longing for the days that I used to just use my signature and I cursed this damn outdated system

  • fortunately

  • The good news is they are looking at getting rid of Hanko stamps once and for all on account of the fact that it's not

  • 1856 and the day they are you can be sure to find me sitting here with a party hat and a smile

  • point number two after the great Hank Oh Stamp, Fiasco

  • I needed a drink can either beer and you'll find that bars and restaurants in Japan don't have any

  • Outdoor seating now in the UK can't be sitting outdoors in the Summer Sun and a good pub garden in Paris

  • You can't be sitting out on the streets with a baguette and a glass of wine

  • But in Japan outdoor seating is phenomenally rare. There are a few good reasons. Number one. The weather is pretty erratic

  • It's either bloody hot or bloody cold. And neither of those conditions are particularly ideal for sitting outside having a drink

  • Secondly, perhaps a bigger factor is the lack of space if you look at a street in Japan

  • There's never much room to put chairs or tables

  • And to sit outside and drink and then there's the noise then convenience that heavy drinking outdoors would create so at the end the day

  • It's probably for the best but the end result is many streets feel a little bit barren and cold

  • Where all the real action is happening behind closed doors?

  • And that takes me to point number three when you do go into one those bars and you sit down have a drink and start

  • Chatting with the locals you'll always find those

  • Conversations start at some point with somebody asking you what your age is then there is a good reason behind it

  • Now at first I always thought it was a bit of jokey banter people just asking you your age

  • You know

  • It's just quite fun guessing people's ages when I came here at the 22 people used to always guess the high was 38 years old

  • bastard, but as the years rolled on I learned that there was a pretty good reason for it and that is age plays quite a

  • large role in Asia

  • Due to the values of Confucianism and people like to know where they stand in terms of hierarchy where they are

  • obviously most people know the terms core high and thus Empire and age is the most important factor in determining which one you are when

  • dealing with someone

  • So if you're chatting with a stranger in Japan and your ages are somewhat ambiguous the sooner, you know

  • How old each of you are the quicker you can establish your position better

  • And that's an oversimplification