Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hey guys and girls on ... Hey guys and girls on Ask Japanese, this is Cathycat. And today, well, as always, I'm gonna tell you I love Japan. But ... but ... Not every culture in every country is perfect. We're all far from perfect, so one's perfect society "utopia" can be another person's "dystopian nightmare" So, today we're going to talk about "Reasons Not to Move to Japan." Of course there are also serious issues and they have been tackled by other youtubers and influencers. For example: the death through work. or the inequality, or the difference in marriage and all these kind of things. But we're not gonna talk about them. We're gonna talk about real, vital first world problems. Let's go! Your bathtub is a trap, and that's the reason because the water keeps reheating itself. This bathtub will never get cold as long as the automatic reheating setting is put on, so it will be at a nice hot 40 or 41 degrees the whole time. [Let's go to director's home.] There's no reason for you to leave the bathtub ever until you become either Spongebob Squarepants, or "The Little Mermaid," you are not leaving that bathtub. There's just no reason to. It's, just too good - too good. Number two: the toilets here are spies. Hey, I don't know how, but there are sensors on the toilets here, that when you enter the room, they do a beep-beep sound that they recognize you that you're coming in... And then they know, you know, how close you are. They know whether you're sitting down or not. And they funnily also know whether you're there for number one or number two and flush accordingly. The toilets know everything. They know. It's no use hiding it - They're spies. [Director's video tip.] [Picking something from a bag hard and dancing.] [Birthday decoration.] [It's Seria.] Japanese kitchens generally do not have an oven - Maybe an oven toaster but no real oven. So if you're used to baking gratins or cakes or bread or pretzels, well, you gotta kiss that thought goodbye cause there's no way you can actually bake that kind of stuff unless you buy yourself a very new expensive appliance for which you probably won't have space to put down. So yeah, kiss the thought goodbye. Bye pretzels, goodbye, goodbye. [Let's go to director's home.] [However, microwave can cook as same as oven in Japan.] [My microwave can cook hamburg, steak, chicken terriyaki, bagel, bread, pizza, cookie, etc.] if you don't want to wash all your dishes by hand, usually you might be using a dishwasher, but that is also not a common kitchen appliance here in Japan. In Germany, it's very, very common, The UK, I didn't see it as much, but in Japan, I didn't see it at all in whichever household I was going to. A good housewife has to stand there for an hour and wash it all by hand -or house gentleman, or house "husbando" yakuza husband in case you have one at home. And in that case, you all have to, if you really, really want not to do it all by hand, buy yourself an on-the-counter dishwasher, which are around 500 bucks. But let's be honest, you will probably not be able to get yourself an on-the-counter dishwasher because you won't even have enough space on your counter, on a normal salary here in Tokyo. And that's because many kitchens are so small that you actually don't have cutting space. So in case you want to cut your vegetables, you have to get an extra-large cutting board and then balance it on the sink, and cut your vegetables up there in order to have enough space to do that kind of stuff on a normal salary. Here in Tokyo that is totally normal If you are scared of fire, you're gonna be scared to make food, because a lot of places still use open gas flames for cooking. Yes, living in Tokyo is pricey, so you think you're gonna be a clever person and you're gonna move to the prefectures around Tokyo like Kanagawa, Chiba or Saitama. Because you think you're gonna get a cheaper place there if you're willing to take a commute from one to up to two hours into consideration. Now, bad news! You're not the only one who thought that. Kind of these prefectures became Tokyo's backyard communing space and a lot of people, a lot of people are commuting from those places right into Tokyo. Yeah, yeah, and sometimes the rent isn't even that much cheaper. So the reality of things is gonna be you're probably gonna spend the majority of your salary on your tiny, tiny apartment. If you're living in and around the Tokyo area it's just gonna be like that. Just deal with it. We all do it more or less. if there's noise in the house or garbage is recycled the wrong way, which is also a big taboo or maybe you're a bicycle or a bicycle's parked in the wrong way, people and your landlord might be tempted to think that it's you because you might be the only foreigner in that housing block. The only thing you can do in that situation is try and be better, try to do things right, maybe try to do the rules and follow the rules tenfold to prove, "No it's not me I totally didn't recycle that wrong, totally did not ... totally did not". Many foreigners seem to think that it's paper walls that connect you to your neighbors Usually, paper walls you do not have to your neighbor's house. But it might just be made out of wood, and so you can actually hear your neighbor sneeze, you can hear your neighbor snore, you can hear, your neighbor talk, same thing. But, don't forget they'll probably hear you do the exact same things. So, they're probably there listening to you trying to learn the guitar, or maybe doing the naughty - they'll know. So yeah, you might have to learn to be a little bit more quiet with some things that you're doing. Remember how you were thinking you were being a clever cookie for living out in the countryside around Tokyo in Chiba, Saitama, or Kanagawa? Yes, you are now in the morning, and you are commuting to work for an hour and a half maybe even for longer than that. And guess what? You'll never get to sit down on the train ... ever, in the morning. Because you're not the only clever cookie; a lot of other people had the same idea. Have fun standing up in the train for 90 minutes in heels. The burn. Feel the burn. And ladies, if you're waiting for prince charming to stand up for you and offer you his seat, it's never gonna happen. It's really not, that's not really done here in Japan. People are happy when they get a seat. Oh, unless you become a grandma. That's when people actually might offer you a seat. At least in the, in the section for priority seats. And if someone farts on the train, you'll be suffering together with everyone until the next stop, because some trains you can't open the window. Those were reasons not to move to Japan. Or were they actually 21? You tell me! Did you watch the video Properly? You might know better than I do. But yeah, most of those were actually more a bit of a comedy thing, take it with a pinch of salt. Japan is a great place. I've made loads and loads of wonderful experiences here. But like I said, no country is perfect. Feel free to inform yourself about the negative sides of Japan. But at least for me, the positive sides are overweighting, and that's why I'm still here! So guys, I wish you a lovely day, I hope you look after yourself. If you have anything to add to this list write it in the comments down below. Thank you so much for checking out AskJapanese, My name is Cathycat, and I hope you come here again to our channel, maybe for the future video. Don't forget to check out our socials, they're also included in the description links because we do other cool stuff like Instagram, pretty pictures all of that. So, I'll see you soon for more stuff here on Ask Japanese. Bye!