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  • [Chris]:- We're going to Yamadera, it's the most

  • [Chris]:- beautiful temple in all of Tohoku. Well, I like

  • [Chris]:- it so much that I had it on my business

  • [Chris]:- cards for the longest time.

  • [Chris]:- But- [Sharla]:- You took it off now.

  • [Chris]:- I took it off now and I replaced it with a

  • [Chris]:- photo of a shrine in Hiroshima, but anyway-

  • [Sharla]:- Traitor!

  • [Chris]:- Yamadera, beautiful shrine, love it. It's probably

  • [Chris]:- at its best either now or in winter when

  • [Chris]:- you've got

  • lots of snow.

  • [Chris]:- It's a little bit of a climb, so I hope you've got your hiking

  • [Chris]:- shoes on. [Sharla]:- I don't. [Chris]:- Oh dear. [Sharla]:- It's up on the side of

  • [Sharla]:- a mountain, which is why it's called

  • [Sharla]:- Yamadera. I've never been, I've seen so

  • [Sharla]:- many photos and videos of it. It's probably

  • [Sharla]:- the most famous temple in North Japan, I

  • [Sharla]:- would say. So, the place we're going today

  • [Sharla]:- you can get to by car, obviously, or

  • [Sharla]:- you can take a train from Sendai station

  • [Sharla]:- and it'll take you right up to the

  • temple. [Chris]:- Mmm. [Sharla]:- It'll take about an hour, so it's pretty easily accessed from

  • [Sharla]:- Tokyo. So I feel like Yamagata prefecture

  • [Sharla]:- is probably one of the best places to

  • [Sharla]:- drive around in the autumn- [Chris]:- Mmm. [Sharla]:- because of

  • [Sharla]:- the mountains, they're so orange and

  • [Sharla]:- pretty right now. [Chris]:- It's an amazing place. [Sharla]:- Yeah.

  • [Chris]:- I'm very lucky to live here for three years

  • [Chris]:- I keep coming back, even now, and I

  • [Chris]:- honestly think it's one of the most

  • [Chris]:- beautiful preferences in all of Japan. [Sharla]:- If I had

  • [Sharla] to rate my favorite prefectures it would

  • [Sharla]:- probably be number one or two. We're

  • [Sharla]:- gonna park the car at the base of the

  • [Sharla]:- mountain, I guess. [Chris]:- Mmm. [Sharla]:- And then hike up for

  • [Sharla]:- about half hour and that'll bring us up to the

  • [Sharla]:- temple. [Chris]:- Half an hour? [Sharla]:- It's a little bit of a hike. [Chris]: - Speak for

  • yourself, ten minutes. [Sharla]:- Google said half hour- [Chris]:- We're

  • [Chris]:- running up it, no problem.

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  • [Sharla]:- So there's a really nice town down here

  • [Sharla]:- with lots of restaurants and shops

  • [Sharla]:- and probably places to stay too.

  • [Sharla]:- not sure if they have any Ryokan or

  • [Sharla]:- anything around here, but it looks like

  • [Sharla]:- the type of town that would. And a really

  • [Sharla]:- pretty river running through it. So cold

  • [Sharla]:- today! I was out of Japan for one month

  • and it went from summer to almost winter.

  • Oh, here this is where we start. Oh, cool.

  • I feel tired already just looking at

  • these stairs. 10 minutes. You probably used to make it in 10 minutes.

  • CB: How long do you think it will take me to get these stairs?

  • S: I don't know.

  • CB: What time is it?

  • CB: Ready?

  • Two, one ..

  • Idiot.

  • 19 seconds

  • He was good charging up here like an

  • idiot. Everyone was feeling 'what the hell'

  • I've single-handedly ruined the

  • atmosphere of Yamadera.

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  • [Applause]

  • [Music]

  • Ou, Matsuo, Matsuo Bashō

  • Poet.

  • Writer.

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  • See, Yamagata is um well known for exporting

  • safflower.

  • Which is a

  • a flower used to stain clothing red.

  • So you know Yamagata was actually

  • quite rich and then

  • presumably they found a better source of

  • safflower but most importantly of all

  • there's a cat over here. Look at this.

  • [Applause]

  • Hi.

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  • All right, so we are

  • here

  • CB: The cat is here.

  • and we need to go

  • CB: Oh my goodness you really want to go up there.

  • ... oh god, it's endless.

  • There, I think that's the glory there.

  • CB: Can't we just fly a drone up there.

  • There's literally like a heart attack warning,

  • because you'll die if you go up there

  • That's for you really.

  • CB: I'm still still

  • recovering from the stairs.

  • Тhe 19 seconds stair sprint.

  • Well, look at this rock. It's as big as it

  • looks

  • chris: Yeah that must be pretty great

  • sharla: looks really creepy

  • it looks like a monster

  • Sharla: so you have to pay a couple dollars to enter this area

  • i think it's 300 Yen

  • yeah about three dollars

  • oh it's so pretty!

  • *music*

  • sharla: have you ever seen a monkey here?

  • *indistinct chatter*

  • *music*

  • sharla: it's a really nice climb

  • it is tiring

  • *chris dying and gasping for air*

  • sharla: but um yeah there's lots of really pretty things to look at look at

  • look it's two-headed one

  • sharla: I've never seen it two-headed

  • sharla: get up there

  • chris: it's up there

  • *music*

  • sharla: it's a secret path up there,

  • I don't know where it goes

  • sharla, softly: secret path :)

  • sharla: maybe it's just another way up

  • chris: secret shot

  • in the uh

  • end game of the climb

  • it's always vertical bit

  • but also the most beautiful

  • *sharla laughing*

  • chris: stunning

  • sharla: do they light these up at night time?

  • chris: uhhh think they do in certain seasons

  • sharla: that'd be cool

  • chris: here for example there's a candle

  • sharla: yeah they all have one

  • sharla: yeah they all have one

  • *music*

  • sharla: oh look at that!

  • it is balancing them

  • sharla: that's pretty cool, they're not stuck

  • I think they're all just balanced though

  • sharla: should we try and stick one in?

  • chris: do it

  • so these are all...

  • balanced very precariously, right?

  • sharla: yeah

  • chris: it's pretty incredible

  • sharla: I'm scared to knock someone else's down D:

  • awww

  • chris: is it magnetic rock?

  • sharla: nooo

  • this is aluminum anyways

  • oh there! :D

  • *twinkle sound of success*

  • chris: oh wow that was easy

  • sharla: you can kind of wedge it in

  • sharla: don't knock the other ones off >:((((

  • *buzz noise of failure*

  • sharla: what the h***?

  • chris: shut up :'(

  • *sharla laughs*

  • chris: you did an easy one, I want a daring one

  • you know i want a challenge

  • that's what Abroad in Japan is all about,

  • challenging.... yourself.

  • chris: let's put a coin-

  • sharla: alright then go for it

  • chris: let's put a coin in the wall

  • chris, whispering: challenge

  • *buzz noise of failure #2*

  • chris, a little louder: challenge

  • *sharla laughs*

  • chris: oh?

  • chris, whispering again: get in ya bastard >:(((

  • sharla: there, that looks-

  • *chris snorts*

  • *sharla laughs*

  • *buzz noise of failure #3*

  • sharla: you suck at this