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  • Hey guys! Rachel has joined me today!

  • I wanted to make a video talking about safety in Japan

  • and how safe I feel here

  • Because I get asked lots of questions like if I feel safe walking alone at night

  • If I've had any issues being attacked by people

  • or harassed by people

  • So I thought that would be a cool topic to invite someone else to join me

  • So that you can hear both of our experiences

  • Because I'm sure we've had very different experiences

  • I wanna start out by saying that I feel a lot safer in Japan

  • than I do in Canada, in general

  • Walking down the street here

  • I don't feel worried that some guy's gonna come up and grab me

  • or try to attack me or anything

  • I never have that feeling when I'm walking alone on the streets here

  • How about you?

  • Exactly the same

  • I've never felt in danger here, ever

  • For me that's really different to how I feel in Canada

  • Canada, I'm sure has a really safe image to it

  • and I'm sure it's a lot safer than other countries, many other countries

  • But I've been grabbed by a guy before

  • in Canada, when I was talking down the street

  • So I'm kind of traumatized

  • When I'm in Canada I'm always very careful at night time

  • I always bring a friend with me if I'm planning to go somewhere late at night

  • I make sure that my friend gets a ride over to my house

  • and we're gonna walk together

  • But in Japan I never feel that I have to do that

  • Right, no, it's very similar for me

  • I've never been attacked

  • But I have stayed in an apartment in America

  • and one of our neighbour's houses was broken into in the middle of the night

  • while the female neighbour was still in there

  • and you could hear her screaming for help, and it was so terrifying!

  • I was so terrified

  • And I've had a lot of uncomfortable experiences with guys

  • Oh yeah, like yelling stuff at you as you walk down the street?

  • I have guys... they like to do this thing to me

  • where they walk past me and whisper in my ear

  • Oh gross!!!

  • Ugh I know exactly what you mean

  • "Hey baby~" or something

  • They think they're being clever

  • Has that ever worked on anyone?

  • I don't think there's any girl that would react positively to that

  • It's always "Hey Red!" or "Sup flame?"

  • Oh no... it's even worse for you with your hair D;

  • I feel for you... I can just imagine

  • That's one thing that I really like about Japan!

  • Is that people won't make comments at you as you're walking down the street

  • Well actually, that's not true

  • They'll make comments about you being a foreigner

  • They'll make general comments about you being...

  • Yeah yeah, like they'll talk about the shape of your head

  • Which is weird. Or like...

  • Or like... "Wow! Foreigners have such big noses!"

  • They might say something like that

  • But people won't be like "Hey sexy!" or "Oooo looking' good!"

  • like people in Canada would

  • It's not like everyone in North America is bad or something

  • I've had a lot of guys who would say stuff

  • but they would be nice about it and I didn't feel uncomfortable

  • They would approach you in a nice way?

  • Yeah yeah, there's definitely people that do that too

  • And here people just don't approach me, at all!

  • It's nice!

  • They're like terrified of me or something

  • The only unpleasant experiences that I've had in Japan

  • that I really want to share with you guys because

  • it's something that I was not expecting at all when it happened

  • and I was kind of traumatized

  • So I wanna let you know that it's something that happens quite commonly here

  • which is sad :/

  • People touching you on the train

  • Trains here are sooo crowded

  • In Tokyo they're packed! Literally like sardines

  • People will be like this on the train

  • There'll be someone here, someone here

  • And people usually have their hands down here

  • So it's really easy for a guy to touch your leg

  • They'll try and do it subtly

  • Just kinda like rub up against your leg

  • But you know what they're doing

  • The first time I came to Japan, I was 17

  • and I was wearing a skirt on the train

  • and this guy stuck his hand right up under my skirt

  • and like grabbed my butt

  • and I was just like "Holy shit what just happened!?"

  • I was not expecting it at all

  • So I just wanna warn you guys that that's something that does happen here

  • and it's not extremely rare or anything

  • It does happen quite commonly

  • So especially if you're wearing a skirt, something that guys can reach up in there

  • be a lot more careful

  • Kinda try to block yourself, maybe with your bag

  • If you see that you're right beside a guy on the train

  • maybe try to get your hands in between the 2 of you

  • or something, just to protect yourself

  • There are definitely methods to protect yourself on the train

  • Like standing with your back to your door

  • Yeah, try and get as close as you can up to the wall

  • Yeah, definitely

  • That's the only... I've had one other bad experience on a train

  • I tweeted about it, so maybe some of you followed me as it was happening

  • But this guy pretended to fall asleep on my shoulder

  • It was so obvious because he was awake

  • then all of a sudden he's on my shoulder

  • It was so weird because all the seats were open in the train

  • and he sat right down next to me, so I was like "Oh god...

  • this isn't going to end well"

  • So he "falls asleep" on my shoulder and I'm just like

  • Ugh and I move over and he kind of falls off

  • And then he tries it again

  • and then I look at him like "What are you doing?"

  • And he leans in to kiss me!!!

  • What the!?

  • Like he was so close to kissing me!

  • And I woulda punched him so I'm really glad that he didn't

  • because it could've ended horribly with the police and everything

  • Here, I'll reenact it with Rachel

  • You'll be me

  • Ok so he's on my shoulder right

  • and then I kinda nudge him off

  • Then he looks up and looks at me, and then he's like...

  • and he got like THIS close to my face!!

  • and I was like "WHOA whoa..."

  • "What the hell..."

  • In English I'm just like "Fuck off!"

  • "What are you doing!?" I was really surprised

  • He stood up, and went over to the door

  • and he got off at the next stop

  • I don't know if it was his stop or what

  • But thank god, he got off the train

  • and we didn't really cause a big scene

  • There were 2 other people a little further away from us on the train

  • And they just kinda started laughing

  • Which I thought was kind of mean, it wasn't funny to me

  • I was pretty pissed off

  • No, that's really creepy

  • But those 2 incidents are the only 2 issues that I've had

  • And the only 2 incidents where I've felt kind of uncomfortable

  • It's not that I feel unsafe

  • because I've never felt that someone's going to physically harm me

  • But yeah, sexual touching

  • You gotta be careful with that stuff in trains in Japan

  • Have you had any bad experiences on trains?

  • I haven't actually

  • But usually I go out with Jun

  • So I dunno if guys are more like... ya know, Jun's so tall and stuff

  • I'm sure if they see that you're with someone else

  • Especially if you're with someone that looks like your boyfriend

  • they're probably not going to try anything

  • Because you would tell them right?

  • You'd be like "That guy just touched me!!"

  • So yeah it's definitely safer to be with someone

  • I have been approached a couple of times before

  • It's called "nanpa" - like getting hit on by guys

  • But it's not... like I've had it happen in America too

  • Like uncomfortably and some guys are just, you know, they're just kinda nice

  • and here I wouldn't say it's uncomfortable

  • It's a little... sometimes it can be weird

  • Because they'll come up to you and be like "Hey, where are you from?"

  • "What's your name?"

  • And then they'll go right into "Wanna go on a date?"

  • or "Wanna come back to my house?"

  • And it's like "Ew. Who are you? I do not know you"

  • It's not gonna happen.

  • I had one guy not too long ago, he came up to me

  • and was like "Hey, are you from France?"

  • and I was like "No" and he was like "I'm sorry"

  • Why are you sorry I'm not from France???

  • He's like "I like your style"

  • and I was like "Ok, thanks"

  • I was like "I'm married"

  • As soon as he walked away he said I'm sorry again or something

  • or like "I like your style"

  • At least he apologized, that was nice

  • I've had people get angry at me when I said no

  • They'd be like "What's your problem?" in Japanese

  • Usually when guys nanpa you here they're drunk

  • Ah, yeah

  • You're in the city late at night and someone's stumbling home from a bar

  • A lot of times they're with a group of friends

  • and a guy will come up and be like "Hey my friend speaks English!"

  • or whatever, and they're all giggling in the background

  • "He speaks English~" and like "You wanna go get a drink?"

  • And I'm like "No."

  • I never feel unsafe though, right?

  • I don't feel unsafe

  • As awkward and obnoxious it is to be picked up by people you're not interested in

  • I never feel like "Omg, this guy might attack me!" or something

  • In Canada I often feel like I kinda gotta be careful

  • Yeah, I mean, there are bad people everywhere

  • And there are good people everywhere, so it's not like you know...

  • It's not like, this country is amazing and this country sucks or anything

  • But in general I feel a lot safer here and I like that

  • because I like going for walks at night, and I like going jogging at night

  • and it's nice to not have to worry too much

  • In general I would say Japan is a safe country

  • to walk around at night time, you don't need to worry about getting mugged

  • That rarely, I don't think it ever happens here

  • I've never heard a story where someone attacked someone to try to steal their money

  • I do see a lot of signs for "hittakuri" in our city, like purse snatching

  • I've never seen that happen

  • But they have actual signs up here in some places

  • "Beware of hittakuri"

  • People wil ride along on a bicycle or a motorbike and grab your bag

  • So be careful of people stealing stuff

  • But that's not a common problem

  • Yeah I've never heard of that happening, so that surprised me when I saw those signs

  • So if you guy have any other questions related to this topic

  • Leave them down below

  • and me and Rachel will try to reply to some of those if we can!

  • Hope that was helpful for you guys

  • Make sure to subscribe to Rachel's channel if you haven't already

  • And I will see you soon! Bye!

Hey guys! Rachel has joined me today!

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