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  • Hey guys! Today Rachel has joined me

  • We're gonna talk about: Japanese things that we still cannot do properly

  • So, things in Japan that are a little different than back home, that we're still not used to

  • The first one that comes to my mind is squat toilets

  • Not a fan

  • How about you?

  • Um, I actually love squat toilets

  • WHAT!?

  • What do you like about them!?

  • I'm like the weirdest person probably

  • I've never met another foreigner who likes them

  • I've never met anyone, no! WHY?

  • Because they're so convenient and quick

  • It's like a urinal for women

  • You don't have to touch anything

  • So it feels cleaner

  • I don't have to clean off the toilet, or put down toilet paper

  • That's true

  • it's quicker because you don't have to prepare everything

  • It just feels so awkward for me

  • It's better for you, because it's more natural

  • Yeah like the position of your body. I read that somewhere.

  • I just can't do it properly

  • I don't see how people use it without taking all their clothes off

  • Like how do you not pee all over yourself

  • I can not do it... It just doesn't work

  • I'm gonna make the worst video tutorial in the world

  • You're gonna make a tutorial!?

  • Like in a bathing suit, just pull down my shorts

  • This is how you position yourself

  • Ok, yeah so squat toilets are one of the things I cannot get used to

  • In most cases they will have... you can choose!

  • Lots of malls will have the Japanese style toilets

  • and the western style toilets

  • So you can just wait in line until one of the western ones is free if you prefer those

  • But sometimes when you get out into the middle of nowhere, in the countryside

  • they will only have the Japanese style toilets

  • So it's something I really wish I could get used to

  • But... I've lived in Japan how many years now? Like 8?

  • and I still despise them

  • and I get all nervous when there's only Japanese ones

  • I'm like "What am I going to do... maybe I can hold it for a couple more hours"

  • Well I think you should at least try them

  • because you might actually like them

  • I was terrified at first, and it took me 2-3 times to get used to it

  • TWO!?

  • I've used them like 15 at least

  • I choose the squat toilet every time now

  • That's crazy...

  • One day... you make that tutorial and I will follow it and maybe do it properly

  • The most embarrassing tutorial in the world

  • Ok so what's something Japanese that you're not used to yet?

  • One of them would be taking off my shoes quickly when I enter a house

  • Same for me

  • It's okay when I'm going in my own home

  • because no one is waiting on me

  • But if I'm with someone else, I have to go last

  • because I don't want to inconvenience them

  • Because it takes me so long to unlace my shoes, or unzip it

  • and like reach my hand down and pull it off

  • Yeah it's hard to do it on one leg, you have to like balance

  • Falling into stuff

  • Just not used to it

  • I can't just pull my foot outta my shoes, I have to use my hands

  • The worst is when you're at a restaurant

  • and you have people you don't know waiting for you to put your shoes on

  • and it's just so intimidating

  • I'm trying to be fast~

  • Restaurants, doctors offices, or dentists where you have to take off shoes

  • It's embarrassing

  • Slip on shoes, I have found the wonders of slip on shoes recently

  • So much easier

  • Second one is... I can't even say this in English

  • because we don't have this type of food

  • but in Japanese it's called "neba neba"

  • "neba neba shiteru tabemono"

  • So I'm gonna try my best to translate this into English

  • Really, it's not gooey, it's a certain texture...

  • If you know natto, and you know the texture of natto

  • It's that texture. Slimy, I guess?

  • Slimy and gooey. Slimy gooey and sticky, all of the above.

  • I can think of 3 foods off the top of my head, in Japan that are like that

  • Natto, Yamaimo (mountain potato), or okra

  • Which is a green vegetable

  • And it looks like a star when you cut it

  • Yeah it just looks like a regular star shaped cucumber

  • But when you cut it, it's got the gooey stuff on the inside

  • And I just cannot get used to eating that texture

  • Even if the flavours don't bother me that much

  • the texture is just not something that I'm used to

  • I've tried it several times, apparently it's really good for you

  • That stickiness

  • I think it's good for your body somehow, your skin or... I dunno

  • But everyone says that those 3 things are really healthy

  • and you should always try to eat them

  • and they're included in lots of different Japanese meals

  • But I just can't get used to it...

  • And it's too bad because I love eating healthy foods

  • It would be great to enjoy them just like Japanese people do

  • But, can't

  • How about you? Are you the same?

  • No, no I absolutely cannot handle it

  • I'm very sensitive to texture in the first place

  • So even just looking at it now will make me gag

  • Oh no, that's bad

  • So if I get it into my mouth, I'm guaranteed to like... it's bad

  • I've tried so many times, I just can't do it

  • Another thing I can't do is pretty much anything related to riding bikes

  • Ohhh

  • Now I can manage to ride a bicycle normally

  • But Japanese people like grow up on bikes

  • They're like born on bikes

  • I feel like they ride bikes more often than they walk

  • It's so common here

  • Jun can ride a bike without using either handle bar

  • Whoa~

  • No touching, and he can turn the bike too!

  • How do you do that???

  • Japanese skills.... whaaat

  • I can barely ride a bike without falling over

  • Omg... I remember the first time that I tried to ride a bike

  • The first time I came to Japan

  • My homestay gave me a bicycle to ride to school every morning

  • I was like.. Oh okay.. I haven't ridden a bike in years

  • But I tried it, and I kind of like veered off of the little path

  • and into the rice paddy...

  • It was so embarrassing

  • They were probably like, what the hell, she's like 17 and she can't ride a bike?

  • That was probably really weird for them to see

  • It's really embarrassing

  • I'm totally used to it now and I bike all the time

  • But that first time was like... yeah, I totally get where e you're coming from

  • Okay, another big one for me

  • Another thing I wish I could get used to

  • because everyone seems to really enjoy and love it here

  • Onsen.

  • I don't like being naked in front of people I don't know

  • and would probably feel the same in front of people that I do know

  • Like I don't think I would want to go to an onsen with Rachel and be naked with each other

  • That would probably be really awkward

  • It's really too bad, because Japanese people love onsens!

  • They always talk about how amazing it is

  • They're like "Oh you should go to this onsen! It's really beautiful!"

  • And the first thing that comes to my mind is, I don't care how beautiful the place is

  • I just keep thinking about how I have to be naked in front of everyone

  • and I don't like that

  • I've actually gotten used to the idea of being naked in front of other people

  • I've been to hotels here where they have communal baths

  • So when you want to take a shower, it's in a room with lots of other showers

  • So everyone is naked in the same room

  • And I was like, What the heck!? the first time

  • But then I was like, well ok, it's normal here

  • All right, whatever I'll just do it

  • As I've gotten older, I care a little bit less about those kinds of things

  • But, I still can't handle onsen because I'm too sensitive to temperature

  • Ohhh they're so hot!

  • Really hot

  • Even hot tubs in America, I can't sit in hot tubs for more than 5 minutes

  • Well I don't think you're supposed to anyways

  • I don't think its good for your body to be in them too long

  • Maybe that's a natural response

  • But I'm the same

  • People will just be like, sitting there enjoying it

  • And I'm like jesus christ I gotta get out of here!

  • Dying, like a lobster, and sweating...

  • I really really wish I could enjoy onsen

  • Because they seem magical, everyone else seems to absolutely adore them

  • Ok, here's something that I bet you feel the same way

  • Keigo in Japanese. It's not that I'm not used to it because it's difficult...

  • It is super difficult, so that's one thing to get over

  • But I'm kinda used to how keigo works