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  • Okay...

  • Hello everyone.

  • Today we'd like to talk about why we love Japan.

  • We're back everyone.

  • So, just want to start by saying thank you to everyone who watched the first video.

  • We had such amazing feedback from it.

  • Some amazing suggestions, some really good ideas of what to make videos about.

  • And also some great places to visit in Japan.

  • We want to come back next year and make more videos in Japan,

  • so we're gonna make a bit of a travel list of places to see while we're there, so thank you everyone.

  • Yeah, one thing we noticed from our first video is that there are a lot of people looking to learn English

  • and there were quite a few suggestions of adding English subtitles to our videos,

  • so that you can follow what we're saying in English with the English words.

  • So if you go back and watch our first video again,

  • that'll have English subtitles now if you want to read along and practice your English with us

  • and we'll put them on this video as well.

  • What we want to talk about today are some of the reasons that we really love Japan.

  • We've put together a list of six reasons why we really love the country and we want to share them with you today.

  • The first that I noticed when I went to Japan is how friendly the people are.

  • It started before we even landed in Japan, didn't it? With the two ladies on the flight.

  • We actually got our tickets separate from each other, so we didn't sit next to each other on the flight.

  • We both sat next to these different Japanese ladies.

  • They didn't know each other either. They claimed they didn't know English very well, but they were so helpful.

  • For about six hours they were talking to us about places to visit in Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka.

  • It was just an amazing first impression, certainly for you because that was your first time traveling to Japan.

  • Yeah, it was incredible.

  • We had a list. Temples, shrines, restaurants, so many different things that we needed to go and see.

  • Would we have gone to Todaiji in Nara if...?

  • Maybe not. Would we have gone to Todaiji in Nara if...?

  • And that was one of the most impressive things for me.

  • Nara and Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto, for me, were two of the most impressive things.

  • So that lady who told me to go there, thank you very much if you're watching.

  • I told you to watch out for Leicester City Football Club,

  • I hope you did because two years later we won the Premier League.

  • Hopefully she enjoyed that as much as I enjoyed Todaiji.

  • Exactly, fingers crossed...

  • Even when we got off the flight, our first impressions of people in the city of Tokyo were so positive.

  • Yeah, we were on the Tokyo Metro and we were trying to find our apartment.

  • Which was near Yoyogi-hachiman.

  • We were on a line and we didn't know which line to get.

  • And we were tired, we had been up a long time.

  • Near 20 hours, probably.

  • We had been up nearly a whole day. Near 20 hours, probably.

  • We had been up nearly a whole day.

  • We were a little bit lost.

  • In the train station, we walked in and there was a gentleman stood in front of us,

  • he turned around and looked at us and what did he say, Nick?

  • He asked us if we needed any help, I think.

  • Yeah, "do you guys need some help?" He asked us if we needed any help, I think.

  • Yeah, "do you guys need some help?"

  • And then proceeded to not only tell us where we needed to go,

  • but actually walk with us for about 10 minutes.

  • I think longer than that. I think about 15 minutes.

  • Maybe 15 minutes, but he didn't need to do that. I think longer than that. I think about 15 minutes.

  • Maybe 15 minutes, but he didn't need to do that.

  • He could have just told us which direction to go and that would already have been super kind.

  • The fact that this guy took 15 minutes out of his day to walk with us was staggering.

  • That would never happen in any other country I've been to.

  • Not just in England, I would never expect that in Europe or America, even.

  • Probably not.

  • He looked about 60 years old and we started talking,

  • we were walking and he was asking us questions

  • and when he said "how old are you?" we said 24.

  • And he said "ah, you're younger than my son."

  • And I was like, okay, "how old is your son?"

  • He said 50, and I was like "oh, my God."

  • "Sir, if you don't mind me asking, how old are you?"

  • And he said "I'm 85."

  • And I just thought, an 85 year old man has just walked us 20 minutes across Tokyo,

  • taken us to the right station on the right line,

  • told us which way to go,

  • put our money into the machine to make sure we had the right money in there and the right ticket

  • and then he showed us to the right platform, as well.

  • It was absolutely amazing.

  • I didn't know what to do.

  • I didn't know whether to shake the man's hand, I just ended up giving him a hug,

  • because I just thought "what a legend!"

  • It was amazing. It's a theme we've noticed whenever we've been to Japan.

  • Whenever I've been to Japan as well, certainly.

  • Everyone is just so kind and helpful and I think that radiates throughout the whole country.

  • We hadn't even reached our apartment and I was already in love with the country and the people.

  • I mean, after traveling for so long,

  • being shown in the right direction

  • and having a list longer than my arm of places I needed to go is just...

  • A crazy experience.

  • It could not have been a better start.

  • Yeah, great start to the holiday.

  • And on top of that, when we were flying into Tokyo

  • we also got an amazing view of Fuji, which leads us onto our second point.

  • One of the most wonderful things I find about Japan is its culture and history.

  • I think Fuji is kind of symbolic of all of that.

  • That is the typical picture of Japan abroad.

  • Yes, there is a lot of Japanese art and culture that almost worships Fuji.

  • Yeah, all of the Hokusai pictures like The Great Wave off Kanagawa and that whole series of Fuji.

  • It's so symbolic of the country and so popular worldwide, everyone knows those images.

  • Not just that though, also the juxtaposition between traditional and modern Japan.

  • I loved that, when we went to Ginza to see the kabuki.

  • It's something we really wanted to do.

  • It was a really beautiful old building.

  • I think it's a new building, actually.

  • Is it?!

  • It's a new building built in the style of...

  • It's a new building, but it's... It's a new building built in the style of...

  • It's a new building built in the style of...

  • very traditional Japanese architecture.

  • It was just in the shadow of these skyscrapers.

  • I think that's fantastic.

  • One either side, one behind it.

  • Having the old surrounded by the new.

  • It's kind of normal and I love it.

  • There are also areas that are so well preserved, that really maintain their rich history.

  • Like Gion in Kyoto has a really rich history to it and it embraces that.

  • Yeah, so you're talking about the older kind of areas, the more traditional places.

  • It's great to visit, but what I loved about our first holiday

  • was we had that with Kyoto, and we also had cooler and newer places with Osaka.

  • Like Dotonbori and we had Akihabara in Tokyo

  • where it's just mental, it's just crazy.

  • A whole street full of buildings that are huge and lit up and it's all so colourful and

  • a little bit alien to us, because I can't read hiragana, katakana or kanji,

  • so for me, it's one of the few places in the world that I've been to where I look at a building and have no idea what it is.

  • Even when you come out of Shibuya station,

  • the first appearance out of there is ridiculous, almost like Times Square.

  • Times Square, but on steroids.

  • Yeah, it's just crazy.

  • Piccadilly Circus times 100.

  • It's funny you say that, because I went to New York two years later.

  • I went to New York in 2016 with my family.

  • The first night, we got rid of our luggage, went to Times Square...

  • and I was stood there...

  • thinking "well, this is cute."

  • "Is this it?"

  • It probably is amazing if you haven't been to Dotonbori,

  • if you have been to Shin Sekai, if you haven't been to Akihabara.

  • Maybe it is amazing, but for me it just doesn't compare.

  • I've been spoiled. I've been spoiled.

  • And New York only has Times Square that is like that. I've been spoiled. I've been spoiled.

  • And New York only has Times Square that is like that.

  • Japan, well certainly Tokyo, has areas like that all over the city.

  • Like Shinjuku, Shibuya, Akihabara. They're all full of high-rise, neon buildings like Blade Runner.

  • Yeah, I mean, there's Godzilla coming out of the cinema.

  • It's just crazy. It's funny, though. I love it.

  • Also, one of the things that we haven't done that is still on my list is visit an onsen.

  • I've done onsen.

  • You've done onsen, I've not done onsen yet.

  • I'd love to do Japanese onsen and I'd also love to do a day of walking around in a yukata.

  • Yeah, it would be great if we had a festival to go to.

  • Yeah, it seems like such a lovely thing to do and a tradition that has been kept so well for so long.

  • Like sumo wrestling has been preserved and it carries on.

  • We kind of lose traditions over here a little bit.

  • It gets a little bit diluted, watered down and it just disappears.

  • In Japan, they're so good at keeping tradition alive.

  • Well, it's not rare to see groups of girls in the Summer walking around in yukata.

  • I think that's really beautiful. It's wonderful dress wear.

  • We've seen it quite a lot. I think that's really beautiful. It's wonderful dress wear.

  • I think that's really beautiful. It's wonderful dress wear.

  • You just don't see it over here.

  • So, another reason that we really love Japan.

  • It's such an important thing when I visit, to try all of the food I can.

  • We really love Japanese food.

  • Always, the first thing I do when I get to Japan, is go for yakiniku.

  • I absolutely love it.

  • I mean, there are so many dishes I love in Japan, but I can eat yakiniku every day.

  • It's so good...

  • Not just that, everything from ramen, gyuudon, curry rice.

  • Karaage chicken.