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So, as – hopefully – all of you know, we went to Japan over the weekend. We went on a small vacation of sorts. We’ve always been interested in Japan and Tokyo, and so we decided to hang out for a weekend and see what it was like. We were there from Friday afternoon to Monday evening and soaked in as much as possible. We also put together as much footage as possible while still trying to have fun. Prepare yourself for 4 days of footage boiled down into 11 minutes of non-stop video.

Anyhow, there was a bunch of stuff that we didn’t get on camera that was pretty awesome.

1) Cars in Tokyo: they obey the law. AWESOME! For the first day, every time we crossed the street we would flinch when a car approached, just like we do in Korea, because Korean drivers always seem to try to push their way through pedestrian walkways. In Tokyo, though, cars (we’re looking at you taxis) didn’t try to run red lights and squeeze their way through crowds of people. AMAZING!

2) Electronics:

    a) Bloody expensive, for starters. Like, seriously. Absurdly expensive. The notion that we had before of cheap electronics being in Asia, because a lot of electronics are made in Asia and, thus, should be cheaper, seems to be dead wrong. I checked out the camera gear in Bic Camera and FFFFUUUUUUUU it was absurd for everything: lenses, bodies, tripods, you name it: all cost vastly more than the prices we can find online.
    b) Buying a new iPad was easy. We thought we’d have to wait in line in the morning with everyone else to pick one up. We got into Ikebukuro at around 4PM or so and went out to the electronic shops at around 8PM, a full 12 hours after the new iPads went on sale. Every store had them in stock. No waiting in line for me. Walked in, asked for one, got one. BOOM!
    c) There are so many video games, that I want to cry (Simon here). Don’t get me started on this. There were enough PS3 games on one floor to fill 10 GameStops. And so many that I didn’t hear about. I remember before coming to Korea that I knew, as a kid, I’d want to move to Japan so I could learn the language and play the games before they come out in North America. I kinda forgot about that dream once I moved to Korea. Seeing all those games made me remember my childhood dreams.

3) Food: we can’t say much about it, because we ate Ramen a lot. Like, everyday but Monday a lot. Japanese Ramen is otherworldly. They boil their eggs in some way that leaves the yolks all gooey and delicious and bBbbbBBBARRRGGGHhhghghgh it’s so good. Japan has other foods to offer, and we dabbled in a few things here and there (we put some other Japanese foods in the Blooper footage…we didn’t really have bloopers as so much extra footage) but mostly we tried to keep our stomachs empty for non-stop ramen action.

4) Our Harajuku experience was a bit lame: it was raining, and so the only group of dressed up people we saw were the Rockabilly people. There were lots of other people dressed up awesomely otherwise, but not in a congregation. They were just peppered throughout Harajuku. Also, according to someone’s Tweet, we were in Harajuku with Yubin from Wonder Girls. We never saw her, but the Tweeter supposedly saw the two of us:

…buuuuut we never saw either Yubin or the Tweeter. Damn! Would have made for a cool video! We did get a chance to meet an awesome fan from Brazil at the Meiji shrine, who was fantastic and bubbly, and we also ran into a fellow Canadian who was disappointed to miss the fan meet by one day, yet still ran into us by pure fluke!

5) We saw some Japanese celebrity but don’t know who he was: we went to a Starbucks to rejuvenate and sat beside some douchebag wearing dark sunglasses indoors. Sorry: we call him a douchebag because we don’t like it when self-important people wear dark sunglasses indoors. It’s such a painful facade. The sunglasses are supposed to be because you don’t want to be seen, but by wearing them you’re only attracting attention to yourself, because then people think that you’re important. You’re pretending to want to be unrecognized but you’re begging for people’s attention as well. And it turns out we were right: the guy was a celebrity, and he was waiting for a girl to meet him. She squealed and gave him a CD to sign which we didn’t see the name of. Long story short: no musician should wear dark sunglasses indoors unless his name is Stevie Wonder. Or unless you’re getting harassed by paparazzi and the lights are flashing in your eyes. But this guy was plastered up against the window at the front of the Starbucks. And it was rainy, so there was no sun out. I don’t know. Maybe he has super-sensitive eyes, or maybe he’s Japan’s Cyclops. We just don’t like the indoor sunglasses deal.

6) Kpop is a lot more popular than we thought: It’s really hard, in Korea, to know how well Kpop is doing outside of Korea, because the media isn’t really reliable. We always hear about Kpop taking over the world, how Europe and Japan and now North America are bowing down to Kpop the way Kitties are Conquered by Bilasa. But, clearly, that’s not wholly accurate. When we were in Japan, though, we were amazed at how much Kpop was playing. We heard lots of Big Bang and 2NE1. IU was playing a lot as well. We saw Billboards of U-Kiss, ad vans of Rainbow, and big sections of Kpop music at the record stores. Wow. Totally didn’t know Kpop was so big in Japan.

Eatyourkimchi in Japan Fan Meet

Thanks to all of you awesome people who came out to meet us in Japan.

7) Thanks to everyone who came out to our Fan Meet: We seriously didn’t expect that many people to come. When we look at our site stats, Japan isn’t even in the top 10 for visiting countries. So, we thought maybe we’d have a couple of people, five at most, that would be nice enough to meet us in Tokyo and chat over coffee. We were really wrong. We totally took over the patio of Excelsior Cafe. We would have gone inside but there wasn’t enough room for us, so we huddled together in a circle and tried to use our body warmth to keep us from shivering. Some were not warm enough. Sorry everyone, but – again – thanks for coming out!

Oh! And we took lots of pictures from our trip. We’re not photo people, though, so forgive us if our pictures suck. We like making movies. Pictures are a totally different ballgame. Anyhow, if you like pictures, look at them!

Lastly, our video was quite long, but we’ve got even more footage. If you’re interested, check out the deleted scenes here:

 

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  1. the end bit was so cute, your friend must be like ‘hey….guys…hello?….guys…im right here….hello?’
    loved watching your tip to japan! bet it was heaps of fun!

  2. THANKS GUYS~I had a little trip to Tokyo ;D
    CAN YOU PLEASE TELL US HOW TO VISIT YOU WHEN I GO TO KOREA THIS SUMMER? I really wanna meet with you!! :))

  3. Hey :)

    Just letting you guys know the ramen place you went was called Mutekiya. They actually have an English website and menu! 

    http://www.mutekiya.com

    (P.S Next time you should try Ippudo ramen! http://www.ippudo.com/index.html)

    Also you can get those delicious eggs at any convenience store in Japan for around 60-70yen. :) 

    x

  4. where did you buy the one piece? I’m here in ikebukuro, and I’m dying for that PJs!!

  5. maybe that guy was atsushi from EXILE…it’s his style to wear sunglasses…:))

  6. i reallllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyy reallllllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyy realllllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyy want to go to Jappan now TT^TT im so jealous of ya ! :( korea is the #1 and jappan #2 2 country i wanna come ! >,,,

  7. Are the food prices about the same for Korea and Japan? I’ve heard that Japan is more expensive in almost every aspect, is this true? How expensive is it compared to Korea?

  8. i loved the “it’s not bad… but it’s not good” comment when eating the combini dessert. it’s my issue with most japanese sweets here, they just kinda taste like nothing. even if you eat a muffin or a cake, it’s like they got the sweetness factor wrong, you know?

    anyhoo, it was really fun to see you wanking in japan!! hope you come back!

  9. LOL Japanese musicians ALWAYS do that Simon and Martina…its a Normal thing…Half of it is because visual kei (jrock) stars (which is kind of like the main big whoop in Japans music industry…like what kpop is to Korea) are ALWAYS in make up ALWAYS!!!! so when they go out normally…instead of their fans seeing them without make up on and seeing how they really look…they use the sunglasses….they do it for interviews, radio shows, talk shows, etc. since the eye make up is usually the most heavily define! other stars I have no comment as to why they would wear it LOL…maybe you met a jrocker….if he was 5 foot 3 in he could be Ruki from the GazettE or Kyo from Dir en grey XD

  10. If you ever get the chance, you should go to Yokohama and eat at the ramen museum.  8 or 9 ramen restaurants from around Japan to sample from.  I only got through 3, but maybe you can power through all of them!

  11. Can you mention all the places you visited please? Thanks!

  12. I’m curious to find out who you saw in starbucks. Were you able to take a picture of him? ^_^

  13. Simon your now i know my boyfriend is as cool as you, you guys have the same sneakers ^.^

  14. Remind me to go to a EYK meetup, as it seemed to be made up entirely of attractive females.

  15. Hey Guys~!! I’m going to Japan soon and I’m wondering what hotel did you stay inn?? Is Ikebukoro a good location?? Thanks

  16. Any recommendations on places to visit? I just got accepted to study in Japan this summer and would love to do go to some cute gift shops like the ones you guys visited :)

  17. im sorry for not being able to go to the meeting guise
    i am the one who offered you guise the free tour guide not really with my friend eimie
    you guise really shouldve went to shinokubo
    there is much more of korea there
    than there is in tokyo
    ^^
    i went there 8 times and all the time it was packed and every resturaunt i went to there was always a giant flat screen showing music videos
    the resturaunts i went to showed Big Bang music videos
    it depends on the resturaunt really
    if you want to see a group you have to ask the chefs and stuff wat videos they show
    it is always fun^A^
    o well
    i watched the video and saw
    and OMG i cant believe that was the first time you ate gyouza
    i eat it all the time!!!!!!!!

  18. When I was living there, kpop was very slowly starting to sink into the pop music scene. Most kids still didn’t know groups like Shinee or U-KISS. But they loved DBSK and Girls Generation. I bet it’s changed quite a bit now because that was a year ago. Plus Japanese pop music SUUUCKS (sorry but true story) so it’s only a matter of time before kpop saturates the market I bet. 

    And this video made me cry a little. I totally felt Simon on the ramen experience. There’s a ramen place in Osaka where after I walked out, I said to myself, “maybe…. maybe I can die now.” lol! Japanese ramen is crazy good. CRAZY. Even the not-so-great ramen is still pretty damn good.

    • your comment sound like such an obnoxious kpop fan. Music taste is an opinion, not a true story nor a fact.
      Only 3 kpop group right now is actually popular with general public.  
      And the way some of you fans are acting I hope every other kpop groups stay irrelevant.

      • There’s no need to be upset or call my comment “obnoxious.” Ironically, my comment is exactly what you said it is, an opinion. So for you to slam my opinion is a bit counter productive. And the term “true story” is meant as a light-hearted joke. No one thinks what I said is absolutely or resolutely true.

        Calm down. I really shouldn’t have even responded to this, but I couldn’t help but point out the irony in your comment. Thanks for attacking my opinion on an open, mostly friendly culture forum. Hope you feel good about yourself. :-)

  19. Kpop being everywhere in japan does have a downside. The head of Oricon, Japan’s equivalent to the billboards expressed concern about the overexposure of Kpop in Japan. 

    Anyways it looks like you had a lot of fun. 

  20. waaaah i myself am goin to tokyo pretty soon & ur video made me even more excited >XDDDD welll um i also mentioned few times before (still duno if u’ve seen those posts or not… XD) that after tokyo i’m headin to seoul wit ma friend. it’d be nice if we had a chance to meet u guys somehow :D

    anyways – cool vid as always :D also great that u could have some vacations :) even if makin videos is ur job & as u said many times – u enjoy it, still sometimes ppl need to rest :)

  21. I think I read something that the yakuza isn’t dangerous for those who aren’t involved in something they’re against. Tourists are safe (unless they do something stupid)

  22. Where did you buy your fabulous glasses Hello Kitty please ? :3

  23. I’m so hungry.___.

    And I totally died of laughter when I read “rock the rocker room and keep the rocker key…”

  24. Simon! Martina! It was awesome meeting you guys at excelsior! I’m that person from South Carolina XD, anyway, do you remember where you found that okonomiyaki place?? It looks delicious!!!

  25. that triangle of sorts is onigiri japanese rice rolls if you can call them that 

  26. that triangle of sorts is onigiri japanese rice rolls if you can call them that 

  27. wahhh, i want to go to japan too! sounds like you two had lotsa fun.

    the jap ramen eggs are actually really easy to make on your own! here’s a recipe that i’ve used a number of times before -> http://chubbyhubby.net/blog/?p=485 

  28. Did I just witnessed two elementary kids (chodings) running around Tokyo? So cute you guys are…oops that was Yoda. Welcome back Simon and Martina. 

  29. sounds like a fun trip!! u lucky duckies!!

  30. at this moment Kara is the one dominating Japan market. to be honest a lot of K-Pop artists are not that big in Japan like as in Korea actually. i agree there are big “K-Pop” market tho.

  31. Wow!! Thanks for the footage and pictures, guise! Mmm..the food looked so delicious. I can’t believe you got the new ipad. Lucky. Here in the states, people line up for hours (or even overnight) just to get shot down when the store runs out after selling only 20. haha.

    Kpop really is taking over the world. I’m sure you already know SNSD performed on the Jay Leno and Regis and Kelly show. Just the other day at the gym, I heard 2ne1 playing on the radio. *Dun Dun Dun* It’s finally come. Kpop is gaining some air time…Score.

    You two are great!!!

  32. The trick with the big electronic stores (when you live there) is to sign up for their rewards card. It is free and the points add up fast.  I have the Yodabashi Camera Gold Point Card and seriously after buying a couple 2000yen headphones I will end up with 1000yen in credit.  Buying camera equipment or anything big will end up getting you huge discounts. 
    Other than that, go to Akihabara on the JR Chuo Line, parts of it are creepy and more than a bit illegalish (selling R4s in little shops down dark alleys) but other booths will negotiate prices and are significantly less expensive than the box stores like BIC Camera.

  33. Thank you for taking the time to post this…it must have been such a crazy week for both you!  Hope you get some rest…looking forward to your next post!

  34. When you met spudgy was totally awesome and cool!!!! That’s why I looooove dogs 

  35. Simon, Martina, Apple stuffs aren’t really popular in Japan. There are times when “archaic” stuffs are just given away for free because they don’t sell much, well, when iPhone came out, they were free in Japan after a week or so. I don’t know. When it comes to technology, they’re on a different league there. 

  36.  MARTINA!! where did you get your hello kitty glasses >w< its so cute <3

  37. Did you know that the Murasaki Sports that you took a photo of has been visited by these guys? ;D

  38. Did you know that the Murasaki Sports that you took a photo of has been visited by these guys? ;D

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