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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. jessicamaylee

    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. OMG ! you were in japan !! I am gib fan of you. Im a japanese girl and lately liveing in Dubai. I was also had vacation there the day which you visit in japan as I guess from the date of uploded video. I wish I could meet you so I could show the sight !!! Visit japan again on sunny days. Im always enjoying to watch eat your kimuchi. Love you Simon and Martina <3

  4. Linette Liam

    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

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

  6. mikistelista

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

  7. 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 ! >,,,

  8. hey do u guys live in Busan? or Seoul?

  9. Analogen

    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?

  10. Analogen

    What’s the biggest different between Japan and Korea? People, culture, architecture and so forth?

  11. kawaii_candie
    kawaii_candie

    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!

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. Norma O

    Lol, Simon your childhood dream can be achieved. My friend did and lives this. He learned Japanese simply to play games before they come out in North America, but then he took that momentum became fluent in Japanese and works as an interpreter when he’s not playing video games. I love Japan (even though I live here in Korea) but it’s too expensive…

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

  16. music_luver_forever

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

  17. itstwitmebetch

    Hey love the show especially this WANK because I will be goin to Japan this year, Is it possible you guys could post like an itinerary of your trip because I wanna get an idea of where to go besides doing a hotel/travel guide arranged tour

  18. ASHLEY!!!!!!!! O my God!!! My sister’s best friend was at the fan meet! small, small world.

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

  20. katelin esarey

    Having you guys talk about the celebrity in front of the starbucks gets me really curious on who it is..since i’m a pretty big,jrock fan o.o -This is kinda killing me.- xD 

  21. AWWWWW AWESOME. I am happy you guys enjoyed yourselves. Fighting!!!

  22. Jordan Ross

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

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

  24. Terezija Zermanos

    The picture with instructions for facility use are is funny! So people with tattoos cannot enter? Rocker room XDD 

    Anyways, a well deserved trip you had + thank you for taking the time to record and share ;) 

  25. wow…I definitely want some of that awesome ramen goodness… Do you know the name of the place that you went?

  26. They can’t take off their sunglasses in public  http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest+News/Showbiz/Story/A1Story20110612-283691.html
    I think it’s a rule among Asian celebs or something… I think it’s stupid too.

  27. 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 :)

  28. Did you go to Shin-Okubo? It’s only a few stops before Harajuku. It’s the Koreatown of Japan. :)

  29. junelizondo

    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!!!!!!!!

  30. 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. :-)

  31. Oh I forgot to add…that Japanese celebrity you saw was not Akanishi Jin, in case people were wondering, because he was touring the US when you were in Japan.  Though, he did wear sunglasses at his concert!  At night..indoors…maybe because the lights are too blinding onstage…hope that doesn’t make him a db :P But i agree that you may have saw a Johnny’s artist

    & LMAO at the “rock the rocker” photo

  32. Since you were wondering about the half-boiled eggs, here is a recent video on how to do it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sSni2HTfvM&feature=g-u-u&context=G261b0daFUAAAAAAAFAA

  33. This episode should have been called WANJ, wonderful adventure now Japan. Kpop is very much a niche product outside of the far east despite the clips of newsreports in Korean in youtube. Even french TV had a report on Kpop. Heck there were even spanish kids who follow Korean dramas and Kpop. I was quite dumbfounded when I saw that but still I think it is a niche product. As to Japan Oricon chief as a good reason for concern that Kpop may become overexposed in japan. The overall size of the Japanese music market has been declining for the last 5 years in terms of revenue but Kpop has been increasing by leaps and bounds more like 20+% jump from 2010 it is now 7.8% of the overall Japanese music scene. 

  34. 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. 

  35. I think that Japanese celebrity might be a Japanese Idol one of those dudes from Johnny… cuz I heard one of those dudes from the group KAT-TUN likes to hang out at starbucks it may be Kamenashi Kazuya.

  36. I wanted to learn Japanese to play video games too. Sounds like you guys had a great time, thanks for posting the video!

  37. I myself am guilty of sometimes wearing dark glasses indoors, but I hope I’m not a DB. I think that several years of working nights have made my skin and eyes more easily irritated by the sun (even through windows), and I might be slowly turning into a vampire. 

  38. Just for the next time you go to Japan, you can get cards (Suica or Pasmo) that you just load money onto and scan when walking through the gates for trains.  You can use it on the JR lines, the subways, the buses, pretty much everything.  It’s not line specific, it just holds whatever amount of money you have preloaded onto it.  Much easier :D

  39. It would have been really fun if someone recognized you while were in that place with the Japanese celebrity. “Oh… SIMON AND MARINA” *Japanese guy turns head* “Can we take a picture” “sure!” *being all friendly and casual people* *Japanese guy takes more sneakpeeks* Japanese doucheguy(?) thinking: “who ARE they? Why didn’t she recognize ME?”

  40. 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 :)

  41. really sorry about posting about something else here.. but could some of you help fill in my questionnaire ?? doing it for my final year project.. sorry for the trouble.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHJ2ZUJuaF9hby1NRlF0dThwRDVocmc6MQ

  42. sexymf Nounoune

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

  43. I’m so hungry.___.

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

  44. 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!!!

  45. yong goo kang

    I can not see the mountains in tokyo…I do not understand
    and  Japan is dangerous Because of Radioactivity…

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

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

  48. I have to wonder as to the purpose of your visit to Japan? Just exploring? Or were a top secret mission? Come to Taiwan next year when I move there for the year!

  49. constance lee

    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 

  50. Hehe. You guys realize you’re supposed to bargain down prices for technology goods right? That’s probably why the initial price is so high~ :p

  51. vaxanne
    vaxanne

    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. 

  52. Julissa Gazca

    I read a book about how in Harajuku they literally closed the streets down to cars in that certain area (I totally forgot the names of them) every Sunday. 

    Hundreds use to flock just to show off their fashion, however in the 90′s they stopped closing it every Sunday. Slowly, yet surely kids stopped going because they didn’t really have a place to mingle & exhibit their crazy fashion. 

    They say that’s what really killed that whole awesome Harajuku scene. The fashion is still there obviously & around Japan, but not nearly to same degree as it was before.  

    I think most don’t really know that & end up being let down visiting the area. -__- Sorry for the lecture! lol

  53. broz0rs

    The wearing sunglasses indoor commment was hilarious. I really hate it how it’s like the most important piece of accessory for Korean airport fashion. 

    • I think the sunglasses thing is because Asians, or at least a lot of us, easily get swollen eyes from tiredness, stress, and after taking a nap/sleep. But that’s just my opinion.. I find nothing wrong with wearing sunglasses indoors or something like that, especially when you have an image to uphold. 

  54. Rilakkuma!! I love rilakkuma~ I have a rug with him randomly holding a hotdog and Korilakkuma holding a pizza..random I know.   Lol in SF’s Japantown there is a picture showing the clear distinction between rilakkuma & pedobear XD

    I would love to go to Japan someday! Looks like fun to visit.

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

  56. 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.

  57. 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!!!

  58. 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.

  59. Sunny Lee

    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!

  60. Very nice to see you innocently discovering things in the culture again.  Your K-Crunch stuff does not supply the thrill of living vicariously.  (BTW – Just saw that Hello Pop! used one of your Monday vids to fill some time.  Chrissa is positively awful…  I need to rinse my ears out once she’s done punning her way through another segue.)

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

  62. 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. 

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

  64. fuuko4869

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

  65. fuuko4869

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

  66. Watching your WANK videos really makes me want to go back to Asia. WTH am I doing in my hometown in Michigan?! le sigh

  67. Heather Horst

    Martina, Where did you get those killer glasses with the bow??

  68. OH MY GOSH MARTINA’S HELLO KITTY GLASSES!!! WHERE CAN I GET A PAIR??
    You guise should have a little section for when you do the Japanese posts and call it Eat Your Ramen.

  69. Oh my God, how can you not see Yubin? It would be so epic if you had some footage of her. Ahh, God I’m disappointed (Sorry, WG fan here, lol). And I’m really so happy for the success of Kpop internationally. Too bad, I’m mostly anticipating the Harajuku part but well, you can’t stop the rain. lol. Anyways, welcome back guise! Hope you really had a blast!

  70. What was the name of the ramen place that was the best meal of your life? Going to Japan in a few weeks and I’m dying to try it!

  71. Love ramen, sooo good.
    the best part for me was watching Spudgy all happy after seeing you guys.

  72. Ninjaraj

    Awesome gaiz!! Glad you had fun.

  73. That seeem a great weekend vacation you guys had in Japan.

    Make me so jelly~~~
    >_<
    But why only 11 mins of vlog for 4 days???
    That seem inappropriate vlog for Simon and Martina Stawski,, i hope for longer one
    XD

    Anyway,, where the place you had the fan meet finally? Coz it seems lke the huge group could fit in one place without had to notice the cafe before.

  74. Stellar Eric’s group… he had that random part where all he said was – I need a rocket, I need a rocket spaceship and took off and put back on his sunglasses

  75. Rawrrklove

    It’s funny how Korea *bans everything remotely sexy*, but Japan is like *pastes half-naked girl on truck*…..*shrugs* lol

  76. AqillaTiaraKartikaningtyas

    when i studied in Niigata, kpop was doing great there too, there was a kpop section in 1st floor of Bic Camera filled with Girls Generation, 4minute, Batoost, etc. i also bought a “Made in Japan” camera which was a bit more expensive than “Made in China” products. and yes the reason I didnt want leave Japan because drivers do obey the law.

  77. SI306090

    Simon,

    I studied Japanese for 3 years in University for just that reason…I’m totally living that video game dream. JRPGs are my favorite followed by wonderfully, horribly, difficult SRPGs…Importing all these games to the US? Not so pretty…

  78.  I thought you guys would go to Puroland or FaSoLa Market(Narita, Terminal 1, 4th Floor) since Martina is such a big Hello Kitty fan. Love the new glasses, Martina! :)

  79. thatssumgoodcurry
    thatssumgoodcurry

    That giant ass Martina saw was Ayumi Hamasaki’s new album. I totally love her, but I saw that picture on the album cover online and I was like, “…oh…”
    Glad you guys had fun, and I’m so jealous of all your ramenscapades!!! ><'

  80. Looks like fun fun fun! Glad you enjoyed yourselves. Welcome back. Truth be told I was kinda wondering what you were going to do with the Spudgemiester. Looks like he had fun too, though he obviously missed you. I think he needs a purple stripe next time. Kawaii ne?

  81. maybe the douchebag (lol) you saw was a visual kei member!! they don’t like to be seen without make-up!! or he was really a douchebag^^

  82. Katie R

    I loved the video, but no Music Mondays this week? I’m sad. I thought BILASA was going to win. 

  83. GLADE YOU HAD I GREAT TIME <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  84. fuuko4869

    Funny about the ‘cars obeying the law’ thing; as I recall I broke a zillion laws when I was driving there lol….they were like ‘Why the hell did you stop when it turned red? You totally could’ve made it’ and going 40 over the limit was the norm (what? There’s a speed limit? :p) BUT, I do admit that they treat pedestrians fairly well.

  85. u guys should’ve tried wasabi ice cream!! it’s really cool tasting.

  86. Anastasia Kircheva

    this is an awesome episode :) do you plan to go to china at some point ( in the near future or just in the future? oh the food was sooo tastylisious looking :) and spugy was the extreme happy doggy ever when he saw u guyz :)

  87. honey_almond

    lol if that famous japanese guy was the japanese cyclops, wouldn’t he have a giant face monacle or something, as opposed to a normal pair of glasses? :s
    the food looked hella good!

  88. Such great videos. Thanks so much for taking the time to explain all of this, and make these videos on your vacation. We really, seriously appreciate it. Hope you two had fun, and the spudgy reuniting was ADORABLE! :)

  89. how much was it for airfare between korea and japan? i’m planning on going to japan then korea but don’t know how expensive it’ll be…it’ll be expensive regardless because u’m flying from canada XD

    lol ayumi hamasaki’s butt pasted on trucks :p awww spudy’s so happy to see you again <3

  90. punkyprincess92
    punkyprincess92

    if i went to Japan i would totally act like Martina when seeing all the cute things surrounding me!!!!

  91. I feel bad for y’all because the crosswalk in Shibuya was not crowded at all in y’all’s video…you guys have to go back when it is not raining….and oh God I miss the ramen so bad…I could almost taste it when y’all videoed it….great…now I want authentic ramen and that is no where to be had in Tennessee!!! I am glad that you guys had fun and got to relax some…^^

  92. irritablevowel
    irritablevowel

    Spudgy was so excited!  That just put a smile on my face and melted my cold, cold heart.
    As for kpop being everywhere, try this one on: Lately 2NE1 has been playing on one of the big mainstream stations in CHICAGO.

  93. >.< i'm very jealous. I want to go to Japan. Thanks for sharing this with us!! 

  94. nelicia low

    guise! i totes know how to get the egg to be that way! just boil the egg in boiling water for 3 minutes, then turn off the stove and let it simmer in the boiling water for another 5-6 minutes. tried it before it was perfect! learnt it from a certain Nigella ;) anyway cant wait to meet you guise in july, i’m the girl who asked about the documentary interview ^^ glad you both had fun in japan and DAWWWW Spudgy looks SO happy to see you two again!!!!

  95. This begs the question: what would Eat Your Kimchi have been called had you two taught English in Japan instead of Korea?

  96. You guys are super awesome , and this vid is not long ! I wish you could even longer. That ramen looks soooooo good >.>
    Now I want to know which countries are in top 10 at EYK.com !

  97. tootaloo

    AAAAHHHHHH so jealous. I wish I could have gone to Japan too. But I guess since I’m going to Seoul in June I can’t be to jealous :)

  98. PilSung25

    Did Simon say “Holy shit” at around the 7:10 mark?

  99. Rock the rocker room and keep the rocker key with you at all times? It was good English until I read that part XD. So funny lol. Thanks a bunch for the videos~!!

  100. I’m SO JELLY!! Japan looks so awesome, can’t wait to visit someday!

    • I know that I will probably sound like a nerd for saying this, but are you familiar with the anime and manga of “Kimi Ni Todoke”?  The main character has the last name of “Kuronuma”, so I just had to comment.  I absolutely love the manga.

  101. madelinemaureen

    the reunion of y’all and spudgy was like a cuteness explosion

  102. Okay, I gotta stop watching WANK videos when I’m currently hungry, this makes it only worse.

  103. spudy is too cute. that was my best part of the video. it was like la la la la fun with simon and martina then that reunion just crept up on me i got teary eyed.

  104. Although there is a lot of Kpop in Japan, there is also a ton of Kpop that is sung IN Japanese, and that is what has really helped to push Kpop further. 

  105. OMG That’s awesome guys! I’m so jealous of everyone who got to meet you there… honestly, if 
    I had a list of people I want to meet in my lifetime, you guys are at the top of that list. The food looks so yummy. ^^

  106. RChen888

    When are you guys post kpop music mondays? I was dying lol!

  107. my friend was in japan for 6 months, she told me that although kpop is everywhere, quite a lot of the japanese people she knew were sick of it xD 

    • Interesting!  We didn’t ask any Japanese people their thoughts on Kpop.  We’d love to do so next time we go :D

      • fuuko4869

        I did ask…or rather, I spoke with almost a hundred people between the ages of 20-70, and would mention at some point that I liked Bigbang. Generally there were the following responses:

        1. Haha sorry, I’m really not with the times. Haven’t listened to mainstream music for over 30 years…wait actually, I still remember a bit *starts singing enka song* (OLDER PEOPLE)

        2. Oh, Kpop? You mean like KARA and Shoujo Jishou (SNSD)? They’re not bad. Haven’t heard of Bigbang though. (MOST PEOPLE) Fair enough, since KARA is playing in practically half the supermarkets and shops.

        3. I like Bigbang too!! There’s their sister group too, 2NE1 yea? *rants about other kpop groups* Eh you’re going to the YG Family Concert? I’m so jelly~!!! (10 people? All were females, 20-40)

        4. You like Korean music? *awkward silence* How about Japanese music? Do you know Monkey Majik? (Japanese who have lived overseas, or vice versa)

        5. Ugh, what’s with all those Kpop groups and their white suits?? The boys are too girly. I hate Jang Geun Suk *tears up flyer with his face*. (a few guys).

        But then again, I hardly spoke to anyone under 20, so that excludes all the emotional teens and pre-teens, who would probably be the main target market. Oh, and the stay-at-home aunties lol :p

        •  i’ve heard this too. i’ve never been to japan, but i have a language partner from there, and she pretty much said that the only thing korea is good for was food. :( i can’t talk to her about kpop for fear that she will hate me ;’(

        • Mamiko Oman

          I’m teaching English to Elementary and JHS kids right now in Japan.
           
          I’ve only met one girl in JHS who was really into Kpop, but she only knew KARA, Girls Generation, and T-ara.  It seems like most of the students are pretty uninterested in Kpop, especially since they have their Jpop equivalents in AKB48 and Johnny’s.  When I’ve been to Karaoke, though, I’ve seen posters for @1amLinK:disqus irls Generation, 2NE1, and Shinee.
           
          When I studied abroad here I think there was only one girl I knew who liked Big Bang, but again most people didn’t seem particularly interested.  Now that I think about it, the only people I’ve met or heard about liking kpop here are all girls.
           
          Recently for a couple months I keep seeing an advertisement on TV that says “Date a Kpop Star!”  They have these Korean guys dressed in white suits all lined up, and then they have a close-up of each of them holding roses and saying something really cheesy in Japanese, like “I love you,” “You’re beautiful,” or “I don’t want you to go home tonight” (rawr). XD  Basically you pay money each month to text them.  I didn’t recognize any of the guys, so either they’re just random Korean guys (they were definitely Korean, since they all had Korean accents), or they really ARE a Kpop group but not at all popular.  I seriously hope that no one falls for it… because it’s obviously a scam >,<
           

      • My penpal in Japan is 23 and she loves K-pop. She’s a fan of After School, SNSD and Big Bang too. She goes to concerts a lot. When I was in Japan I saw that there were actual “Kpop stores” where everyone can get all kinds of pictures, calendars, keychains with their favorite idols on them. And KARA was in about 3 TV commercials while I was there.

      • CJ Thompson

        I’ve never been to Japan either, but the semester I spent at college I was a language parter for one of the Japanese exchange students, and would chat with her and her friends over lunch. Anyway, of course my love for kpop came up….one of the girls hated it and didn’t like any kpop. One knew some songs from Kara or SNSD……and the other girl, who actually liked kpop, didn’t know any of the newer bands, so she liked some of Super Junior and Tohoshinki’s older stuff (No B2ST, UKISS, SHINee, or MBLAQ) Kind of interesting XD

  108. totally awesome!! i’ve always wanted to go to japan!!

    that meet-up was pretty sweet, tho i find it hilarious that it’s pretty much all female except simon!!

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