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Adventures in Oshima Island

April 29, 2016

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Ah, Oshima Island. Such fond memories of things that went so wrong, and went so right.

This was our first trip since moving to Japan outside of metropolitan Tokyo, and though Oshima is still a part of Tokyo, it’s an island many hours away. And, with it being our first trip, we had many things planned. We had an itinerary. Here for an hour. Drive to this place. Here for two hours. Drive to that place. Charge batteries at this location. BAM! We were on it.

But our plans went totally out the window. And when they went out the window, they must have left it open, because bees came through and made themselves comfortable. But that was just a metaphor, because the bee infestation wasn’t because of an open window. There were tons of bees in the room, and the window was closed when we got in, which means that they must have a nest somewhere inside that room, and there wasn’t any way in blue hell we were going to stay there and wake up in the middle of the night like Wicker Man. So we left.

And that’s when we found Suguru. SUGURUUUU! He saved the trip. SUGURRRRUUUU!! He runs Island Star House, which is just an amazing, amazing guest house. It’s huge and spacious, has friendly outdoor kitties, and is run by Suguru, who is a cool artsy guy that designs coasters, among other things. He’s super friendly and very talkative, which was really great for us, because the heavens opened up and poured torrential rain down on the island. We couldn’t really do much else but hang out and talk. The rain was bad. SO BAD! It rained throughout the night, and the thunder was so bad that it literally woke us up yelling. We thought the volcano erupted.

And so the rain washed away most of our itinerary. But we got to hang out and talk with Suguru for a long time, and that made the trip so much more pleasant. We tried explaining to him what a hipster is, which surprisingly isn’t a concept in Japan. Nobody we spoke with understands it, or was able to offer an equivalent term. Maybe we’re not talking to cool enough people. But Suguru’s cool, and admitted he was a hipster, though he called it Hip-Star. Yes, Suguru. You are a Hip Star :D

So is your friend, Tomos, who you suggested we go check out when the rain cleared up. Tomos was just as fun, but with tons of energy and infinite passion for Taiyaki. We didn’t get to stay at his guest house, but we did get a look at it, and holy smokes is it gorgeous! But we can only talk about Tomos’ food, which we ate a lot of and absolutely loved. God: I could imagine staying at that place and waking up to the smell of Taiyaki. AHHHH!

That night we stayed up way too late hanging out with Tomos and Suguru, and talked about life on Oshima Island and how it differs from central Tokyo, how laid back it is in Oshima. Then we talked about survival guides and self sustaining and earthships. We drank a bit too much. We slept well that night.

Altogether, we loved it in Oshima. The hotel we went to sucked, but we’re going to remember Oshima more for the people we met. Suguru. Tomos. Fujico. Daisuke. The awesome guy with the huge garden and tons of bunnies and mad drumming skills. We had a blast. I hope we could share that fun with you in this video.

And I hope you go to Oshima if you have the chance. We didn’t even get to do a tenth of what Oshima has to offer. We just ate and hung out with people: story of our lives! But if you want to go, you can find out more about Oshima here. And if you’d like to see other stuff we did, like eat REALLY BAD FISH, you can check out the blooper and extra scenes below!

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  1. I have been watching yall since you started, but after high school I was on a 4 year hiatus. By fate I found yall’s videos again (thanks to my love for Japanesse culture) and I am so grateful! This last week I have just been catching up on all that I missed and I just wanted to say thank you. A lot has happened in my life and I feel very alone at times, but watching your videos I feel like I have a family and I have hope! Thank you for being such beautiful souls and helping me feel inspired again. I didn’t want to make this long or sappy, in short I just want yall to know the tremendous impact you have made on my life.

    2 years ago
  2. Hey kiddely-boos, I was having a bad week before watching your Oshima adventure… literally had to wipe my eyes from laughing so hard a couple of times!
    Thanks for just being you! <3 !

    2 years ago
  3. Wow. I counted 17 Godzilla’s. 18 if you include baby Godzilla. Will be interesting to find out exact count, as some have stated higher numbers. It looked like a great time. :)

    2 years ago
  4. 15 Godzillas

    2 years ago
  5. Wow! You guys worked your butts of with the filming and editing of this one (Dan too!). I really enjoyed the Godzilla transitions and the dancing really reminded me of the first Robot Chicken I ever watched where Voltron gets served and I laughed very hard at all of them. Was that Godzuki in the one shot? Man, I must be old to have seen *that* cartoon. Were all of the animations stop-animation filmed on site or did you use software and green screen for some? (ala Patrick Boivin). I think that your full-sleeve bathing suit is super cool Martina but have you considered these for you and Simon https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/277971650/tattoo-covers-sleeves-one-sleeve-arm?ref=shop_home_active_1? (BTW, I do not endorse this shop, it was just the first one in my etsy search that showed this type of item, I have seen these sleeves all over the internet but I know that shop on etsy so it was a place to start). I would make you some myself but I am sadly cashless for materials at this time. Any sports-stretch will do, cut up a stretchy t-shirt with long sleeves even.

    Also, who were the matching ladies in full kimono that held ribbons with you from the ship? That is a very old tradition and it was super charming to see someone still observe it. Sugaru’s idea? ;)

    Cyber_3 – My son was so jelly of Simon and the bunnies, he loves bunnies too. ;)

    2 years ago
  6. ” We tried explaining to him what a hipster is, which surprisingly isn’t a concept in Japan.”
    Ever since you moved I’ve frequently thought that one of the biggest differences between Japan and Korea that I could see so far is that Japan has way more hipsters! That’s funny that there is no equivalent in Japanese because Japan so frequently comes up with a name to describe a specific aesthetic.
    Japan may not have a name for hipsters, but they sure have them!

    2 years ago
  7. I think there is 20 including the one at the end of the video XD Keep doing those great videos :D I hope ypu visit Osaka one day ^^ I realy want to go there in my life to see yukimura sanada’s tomb heres one of my heroes ♥♥♥

    2 years ago
  8. Okay. Okay, I got this. There were 19 total Godzillas, including the two pictures at the beginning and the cookie box at the end (and not including multiple shots of the same scene).

    2 years ago
  9. First of all, I love your videos! This is my first time commenting…and it’s not about Godzillas.

    I watched your video while on the treadmill at the gym (I watch all your videos this way…it makes me feel less like I’m exercising).

    It was a normal day. It was all going so well.

    Then Simon saw the baby bunny.

    At which point I laughed so hard I stumbled and fell off the treadmill. I’M OKAY!!! The trashcan behind me, however, met an unexpected fate and was obliterated.

    2 years ago
    • OMG! I’m sorry to hear that. I hope you didn’t get hurt. I didn’t think of us as treadmill material :D

      2 years ago
  10. :13 in front of camera
    :40 corner of the screen
    :48 photo in corner
    1:05 moonwalks
    1:12 bottom corner of the screen
    2:08 his foot
    3:14 comes on screen
    4:20 drinking with tomo and sugaru
    4:59 is that simon’s godzilla impression?
    5:07 you can see a blurry thing on the shelf behind tomo (this is my hail mary)
    6:03 on screen
    6:35 by the plants
    6:57 dancing
    9:03 martina’s hand
    9:15 on screen
    10:02 on screen
    11:42 he pops up
    12:50 on screen
    12:58 on the cookie box
    13:32 pops up

    2 years ago
  11. Oh mah gerrrddddd … This video was beyond the Valley of Fantastic! I now want to go to Oshima … and trace your footsteps. The cats, the bunnies, the cows … the FOOD … the lovely people. Such deliciousness on every level.

    2 years ago
  12. I’ve watched the video six times now & I’ve counted ***16 little toy Godzillas & 3 Godzilla pics***
    I’m going cross-eyed because I’m watching it on TV while some people are doing screen by screen captures on their computers, I’m certain. ::crying sadly:: I need the cookies to complete my life! Simon, I totally feel you with the moo moo cows! Please pick me!

    2 years ago
  13. Simon got some sick dance moves

    2 years ago
  14. I would really love to see you guys travel & eat the specialty foods of different areas although focusing specifically on specialty sushi is absolutely enviable::she says as she drools imagining such a luxury::.
    There are 15 Godzilla shots with the toy & 3 Pics showing Godzilla. Please, please, please pick me! I’ve dreamed of the Godzilla cookies!!!!! Please!!!!!

    2 years ago
  15. People in the comments are saying they saw 17 or 18 Godzillas. Im over here like ” I only saw 9 ! 10 If you count the one on the box. :( Whats wrong with me?” Although technically there was just 1 Godzilla who made multiple appearances. Hmm…

    2 years ago
  16. I liked this episode a whole lot.
    I like following the trail of serendipity.
    I love the idea of trying the sushi specialty of each area you visit.
    I want Sugaru and Tomo to be a part of your ongoing Japan experience.
    I forgot what streamers were and what they meant. I love that the tradition continues.

    2 years ago
  17. Okay, this has totally convinced me to include Oshima in my next trip to Japan. Now the question is: is it possible to do a one-day trip to Oshima or is it definitely an (at least) overnight thing?

    2 years ago
    • I’d probably say it’s an overnight thing. If you take the hydrofoil, you’ll need two hours to get there, and two hours to get back. And then you’d be rushing around Oshima, which I think kinda defeats the purpose of Oshima, which is to be chill, you know?

      2 years ago
    • Totally a one day trip is possible BUT only if you take the high-speed ferry there and back. It’s under 2 hours via high speed ferry, but around 6 for the larger but slower (and cheaper) ferry. Also, you might want to rent a car if you want to hunt around the island! It is SO tiny we drove the whole island in like 2 hours! Haha!

      2 years ago
  18. Those rose looking flower aren’t actually roses; they’re Camellias(camellia japonica)!
    They’re originally from Asia and then brought over to Europe and then the US in the early 1800s. They’re super popular and common in the south especially Charleston, SC :)
    /plant nerd

    2 years ago
  19. LOLOL OMG! the bunnies! LOL I loved them tooooooo HAHA

    2 years ago
  20. Just watched the extras …. Simon was singing the song I play at work to crack up the girls I work with lol
    “It’s business time, I’m wearing my business socks so you know it’s business time” LMAO

    2 years ago
  21. Revised my count …. Watched it again lol SEVENTEEN! Answered on YT but always visit here ;)

    2 years ago
  22. There were 42. I’m sure of it.

    2 years ago
  23. there were 17 I’ve been watching you from the very beginning please pick me.

    2 years ago
  24. There was only one Godzilla, because there can be only one.

    But we saw him 17 times, right?

    2 years ago
  25. I think there are 17 Godzillas? I’m so jealous of you guys eating so much yummy food :p Also Simon’s reaction is the same as mine whenever I see something cute, the weird noises are the only to deal with that level of cute XD

    2 years ago
  26. 18 gozillas :) Awsome trip!

    2 years ago
  27. Transition Godzilla’s -The first Godzilla was the transition to Minato Sushi, The second Godzilla was the transition to SUGARUUUU’s House and Tomo’s Taiyaki place, The Third Godzilla transition was to the dirty ramen shop (Oooo you so nasty)The Forth Godzilla was a transition for the bunnies (So small) and the SELF PLANTED pretty garden, Fifth Godzilla transition to the Japanese onsen, Sixth Godzilla transition to the Moo Moo’s and the ice cream shop (I’ll melt you down like Ice cream), Seventh Godzilla transition was to the goodbye boat! Noooo SUGARUUUUUU! Subtle Godzilla’s – Very beginning of the video slide down, Pop in to the screen Godzilla when talking about Godzilla, Tiny Godzilla at Minato Sushi, Godzilla in the background when talking about the wasp hotel (Ewww), Godzilla by drinks when meeting Tomo, Also tiny godzilla in the Dirty Ramen transition maybe?, Godzilla in background at Dirty Ramen, Martina carry Godzilla when Siom was freaking out!, Godzilla that pops into frame at the end when you are explaining the find Godzilla game, Very end of video Godzilla. Soooooo 17!

    2 years ago
  28. Zee

    Bunnies!(are evil and will steal your chocolate-lol)

    2 years ago
  29. Transition Godzilla’s -The first Godzilla was the transition to Minato Sushi, The second Godzilla was the transition to SUBARUUUU’s House and Tomo’s Taiyaki place, The Third Godzilla transition was to the dirty ramen shop (Oooo you so nasty)The Forth Godzilla was a transition for the bunnies (So small) and the SELF PLANTED pretty garden, Fifth Godzilla transition to the Japanese onsen, Sixth Godzilla transition to the Moo Moo’s and the ice cream shop (I’ll melt you down like Ice cream), Seventh Godzilla transition was to the goodbye boat! Noooo SUBARUUUUUU! Subtle Godzilla’s – Very beginning of the video slide down, Pop in to the screen Godzilla when talking about Godzilla, Tiny Godzilla at Minato Sushi, Godzilla in the background when talking about the wasp hotel (Ewww), Godzilla by drinks when meeting Tomo, Also tiny godzilla in the Dirty Ramen transition maybe?, Godzilla in background at Dirty Ramen, Martina carry Godzilla when Siom was freaking out!, Godzilla that pops into frame at the end when you are explaining the find Godzilla game, Very end of video Godzilla. Soooooo 17!

    2 years ago
  30. There’s 17 godzillas in there

    2 years ago
  31. What a wonderful video to be my first after becoming a member! Loved the Flaming Lips at the end.

    2 years ago
  32. Ah, that looked like so much fun! I really enjoyed this video. All the bunnies!

    2 years ago
  33. Trick question: there’s only one Godzilla in the video. You simply used it for multiple shots.

    2 years ago
  34. I counted 15! 15! Godzillas (Muahahaha) before you mentioned him at the very end of the video. But there were 2 after that….so 17 total.

    (I’m also including in my count Martina carrying Godzilla in her left hand while Simon was losing his mind over the baby bunny. Intentional or not, he was in the shot? LOL)

    2 years ago
  35. Omg guys! I laughed so hard when godzilla started dancing. If i’m right (I wish I am bc I want those cookies) I counted 10 godzilla appearances (the end counts too, right?) Yay! I’m loving your videos in Japan! Also I wanted to ask.. do you think that people can travel with mochi on their suitcase? Because one of my japanese friends is going to visit me in México and I’m really craving some mochi!

    2 years ago
  36. Loved the video so much! Oshima Island is definitely on my travel list now! Kitties, bunnies, ice cream, it really doesn’t get better than that lol. Also, I counted 11 Godzillas!

    2 years ago
  37. Kitties! I remember when I traveled around France all the little villages were filled with cats so most of the pictures from that trip are just… cats

    2 years ago
    • And Bunnies! omg I miss having bunnies. and the cows are so fluffy… just everything wow

      and at least something great came out of wasps… not many good things come from wasps but meeting these people seems like something great. and that farewell, beautiful!

      and I counted 7!

      2 years ago