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Eat Your Sushi: Ep 3

February 15, 2016

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Hi everyone! Welcome to this week’s episode of Eat Your Sushi, where we share little bits of our lives as we’re transitioning into living in Japan. It’s our third episode now, and we’re starting to get a little bit more comfortable with it, though we’ve still got a long way to go until we find a rhythm. I’m just happy we can find a way to share the little videos we take throughout our week. Even before we came to Japan, we’d always film small bits of video, but we’d never know what to do with them, so we’d just delete them after a while. Now I feel like we have a place to share them. I hope you find them somewhat fun :D

I gotta say, though, we had a lot of fun with the Katakana challenge today. Our hearts were racing! And though Martina lost, it’s in no way reflective of how much better she is at reading than I am. She just gets nervous under pressure. I’m not sure why. It’s the same when we had to do stuff in Korean for media in the past. Stuff we’d be able to say regularly with ease dies at our lips when we’re under pressure. Some people are more confident with languages than we are, but we’re still trying!

Also, some people have asked why we learned Katakana before Hiragana. The answer, really, is for practical purposes. Foreign words will be written in Katakana, so we’ll have a better chance of understanding what we’re reading, while if we read something in Hiragana, it’ll be a word that we won’t understand anyways, until we learn how to speak Japanese. We’ve learned Hiragana now, though! It’s actually easier, I think, than Hiragana. I just can’t make heads or tails of what I’m reading in Hiragana…yet!

Otherwise, TODAY IS A HUGE DAY! As you’re watching this video, we are in the process of moving into our new home! OH MY GOD! It’s finally happening! Things were delayed for reasons we’ll talk about later. The process of renting here is different than what we’re used to in Korea. But we got it all sorted out. By 10AM we should be meeting with our landlord. We’ll then be doing a tour of the house and he’ll be showing us how to use its different features. After that, we should be meeting our neighbours. We have small gifts and sweets for everyone. We’re going to dress as professionally as we can, though we haven’t really dressed professionally in a long time, since we don’t ever really have a need to. Then, from 12-2, we should be getting our fridge, washing machine, vacuum, rice cooker, and hair dryer delivered to us. From 1-6 we should be getting our rug, patio furniture, mattress, and bed frame delivered from Ikea. Then, from 6PM till March 22nd we should be struggling with assembling it, cursing to the heavens, then giving up and sobbing. Wish us luck!

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  1. simon beat martina in dokbokki jenga and martina was getting revenge for not getting the hot dog!
    completely understandable

    3 years ago
  2. Martina (aka Queen Fat Fat Tako head) threw the cupcake against the wall because after Simon won the stacking Ddeokbeoki challenge, she wanted revenge for Simon not letting her get a hot dog at the Costco… which you should have let her had the hot dog as it is a crime to deny Costco hot dogs.

    3 years ago
  3. Martina threw the cupcake because Simon wouldn’t let her get a hot dog. Mistakes were made.

    3 years ago
  4. Dear Simon,

    Martina threw your cupcake against the wall because you wouldn’t let her buy a hot dog from Costoco….you should have just let her have her hot dog.

    3 years ago
  5. I love this type of segment more and more. ofc I love the food stuff but I feel like we get more of tiny bits of your everyday life. Especially now that you guys are new to Japan.^^ Looking forward to the next one! Much love from Norway<3

    3 years ago
    • I’m happy you like it. Thank you! We really like doing these segments and sharing a bit more of our lives with you :D

      3 years ago
  6. When I hear you talk about the kotatsu I can only think about Ouran High-School Host Club, when Tamaki becomes friends with Kyoya and keeps bothering him because he wants to try sitting under a Kotatsu (ep 24 I think).
    Martina Tako-head was actually really cute^^
    I just love the opening and ending sequences of this segment, especially the fact they’re different every week. I think the best way to get a hold of the atmosphere in any country is to just walk down the streets, and I feel that in those sequences and it makes me really happy.
    Actually I just love the new segment. It’s like waiting the whole week to watch your favorite TV show except it’s much better than any TV show I can remember. And the short video segments are great.
    Ok that’s it for my fangirling message! I hope the move went smoothly and congrats on building your Ikea bedframe!

    3 years ago
    • Thank you! I’m glad you like it. Building that frame was very stressful yesterday. My body is aching from it today :/

      3 years ago
      • There’s something about those build-them-yourselves furniture that makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something amazing when you finally manage to put them together. You deserved a whole lot of Coco Curry and ramen(because that’s the best medecine ;D)

        3 years ago
  7. Oh how I love eating some sushi on a Sunday night. I am so happy after watching these episodes! And by the way she threw the cupcake cause Simon is Cheater McCheaterson! And had lost atleast three different times! But Martina said for the sake of the video lets just try to get to the egg at the end for the sake of the video,after losing three different times he put the egg on top says sheblamo! I win weres my cupcake? So naturally. Martina
    reacted in the most eplicly awesome way possible. By throwing it at the wall. I still to this day cannot stop laughing so hard at that part. :)

    3 years ago
  8. Martina lost because she lost the dokbokki jenga challenge and was a sore loser?? Love your videos!

    3 years ago
  9. Again, loving these videos. Breaking up the desk(only) format really helps to keep the flow from stagnating and I’m happy to see that you guise seem to have “found the fun” again. I can only imagine the (awesome)insanity you’ll get up to once you are really moved in and have your animals with you. Watching Martina video-game-penguin-walk her way in the park at the end was really adorable.

    I’m not a vegan myself, but I recently started watching the channel for this guy (Peaceful Cuisine) https://www.youtube.com/user/ryoya1983 on youtube that I think you would enjoy meeting (especially since people seem to be requesting vegan restaurants). He’s an easy-going vegan chef, youtuber (makes/edits his own videos), vlogger, in Japan (Tokyo I think), fluent english speaker, who even makes his own furniture and pottery. You should check him out.

    Anyways, back to life and breakfast……

    3 years ago
    • Oh my god! I haven’t seen you comment in so long! It’s you, still, yes, after all these years?!

      3 years ago
      • I’m not sure if that comment is dripping in sarcasm or not, but yes, it is I ;). Your website became so slooooooooow (ex. 2 damned minutes just to scroll a paragraph down in the blog) and the videos wouldn’t play for me so that I ended up missing a lot because I was to lazy to go search the videos out on youtube all the time and really, the blogs are half the pleasure for me. Whatever the problem was, it was fixed shortly before you left Korea. Honestly, my absence was technological, not personal. ^^;;;;;;;

        Cyber_3 – life happens, I’m trying to find my fun again here too, maybe I should move to Japan? ;)

        3 years ago
        • Ha, no, it wasn’t sarcasm. That doesn’t translate well in text so we refrain from it. I’m genuinely happy to see you in the comments. Sorry that the site was loading slowly. I’m not sure what changed, really. We haven’t updated anything big here. Hmm…

          3 years ago
  10. Martina threw the cupcake because all she wanted was a hot dog! Deny a woman a hot dog and face the consequences!!! (Mwahahah!!!)

    I’ve been watching you both since the VERY beginning, and I’m so excited to watch your new adventures in Japan! Love you both!

    3 years ago
  11. Oooh, I know this one!:) It was because Simon wouldn’t get Martina a hotdog earlier and because he was being a Cheater McCheaterson!=D (Sorry Simon, but boy do I hope that Martina is the one picking the winner this time=D)
    By the way, mad props to you both for learning katakana so quicky! I’ve been studying Japanese for a year and a half now, but I still struggled reading the cards in an attempt to beat you two at the challenge (I think I only managed to read it faster once and ironically enough it was the to-ra-bu-ru card=D) Can’t wait for your next video!^^

    3 years ago
  12. I also experienced my first earthquake while sleeping, it was on my first night in Japan on top of it! haha It felt so weird like you’re not fully awake and you don’t know what’s going on at first and it feels like someone is shaking you.
    As for the birds in Japan… Oh man they’re so creepy. It’s like you never know is it a person or a bird screaming. lol It was both amusing and annoying when me and my roommate would be quietly studying and then a sudden “KAAAAAH!!” from the outside… repeatedly. Good times! :’D
    Lastly, I don’t know if you’re familiar with Japan’s photo rights, or whatever you call them. You know how, at least when it comes to photos, they have the right to sue if their face can be seen on the photo. So basically you need to ask before you film, but I guess that’s pretty common everywhere anyway. :P I also felt while I was in Japan that I have to be aware of the surroundings when taking photos. There were many times I wanted to take a photo but didn’t want to take the camera out of my bag and “make a scene”, you know… Am I making any sense? XD

    3 years ago
  13. MLE

    1. Plastic bottles count as PET bottles and have a separate bag.

    2. All plastic (PET) bottles have perforated labels so that you can take them off easily (no need for cutting!). Those and the caps go into plastics.

    3. Plastics are anything that have a little sign on them that says プラ, which is short for プラスチック. For example, your plastic bento boxes, and any styrofoam packaging from buying meat at the supermarket, should all count as plastics.

    4. 燃やすごみ means burnable trash. The first part means burnable, and the katakana part (gomi) means trash. Anything that has the kanji for paper (紙) on it on the label means that it goes into burnable trash (because paper is burnable). Be careful of cup noodles and other snack packaging, as sometimes the lid is burnable while the cup itself is plastics. It should specify if you find the labels, which counts as what. ふた means lid.

    5. アルミ stands for aluminium, so that’s where your beer cans, etc go.

    6. びん is glass bottles. Sometimes you need to remove those labels too.

    7. Milk cartons count as burnable trash but usually need to be rinsed out, flattened, and tied up separately, then thrown away on the same day as burnable trash. Same goes for cardboard and newspaper (Cardboard may be tricky. In my town it’s burnable, but it may be recyclable for you so check!) Cardboard = ダンボール

    8. On your sheet it says that burnable trash is thrown out on Mondays and Thursdays (column furthest to the left. Plastics and PET bottles are thrown out on Tuesdays (column second to the left), and shows you the little marks for PET and プラ that you should look out for on labels. All other recyclables (cans, glass bottles) are thrown out on Friday (column to the far right). Non-burnables (燃やさないごみ), which you shouldn’t accumulate much of, are thrown out on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

    You should try to throw trash away in the designated trash areas in the morning, to prevent birds and stray cats from getting to the trash at night. The designated trash area usually has a net to go over the bags as well to prevent this!

    9. This may also be different for your area, but in my town if I break any glass or dishes, I have to tie it up in a separate plastic bag (any will do), and then label it with キケン which means dangerous, and then put it in the nonburnable trash. I also have a separate bright yellow bag for special dangerous things like batteries. Also if you’re throwing away any aerosols the cans need to be punctured before thrown away.

    10. Be very very careful of which trash bags you buy! Every town/district in Japan has it’s own. The bags I use in my town are completely different to the ones used by my friend in the next town over, as each town has it’s own set of trash rules. Do not make the mistake of picking up trash bags while on a trip and trying to use them at home because they will not be accepted. All trash bags have a fixed rate (event hough they’re kind of expensive), so in a pinch it doesn’t make a difference in price if you pick them up from your local convenience store.

    Do not try to throw out trash in any bag that isn’t a designated trash bag!!

    If you have any trash questions let me know! :)

    P.S. If for any reason you end up frying anything and need to get rid of the oil you can:

    A) Pick up some magical thing from Daiso that solidifies it so you can throw it in burnable trash.

    B) Do what my supervisor told me on the down low, which is to pour it in a milk carton, stuff that with newspaper, and secretly hide it inside the rest of your burnable trash so that no one can see!

    3 years ago
    • You win the most helpful comment ever award. <3

      3 years ago
      • MLE

        Haha thanks so much! I had everything explained very thoroughly to me when I first moved here, and still got confused cause I hadn’t used Japanese in a while. I figure I might as well make it as easy as possible for everyone else :)

        3 years ago
  14. Today was my moving day! I moved out of my sharehouse and into my first apartment. I now live in Yamato City, and I can’t believe my luck of having you two so close. I rented a car and hit IKEA before packing up all my junk and moving all by lonesome. After one of the most exhausting days, I sat down to my Coco curry dinner and found that I could celebrate my move with an EYK video… You guise seriously warm my heart all the time. You two kept me going through the long Alaskan winters while I was drudging through college. I really like your new segments, and how you put em together. Not to mention 20+ minutes is like “OK, dinner time TV” for me now…

    P.S. If you want help with your garbage I will be very happy to show you what’s what.

    As a last comment, OMGOSH those screaming birds. It’s like someone’s torturing a deflating balloon. I’ve been listening to them for too long….

    3 years ago
  15. Hi guys, I just saw this video that might shed some light on the whole recycling thing…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OafCWKqwgpY

    3 years ago
  16. I love this format with the little clips. I hope this video series continues for a long time!

    3 years ago
  17. Oh, oh, i know this!! This is one of my all time favorite episodes! Martina’s uncontrollable laughter always cheers me up when i am feeling gloomy, i have seen it a million times. You both had decided to slow down on fatty foods after your America tour, so Simon, following this agreement, bought Martina unni salad insted of the hotdog she desired. He had to get punished.

    3 years ago
  18. because simon wouldn’t get her a hot dog!!

    3 years ago
  19. Hey guys! Another great episode. Also, good luck with your move today (and assembling your bed). I think that the answer to the skill testing question is that Martina was annoyed that she lost the game that you were playing. Basically, Martina was a sore loser and didn’t want Simon to have his prize.

    3 years ago
  20. I actually live in Oklahoma and, fun fact, we have earthquakes here but they only started up, or at have gotten strong enough to be felt, only a few years ago. They’ve not strong enough to do much damage yet, if any damage has been done, but we do feel them periodically.
    What’s funny is the fist time I ever felt an earthquake was back in spring of 2010 when I was taking this big important year end test in a giant auditorium with tons of people in it. It freaked all of us out because most everyone in there had been born in raised in Oklahoma and had never felt one before, and the teachers and supervisors had to calm everyone down so we could get back to taking the test.

    3 years ago
    • Hi fellow Okie!!! I feel like we had so many in Norman a couple of years ago (I remember being in classes for them) and now they’re all in Edmond / OKC.

      3 years ago
      • They’re all over, really. I lived out in Stillwater till recently and felt them out there as well.

        3 years ago
  21. Queen Fat Fat Taco Head threw the cupcake against the wall because she was bitter about losing and about not getting a hot dog earlier that day. Thank you guys so much for making these videos! I love to travel and seeing you guys travel all over the world has been such a thrill! I’m basically satisfying my travel needs through you two cause I’m a freshmen in college. Gotta be saving up for the next 4 years… THANK YOU SO MUCH! KEEP BEING ADVENTUROUS!

    3 years ago
  22. I absolutely love all these old Japanese people being so sweet to you! And yeah, what was up with those birds?!
    Simon, as long as you never refuse Martina a hot dog again, the incident with the cupcake will be a one time experience. But hey, you did tell her no to a Happy Meal, so who knows?

    3 years ago
  23. Queen FatFat Tako Head threw the cupcake against the wall because the Evil Mr. Meanie Pants Simon wouldn’t let her have a hot dog!
    So she planned it all along! it would be the sweetest revenge! knowing Mr. Meanie Pants usually wins under pressure, she took the opportunity to destroy his dreams! His dreams of a sweet, tender cupcake.
    An eye for an eye, only in this case, a cupcake for a hot dog.
    Muahahahaha!!! >:)

    3 years ago
  24. I really look forward to seeing new episodes of EYS. It is really nice to see you guys talk about your week by week experiences. Also, I do know what kotatsu are. I had a professor in university who became a close friend and she used to teach in Japan, so she taught us a lot about her experiences, including her love for kotatsu.

    Skill Testing Question: Martina threw the cupcake because she lost the challenge and it was her punishment for Simon because he didn’t get her a hot dog like she wanted.

    3 years ago
  25. Oh that cupcake video is still to this day one of my favorites! The reason why Martina (I mean Queen fat fat tako head) threw the cupcake was because Simon had denied getting her a hot dog because it was unhealthy.

    3 years ago
  26. I KNOW THE SKILL TESTING QUESTION :D! The reason Martina threw the cupcake was because she was bitter that Simon wouldn’t let her eat a hot dog! That’s my favorite Wtf. I’m gonna be sending you guys a letter soon! Have fun in Japan! :)

    3 years ago
  27. I KNOW THE SKILL TESTING QUESTION :D! The reason Martina threw the cupcake was because she was bitter that Simon wouldn’t let her eat a hot dog! That’s my favorite Wtf. I’m gonna be sending you guys a letter soon! Have fun in Japan :)

    3 years ago
  28. No. I do not know what a kotatsu is. But, I think I know why Martina threw the cupcake. It was because she wanted a hot dog and Simon wouldn’t let her have one, and then she was angry that she lost and didn’t get to have the cupcake either so she threw it against the wall. I noticed that Simon wouldn’t let Martina have a happy meal this time….let us hope that no more cupcakes will be harmed.

    3 years ago
  29. Hey guys! I’m currently studying in Japan now so hopefully I can explain the garbage rules to you a little bit!

    Batteries and broken glass go separately from everything else.
    Burnable and raw garbage go together (i.e. paper and raw food) HOWEVER cardboard is separate from this.
    Plastic goes together (including the bottle labels and caps, also foam food containers count).
    PET (aka plastic) bottles are separate.
    Glass bottles and cans go together.
    Remember that all plastic garbage, cans, bottles, etc. need to be clean enough to be recycled. If something isn’t clean enough, it goes in with the raw/burnable items.

    That’s essentially it (at least in the Osaka area). If you can, double check with your neighbourhood ASAP, but for now I’d follow these guidelines. My dorm has two bins for each category…

    3 years ago
  30. I am loving these segments! They make my day! Glad you two are adjusting to life in Japan. The answer is because Martina lost at the Dokboki Jenga challenge and also because earlier in the day Martina wanted a hotdog but didn’t get to have one. Simon you still ate the cupcake though, ONE SHOT!

    3 years ago
  31. Martina threw the cupcake because Simon cheated and won the jenga + didn’t let her have a hot-dog ^^ Congratulations with the new place!~ Good luck! ^^

    3 years ago
  32. The trash! Oh I hated it when I lived there. I don’t know if it is the same everywhere but at the convenient stores there should be different types of trash bags that are color coded. Each bag is for the different types of items. I lived in Fukuoka, we had one for things like food garbage, one for cans and bottles and then one for…uh..paper? I can’t remember. So, there should be special trash bags that help you! I hope it helps! <3

    3 years ago
  33. The exact answer was she just wanted a hot dog!!!! so if Martina couldn’t have the cupcake NOBODY COULD <3 I love you guys so much and I'm learning japanese along with you! Ganbatte! Leaving this here as well as youtube in hopes you guys see it <3

    3 years ago
  34. Please twist the second and third tentacle fingers behind Martina in the opposite direction from where they are now. That way it can look like she has little demon horns. Simon is too tall. So you can just leave those tentacle fingers alone.

    3 years ago
  35. Queen fat fat taco head was a sore loser (and she had already eaten a cupcake that day!

    (Also just so you know there’s a typo in your write up where it says “We’ve learned Hiragana now, though! It’s actually easier, I think, than Hiragana”)

    3 years ago
  36. Q

    The answer is because Martina was a “big fat sore loser”. Simon’s words, not mine. Love you both!!! I’m so happy that you guys are having a good time in Japan. I wish I could do that in the near future! :)

    3 years ago
  37. Hi ^^ so Out of couriousity when first arriving in Korea compared to Japan did you feel just as welcomed? Like is Korea feel just as welcoming as your commending Japan for. I love you guys sososo much. You’re my absolute favorite youtubers of all time. And the answer to your question is Simon was being a big meanie and didn’t buy Martina a hot dog (and you found out in your lie detector video Martina had a cupcake the same day when she picked up the cupcake for that video (≧∇≦))

    3 years ago
  38. I’m probably wrong, but didn’t Martina throw the cupcake because she wanted a hot dog or some kind of fast food and Simon wouldn’t let her get it.

    3 years ago
  39. HI!!
    The earthquake was too strong?
    I’m from Chile so i’m used to it, anyway, if you can stay in your feets don’t panic.
    Gratz for your new home!!!!

    3 years ago
  40. Hey, do you still have your EatYourKimchi Mobile, or did you give it back to Kia?

    3 years ago