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Eat Your Sushi: Ep 5

February 29, 2016

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Welcome to this week’s episode of Eat Your Sushi! We’re back with some more stories of our experiences in Japan, some video footage of what we did this week, some Q&A, some challenges, and some mail opening.

Overall, this week was a bit less eventful than our other weeks. We did lots of important stuff that didn’t make for great footage. We set up a cell phone plan. That was a good two hours. We went to city hall and registered our name and address and stamped those onto our alien registration cards. And we got our stamp certified at city hall. And we got a membership card for our city district. That was a full day of work. Super boring. But it all had to be done, and now that it’s done we should get back to having more fun again.

Interestingly, though, we spent Tuesday with our first lesson with our tutor. We have a friend who has been living here for 17 years and who went through the whole process of learning Japanese, and she’s going to help us hopefully get to a functional level. For our first session we just discussed and planned out the things we wanted to learn. Our first order of learning: how to not be dumb at a restaurant, because we’re currently quite dumb at restaurants. Hopefully not for much longer though.

Speaking of being dumb, whoa was I having issues with counting today. I’m getting comfortable with it lately, but for some reason I could barely make it past the number five for this week’s episode. We’re starting to pick up on numbers in public now, when we’re given back change after buying something, and we also can understand them on the subway and buses whenever the stop number is announced. But counting under pressure was not my strength this time around.

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  1. Could… Could it be… Lulu’s (Luhan’s) “Lu”?? ^^
    Now blow it like a flute ooh ooh
    Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
    Show me what it do ooh ooh

    2 years ago
  2. Dear Simon and Martina

    I watched the other day a video from you guys talking about the ad blocks. Glad to tell the Dr. Meemers and Spudgy won’t go hungry on my watch. =) The other day, however, I was watching this very video on my smart TV ad I noticed they do not display any ads. Do you guys get stooped when viewers see them in TV apps? Let me know, your videos make me happy and it is just fair you get some buckaroos out of it. Keep up the good work.

    ~PrettyWolfie

    p.s.: You guys got me addicted to soup dumplings. Found some here in Atlanta and some heavenly ones in Philadelphia’s Chinatown at a place called Sakura Mandarin, that were so good I am spoiled for life. They brought me so much joy I felt like I just had a couple of beers with it, but it was just mango bubble tea. Also a first for me that I heard about on your videos. =D

    2 years ago
  3. Yay!! I’m so relieved Martina finally won a challenge ^_^ I also think Simon’s paper bag is quite fetching. But, really I’m leaving a comment to say that I absolutely loved the reverse footage of the subway station at the end of this week’s episode. The pacing was super what with seeing all the different people and their expressions and the unusual movements of seeing them in reverse and at a different speed.

    PS, Martina while you may have never chosen a neon green jacket if there was a selection, it looks surprisingly fantastic on you!

    2 years ago
    • Oh, and YES Martina I suddenly get really rubbish at things when under pressure… I was always much worse in exams than I was in lessons for example. But then when you factor in both being on camera/an audience, a time limit and a possible punishment that’s a hell of a lot of performance pressure!

      2 years ago
  4. Omg, Martina you rock Neon colors. That neon green jacket suits you well and I bet its super warm, just stick pins or iron on patches to make it more you ^^. And Simon don’t worry about your beard, it’ll grow back in no time. You could try to fill it in if it bothers you that much but I think it’s a good refresher in between your beard cycle. As for your favorite song of 2015… uhm you sing a lot but there is a quote “If you’re ever feeling down, just open the happy by singing along to Luhan’s “Lu”…the greatest song of 2015.” I hope this is the one you mean.

    2 years ago
  5. Hi Martina, I think you may need a new credit card in Japan. Why not get a Sailormoon JCB credit card? http://top.tsite.jp/tcard/sailormoon/

    2 years ago
  6. Thank you Simon and Martina for putting that Lu song in front me because now I TOTALLY won’t get it stuck in my head at inappropriate-appropriate moments…. >_<+

    ;)

    2 years ago
  7. MLE

    Hi guys! This was a really fun video, as always :)

    1. So riding a unicycle is a normal part of PE classes in Japanese elementary school! It’s crazy and I love it. I’m pretty sure they get graded on it or something. Another thing you need to check out is how they do jump rope here. There are national competitions.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5mG0tvmCgI

    2. I think “itadakimasu” is pretty formal, you can just say “kudasai” at the end and that’s pretty normal. Saying “hitotsu” is actually really normal for things! A lot of my Japanese friends use that so I do as well. When you say a glass specifically, it’s usually when ordering beers, which would be “ippai” for one, “nibai” for two, etc. Also you usually don’t need to specify the number if you’re only getting one thing since it would be a little unusual for you to order 3 cokes for yourself. If you were to just say “cassis orange kudasai” that would be fine!

    3. Martina!! If you haven’t checked out the store Tutu Anna yet you HAVE to. It’s a store full of socks, tights, thermals, and a small section for ladies underwear, all of which are ridiculously cute. The thermals especially are super warm, fluffy, and covered in adorable animals! The chain is pretty popular in all of Japan so it should be super easy to find in Tokyo :)

    4. You guys should definitely check out the band Sekai no Owari. They’ve got really cool funky videos, did the opening and ending songs for the Attack on Titan movie, and their lead vocal, Fukase, speaks English pretty fluently so they have some only English songs. They have a tech/pop vibe. Although some of their songs are probably too ballad-y for you, the lyrics are really interesting because they’re either super random or about how subjective morality is. I recommend Dragon Night, Flame and Forest Carnival (炎と森のカーニバル) and Snow Magic Fantasy (スノーマジックファンタジー) for the videos, Anti-hero (from Attack on Titan), and Mr. Heartache. Also check out Death Disco to see what their concerts are like cause they’re really cool and over the top with production so they’re fun to watch!

    5. I’m really really excited to be going to your event at the Tokyo Youtube Studio!! Gotta work out the train schedules and see if I’ll need to crash somewhere in Tokyo that night…

    2 years ago
  8. I think Luhan’s Lu was your favorite song of 2015. I saw it on your Instagram and now I’m addicted to it. My husband hates it though! lol

    2 years ago
  9. Giga Puuuurin! Maybe a WTF in the way? :D Oh, Japanese counting system… I remember it, so specific for cups, long/cylindrical objects (heeey, stop it!), liquid, money, people, time… /o/

    Random question: is the floral shirt from Zara? I wish I could rock it, hahaha

    2 years ago
  10. Tell me more tell me more!!!

    2 years ago
  11. Hi Simon and Martina!Love the Eat Your Sushi episodes a ton! I feel like you guys can travel all over the world, and I’ll still love it!! I knew you guys had some trouble in Korea with finding American products. What items are you guys having a hard time to find in Japan? And does Japan have products that you guys couldn’t find in Korea (ex. ranch, eggnog, etc.)?

    2 years ago
  12. The opening music sounds like a video game and makes me expect fun and excitement and you always deliver! ^_^v

    I think that the green coat looks adorable Martina and I totally remember Star Twins, I even had a “best friends trophy” with them on it as well (in the 70s)…..

    Simon, I don’t know if it’s related but maybe this is why Honda made all those motorized unicycles…..? (see OK-GO video) ’cause I’m not sure where else they would get as much use.

    Also Simon, maybe if you TEMPORARILY trimmed back the mustache ends to blend into your beard, you wouldn’t feel so unexpected all the time. Just a thought.

    Would one of those arm sleeves that look like sleeve tatoos also be inappropriate for the gym in Japan? Hmmmm……

    Will you do any TL;DRs? I know that you haven’t been around Japan that long yet but you started early in Korea as well…..
    * * * *
    Cyber_3 – looking forward to spring, go Hannami for us \(*o*)/

    2 years ago
  13. YAY!!! Martina won the challenge :D Sorry Simon it was about time she wins XD I think you song was Luhan’s LU since you’ve made a lot of reference of it in a lot of videos. Keep up the good work!! I never miss any of your videos they make my day ^^ Are you guys thinking of attending a cosplay convention in Japan???
    Have a great week xxxx

    2 years ago
  14. Hi Simon & Martina,

    I just wanted to say that although im not a vocal nasty, I have been folowing you for about two years now. I think its prety cool that I moved country at nearly exactly the same time as you both and its realy nice seeing you deal with some of the same strugles that I am & have been facing. So thanks for helpin me keep my cheer up always and particularly now.

    Best,
    Grace

    2 years ago
  15. So glad that Martina finally won a challenge!

    I also love that new coat. Lime green is one of my favorite colors and I think Martina looks great in it.

    2 years ago
  16. I actually like how the green coat goes with the purple (hat) and the pink (shirt?)! I guess I’m a by fashion-ly challenged :D

    2 years ago
  17. I totally love your opening and ending scenes of the EatYourSushi segment :) Keep up the good work!

    2 years ago
  18. I JUST WANNA GET YOU IN THE MOOO
    Luhan’s Lu!
    Haha, oh my gosh, that song is good for some laughs

    2 years ago
  19. Luhan’s ‘Lu’ = the greatest song of 2015. It has to be, it is ridiculous, angry, funny and inappropriate at the same time; and it has surprisingly a lot of uses in a real life XD something just right to make you laugh at wrong and sad moments… Someone did anything bad to you? you can brush it off but why? just blow like flute ooh ooh

    2 years ago
  20. Lu by Luhan, I first heard you both reference it on you guys’ Instagram account. Blow it like a flute, ooh ooh ooh. Super catchy. Always looking forward to your videos, they are never boring.

    2 years ago
  21. Oh my god..that is the legendary GIGA PUDDING on top of your fridge!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?hl=en-GB&v=9sEI1AUFJKw&gl=SG

    2 years ago
  22. I have a question off topic. But now that you guys live in Japan do you think you’ll do any popin cookin or something like that? Also will Martina be doing any Japanese recipes but useing aternitive ingredients like shes done in the past ?

    2 years ago
  23. Fave song 2015: Lu

    Martina, did you read Fruits Basket and if you did, where the things on sticks that Simon had the same as the things on sticks that Hanajima got in one of the books? Because of course, you remember every detail from a manga series that finished like I dunno 6 years ago? And if you did read Fruits Basket you should do some of the things the characters did… um, like feed the deer and look for those beetles and um, I guess turn into members of the zodiac when hugged? And be gangsters? OK maybe not.

    2 years ago
  24. Still doing Kai Bai Bo even though you’re in Japan? If you have trouble remembering the Japanese version of Rock Paper Scissors, aka Jankenpon, there’s an old children’s song about it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpORHo5-Z3U
    It’s…something else…

    2 years ago
  25. You should give KAT-TUN a shot! And it’s J-Rock not pop, but Gackt and The Gazette are awesome, too! (Especially Gackt. I LOVE HIM)

    Also, I’m SUPER SERIOUSLY EXCITED cause I just found out I got a job in Japan and should be starting in August! ^_^

    2 years ago
  26. Is the answer to the skill-testing question Lu Han’s Lu? You mentioned it in Eat Your Sushi episode 1, but I’m not sure. This was hard! >:3

    2 years ago
  27. Since you didn’t touch on it in this episode I’m wondering; did you guys buy the giant kirby?

    2 years ago
  28. Hi S & M! In terms of ordering food at a restaurant or asking for things in general, I was taught “[insert item] o kudasai。”[insert item] をください.” It’s also a good idea to add in “sumimasen” “すみまん” at the beginning to get the waiter’s attention. Example: すみまん、ラーメンをください。I’m gonna leave this sentence without romaji, but I’m sure you can figure it out. Maybe that’s just the textbook way of doing it, though. Merp.

    As for your favorite song of 2015, I’m going to guess Luhan’s Lu since y’all sing it so much. :)

    2 years ago
  29. LUHAN’S LU. OOOHH WOO OOOOH

    2 years ago
  30. Hey guys! You don’t usually use ‘itadakimasu’ when ordering something at a bar or restaurant. ‘Onegaishimasu’ or ‘kudasai’ (both mean ‘please’ with the former being more polite) is probably the most common way of ordering. So, you would say something like ‘Cassis orange kudasai’. If you are trying to get their attention beforehand, you can throw a ‘sumimasen’ in front of that. Also, ‘hitotsu’ is completely fine when ordering menu items. There is a counter for drinks, but it’s completely fine to use the general counter in that case. :D

    2 years ago
  31. The beard is killing me! I am suddenly reminded of the hunter from Jumanji. Don’t worry Simon you’re still fly. Martina, I totally get sucky when I’m constructed by time. Everything goes catywonky!

    2 years ago
  32. Hey guise! I love the Eat Your Sushi segment! I hope some new form of WANKs will happen in the future! That was my favorite segment ^^

    Simon, when I work out, I breathe like I’m going to die and afterwards I often legitimately collapse onto the couch. I get so sore and so tired that I am as good as a sack of potatoes for the rest of the day. You’re not alone, bro!

    2 years ago
  33. After like a week of it bugging me I finally figured out what Simon’s beard reminds me of. TJ Miller had his beard like that for a while. I’m on my phone so hopefully this link will work http://cdn.bleedingcool.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/TJMiller.jpg

    2 years ago
  34. Do you ever find yourselves converting yen to Wan to understand what you’re spending?

    2 years ago
  35. Favorite song was definitely Luhan’s Lu. You guys quote it so often!

    2 years ago
  36. Luhan’s Lu. Totally

    2 years ago
  37. Luhan’s ‘Lu’ is life.you mention it during the radio show

    2 years ago
  38. LU U U WOO OOH WOO OO OOH BLOW IT LIKE A FLUTE
    Definitely Luhan’s Lu. So bad it’s good.

    2 years ago
  39. Absolutely Luhan’s Lu. (My Internet went so buggy this entire video. I was so sad, as it kept lagging, haha!) I have cravings for that song from time to time and I hate it, because it’s sooo bad. xD He tried. (But Gumnast! xDD)

    2 years ago
  40. Luhan’s Lu? Love you guys!!!

    2 years ago