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One Year Later: Japan vs Korea

December 15, 2016

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By some fluke, it has been exactly one year since we announced we’re moving to Japan. We honestly didn’t plan to publish this kind of video on this date, but it seems befitting. We announced our decision then, and we’re talking more about it now.

It’s been a year since that video and I think a year has been a good amount of time for us to think things over. We thought about it for a long time before announcing that video, and we’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on our lives since. And from every angle we look at it, the answer is the same: this has been the greatest year of our lives.

Saying that, though, is kind of scary for us. Very scary. I don’t know if we’ve been clear about this, but some of you might glean that we’re really uncomfortable with the anger we get from Korean netizens. Any discussion we have about both countries hits a sore spot for nationalists. Yes, we know Korea and Japan have a bad history with each other, as we’re constantly reminded. But the fact is, we don’t share that history. We’re not Korean. We’re not Japanese. We don’t have a dog in this race. We just lived in Korea, and now we live in Japan, and we want to be able to talk about our lives retrospectively sometimes, and to see how we’ve grown.

I honestly think that our time in Japan has been so great specifically because of the troubles we had in Korea. When we tell our friends here the things that make us happy about Japan they look at us weird. And I think if we came to Japan without the context of Korea, we would take a lot of the things we love about Japan for granted. I mean, we grew up in the suburbs of Canada: our neighbourhoods were always quiet. We wouldn’t give a shit about that if we moved to Kichijoji straight from Pickering. But after losing so many hours of sleep in the screams of Seoul, coming to the peaceful nights we have here means a lot more to us than it would have otherwise. Our time in Korea has helped us love our time in Japan more.

I was in the car with one of our Japanese friends recently. We were waiting to turn left. There was a car in front of him that had many MANY opportunities to make the turn, but he didn’t take it. We waited until the driver ahead of us went, and then took our turn when it came up. My friend apologized for being such an angry driver afterwards. For doing what, I don’t know. I actually laughed. He didn’t even honk his horn! He just sighed as far as I can remember. If this was Korea he would have leaned on his horn, and driven around the guy through oncoming traffic and endangered us all. I didn’t feel at all in danger driving with him, or with anybody I’ve ever driven with in Japan.

I’m expecting to read in the comments “but please understand our situation” from people upset with our verdict, but I’m not trying to be a historian or anthropologist here. This isn’t a discussion about the rich histories of both countries. This is a simple video: I lived in both countries, and living in this one is better for me, and holy shit I’m so worried about saying that but hell I should be able to say that. I’m not telling everyone that Korea is hell, which many Korean people are saying themselves. I’m just saying that, by the end of my time in Korea, it wasn’t for me.

This feels almost like breaking up with a boyfriend. We had good times, I know that. But by the end of the relationship I was starting to see sides of you that I didn’t want to experience. It was time for me to move on to my life. Time for us to see other people. I’m sure you’ll find someone that can love you more than I did, and I wish you health and happiness, but I need someone different in my life. And I’m seeing someone new, actually. His name is Japan. We have a great relationship together. And I couldn’t be as happy as I am now if it wasn’t for what I learned with you.

I hope that you, the reader, can also feel comfortable in knowing when it’s time to move on. If you’re dating someone who abuses you, or if you’re at a job that treats you like shit, you have all the right in the world to find a new partner, to look for a new job. And if you’re in a country that makes you uncomfortable, you have all the right to try to move somewhere else. You should be able to express that you feel your country isn’t treating you how you want to be treated. For those of you unhappy with the results of an election, if you feel like you’re jeopardizing your wellbeing staying where you are, if you’ve fallen out of love with your country, find a new love. It’s your life. Please live it how you want to.

And now it’s time for me to unwind with a bottle of wine. Hopefully my ex won’t blow up my phone with angry texts.

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  1. Din

    I changed my job, saying its time for me to move on.. Now i regret :/ I want my ex back :'(

    2 months ago
  2. Hello Simon and Martina, I’m a high school student and my friends are thinking of going on a trip to Japan right after graduation. We live in California and is it a good idea for us to go on a tour or can you give us any good websites to buy cheap tickets (like round trips), I won’t be able to go with my friends due to money issues but it would be cool if you can help me find a great way to go with them without making myself spend so much (sorry that this is so much work) also my friend is allergic to seafood (i know it sucks) is there any suggestions you recommend my friend should eat at Japan. Also Thank you so much if you read this and I wish that I will be able to go with my friends but I know there is always next time.

    2 months ago
  3. That was heartfelt, and the sincerity comes across. I have Japanese friends and i have Korean friends. One has an ax to grind and a chip as big as a mountain on their shoulder. The Japanese on the other hand have kindness and propriety ingrained in them that perhaps have made it difficult to fix their problem once and for all. Having said that, will be going to Japan for more vacations :) The first time was a few weeks ago during Christmas, and couldn’t wait to go back to Tokyo and do some food bingeing! Will look at your videos for tips.

    2 months ago
  4. I want to start by giving you guys major kudos for how you have handled the comments on your youtube post of this video. I was very firmly reminded of why I watch videos on your website instead of there. The community here is just so much more friendly and open. It’s people that like watching your videos because they are fun and interesting, and people that ACTUALLY watch your videos. I don’t understand all the negativity over there.
    PUTTING that aside, I think this was a great video. I know your health has been iffy, Martina, but shit it’s been great to see all these smiles on your faces. I have loved all the extra traveling you guys have been doing, and after what you said about running a studio and having to do all that extra jumping through hoops in Korea, I can see why now you’d have the time and energy to do all of these interesting things.
    I’m so glad you’re happy where you are, I’m glad you guys were able to make the move. I look forward to your next adventure!

    3 months ago
  5. Hi Simon and Martina. I’m a 30-something professional data geek (programmer) living and working in the noisiest, dirtiest, most sarcastic city on earth: new york. Living here is maybe like what you went through in Seoul except with a worst subway system and more homeless addicts panhandling for change. I’ve lived in nyc for 8 years and while I seem to have more and more complaints about this city (and country) I am still relatively happy here. Before this, I lived for 1 year in Kyoto and 6 months in Seoul. I loved and still cherish the time I got to live abroad in Japan and Korea but it never seemed like real life to me. I was an observer: self-determined to remain an outsider given that I knew I’d be moving back to the States when the right opportunity arose.

    Here is New York, some days I’m happy, some days I’m not. Even though I’ve become immune to the daily brusqueness of life here, every shove and act of injustice is hardening me and changing me into a much more pessimistic person. So I question myself: Do I really like it here? Am I really happy?

    I live along a busy avenue (lots of extremely loud buses, waste management and emergency vehicles, horn-blasting yellow taxis, drunken hooligans, barking dogs, you name it) on the fifth floor of a crumbling walk-up apartment building in Manhattan. I fight with apartment management over every leak that has to be fixed, and pesticide treatment that has to be scheduled. Some days, I have to battle parades, demonstrations, movie/tv filmcrews, and other street closures just to make it to my front door. Ordering packages is stressful since I don’t have a doorman and am not sure what the heck the UPS/FEDEX/postal service will do this time with the package (nevermind what state it’s in).

    I could write a novel here but I’ll spare you. The point I want to make is that I still feel very alive and challenged here. I met my other half here and have formed solid relationships with different kinds of people I would’ve never crossed paths with otherwise. I love that inspiration, hiking, food, people-watching is so accessible (just one -stinky – subway ride away!). I am willing to suffer for this, for now. I’m not sure how much longer. It’s all a personal decision right? Maybe I’ll be super happy if I move out of nyc and can enjoy a full night of uninterrupted sleep, or order something from amazon without stressing out that someone will take it. I wouldn’t have even known such pleasures and reasons for elation had it not been for all these years of suffering hardship, eh?

    You guys mentioned it too directly in your video. Part of the happiness you feel in Japan is because of what you went through in Korea. I think we have to take the journey and experience things for ourselves to define what makes us happy and appreciate all the feels.

    Wishing you both much health, wealth, love, and happiness for the new year!!

    3 months ago
  6. I wanted to ask– since you’ve been in Japan have you been part of rush hour on trains? If so, were you okay with getting stuffed into one (that is if the trains were as full as I’ve seen in gifs and numerous youtube videos)? How did you feel about it? I’d honestly try to find another way to get to where I’m going if there was a chance of that happening to me if I tried to take the train.

    3 months ago
  7. I don’t usually leave comments but I felt compelled to do so after having read this article and some other comments on this subject. Firstly, I love you guys, I’ve been a viewer for a few years now. But sadly, I have to admit that this video was a bit disappointing (not in what your perspective was but how the video was presented). When you guys first decided to move to Japan, I was really enthousiastic about the decision because I admire both Korean and Japanese cultures very much. I felt a bit shocked because the news of you guys moving was so sudden and unexpected but I wanted to support you guys.
    I feel as if you held back a lot of (negative) feelings about Korea as a whole and you’ve only just opened Pandora’s box. I’m not going to lie, I’m Korean so hearing cons about Korea does kind of irk me but I assume that this is normal because most people have strong sentiments about their home country. Some people who were born in war-ridden countries still aspire to go back and help their countries develop (no matter how imperfect they are). So I understand why some Koreans are really enraged about this topic. The fact is that the history between the two countries is quite complicated and still unresolved. You guys may not have incorporated the history of these two countries in your discussion but it will still have an impact on your viewers because these events have made both nationalities somewhat sensitive to each other. I feel like the best way to go through with this was to list the cons and pros of each country but not directly state your opinion of which country you liked. Now I’m not saying that your opinion is wrong or bad. It’s good. It’s an opinion. And you shouldn’t have to sugarcoat things. But judging by how each country is very sensitive to each other, it would have probably been better for you to have held back a little. You obviously fit in with Japan better so you probably see more advantages to it. That being said, for the purpose of the video, I think that you should have brought up pros and cons that exceed your perspective on the two countries. The way that the video was formatted, made me believe that there was no good thing about Korea. I absolutely want your happiness as it is really nice to see but I feel like you guys should have been a little more careful on a comparison video…

    3 months ago
  8. Love your channel. You two rock! So I was just watching NHK Japan station on TV and they had a show called Kawaii International. I’m wondering if you know of this phenomenon and if you’ll ever do an episode on it and Harajuku Japan.

    3 months ago
  9. Hi Simon and Martina, I’m sorry those events happened to you during your stay in Korea. As a S. Korean living overseas, I know it’s not easy to live in a “rougher” culture than back at home so I understand where the frustration was coming from. However I must say this blog post came as a bit shock for me. You were always so well diplomatic in addressing sensitive issues in your videos, and that’s what I highly respected, but this blog post and video went a bit wild let’s say. Comparing your frustration (not the experience in Korea) on dating abuse or shitty jobs were quite a strong metaphor I must say. As someone who was really happy for your next chapter in Japan, I feel quite “heartbroken”. At least I don’t go around and talk this bad of my ex-boyfriends after a breakup.

    3 months ago
  10. Hey Simon and Martina. I have been one of your shy fans who watched most of your videos for a long time, yet this is my first time leaving a comment (I think….). I think you are very funny, loving, and genuine people. I really like so many things about your lives and experience. Also, I am very glad that you had your happiest year of your life in Japan! That’s just wonderful.

    Yet this video came as an unhappy surprise to me. You are entitled to say whatever opinion you have about your personal experiences and I respect that. But I felt a bit disappointed because the level of exaggeration and tone of the video on the negative aspects of Korea was very strong, almost as if those years were traumatic. It felt like the tone when you are talking bad about your ex to win favor of your current partner. And as a fan who treasured your 8 years of videos, I couldn’t help but feel kinda back-stabbed. I know you did not mean that way, but it felt like those happy, energetic funny videos were actually made in an unhappy, crappy environment (where at times other people looked at you like you “had leprosy”..wow..).

    I know there isn’t a perfect place. Just like how you said in one of the youtube comments, “life isn’t black and white”. But, this video sure does feel like black and white to me. The whole flow of the video is basically ‘this sucked in Korea but its awesome in Japan, thus I feel happier now.’ The old Korean fans would find this quite disappointing, not just because of their nationality, but because we thought you were happy too in Korea. “Wonderful Adventures Now in Korea” didn’t seem quite wonderful I guess.

    I’m glad you at least do not regret living in a place where you started your adventure. Those hundreds of videos you produced with your hard work really payed off because many of us absolutely loved them as viewers. However, this video is quite skewed. You used words like “no one, never, always” to describe a darker side of A and a bright side of B under the title A vs B. And as a fan who had seen wonderful videos of once bright A, it felt quite disappointing.

    Nonetheless, I thank you for your wonderful videos and allowing me to back away in perspective to see through my environment that I became inured to. I’m truly glad that you found the right place and the right time. I still treasure your experiences in Korea (I’m sure you do too). I hope the best for your health and happiness!

    3 months ago
  11. Hey Simon and Martina. I have been one of your shy fans who watched most of your videos for a long time, yet this is my first time leaving a comment (I think….). I think you are very funny, loving, and genuine people. I really like so many things about your lives and experience. Also, I am very glad that you had your happiest year of your life in Japan! That’s just wonderful.

    Yet this video came as an unhappy surprise to me. You are entitled to say whatever opinion you have about your personal experiences and I respect that. But I felt a bit disappointed because the level of exaggeration and tone of the video on the negative aspects of Korea was very strong, almost as if those years were traumatic. It felt like the tone when you are talking bad about your ex to win favor of your current partner. And as a fan who treasured your 8 years of videos, I couldn’t help but feel kinda back-stabbed. I know you did not mean that way, but it felt like those happy, energetic funny videos were actually made in an unhappy, crappy environment (where at times other people looked at you like you “had leprosy”.. wow…).

    I know there isn’t a perfect place, just like how you said in one of the youtube comments, “life isn’t black and white”. But, this video sure does feel like black and white to me. The whole flow of the video is basically ‘this sucked in Korea but its awesome in Japan, thus I feel happier now.’ The old Korean fans would find this quite disappointing, not just because of their nationality, but because we thought you were quite happy too in Korea. “Wonderful Adventures Now in Korea” didn’t seem quite wonderful in the way you described in your video.

    I’m glad you at least do not regret living in a place where you started your adventure. Those hundreds of videos you produced with your hard work really payed off because many of us absolutely loved them as viewers. However, this video is quite skewed. You used words like “no one, never, always” to describe a darker side of A and a bright side of B under the title A vs B. And as a fan who had seen wonderful videos of once bright A, it felt quite disappointing.

    Nonetheless, I thank you for your wonderful videos and allowing me to back away in perspective to see through my environment that I became inured to. I’m truly glad that you found the right place and the right time. I still treasure your experiences in Korea (I’m sure you do too). I hope the best for your health and happiness!

    3 months ago
  12. I think for sure you guys are having a much easier time in Japan. I think your experience in Korea has a lot to do with that. You had a pretty uphill battle in Korea to make a place for yourself. You first jobs there were tough and particularly Simon had a hard work environment. There was a big shift once you guys started YouTubing full time. But like you said, that was a lot of work in Korea. But it wasn’t just with the paperwork and government regulations, you were growing your audience still and working hard on setting up something for the long term in regards to your channel and followers. And now, you are in a place to reap the rewards for all that hard work. So part of me thinks it might be less Japan in general and just where you are in life. You’ve reached a sweet spot. And all the Japan bonuses like your neighborhood and the ease of living, have a lot to do with how hard you worked before to get to this point. Congratulations guys! You’ve done a super job. I think I’ve only ever posted once before, but I’ve been around since the early early days. I’ve seen all your hard work. And I’m super excited that it’s paying off. I get that it’s still work. But you are so much happier. And I’m happy for you.

    My spot in life: I’m “just” a mom. I say that because no mom is “just a” anything. But I’m in my late thirties and I homeschool 3 elementary aged kids in the suburbs. And I couldn’t be happier. We get to learn about the things that are important to us, and then spend the rest of our day playing video games and watching YouTube. (HA! The kids wish!) Like most kids their age they aspire to be YouTubers when they grow up.

    As my Tl;DR request, I’d really like to see a behind the scenes of what you guys do to make a video. You might think it’s boring, because that’s the work end. But I am really interested, and I know my kids would love it. We’ve watched/read the video/blogs where you discuss the equipment you use. They’d like to see a wide shot of the set and where the lights are. And when you do location shots do you scope things out first, and do think about things like lighting in the restaurant. And any little tips you’ve learned the hard way. I wont let them have a public channel until they are teenagers. But they have started practicing and are trying to learn all the thingz!

    3 months ago
  13. OMG I am like yaaaaaaas!! I was living in Japan when I first started following you guys in 2010 or so. No lie, partially because of your videos I decided to live in Korea after spending two years in a magical, wonderful Japanese countryside town an hour outside of Kyoto.

    Then I moved to Korea like…. whaaaaaat the f*********ck. haha! Night and day. Korea was such a rough experience for me. People were harsh, the environment was harsh and dirty, and I was sick all the time. I lived in Busan and it was basically filthy. My last day in Korea there was an epic flood where all the sewage water flowed through the city. It was a nice double middle finger from Korea as a goodbye I guess. lol I WILL say, I had a really good school set up and my co-workers were absolutely wonderful, but my life in Korea was very hard and unmagical (not magical? magic-less?) compared with my life in Japan. I thought I’d live in Korea a couple years as well, but I bounced after my year contract (I would have left after 6 months if I could have).

    I don’t know what it is about Japan, but it is just a wonderful place to live as a foreigner. It has it’s ups and downs, too, of course. But to this day, I imagine myself moving back and owning a vacation home there. *dreamy eyes*

    3 months ago
  14. Hello Simon and Martina I’m originally from Lima, Peru but currently I’m finishing grad school in Oregon State University (OSU) in the US. The university is in a college town called Corvallis and a lot of people that I know qualify it as the ultimate nice place to live. But I’m from a really big city (10 million people) and I feel that Lima might be really similar to Seoul in the noise, angry driving and the never sleep. So after three years in Corvallis I just can say that I prefer the city life. Corvallis is really quiet and I grew up in a noisy city so during my first 2 years there I had to sleep with loud action movies, now I’m a bit more used to the quietness, but I miss the noise. Also a lot of the stores in Corvallis close at 6pm and do not open during the weekends and for a grad student that only has time after 6 and the weekends, it has been quite disappointing. Specially when you come from a place that has everything open until 1-2am.
    Other experience that I have is that people in Corvallis, or Oregon in general are ridiculously nice. In Lima we are more tough and we usually ignore the people around us, but in Oregon everyone is smiling. At first it was really unsettling because I felt that they were approaching to rob me (yep, city paranoia), but now I know that they are genuinely nice people. One thing that I really do not miss from Lima is the traffic. Here everyone stops at the crossings to let you pass, and are so well mannered at the wheel. In Lima you really need to run for your life. So, in general I really miss my city life, like being able to go out anywhere or have all food in delivery and I know that a place like Corvallis is a nice town but now I try to spend more time in Portland, OR, which is a medium city, with all the perks from a big city plus an additional small town touch.

    3 months ago
  15. I’m from the US, and I’ve experienced the same thing just from living in different cities within the same country. Some places I like better than others because they just work better for my personality and lifestyle or whatnot. I’m from Dallas, Texas, but I lived in San Francisco for two years, and the city just wasn’t for me. There were inconveniences, like housing costs and parking, that were so inconvenient/stressful for me to deal with, that it kind of outweighed the good things about living in the city. Now, even though I didn’t particularly like living in SF, I’m definitely not saying that it’s not for anyone, or it’s a bad city overall. I know many, many, many people absolutely love living in SF, and the things that bothered me about living there probably don’t bother them as much, or the things they love about the city outweigh the stressful parts of living in the city, and that’s totally fine and lovely that the city fits well with their lifestyles. Now I live in Oregon, and there’s things that I love and things that I dislike about living here too! I think it’s generally hard for people, when you’re talking about their hometown/home country, to not get immediately defensive, and to try to convince you otherwise, if your experience is different from theirs. I think people have to keep in mind, though, especially with living in another country, that being a foreigner can be very hard. For some foreigners that come to live in the United States, their experience has many difficulties, while other foreigners will only have great experiences in the US. The fact is, often foreigners are treated differently than non-foreigners, and while it may come across as offensive for someone to criticize things about your home country, their experience is valid, and they should be able to speak about it. In the US especially, now more than ever we have to try very hard to listen and stand up for the experiences of minorities in our country.

    3 months ago
  16. I’ve been living in Korea for over 14 years. Listening to you guys (even while you were still here) I always wondered how it is that we were having such different experiences in the same country. You might be right about your neighbourhood: I live in a detached house and I have my cackle of halmonis and ajummas who greet me and share a laugh with me every once in a while. Also, my local CU (former FAmily Mart) cashier is super friendly and always sneaks in some “bonus” goodies. The level of noise in Seoul, the crazy driving, the general inconvenience you talk about has gone down drastically in the years I’ve been here. I allow that we have all might be having different experiences here, and I only travelled in Japan (loved it completely) not lived there, so obviously I am no expert about that part of the world. But, I am of this, I say that without any reservations. You guys were always ‘above’ Korea, never ‘in’ Korea and that’s what coloured your years here. You were always the balcony observers, never on the floor, cynical yet polite (must be a Canadian thing). Glad you’re happier in Japan. And you are happier there because you feel welcome. Have you ever done anything in KOrea to get that sense of belonging? I joined some Korean activity clubs (hiking, choir singing, and the like), and OMG, this made a world of difference in my attitude to Korea and my level of happiness her soared. I wish you hadn’t answer this question because people seem to take you words very seriously. Dear all: don’t listen to anybody. If there is anything to be said about Korea is that it is a land that never ceases to surprise, enchant, enrage, and crawl under your skin unlike any other (I’ve lived in many).

    3 months ago
  17. Hi,

    Good video. It’s a difficult subject to tackle. I think you were exceptionally even handed in your discussion. It is unfortunate there are those who only hear what they want to hear so they can say what they want to say.

    Wanting different things as you grow and change is part of life.

    Is there a specific mark up I can use to create proper paragraphs?

    That is all.

    3 months ago
  18. Hi guise! I really loved this video and I loved that you were both brave enough to make it. I initially wrote this long comment about how right I feel your comparison was but I’d think, in the end, like you, I’d rather just write happy things. BIG BIG BIG BIG HUGS!!!!! — !!!! and I’m happy that you’re happier now. This video was a little green but no doubt you filmed it before you adjusted your lighting settings. I think that you were also as diplomatic as you could be and I’m glad that you didn’t bend over too far because it’s awesome to be strong and believe in yourselves. The snow on your webpage is a little distracting but very cute!

    As for myself, I live in rural-ish Southern Ontario now. I’ve lived in several cities in Ontario, including Toronto downtown. I’ve travelled lots of places, including China, but I still haven’t made it to Europe yet. If I had to pick anywhere in Canada to live, it’d be Montreal again. But I really like your commune idea, but I’d automate it so I wouldn’t have to do too much farm work ;). I do have some school and personal research background in Asia and its cultures but I found your videos completely unrelated to any of that. My husband sent me a link to your Itaewon Freedom KMM he stumbled upon one day and I really enjoyed your brand of humour, could relate to you as fellow Canadians, and any learninating I did was a completely bonus :3. I was initially very disappointed when KMM ended but not because of kpop but because I liked the skits. I totally understand now(understood then eventually too) that you couldn’t talk about it at the time and I hope that I wasn’t too rude in my frustration ^^;;;. I love your food videos, travel videos, and just every day fun videos so I hope that you continue to enjoy making them because I will always love watching them. You are a great example and help others be brave, I hope I get to meet you some day but in the meantime: Merry Christmas! and here’s to a great New Year of new adventures!

    3 months ago
  19. Hi Simon and Martina, I’m a korean who just registered on your website. I agree the traffic problems in korea, but I don’t agree the noise at night in Seoul. There are places having different noise condition even in one city, one small area. I have lived Seongbuk-gu in Seoul for 10 years but I haven’t been tortured by any noise while I sleep. Besides, you were able to find and move to some quiet residential area in Seoul. It’s not a small town, you know. You were careless regarding these conditions at the beginning and just poured out flames which you have in mind and later said “Of course, It’s our case”.. It’s not good way to say something.. I know you made another video mentioning bad korean bathroom sewerage system, and that’s similar to this. Even though you don’t have bad purpose, careless insetting generalization easily make people misunderstand your massage.
    I’m not saying ‘plz understand our situation’ and not a nationalist. My uncomfortableness is not from some issues between Korea and Japan. Come on, Korean are sensitive to Japan because of history, it’s fact. However, we especially offend wrong statement and act of Japan for their history and we know your opinion is not that case.
    What I feel disappointment even more is this page sounds like “so what, you nationalism-natured korean? we once were mate and had a good time but that’s all. I’ve got new smarter man so It’s the bye-bye time. Be cool and grow up”. I wish you just chose inappropriate expression.. Even that is just what you thought, expressing your thought in this way is definitely rude attitude.
    I felt appreciation when you informed Korea to other people over the world. When you move to Japan, I wished you get happy time and those wishes are still in my mind. I also smiled(food challenge, visiting tourist region..) and felt sorry(car accident, poor korean pet surroundings..) while watching your various contents, and those are also good memory in my mind as an ordinary korean. We’re not simple boyfriend-girlfrend relationship. We can share memory and softly say hello to each other later, as a creator and subscriber. Also I don’t think your contents was only a pure business because it had fun, warmth, and massage. It’s natural that people don’t like some good memory to become deceived or easily meaningless.

    3 months ago
  20. But the real question now is: what song would Martina lip sync? heheheheh And I don’t know why, but the the looks reminds me Mana from Malice Mizer… the purple, maybe.

    3 months ago
  21. Although Im so glad youre happier now, it is such a shame to hear you talk so negatively about your time in Korea especially as I know you enjoyed it overall. Years after discovering. Your ‘tube I actually went to Korea because you spiked an interest for me and now (to answer your question) I am planning on teaching English in Korea starting Feb/March. Obviously hearing people I trust so much talk so negatively about a country I thought you loved has worried me, but, like you said everyone has a different experience; I hope mine is better than you portrayed Korea in this video…

    3 months ago
  22. I echo other commentators. Really _really_ hate how this topic was approached. Both countries got so much great food, sauna, hot springs, sushi, kimchi,culture, music, everything else to offer.

    But yet both have the highest suicide rates. There was also that dark period between the two where one country used the other as sex slaves, place to plunder, and dehumanize. (I hope I lightened things up here.)

    In my opinion, without mentioned consideration for the historical context and sensitivity, the video was terribly click-bait, thoughtful and insult to both countries trying to heal past wounds.

    But that said, love your other videos.

    3 months ago
  23. Hey, Martina, it’s me, Korea. It’s been almost a year since we broke up. I almost forgot that you even existed, then I got this giant stone on my head out of nowhere. I mean come on, I know we didn’t have the best relationship ever, but we still dated for eight years. Did you really have to talk behind my back and tell what happened between us to the entire world? I thought we moved on and we are cool. What the hell is this? Do you think I liked everything about you?

    Well, here are few things I want to say. Hey, you have lived with me for eight years, and we can’t even have any meaningful conversations in Korean. Can you say anything in Korean other than when you order food? And yet you always complained that you feel like an alien here. Have you tried to get to know my friends and my families? Have you ever tried to get to know me for real?

    I can’t believe you talk about Japan and me like we are little kids who are having a fight in a playground. That fucking bastard broke into my house, beat me up, rape my sister, robbed my house, and never apologized. Alright, I’m not even going to ask you to take my side. I knew you always had a crush on him since you talked about some anime shit all the time. But can you at least not talk about that douche bag in front of me, and compare me to him? Come on Martina. We have been dating for eight years. Am I asking you too much if I say I want a little bit of loyalty from you? Or at least a sense of empathy?

    Hey, I’m sorry our relationship has ended like this, and if you feel like I abused you while we were dating, I’m sorry. I hope that you will be happy with your new boyfriend. Can you just stop stabbing me from the back? Please move on like you said, because I already have.

    -Korea

    3 months ago
  24. See, if Korea wants more visitors and people to appreciate their country, then act more graceful towards each other and others! This is a problem even in America with other Koreans. I’ve experienced it myself, being Korean adoptee, they still treat me really unfairly. They don’t treat me like a person but rather trash. So I am sorry your experience with living in Korea wasn’t as happy as you expected. I hope Japan embraces you rather than giving you disgruntled feelings.

    3 months ago
  25. Woah woah you make $$ doing Youtube videos in South Korea, and now you’re bagging on the same country that helped you get that $$ in the first place? I’m sorry for what happened to you guys in Korea, but remember there are tons of rude, inconsiderate people in the world, not just in Korea. Moving to Japan is one thing (I didn’t comment on that when you guys did a year ago), but comparing Japan to South Korea is just plain wrong. While most Japanese citizens may not be aware of what happened in the past, Japan as a nation tortured and killed thousands of innocent Koreans, never forget. I don’t care if you’re not Korean. If you lived in Korea for that long (longer than me, and I’m Korean), you must have acquired some sort of sentiment for the country, even if your stay might not have been pleasant at times. You’ve shown the ultimate form of disrespect for a country that you’ve once called home.

    I regret that I was ever your fan in the first place. This is NOT about K-pop. I’m not even following K-pop anymore, so don’t anyone call me a rabid K-pop fan.

    By the way, if you’re going to live in Japan, at least change you website URL permanently to EatYourSushi, NOT EATYOURKIMCHI. Stop loading off from South Korea if you don’t even like them anymore.

    3 months ago
  26. Hi Simon and Martina! I completely understand your situation. I lived in Japan for a total of 5 years and now I’m currently working for a study abroad company in Malta. Many of the great things you mentioned about Japan I completely agree with. The people are very nice, you’re not always reminded that you’re a foreigner, and Japan is definitely a great city for sleeping. However, at this moment, I prefer living in Malta. My job is a lot more relaxed and I have a lot more freedom. And of course speaking English again is a huge plus. Besides that though, I’m surrounded by people from all over the world, including people who look similar to me, so I never feel out of place. And even though beauty is just as big here in Malta, theres A LOT more body acceptance and body types. The culture is also so much more relaxed than in Japan, where everything has to have a set of rules. Not sure if I’m ready to go back after this!

    3 months ago
  27. Hi there Simon and Martina,

    I have been following your YouTube Chanel since 2010. I love your videos and blogs because you guys always give an honest and truthful opinion. I can understand what you are going through. I have not yet experienced such thing but being a person from asian descendant it is quite difficult to stay neutral because many asian countries do not get along with each other especially countries like China, Korea and Japan. These three big countries have always been in competition and they share a long complicated history. My point is even though people in Asia might give you a hard time but other fans in other countries or immigrant people can understand you guys better. In this message I wish you guys will be more encouraged to boldly share your thoughts in your videos like you used to because seriously it is your life and you guys have come so far in helping me and many other people to enjoy traveling and to be open minded. Thank you for your hard for the past 6 years of making funny and informative videos about your travel life. Stay strong, beautiful and nasty at all times.
    p.s: can I ask you guys how did Spudgy get his hair dyied blue?

    3 months ago
  28. Hello :3 I’m pretty new to the comenting realm and I honestly don’t feel very safe on youtube so I thought I’d rather write here. :) I think what you guys said when you moved away from Korea and now makes a lot of sense, I think it’s so good that you had many positive things that happened in Korea and obviously you felt home there, or you guys wouldn’t have stayed as long as you did.
    I moved from Germany to Norway when I was 10 I am 20 now, I feel I can reflect on my expirience as a growing and now young adult. I have a somewhat warped image of germany, since I was 10 when we moved, I did not have a choice nor was I aware of the horrible treatment my parents had working, my mam working often 4 jobs at a time. I was okay, I had a few friends, I was always the weird kid.
    When I think of Norway what I think is kind of the flipside of Germany, my family was okay but I had a bad time. Two years in we moved, initially I wasn’t happy with the first school I attended, but the second school that was when I became an empty shell. I’ve heard from friends that they’ve been physically bullied. There was a point in my life where I wished they would stab me with a knife, just so that someone would notice what they where doing. The whole school from 1st grade to 10th grade was always looking at me like I had I don’t know spat in their lunch. It’s been 4 years since I graduated from that school it is something that until today has left scars on me. I had no one I was alone every day for 4 years. I have since been to a ‘Folkehøgskole’I guess anyone from scandinavia knows the concept of it, but not many else. It’s basically a school where you go after you are done with your usually 13 years of school. You live at the school and you can choose from wide variety of classes. ( I went Cosplay) I have since a little better feeling about Norway (because I discovered there are people just as weird as me that actually like me). There is a lot of good things in Norway, but the tiny town I think are the worst things, sadly there are a lot of those here. The essence of my story is this: Norway is a rough stone in the making, you can see a lot of sosialistic ideals of comunity and care of those who can’t or don’t have any work, but on many things it seems it’s years behind what I knew from germany. But on a flipside both gender equality and religion is better than what I know and remember about germany. I’m at a loss, I don’t feel german nor norwegian and I’ve lived 10 years in both. I feel like I don’t belong anywhere.

    I am really happy you guys made the decision to move to Japan if it’s brought you so much good <3 =(O.O)=

    3 months ago
  29. When I first saw the video pop up I actually got scared that you guys might be talking about how you regret going to Japan for some reason and I was going to be so sad because you seem(ed) so happy and relaxed to still be in a honeymoon stage with everything. So I’m glad that that’s not the case. I am sad to hear that you had such a hard time in Korea with so many different things – especially because your videos are a big big reason why I love Korea so much, why I looked into moving to Korea and why I took my first out of country trip to Korea – but I’m sure you also have so many happy memories and feelings too.

    Thinking about what makes a place important to me has been more prevalent on my mind lately because I’ll be making a big move in the next couple of years with my LDR BF. We have different likes in a city. He’s a lot like you and likes the quieter, calmer atmosphere of things whereas I was born and raised in a metropolis and am very uncomfortable in a place that quiet. I find it relaxing on occasion but I eventually start to miss the accessibility of a city. I went to college in a really small town and there were times I just wanted to run away down the highway because I felt trapped and stifled. In looking over places now, we’ve both come to realize why we like the types of places we like and how what we’ve had growing up has shaped our preferences.

    Anywho! I really am happy that you guys are so in love with Japan and I hope that you continue to feel this way for the next many years. :) Thanks for sharing your stories and your feelings.

    3 months ago
    • I loved living in Japan, so I can understand them! I also enjoyed Korea! Both are great!

      3 months ago
  30. Hell Simon & Martina! Thanks for sharing this video. I’ve been watching you guys since just before I spent a year teaching in Korea (yay Busan!!) after grad school. I had applied to go with an English recruiter for Japan and got rejected.. so I ended up going for a MA in English, TESOL and Applied Linguistics. Afterwards, my professor who was from Daegu recommended I try applying for the EPIK program since I didn’t get into JET. I had a great time in South Korea. I lived in Yeongdo and had a.. difficult experience but I learned a lot. Trial by fires and all that. I have a chronic condition, several actually, that made it hard. When you guys posted the video about EDS, I was really moved. It was soothing to hear about someone else going through these kinds of challenges, to see a loving couple overcoming it as well and that same idea: to not let it prevent you from living the life you want to live.

    Right now I’m in the middle of a prolonged (3 year) flare up and still recovering from an ACL injury I got while at Beomeosa with my students. Japan has been a place I’ve dreamed of visiting since I was little. Korea–I didn’t speak a word when I landed, but I loved it too. I’ve had classmates and friends who have lived and worked in Japan and they say much the same as you two do. They prefer Japan because it’s quieter. Some prefer Korea, it’s their second home. It isn’t a better than sort of situation. It’s about finding a place that you feel at peace and happy at.

    I loved Busan. I’d give anything to go back to visit of course. However, despite the offer to return to teach, I am working to getting my health in line and moving to Japan to teach. Youtube videos like you guys and a few other Japanese Youtubers put out are so fun and interesting! I really look forward to the content you guys get out here for us. ^ ^ It brightens my week when I’m having trouble getting out of bed to see Martina working as hard as she does, knowing what it’s like myself to have those days where it’s all of the nopes physically.

    But yeah, that’s me right now! Working through Kanji, brushing up on teacher education courses/info, looking into starting my own youtube content, and trying to get things in line for another adventure. :) Keep being awesome you two!

    3 months ago
  31. Being back and forth in Korea for 3.5 years, it’s time for me to leave. Not only discovering that my Korean boyfriend of almost 2 years had been lying and cheating, but seldom feeling respected and belonging here (between work contracts being broken, the “OMG a Foreigner speaking Korean”, and the very self absorbed culture), I have decided to give Japan a try. I will be moving to Japan next year for uni. I have some wonderful memories in Korea, but I think Japan will make me happier. Please pray or send happy vibes my way. Thank you.

    3 months ago
  32. I think you guys did a great job on this video and blog post. Who knows why some people get so outraged over the fact that sometimes, some humans have different opinions.
    Anyway, I actually found this video really encouraging. I’m also Canadian, and my husband and I are planning on moving to Japan this coming summer or fall. I’m just finishing up my BA and I’ve applied to teach English. We were undecided about where in East Asia we wanted to go, but it was weird… when I finally decided to take Japanese language classes in university — instead of the language classes I’d taken for three years because I thought they would be more practical (haha whatever that means) — it was only a couple weeks later that you guys posted that you were moving to Japan. Maybe it sounds silly, but I’ve been following you guys for a while now, almost four years (which is not even long compared to some Nasties out there) but to me, it felt like I had finally made the right decision. I have always loved Japan and I’ve been considering teaching for a few years now, and so the combination of finally choosing to take Japanese classes, and few other little things, and then you guys moving to Japan last year, it felt like the universe was like YES! YOU’VE MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE AND NOW SIMON AND MARTINA CAN BE GUIDES ALONG YOUR WAY!
    And maybe Japan won’t work out for us, and that’s fine. Mostly, I just want to try it and see how it goes, and I think it’s going to be an awesome adventure for my husband and I to take. Deciding to move to East Asia was a big decision for us, and it was really your videos that helped us become brave enough to finally say, yes, let’s try this, and I’m really excited.
    You guys have been endlessly inspirational to me in a lot of different ways, from your incredible positivity and lightheartedness, from your talks about invisible illnesses which I also deal with, with how much work and time you put into these amazing videos for us, it’s been a great time so far, and I really hope that your time in Japan only continues to make you happy. I really feel like you’ve taught me to be a better and more positive person. Maybe it seems silly to say that to two cool folks I’ve never met, but I really feel that to be true. You guys are the best, and thank you!

    Merry Christmas! and have a great year to come! <3

    3 months ago
  33. I’ve been doing the Japan or Korea question for years. I always feel like I’ll fit in better in Japan as an introvert who prioritizes nature and living in rural areas but. But I feel like in Korea it would be easier to meet and talk to people. Plus the language is easier to learn. As a librarian it’s really important for me to be able to read in a new language and Korean writing is so easy. I wish Japan would give up on the kanji because it is kind of pretentious and makes it very unwelcoming for foreigners. I don’t want things to be in English. I just want a simple alphabet that is pronounced how it looks. Anyway, your video pushes me back to the Japan side of the line I’ve drawn. I’m so glad you are happy.

    One thing I really miss about your Korean videos is the TL;DR videos about some cultural element. I’ve kind of stopped watching this year because you don’t make them anymore. Maybe now that you have been there a while you are ready to start teaching us things? DFTBA,
    Jordan

    3 months ago
    • “I just want a simple alphabet that is pronounced how it looks” … says the native English speaker, as if English words weren’t pronounced completely different from how they’re written, giving an headache to all the millions of non-native speakers who try to learn the language. According to your logic English should also give up on its spelling or pronuciation since since they’re “pretentious” and “unwelcoming to foreigners”.

      What is pretentious here is the fact that you expect a whole country to change their language simply because you can’t be bothered to put in the effort necessary to learn it.

      3 months ago
      • I apologize for leaving that part out. I want English to change too and find it frustrating that more and more of the world is being forced into English as a common language. A linguist friend of mine shared with me the suggestion that our verb conjugation could be simplified very easily. Why is only the s/he conjugation different than all the others? Just make them all the same. It wouldn’t be that hard to change. I WANT to learn many languages. I just want to be able to read them too because I don’t much enjoy talking to people. :)

        3 months ago
  34. Hi guys. This really is a touchy subject and I am glad you explained your perception of it. I’ve been living in Seoul for the last two years and I am a grad student here. I’ve studied both Japanese and Korean languages (not advanced) I am familiar with both cultures (just went to a trip in Japan though/ never really lived there) I have friends from both countries, and I follow a bit of pop-culture in both. So I wanted to state my opinion on the matter too.

    I can’t really say which country is better overall; obviously my current situation favors living in Korea but I am thinking of moving to Japan at some part of my life too. I agree with you on many subjects like panicking employees and people making me feel like I am an unwanted chore they have to deal with. I felt like shop/restaurant employees in Japan treated me quite normally. Here there are times I feel special because some people come and compliment me for no reason, or compliment my language just because I said thank you, but there are a lot of times I get annoyed/jealous stares, or people not bothering to talk to me because they don’t feel like I worth the effort.

    Traffic situation is crazy in Korea. Motorbikes on pedestrian road riding towards you and expect you to move (to the car road I guess?), taxis making you feel like you’re on formula 1 race, buses make you fall in every direction (one time we actually hit to another bus and continued driving afterwards like nothing happened). In the buses I took in Japan drivers were like “We’ll take a right turn please be careful” warning you each time, then they ever so softly take a turn and I am like “huh? that’s it? we get a warning for that?” One time some passenger mistakenly hit a stop button on a wrong bus stop and driver apologized for stopping I was like “You’re not scolding us but apologizing instead are u crazy or what?” On the other hand I feel like public transportation is much easier and cheaper in Seoul in compared to Tokyo which is something good for a student.

    I agree with the part you talk about the raw energy of Korea, and Seoul the city that doesn’t sleep. This is something I like about here. I have long office hours, very boring and monotonous so when I go out at night I like seeing the city is still active and there are so many fun things to do. I don’t think I want to settle down with a silent town just yet.

    When it comes to food I have to vote for Japan, I like Korean cuisine but the food here is much more extreme when it comes to ingredients and spice degree. From my point of view Japanese cuisine is more suitable to western taste. Also Japan seems to have crazier options when it comes to themes in cafes and shops which is quite exciting for me.

    Something that is a huge negative point for both countries for me is local people attitude towards foreigners. No matter how polite they are, even if they hang out and have fun with me I always stay as a representative of foreigners, never a friend or an ordinary person. This got repeated with tens of people again and again and I heard the same thing from other foreigners too so I am almost sure that it is not my fault. Korean/Japanese people remain reserved until forever, they don’t share their honest feelings or thoughts with me, they don’t give away their personal life much and just try to protect the image they have in general. I get to approach to a safe distance and just toss a big wall afterwards. The point it hurts is that they ask me quite personal questions, I answer them frankly, I talk about my feelings, I talk about my family, they listen and comment on what I told but they never tell me anything back in return. Like I talk about my mom, I expect that person to say something about their mom in return; nothing, they respond by mostly commenting on me, my situation. Conversation is 90% carried out by me, about me. This can’t be just their personality because I know they talk about those stuff with their same nation friends even with mere acquaintances; so obviously I am not a friend to them. This is definitely different with Koreans or Japanese people who lived abroad in some part of their lives; they actually see you as a regular person; not as some weird foreigner. As frustrating as this is, in the end I came to accept this situation and moved on, I don’t expect anything further from them so I won’t be disappointed.

    3 months ago
  35. I was just thinking of you guys a couple of days ago and wondering how you were doing when FB memories reminded me it’s been a year and I was led to this post. Gawd so many of the stuff you said here I could relate to. It’s been a year for me too since I made some changes to my life. I just wanted to say you’re right, you should have every right to voice your thoughts and compare between the two as it’s where you’ve lived and you should have that opportunity to be able to freely talk about how you feel. One man’s meat is another’s poison. I hope you’ll take the negative feedback with lots of salt and brush them off. Glad to hear that Japan has been treating you better and I hope Martina’s health is much better too.

    Merry early Christmas to you both!!! =)

    3 months ago
  36. I can’t agree more with your feelings in this video.
    I’m 26, originally from Australia but this is my third year living and teaching English in Kobe, Japan and I’m not leaving any time soon.
    I’ve found that people seem to have ‘Japanese personalities’ or ‘Korean personalities’. Many of the people I know who love living here are naturally more introspective/reserved or really love the Japanese attitudes and values. On the other hand, the friends who visit Korea and instantly love it or prefer it to Japan are usually more gregarious, social and spontaneous. I had always imagined myself living in Korea and I enjoy visiting, but returning to Japan was such a relief.
    Even during my first holiday to Japan, it felt like I was coming home.

    3 months ago
  37. Nothing fancy, just a quick comment. I wanted to say that I am really happy that Japan has been a welcome and exciting change for you guys. While I think it is easy for others to comment on why they might disagree with your opinion or dislike the direction of your videos, it is your YouTube channel and, more importantly, your life. In order to make good videos, you have to be happy and feel inspired by the things around you. So I am really glad that you both have found that in Japan, instead of being discouraged from your experiences in Korea and discontinuing with videos all together. Also, like other commenters have said before me, we all get older and change is just a part of life. I am pleased that this change has been a joyous one for you guys and I am looking forward to more of your videos! Best wishes!!

    3 months ago
  38. Hey guys!
    First off, thank you so much for making this video. Sometimes whenever I see a troll or neitzen comment, I just feel so old and over it. I cannot imagine how it feels on your end.

    Your blog post provided more insight, and I related particularly to the ‘what if’ situation if you had moved from Canada to Japan instead of Korea.
    I’m an Australian (Gold Coast, represent!) living in Tokyo, and about to sign on for my third year in teaching English with my company.
    With my personal experiences, Tokyo is similar to Brisbane in some ways. I’ve seen aggressive driving in both cities, but overall nothing as bad as you have described for Seoul. My sense of safety hasn’t changed, in fact, I feel safer here in Tokyo, despite coming from a relatively safe country.
    I never knew what peace and quiet at night was until I lived in Sydney for a brief period. The noise there in comparison to GC is crazy! Definitely something to appreciate.

    Originally I was going to be here for 1 year, I guess life had other plans when they showed me the lovely neighbourhoods of suburban Tokyo, doting Japanese colleagues that keep wanting to feed me, and the glory that is CoCo Curry.

    Keep up the great work guys, and I wish you all the best!

    3 months ago
  39. I agree with yalls reasoning. I was recently living in korea and i just moved back home to the states. When i visited japan on vacation i loved it! especially the food lol. but since i’ve never lived there i can’t accurately compare it to korea. But i’ve felt the same things you mentioned about korea, in regards to speaking korean, or just sticking out and feeling so out of place that i wanted to just disappear. Things i didn’t experience in Japan (even though it was only 5 days). I think it has to do with the country’s history of foreigner relations and how many mixed japanese or non japanese can speak japanese fluently and so it isn’t this big shock when a foreigner speaks the language. Regardless, I loved korea very much and since i only moved back home 2 weeks ago I’m currently experiencing reverse culture shock. I hope to one day live again in korea since it is so fun! But since i built a life there, I want to see my friends and family members again as well.

    3 months ago
  40. Hello guyz~ I have a question for you. Someone has probably already asked you about this, but I would like to know : is it hard to film in restaurants, bars and other indoor places where people gather? Do you always asks for permission when you want to film in a restaurant, tearoom etc…( i think that mcdonald’s staff don’t really care you are filming, but what about normal restaurants?) And how do you feel when you film videos around people? Do you even notice them watching you after all these years? :)

    Btw I am glad you are happy in Japan and that you are enjoying some peace after being so busy for many years. :3 your videos always make me happy ^^

    3 months ago
  41. Hey Guys. I haven’t watched the video yet, but I want to say thank you for this heartfelt post, especially the last paragraph. That in particular hit home, and hit hard. This past year has been a journey of moving on from situations that no longer ‘work’ for me, realizing that I absolutely deserve happiness in my life (in all aspects of it), and refusing to settle for anything less. <3 There may be setbacks on that journey, and I still look at parts of my past fondly….but am so thankful to be where
    I am now.

    3 months ago
  42. First off, thank you for making this video even though you were scared! It is something I know I have been wondering and I have always admired you guys for tackling subjects that are difficult but approaching them in a professional and mature manner. I’m sorry so many people have been so negative about your comments.

    As for my situation, it is not a typical one. I am an American college student who has lived in the North/Midwest area of the country and also the southern states. I am always nostalgic towards the north because that is where I grew up and a lot of my societal foundations are rooted there. In the South I had a hard time adjusting because I was considered a foreigner even though I never left the country. The South has a very different feel and if you are not a born and raised in a small town it makes it very hard to fit in and become part of the community. If you are born, raised, attend church, and educated in a 50 mile radius it is much easier.

    During my years at university I’ve been fortunate enough to live and work in other countries. I had an internship in Scotland and felt immediately welcomed by the Scottish people. My coworkers and neighbors to the bus drivers and immigration officers were so nice and wanted to help me integrate into Scottish culture. It was the first time in almost a decade that I felt at home (and in a country I had never visited before!) Only a few people ever asked me where I was from or commented on my accent and I felt completely accepted.

    Then I went to France. The French people are notorious for being unwelcoming. This is both true and false. If you get to know French people on a personal level they can be very kind, warm hearted people. However, most will not give you the chance. Even though I speak French rather well (it’s my major at university after all), I often had store owners and workers (even teachers at the university) talk down to me. Often times comments were often made by people who didn’t think I understood them about Americans and how stupid they are. Even if my French was grammatically and contextually perfect, as soon as someone heard my accent they would get a look on their face and often spoke to me in broken English. I felt less safe walking around, both crossing the street and sidewalk could be dangerous. There was a strong cultural divide that the French as a whole did not want to help you cross but expected you to magically become fully integrated into their society.

    All that said, I learned that I do not want to continue using French once I finish my degree. I was so disheartened after my time abroad that I decided I never wanted to live in France. Instead, I will be returning to Scotland to complete my masters degree in digital arts. I have been longing to get out of the South for so long and now I will finally have my chance to start my life where I want to and where I feel at home.

    You guys seem happier in Japan. You had some great years in Korea, but it seems clear that Japan has your hearts for the moment!

    3 months ago
  43. Hey guys, thank you for uploading such a great video. I was always a silent reader and always loved your videos and blogs etc. Today I wanted to write you guys because I am overthinking too much about my life nowadays and this video helped me to try something new. I really love Korea and I was there last year on vacation (alone) and Seoul and I connected ^_^ and in September I was in Japan, this time with a friend and I also made a lot of friends there, but still Japanese people were somehow colder for me than the Koreans.
    So this year I sent an application for an exchange semester in Seoul, didn’t work out. My friend with whom I was in Japan told me to also send an application to Japanese universities and I was like no, I didn’t connect with the Japanese people.
    And now I have the opportunity to applicate again and there are only slots left in Japan (also in Canada and USA, but never thought about an exchange semester there). I thought about it for a long time and I was thinking till today if I should send an application and saw your video. Thank you for making this video, seriously I was thinking so hard and then I watched the video and was like Simon and Martina did it as well. They went to countries without knowing anything and they survived. So after watching the video I chose to send my application letter to the Waseda university in Tokio and I really hope that I get to study there. After hearing the things you guys said I changed my mind and I think I should give Japan a second chance.

    PS: even if we don’t connect after one semester, I think it will be a great experience for me, so I’m really looking forward to study there ^_^
    PPS: I really hope to see you guys someday, would be really cool to get to know you guys personally. Love you guys and thank you so much for helping me to make this decision!

    3 months ago
    • That makes me so happy! I really want people to feel more comfortable with traveling and trying new things. Reading this comment puts a smile on my face :)

      3 months ago
  44. I really love this video, not only because I really love hearing about ya’lls lives, but because I think the importance of place tends to be understated.

    Three years ago I moved from Florida to California, and something I was told over and over again is that moving doesn’t solve your problems it just relocates them. Which to some extent is definitely true, but holy toledo I am so much happier now. In my entire life I have never been as consistently happy as I am now. The weather, the people, the culture, everything ‘fits’ me much better. I still love Florida in a lot of ways, and I miss it sometimes, but moving was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.

    I’m really happy it was the same for you!

    3 months ago
  45. Hello Simon and Martina. Couldn’t agree with you more. And I honestly love your Japanese videos in comparison with your videos in Korea. I hope you’ll do more great videos.

    3 months ago
  46. Hi Guys, To start off, i want to say that given such a difficult question, you guys handled it well and gave your answer with the right justification. you guys were real, honest and purely just you. Since you have been true to us in this video, i think me as an audience who has seen you grow should be too.

    As you had said, these experiences are your own. These are something you had experienced by yourself in your life, we can’t judge them and say right or wrong. I am very glad that Japan had worked out so much better for you- both professionally and personally.
    However, i feel, after moving to Japan you guys have put yourselves in a box and you are just happy to be in that box. but unfortunately that box is shirking and so are you guy. for example, when you were in Korea, and when you were in your early days of video making, you guys had that amazing energy. just watching you both on a 3 mixture video put a smile on me- you guys were different, unique and i can’t find a better word, but just energetic. you used to play games with each other, the travel within the city ( Like the Namsan Tower, Coffee Prince adventures, Hongdae club adventures etc.)the TLDRs and the most creative K-pop Music Mondays. I was able to see the creativity you had, but now i don’t see that in you.
    To be even honest with you, the EatYourSushi segment is kind of dragging. Thought you guys have even answered a question of mine, i just don’t find the eagerness to watch EYS segments anymore.
    I have never been to Korea, however you showed us Korea. you guys just walked around the city and food was just a part of it. Now, you guys eat and touring the city is just a part of it. i really hope that would change. Japan has a lot to see than just restaurants….as a person on the other side of the world, i want to see it from a foreigner’s point of view.

    It would have also been nice, to give Korea some compliment. After all, it was the county that made you YouTube superstars that you are today. you guys learnt and we learnt with you. You guys started your career there. Korea was a stepping stone. however, all that you told us was Korea was horrible to you. Though you might be thankful to Korea in some ways, that was not well communicated to me and i would think and understand that Korea was hell to you guys. Also Simon, comparing yourself to a person with leprosy was very crass. never expected that! However, i can’t judge your experience.

    Also, on your note about your life as you tubers, i can’t tell you how proud i was when you guys announced you were staring on your own with a full fledged studio. I used to tells tories about you guys to my friends who had no idea of who you are what do you, but i just enjoyed telling them stories about you. i understand that to manage everything from ‘ corporate’ to ‘ creatives’ is a massive task. trust me i know ( Personal professional experience). I am very happy that you guys have found a wonderful agency that understands you and now you don’t have to worry about the ‘ corporate’ part. this does not mean Korea was bad to you. rules are rules. try opening a business as foreigners in a different country, you would probably need to go through something similar or much worst. each country has their own set of rules and for you guys, in Japan, you have an agency to look after that paper work and it made things easy for you. sorry but i can’t take that as a valid justification. May be you like this kind of working style than being completely independent.

    Finally, guys i just want to say, each country has their own pros and cons. each country has its won charm and its own dirt. its a bit upsetting to know that the cons of Korea have stuck with you. Though i may not be able to accept your reasoning completely, both of us have our own opinions and in the end of the day its your life and i am just an audience.

    Having said this as a viewer behind the computer screen always rooting for you, just wish you guys would just come of the little box you have put yourself in and show us Japan- in the old Simon and Martina style.

    Until then, always loving you and always supporting you.

    3 months ago
    • Wow okay so it turns out after years of watching S&M it was this comment that made me register on the site.

      I think I understand what you’re saying and expressing but yo. People evolve. People try things. People find that some things work for them, and that other things don’t. People are sometimes young twenty-somethings recently moved to a foreign country for the first time with the energy and excitement of adventure-ready youths having their first experiences. And then those people grow up. And become ten years older. And have all the life experiences that happen during that time. And are different (not better not worse, just different) for it. So I get what you were saying, but with all that you were also saying you don’t like the people that Simon and Martina have become nearly as much as you liked their previous selves. And that can be way more hurtful than it is helpful, especially because I’m pretty sure that S&M are proud of the growth they’ve made and like the people they’ve become. I know I’m proud of who I’ve developed into over the years and welcome such evolution in my fellow man as well. Hooray for change!

      (Also I don’t want to come off more defend-y of people who aren’t asking for my “help” or overstep my boundaries with this but, UnicornScotch if you have been watching these videos for so long then I’d think you’d be more aware that Martina’s health condition has been becoming a bigger factor in daily life over the years and that some of the changes in video style have been to accommodate for changing needs while still allowing the whimsical self-expression that is joyful video making. I’m glad their doing what they need to to make it work, and that I still like what they’re doing. Sorry if you don’t.)

      3 months ago
      • Hi Terraki,
        I’m glad that my comment made you register with the EYK website!
        First off, all what i said was completely my thoughts and my opinions. just like everyone has their own view point, i did have mine and for as much as i love Simon and Martina, i just thought they should know what i as a viewer thought too.

        See, i understand, people evolve. i started watching EYK, during my last year at Uni…now I’m in a completely different part of the world, with a job and with a boyfriend. something i did not have when i was introduced to EYK. I have evolved too- into a much mature person than i was before. however, i still do things i did during my university days in a different land and i enjoy it and i manage it better. My comment was never intended to be hurtful to anyone especially to Simon and Martina. But, i’d just wish that they would take my comment in a positive sense, than a negative one.

        Ture, i have known about Martina’s EDS since the beginning and i have personally sent her well wishes on EYK’s social media. i am not asking them to go disco dance or climb a mountain…but be like how they were before. this does not mean i don’t like what they are doing today. i totally love their travel shows. With what they have become, they are trying to accommodate what they are into what they can. i understand.

        So no hard feelings, to you Terraki. And to you, Simon and Martina. I never intended to hurt you guys in anyway. all i just did was truly write what ‘i’ felt and that too with a positive sense. i still love you all and will keep on supporting you no matter what.

        3 months ago
        • Seriously?? Seriouslyyyyyy??? U want her to run around Tokyo, walking for hours (those wanks were filmed the whole day, usually into the night as well!) when there are days when it’s hard for her to even get out of bed? When just sleeping ‘wrongly’ causes dislocated joints and she has to wear a sling to immobilize her arm coz her shoulder hurts so bad? When she’s a young, pretty 30-something lady who has to use a walking stick some days when her body isn’t cooperating?

          Just because you don’t see it in the videos, doesn’t mean she’s not hurting. EDS is crippling!! Her whole life has changed in these few years, so yeah, she can’t be doing things as she used to 8 years ago.

          God, how entitled you are, spoilt brat! Every video that they put out is like a gift to me. A sip of water in this barren desert of my life! #DramaticMuch! They don’t have to do it, u know. They can do other things to get money, but their channel grew because people like me actually love watching them and live vicariously through them. But that doesn’t mean that they HAVE to do what you tell them to do. They will make their decisions based on what is best for them. If they could do those wanks, then they would have done it, right? But they want to do different thing, and grow their skills, so who are we to judge them?

          Even long-running tv shows like wheel of fortune changes their format and introduces new twists all the time. Simon and Martina are still doing food and travel videos, are still sharing a little snippet of their lives with us, but in a different way.. So let them have fun and do things their way..

          Lastly, u only see a small part of their lives. There are 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week. U will see at most 2 hours of their whole week. What happens during the other 166 hours is between Simon and Martina. Only they know what they are going through. U say that they r living in a box, but just because they didn’t bring their friends into the studio and film with them, doesn’t mean that they don’t have any friends, or that they just sit at home all day staring at the wall. Even in this post, Martina is talking about how her Japanese friend was driving her around. Must they bring in alllllllllll the people in their lives into this YouTube world?

          Grow up, seriously..

          3 months ago
  47. Emi

    Thanks for the honesty! Don’t listen to the haters! I’m a STEM Teacher who’s also still a student living in Atlanta, GA(saw you guys at the USA Meet Your Kimchi!). I live close to downtown so violence and noise is normal to me after living here for 8 years. I come from small town Ohio so it was a huge adjustment for me. Dangerous driving is also normal to me now. I remember being so angry and turned off by how inconsiderate and aggressive the driving is in the city when I first moved here for college. I laugh with my family now about my weekly(sometimes daily) brushes with death while driving all over the city for work. I’ve encountered major accidents, rear ends, t-bones, and motorcyclists flipping off their bikes at highway speeds then rolling to a crunching stop less than 10 feet from my car and not under it because I was paying attention and slammed on my breaks fast enough. The way I deal with it and great life advice I live by is a version of the “living in someone’s shoes” idea. When you get to know or think about a person in light of their past troubles, present situation and future hopes and dreams, the temperature in the room goes down. Meaning, all my thoughts, opinions and actions make sense to me. So I try to take the time to understand how someone else’s thoughts, opinions or actions make sense to them even when I think they’re bat sh*t crazy(irresponsible driving) or we just simply disagree about something(politics).

    3 months ago
  48. Hello Simon and Martina!

    Right now, I am in my first year of university. I moved out of the bubble I was experiencing in my hometown of San Bernardino, and went straight to the University of California, Irvine. Now, I’ve only lived in Irvine for 10 Weeks (the length of an academic quarter), but I honestly do like it in Irvine more than San Bernardino. I still love my hometown. It has a special place in my heart. After all, I’ve lived there for 18 years, and maybe it’s because I live in a University bubble, but I’m very happy with my life right now.

    What I’m experiencing is probably relatively small in comparison to your move from Korea to Japan, but thinking about life retrospectively is really nice.

    3 months ago
    • Hey there! Sorry to barge in, but I am also from San Bernardino County (Apple Valley, specifically) and graduated from UCI in 2012. Hello fellow desert dweller and Anteater (zot zot).

      Since UCI, I have moved to Seoul and REALLY liked the changed from small town (Apple Valley) to city (Irvine) and ultimately to Seoul (large city). I totally understand what Simon and Martina are talking about BUT I really enjoy the buzz of the city. Calm places make me anxious and bored.

      2 months ago
    • Hi there. I live in Orange County, and I work in Irvine. I have several friends that go to school at UCI. It’s definitely a bubble… UCI is an interesting place. I’ve heard people refer to it as being behind the orange curtain (implying that OC is a place with a lot of people that make a lot of money, there are lots more conservatives here than other places in CA, etc).. I don’t want to talk down on it because overall it’s a pretty great place. I’m glad you’re enjoying it down here, just remember that your university experience won’t even be indicative of what it is like to live in this area and not go to school, know what I mean? I definitely encourage you to go around and explore different cities in the general area, in CA in general, and maybe all over the US! I came from the Midwest and overall I love CA so much more. Good luck in school!

      3 months ago
    • Hi there, just here to say that I’m also a freshman at uci, and I come from a not so great city in central California. Irvine is sooooooooooo nice. I’m already excited for break to end so I can go back. It’s such an awesome city

      3 months ago
  49. Hi guys! first of all, i’m sorry if i spell wrong something, which will probably happen since english is not my first language. I’ve never done anything like this, i’ve never reached out to contact anyone on the internet, so i feel a little bit weird since i have seen your face so many times and you don’t really know me, i can’t help to feel like a creeper jaja, anyways i have been following your videos for the last two years i think and they have really helped me in ways you can’t imagine, i don’t want to get emotional or anything, though i really want to thank you. I don’t really know why this video made me want to contact you, you really seem so happy in japan and i’ve been wanting to move to japan for a long time. I’m 22 years old and i still have two more years of college ahead, however i think if i’m really going to take that step eventually, i better start doing research. I’m sorry if i’m boring you, i’ll get to the point soon. I’m currently studying physical therapy in México city (where i was born and have lived my entire life) and since i know Martina has EDS and has seen a lot of pt’s (physical therapists), i was wondering, have you had any experiences with pt’s in japan?? are there a lot of pt’s in japan?? do you think it would be hard for a foreigner to move to japan as a pt? i know i could research all this things myself, and i will, but i wanted to know what you guys think of it since i really value your opinions and experiences cause i think you are such warm and kind people.
    As always i wish you two the best and i hope you keep that strenght and spark always alive as you have done all this years.
    I send you lots of love, oh and i’m Daniela btw, thank you guys, lots of kisses from México.

    3 months ago
    • No sienten mal por su inglés. Está muy bien y sólo necesitan escribir “fuerte” como “strength.” Mi español es muy horrible pero me espero que fui ayudable.

      3 months ago
      • *sientes (lo siento no tengo la posición a corregir su inglés si no puedo hacer el mismo con mi español >w<)

        3 months ago
  50. Hi Guys, I love your videos I’ve been following you since 2011. I’ve never committed on your videos before but I do love them. I also lived in Korea I was in Seoul for a year. So I find it interesting hearing about your experiences in Japan vs. Korea. I was just wondering how are Susie & Lee are? Do you still keep in touch with them and will they become to Japan to visit you guys in the near future? Also what did you do with your cafe? I’m assuming you sold it, but would you ever open a small pop up cafe in Japan? Anyway I’m happy you are both doing so well and loving life! -Regina

    3 months ago
  51. I love how you guys handled this video, and I’m happy you actually made it. You mentioned before that “netizens” went crazy about the shower/tub situation, so I didn’t think you would breach the subject of Japan vs Korea ever again.I hope people who watch this video can relate it to their own bad experiences. It really only takes one bad experience to learn your lesson, but when you’ve had continuous things occur, your view is already formed in regards to your own life and what you would like to include and exclude.
    My father passed away four years ago (they found out he had cancer only two months before he died, and the end of his life was spent asleep), and I stayed in denial for longer than I think anyone should stay in denial. I was at the hospital, I was at his grave, and I go every single year, yet I somehow convinced myself I was dreaming. Well, he wasn’t there when I graduated from college, but I started working immediately after in the first place that contacted me. I hated it. I loved the job, but I hated the office politics. Between never really grieving and going into a building I can’t even stand to look at anymore, I started having anxiety attacks. The first time it happened, I freaked, by the third time I was convinced I was dying of a broken heart. I went to the doctor, was prescribed whatever, and no matter the dosage nothing was working. I hated the dizziness and nausea that came without even treating my symptoms. So, I went to see the doctor again and she told me to quit. She told me to quit, and that if I had to come see her again she was sending me to a psychiatrist. So, I quit, and I flushed those damn pills. That was the first time I have ever truly placed myself first in any situation.
    Well now, years later, I’ve graduated once again, but this time in psychology. I am leaving for Haiti early tomorrow morning to see my mom who moved back there after my father passed away. Our relationship isn’t perfect… not even close. I have yet to say anything to her about it because the guilt that she is the last parent I have kills me. I take all that she gives, even though last night on my way home I ended up sobbing while driving with my boyfriend next to me. I regretted purchasing the plane ticket a week ago when I bought it, and that phone call last night, after I spent the last three days (right after my last exam) running around the city running errands for her, and buying this and that for her (though she is coming to the US in a month) broke me. I barely have room for my own clothes in my suitcase or carry on. Last night, she basically blamed me for my estrangement to my older brother who was a severely poor sibling to me (I won’t get into details, but I was actually on my way home from dropping gifts off for my nephews since I won’t be here for the remainder of the year).
    My father always had my side, he always knew the truth, believed in me, understood me, accepted me for me, and he always defended me. He was my one-man-army (he was actually a veteran, so it seems appropriate), my superman, and basically protected me from the two of them. Talking to her only makes me miss him more.
    I’ve lived in the city that I am in for most of my life, and I have hated it for most of my life. I relate this place to all of my bad experiences and I’m considering moving to Canada. My make-shift family, my boyfriend and best friend (who I always just introduce as my older sister), have offered to hide my whereabouts from my mother if I decide to move. For all the crappy things that have happened while I have lived here, these two amazing people are irreplaceable in my tiny world.
    Sorry for the long post. I’m in the middle of playing Tetris with my luggage, but I’m glad to get this off my chest. Soon, much like you did, I hope I can get off of this ride.
    PS: Sorry for any typos. I haven’t slept much, so I’m barely functioning.

    3 months ago
  52. I found your videos while living in Korea for 3 years (my husband is in the US Air Force) and I have to say we loved our time there, but we were super ready to leave at the end of our 3 years! We found that just like anywhere, there were lovely people and there were rude people (as a woman I encountered more rude than my husband, some men were genuinely awful to me, and I got asked if I was Russian a lot, and was told it was because there are a lot of Russian prostitutes in Korea and they were trying to see if I was “available”???) but we just sort of accepted everything as cultural differences and tried to never have a truely “bad” experience there, but honestly it was hard. We are tall people, so we would walk into stores and get crossed arms and kicked out as “too fat” (which we aren’t, we are thin, but we know they meant just too big in general.) We had people shout “I love you!” Or any English they knew from the streets, and we met some amazing people, but my husband also got hit by a car TWICE while we were there, both times in a cross walk, while the car was stopped for a sign, and then gunned it while he was in front of the car. Luckily he wasn’t ever badly hurt, but seriously? I was almost T boned by a bus in my van; I was on the street, it was coming out of a parking lot, and the driver was watching television!! I had to swerve into the wrong side of the street to avoid being hit (there was no oncoming traffic at the time.) but it was stupid dangerous. It just seemed like everything was a little harder for us than it needed to be, everything just took a little more effort, or was a little more aggressive than warranted. (Even something simple like wanting to throw away your trash, if you are out in public and want to dispose of a popcicle stick and wrapper, good luck finding a garbage can, and there is soooooo much garbage on the streets, it’s unsanitary. We also were photographed a lot, as in camera’s jammed a foot away from our faces photographed, I know it’s the tall, blonde hair blue eyes combo, (my kids and I all look the same) but it’s tiring sometimes to feel like an exhibit.) We genuinely understood is was just a cultural difference, but that didn’t make it easier to be a foreigner there (which is the same for people traveling to the US I’m sure) but as someone who has lived all over the world, (my mom is South African, and my dad is English) Korea just was a combination of things that were hard for me to live with everyday (the struggle was real!) but I would go back again in a heartbeat, just like I would go back to Japan, or any of the other countries we’ve lived in a heartbeat, because I can do anything for a little while, and I can make it what my attitude wants it to be, as a choice of where I choose to place my focus. (Being a permanent expat would probably be a harder decision because it wouldn’t have an end date, I don’t think I could permanently live in Korea as a non native Korean.)

    3 months ago
    • I really love the way you expressed that.

      “I can do anything for a little while and I can make it what my attitude wants it to be.”

      It’s so true. Thanks for reminding me that sometimes I just have to refocus my perspective.

      3 months ago
  53. I’m sorry that you felt so scared to post this video, but I’m really glad you did. I think leaving a situation that you no longer feel is working is really hard, but necessary–and being able to reflect on that experience is even more important. It’s funny that you mentioned leaving a job that treats you badly, because after taking a break to travel to Japan in April, I finally decided I wasn’t going to return to a toxic and abusive job. While these past few months haven’t been super easy, I’ve been overall so much happier. Even on the bad days at my new job I can say to myself “I’ve gone through worse,” so I know it will be okay.

    On another note, leading up to my trip to Tokyo, a very big city, I was so afraid that I wouldn’t actually enjoy it there. My mind could only compare its scale to that of New York City, which in my numerous visits there I’ve found to have a coldness that negatively affects my mood and temperament. I was so happy to find that Tokyo was different from NYC in all the ways that make me not care for it.

    Despite all this, I still would like to visit South Korea one day. o^o

    To answer your question though, which is not super exciting: I’m an American living in America, who studied and got a degree in graphic design, is working a full-time bakery job while working on graphic design on the side trying to get ~that~design~job~. I’ve been engaged since April, and uh, like to make stuff.

    As far as questions for you guys…I have had one for a long time, but is a little heavier and not necessarily my business to know, so have not, and probably will not ask it.

    A more lighthearted question though: have you ever considered going on the road traveling? I’ve been super into the tiny house movement (although realistically I probably have too many hobbies to live in a tiny house…), which are generally mobile, but there are also repurposed buses, vans, and even just RVs. I vaguely remember you guys saying you liked the off-the-grid (underground?) homes, which I thought were sorta in a similar realm.

    Also also, my fiance and I made Martina’s eggnog a couple weeks ago. Super yummy~

    3 months ago
  54. This video hit home with me. I spent a year as a student in Japan and a year in Korea. I loved my time in both countries but I feel more accepted in Japan. That may be due to speaking significantly more Japanese than Korean. I even came back to Japan as an English teacher (although I’ve learned that elementary schoolers just don’t jive with me). And outside of the YouTuber work there are so many things you guys brought up that I also have felt.

    I’m glad you’re having such a wonderful time in Japan! Keep up the awesome!!

    3 months ago
  55. It’s always so hard to move because you feel so at home with the place you’re leaving behind but after a time, the new home feels just as comfy if not better. (Not always but mostly). This post was tugging at the heartstrings a bit because it did feel like you were talking about a past breakup with a former lover or friend. I’m glad you like your new home and can share with us what you do enjoy about it.

    3 months ago
  56. Hey Simon and Martina!

    It’s really great to hear you guys have enjoyed your year in Japan

    As a overseas Korean i do think the abuse you recieved was inexcusable and incredibly rude.

    But to defend those who were perhaps slightly upset or unhappily surprised (as I was) upon you guys’ early fee videos in japan (particularly the comparison videos in collaboration with another japanese youtuber) was i guess a sense of betrayal, ofcourse japan and korea have their pros and cons which suit some and not others but in these videos straight after you left korea all you guys seemed to do was point out all korea’s cons in absolute favour of japan. Yes, ofcourse you guys are entitled to prefer japan but the way in which this preference was delivered could have been a bit more considerate as it felt like you guys were dusting off your hands from making videos of a country you guys didnt really even like.
    For many of us who had been watching and supporting you guys (for both your fun character and sincere communication with fans) it naturally came as a shock. Perhaps if you had not appeared to disregarded the country that you found your footing for where you are now perhaps less of us would have been disheartened. I understand as you guys said in the video you guys arent trying to “take back” korea or disregarding it. But until this was forthrightly spoken it wasnt delivered that way.

    Each to their own but personally i and probably many others were disappointed because it felt like the sincerity of your old videos were tainted.

    I really do hope you continue to get better Martina and wish you the best for the upcoming year as well

    Merry early Christmas

    3 months ago
  57. I really appreciate this video you made about your experience about living in Korea and Japan. As I am preparing to go to Korea to study the language. I enjoy all of your videos. You both are so inspiring for doing what you love. And your videos even taught me to swear in English. ^^”

    I live in Montreal and grew up there. Then I moved and lived in New York City for 6 years. It was a wonderful experience for me to live in a big international city and it helped to improve my English speaking. I really enjoyed living on my own. But after 6 years, I felt bored about my job. So I decided to leave. I spent one month in Bali taking food class. Then I spent one month in Hong Kong. I am back in Canada but ready to leave again. I am looking for a new career and a new place to live.

    I love you guises, life should be fun and I see both of you as happy and fun people. \^^/

    3 months ago
  58. I spent a total of five years (in two chunks) in Korea as a soldier. My wife is Korean and there is a special place in my heart for Korea. Your points, however, are pretty spot on. I have had some wonderful times in Korea, but I have also had a lot of frustrations. When I was deployed to Iraq, between my first and second time in Korea, your videos made me really nostalgic and miss it. I ended up going back and overall enjoyed my time there, but I need to take Korea in smaller bites, I think.

    I don’t have a lot to judge Japan by – I have only visited Okinawa for a few days, but I wouldn’t mind doing a few years there. Thanks for your honest feedback. I’m glad you guys are doing so well right now.

    3 months ago
  59. I generally liked all your videos since today, but I don’t know.. something seems a bit off with this one. Maybe it’s the fact that a lot of what you talk about seems to stem from living in a city compared to somewhere more rural. I mean.. you guys were working in hongdae, if I remember, so is it really fair to compare how you live now compared to then? If the orders were reversed and you lived in a major city like Tokyo then moved to a quieter location in Korea, would your arguments still be valid? And people calling the cops on you for kpop jokes is just crazy and I’m sorry you guys had to go through that.. but how is that something that happened because of living in Korea? Aren’t the arguments you make about simpler business planning more because you have an agency now, instead of doing everything yourself? I.. I just don’t know. Please don’t think I’m just an angry internet troll. You guys are totally free to have opinions and express them however you want, but for people who seem awfully concerned with stepping on toes of angry commenters, it seems strange that you would approach this topic as “Korea vs. Japan” rather than “What we had vs what we have now” or “Changes in the past year that made life easier” or even “Crazy things we don’t have to put up with now”.. which might be more in tune with a lot of what you guys are saying.. but I’m sure the extra views from a super controversial title always helps..

    3 months ago
    • That’s totally fair of you to say. There’s a lot to unpack in your comment, and I don’t think I can answer it all, but I’ll try to answer some.

      1) We’re not living in rural Japan. We’re living in Tokyo.
      2) Us talking about our working conditions isn’t a statement of what work is like in either country. We did our best to answer the question that was posed to us, pick Korea or Japan, but we framed it as subjectively as we possibly could. Framing it objectively would be a lot more confrontational, I think. Which is why we tried to emphasize as well that our Korea is different than your Korea, our Japan different than yours. I don’t know how else we could have handled the question posed to us.

      At the same time, I really wanted to emphasize how much happier we are here. This literally has been the best year of our lives. I’m happy to say that. And I think sharing that in this video made sense.

      3) As for the title, it’s always tough to make a title that makes sense to the topic. And though it wasn’t a scientific study of Korea and Japan, I think the title, in a few words, still makes sense to people watching. When you have a few milliseconds to appeal to viewers, brevity is your friend, I think.

      3 months ago
      • hey thanks for trying to reply. This is kind of why I really like you guys as content creators, because you reach out and try to explain rather than taking the easy way out and ignoring opinions that can be hard to swallow. I guess what rubbed me the wrong way was the fact that I felt the title itself was a bit clickbaity and didn’t even seem that well connected to the actual points you guys were making. (I fully acknowledge what I know is just the tip of the iceberg and there’s much more going on that you purposefully chose not to share) I know professional youtubers are reliant on views and as you said, brevity is the key in garnering interest. But.. I guess what I’m really trying to say is that.. there are expat content creators on youtube who make exclusive Japanese content like micaela, and those that make exclusive Korean content like the Korean Englishman. But you guys are so unique in that particular niche because you have this massive dedicated following AND the experience of being immersed in both cultures. I guess what I hoped was that you guys could provide something different, a unique perspective that.. somehow bridged the two worlds more harmoniously, rather than pitting them against each other. Whether you intended to or not, when you label a video ‘Japan or Korea, did we make the right choice’, and your answer is a resounding yes for one side, in the milliseconds it takes to appeal to viewers, it seems like just more fodder to fuel that meaningless flame war between the nationalistic hotheads in both countries. Surely internet veterans like yourselves know this. We have more than enough arguments about which country is better, thank you very much. As much as I understand your point about brevity, sometimes true intentions can get lost in translation. That’s why I was a bit disappointed on how you chose to approach this topic, because I genuinely believe that at your core, you guys are not about that. You guys are not about making a quick buck based on guaranteed trigger topics, not about online wars, not about A is better than B, or adding to the hate that we already have so much. I guess I was a bit sad because it seemed that the whole attitude both in your blog and throughout the video seemed to carry this negative attitude… Thanks for replying.

        3 months ago
    • Well,I don’t really understand, why you guys are saying this?, maybe I got the message in the video wrong, but clearly, Simon said that they have the right to express their experience, why?, because it’s theirs. This is not to make a fight about two beautiful countries, I just think that we should respect their opinion.

      3 months ago
    • I completely agree

      3 months ago
    • I have to echo this comment. Why broach the subject this way? You made your careers off of Korea because Kpop was growing even further in the international market. I genuinely don’t believe you guys would be where you are without Korea so why even discuss it in this manner? I haven’t been watching your videos lately, only the travel and food ones. The Eat Your Sushi segment is boring, I’m sorry but it is. I don’t have time to sit for an hour and watch you guys talk. I’m glad others can do so but it’s just not for me. Besides Dan, you guys actually seem lonelier in Japan. And maybe that’s what you want!
      You say “We don’t have a dog in this race” and yet you pitted the two countries against each other versus the different lifestyles you’ve been living. I really, really don’t like the way you guys approached this subject.

      3 months ago
      • This comment is savage but I do agree with the Eat Your Sushi segments. They are too long and dry. I never watch them. I honestly miss the k-pop review videos. Those were the best things ever. I loved how they made me chuckle. I miss the funny segments. And I personally agree with their experience of “Japan vs. Korea” because it echos my personal experience with living in both places. But the difference is, and like you mentioned, that Korea put Simon and Martina on the map. They made Korea SOOO appealing for several years. And because of that, were very successful and could have a business. It’s funny to me because once I moved there and became disillusioned, it seems as if they did too around that same time! Suddenly, K-pop wasn’t as fun anymore, and k-dramas seemed banal and repetitive. They started posting more heavy videos (k-pop slave contracts, poor treatment of unwed mothers, suicide statistics). Anyway I have a point. My point is, yes, they have a right to say whatever they wanna say. It’s their experience. But I do agree, considering how many positive things happened for them in Korea, it’s interesting to hear such negative feedback. But there is a such thing as overstaying your welcome in a country. That’s why I left Japan after two years. Because I felt my attitude changing subtly. And I didn’t want to leave Japan bitter. Seems like that’s what happened to Simon and Martina. They just stayed a little too long and it left a bad taste in their mouths. I get it.

        3 months ago
      • They already stated why they decided to tackle this subject and the questions they were being asked about which country/experiences they preferred. They never pitted either country against the other one. They merely expressed the reasoning behind their answer. Unless you have reading or listening comprehension issues it’s not really that hard to follow. As for you stating that their Eat Your Sushi Segment is boring, why are you here? If you don’t like them, why stick around to troll? That actually says more about you than them. And before you reply that you are entitled to your opinion I will beat you to it that no one is entitled to care. I don’t think they are lonely at all, they don’t show all of their lives ya know. Their video’s showcase a rather small chunk of their day…

        3 months ago
  60. The blog portion of this really hit a chord with me. I was in a very bad situation and after many years of trying to grin and bear it I finally realized I could choose to leave and it wouldn’t make me a terrible person.

    It’s wonderful that you guys have found so much happiness. Keep being your awesome selves and don’t let any angry netizens tear you down.

    3 months ago
  61. Heya. Its so great that you guys are much happier here in Japan now. I haven’t been to Korea but I did have a moment when I was applying for A job in Japan and I considered trying Korea. I wrote a pros and cons list and honestly even then Japan came off on the winning side. It may be due to my age as well.

    I do have friends that hate it here. Mostly because they live in a rural/ countryside area and don’t have much of a bond with the people around them. I on the other hand adore my tiny little town and my sweet and kind neighbours who bring me fruits and leave packages for me when they think I need some care and attention.

    Honestly, moving to Japan from my home country of Barbados was he best decision I could have made. It was just the right time and I am having a good time.

    Its so wonderful that we are both experiencing the same things.

    3 months ago
  62. Oh I agree!!! I like both Korea and Japan, have been to both and I’m interested in both cultures and languages. But when it comes to traffic and general respect for pedestrians Japan wins hands down! I was in Korea in October and I was almost ran-over by a Mercedes while I was in the middle of a pedestrian crossing in Daegu! To all Korean people giving you a hard time: are you serious?? Have you been to Japan? Or how about North America? It is granted that the vulnerable pedestrian has the right of way! And what’s with all that honking and aggressiveness? I totally agree with you guys and I’m happy you could move out and settle in Japan.

    3 months ago
  63. I’ve been living in Korea over 3 years as a teacher and I completely get it. A long term expat I knew here summed it up the best “Korea is a great ride, but you have to know when to get off”. Korea has been an amazing experience for me but after a few trips to Japan I’m looking forward to working there next. Older and desiring more ‘calm’ as well! Kudos to you guys for always tackling questions like this in a balanced way.

    3 months ago
  64. As an arm chair traveler I really have enjoyed your intrepid travels. One really must be young to plunge into such a different culture! I am also sure many have visit the USA and have found it a horrible experience, depending on how and where they lived. There are city jungles and harsh environments in every country. I get it – you only are talking about your experience, not anyone else’s. I also believe you when you say that some experiences were bad for you and some were wonderful. That is really the way life is. People who have never traveled and had to learn/live another culture (as I have done when younger) will have a hard time getting this. I remember walking down a street in Northern Europe and hearing English and almost crying because it felt so like home, and I didn’t know these folks from Adam. Also having a headache in the afternoon from transelating in my head all day – This is serious work folks. Everything was different for me there, even though I come from European stock and many of their foods/traditions/values were familiar to me, It was STILL a culture shock.
    You have a right to your opinion. And those who follow you and really know you, know your hearts are in the right place. I’m so happy you have found a pleasant place to live and learn in Japan!

    3 months ago
  65. Hey guys! It’s been such a long time since I last saw you… I remember seeing you announce your move on facebook, but my life got so crazy and different since the days I used to watch your videos daily, back in my teenage years, that this is my first video from you in almost a year and a half…
    Martina, you look beautiful, and both of you seem really happy with your new life in Japan – which makes me glad!
    So, since you wanna know, here’s my situation: I’m brazilian, 20 years old and it’s been a year since I moved from my state (the neighbouring Espírito Santo) to Rio de Janeiro to go to college here. I was actually lucky to be accepted in one of the best Law schools in the country, but I have to be honest: I was so frightened about coming to live here… People from Rio always seemed so harsh and demanding, and very impatient about meek and timid people like myself. In fact, in the first few weeks that theory was confirmed, because people here easily yell at you and expect you to be extroverts like them (even the “shy” people are quite more sociable than me). But I found out that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I met some awesome people that always expect me to have an attitude and an opinion about everything, and care about me, and let me care about them, so I’ve been developing a thicker skin and learning to be less sensitive about little things. My social experiences here (and the fact that I’m living alone for the first time in my life) made me a truly better, more secure person. I still get scared of people yelling at me at shops and being impatient when I’m being indecisive, but I learned to deal with it. Also with pressure, because my school really demands a lot from me.
    Today, I believe the best decision I ever made was moving to this big, chaotic, violent city. Because it is also beautiful and is teaching me one of the most valuable lessons ever: Care about people. Don’t be afraid of being Yourself. Don’t be afraid of giving your all. Don’t be afraid of other people.
    Also, I thought that living downtown (near my campus) would be crazy noisy, but as it turns out Rio is one of those cities that do sleep… To my delight!
    I guess I have a lot to catch up with your other japan videos, so see you! Btw sorry if my english is bad, haven’t practiced in a while :P

    3 months ago
  66. So first of all, I haven’t been watching much of your videos lately but I am really glad to see you guys enjoying your life in Japan. To be quite honest, the answer to the question wasn’t much of a surprise to me.
    Japan was the first foreign country I lived in, sweet 20 years old and everything that could go wrong went wrong – just when things started getting better, I learned that I wouldn’t be able to extend my visa further and had to leave. Because I knew people in Korea, I went to Seoul and I really loved it at first. Since I am originally from Berlin, I think it was the rough vibe that reminded me of home a bit.
    Years have passed, and quite frankly I never recommend my friends to come here to stay. The general stress level in Korean society seems high (get into the best school, uni, company, look amazing, have a bigger car, house, salary than everyone else) and unfortunatel that makes them loose interest in other people. I am annoyed by people bumping into me without saying sorry, but when I mention it in front of Koreans they will say “It can’t be helped because there is so many people…” I started wondering: “Where people in Japan like that too?”

    I did go on vacation in Japan a couple of times while living in Korea and every single time, I felt soo relaxed. But ultimately, when I went to Tokyo, I was just impressed how – even in a place like Shinjuku station – people will rush but never run into you. It’s like nknjas swiftly moving by with milimeters to spare. Then again when I rode the bus and a girl pulled at the handrail attached to the back of my seat a bit too intensely, it bent over slightly and she apologized for it even though it wasn’t such a big deal. I know some people don’t mind apologizing or not, taking care or not, but we are all human at the end of the day regardless what’s going on in our lives, and just switching off your good manners in public because ‘everyone does it’ is kinda ignorant. None of those people would ever behave like this in front of their friends or beloved ones. The double facedness of so many people is scaring me up to this point.

    This being said, I think Japanese treasure the ‘me AND you’ a little more. All these places with counters where people – strangers – get together and share their lifestories…. Maybe Japanese won’t make a lot of new true friendd through their adulthood, but they still seem to value communication an respect towars your next. They are human.

    I wouldnt want to miss my experiences in Korea, but at the end of the day I would always prefer Japan over it.

    3 months ago
  67. Sooooo proud of you guys!You really could see the change in the vids you made when you moved to Japan. That was amazing. I live in Alabama. Im from Chicago. I moved here about 10 years ago. Ive lived in some other places, but Alabama was a good move for me, and my family. (Ihas 3 kids and a hubs). I needed to be somewhere that Icould feel safe… and to quote Simon “The air in Chicago is 90% bullets”. I am ready to travel now that the kiddos are older. And Cuba is first on my list now that its opened its doors somewhat to the U.S. Continue to rock out… (ps… Ihad a package for you guys, that Iwas taking my time to compile… and lost it in a move. Ifeel pretty shitty about it.Ill start another after Christmas.)

    3 months ago
  68. I am glad you two have found a place of comfort. I’ve watched your videos for the last few years and your newer ones have definitely reflected the changes you’ve noted for yourselves. For many reasons I have yet to do much traveling so I live my life vicariously through you and your videos-It’s nice to see how happy you’ve become with relocation.

    It takes courage to face the masses on a sensitive topic like this one. I’ve lurked for years but I wanted to add my voice in support of you two (and Dan) to counter some of the negative that might work its way into the comments. You do you; keep growing, sharing, and reflecting. Your followers are here with you, even if they are silent-they far outnumber the haters.

    3 months ago
  69. I am a Korean-born Canadian who immigrated to Toronto when I was 5, and stayed in Toronto until this year August when I moved to Tokyo. I know it sounds cheesy and but you guys have experienced all of the countries I have ever lived in and I feel inspired to comment in my warm kotatsu (you should totally get one if you haven’t)

    When you were in Korea I vicariously experienced what it would be like if I were to ever to move back and truly experience Korea outside the first 5 years of my life. If I had, I would’ve felt like a foreigner in my own ‘motherland’. But your videos helped me relieve that sort of tension, as I would have found the same things/experiences awesome, downright weird, or outrageous as a Canadian in Korea.

    Living in Tokyo now I find myself agreeing with you especially regarding the friendliness of the people, even as a Korean-born who blend in (at least) in appearance. Seeing you guys really happy in Japan gives me a warm fuzzy feeling in this cold-as-balls weather :3

    3 months ago
  70. I lived in Korea for two years but now back living in the UK. I met my boyfriend out there, he’s Korean but lives in the USA. I think my experience is very different to others as I’ve been able to understand Korea on my own terms and through my boyfriend’s views and how he sees Korea. He doesn’t always agree with how Korea is either and also has frustrations, especially when it comes the work culture. Korea is still a big part of my life even though it’s been two years since I left, I made some of my best friends there and it was life changing in a way. I think a lot of my frustrations with Korea are similar to yours, the amount of times I was close to getting run over, or how many times I’ve spoken in Korean and been met with nervous laughs. Another major problem which still bothers me now is how Koreans assume my relationship with my boyfriend isn’t serious because I’m a foreigner. He’s had to get used to negative reactions or people being overly surprised about the fact. Korea did become my home and I loved my life there, especially the teaching and I do miss the city life sometimes as it’s something you just don’t have in Europe. I did visit Japan only briefly and I did find the atmosphere different and one thing I immediately noticed was how clean the streets were compared to Korea! However I think I now appreciate a lot more about the UK, the countryside, better equality, and strangely actual standards of safety and things like labour laws. I imagine I could end up in Korea again but I if I do I think I would go back with a different mindset so who knows

    3 months ago
  71. I taught in Korea the same year you guys were teaching there, so I got into your videos because it was like reliving my experiences plus some. That being said, I love experiencing a new country with you guys, and my wife also has EDS, so there’s a certain “I get it” camaraderie there as well. Looking forward to our weekly Saturday morning ritual of Simon and Martina and coffee this weekend! :)

    3 months ago
  72. I’m glad you both are enjoying Japan so much, and that you’ve found a space where you are happy both personally and professionally! I hope the netizens don’t give you any trouble over your opinion though – because honestly your opinion and your personal reasons for this opinion do not personally affect them.

    I have yet to visit Korea, but I did visit Japan last year (mostly Tokyo and a little bit of Kyoto, Yokohama and Fuji Five Lakes) – and I’m not sure if I had such a positive impression of Japan because I went very soon after a personal tragedy but I found it beautiful, peaceful and it really defied what I was expecting. For example I was going into Tokyo thinking it would be a concrete jungle and found it had way more green space than I thought.

    To answer your question from the video, I am currently Canadian born and in Canada trying to pursue a career in teaching in Ontario but the market is so insanely oversaturated with teachers I decided to teach in Japan :D I find out in January when I am to arrive and which city I will be living in, but I do know I have been placed in the South Kanto region so I am super excited (I really hope I get placed near or in Hakone for some nice hot spring relaxation time)

    3 months ago
  73. Yay, I missed your TL;DRs so much! The ones about Korea were actually how I found (and fell in love with) you guise! <3 You shouldn't have to be scared to express your opinions, I hope that the commenters will understand.
    I also have a question that you might like to talk about in one of (hopefully many =D) future TL;DRs! I noticed that with your move to Japan both of you slightly changed the style of your clothing, so I wanted to ask how easy/hard is it to shop for clothes and shoes in Japan, when you're (for a lack of a better term) "Western sized"? =D I'm from Europe (Czech Republic) and I would really like to go to Japan some time in the future, and I'm a little scared I won't be able to fit into anything there, since I'm not exactly skinny..
    Anyway, thanks again for bringing TL;DRs back! I'm sending you a lot of love from Europe!^^

    3 months ago
  74. Great video guys! Love when you are reflective of your experience and of things you think about regarding your life/choices/living situations. I lived in Korea twice…first time I loved it so much which is why I knew I had to go back and give it a second try. I realized it was too much for me to even consider living there full-time but it is an AMAZING place to visit and have fun in my opinion. Like you guys said, crazy and raw and always a party….great for a trip but not for your life. I’m going back to Korea for a trip and I think that is how I would like to keep Korean in my life, a fun place to visit and have fun. I visited Japan for a week before (and I’m very excited to be going back next month!) and at the time I felt like I could appreciate life in Japan more from a serious perspective over Korea’s which sometimes felt too predictable, too fun, and too forced upon me because I was a foreigner. People in Japan didn’t make a big deal when I walked into stores and weren’t always gasping at me for saying something in Japanese like they do in Korea (biggest pet peeve. haha)

    I will say, however, that Korean food is KILLER as well as the price of things. haha. The lack of my idea of fresh/good vegetables in Japanese meals sometimes got to me and also I felt the learning curve for Japanese is so high that I gave up quickly while Korean was extremely easy to learn to read and write.

    Happy you guys are enjoying Japan and your new adventures! I really enjoy seeing all of your new videos and I’m glad my donation from way back when is still being put to good use :-)

    3 months ago
  75. I have mad respect for you guys making this video. In all honesty I watched you guys from the very beginning because I was was interested in the korean culture and language. For many years I loved learning all the culture aspects of the Korean people but slowly I realized that I began to find many faults in the way the korean society functions (not saying that there aren’t nice korean people) but there were sides to it that I didn’t like. It was like the fairytale version of Korea that I had visioned so many years ago, slowly faded.
    Also, I get that Japan and Korea have bad blood because of the war history and that’s fare enough but if they continue to live in the past and hold on to that anger and hold all responsibilities of Japans’ past as one, I just feel it’s very closed minded and in this day and age they need to be aware that just because one person is like a certain way (or one countries history) it doesn’t dictate all and forever are the same.
    Not sure if I sound like nonsense :)
    I love the work you guys do and what you guys represent (accepting and not judging and always tackling anything with a positive mind). I’m always thankful for your videos and the energy you guys bring to the world. I would be so happy if had friends like you: talk fashion and makeup with Martina, play games with Simon and eat glorious food with both :)

    3 months ago
  76. I’m really happy you feel at ease in Japan. It shows in your videas! I have been living with my boyfriend in Ireland for the last 10 years. We have left our home country Poland due to economic difficulties and the same negative and rough energy you were refering to. It is not that I don’t love my country or my countrymen, it is simply that I feel more at home with the easy going nature of Irish people. Sure I have a fair sharo of my bad days here as well but the people here are much more open and friendly.
    We have visited Japan for the first time this October and I have to say the people there are just as nice and friendlj, just more efficient. We fell in love with Japan and plan for it to be our main holiday destination for the next couple of years. Who knows we might move there eventually.
    The main point is, both me and my bf understand where you come from. We live in a wonderful times whre most of the world is open to us to explore and why not choose a better suited place to live when you have the option to do that.
    We both admire you very much and send our warmest thoughts from ever green (and ever wet…) Ireland!
    Don’t let the hate get to you!! Keep up the amazing work!

    3 months ago
  77. I have a question I really hope you’ll answer! I love you guys, but I really miss how you used to have different types of videos (i.e. TLDR, WTF, etc) – do you ever think you’ll do that again, or will all your videos just be one offs from now on?

    3 months ago
    • I’m not too sure. We’re doing our best to keep up with two videos per week (and we’re bad at it sometimes!). TL;DRs are interesting to do, but sometimes a bit scary, like today, in which I feel really scared for the anger to come. But we’re talking with Dan about introducing a third weekly segment. Hopefully we can get that started soon :D

      3 months ago
      • It is so sad that rude people make talking about how you feel anxiety filled. It’s not like you said Korea is the worst place ever, and Japan is moralistically superior; you simply said that for you and your lifestyle, as a non native Korean, and a non native Japanese person, Japan is working out better for you right now. I can’t see anything controversial about that since it’s purely about your personal experience, it’s not like anyone can say “no you’re wrong, you liked Korea better!” With any level of authority on the topic.

        You seem happier in your recent videos, and I don’t think you need to justify why to anyone!

        3 months ago
  78. Nationalism seems to be a pretty serious problem all across the continent. I don’t have a dog in the fights either. I live in China, someone ate it. (just kidding)

    But I envy you guys for getting to be in Japan for the Ghost in the Shell event and the FFXV release. Can’t imagine how amazing it must be near the source of all that. All the stuff you share sounds so incredible.

    3 months ago
  79. I’ve been following you guys foreverrrrrrr (since y’all were teaching in Korea woah) and it has been a joy following you through Korea and now Japan. I hope your ex doesn’t cause you too much trouble and your new relationship treats you right. And if in a couple of years, this relationship dwindles, there’s always plenty more fish in the sea :D
    For myself I’ve wanted to move out of my country for a decade at this point but I’m committed to a professional program that will hopefully open more doors for me in the future. 4 years of medical school with a crazed man as the president :x
    Until I’m free to make my own way, I will continue to live vicariously and support you guys~ and I want you to be happy and ignore whoever tries to make this a nationalist issues

    3 months ago
  80. Hi Simon and Martina!
    First off, I just want to say that I actually really love Martina’s look in this video. So colorful! Even more than usual! If you had said you were just experimenting I would have believed you. Really cool change of pace.
    Secondly, even though I’m currently studying in Korea and more interested in Korean culture (not pop culture, just general culture) than Japanese culture right now, I’m glad to hear you guys are in a much happier situation, especially work situation, now. I think it’s so important to work in an environment where you feel like you can grow professionally, rather than be restricted so much by time constraints and ridiculous amounts of paperwork.
    Also, although I have been a student here for such a short time and haven’t personally experienced a lot of the problems you guys are talking about, this video and the mood of all of your recent videos is getting me really excited for my first ever trip to Japan this February! I think I’ll be spending most of my time NOT in Tokyo, but maybe by some miracle I’ll run into you guys somewhere, haha. Keep on keepin’ on, much love to you both (and Dan and Spudgy and Meemers).

    3 months ago
  81. I share all of your videos to my air force wive’s group. Your videos have so much love and warmth to them and I feel like I know you. Not once did I watch a video on Korea and you made me feel like korea was a horrible place and I love that! Their is so many “bad” stereotypes for korea with the wives I try to enlighten them and show them what a unique and interesting place korea is and your videos just bring that point home in a strong way. Thank you!! I am happy you guys are finding your place in Japan=)

    3 months ago
  82. Hmmm…
    I’m still confused how much of it is really “Seoul vs. Tokyo” rather than “Korea vs. Japan.”

    In any case, having spent time studying abroad in Shanghai, I can sympathize with all the points made here; especially the driving. At some point, I must have become very agitated with adjusting to life there, that I did the whole “Gandalf – YOU SHALL NOT PASS” thing in front of a tour bus that was trying to bully it’s way through a crowd. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Never quite got used to the micro-aggression of new drivers.

    When I visited Seoul, I found it to be an energetic place, but not really one I’d ultimately want to spend much time living.

    Although, I’ve never had that much interest in living for an extended period in Japan: I find certain elements with such a rigidity in rules to be anxiety-inducing. Then again, being self-employed probably alleviates some of this tension.

    Overall, I think being black colored (for lack of a better word) my impression of the months I spent in East Asia. Talk about feeling like an outsider…

    3 months ago
  83. I support you in assuming your preferences. I, for myself, travelled both countries multiple weeks, the niceness of Japan is also unbeatable to me. It’s complicated when I have to explain to people I meet that Korea just didn’t do it for me either (I went to Japan first), the country was beautiful, the people were overall very nice, but I know I just wouldn’t fit in, something was odd. Japan, on the other hand, conquered my heart. Ironically, I’ve always thought it would get the other way around.

    3 months ago
  84. Guys, all that matters to us (well, to me, at least) is that you’re happy wherever you are. If you’d decided to stay in Fiji or Bali or any of the other amazing places you’ve been, I’d still be happy for you, as long as you and your furbabies are happy. Whenever I start to miss your Korea videos…I just go back and watch them again! You’ve been my favorite Youtubers since I discovered you nearly three years ago, and I consider it a privilege to continue getting these peeks into your life. Keep doing what makes you happy! Your determination and dedication to happiness is more inspiring than the actual things you’ve done, if that makes sense. I’m proud of you both, inspired by you both, and thankful to both of you for doing what you do.

    3 months ago
  85. How is your health Martina? At the beginning of the video you told us it’s the worst in a few years (?), wish you the best! You guys are great.

    3 months ago
    • It’s not great lately. We’re learning how to deal with new symptoms that are popping up. Hopefully we can get a handle on them soon :D

      3 months ago
  86. I am not Korean and I cannot imagine while you guys keep getting mean comments about your choice to move to Japan or comparing two countries you happen to have lived in.
    Also, I can’t believe it has already been a year!
    I still love watching your videos and even though my participation might mostly be the silent reader, I appreciate all the effort and love for all the things that go into your videos.
    You guys had a big impact on me regarding living my life without regrets and enjoying the little things.
    Everyone deserves to make their own decisions and be happy about them, so I hope you continue to enjoy living in Japan and feel happy and at home.

    3 months ago
  87. While I do miss you guys being in Korea, I’m glad you guys are happy in Japan. I still love reading your blogs and watching you videos and I can’t wait to see what your next year in Japan will being us. =^_^=

    3 months ago