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A Tour of Our Japanese House!

May 6, 2016

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Welcome to our home, everyone! Come, take off your shoes, and let us show you around the place.

I’m not sure if you noticed the pure glee we had throughout this entire video, but we’re very excited to have a house. A HOUSE! It’s a small house by North American standards, but it’s a house! It has a backyard and a garden! It has a front gate! It’s our small, snuggly little place, and we love it. And Spudgy and Meemers love it. We’re all really happy here.

We’re super excited about having a garden again. Martina spent her childhood summers in Nova Scotia with her grandaddy, and he taught her the names of plants and how to care for them. And it warms my heart to see her fiddling around in our tiny little garden with her ugly ass gardening gloves, and to hear her call me over and share her memories of her grandfather. I don’t have a green thumb, and I didn’t know my grandparents, but that doesn’t stop me from living through Martina’s nostalgia and anecdotes. Thank you, our little garden, for these moments :D

We’re really loving our patio as well. Breakfasts are really special to us. It’s the most important meal of the day! Every morning we make our little rice bowl with a grilled piece of Salmon (the crispy skin is lovely!), a lightly fried egg, some lotus root, baby asparagus covered in tiny bonito flakes, and those vinegared cucumbers. To be honest, we don’t really know the names of most of the veg we eat in the mornings. We know if it’s eggplant or asparagus or lotus root, of course, but we don’t know how they’re all prepared. We usually just ride our bikes over to the small grocery store close by and pick up whatever prepared veg they have available at the time. They used to have a great spinach with these yellow egg-curdy things sprinkled on them, but now they’re out of season. But we love all of them! Maybe that’s our Korean training that makes us need side dishes. I know it’s definitely my Korean training that makes me mix it all up into a bibimbap.

We eat our rice bowls with a french press made from the beans of our secret coffee shop, and sit in the sun before it hides behind our roof for the rest of the day. And we talk about what dreams we had last night, what videos we want to shoot this day, what we think must be going through Spudgy’s mind. We talk about memories and aspirations, and we love it. Our mornings on our patio, talking to each other over breakfast under the sun, are new memories we’re loving building at the moment.

Our neighbours are so freaking lovely that we get choked up after almost every experience we have. Holy shit we’re so sentimental. Our neighbours to the right just introduced us to their grandkids, two girls, around 11 and 12, and they like Spudgy. They were surprised how old he is. I had to explain how he’s not good at walking, which is why I’m putting him in my bike basket to take him to the park, instead of just walking him. They all pet his scrudgy old face at it stuck out of the basket and squeed KAWAII. Even the old grandfather. He didn’t squee. But he did dutifully acknowledge Spudgy as Kawaii. Affirmative: your dog is kawaii.

Also, I have a gaming PC finally! I’ve been talking about it for a while, and a few weeks ago I was finally able to put it together. I shot a video of the build, but then had to stop, because what should have taken a couple of hours or so took 24 hours. Building a PC in Japan: a bit challenging. Maybe I’ll tell that story in another video, once the frustration dies down a bit. The computer’s name is “The Suffering” and each of the hard drives are called “The Pain.” Ah! But it works now, and I can play games on it, finally! Fallout 4 is awesome! WAN PAAAAANCCH!

Ok I’ll stop now. Thanks for watching our little house tour and letting me share some special thoughts with you all. If you feel like something sillier, we have some bloopers below, including Meemers trying to hide his weight on the scale. Oh he’s so fat!

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  1. Sorry sweetie but if you don’t have something nice to write, interesting or intelligent, please don’t write it. Commenting on others income especially the way you did is incredibly rude

    2 years ago
    • Ok… i’m sorry… i get called dumb alot so maybe it’s really me that is the problem. i just like the house it’s something me and my family couldn’t afford ever and a great dream so i was just happy and too excited to say something and… i will go away from here now… good luck eyk. thanks for the smiles from before.

      2 years ago
  2. Hi Simon and Martina I love your home it is so cool and the stickers are fantastic I love them. I’m fairly new to your videos, they make me so happy. I have to say Martina you are my champion for even being able to make it up those stairs. I went to visit Japan last summer and stayed in a guest house there with those latter stairs, I have some nerve damage in my knee from a sport injury when I was younger and I can do normal American stairs fine just not for a long period of time but those stairs where killers I couldn’t make it up with out feeling like my leg was on fire lol. I’m glad I got the experience but seriously you are like Wonder Woman for doing that everyday . You and Simon both inspire me so much and even on my bad days you make me smile thank you.
    If you read this I have a question for you what where your favorite cereals as kids and would you eat it now if you could. Bit random I know just was curious. Have a lovely day

    2 years ago
    • Ha! That is a random question. I haven’t thought about cereal in a long time. I don’t even remember what was my favorite. I can only think of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but I don’t even think I ate a lot of it as a kid. My parents only bought Rice Crispies and Corn Flakes because they were the cheapest :D

      2 years ago
      • Yay I’m so happy you replied and that was one of my favorites aside from reese’s puffs. I have been really obsessed with cereal for the moment and it’s weird because I don’t even eat breakfast much less cereal lol.

        2 years ago
    • Also Simon your adorable and I think you are such a great husband but um her closet is actually tiny for a western girls closet. I can’t even count how many items of clothes I have and my closet isn’t even a walk-in (it’s probably the same size as yours, and I may have needed to reinforce the bar to hang the clothes). She really doesn’t have nearly as much as I expected considering how fashionable she is. The closet look super organized to me.

      2 years ago
  3. I love your house and the fact your are so well settled in Tokyo. Would love more details about the oven as my daughter is suffering from a lack of roast potatoes in Tokyo it would be a lovely gift to buy her next time we are over. I see you crawl up the stairs exactly the same way I do, except my family get fed up of me causing a jam and some nice person usually gives me a push. Pain is hard to live with and deal with from day to day and you do a great job, I have had Fibromyalgia for over 20 years and the love and support of my family is what keeps me going oh and my 2 walking sticks and lots of painkillers lol.keep doing what you are doing it makes me smile on the bad days and anything that can do that is amazing xxx

    2 years ago
  4. I think your new place is really nice. Poor little Spudgy, my mom had an old dog that couldn’t go up some stairs as well. On some of them we built her a little ramp, but that won’t work in every situation. I bet Spudgy riding in a bike basket is super adorable. The house has really come together in 3 months, I’m glad you guys are happy there :)

    2 years ago
    • Sorry sweetie but if you don’t have something nice to write, interesting or intelligent, please don’t write it. Commenting on others income especially the way you did is incredibly rude

      2 years ago
      • Grr sorry I meant for this to be a reply to the comment below you I don’t know how to delete this sorry

        2 years ago
  5. Dude, are you kidding? Why do you have to bring that toxic attitude into a space like this?

    2 years ago
    • What??? No… I just said before that I like their house and that it must be so expensive and that i am so happy that they can make money from youtube bye getting lots of fans and being well liked and stuff and then that comment got deleted but i don’t know why. i never left a comment here before only read the posts, but i commented on the videos but no one ever replied and here there aren’t many comments so i left comments hoping to be talked to here because i love eat your kimchi and martina has made high school feel much better for me and now it looks like i was wrong about this place too… i am sorry.

      2 years ago
    • I’m sure that they ignore trollish comments.

      2 years ago
  6. You guys are honestly too adorable! I’m glad that you finally have a house with a garden -you both seem to be very happy.

    2 years ago
  7. Simon and Martina, I’m just loving your beautiful, beautiful house. I mean come on… miniature toys and stickers!! hello!!! Martina, I’m specially loving your garden. i understand its small, but its beautifully done. my mother loves gardening and some of it has rubbed off on me too. but since we live in a penthouse and don’t have a backyard with a soil garden as such, we do have a garden with potted plants. your garden gave me a lot of cute ideas to level up our garden as well.

    Can you do a video about your garden? like what are the plants you have, what kind of soil you used and where you bought those cute toys for the insects and such. That would be really great!! Lots of love from Muscat! <3

    2 years ago
    • I think we still have a lot of work to do on our garden. Hopefully it’ll be done soon and we’ll be able to share it in more depth :D

      2 years ago
  8. Happy to pay that toll. Anytime, any day, anywhere. With a big bonus on top. And a big thanks furr all the Meemers Oppa appearances – the human is away so this is really keeping my purr up while I’m being cat-sat by grandma – she squeezes me really hard and calls me tubby when we all know it’s just my lustrous coat. That Meemers shower scene on the app is absolutely pawsome….

    2 years ago
  9. Last time they did donation was for the studio, it’s been a few years. Youtube does pay, it’s a job. I hope they get paid, because it’s their job. I also hope you’re not trying to throw shade at them for having money to buy stuff and have a roof over their head, but it sure sounds like it and it’s weird, on top of the fact they talked about the fact the house was less expensive because they are not close to a subway station. But whatever.

    2 years ago
  10. Hey, I know I’m out of subject kinda, but I just wanted to let Martina know there’s a podcast about The original Sailor Moon anime, apparently it’s quite good, it’s called “Sailor Business”.

    2 years ago
  11. Your relationship with Spudgy is so relatable. My sister has a small dog the same age as Spudgy. She (the dog =P) also has a heart problem along with a bunch of other ailments that causes her to have problems moving around sometimes but she’s always happy and still acts like a puppy. Every year she’s still alive we rejoice. =)

    I’m happy for you guys’ first home with awesome neighbors! (Martina, I love your tiny collection. How long before it spreads to other parts of the house? Ha, ha..)

    2 years ago
  12. Hey guys, I’m betting you’re both *probably* aware of every single thing I’m about to say, but I don’t want to risk being silent, because I really love Meemers, and I know you both love him, too. Fatness in cats is an incredibly serious problem (no shit, right?), and as a person who recently lost her own cat to weight-related problems, I can attest to this first hand. A lot of times, when a cat gains a lot of weight, they can attain hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease), cysts, tumors, or other such health problems that will cause them to stop eating and drinking entirely, and it can happen either gradually or over a rapid period of time. I don’t know what you guys know, but I was someone who vastly underestimated the dangers of an overweight cat, and I ended up paying for it (as have countless others I’ve seen on sites like Gofundme). I’m only commenting with this just to make sure neither of you have to pay for it, too. I would hate for your adorable fursnake to have to suffer the way my baby did. If you haven’t already, I suggest researching hepatic lipidosis and general weight-related health conditions in cats. It’s very scary how quickly the health of our beloved felines can decline due to such problems. Again, please don’t think I’m trying to lecture you about your animals! You probably know all of this already, as you seem like the type of owners to put a lot of care into your furbabies, but I couldn’t sit back and take the chance that you didn’t know.

    Much love,
    Haley

    (PS — your videos give me life)

    2 years ago
  13. I liked your oven/ microwave. What brand and model is it? I want to buy one for my new apartment in Tokyo.

    2 years ago
  14. What a great house you guys have! The bathroom — I love it!! What really useful features in that tub and laundry drying vent!

    And the mattress… Ikea has great mattresses? Which one did you guys get??

    2 years ago
  15. I *LOVE* your guise’s house & neighborhood! So lucky to have such wonderful neighbors especially ones who are so kind and they like Spudgy, too! I’m glad he gets greeted more at his new home than he did back in Korea: he deserves all the love he can get (& tummy touches) ^_^.
    Martina, both your gardens are beautiful & show off your creativity & love of all things cute! Thank you, Simon, for co-architecting both tiny worlds by supporting her collecting :*. You are one of the Awesomest Husbands that I know of who is wise enough to always compliment his lovely wife & give her lots of support. Watching your guises videos makes me glow inside with happiness (if I glowed on the outside I’d have a cool super power!). My husband would drool over the Tech Cabinet & Martina’s clothes collection is normal, I think. I have friends who have whole rooms dedicated only for their clothes, so no complaints Simon ^_~.
    I did squeal when I saw the fridge in the floor: for storing homemade pickles (kinda like a kimchi fridge but for Tsukemono). Then Simon opened it & I laughed my ass off ^_^. Penguin!! Ooh, you so Nasty!!!
    Love you guise & please stay healthy & happy. I will loyally watch anything you decide to post :*.

    2 years ago
    • Thank you for the lovely comment and for putting a smile on my face in the morning :D

      2 years ago
      • Absolutely my pleasure for all the times you’ve both made me smile, giggle & plain laugh out loud ^_^.

        2 years ago
  16. Cute house is cute! Glad you guys finally got the animals in there to finally feel like home.

    Martina, is the marshmallow bed comfortable for you as well? If so, what model is that Ikea mattress? My shoulders and hips would greatly benefit from a new mattress that doesn’t add unnecessary pressure to my crappy joints. :)

    2 years ago
    • I too would like to know more about marshmallow!

      Hi Simon and Martina, I hope you still see comments on this feed! Like sacredmeow, I’d really like to know more about the model of the ikea mattress. There is a very real possibility that I’ll be moving to Japan within the next 2 months, and I was checking out your videos for tips on moving :) (Coming from Sydney, Australia) One thing that concerns me is finding a bed. I have been looking at the ikea japan website and it seems pretty good, but since you’ve talked up marshmallow I am soooooooo interested in getting a super squishy soft mattress! Please let us know more! :)
      BTW Thanks for all your wonderful content! I love learning more and experiencing Japan with you through your videos!

      9 months ago
  17. And where is Nogi? ;pp

    2 years ago
  18. I’d really like to see or hear about the challenges of setting up your PC. Was it the software that was the problem or something else?

    2 years ago
  19. I LOVE YOUR GARDEN! IT’S SO BEAUTIFUUUUUL! <3
    Also, the tiny gardens are absolutely adorable! XD
    I've been looking forward to the house tour and enjoyed it a lot! :D

    2 years ago
  20. I was watching your really old videos again while waiting for the tour house. The ones with a short hair Spudgy, you really built an amazing and lovely family guys! That’s a big place compared to where I live in Spain. It’s so cute and cozy, your videos make me always so happy and help me get my dream of living in Japan alive. P.S.: Simon, you couldn’t lift Meemers! Where did your strength go?

    2 years ago
  21. I love your adorable tiny gardens, Martina! My inner kid is so satisfied by them. All the detail and thought is just amazing! Also, it makes me think that you have started to embrace the space-maximizing culture in Japan. That’s a thing, right? Have you guys seen much of that? I know your refrigerator is smaller, and you even have a hidden alcohol space (Sweet!)

    2 years ago
  22. Sometimes I forget that Spudgy and Meemers are not really talking keke but they are still communicating.

    2 years ago
  23. Aww, I never visited Nova Scotia as a kid, but my family lives in the South Shore now and I love to visit them there. So many people have such lovely gardens there.

    2 years ago
  24. The very best to all of you in your beautiful new home. Just seeing you happy makes me happy.

    2 years ago
  25. Thanks for sharing your new house with us! I’m loving all of these videos on what it’s like to move to Japan, taking your pets, and getting settled in.

    Now that it seems like things are calming down and getting back to normal, I’m curious as to what segments you’ll be doing in addition to the Monday EYS. Here’s my pitch for one:

    Japan’s Awesome Culture: Knowledge of Fabulous Festivities (or Festivals when you attend those).
    You would call these segments JAC:KOFFs for short! Pronounced “Jack Coughs”, obviously. :p
    Here, you can show off the knowledge you’ve gained about Japanese culture, special seasonal festivities, festivals, etc. through your daily life, tours, and travels. It’s basically a TIL in wholesome EYK style.

    ^_^

    2 years ago
  26. Your neighbours are amazing, I love that close knit community love. Also impressive collection of bath bombs there :O I recently built my new gaming pc after my old one gave up after 7 years, it lived a good life but now it has been replaced. Just in time for the release of overwatch!

    2 years ago
  27. Zee

    I wanna be as happy as meemers

    2 years ago
  28. Martina, you know I bet the miniature sailor moon figures would look awful cute in your miniature garden, and since Simon wants to help you get all the tiny things you could totally use that as an excuse for toy capsules :D

    2 years ago
  29. I love how Simon keeps telling Martina how pretty she is and how much he loves her. Is it weird to say you guys give me hope that marriage actually lasts? :D

    2 years ago
    • Same there relationship is everything I hope to have someday they are just so absolutely perfect for one another. You just can’t help but smile when you see them. For me it’s kinda like seeing a cute old couple holding hands. (Note that was not meant to offend I actually think that is super cute and romantic)

      2 years ago
  30. Your home is lovely! I’m specially in love with the tiny gardens (and a bit amazed that they have not been attacked by Spudgyzilla and Memtra, tbh) and patio! Glad to see you guys so happy :)

    2 years ago
    • Also, 30-40 things is considered a “capsule closet”, so I think 70 is pretty average! I think it is actually small given how stylish martina is :)

      2 years ago
  31. Almost cried I can feel the happiness in this post ♥

    2 years ago
  32. Simon: “Is 70 things too many clothes?”
    Me: HELLS NO SON! Are you kidding me… Most women, including me, have a full walk in closet PACKED with clothes and I also have 3 dressers full as well so be thankful Martina is able to share that small closet with you and only has 70 articles of clothing…. you are LUCKY!

    2 years ago
    • Lol I was thinking the same thing. Most guys don’t even have enough space to share the closest with there wives lol for how nice she dresses Martina has a surprisingly small amount of clothes. Props girl I would end up with the same outfit every day.

      2 years ago
    • Also, good luck with your new home… its beautiful! And the fur babies seem to have settled in nicely!! Spudgy has even found a place to pee, yay!!

      2 years ago
  33. Just when I think it can’t get any worse Simon starts complimenting Martina while she is in the kitchen. He encourages her little garden obsession. They eat breakfast together in the morning on a cute little patio while discussing their dreams and aspirations. Its so sweet I’m getting a toothache. :D Just kidding! You two are ridiculously cute and I’m pretty sure are the ULTIMATE relationship goal.

    2 years ago
  34. 70 things is absolutely not too much to wear. I use 3/4 of the closet but my husband is a sweetheart and doesn’t complain.

    2 years ago
  35. I don’t always leave a comment but when I do it’s always on an EYK Blog post. Stay nasty my friends.

    2 years ago
  36. Japanese houses are awesome. If I can’t live in Japan, when I can afford to buy a house I’m just going to have a Japanese-style house built.

    2 years ago
  37. Your house is wonderful! I am kinda jelly of your small balcony. My husband and I had a similar, small balcony when we lived in Ohio. And we used to bask in the sun with our morning coffee and chit chat, surrounded by my little potted flower garden. Now we live in NYC, and even though we got a nice apartment in a suburbany area for a pretty sweet deal, I miss having a balcony-garden and the lovey dovey morning ritual.
    Also jelly of the gaming PC!!!! Argh~~~ gotta upgrade. Husband plays Fallout, I like ESO (Elder Scrolls Online). Martina! I think you would like ESO, it has castles and dragons and elves and witches and wizards and stunning, magical, beautiful worlds. There are 9 races in ESO, you can play as a Khajiit (hooman cat). We made custom Khajiit characters based off our two cats. It would be hilarious if you made a plump Meemers Khajiit. ;)
    We love your videos and we wish you to always be happy and have loads of fun. Congrats on your adorable new home! We love you~

    2 years ago
  38. Your house is so pretty and perfect! Also, Simon’s relationship with Meemers makes me feel a lot less weird about how close I am with my cats, haha.

    2 years ago
  39. Such a beautiful place!

    While Simon was talking about the secret floor door, I got to wondering; Did we ever get to see past the creepy haunted door at the studio? Was there a video on that and I missed it?

    2 years ago
  40. Awww this is wonderful!!! That is a really awesome and shockingly convenient home – they seem to have thought of everything (like the rack for the boards that go over the tubs O.O). I really don’t like American sized homes, this is really awesome and ideal. Question, completely unrelated, I have a service dog in training and I was curious, what are Japan and South Korea’s attitudes towards service dogs? As in, did you see any? Were they normal?

    2 years ago
    • I’ve seen a couple of service dogs in Japan, but I can’t remember seeing any in Korea. I’m not sure what people’s attitudes are towards them, because I haven’t seen them enough.

      2 years ago