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Journey to the Bamboo Forest

December 6, 2016

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Hi everyone!

So this is a different video than what we’re used to, and I’m sorry if it’s not up your alley. We went to the Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, aka Arashiyama, and we just realized that there’s nothing we can really say there. Usually we go to places and talk about them, but this place just speaks for itself. It’s stunning, and we felt very artsy and inspired, so we tried shooting a different kind of video than we’re used to.

Also, there are A LOT OF TOURISTS THERE. Whoa. One thing you’ll notice is lots of cameras raised above people’s heads, all trying to get a good shot, which is almost impossible with SO MANY PEOPLE THERE. Whoa son. It was still really pretty in the bamboo forest, and I kind of think having that many tourists there force you just to appreciate it without taking pictures, kind of like Saitamaya, simply because taking a good picture there is so challenging.

Anyhow, we took some pictures. I’m not sure if any of them are alright or not, but I like sharing them so here they are!

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  1. This was a beautiful video. There was something about those lit up posts at the train station that I really thought was extra beautiful. I love nature-y things like this, it was right up my alley. The music selection was also perfect.

    6 months ago
    • Is there any way that someone could tell me the name of the song? Shazaam doesn’t recognize it :'(

      6 months ago
  2. This place looks absolutely stunning. I wad sad when the video was over. It was so serene and beautiful i just wanted to stare at it all day. Thanks for sharing

    6 months ago
  3. GAH! This video (and the accompanying photos) made me so happy. I may have sniffled a bit. <3

    6 months ago
  4. I know this is gonna come out kind of cheesy, but I’m at that point of my life where I’ve just moved out and got sick because of starting university, so I had to stop. I was feeling so bad throughout the last half year, because I was doing something I lothed. I couldn’t do anything, I love doing creative stuff, but I didn’t have any energy. So I couldn’t draw I couldn’t play video games, I barely ate. I am slowly starting to understand myself. And for now, wow 3 years, I’ve been following your videos, and I don’t know many nasties, but you guys have genuinely made me laugh on a day where I started crying because I yet again woke up with blinding headaches. I know I’m just a random person on the internet, but I really love what you guys do, and how you push yourself to be positive, to just enjoy yourselves. (this is why I never really comment, because I just go on for ever). I hope you guys are gonna go on more adventures maybe not just about food too ^^ I really enjoyed your WANK segments, but I understand that those are difficult to do :) Thank you guys for being yourselves and for being so accepting about all that you do. (OMG I need to stop) o.o :>

    7 months ago
  5. Beautiful video!! It’s hard to tell, is this a very large park? Definitely looked packed with people!

    7 months ago
  6. Hey Simon & Martina! I’m a new follower, and stumbled upon your blog and YT via my new addiction to Korean dramas! I really loved your insights into the culture, but wondered is there a forum to ask you specific questions about the Korean entertainment industry that isn’t covered in your videos or blogs?

    7 months ago
    • Welcome to our channel! We don’t really have a specific forum for questions and answers. We read comments, though, and we get a feeling of what people are interested, and try to make videos based on that, sometimes :D

      7 months ago
  7. I’ve been following you guys since you first got to Korean, but have never commented before. My husband thinks I’m nuts, because I run off to our room every time I see a new video has been posted haha (He secretly loves you guys too). Anywho! This video was beautifully done. You could feel the inspiration oozing out of it and honestly evoked a lot of emotions. Your creativity is awe-inspiring for this “Type A” American. Can’t wait to see what is coming next! ❤️

    7 months ago
  8. It’s so exciting to be able to say I went there! I didn’t go at a sensible time like late fall, early winter though, I went in August! The hottest time of year!…It was still so amazing and other worldly though, even with so many tourists around, I even managed to get lost in the forest and found a small area that had no people on it! Though my memory isn’t the best, and I may have been suffering from heat stroke at the time, so it could have been a hallucination ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Beautiful video guys! I love it!

    7 months ago
  9. My friend and I went to the Bamboo forest around Late Feb, and there was very little people there we were able to get some good shots without a hundred other heads in the photo. This was during the day time though, not sure how it would be at night. Arashiyama was definitely one of my favourite places to visit in Japan, it’s so relaxing and beautiful~ Also, I really like this video, it really captures how calming it is to visit Arashiyama!

    7 months ago
  10. I wish you guys would stop apologizing when you do something different. Don’t worry about angering or disappointing the netizens. If we don’t like it, we can just wait for the next thing or follow someone else. You guys should just stay true to yourself, even if that means doing things differently than you usually do. You guys change, that’s one of the reasons I follow you. I like watching you guys explore different ways of communicating through art (in all its many forms). Don’t ever hesitate to do something different or creative because you think we won’t like it. What we think should matter less than you guys being able to freely express yourself in whatever way inspires YOU. It’s your channel, we’re just along for the ride. Be fearless, just do you!

    7 months ago
    • That’s lovely of you to say, but I don’t want to take that kind of approach. Like, “here’s what I want: love it or leave it!” We’re incredibly fortunate to have anybody watching our videos. There are thousands of super talented people who don’t have people paying attention to them. So, I want to keep you all happy. And I just get worried that swapping out the items in the menu might leave people unsatisfied.

      7 months ago
  11. Oh, I really really like this video and post! I don’t really get interested in artsy-ish videos, but this one had the perfect music and it was so pretty and these pictures and everything!! This is so nice.

    7 months ago
  12. Guys! The last picture is soo beautiful, ahh :)

    7 months ago
  13. I really like this artsy video!!! Well, I am an artist, so I guess I’m biased, haha. But it was really beautiful and calm and seemed like it could have been in a beautifully shot, artistic movie. I am totally down for more of these types of videos! :)

    7 months ago
    • Also, I don’t know if you’ve seen the short anime movie The Garden of Words, but it reminded me of that a little bit :)

      7 months ago
  14. I love the place, look so beautiful and calm. And I looove the little “story” made with the name of the pictures XD. Please do more videos like this, this kind of places are amazing.

    Love from Mexico.

    7 months ago
  15. -saves ‘and more trees’ for my phone wallpaper-

    7 months ago
  16. Great video! I especially liked the serene quality and Air-like music. Sometimes, words an unecessary. Please do more of these.

    7 months ago
  17. That’s a beautiful video! The Bamboo forest is on my list of places to go in Japan. I wish to find a not so crowded time to visit though.

    7 months ago
  18. I loved this video … and the photographs. Your “eye” has been constantly improving over the years … and that is a high compliment from me, a photographer!

    I am always happy to see you two try different things, different ways of communicating your experiences. While I do miss some of the more silly videos, I do appreciate the maturity of some of your most recent fare.

    Cheers and big love from Santa Monica, California!!

    7 months ago
  19. Love the last picture of you two. Will there ever be a collaboration with Do Stuff?

    7 months ago
  20. Beautiful shots of the scenery! And their captions had me cracking up.

    7 months ago