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A Night of Meat and Magic in Shibuya

May 9, 2018


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Hello everyone, for the second time in one week. One week, two videos! Look at that! It ain’t the seven to eight videos we used to do back in Korea, but here we are, with TWO VIDEOS! Damn, it feels good to be young again!

This video we did with Magical Trip, and we’re excited to do it, because I feel that it’s going to help the people that have asked us to plan itineraries for them. Yes, we do get that question often. No, we never answer them. We just can’t. Hell we can barely do one video a week: we can’t go and write out a schedule for you when you come to Japan! What we hope we can do is create a bunch of videos of places that we like, and then you hopefully can pick from the videos you liked and go to them, but that’s about as thorough as we can get.

So, we thought working with Magical Trip would make sense. We tried out their tour and liked it, so we decided to share this video. If we didn’t like it, we’d say no and find someone else. But this was a good tour. The places we went to we think you’d like, and we had a fun time, so we’re hoping that, if you’re coming to Tokyo and want someone to plan out a night for you that won’t involve you traveling all over at once, you’ll head over to them and let them do it for you instead. Sounds good to me!

And, hell, we even learned something here. We are trying our best to learn a lot about the food here in Japan. We even have a food dictionary that we keep consulting (you’ll see signs of it in our upcoming Kaiseki video), and to learn about Nikujaga was a thrill. I can’t believe it’s so common and we just haven’t had it. Haven’t even heard of it! That’d be like not hearing about Mac and Cheese in North America. And now, when we’re out at an Izakaya, and we see Nikujaga on the menu, hell yeah we’re getting it! Also, we didn’t know that Jaga meant potato. I mean, it just never came up in conversation. But now we see Jagabee potato chips and we’re like, ahh, that’s what the name means. It was edifying, and fun, and so I highly recommend it 10/10.

We haven’t tried their other tours, but if they’re anything like this one, we’ll have a great time. You can check out their other tours, like in Asakusa or Osaka, by clicking the link here.

And now, we’re off to Kyoto for a couple of days to film another fancy video! See you all in a bit. For more awkwardness, like the magical moment we shared with Dan, check out the bloopers below :D



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A Night of Meat and Magic in Shibuya


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  1. SP

    Hi Simon and Martina!
    What is the song used around 1:11 – 1:16? It sounds perfect for my dancing-while-folding-the-laundry-dance, however shazam and soundhound are refusing to help me -_-

    1 week ago
  2. This looks like so much fun! I’m glad you guys enjoyed yourselves. And that meat alley sounds A.m.a.z.i.ng. That gyushi (lol) almost looked like a meat dessert! Like those sticky rice desserts you see in Southeast Asia…but better because there’s meat :D

    2 weeks ago
  3. This video was so cute and funny! The tour seemed great!

    2 weeks ago
  4. Hey, not really related to this video, but what happened with the coffee shop in Korea?

    2 weeks ago
    • We don’t really have any hand in that coffee shop anymore. I think they moved locations since we left, but we’re not affiliated with it anymore.

      2 weeks ago
    • Curious about this as well. Hope it’s still there…I plan on visiting Korea sometime soon

      2 weeks ago
  5. What a great idea for a collaboration! Like when you guise when to Italy and did the ravioli cooking, I think that “experience” tourism is the latest trend and really, it’s about damned time! I did appreciate your tips in your podcast this week a lot too <3<3<3.

    I feel bad for Dan, knowing that if you don't let yourself get embarrassed, you won't get any food XD I really liked the video though, the "dancing" as you went from place to place really gave it a great party-vibe – and so great to see you so mobile Martina! The editing was on point as well with the little newcasty-bit, Fangurilla and other harks back to KMM. So happy! You guise are such great skit writers/actors, you could have a show just about that, who cares about Japan or sushi?! (gasp! what am I saying?! – LOL!) Still want to see someone else banninated by the Ministry of Banishment though….

    Oh! I just got it! That street magician was part of the "magical tour"! LOL! I can't tell if Simon was cheezed-out or creeped-out, what's wrong with a few freakin' card tricks? XD Actually, when I was in high school, I took "magic lessons" for a year and I still remember all the card tricks – this guy needs to up his game a level if it's for a tour. Mind you, a busy izakaya isn't exactly conducive to flashy tricks without bothering the other patrons, maybe they could have that part on the street or in its own booth, or even have the guide do the tricks as you go from place to place…..hmmmmm……. BTW, this tour was magical enough without the tricks but points to the tour group for going the extra bit and being literal about it ;)

    3 weeks ago
    • I totally agree with experience tourism being the next step for tourism. It kinda reminds me of my thoughts on Airbnb in Japan. Every one I’ve been to in Europe and America is someone’s home, and you feel like you’re stepping into someone’s else’s life when you use those Airbnb’s. In Japan, though, nobody lives in the places. They’re rented just for Airbnb’s, and they’re hollow. I hate them. You don’t feel like part of anything. But with tours like this, and with other tourism experiences, I can get a bit of that feeling, even if it’s catered for tourists.

      2 weeks ago