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Eat Your Sushi, Episode 1

February 1, 2016

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Welcome everyone to the first episode of Eat Your Sushi, a new segment we want to share with you while we’re in Japan. It’s going to be our longest segment ever clocking in at like, 30 minutes! We’re hoping you can kick back, clean your room, do some cooking, study, and just unwind while we keep you company with a little slice of our life in Japan. GET IT! SLICE…OF LIFE…SUSHI…A SLICE OF FISH…A…SLICE…EAT YOUR SUSHI!!?? Anyone!??? *Martina coughs and mutters to herself*

So what is Eatyoursushi going to be all about?

For starters, we’ve been deeply considering vlogging more now that we’re in Japan, but we weren’t convinced that it’s something we’d be able to do everyday. The vlogs that we watch on YouTube are of people that have kinda interesting things to do all the time. We…are not those kinds of people. I mean, did you see us try and do “extreme” sports in Vietnam? So much failure. Most days we just sit in front of the computer and work, like today! I went to the Apple Store to bring in one of our computers that stopped working, while Martina edited all day. Then I came to meet her until the computers died (we couldn’t find a socket). Then we went home and took a nap. Then we ate at CocoCurry (again!) and then we started editing some more while I write this blog post. See how boring that would be as a video? SO BORING! So, making videos out of that would be lame.

At the same time, we do have some awesome things happen that we want to share but can’t find the right video for. How do we share our bunny experience which you’ll find out about next episode? How to we share our older Japanese man’s bro-fist experience? We’d like to share all these adventures and experiences!

Also, we reeeeeeeeeally miss doing LiveChats. Sitting down, telling stories, answering questions, opening up your letters and the fun stuff you send us: that was a fun part of our weeks. And now that we’re not doing them, we really miss that time. So we thought this show could be all of those into one. We can tell stories like we did in our LiveChats, share some short videos we make along the way, and answer some questions here and there. Not to mention, we’re bringing back the challenges from the old school W.A.N.K days! Nothing like some good old fashion silly competition to give you a good laugh!

Now I’m sure you noticed, we’re not filming this in our home. We’re filming this in the Breaker Lab located in Harajuku (which is an awesome area in Tokyo BTW). We mentioned this briefly in our announcement to move that we’ll be working with a Japanese company named Breaker Inc and they were nice enough to let us use their studio. They’re letting us totally decorate the space as we please to make it our own wonderful tacky Eatyoursushi corner! OH HO HO~ I CAN FEEL THE POWER RUNNING THROUGH MY VEINS AS I RUN TO THE NEAREST STORE WITH SAILOR MOON ITEMS IN IT! Ahem…so we’re still working on putting it together. You can see that we don’t have any decorations up yet, but we’re also hoping you’ll help us decorate with the wonderful fanart you send us. Also, all the fan art you sent us in Korea is also safely stored away but just not in Japan yet. It’ll be cool to see the wall grow and change as time passes. :)

Which brings us to another question: we’ve read your questions about where you can mail us stuff, which we’re always super excited about! If you’d like to send us your art or your letters or anything that’s not illegal (no bazookas plz), you can send them to:

Attn: Simon and Martina Stawski
Breaker Inc
Seizan I, #802
2-26-32 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku
Tokyo-to, Japan
107-0062

We plan on doing these shows every week on Monday. I hope you’ll enjoy this segment. WE’RE SO SCARED. We really hope you don’t find this boring! But leave us your comments and suggestions and we’ll be sure to read them. Send us either a Tweet, or a comment on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram or even here. We look at it all! We love talking with you guise and try to do so whenever we have free time.

Get ready to enjoy a slice of our life while we explore Japan with Eatyoursushi!

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  1. I’m so happy right now. Your video’s on Korea made me so intrigued with the country and grow to love it and want to go there and i’ve always had this fascination about Japan and I can’t wait to see the awesome video’s you make (I know they will be) and I hope it makes me love the country more like it did with Korea! You guys really inspire me to follow my dreams :D
    Much love from New Zealand ^-^

    4 years ago
    • Wow I’m a little creeped out because this comment sounds almost exactly the same as a comment I posted on the “moving to japan” video….. are you my twin?

      4 years ago
  2. Old people in Japan are the best. I went to Japan by myself two years ago. If you look at all lost or helpless, a Japanese person will definitely stop and help you. It’s usually older people, I think because older people in general take life at a slower pace and are more relaxed with their time. It’s funny though because they are less likely to speak anything other than Japanese. But you can communicate a lot without language, though the more you know the easier it is.
    http://messagesfromafar2.blogspot.com/2013/06/day-1-bonding-with-old-people.html

    4 years ago
    • True! And the name of what he shared with them is “Sansho Pepper” spice, based on Martina’s description. It is very nice on poultry and fish! Another popular spice is Shichimi. Japanese spice is milder in general and usually has a burst of heat, fades quickly, not much complexity. However, I enjoy it all and wasabi too.

      4 years ago
  3. Totally know the song, just happened to have listened to it today. BTW, so glad you guys are still making videos and seem to be having a blast on your new adventure!

    4 years ago
  4. Why not just point eatyoursushi.com to eatyourkimchi.com. That way both new users and old followers get to the same content. The story of the little old man was great. Great video.

    4 years ago
  5. Haha what coincidence! I thought you were talking directly to me when you said to go study and my brothers’ names are Danny and John as well. ^_^

    4 years ago
  6. don’t make fun of martina for crying i was sobbing even more than her T_T

    4 years ago
  7. Umm Simon I’m pretty sure if anyone is nasty enough to be watching this they are gonna know shinee ring ding dong. even Juliette OOh! shut up shinee. I am just so excited to have yall back! Eat your kimchi with drawls are hard.

    4 years ago
  8. This has been something you both wanted to do for YEARS – I remember you mentioning it during the UofT meetup in 2013. Feels like the end of one chapter, and the beginning of another. Congrats!

    Have to ask though; are you guys recording in a large concrete room? My last job was to listen to a LOT of professionally recorded audio, and you guys sound hollow and ‘echo-y’ during the table segments. The sound is ‘escaping’ into the room. You need to get some acoustic panels to fix the levels in your space. Here’s how to DIY them:
    http://acousticsfreq.com/how-to-build-your-own-acoustic-panels/

    (I’m REALLY sorry for leaving this here; I couldn’t find an email to send this to you!) :(

    4 years ago
    • Yeah, the audio in the room is really killing us. We hoped to hide the echo with bed music but it’s still quite noticeable. The space wasn’t used for filming before, and we’re converting it to be more film friendly, but the echo is rough. Gonna try to get some rugs, and gonna try to build a faux ceiling: the place’s ceiling is two stories high!

      4 years ago
      • A faux ceiling is an awesome idea, especially if the real ceiling is 2 stories high! Sound is definitely getting lost up there. The ceiling will add levels to your space for your audio to bounce around in; add some acoustic foam paneling to it as well for some extra insulation. Decorating with rugs and other things once your storage containers come in will also help with the echo. Empty cavernous spaces are the worst for sound; it’s like the difference between Massey, and Arrow Hall in Toronto. XD

        4 years ago
  9. Hi, Simon and Martina!
    The fist bump. It’s from Big Hero 6. Don’t you guys watch all awesome animations? Tsk tsk tsk.
    http://youtu.be/tXv0-zYLzHs

    Balalalala to you! =)

    4 years ago
  10. Like others have said, the boogies are probably mountain yam. It gets slimy when cut (like okra) and its especially oozy when grated. You might see it used in pancakes to get that bouncy bite.

    Also I squealed like a piggy.

    4 years ago
  11. Noticed that while you guys were talking about the kimchi, you referred to Korea as, “back home.” How long do you reckon you’ll have to stay in Japan before you start thinking of it as home, or will that term always be somewhat reserved for Korea?

    4 years ago
  12. Love the episode! I look forward to watching all of your new adventures from Japan. My daughter is actually in Osaka now studying abroad and will be there until June. She has always been your fan and introduced me to your videos years ago! Perhaps one day she will get to meet you in person. She will probably be teaching ESL in Japan after she graduates in another couple of years, so who knows! Anyway, best of luck in your new adventures. Oh yeah, and lastly…of course I remember Ring Ding Dong! (SHINee is only our favorite kpop band! haha) Sorry Simon, but that is a CLASSIC! :D

    4 years ago
  13. I love this video! I am excited to see this segment… Martina’s Kimchi comment “taste like anything I am used to back home” ….awww

    4 years ago
  14. So many things! First off, I love your ducky. Totally a good buy :) Second, everyone should know ring ding dong (love you Shinee). Third, as other people have mentioned, Big Hero 6 for the hand thing. Fourth, sigghhh for the delicious oreos that I cannot have :( Fifth, love the picture of Meems looking out of the window, sad and cute at the same time. Sixth, I hope you get that stroller thing for the Spudge and post a picture of his cuteness. And Finally, I’m so excited to see you guys posting again and look forward to all the stuff! I must also try to think of questions that do not involve how do I get my hands on all those good looking treats and toys and piles of sailor moon things :)

    4 years ago
  15. Hey guys! I’m so excited to view this new chapter in your lives! Your enthusiasm is contagious and it really seems like you guys are happy with your new adventure :) Will you guys be filming your house/apartment hunting? Or have a tour video of your new place? I would really love to see that!

    4 years ago
  16. Great video! I’d like to see you guys try some crazy kit kat flavors in the future!

    4 years ago
  17. Of course I remember Shinee’s Ring Ding Dong – Simon, not everyone is you ;) Fans remember this song. Lucifer is another shinee song no one will forget. People use doggy strollers here in NYC too – but I really don’t believe its because their dogs are old, etc.

    4 years ago
  18. Hi Simon, Hi Martina,

    I really enjoyed this segment. The combination of short videos, stories, games, and questions works. The format is much less frenetic than the Live Chats were, with better sound quality and fewer distractions. It is also nice not dealing with the uncertainty of “Are we live?” “Is this working?” “You Tube says we’re frozen.” I could go the whole rest of my life not having to forward past all that.
    I know that a large portion of your fan base loved the Live Chats and enjoyed having their names called out and the live responses. I watched most of the Live Chats after the fact, I would forward through all of that too.
    What I’ve most enjoyed about your videos and blogs for the past how ever many years is that you are equally interested in the big and little things. I appreciate that you will pay as much attention to restroom placement as you will to junk food, drinking cultures, and how to buy condoms. I think you all will be fine.
    I love that the footage of Japan I see in the videos is similar to the footage I would see in a slice of life anime.
    I’m curious about the changing culture in Japan. I’ve heard that there is an aging population with fewer young people having fewer children. I have heard that the country is looking to immigrant populations to help bolster the work force. I am curious if this is true, and how it looks from your eyeballs.

    I’m really hating that I am downwind from this dog that just farted.

    best,

    black catamaran.

    4 years ago
    • Thanks for the input! We’re interested in those topics as well. I’m not sure, though, if we’re going to be tackling anything like that yet. We’re still trying to get steady on our feet, and we don’t have enough resources yet to do adequate enough research to talk about those issues. Hopefully we can handle more serious topics in the future…just not yet :D

      4 years ago
  19. Hello! I live in Kyoto japan with my husband! I’ve lived in Japan for 4 years and my hubby was born and raised in Kyoto! If you guys ever come to Kyoto I’d love to share some of the more local places that tourists don’t usually go to! :) the tororo is actually not the fish. It’s the white goopy stuff in the bowl! It’s made from grating yamaimo! You pour it over your rice. I can’t stand it but my husband likes it a lot! I can’t get past the texture. That kind of texture is called “neba neba” and is super popular here. :) hope you guys have lots more fun experiences in Japan!

    4 years ago
  20. I want to mention just how targeted I felt when Simon said “Hey, Jessica. Yes, you, Jessica.” and that Simon, please. Most people know Ring Ding Dong. It’s a classic. I’m so excited for whatever adventures you guys will go on!

    4 years ago
  21. Love the new segment, Simon and Martina! Looking forward to more fun and awesome videos in Japan~ I hope we can run into you guise when we visit Tokyo in March to say hi :)

    Also, regarding the slimy booger stuff… I think it could be yamaimo/nagaimo. It’s a Japanese mountain yam!

    4 years ago
  22. Thanks for the Vid guise!!! I love the enthusiasm. Its a lot like when you first got to Korea.

    4 years ago
  23. Kaibaibo is 最初はグ、じゃんけんぽん (or ぽい depending on)!It’s pronounced 사이쇼와구 잔켄폰 (포이)^^ the act itself it’s shortened to “Janken”. When both of you get the same you say あいこでしょ!아이코데쇼, if you get the same again you just go しょ、しょ、しょ (쇼 쇼 쇼) for every time until someone wins.
    After learning hajime mashite, you should probably learn “onegai shimasu” (お願いします), literally it can be translated to 잘 부탁합니다, but it’s used in a lot of different situations. It’s for example polite to say it when you’re buying things, like the moment when you put your basket or whatever on the counter to pay, kind of like a “please”.

    4 years ago
    • Oh, and the music you hear in parks and such is usually to tell the children that it’s getting late and it’s time to go home :)

      4 years ago
  24. Don’t worry guys, there’s nothing you could possible do that would be boring. I’d watch you two watching paint dry. What’s most enjoyable about your videos (at least for me) is seeing you both interact with each other and sharing in your relationship. Also, I’m well aware of Ring Ding Dong, Ah Cha, and Bonamama. =p

    4 years ago
  25. Woo Eat Your Sushi!

    Good job guise!

    It felt a lot like your radio show on SBS Pop Asia except with video. Which is a good thing cause I’d been hoping there could be a video of that or a webcam or something.

    I guess it felt like a video podcast as well.

    I noticed Martina said, ‘back home,’ but I think you were referring to Seoul? Was that the case? Had you noticed that you’re talking like that?

    4 years ago
  26. I couldn’t stop laughing at Martina valiantly consuming all 8 Oreos. Well done.

    4 years ago
  27. Whoo! I’m excited to see more videos! You guys aren’t boring at all! Even if you think the topic might be boring it might actually be really interesting to us. You could consider doing vlogs once in a while, maybe not an everyday thing, just when you have something fun going on?

    4 years ago
  28. I lost my password for YOUTUBE but i’ll comment here:

    1. the sticky beans? Nattou?
    2. Hajime Mashite but..you pronounce hajimemash-te (ha as happy, ji as jiraffe, me as meridian, mash & te as television)
    3. JANKENPON ! = kaibaibo

    4 years ago
    • Sticky beans would be natto, but I thought they were describing something slimy by itself which sounded more like the Yamaimo Potato (grated it is called Tororo, very nice on tuna with wasabi and some nori shreds). By the way, both of those foods contain lots of enzymes that make digestion easier and therefore allow you to burn more calories. I enjoy them both!

      4 years ago
  29. Honestly, I think if you guys posted a video of you picking your noses for an hour, we’d all watch it! You keep doing you, keep doing things that make you laugh, and we’ll follow right along :) Can’t wait to follow along on this new journey in whatever way you choose !

    4 years ago
  30. I don’t know if you guys have heard of this, but have you guys heard of Super Sentai? It’s so cheesy and I think you guys will like it.

    4 years ago
  31. OMG THAT’S FROM BIG HERO SIX AND LIKE OF COURSE HE WOULD DO THAT BECAUSE EVERYONE IN JAPAN LOVES THAT MOVIE >v< You guys have to watch it exactly because of times like that – my little sister came back after her high school year studying abroad in Fukuoka and would not stop referencing that movie.

    4 years ago
  32. I design those hated little tags in your clothing! Simon you are totally right, it is a legal thing! Different countries have different requirements when it comes to what is on their care labels or tickets. Some countries are more ridiculous with their requirements. (Korea is actually worse than Japan!)
    Can’t wait to see your house hunting video!
    Good luck in Japan!

    4 years ago
  33. Hi Simon and Martina :)
    The first episode of Eat Your Sushi was amazing :)
    The slimy white substance you were referring to which came with your teishoku is ‘tororo’ which is grated yam (yama-imo). My recommendation of how to eat tororo is mix it with natto (and the sauce/tare which comes with natto) and eat it with white rice! Tororo is also very yummy with soba noodles :D I look forward to future episodes of EYS!!

    4 years ago
  34. you were talking about Ah cha by super junior and i know the ring ding dong song! :P i remember. and i listen to bonamana every day!

    4 years ago
  35. FINALLY I CAN SEND STUFF AAHHH
    I’m a bit excited. xD

    4 years ago
  36. Guys your new videos will be just as amazing as your past ones! Honestly us Nasties! Will be there with you through thick and thin :)

    4 years ago
  37. Looking forward to it! You are both amusing people so shouldn’t be boring at all :) If you feel like checking out a military base and getting American noms feel free to hit me up :)

    4 years ago
  38. that sound he made after the fist bump sounds like it could be from big hero six. my daughter does that and the same hand motion, but in english it’s “fa la la la la” (not like the song) to the same rhythm you guys are doing. i bet if you watch the japanese dub of the movie instead of fa lalalala they the the pu lu lu sound.

    4 years ago
  39. Exciting for your Japan videos! Maybe when you come to Taiwan or China someday, you can have a eat your dumplings, baozi or xiaolongbao segment!

    4 years ago
  40. Will there still be live chats?

    4 years ago