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Goodbye Korea. Hello Japan!

January 23, 2016

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This has been quite the exciting and emotional week for us but we’re finally in Tokyo, Japan! I’m currently writing this blog post from a small one room temporary apartment where our bed takes up most of the room and our blogging gear takes up the rest. Simon has literally filled the kitchen cupboards with shirts and pants and I’m using the chair as a makeup station. We’ve only been here for four days and despite our tiny living space our excitement level is through the roof. We’ve started to look for possible apartments and by the time Spudgy and Meemers have passed their final tests to enter Japan, we should have a place all set up and ready to go for them. Currently Spudgy and Meemers are staying in Korea with friends, and despite starting their quarantine process in October, Japan’s strict pet import laws mean they have a lot of tests to pass before entering. We will be putting up a big TLDR on Pet Import Laws once they arrive in Japan for those of you that are interested!

But let’s rewind for a second here. This was a pretty emotional video huh? Moving is a really exhausting thing! You’ve got to go through all your belongings and decide what is going to stay and what is going to go. You have to look at all the stuff you’ve gathered and see what will make the cut. Since Simon and I have spent almost our whole married lives together in Korea, Korea really became our home together. Packing up our apartment was a very strange feeling for me. I felt like I was closing a chapter in my life that Simon and I had built together. While I know things like material goods are not the most important things in life, I cried over our stupid fridge because it was the first (and only) fridge Simon and I have ever got together. It was more the overwhelming realization that “wow, we’re going on a huge new adventure together” that made me cry and that fridge really represented that for me. And for the record, I split only one bottle of wine with Simon, NOT TWO!!! I was just an emotional baby. Haha! When we left Canada for the first time I tried really hard to not cry in front of my family, but I cried as soon as the airplane took off. The same emotions of excitement mingled with anticipation came over me as I watched Korea get smaller and smaller from my airplane window.

I can honestly say as soon as we landed in Japan I was filled to the brim with excitement. I’ve heard stories from my friend Miki about Japan every year for about 15 years and while the stories weren’t especially glamorous or over-the-top, I couldn’t wait to experience a different culture than the one I was experiencing in Canada. I had the chance to experience that in Korea and it was totally wonderful! In fact, due to the magical internet, you all had the chance to experience that with us. We really can’t wait for you to experience a new and wonderful culture together with us again and this time you’ll be with us from the very start! Although this video isn’t really getting into our adventures in Japan yet, we’ll be filming a WTF this weekend from our little temp-apartment in Tokyo. I will be starting a segment dedicated to how I’m learning Japanese (chock-full of hand drawn Martina doodles) and of course, there will be FAPFAPs galore! As we have more legit information to share with you, the TLDRs will return…so much to talk about with our move, especially with things like finding an apartment! Oh also, some of you have been asking us on Twitter and Instagram: we’ll let you know about our PO Box address very soon because we really miss reading your letters and receiving your awesome fan art and surprises. We’ve packed up every single piece of fan art and gifts that you sent us before but it has to be shipped to Japan once we find an apartment so we feel really lonely without it all. Can’t wait to start a new live chat segment and start putting up new art and opening new surprises :)

Thank you for being so patient with us and look forward to new and exciting videos very very soon! がんばって!

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  1. How is the Japanese underwear working for you?

    4 years ago
  2. I miss Soozee and Leigh. ; ;

    4 years ago
  3. Martina looks cute even when she’s crying!!
    But yeah, I’m so excited for you guys, can’t wait for the new videos :3
    Fighting!

    4 years ago
  4. In a world full of daily reminders of the dark side of humanity, there are wonderful treasure finds…people who warm your heart and remind you of the light and love that makes the world beautiful. I was emotional watching this video, and I’m emotional writing this as I’m filled with gratitude and peace. Thank you, Simon and Martina, for sharing your lives with us all these years and being not only a source of entertainment and information, but a powerhouse of hilarity, goodness, and straight up coolness. There aren’t many role models who teach others how to be yourself, be a good human, and be wicked nasty <3<3<3 Arigatou and yay for new adventures in Japan! <3<3<3

    4 years ago
  5. Yay, you made it to Japan safely :)

    I’m so psyched for all the new adventures to come!!!

    4 years ago
  6. About 4/5 years ago or so I got really obsessed with kpop and kdramas and it was so great that I found you guys at the same time when I was so interested in Korea. Now you’re moving and it feels like I’m moving too. You guys have really inspired me to get a degree simmilar to yours (linguistics) and teach in Korea and Asia too. Thanks for showing me the world and inspiring me. I hope you guys have more amazing adventures. I really love you guys. Nasties fighting!

    4 years ago
  7. When Martina started crying i actually started crying, maybe because I like many people care about you guys so much.(okay that sounded a littly bit narcissistic) I just hope that you guys have a wonderful time in Japan!

    4 years ago
  8. I’m so happy for you guise. I was sad when you decided to leave Korea, in a weird way it felt like I was leaving Korea too. I’ve really enjoyed your adventures there and it inspired me to go to Seoul in 2014 by myself which was a big step for me. I’m super excited to see Japan through your eyes. Since your videos basically create my travel bucket list (Taiwan, omg!) I’m sure I will start thinking about a Japan trip sooner or later. Good luck and have fun, I can’t wait to watch your new videos xo

    4 years ago
  9. To my favorite Duckies:
    Thank you for taking us on a fantastic trip. I found your channel many moons ago as a new mom searching for a new dream and outlet. You brought visages of Korea to me in the wee hours my kids were quietly sleeping offering laughter, fun and insight. This last video…it was raw, emotional and was so very special. Thank you for sharing a part of your lives and parts of your hearts with us. Martina crying on the plane was when I teared up and I must say, your relationship with one another is truly magical and I love how much you support and love each other. I also have never seen Martina look so stunning. She radiates love, warmth, loss and hope all at the same time. I wish you so much luck as you tackle this next exciting and scary chapter in your lives. <3 Crystal, Maine, USA

    4 years ago
  10. 1. Dammit you made me cry. 2. I extra adore how you remade your first ever video into a Japan edition :3 3. At first it felt so weird and sad when you announced that you were leaving Korea; it’s the end of an era – or rather, the end of THE era, the only era we’ve followed you through. But now that the Korea chapter is closed and your new adventure is rolling, it feels like the most natural thing in the world. Of course you’re in Japan now! It was the only natural step forward. So fighting and ganbatte! <3

    4 years ago
  11. Oh goodness. When I found out you guys were leaving Korea, even I was super emotional. I was worried you guys were gonna stop blogging and vlogging. I wasn’t seeing videos on my feed for a minute, so I started panicking. I understand you guys have lots of stuff going on. My heart goes out to you. I know this is important for you two and I hate that Martina is in such serious pain. I love you guys and even if you don’t make videos anymore I hope you’ll at least keep the blogs coming. I love you guys a lot and I hope you find happiness, peace, and physical wellness in Japan. ❤️

    4 years ago
  12. It’s the first time I cried watching a youtube video…

    4 years ago
  13. Aw gee… You guys… I really teared up watching this and reading your blog post. I don’t usually tend to comment (I just lurk from the background, nar har har) but I’ve been following you for years, watching you grow, and I just want to say that I’m really proud of you!

    Leaving behind a comfortable life and heading out somewhere completely new, with no idea what’s in store, is a very difficult thing to do. And I can only hope that everything goes amazing for you guys. I’m sure you’ll miss Korea, but you can always visit! Japan seems like such an amazing place, and I’m really looking forward to watching all your new videos as you discover it.

    Don’t worry too much about your video schedule – we understand! Take your time, and get settled in :) We’re here to support and encourage you, and we’re waiting eagerly to see what new experiences you’ll have to share!

    Enjoy this beginning to a whole new life together – you’ve deserved it.

    4 years ago
  14. Martina~~~~ I say goodbye to every place I move out of! I’ve lived in apartments for most of my life and when we left the first one that I’ knew I went from room to room saying goodbye to the walls and floor and I’m pretty sure the windows and toilets and built in shelves! Those 4 walls and appliances and cracks in the floor are a serious part of life and I 100000000% feel you for saying goodbye to your place in Korea! *HUGS!!!!!**

    Also – watching you guys with your BEST LOVE EVER is just so empowering and I know people say it all the time on here that it must not carry a lot of weight anymore but you guys really are my future relationship goals! Even when you’re being silly or playful or jokingly insulting each other you can see how much the two of you care about the other and Simon’s awkward but sweet jokes to stop Martina’s crying just melted my heart and how grateful Martina is to have Simon with her (and I could totally read between the lines and knew that “thank you for going on this adventure with me” was a thank you for the past 7 years, the next 7 years and every second you guys have together and I’m actually holding back tears (at work mind you) just feeling all this honest to goodness true love that seems so impossible to find these days.

    I am so excited for you guys and so excited to go on this adventure with you too!!!!! GANBATTE!!!!!

    4 years ago
  15. I totally get the crying and almost teared up too, I almost started crying when I really “moved out” for the first time and I was always so frustrated since it felt like a weird emotion at the time. So it’s really heartening to see everyone else in the comments talking about that feeling too!

    4 years ago
  16. I was ready to cry and then you mirrored your first video in korea and I was clapping and laughing like a dumbass.

    Thank you guys, so much. For making me laugh, for being my friends for all these years. I really wish you all of the fun.

    4 years ago
  17. Martina you made me cry! I’m just like you trying to say goodbye to the apartment. Moving is so overwhelming. But Japan will be so much fun. You two are so cute!

    4 years ago
  18. It usually takes a tremendous amount to make me cry, but I’m an absolute sniffling mess right now. I’ve been following you both since 2009, was one of the people who helped fund the EYK studio and got my name on the wall of nasties, and had the pleasure of meeting you both in person at the Chicago meetup of the EYK US tour. I feel as though I’ve been along for the ride with you guys since the beginning and have made just as many amazing memories together. Through all of the apartments, getting Spudgy and Meemers, interviewing K-pop stars, opening a coffee shop, and traveling the world. It’s both heart wrenching to see you leaving that all behind but also extremely exciting to see you start a new adventure all over again. So while there is some sadness in these tears, they are mostly filled with joy and good wishes for what lies ahead.

    You’ve always encouraged your viewers to take charge and travel while you’re able and seeing you drop everything and move to Japan was the final straw for me. I just booked a two week vacation to Korea and hope to experience as many of the things that you’ve shared with us over the years as I can. You’ve also reinvigorated my desire to eventually work and live in Japan, and I can’t wait to see what videos you have in store for us in the meantime. I can guarantee I’ll be using them to aid me in my own move in a few years, and with some luck perhaps I’ll be able to visit you when that happens.

    Thank you so much for all of the time and dedication you’ve put into bringing joy to my life and the lives of so many other people who watch your videos. Keep doing what you do and I wish you both the best of luck in your new home and can’t wait to share in your new adventures. Love you both to death. <3

    4 years ago
  19. This was an awesome video Martina; really unfiltered. It was bittersweet watching, it brought back a lot of memories when I moved out of my childhood home, and my parents moved out 3 days later. It also felt like a ‘closing of a chapter’ and that I could never go back. :’)

    There has to be a Korean Fried Chicken place in Tokyo somewhere! (Korean food in Tokyo: possible FAPFAP?) If anything, Kentucky Fried Chicken is apparently crazy popular in Japan.

    Simon packing all his knickers was instant karma for the amused look on his face when Kogi got packed though. XD

    4 years ago
  20. Aww. That was a great video. I’m sad that you left KOrea as I am visiting in Sept, but, so glad you are in Japan as I have traveled that country 3 times, and have always loved it.

    I look forward to seeing you experience some of the stuff I have, and waiting to see what new stuff you can bring to light for my fourth trip!

    Mike
    Canada!

    4 years ago
  21. OMG Emily (you met her in Chicago at the Meet Your Kimchi get together) is going to be so jealous when I tell her you’ve gone to the Studio Ghibli store!!

    I can totally relate to your emotions about leaving the beautiful Samsung fridge in your kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and some day when we move from our home (let’s hope it’s not for a long time) I know the kitchen is the place I’ll cry over the most.

    You’ll have so many new stories to tell and so many wonderful new memories to make together in Japan, we all look forward to coming along for the ride through your videos!

    Hugs, Leann

    4 years ago
  22. This video is so touching, thank you for sharing your path and your emotions. I really admire you, your way of living, your sunny attitude, your strength and how you pursue your dreams. Your journey really inspired me to experience a life in other country and to strive for something more. So thank you VERY MUCH!I wish you the greatest luck and tonns on new wonderful adventures! Fighting!^___^

    4 years ago
  23. Definitely started tearing up >~< I know you will have an awesome time in Japan – I lived in Osaka for a year and think of it everyday. I am so excited to be a part of your new adventure but also sad as I probably won't have internet access to view all of your videos. Just as you are starting a new adventure, so am I – I am moving to Zambia for two years for Peace Corps. Living in a village most likely means no internet or electronics, but I am excited for the challenge.
    Eat all the food, see all the sights, and enjoy Japan to it's fullest! You both amaze me every day and will always be my role models \m/^v^\m/

    4 years ago
  24. I cried and laughed, especially the first meal part. I have been following you guys for 4 years or so and I was sad to learn that you guise were moving, but super stoked that we will be able to experience Japan with you two from the very beginning. I wish you two all the best and can’t wait to see what’s in store for you,,,,,, FAPFAP’S will be very interesting I’m sure of that. Thanks again for sharing your lives with us and good luck with all you two do.

    4 years ago
  25. You two really have to stop making me cry!
    I had typed a huge comment on how you guys are awesome and you inspire me to be the best person I can, etc etc, and then my computer freezed and it got deleted (oh the rage).
    So I’ll just say, enjoy Japan, eat all the foods, and catch your Hello Kitty-filled dreams!
    (Also I’m being sent to Tokyo for 10 months in 2017, so I’m looking forward to your “finding an appartment in Japan” video)
    Best wishes <3

    4 years ago
  26. You guys had me in tears for a bit there… I’m so excited for you guys, though! Good luck in the apartment hunt and I look forward to future videos! :)

    4 years ago
  27. Oh yeah, moving is totally exhausting! You two aren’t strangers to Japan plus you have friends there, so I think you’ll be just dandy! I’m looking forward to your adventures in Japan too, they’ll be super nostalgic (ちょう懐郷だな~)for me since I used to live there years ago. It was an awesome time, and I miss it every day.

    4 years ago
  28. Thank you for being brave, awesome, sharing everything from joy, food, laughter, sadness and worries with us. I started crying too Martina!! You guys are inspiring me so much, to always look for adventures and travel! I’ve said it many times before, but as long as you two want to share videos with us, I will watch it. Even seeing Spudgy poop is good enough for me. Excited to see more about your apartment hunting!!

    4 years ago
  29. I love you guuuuuuuuys!!!! Someday I’ll go to Japan and one of the things on my bucket list is to meet you guys =) I’m suuuper excited with your new adventure!! =D. This video was a cocktail of feelings =)

    4 years ago
  30. *Cries with Martina*
    I know what it like to have a move and leave a place that stole your heart. I also understand about keeping your dream alive before your body cant do it anymore.
    I love to go to Japan some day myself but my health probably wouldn’t allow it anymore :(
    So travel for me you two <3

    4 years ago
  31. This is the first time I’m commenting even though I’ve followed your journey in Korea for quite some time now! :D I just wanted to chip in and wish you the most amazing time in Japan as you both have given me in Korea through your videos! I’m happy you’re advancing with your dreams and making the tough decisions to get to the good parts in life! ^^ Most of all I wish you good days, wherever they may be, with each other! <3

    4 years ago
    • Thanks for taking the time to comment! Hopefully we’ll inspire you to leave more comments and to get to know the community in the future ;)

      4 years ago
  32. I have all the feels right now :( I just came back from a month in Japan. You guys are going to have a great time. PLUS you’ll be together which is all that matters. My husband and I have lived in Korea, Japan, China, Malaysia, and now we’re going back to Korea. You can get through anything as long as you are together! Fighting! <3

    4 years ago
  33. Got emotional watching your video as you got prepared to leave Korea… I am looking forward to seeing new stuff from you! It is such an exciting time :)
    Thank you for all you showed us from your time in Korea and let’s keep this adventure alive!

    4 years ago
  34. Long time fan here! so happy for you guys! It’s sad to see you leave Korea, but I’m super excited for your new adventure. Please keep the content coming, it’s a pleasure watching, regardless of what country it’s from. ^_^

    4 years ago
  35. …I just want to say that I wish for you only the best,I truly do because what you’ve done and what you are doing is amazing and totally inspiring!It’s not about Korea or Japan but it’s the way you
    face your life, your behaviour inspire me to be the same and your videos give me strengh and the “motivational push” that I need to move and create an amazing adventure day by day. Thank you and GOOD LUCK!

    4 years ago
    • Woohoo to motivating each other! When we see your comments it gives us more fuel to make better videos, so it’s a wonderful circle. :)

      4 years ago
  36. Martina stop with the feels i’m a guy i need to hold it inside not cry like a little kid :(

    4 years ago
  37. Hey you two,
    Long time follower but first time commenter. After watching your video I just had to write. I went through the exact same just a month ago: after living in the middle east for almost 5 years I returned back to my native Germany just before Christmas 2015. Martina, I feel you,I burst into tears when I looked around my kitchen just before I sold everything. It was the first apartment where I fully bought the ‘interiours’ by myself. Everything had a special meaning. Even stupid pots and pans… I kinda felt miserable throughout the whole flight. I was excited to see my family and be home for the holidays but I knew that I’ll be missing my dubai life. And here I am now: battling with thick winter coats and temperatures below zero. Still neither here nor there… Anyway, what I wanted to say that I am beyond excited for you guise and your new adventures. People who have moved/lived abroad share a certain commraderie and I am so happy that you share your life with us… love you guise

    4 years ago
  38. Oh man! This sure feels like I’ve come full circle. I was here for the original “we just got to Korea and this is our first meal” video, and now I’m here for the “we just got to Japan and this is our first meal” video. I cant wait to see how things go guys, Im so excited for a totally new start :D

    PS: I cri’d :[ xD

    4 years ago
  39. Martina stop crying because I keep crying with you :’)

    You are going to have so much fun in Japan! I hope apartment hunting is going well, I hear living in Tokyo can get expensive.. You should definitely do a comparison video on the difference between apartment hunting/renting in Korea and Japan (once you’ve found the apartment, that is)!

    4 years ago
    • YES! We’re planning on a TLDR on all the new info we learn, such as apartment hunting. We’re looking to find a place in the Tokyo “suburbs” rather than in straight up Tokyo since it’s crazy expensive and small in size.

      4 years ago
  40. I am so very excited to watch and read everything that happens! You guys are really just truly wonderful appreciative people and I wish you both the best and I’m just overall excited for what’s to come.

    4 years ago