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What I'll Never Understand About Japan


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  • Abroad in Japan
    Abroad in Japan  3 жыл бұрын +3043

    NOTIFICATION SQUAD: Natsuki and Ryotaro united at last! What more could you want from a video? For the next few weeks Abroad in Japan videos are going old school; which basically means it's just me in a room eating cup noodles. But do any of you share my childhood fear? And do you want to see Natsuki quit smoking?! Let me know in the comments.
    And don't forget to check out the new Abroad in Japan website and steal some soundbites from the soundboard! Enjoy! (www.abroadinjapan.com/)
    Stay safe guys

    • Re Peregrin
      Re Peregrin  Жыл бұрын

      omg ET is so scary :(

    • British Gypsum4
      British Gypsum4  Жыл бұрын

      Natsuki quitting smoking is a good idea. It took my Mum several attempts. She finally quit when my eldest was born. She managed it cold turkey as well.

    • Gendo
      Gendo  Жыл бұрын

      some about et

    • Jacob Cordell
      Jacob Cordell  Жыл бұрын

      What do you think about having a visiter from Texas come stay a weekend? I'd love to check out the video games and the underground pot clubs

    • Jacob Cordell
      Jacob Cordell  Жыл бұрын

      You can put them in hypnosis to get him to quit smoking

  • Reversi
    Reversi 2 жыл бұрын +3869

    When I visited Japan, my hotel room had a soap dispenser labelled "Soup"
    Suffice to say, it did not taste like soup.

    • ChocoboKid
      ChocoboKid 3 ай бұрын

      But did it smell like soup?

    • Frank O
      Frank O 7 ай бұрын

      Should of ate the soap.

    • Lino Kuma
      Lino Kuma  Жыл бұрын

      have you tried to dilute that and heat em?

    • J
      J  Жыл бұрын

      Although after sampling their soup I can now blow bubbles on demand :) 🤣

    • Brakernight
      Brakernight  Жыл бұрын


  • Mike
    Mike 3 ай бұрын +63

    You're not alone. E.T. was scary as fuq to me growing up. That scene in the field, where he is screaming at the kid wrecked my sleep for years.

    • N.A.H.
      N.A.H. 3 ай бұрын +4

      E.T. and Michael Jackson's Thriller TERRORIZED my childhood

  • Ed Herren
    Ed Herren 3 ай бұрын +14

    You are not alone in thinking that ET is scary as hell. When I was 5 years old my parents took the family to universal studios, this was the early 90s so there weren't as many rides there as there are now, the main two rides were the studio tour and the ET experience. On your way into the ride everyone's first name is taken down, and at the end of the ride there is an animatronic ET telling everyone by name goodbye, when ET said my name I freaked out and tried to jump out of the ride, that wrinkled toe of a face still haunts my dreams.

    • N.A.H.
      N.A.H. 3 ай бұрын

      I'm with you!!! I used to get so mad at that scene when E.T. is hiding amongst the plush toys. I was screaming as a kid!! "How do you NOT see the DEMON????" 😆😆

  • Razum Tazum
    Razum Tazum 11 ай бұрын +43

    Couldn't agree more about E.T. I always found him scary and creepy. The part where Elliot is wandering around the field at night with a flashlight and suddenly shines it on a frightened, screaming E.T.'s face was one of the most chilling moments of my childhood. And the way you can see his glowing heart thumping in his chest like the ghost bride from the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland? That's supposed to be cute? **Shudder**

    • Helpme540
      Helpme540 8 ай бұрын +1

      I'm absolutely dying reading all of the E.T comments 😂😂😂

  • TrueBagel
    TrueBagel 2 жыл бұрын +47

    I can relate to the dumpling. My last day working somewhere my boss convinced me to order food with the others but made a "joke" that I couldn't go back to work till I was done.
    I got a single calzone and fries and was thinking easy so I ordered my food and right before it came my boss tapped my shoulder and said
    "BTW the menu I gave u was the catering menu"
    Next think I know a calzone that was bugging out of a full sized pizza box was sitting in front of me and I had to eat it all before going back to work for the last few hours.
    Also right when I went back to work someone slapped my stomach and I almost puked XD

  • Vanessa Root-Fitzgerald
    Vanessa Root-Fitzgerald  Жыл бұрын +19

    I actually know a little something about the history of squat toilets. I lived in Japan for a total of 25 years out of my life and learned around the time I was leaving the country that squat toilets were preferred once at some point because they make people’s legs stronger. Also, they’re actually a bit more sanitary ( even though they don’t look it) because you’re not sitting directly down and making contact with a toilet seat that someone else previously sat on. Btw, I love your collection of hats and T-shirts and pencil cases with messed up English written on it. There are way too many of them to remember but I will never forget a strange quote from middle school. I think it was on a tshirt and it said; “love, and peace, and funky” lmfao

  • JeffTownUSA
    JeffTownUSA  Жыл бұрын +34

    I lived in Shibuya for about three years and totally fell in love with Japan and the Japanese people. I’ve enjoyed binge-watching your witty and entertaining videos, which bring back great memories. Thanks and hope you’re doing well.

    • JeffTownUSA
      JeffTownUSA  Жыл бұрын +1

      @Cybersify I definitely wanted to stay but had to return to Los Angeles because of important job opportunity…

    • Cybersify
      Cybersify  Жыл бұрын +1

      @JeffTownUSA Ah, but did you want to stay?

    • JeffTownUSA
      JeffTownUSA  Жыл бұрын +2

      @Cybersify I returned to Los Angeles for work

    • Cybersify
      Cybersify  Жыл бұрын +1

      I'm assuming you left Japan then. Why?

  • The1920sChannel
    The1920sChannel  Жыл бұрын +93

    My favorite crazy Engrish in Japan is from when I went to a mountain in Kobe, and there was a sign for some kind of show. There was a note that was trying to say that when there is bad weather, the show will be canceled. But the sign just said "The weather stops."

  • g man
    g man  Жыл бұрын +13

    Just discovered your channel! You're a journalist, comedian and storyteller all in one. The videos are amazing..... insightful and amusing. I don't see myself ever visiting Japan, but you make an endearing case for it. Thanks again for your time.
    P.S Is Godzilla/giant monster attack insurance a real thing over there? I read somewhere it is. Just curious.

  • Micalas
    Micalas 2 жыл бұрын +89

    Thank you so much for highlighting Deathmatch in Hell. I was there in 2019 and the guy who runs it is just lovely. He deserves all of the patrons

    • Leonardo
      Leonardo  Жыл бұрын +2

      If I ever go to Japan Im dropping in DMiH for sure

  • Isaac Shea
    Isaac Shea  Жыл бұрын +7

    Helping Natsuki to defeat his addiction is the greatest thing a friend could ask for...

    • StimParavane
      StimParavane 3 ай бұрын

      "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking" by Allen Carr

  • Jason Matthew Oliver
    Jason Matthew Oliver 3 жыл бұрын +769

    I used to smoke for 17 years, and I was addicted to it. That breakfast that Natsuki enjoys is called a "Fisherman's Breakfast", and it is every smoker's breakfast. Smoking suppresses hunger, so it would obviously replace actual food for breakfast. I also used to smoke as much as Natsuki, roughly.
    But, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I just woke up one day and said that I'm done smoking. However, you can't force a person to quit, because they will get pissed off, and they will resist quitting more. I certainly did. It is tough, man, but it's a decision that needs to be made by Natsuki.
    A couple of things that helped me:
    - Don't drink coffee or alcohol for about a month (both lead to temptation of smoking)
    - Replace smoking with another activity (I replaced smoking with exercise)
    - Keep your hands busy. Half of the anxiety that comes with quitting is that you need something to do with your hands.
    - Don't make a big deal out of quitting (the more you focus on it, the more you crave). I had actually forgotten how long ago I had quit, but apparently I'm on my 8th month. Woohoo!
    - Never say "I'll just have one". We all know what that means with booze, so it's obviously the same with smoking. One is never just one.
    - And, lastly, avoid social gatherings for a while. They generally tempt you into smoking, as well.
    Natsuki, if you want to quit, these are some things that helped me overcome an addiction that I thought I never would. I know that you can beat it, bud :) (if you want to, of course)

    • Gr3nadgr3gory
      Gr3nadgr3gory 3 ай бұрын

      Quitting taco bell was all it took for me to quit.

    • StimParavane
      StimParavane 3 ай бұрын

      "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking" by Allen Carr. No need to quit or use any willpower. Used by millions.

    •  五毛  
       五毛   11 ай бұрын

      @Abroad in Japan hope your able to read this. Try doing research on how to HELP some one QUIT smoking and Start by asking Him why he should quit smoking and have him bring out the reasons why he should and that it wouldn't sound condescending and states all the reason he already knows. then go to which ones does he believe are good reasons then which ones he BELIEVES are Good/Great reasons. be prepared to be the Support person to be called like AA need someone to lean on when craving hits. and you have to talk him down.

    • YDSD
      YDSD  Жыл бұрын

      I stopped for 3 years and wanted to smoke everyday and if i saw it somewhere the desire grew so much and when i broke up with a girl of 3 years i started again and now been smoking for 2 years again

    • PsychoSemantics
      PsychoSemantics 3 жыл бұрын +1

      That's very wholesome, I hope my friend can also learn from this.

  • Christopher Stewart
    Christopher Stewart  Жыл бұрын +127

    A bit late to the posting here, but I just watched this and it hit home! My name is also Chris and I was afraid of ET all of my very early childhood.
    When I was very young my Mom hung a poster of ET on the wall near the entrance to my room...Every night for 2 years I slept in fear, frozen in place, scared to look away from the wall.. I can still remember it vividly... damn ET.
    One random beautiful day I came to the realization that I had the power to take the poster down... so I ripped that sucker down and life drastically changed (not even exaggerating!). So, ET is an evil ugly bastard... but I owe his demon-looking ass for helping realize I have the power to make changes in my life lol.

    • Debora Luz
      Debora Luz 10 ай бұрын


    • Tim G
      Tim G 11 ай бұрын

      ET ruined my dreams as a child. This is so nice to hear.

    • David Mitchell
      David Mitchell  Жыл бұрын

      @mikiex Bwa-ha-haaaa!

    • mikiex
      mikiex  Жыл бұрын +13

      When you ripped it down, there was a hole behind the poster where E.T. lived!!

  • Runningmanli
    Runningmanli  Жыл бұрын +7

    I started watching this channel before covid, forgot about it and today it came back up. I’m happy that you are healthy and doing well.
    Super excited to go back to your content and after over a year of being indoors to reinvigorate my desire to one day travel to japan.
    Thank you for all the insightful info and entertaining content 👍🏼💯.

  • Vazzaroth
    Vazzaroth  Жыл бұрын +2

    Natsuki is a mugen style, spinning around and bouncing off stuff, throwing improvised weapons and always keeping his secret weapon, a stashed haircomb, as a last resort. Risottoro-san is a noble gentlemen ronin, who stands his ground and moves gracefully between the forms of his traditional school upon the ocean. Their battle will be legendary, but until then, they'd rather sit in a tub and write music about volocanos and roadside inns together.
    That's my guess at 8:00 in at least. I hope I am not disappointed!

    • Vazzaroth
      Vazzaroth  Жыл бұрын +1

      I knew it. What I didn't expect was Ryotaro-root knowing the secret forbidden jutsu of ballowa-no-mo-jutsu!

  • Final Vistas
    Final Vistas 2 жыл бұрын +15

    As a child, I was terrified of ET as well - I still am.
    My mother, thinking it would be hilarious, too me to Universal Studios when I was around 6 or 7 and thought it would be funny to but me on the ET ride.
    I never recovered.
    I have never forgiven her.

  • philthestampede
    philthestampede  Жыл бұрын +2

    On the subject of cheating, Japanese people seem to put more importance on trying to save someone's honor or dignity by being polite or trying not to offend them rather than honesty or being blunt. Obviously this includes lying because you don't want to hurt the other person. I can see this being a big problem in relationships.

  • Enkei
    Enkei 3 жыл бұрын +297

    Those transitions into comment and hate mail of the week are so nostalgic. Its crazy to me that I was watching your videos and dreaming of Japan almost 5 years ago. Now I'm living in Japan myself. Thanks bruv.

    • 0ther Un1t
      0ther Un1t 11 ай бұрын +1

      E.T. is so gross, I can't stand looking at it.

    • Abroad in Japan
      Abroad in Japan  3 жыл бұрын +64

      Thanks for still watching! I hope Japan's treating you well!

  • Marilyn
    Marilyn 2 жыл бұрын +8

    Embarassing moment in Japan #546 : I went to the toilet before taking the train and I had no choice but to use the traditional one and I went to flush after I was done BUT I COULDN'T FIND WHERE THE BUTTON/HANDLE WAS. I had to leave but I knew I couldn't leave without flusing so I got out and try to ask in Japanese to the people waiting and staring at me but I never thought I would need to know the words for toilet parts and I ended up trying to mimic my question while saying "flush flush flush" but people looked at me like I was crazy. I looked at the toilet one last time desperately and realised there was nothing I could do but leave and accept that they would think I was SUPER DISGUSTING.
    Which reminds me of the Embarassing moment in Japan #98 that also happened with a toilet. I was distracted and didn't flush because the constant sound of flushing I used told my brain "Oh yeah you already flushed you can leave". That teacher went in, looked at my pee and got out, probably to tell everyone about dirty foreigners, and there I was, washing my hands, petrified. I still cringe to this day.

  • Chubby Bunny
    Chubby Bunny  Жыл бұрын +3

    I'm so glad I'm not the only one who was terrified of ET as a kid jfc, like I genuinely had re-occurring nightmares of him for YEARS. He still freaks me tf out as an adult and I'm not ashamed to admit that

  • Zed Rebel Barbell
    Zed Rebel Barbell  Жыл бұрын +22

    Watching your channel brings up such a strange mix of emotions for me. I love your channel, the quality is fantastic, your humour is on point, and you teach me about a place that I have always been curious about. However, it's bittersweet because you remind me of one of the best friends I've ever had, a British dude from London, who now lives in Singapore and for the most part we have lost touch. Maybe this series will inspire me to make my way to Asia and reunite with my long lost friend. Love from Canada, Zach

  • Tomy Bravi
    Tomy Bravi 10 ай бұрын +2

    Glad to finally see Risottoro and Natsuki in the same video, sadly it had to be a fight where evil wins

  • AzzuKeere
    AzzuKeere  Жыл бұрын +11

    OMG THANK YOU! As a kid I was scared as hell about ET, for me it was him under the bed instead of monsters or whatever. I feel you mate.
    Have a good time in Japan, がんばって!

  • majcrash
    majcrash 3 жыл бұрын +3123

    You could start a "Chris Learns to Cook" Channel. Could be quite entertaining.

    • Zeus
      Zeus 7 ай бұрын

      @Abroad in Japan dont be so pessimistic, it might become a nice series. Also people love food videos, beside vlogs.....

    • A M
      A M 7 ай бұрын

      Omg haha

    • Andy: Life In Video
      Andy: Life In Video 8 ай бұрын +1

      Abroad in a Pan!

    • Nigs Balchin
      Nigs Balchin  Жыл бұрын

      For Chris? A maximum of three, for the first year at least! 🥴

    • Albdruck
      Albdruck  Жыл бұрын

      @Nigs Balchin MAXIMUM of five ingredients! :DD

  • Huuballawick
    Huuballawick 2 жыл бұрын +1

    Golden Gai is actually what the Champion District of Kamurocho is based on in the Yakuza series. Kamurocho itself is based on Kabukicho.

  • xKitsune
    xKitsune 8 ай бұрын

    I am absolutely, genuinely petrified of Edward Scissorhands. In high school my friends loved him, but I was positively haunted by the character, even in my dreams. To this day I haven’t met another person that finds him scary. While I was most scared of Edward Scissorhands I, was also thoroughly freaked out by E.T.

  • Niniel Sanders
    Niniel Sanders 11 ай бұрын

    I actually specifically did *not* see ET as a kid because I saw some promotional material and that scared me enough for me to stay the heck away from that trainwreck (or bicycle wreck I suppose). But yeah, ET was so freaky I did not even have to watch the movie to find out he was scary. So you are not alone.

  • IQSim
    IQSim 3 ай бұрын +15

    I somehow knew that you'd say E.T. and I had to minimize the video. Still scared of him. Years later I learned that basically a horror/sci-fi script called "Night Skies" was floating around Hollywood. And it eventually served as the basis for E.T. and Poltergeist. Since then I'm no longer ashamed about finding E.T. scary.

  • Elza Corkery
    Elza Corkery  Жыл бұрын +4

    You are not alone. I was terrified of the dark up until midway through high-school, all because I watched et as a young child. I had frequent nightmares about it for years, it made it hard to get a good night of sleep in.

  • sourround2002
    sourround2002 3 жыл бұрын +262

    I haven't watched Natsuki: The Movie, but seeing his face in the clip you showed of him talking about his breakfast of coffee and cigarettes, he did not look happy about it, and I honestly felt sadness for him. I think if you did your documentary and it helped him with his addiction, it could be the greatest thing anyone could do for a friend. So I vote DO IT!

    • Grubby bum
      Grubby bum 3 жыл бұрын +4

      I wanna throw this out there as somebody who chainsmoked and had even other worse addictions - maybe start with Nautsuki cutting down gradually. It's simple, but less traumatic.

    • Sara J
      Sara J 3 жыл бұрын +20

      You should watch it. It's great. Plus I totally agree. It would be amazing if Chris could get him to stop smoking.

  • Jan Linden
    Jan Linden  Жыл бұрын

    You're not alone. ET was terrifying. We lived in communist Czechoslovakia at the time and my dad spent his hard earned money to go and see an American movie, which was rare in those days. I was screaming my head of in there, ruining the American experience for the whole cinema.

  • Me when Your mom
    Me when Your mom 9 ай бұрын +1

    During my childhood I was absolutely terrified of puppets especially the howdy doody puppet. Still gives me shivers

  • Steevee5k
    Steevee5k 2 жыл бұрын +5

    When I was a kid and spent my holiday in a kind of rural area of Turkey, hundreds of miles away from any touristic stronghold, I came across such holes in the ground used as toilets. That in combintaion with a very bad bout of diarrhea, caused by me not being able to cope with the local food... Well let's just say it wasn't one on my best remembered experiences abroad.

  • Maayalechat
    Maayalechat 2 жыл бұрын +1

    You are NOT alone,
    the moment you started saying you felt weird people didn't think he was scary I knew what you were going to say.
    I had proper night terrors about him...
    I remember vividly, waking up one day, suffocating as I was crawling under the well tucked covers, in an escape to run away from him in my nightmare.... hahaha You are not alone, and , what a relief, neither am I, thank god, I felt like a legitimate weirdo, I was traumatised for years x) !

    • Just playing games
      Just playing games 2 жыл бұрын

      Me too that was a scary movie and how is that for kids?

  • chloe chloe
    chloe chloe  Жыл бұрын +5

    Half the time I think the insanely huge amount of mis-translated items from Japan are done on purpose just because their funny. I like to hope that’s the case anyways lol

  • HunterTehGamer
    HunterTehGamer 3 жыл бұрын +404

    I was actually scared of ET as a kid. There was this toy my parents had got us that was creepy as hell. You're not alone!

    • LaperDash
      LaperDash 3 жыл бұрын

      ET is scary as fuck, I didn't like that movie at all as a kid. And then my parents dare to say pokemon is trash???

    • TheZubaz ASMR
      TheZubaz ASMR 3 жыл бұрын

      Finally people who share this feeling

    • aeviflyer
      aeviflyer 3 жыл бұрын

      I'm glad I'm not alone with being afraid as a kid of ET.. When my mother took me to watch it in the theater I was soon petrified of it she had to physically carry me out of there cuse I was frozen in fear.

    • MnkFlw
      MnkFlw 3 жыл бұрын

      HunterTehGamer when i first watched it as a kid i thought it was a horror movie

    • -Madison⭐✨
      -Madison⭐✨ 3 жыл бұрын

      I too get the scareds...

  • Dustin Nuttall
    Dustin Nuttall 2 жыл бұрын +2

    I can definitely understand the smoking situation, seeing as I am one myself, but want to stop. For my situation is severe mental illness that when I attempt to quit, I become extremely depressed, suicidal, and go manic. I've slowed down to having one pack last about 3 days, but ultimately quitting I don't think is possible for me. However, I don't smoke inside.
    I'd like to gear Natsuki's story of why he first began smoking and situations that lead him to keep smoking.

    • ScottW
      ScottW 11 ай бұрын

      I think bupropion is prescribed for those trying to quit. It's also prescribed as an anti-depressant...just a thought.

    • meg haha
      meg haha  Жыл бұрын

      A year late but i saw this comment and it felt weird scrolling past it. I know i don’t know you but i hope you’re okay ❤️

  • David Savill
    David Savill 2 ай бұрын +10

    I mean, my dad had a sticker of ET on his guitar case and it creeped me out so much.
    I'm still a bit scared of him now and I'm a 35 year old FIREMAN 😂

    • AJ Shiro
      AJ Shiro Ай бұрын +2

      I never got the appeal of E.T. The way it looks. I know the movie is iconic, but why do people think this thing is... cute. ugh

  • Mike Vm
    Mike Vm  Жыл бұрын +1

    You aren’t the only one who was scared of e.t. !
    My mum had to take me out of the cinema because I was scared so much at the beginning of the film ( remember when et is yelling like a dying pig while running in the woods or smth).
    The first time I accepted to see the movie entirely I was 14 and sadly I had eaten bad food that morning so I ended hurling and being sick … so ofc in my young teenage mind it was all e.t.’s fault.
    Fun facts: while I was scared of e.t. my favorite sci fi movie was aliens 2 ( prolly because of the guns 🤔which means dead aliens).

  • Raymond
    Raymond  Жыл бұрын +1

    LMAO, I didn't even realise Chris had the chopsticks backwards until he mentioned it, which makes the previous clips involving it even more hilarious. 4:51 Specifically this part had me dying of laughter, more than I should have lol.

  • Grzy Ruth
    Grzy Ruth  Жыл бұрын

    I just found out that huntsman spiders exist in Japan, and was wondering if Chris ever saw one in person.

  • highpain472
    highpain472 3 жыл бұрын +289

    I've been terrified of ET since a young child also. It was made even worse when I was made go on the ET ride in Florida universal studios 4 years ago. I had a full blown panic attack and remain traumatized.
    You are not alone Chris.
    God help us.

    • Alyssa Mouse
      Alyssa Mouse 3 жыл бұрын +1

      I watched ET as a tiny child. It was late and only my dad and I were home. I straight up dissociated from reality out of fear. I couldn’t sleep at night and was frozen in fear under my blankets. My dad came sneaking into my room super late to ask if I had brushed my teeth. Because I was half asleep he tired to wake me up by putting his hand on my back HIS SPINDLY LONG FINGERS SLOWLY GRABBING ME. Literally never been more scared in my entire life

    • SheWhoWalksSilently
      SheWhoWalksSilently 3 жыл бұрын +1

      I still don’t like E.T much. I feel similarly about Ghostbusters, mainly because of that claymation/puppetry thing. As Mable from _Gravity Falls_ said “HIS FACE IS MADE OUT OF NIGHTMARES”. I felt validated. Still scarred by the diner scene from _SpaceBalls_ *_shivers_* I was probably around 10 when I saw that.
      Just no

    • Negative Five
      Negative Five 3 жыл бұрын +2

      I pretended I was not scared of ET but when my grandmother got me the movie as a gift. I started crying.

    • Steelmor
      Steelmor 3 жыл бұрын +1

      I watched Nightmare on Elm Street as a kid,and thought it was scary-funny.I saw ET and that was NOT FUNNY,legitimately scary,didn't even watched whole thing,and i was couple years older!

    • さるるん
      さるるん 3 жыл бұрын +1

      I'm so glad there are other people who don't like ET. My family can't understand how I don't find his earthworm like characteristics "cute".

  • RGI The Anime Figure Guy
    RGI The Anime Figure Guy 2 жыл бұрын

    I stayed at a hotel in Shinjuku and the breakfast consisted of Seaweed soup and Onigiri, I had no idea what was in the Onigiri but i ate it anyway along with the soup all the while craving for a bowl of Cornflakes for practically the whole week! lol Then when I got home to start eating Cornflakes again for breakfast I craved the Onigiri and Seaweed soup! XD

    • a l i c i a ∙
      a l i c i a ∙  Жыл бұрын

      How could you go to Japan and not even know what onigiri are? Thats like going to France and having no idea what a crossaint is.

  • Michael Nordström
    Michael Nordström 2 жыл бұрын

    You are not alone.... I was terrified of ET since i saw it in the movie way back when i was a kid... and just seen the movie again, not long ago, and still the horror was stuck in me..

  • Mania
    Mania  Жыл бұрын

    I know this video is a year old, but I just needed to comment and show you a bit of solidarity in that both my dad and I absolutely hate E.T and I were both terrified of him as children. We still don't like E.T, but no longer fear him. You are not alone.

  • eresthon
    eresthon 2 жыл бұрын +17

    I have been traumatized by E.T. as a child as well. My mum who absolutely loved the movie couldn't understand why I didn't share her love for E.T. at the age of 5 and thought it would be the right thing to do, to walk into my dark room right before bedtime, pretending she was E.T., pointing her finger at me and saying "phone home".. .I absolutely understand, Chris.

  • ManOfHealing
    ManOfHealing  Жыл бұрын +1

    Yeah I agree with the last segment 100%, I've only been to Japan once for about a month, and every day was amazing, but there are only 2 things that actually sucked about it, the first, I was in a station in Tokyo, and my stomach was upset, like really upset, and like any reasonable person, I go into the stations bathrooms thinking I'll find a toilet, and nope, that particular side of the station only had squat toilets, terrible experience. Next is the food, every single meal I had was delicious, except 1, a traditional breakfast at a hotel we stayed at. Up until then all hotels either had a buffet style breakfast area or we just skipped breakfast altogether, so we were not expecting that or prepared for it.

  • The Elusive Panda
    The Elusive Panda 3 жыл бұрын +269

    I don't know, a Ryotaro movie might be interesting. He's seems well dressed, well connected, and introduces you to new cuisine all the time. If I was going to Japan I would definitely want a friend or a guide like him.

    • stormknightmd
      stormknightmd 3 жыл бұрын +5

      I can see the title "Ryotaro: Assassin." The plot being how he schemes to kill Chris in a variety of ways, while being a historian on legs about Japan.

    • Amazingly Awkward
      Amazingly Awkward 3 жыл бұрын

      He is also a Masco... He also KNOWS a Mascot Expert

    • Malleonardone
      Malleonardone 3 жыл бұрын +3

      Chris mentioned in an earlier video that Ryotaro is completely different when speaking in Japanese. Would like to see that.

    • jacob Gaubatz
      jacob Gaubatz 3 жыл бұрын +4

      It might be that he never had any true struggles in his life, and I think Chris wants to focus on more gritty issues. But I also think Ryotaro movie would be funny as hell.

    • Smitty Werbenjagermanjenson
      Smitty Werbenjagermanjenson 3 жыл бұрын

      I was the 69th like.

  • Jena Cook
    Jena Cook 2 жыл бұрын +2

    The hate mail/ comment of the week earned you a sub- thank you for this and your whole channel. The interesting and informative content presented with dry self deprecating humor is just 😘👌

  • Hunter Woods
    Hunter Woods  Жыл бұрын

    If Natsuki is still struggling with smoking I suggest he try Swedish snus! (Smokeless tobacco) it has nicotine, and tobacco with no cancer risk. It be hard to explain why this is in the comments. But it is easily looked up. Swedish Snus is sold in Japan at various shops. And there is a Swedish snus brand made specifically for the Japanese market that is sold in Japan.

  • GingerRoot
    GingerRoot  Жыл бұрын

    Glad I'm not the only one who was TERRIFIED of ET. My parents got me a stuffed ET and I was so afraid of it I threw it behind my dresser so I wouldn't ever have to see it. 😅

  • Gian Paolo Gliori
    Gian Paolo Gliori 2 жыл бұрын +6

    Ah reminds me of the good old days when breakfast was a cigarette and a coffee. Breakfast of champions (when you can't get the actual breakfast of champions). Natsuki is a legend.

  • Roble Viejo
    Roble Viejo  Жыл бұрын +5

    My parents used to force me to watch ET because every other kid loved it so I was supposed to love it too. It made me physically ill, nauseous, vomitive even. I spent my life thinking the exact same thing "Am I the only doofus who was scared of the walking turd?" Cant belive Im not. My best regards from Argentina.

  • OnyxPanther
    OnyxPanther 3 жыл бұрын +512

    I'd like to see two new segments:
    1. Chris saves Natsuki from lung cancer: Journey across addiction.
    2. Jun saves Chris from high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke: Journey across learning a basic skill everyone should know.

    • Denise W
      Denise W 3 жыл бұрын

      hireshi-azu rachel and jun are a vlogging couple :)

    • Khairuddin Haji Mohamed
      Khairuddin Haji Mohamed 3 жыл бұрын +2

      Aine Kellan this. This this this YES PLEASE

    • Madhav Patil
      Madhav Patil 3 жыл бұрын +2

      @OnyxPantherRight, I know him! I love his cooking videos his cats make them even better! Just making sure you were talking about him!

    • Aine Kellan
      Aine Kellan 3 жыл бұрын +24

      Jun teaching Chris how to cook... I'd watch the hell out of that.

    • soveryamuseing
      soveryamuseing 3 жыл бұрын +1


  • spiderliliez
    spiderliliez 2 жыл бұрын +1

    HAHAHAHAHA... totally agree with you with the things you don't understand after living in Japan for years. The squat toilets, I avoid them at all cost. I just can't use them, especially that I have OCD. The proofreading, hahahah that is also so true. I guess they simply don't have anyone that can proofread it for them. But then again, there's Google. The breakfast one though, I haven't really noticed. I always eat food that I buy from the konbinis from the night before, but I'll check that one when I come back to Japan.

  • Curious Dormouse
    Curious Dormouse 8 ай бұрын

    I was scared of E.T. too and was bullied by my family for it for a while, because somehow finding this wrinkly short alien with long fingers creepy af and not in the least cute made me the weird one.

  • Ng J Liang
    Ng J Liang  Жыл бұрын

    Only Chris can make normal videos that are disguised as horror movies

  • DeeNiceOnIce
    DeeNiceOnIce 11 ай бұрын

    Before I quit smoking, my breakfast was the same as Natsuki's. (More coffee, knitting, and a little after-hours ganja smoking is what I eventually used to successfully quit the cigarettes until I was able to rewrite my identity as a nonsmoker within my mind).

  • B R I C K.
    B R I C K. 11 ай бұрын

    I was absolutely _TERRIFIED_ of E.T. as a kid. I was scared of aliens in general, but E.T. just looked extra creepy to me for some reason. I get that he was designed to look cute, and I can kind of see it as an adult, but I'm surprised most kids weren't afraid of him.

  • Hoodspirit
    Hoodspirit 3 жыл бұрын +2856

    "No one could ever bring himself to kill Natsuki" 2 minutes later, Natsuki dies.

    • creative name.
      creative name. 3 ай бұрын


    • Moderate Thinker
      Moderate Thinker 2 жыл бұрын

      He let ryotoro win as compensation cuz natsuki is everybody's favorite.

    • Anonymous Xaela
      Anonymous Xaela 2 жыл бұрын

      Ryotaro isn't really a person though

    • Charlie
      Charlie 2 жыл бұрын +4

      Justice Delicious!

  • Art Brut Gamesmith
    Art Brut Gamesmith  Жыл бұрын

    Love your channel! Your candid humorous information is the best.

  • Taysha S.
    Taysha S.  Жыл бұрын

    My 6th grade teacher was deathly afraid of ET and me and some friends built an ET snowman for him and he saw it and made us write him an apology letter during recess lmao

  • Arwen Ceridwen
    Arwen Ceridwen  Жыл бұрын

    OMG I was scared of ET too! Even jumped at this video 😅 my mother had to seek professional advice as to why I was so scared of him. Didn't help that my sister was obsessed with him 🙃

  • Ruri Rotaru
    Ruri Rotaru  Жыл бұрын

    I love how he said that Q&A vids don't do well and this one did insanely well.

  • E Whyte
    E Whyte  Жыл бұрын +3

    I’ve stayed in Japan from Tokyo to Okinawa on six separate occasions since 1999 to 2015 for up to 16 weeks on one occasion. I totally get the proofreading bit. I mean, for such a meticulous minded people in a hyper fastidious culture, at least on the surface there is definitely a Different attention to detail than would be found say in Finland another meticulous minded environ.
    No disrespect, that side of the world beginning with the Middle East (so-called) Iraq, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tibet, the subcontinent of India, China, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, et cetera written languages stem from pictograms and hieroglyphic type characters. The head is already full of so much stored visual information that the complex diverse arrangement of 26 letters is just another kind of headache whereby the old adage no one is perfect or everybody makes mistakes takes care of any sloppiness intended or otherwise. Also how the hell is your boss or your end user going to really spot any missing consonant every here and there on a product that is kind of optional more than necessary?
    I don’t know if you’ve covered it but please point out the idiosyncrasy of music at dawn and sunset at just about every beach you might stay on overnight in Japan. I swear in Naha ,Okinawa a tune leftover from US occupation still blasts out twice a day.
    Having lived with Japanese for short stints from time to time and travelled extensively from north to south if not East to West and spent more time in onsens and sentos over almost a year in total than the average person in Japan has spent in their entire life (how was I supposed to master spontaneous basic conversation without being a pest?) I might just be qualified to have observed that Japan is to democracy what China is to communism.
    The degree to which people bow or don’t bow dependent on status stands testimony to a feudal hierarchy that has transitioned smoothly into the post industrial era and beyond almost imperceptibly to all but the most observant and or seasoned sojourner. Nevertheless by and large Japanese people are a lot more psycho emotionally mature apart from Kogaru etc!
    To end my ramble in time honoured fashion “やっぱり それは人生だ。しょうがないよな!

  • Spector's Game Room
    Spector's Game Room 2 жыл бұрын +550

    I love how, in spite of Yamamoto-san clearly working through a tenuous grasp of the English language, he still managed to get "it's" and "you're" correct. He is officially a better English writer than 90% of the people in my social circle.

    • Fernando Murta
      Fernando Murta  Жыл бұрын

      @Tenshi Chan maybe "irregardless" intended to mean "With regard"? 🤪

    • Tenshi Chan
      Tenshi Chan  Жыл бұрын

      @ハムスターの日常 Hamster’s Daily Life Yeah, the "could ofs" are irritating, but I think what annoys me more, is when people make up nonsense words. The one that really grinds my gears is "Irregardless". WTF does that even mean?!? The prefix "Ir" changes the root word to mean "not" or "the opposite of", and the suffix "Less" means "without". So, if it were a word, it would mean "not without regard" or.... "to regard", you know, like the word "Regarding". However, when people use "Irregardless" they actually mean "without regard"... so why not just use "Regardless"? It's not like they haven't heard of the word "regardless" since they are still using it in a way.
      Fuck, it irritates me even thinking about it.

    • learning how to
      learning how to  Жыл бұрын

      pretty sure he wrote it in Japanese and used google translate.

    • Rev
      Rev  Жыл бұрын

      ​@Itz_Pascal110 I did some other, comparable error in german when growing up (i grew up with finnish + german, hence spoke both before writing): I was unable to guess when to write an "ei", (for e.g. Nein vs Hain, Hühnerei) so i'd often just write "ai" and not get why sometimes you use an 'e 'that is spoken as an 'a' instead of just using an a. Same for s, ss, ß. (I remember once when the teacher was really fucking annoyed after I wrote "Ai" instead of "Ei", meaning egg, and asking me if I am serious or something - it sucked for me to learn to write german).
      For english it was much easier, since the speech was learned at the same time as the writing, and I guess the teacher probably hammered the point home when having to write stupid sentences with you're/your and so on.
      (The easiest to learn to write was finnish in my opinion, since you kind of just write what you say)

    • ハムスターの日常 Hamster’s Daily Life
      ハムスターの日常 Hamster’s Daily Life  Жыл бұрын +2

      As a Japanese, the you’re and it’s don’t bother me as much as the could ofs. What’s up with those?

  • Joseph Harmony
    Joseph Harmony 5 ай бұрын

    Only just got around to watching this video (new fan) and I just wanted to say that I am also terrified of E.T. So much in fact that the images of E.T in this video legitimately scared the shit out of me. So thanks for that 😂

  • GamerMan007
    GamerMan007 2 жыл бұрын

    Chris, how can Ryssotoro not have a good story to tell? The man left Japan to attend high school in Seattle when he was a teenager, and later traveled all across Europe! He speaks four languages! And he even steals accents!!

  • KakkaKarrotCake
    KakkaKarrotCake  Жыл бұрын

    I tried natto when I went to japan, and the words "fermented monstrosity" hit the nail on the head.

  • Holli Schramm
    Holli Schramm 2 жыл бұрын

    ET is terrifying. My mom had a small stuffed ET on her dresser when I was a child. We only had a TV in the living room or her room. So when I wanted to watch something that my family didn't I'd watch in her room. I stuck that thing in a drawer so many times that she finally relocated it 🤣

  • Spencer God of Fire Erickson
    Spencer God of Fire Erickson  Жыл бұрын +1

    I've been afraid of ET forever also! I never thought anybody else was afraid of him either. I am so glad that you had the courage to admit that thank you Chris!!!

  • Anthony St. James
    Anthony St. James 3 жыл бұрын +97

    I never really thought Chris didn't know how to cook, I've always seen him as a high functionality person

    • 11_2244
      11_2244 3 жыл бұрын +2

      Everyone has their talents. Two siblings of mine can’t really work their way around a kitchen. However they have patience and understanding in areas I do not.

    • neakard
      neakard 3 жыл бұрын +4

      This might be the perfect opportunity for him to learn. One day, he'll get so bored and so out of cup noodles and fried chicken (the fried chicken shop will be closed by then), that he just might start cooking. I'm rooting for you, Chris! :D

    • Officegirl
      Officegirl 3 жыл бұрын +10

      Well, highly functional doesn't always suggest completely functional :P

  • Rusky
    Rusky 2 жыл бұрын

    Don't feel bad about the ET in the closet thing, I thought Big Bird lived in my great grandmothers closet and I was super scared of Big Bird. Also I thought vampires lived in my personal closet and that I had an octopus under my bed that would grab me if i tried to leave the bed at night

  • Zjaycee10
    Zjaycee10 2 жыл бұрын +17

    I actually did find ET scary as a kid, kind of a memory that only resurfaced after you brought it up.

  • Natalie
    Natalie  Жыл бұрын

    Finally someone else who gets it. For a long long time after I watched E.T. I had to check in all the cabinets every time I went to the bathroom at night to check if E.T. was hiding in there and would jump scare me. It was so scaryyy!

  • Martin -
    Martin - 9 ай бұрын

    Have u ever tried that fish Carl Pilkington had in jp?
    Also weirdest thing I've seen in Taipei was what we called Dino Bar, it was a completely dinosaur themed restaurant, mini kegs at the table, huge log style tables, handmade paintings decorated the place with like stone age men hunting dinosaurs (wtf) and bathrooms were equally weird with like cave style holes to piss in.

  • Alyssa Godfrey
    Alyssa Godfrey 2 жыл бұрын

    I WAS TERRIFIED OF ET!!! And no one understood this about me! My sister gave me an ET doll thinking I’d love it cause who doesn’t love ET? I locked that thing in a cupboard and had nightmares about it popping out

  • 日本ジャック NihonJack
    日本ジャック NihonJack 3 жыл бұрын +195

    My Dad found the perfect apartment in Tokyo, but they would not rent it to him because he was a foreigner. We ended up living in another one that worked out well.

  • Rod
    Rod  Жыл бұрын +1

    I enjoy your vids...a nice balance of intelligence, information, and humor. I will also say I've been a huge Monty Python fan for most of my life and your appearance and humor makes me think of Terry Jones.

  • Beherid
    Beherid 11 ай бұрын

    That's so true about the proofing. I see expensive billboards and ads by big car makers and electronic companies with these misspelled or phrases that make no sense and would have taken a few seconds to ask an English speaker to correct. They simply don't really give a rats arse if correct or not. Ignorance is bliss in Japan.

  • Laura Ana
    Laura Ana  Жыл бұрын

    This had me laughing so hard!!! Thanks for the great videos!!

  • Joe Voe
    Joe Voe 2 жыл бұрын +2

    That image is one reason the squat toilets are used!
    The door is capable opening 90 degrees inwards without hitting the bowl itself. (Opening outward may hit other people passing by)
    Also "Charming Bowels"
    by Giulia Enders will uncover the health benefits of the squat style!
    However, I definitely prefer the usual toilet seats.
    The washiki style is when I'm going through an emergency. Haha

  • chemsoldier83
    chemsoldier83  Жыл бұрын

    i'd like to see the three of you do a series where you drive across the US. From LA to Boston. could end it At America's oldest eatery "Ye Olde Oyster House".

  • Hatagashira
    Hatagashira 3 жыл бұрын +71

    I would love to see a movie on Natsuki's struggle with smoking, especially if there's some real educational value.

    • Znx
      Znx 3 жыл бұрын +2

      Should atleast get him to swap over to vape. No reason to keep sucking on cancer sticks current year that coats everything in tar --someone who quit smoking for 10yrs after 8 yrs of addiction. Not to mention the major health detriments

  • Nesha Cruz
    Nesha Cruz 2 жыл бұрын

    Most hilarious I have ever came across was all the mis translations when i visited korea and checked out their street style stores. It’s so sad lol!

  • Leah Lemieux
    Leah Lemieux  Жыл бұрын +1

    Been to Japan a zillion times. Really enjoying your videos. Sweet cleamy dreams. Dericious.

  • Brett Simpson
    Brett Simpson  Жыл бұрын +2

    Make the movie, Chris! Natsuki: Marlboro-man! In all seriousness, thanks for your channel and it’s content. Always uplifting and entertaining.

  • Wilhelm H
    Wilhelm H 11 ай бұрын

    Introduce Natsuki to Scandinavian snus. Stronger than cigarettes without any real health hazards. Takes like two weeks to get used to. Made quitting cigarettes a breeze.

  • SGT Teabags
    SGT Teabags  Жыл бұрын

    Id take a week vacation to Japan just to get plastered drunk with Chris, Ryotaro, Natsuki and Joey. I know for a fact I will have the time of my life.

  • The Rx7 roadie BURPLE RX7
    The Rx7 roadie BURPLE RX7 3 жыл бұрын +708

    My girlfriend just screamed with joy when she realised she is not the only one terrified of ET, you are the first person who has ever mentioned it.

    • Sabrina Medvedeff
      Sabrina Medvedeff 2 жыл бұрын +1

      That grose little bastard finally seems to be doing some good: it made everyone of us who fucking hate its guts realize we are not alone. It has to be the worse children movie character created so far.

    • tim the enchanter
      tim the enchanter 3 жыл бұрын

      Yup, terrified of him as a kid. Never even seen the film, there was an advert running at around the time the film came out for Wettabix for some stickers or such of him that came in the box. Ran out of the room every time, peering through the crack between door and wall until the advert ended.

    • In 99
      In 99 3 жыл бұрын

      I too hate ET

    • Eric Pelky
      Eric Pelky 3 жыл бұрын

      @Fade I really liked the bike scene towards the end.

    • Eric Pelky
      Eric Pelky 3 жыл бұрын

      @Susan E You ever seen that movie April Fools Day?

  • JM Vasquez
    JM Vasquez  Жыл бұрын

    we had a localized version of ET sort of character/story (idk the plot, because i chose not to watch it lol. it was named 'Kokey') here in the PH and it was scary (the same feeling i had with ET). this vid relived those memories... just sayin that u r not alone

  • Nanseab
    Nanseab 2 жыл бұрын +1

    Oh.. i LOVE Japanese breakfast. My entire family must have Japanese breakfast every morning while traveling through Japan. We are half Japanese and live in California. So, its such a treat every morning while we're there visiting family.

  • Dan Ditto
    Dan Ditto 7 ай бұрын

    Do more on Japanese breakfast. Many hotels on Orbitzt offer it.

  • Draugr!
    Draugr! 2 жыл бұрын

    Have never watched your videos before and think it’s incredible that you also hated E.T. Had a “dream” a wind up toy of him starting of its own volition and walking off my desk when I was little. I’m pretty sure I had the dying version of him blocked from memory. 😂 Great stuff.

  • dogisgreatred
    dogisgreatred  Жыл бұрын

    I'm in pain from laughing. Your videos are hilarious!

  • Meek Neeks
    Meek Neeks 3 жыл бұрын +80

    Can relate on the ET. I was gifted an ET doll as a child one Christmas with a voice box that played his famous quotes from the movie. Complete with red cape and everything. The voice box would just never die, there was no visible off button either if I remember, or battery bit. I developed such a fear of this doll that my parents put it in the cupboard where it would wake me up a few times with a muffled ‘eeee....teeeee phone home’. I don’t know where it went - I was six at the time but I hope it stays away..

  • Mason Bryant
    Mason Bryant  Жыл бұрын

    I 100% share your fear of E.T. My older brother once bought a 'cuddly' E.T from a car boot sale and that very night peeped it through the doorframe to my bedroom. I actually shat myself.

  • jffry890
    jffry890 16 күн бұрын

    I had nightmares as a kid about ET-like mud monsters. Thanks for finally helping me piece together what the fuck that actually was.

  • Steph
    Steph  Жыл бұрын

    I totally agree about E.T he terrified me as a child and through him I knew my mother hated me! For my birthday she got me a E.T toy that when you pulled it's string on the back it talked,knowing he terrified me! Even now over 35yrs later whenever I see E.T I shudder!! His noise and running through the fields, Nope!! Wonder if I'll have a nightmare soon??