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  • Catt
    Catt 5 жыл бұрын +18049

    I stayed at a hostel in Osaka and asked the receptionist if there was a cat cafe that she recommended, she told me to go have a cup of tea and she would write down the details, I thought she meant the address and how to get there but instead she typed up a comprehensive guide to every cat cafe in the area including pro's and con's and what kinds of cats they had. That was when I realised that Japanese people generally are ridiculously helpful and kind! :)

    • Aqua Kon
      Aqua Kon Ай бұрын

      This is mostly true not in Japan but southeast asia. I don't what's with these people but they are incredibly helpful to non-natives and yet extremely hard to their natives. I'm speaking since I'm one of them. The tips in this video can also be used probably in almost all south-east. If you break down english to words, even non-english speakers may understand you just like how I understand Japanese if broken by word. Also, watch anime to learn japanese. (the english subbed ones)

    • Smells like teen Hitler
      Smells like teen Hitler 4 ай бұрын +1

      @L0vac I love travel stories like that. Thanks for sharing.

    • NekoMaster Youtube
      NekoMaster Youtube 6 ай бұрын

      To be honest, I'd tell you as someone from my city all the places you shouldn't go. Sadly I can only do that in English as I dont know French even though I'm Canadian.

    • Lou Llerena
      Lou Llerena 8 ай бұрын

      Lmao .. What the hell

    • Drew
      Drew  Жыл бұрын


  • drr0b0t01
    drr0b0t01 3 жыл бұрын +4352

    During my visit to Osaka some years ago, I became slightly lost looking for a bus stop for a certain route. An old man with his cane walked across the block to help me because of my obvious dilemma. He walked me to the bus stop and waited with me. He confirmed the bus was the right before sending me off and heading back. What a nice man he was.
    I had many friendly encounters in japan and felt very comfortable after some time.

    • Nik Son
      Nik Son 4 ай бұрын +1

      Dude, when my family was in Osaka 5 years ago, we had a little issue using the ticket machines for the subway. A man came up and guided us on how to use it, and he could speak English very well to our surprise :D

    • lijia wang
      lijia wang 5 ай бұрын

      @Julius Pleaser such a great story!!

    • Lupo
      Lupo 10 ай бұрын

      Not to piss on Hungarians out of the blue, but in Budapest the exact opposite was the case. Even asking the employed staff for directions in English we were ignored or talked at in Hungarian rather than to in simple terms, gestures or some basic English. In a way it was both funny and endearing knowing that everyone had this miserable outlook towards foreigners. My parents went to some island near that area which we missed at a different time and were treated the complete opposite. Very nicely welcomed and treated amazingly.
      Sometimes makes me wonder if we were unlikeable when ignorant or if the city is just a miserable place to live at. The city itself is amazing however, well worth the visit regardless.

    • Dinodude1100
      Dinodude1100  Жыл бұрын

      @Julius Pleaser They even bought you drinks!? that's amazing. everyone sounded relaxed, even that they enjoy your company and want to spend time with you. some of the videos ive been watching gave me the impression that japanese people are a little afraid of us and might not want to come into contact so ive been a little anxious about going in case i needed help. ( and i will, i have a terrible sense o direction.) but these stories are putting my mind at ease a little.

    • Maegal Roammis
      Maegal Roammis  Жыл бұрын

      do you all guy studied japanese social culture? they were just forced to hgelp you. they surely insulted you in your backs

  • iamregalado
    iamregalado 2 жыл бұрын +1652

    When I went to K’s Hostel in Tokyo they were booked and they called another hostel, made my reservation, drew me a map, and when I said “I hope I can find it” the guy said “well she (another worker) is going home in 5 minutes and can walk you there if you can wait.” Customer service is crazy. It was amazing. I seriously love Japan.

    • Guero the pumpkin King
      Guero the pumpkin King 11 ай бұрын

      Another reason why Japan is superior. In America they'd just say "sorry" and send you to google.

    • Ryan Bowers
      Ryan Bowers  Жыл бұрын

      That's just K's house being K's house. They are amazing.

    • 765 lb squat
      765 lb squat  Жыл бұрын +2

      In America they would say "F*** off, we're booked" and when you don't leave right away, they follow up with "Are you still here?"

    • iamregalado
      iamregalado  Жыл бұрын

      @John cook never been to Hawaii but that’s because of the expense and because I’ve heard that the locals are hostile in that sense. Unfortunate.

    • John cook
      John cook  Жыл бұрын

      Funny how Hawaii has so much Japanese heritage, yet is the EXACT opposite when it comes to customer service!

  • Mainsail76
    Mainsail76  Жыл бұрын +721

    My cousin was in the US Air Force for over twenty years, and he tells an impressive story about being in Japan. He was a pilot, and he flew into Yokota AFB a number of years back. He was only there for about two weeks, but wanted to see as much of Japan as he could. He and his co-pilot took a train some place, but I can't remember where he said it was. It was in the evening hours, and after about thirty minutes or so, it became obvious to them that they took the wrong train. There was a tired salaryman sitting nearby, and by the look on my cousin's face, the salaryman could tell that something was wrong. He came over to them and tried to find out what the problem was, but he didn't speak English. The salaryman eventually figured out that they took the wrong train. So, in a calming manner, he put his hands up, and just said, "ok, ok, ok." At the next stop, the salaryman took them to another train that was going back in the opposite direction to the station they had left. The salaryman rode with them! Once they got back to the station, he then made sure that they got on the proper train, and marked on a paper schedule what train they'd need to get back. So, this salaryman, who had probably just worked 16 hours at the office went WAY out of his way to make sure that these Gaijin got to where they needed to go. Very impressive I think!

    • 寝子猫
      寝子猫 Ай бұрын

      @hams It's a common thing in japan, a salaryman is generally expected to wear a suit and tie and neat formal attire. And they're generally stressed to the max by their work. It's a broad term to describe this kind of employment.

    • Lala La
      Lala La 6 ай бұрын

      Marlon Arancibia he didn't even meant "duty" in a good meaning lol

    • hams
      hams 11 ай бұрын +1

      Who says salaryman that much lmao. Just call him a guy

    • Trombone Man
      Trombone Man 11 ай бұрын +4

      Marlon Arancibia or they're just...nice people? I don't know why it's hard to just know that some people aren't all assholes

    • ava246xz_
      ava246xz_  Жыл бұрын +8

      @Darassyl Moniakam why was it his duty?

  • cazza09
    cazza09 2 жыл бұрын +374

    Can't stress enough how friendly and helpful the Japanese are. Was in Tokyo and lost my wallet the day before traveling to Kyoto for a few days.
    Stayed at the same hotel when I got back to Tokyo. As I was checking back in, they told me my wallet had been found. Drew me a map and wrote a full list of instructions in both English and Japanese, in case I needed to stop and ask someone.
    Was reunited with my wallet (with nothing missing, obviously) within a few hours of being back in Tokyo.
    I love that country.

    • Trombone Man
      Trombone Man 11 ай бұрын +7

      @Maegal Roammis if helping is creepy to you, then I have no words for you.

    • Gold Lightan
      Gold Lightan  Жыл бұрын +8

      @765 lb squat this is actually quite common, majority of lost properties get handed in to the local police station. Many people reported thats how they recover their lost items (intact)

    • Maegal Roammis
      Maegal Roammis  Жыл бұрын

      the city of creepiness

    • cazza09
      cazza09  Жыл бұрын +13

      @765 lb squat can promise it happened, but if you want to assume that japanese people aren't as honest as that....then that's on your prejudices. Don't know why you'd automatically assume it's bullshit 🤷🏻‍♂️

    • 765 lb squat
      765 lb squat  Жыл бұрын +3

      I call BS on that Story

  • Rysea
    Rysea  Жыл бұрын +1089

    3:11 Gotta love how in english it says "Welcome to Japan" but in Japanese it says "Welcome back"

    • francookie
      francookie Ай бұрын

      ​@Rouge 1I think Okaerinasai means "Welcome home", as it's also said when someone you live with returns home with you already there. The literal translation is "You have returned (well)"

    • francookie
      francookie Ай бұрын

      ​@CrissCrossCA CAMaybe it's only at the international arrivals.

    • CrissCrossCA CA
      CrissCrossCA CA 9 ай бұрын

      Yeah I was also noticing this. What about flying from one japanese airport to another, that wouldnt make sense then.

    • Trombone Man
      Trombone Man 11 ай бұрын +11

      @Maegal Roammis mate you're really everywhere just spreding negativity

    • Maegal Roammis
      Maegal Roammis  Жыл бұрын

      welcome to the land of the hypocrisy

  • Shooter Flynn
    Shooter Flynn 4 жыл бұрын +3180

    When I went to Japan I was looking for a store off in the suburbs of Tokyo that I had absolutely no idea where it was. I walked into this quiet little restaurant and the owners drew out a detailed map for me and gave me free drinks with lots of smiles and nods to go along with it. Whilst walking there a cargo truck driver who happened to speak a little English asked me where I was headed, and even offered me a ride there.
    Never in my life have I experienced the hospitality and selflessness of the Japanese culture. For sure it is a country to which I must return.

    • Daenack Dranils
      Daenack Dranils  Жыл бұрын

      not means they would befriend u

    • Shooter Flynn
      Shooter Flynn  Жыл бұрын +1

      @Deyontae hahah, was actually looking for a big Airsoft store on that day. However I will admit to perusing many an eroge store while there. They don't even try to hide them, the front half of the store can be cute anime/game merch, you turn an aisle and BAM, sextoys galore. Was quite jarring to be honest.

    • Shooter Flynn
      Shooter Flynn  Жыл бұрын

      @Adrian Corvais not on that particular day haha! But I will honestly admit I did peruse the many cafés and exotic offerings of Akihabara during my trip!

    • Giannil Yanicks
      Giannil Yanicks  Жыл бұрын +1

      they're like robots

  • The Mancunian Candidate
    The Mancunian Candidate 3 жыл бұрын +346

    The "Engrish" script on the t-shirt reminded me of my time teaching English in South Korea. Some of the parents would buy their kids t-shirts with English messages on them because they were viewed as being cool, but often they'd have no idea what the message on the shirt actually said. So I had a 10 year old boy come in wearing a t-shirt that was clearly too big for him, but his mum had bought it because it had English on the front. It said "Head down, ass up; that's the way I like to fuck". I spent the next hour of the lesson trying-and failing-to not piss myself laughing at him.

    • SlyGuyMorad
      SlyGuyMorad 10 күн бұрын +1

      @The Mancunian Candidate Because it’s a pathetic attempt at sounding funny. There is no shirt that shows an offensive phrase like that for children. Regardless whether or not it’s from a foreign country. Plus, it’s too specific. It’s no accident. I don’t believe your story. Move along.

    • The Mancunian Candidate
      The Mancunian Candidate Ай бұрын

      @SlyGuyMorad Not sure why you think so, but ok

    • SlyGuyMorad
      SlyGuyMorad Ай бұрын +1

      Fake story. Good try, though!

    • TB
      TB Ай бұрын

      im crying laughing

  • Ins0mnia365
    Ins0mnia365 3 жыл бұрын +135

    My travelpartner and me got lost in Kyoto, we didn't understand their bussystem yet then. An old lady noticed us and helped us. I even asked "but then you wil be late?" ... She replied, "no problem. I am local" and escorted us to the right bus-stop and made sure we were in the right bus.
    This was our first encounter in Japan and their amazing hospitality.

  • Jennie Harberts
    Jennie Harberts  Жыл бұрын +62

    Upon my arrival in Japan for the first time, I still didn't know the language and was having difficulty finding my hostel. (It was about midnight on a week night and the streets were nearly void of people.) A young man came up to me, and even though he didn't speak english, he made an effort to communicate with me using his phone. He helped by hailing a taxi for me, giving the taxi driver my address, and he even insisted on paying the fare. It was a very welcome and unexpected act of kindness, and I hope I can do the same for someone else in a similar situation someday.

    • БейБеги
      БейБеги Ай бұрын

      your story should be like "... a young man came up to me, beat me in face and robbed me"

  • Daruny Beoulve
    Daruny Beoulve 3 жыл бұрын +647

    We have an american guy here in argentina working, he's putting effort in learning and the co-workers sometimes go like "he talks to us and we don't know what he says ahaha but he's a great guy". We don't mind.

    • Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu
      Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu Ай бұрын

      @Ciello ___ the japanese pronunciation is very easy and understandable to us

    • Ciello ___
      Ciello ___ 2 жыл бұрын

      @AlexanderArake thats interesting to hear, since japanese doesn't really have any relation to spanish

    • リヴィングトンカナタ
      リヴィングトンカナタ 2 жыл бұрын +1

      @AlexanderArake actually no my man, I'm brazilian (i speak portuguese wich is harder than spanish to learn) and I can learn the words but I can't learn the characters seeing I have a natural lenguage proficiency seeing i can speak 3 lenguages easily but I just can't learn the alphabet :/

    • リヴィングトンカナタ
      リヴィングトンカナタ 2 жыл бұрын +1

      @I have not had my coffee vaza daqui sua Argentina, supremacia BR 😔👌

    • AlexanderArake
      AlexanderArake 2 жыл бұрын +1

      @Jeremy White I think japanese is easier to learn for spanish speakers than english. I'm from latin america, and I study japanese in duolingo, with english because it is not activated for spanish speakersxd

  • MattULamb
    MattULamb 7 ай бұрын +18

    I went to japan for a week and a half, not knowing any Japanese language and they were so polite and welcoming, they respect each other, along with other people, I wish all countries did the same, don't let anyone influence your decision, live your life regardless

  • o0Mystique0o
    o0Mystique0o 4 жыл бұрын +1541

    First time I came to Japan, I got lost at the train station. As in: The station was so big, I had to go to the subway and had no idea where to go. I was just standing around, looking lost and a local came up to me and asked me in VERY bad English (but so sweet!) where I had to go. He was with his wife and kids. I pointed at a picture of a subway and he actually left his wife and kids behind, took me to the subway station (that was a few minutes away) and he went back.
    THAT is how kind the Japanese are. This was also when I just got of the plane and took the train, so it was my first experience with the Japanese. I have loved it there ever since (travelling anyway, still too scared to pack up and move).

    • YelloMonky
      YelloMonky  Жыл бұрын +1

      Wtf you have the same background picture as another commenter here wtf. Is that from the internet?

    • Darassyl Moniakam
      Darassyl Moniakam  Жыл бұрын

      that's creepy

    • Stella3109
      Stella3109 2 жыл бұрын

      @lorinzo cartz yes

    • Sandesh Patil
      Sandesh Patil 3 жыл бұрын +1

      bongo155 lol

    • Nikola Jelinkova
      Nikola Jelinkova 3 жыл бұрын +4

      When I went to Japan with a group of friends we were all looking lost and confused in a subway station and a very kind woman came up to us and led us to our station. People really are amazing.

  • Daniel
    Daniel 2 жыл бұрын +9

    On our trip to Hiroshima, my husband and I got on the wrong bus and a local man actually got on the correct bus with us and made sure we knew where our bus change was before he left. When he left we realized that he'd taken that bus just to help us find our way and was traveling back to where we started to meet his friend. People we met in Japan were so extremely nice.

  • Rozanata
    Rozanata  Жыл бұрын +28

    I will never forget the level of frustration I felt back when I visited the Omitsutori festival in Nara. It was so impressive and the hotel was lovely. Took a bath in the public onsen and listened to the locals and I got that they were talking about the festival and I really just wanted to partake ... but my japanese was literally so bad that I just stayed where I was since I already learned that I'm going nowhere with english. Made me realize on what you miss out when travelling without the language. Currently spending time each day to improve my japanese for when we can travel again ... your videos really keep me motivated :)

  • マリクルース
    マリクルース  Жыл бұрын +42

    This is very interesting video even for Japanese people. It is amazing that he mentioned 外来語(foreign borrowed words). It is one of the most helpful things because we have numerous 外来語 such as hotel(ホテル,ho/te/lu ), road(ロード,ro/o/do),key(キー.ki/i), station(ステーションsu/te/e/syo/nn),ticket(chi/ke/tto), train(トレイン,to/re/i/nn), park(パーク,pa/a/ku)…well, almost all of nouns in English that refer to things in daily lives are also used as Japanese words, though there are some knacks when you pronounce them in Japanese way. So don’t hesitate to use English nouns that show objects like them, but be careful about his advice: use a single word at once instead of a long sentence.

    • Maegal Roammis
      Maegal Roammis 10 ай бұрын

      @oily london it's a miracle they still recieve many tourists

    • Maegal Roammis
      Maegal Roammis 10 ай бұрын

      @n あなたはどんな過ちも許しません

    • n
      n 10 ай бұрын

      @Maegal Roammis

    • oily london
      oily london  Жыл бұрын +3

      @Maegal Roammis huh why would they bother japan is so homogenous they shouldnt have to cater to every tourists needs...

    • Tey Tyes
      Tey Tyes  Жыл бұрын +5

      @Maegal Roammis why should they? I live in a western country and no one makes effort to learn my language either

  • Afina
    Afina 3 жыл бұрын +2488

    Every time the horse and cherry popped up it would make me laugh so hard.

    • MoreConciousNow
      MoreConciousNow  Жыл бұрын

      I just died...🤣🐴🍒 That was pure comedy genius!

    • idilcique
      idilcique  Жыл бұрын

      i hollered i swear

    • kir
      kir 2 жыл бұрын

      apple in japanese is usually said as ringo tho

    • Marin Hrabrić
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      GreaseBall 2 жыл бұрын


  • T C
    T C 3 ай бұрын +24

    Given as a native Chinese speaker/reader having lived in the U.S. for 30 years and learned to read a bit of Hiragana and Katakana, moving around during my first sightseeing trip in Japan (3rd overall) was almost 2nd nature (although the JR pricing scheme is very complicated and confusing). However, since I don't really speak Japanese and I found out that most Japanese don't seem to speak much English, verbal communication was really challenging. Luckily, since there are a lot of foreign workers everywhere in Japan these days and from those who I encountered, they all speak decent English, these foreigners come to rescue.

    • Atlantis Ang
      Atlantis Ang 3 ай бұрын +4

      I almost wanted to cry when trying to find the line to Disneyland in the Tokyo train station. Spending maybe almost half an hour trying my lucky, attempting to decipher the directions. Lucky for me I bumped into a conductor (I think). He brought me to the line and spoke good English!

  • zk3tch
    zk3tch 3 жыл бұрын +7186

    i once asked a french guy (in french) do you speak English, he respoded with yes (also in french) i then asked him where the toilet was (in English) he then turned around and walked away.

    • András Hindli
      András Hindli Ай бұрын

      They are like that. I don't know how many times I got french people responding to my english comments on youtube and other social media in french, out of the blue. So pedantic. When I get those I respond back in my native language to show them how pointless their attitude is .

    • БейБеги
      БейБеги Ай бұрын

      @Feliara but at your 14 you looked like 39 yo though

      HUDSON HAWK Ай бұрын

      That’s literally just the French

  • Anonymous Shitposter
    Anonymous Shitposter 2 жыл бұрын +415

    I kinda feel sorry for them businesses which spent so much money preparing for tourists who would never come due to Covid-19.

    • Maegal Roammis
      Maegal Roammis  Жыл бұрын

      they barely speak english too

    • Shania Dirstein
      Shania Dirstein  Жыл бұрын

      Breaks my heart.... wish they could have pushed it back one more year to 2022 in order to allow more tourism for the games

    • PROJECT_7T7
      PROJECT_7T7  Жыл бұрын +3

      @aswler Europe is Earth's punchline.

    • aswler
      aswler 2 жыл бұрын +6

      I admire the country’s perceived responsibilty towards public health. I believe elsewhere in the world, especially in Europe, there would be calls or at least protests to go ahead anyway.

    • Thread Bomb
      Thread Bomb 2 жыл бұрын +37

      But I guess they are future-proofed for when tourism eventually starts again.

  • Hirohide TOKORO
    Hirohide TOKORO  Жыл бұрын +9

    Not only Japanese language but also the very unique any kinds of way which modern Japanese would do in our life. If you guys will understand these, it will be very easy to travel or stay in Japan. Little by little. In any country, there will be their own customs etc. Anyone would be the same for the first time abroad. You guys know that Japan is a pretty high tech clean country. If you visit, will understand why, little by little. Hope seeing you guys will visit us someday in the future.

  • すりー
    すりー 2 жыл бұрын +280

    I'm Japanese but this video is accurate and amazing.
    I was surprised that it was not a matter of course.
    (I'm bad at English so I'm using translation software.)

    • Niranx _YT
      Niranx _YT Ай бұрын

      @Shimi oh okay

    • Shimi
      Shimi Ай бұрын

      @Niranx _YT they said their bad at it, not that they don’t know or understand it-

    • Niranx _YT
      Niranx _YT Ай бұрын

      If ur Japanese and can't speak English, then how do you understand what he is saying lmao

    • Boogaloo Weed
      Boogaloo Weed  Жыл бұрын +2

      @Darassyl Moniakam cry about it

    • Darassyl Moniakam
      Darassyl Moniakam  Жыл бұрын +3

      good reason to not go in japan

  • Dwayne Melancon
    Dwayne Melancon  Жыл бұрын +15

    I’ve found that the staff in the shops in the train station can be VERY helpful when you’re not sure where to go. I fully agree with the suggestion to bring a notepad & pen with you - I’ve had quite a few people draw maps for me which is so helpful (and their drawing & writing is amazingly precise, in general). It is also very useful if you bring a card or pamphlet with your hotel or address on it (in Kanji) - then you can show it to people, shrug, and usually get help (or show it to a taxi driver so they know where you want to go). I’ve also resorted to holding my ticket up to the little station map inside the train to make sure I’m getting off at the right stop - find the symbol for Chiba, for example, count the number of stops and keep track in your head - that sort of thing. And I agree that just about everyone is very patient and helpful.

  • Nina Lindner
    Nina Lindner 2 жыл бұрын +25

    Top 10 KINDNESSES we experienced over 2 weeks in Japan...💗 1. We stayed on Miyajima Island for a couple of nights. The guy at the front desk drew us a picture of what the famous orange Tori gate in the sea looks like "so we could enjoy it" (as it's under scaffolding). After a long (stressful) day going across the country on trains to reach the island, his thoughtfulness was appreciated.
    2. I bought some clothes from Isetan dept store in Kyoto, totalling almost 20,000 yen, and went across to Kyoto Tower for some souvenier shopping. Then went for icecream and before I even realised it was missing, the souvenier shop lady ran around the shops to find me, to return my Isetan bag!
    3. We were on the bus to Koyasan for a temple stay and an elderly Japanese lady decided to pass around a bag of mandarines to share.
    4. We were standing on the train from Kyoto to Osaka, with all our bags, and a girl came over to fold the train seat down for us so we could sit.
    5. We were looking lost in Shinjuku Station and a lady came up, gave us a map and explained what was around us...food courts, dept stores, toilets, etc.
    6. We lost a laptop at a garden and a hat at a bakery and got both of them back.
    7. People gave up their seats in McDonalds for us.
    8. We bought convenience store food and paid the 8% tax (10% is eat in) so went outside to eat as per usual and the shopkeeper said we could come back inside to eat at the table.
    9. In Hiroshima almost everyone we spoke to (it seemed!) gave us a paper crane (for peace). 💙
    10. As it was our 10 year wedding anniversary, hotels gave us beauty products, cards and postcards.
    I found Japan to be very organised, thoughtful, clean, efficient, friendly, helpful, on time. Sometimes there was a language barrier, but I agree, speak slowly, with fewer words and you will be understood. Google translate is helpful, but doesnt always get it right. Learn some basic phrases before you go to enhance your experience there.

  • 98faithie
    98faithie 4 жыл бұрын +213

    Just got back from being in Japan for a month and not knowing any Japanese, and found this so relatable. I was surprised with how far out of the way the locals would go when I didn't know my way around. And a lot of them would apologize to me for not knowing much English when they knew more than I did Japanese, and I was the one on foreign soil.

    • Jorge Guizar
      Jorge Guizar 4 жыл бұрын +2

      I hope I can go there in the future I'm in my second year of college and I'm planning to start learning the language that way if I actually end up going in the future it'll make things easier for me.

    • dominic c
      dominic c 4 жыл бұрын +1

      @TARS they do anything to help. It surprised me all the time, even in local non tourist areas, and they know alot of English there just shy, my friend was like that, it's so cute.

    • TARS
      TARS 4 жыл бұрын +11

      I went there in the winter of 2014 and I felt horrible that they kept on apologizing when I should be the one to do that and usually it just ended on us both saying sorry and no problem.

  • Zainab Gritli
    Zainab Gritli 2 жыл бұрын +22

    2 years ago I decided to travel solo for the first time and without a lot of planning I end up going to Japan (almost the other half of the world from where I live) I didn't know anyone there, I didn't know much about the country but I was excited to explore and learn about it! in 8 days I went to 3 cities traveled around and tried different things I didn't face any problem there, my English would help me a bit when I need something with a smile and some hand signs everything went smoothly! the language would differently help to be more open to the culture but even without it you can enjoy your time there and learn a lot at the same time.

    • Akram Ahmed
      Akram Ahmed  Жыл бұрын +5

      Sounds so cool I want to go there soon and I want to go alone aswel but I’m so nervous man being in a different country and all alone without friends

  • Qthesorrow
    Qthesorrow  Жыл бұрын +3

    It isn't hard to get around Japan without knowing Japanese. I did it for almost a whole month going on day trips to smaller towns. The trains have a English button for buying tickets and most main signs are in English underneath the Japanese. Half the people can also speak English or enough to understand what you want/need and even if they didn't that didn't matter. I highly recommend traveling over there (post covid when they open up again)and you will have a amazing time.

  • Tom McCallister
    Tom McCallister Ай бұрын

    I love your channel and the videos you post. You gave such a humourous presenting style while still getting important information across to the viewer. I'm binge watching in anticipation of my trip to Japan in 3 months time and I can't wait.

  • Jordan Barnett
    Jordan Barnett Ай бұрын +1

    The employees at all the Airports and transit stations spoke some English and are extremely nice and very helpful. Our one day spent in Tokyo on layover was lovely and very easy due to user friendly info and very nice Japanese people

  • Dragon Toothless
    Dragon Toothless  Жыл бұрын +13

    I still remember one of my first trips to Japan in 2005 (using the flight benefits that I had at the time with United Airlines as an employee (First class each way was $160)), and I went shopping in Akihabara. Because I accidentally brought up a display copy of a manga to the counter (rather than a sealed copy for customers), the cashier took it back to get a sealed copy for me. However, upon their return, they re-scanned another book which they had previously scanned before going back to do the swap, and it took a few moments of trying to communicate to say that they were double-charging for one of the items, before the cashier finally looked at the register receipt and saw that they had done a double scan for one of the books. Meanwhile, I'd had a couple of girls in line start chuckling at the thought of a gaijin who clearly couldn't speak (at the time) sufficient Japanese to get their message across regarding the transaction, and yet they were buying a manga that was just written in hiragana and kanji (no katakana or eigo in that particular book).

  • Kei けい
    Kei けい 4 жыл бұрын +406

    I went to Japan for a vacation in the summer of 2018 to see my family, and one night I decided to go to Tokyo tower by myself since I wanted an adventure. I used to be fluent in Japanese but since I moved to America I stopped using it, so coming back I only knew basics. So if I heard a normal conversation in Japanese I’d only pick up what is being talked about if I was lucky. Anyways, I went to the tower, stayed for a few, and I went down when it was night. It was around 7:30pm, I was heading to where I thought was the station. After walking a while I realize that I was in an area I never been in, and that I was lost. Looking around, I see a local coming out of his home and I, being that I was kind of freaking out, frantically went up to him and asked 駅はどこですか?(Eki wa doko desuka? Where’s the train station?) And he replied back, “Which station?” After that I told him the name, and he told me the directions. I told him thank you, and I thought that was the end of it. But to my surprise, he offered to walk me to the station (to which I realize it was the opposite way of where he was initially heading to and I felt bad) and on the way there he still tried to make conversation with me, even if his English wasn’t that good and my Japanese wasn’t that good either. While crossing the street to the station he made sure I made it into the building lol. All I could say was thank you 100x because back then I didn’t know how to really express my gratitude in a more coherent way. I am super thankful for that man, otherwise I’m not sure how I would’ve gotten home that night... even if he told me the directions, because honestly I didn’t remember what he said. Japan is a wonderful place with nice people, even with its cons. I’m looking forward to the day I come back again!

    • Daniel Whyatt
      Daniel Whyatt 3 жыл бұрын +1

      That’s a wonderful story. It’s great to know that the people of Japan can be that courteous. Makes me feel a little bit more reassured if I ever get lost there.

    • Miles Plumley
      Miles Plumley 3 жыл бұрын

      What would you say are it’s cons?

    • Basseman
      Basseman 3 жыл бұрын +2

      hmm, guess you maybe forgot, because you where young and it´s a complicated and different language, between japanese and english maybe?

    • Synthesized
      Synthesized 3 жыл бұрын +2

      @Cherny lol i dont live in chicago anymore. I left more than 10 years ago. Read carefully

  • Gigi Becali
    Gigi Becali 3 жыл бұрын +217

    You should've said something about apps like "Google lens" which can translate live images,very useful in other countries

    • Sena Eldemir
      Sena Eldemir 2 жыл бұрын +1

      @Jayke Narn you can try "google subtitles" too it simply enables subtitles, currently only works at japan, france and antartica

    • YouTube Fan
      YouTube Fan 2 жыл бұрын

      @Ghanem AlDhaheri Bummer.

    • Jayke Narn
      Jayke Narn 2 жыл бұрын +2

      @Ghanem AlDhaheri lol XD

    • Ghanem AlDhaheri
      Ghanem AlDhaheri 2 жыл бұрын +18

      @Jayke Narn sadly not, I tried and it didnt work.

    • Jayke Narn
      Jayke Narn 2 жыл бұрын +40

      Does it translate japanese people into English people?

  • yukyuu0
    yukyuu0 3 ай бұрын +19

    13 years ago when I visited Japan for my brother's wedding, I decided to play pranks and not speaking any japanese to people (I can speak native level Japanese). Asking directions, how to use bullet train/bus ticket and to get tickets raging from middle aged businessman looking guy to schoolgirls. For my surprise, EVEYONE responded in English (or at least they tried). You have no idea how impressed I was.

  • Himiko Tiro
    Himiko Tiro 2 жыл бұрын +307

    "for beef you can say "bi-fu" for pork you can say "po-ku" for chicken you can say "chikin" and.. for horse you can say "BASASHI!!"" ngl i fricking lost it when i heard that

    • Tg Court
      Tg Court 10 ай бұрын

      I’ve been watching that part over and over again 🤣🤣🤣

    • TJ Van housen
      TJ Van housen 2 жыл бұрын +4

      Same 😂

  • 92679gary
    92679gary 2 жыл бұрын +5

    In 1976 I landed in Tokyo with no knowledge of the language. I bought a Japanese phrase book and hitch hiked practically the entire country North along the east coast to the far North to Aomori then South along the West coast to Kagoshima in the far South and back up to Tokyo in about 3 months. Never had a problem being understood and back then a lot fewer locals spoke English.

  • MurphyColeman
    MurphyColeman 2 жыл бұрын +1

    Keep in mind that even Japanese people don't necessarily speak perfect Japanese. As you say, language barriers exist, but we don't worry too much about them, because it is not so difficult to communicate with each other. There are a variety of tools that help us communicate including translation apps for smartphones. Don't hesitate to visit Japan. Have a nice trip!

  • Stefan Lopuszanski
    Stefan Lopuszanski 4 жыл бұрын +774

    Those "weird sounding English phrases" in Japan are often actually chosen specifically because they sound good or fun to the Japanese ear. Big companies have native English speakers who know what they are doing. It isn't usually just a mistake. This came from a few marketing people I talked to while I lived in Japan. Not sure on the validity of their claims, but it makes logical sense.

    • Javier Burgos
      Javier Burgos 4 жыл бұрын

      not only in japanese. in many non english languages, a few english words or sentences are used because some english words are very dominant worldwide, ie pc (personal computer)

    • Danse DeMorte
      Danse DeMorte 4 жыл бұрын

      If you listen to much J-Pop (or anime opening and closing songs) they use a ton of English and it's always surprising when it happens.

    • DementedDarkness546
      DementedDarkness546 4 жыл бұрын +1

      @BestHotboi NA that... Doesn't refute my comment at all.

    • BestHotboi NA
      BestHotboi NA 4 жыл бұрын +1

      @DementedDarkness546 no it just sounds and looks cool to them. Some street racing teams use this and may name their team "cool night speed" or something.

    • jimbob2bob
      jimbob2bob 4 жыл бұрын


  • Sun Tzu
    Sun Tzu  Жыл бұрын +1

    It's not really hard to travel in Japan without knowing any of the language. They can understand simple english like "How much" or "Can you help me?" and there are a lot of things that are translated in english. I remember when I was going to Tokyo from Fujinomiya, we stopped on a rest stop, I went to buy some snack from a stand without knowing any japanese and it didn't take long before she understood what I wanted to buy.
    Camera mode of google translate app was my best friend travelling alone.

  • Theodore Castro
    Theodore Castro 3 жыл бұрын

    I went to Tokyo and stayed in Shibuya for 3 weeks about a year ago. I was a little concerned about the language barrier, but aside from confusing "hello" from "thank you" a couple times.. my gf (now fiancee) and I had zero problems. Including the time we lost her Pasmo card and had to speak with the concierge, who took us to see security. We barely had to use Google Translate. Google maps was actually more crucial.

  • hatsuharu333
    hatsuharu333 2 жыл бұрын +3

    As someone who is Asian (American) my problem with going to Japan is that a lot of locals look at me and assume I’m japanese as well and start speaking Japanese really fast to me. I feel awkward just responding in English so I had to get really good at saying “Sorry, I don’t speak Japanese” in Japanese 😅

  • Noha Abou-Hashima
    Noha Abou-Hashima 3 жыл бұрын +38

    Here I am, trying to plan my trip to Japan and getting more anxious every minute I'm thinking about it...and I stumble on your video!
    You're really funny, and this video actually calmed me down a bit...so thank you! I'm definitely subscribing.

    • Emma z
      Emma z 2 жыл бұрын

      haha same over here! me and my two friends want to go to tokyo our senior year :)

  • Sreehary Laiju
    Sreehary Laiju 2 жыл бұрын +2

    I got in a wrong train when i was in japan and had to get out in small station. There was no one at the station. I asked the person looking after the station for way. He didn't speak English so he wrote names of stations where i should get out, which platforms should i switch, to reach my destination. Also 2 old ladies helped me while i was in the train. Japanese people where really nice and helpful ❤️

  • S P
    S P 5 жыл бұрын +278

    Its our first time in Japan and we only speak very very very basic Japanese here (almost no Japanese) and every Japanese we came across is really understanding and have had no problem communicating ever! And yes, ppl here are so helpful! We got lost the first day here and had two lovely ladies approach us and spoke perfect English to help us get on the right train. Loving it!

    • Shafwan Dito
      Shafwan Dito 4 жыл бұрын

      Gumm Neddiack it's probably an uncommon thing. That's why whenever they see foreigner, they need to help them since they know most foreigner are blind at kanji and hiragana sometimes

    • DaedricNZ
      DaedricNZ 4 жыл бұрын +1

      Someone always has to come along and ruin the mood with their negativity, shame

    • skyblue hippie
      skyblue hippie 5 жыл бұрын +6

      When I was in Osaka station trying to find a way out of that huge maze, 2 Japanese ladies helped me show the way, going so much as escorting me to one of the exits to make sure I got out there alive, lol. And they didn't speak any English! That's how nice Japanese people are towards foreigners.

    • Daisuke Ikeda
      Daisuke Ikeda 5 жыл бұрын

      +Nacks Manlitz
      haha just dont come over here then if you dont like jps. easy easy

  • Chloe Chloe
    Chloe Chloe 2 жыл бұрын +73

    I went to Japan for a week and no one knew Japanese. Everyone was so nice and helpful. You don’t need the Japanese if you can’t. But if you can learn some basic phrases you’ll be great.

    • Darassyl Moniakam
      Darassyl Moniakam  Жыл бұрын

      you can't get along with them for long.

    • Daenack Dranils
      Daenack Dranils  Жыл бұрын

      @Chloe Chloe they acted superficially to u

    • Chloe Chloe
      Chloe Chloe  Жыл бұрын

      @Daenack Dranils ok?

    • Daenack Dranils
      Daenack Dranils  Жыл бұрын

      doesn't mean they would befriend u

    • Chloe Chloe
      Chloe Chloe  Жыл бұрын +1

      @Sianna Rolls pretty easy! i would reccomend going to a smaller hotel and not a big corporation hotel. They are way cheaper and nicer

  • 斬り流星
    斬り流星 3 жыл бұрын +4

    I am happy that a lot of foreign country people are coming to Japan and learn Japanese culture.

    • БейБеги
      БейБеги Ай бұрын +1

      im going to learn japanise in purpose to read manga about cute little girls

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan  Жыл бұрын +9

    When I went to Japan a couple years ago I had been studying Japanese in preparation for several months. In these months I was no where near fluent (obviously) but did have several dozen phrases and a relatively small vocabulary. I was at a restaurant in Kyoto talking with the owner/chef when my wife informed him that I had been studying Japanese to which he responded, "Why? no one speaks Japanese except the Japanese."
    In my month long stay in several cities across the country, there was exactly one instance in which my inability to speak the language fluently made the situation any more difficult whatsoever. In fact one of the most surprising things I realized during my trip is just how little verbal communication is required in most of our daily activities. Beyond simple greetings, and our "please and thank yous" most interactions were handled through body language, mutually understood customs, and general non-verbal cues.

  • Perry Byrnes
    Perry Byrnes 2 жыл бұрын +4

    Thank you so much! This released a lot of anxiety. I have studied Japanese (and forgotten lots of it) but still retain a lot of basics and the ability to read and write. Given what you have said, I’ll just need one extra phrase for myself and I’ll be set. Thanks again.

  • Bob Metcalfe
    Bob Metcalfe 6 ай бұрын

    Yeah, that would be France. I didn't find Japan more difficult to get around - although only for two weeks - than any other country that didn't speak English, but then a lot of Japanese people seem to have a few English words anyway. And many transport facilities have English options, including train announcements often. I used it a lot. I was very careful before we left to find out the word for thank you in Japanese. I used it a lot because Japanese people were very helpful. The concierge at the hotel helped me set up my new iPod - which pretty much tells you how long ago this was.

  • TakoyaKyono
    TakoyaKyono 4 жыл бұрын +260

    "Gomenasai, watashi no nihongo wa totemo warui desu" (I'm sorry, my Japanese is very bad) was my main line used when travelling in Japan. Even knowing the SLIGHTEST bit of Japanese can help to defrost even the iciest of Japanese people.
    I remember visiting an underground izakaya in Shinjuku with a friend in October of 2017. The waitress didn't seem too happy to have two white people walk in through her door so she rather arrogantly guided us to a sign saying that there was a seating charge (in English) obviously thinking that this would deter us, but alas we agreed and were shown to a table in the empty izakaya. She dumped two menus in Japanese on the table and was about to walk away when I piped up "Sumimasen, eigo menu onegaishimasu" (Excuse me, English menu please) at which point she turned around with a look of surprise on her face which turned into a genuine smile. After that she couldn't do enough to help us, even going as far as trying to use what little English she knew when we hit a communications road block.
    EDIT: PS, if you EVER come across an izakaya that sells BBQ'd chicken hearts, TAKE IT WITHOUT A MOMENTS HESITATION! It is honestly the tastiest thing you will eat.

    • Gaz
      Gaz 4 жыл бұрын

      @Kriplovski you would never use ore when speaking to a stranger.... and saying boku or either watashi is fine in a formal situation as a male. casual speak is a different matter of course though, as saying watashi as a male to friends would sound really odd. lmao

    • Ron Gee
      Ron Gee 4 жыл бұрын +5

      Note for those who will be traveling to Japan, you should be saying, "Watashi no nihongo ga jouzu janai," or more formally, "Watashi no nihongo ga jouzu dewa arimasen" and not the phrase used by PauseForGames, which isn't used because it doesn't really make sense from a Japanese standpoint. You want to talk about your skill at speaking, which is what jouzu references.

    • Kriplovski
      Kriplovski 4 жыл бұрын

      >using watashi as a self-referential pronoun
      mate, you should be using ore or boku

    • M T
      M T 4 жыл бұрын +1

      BBQ'd chicken whats

  • rin gumia
    rin gumia 2 ай бұрын +1

    In case you are wondering, the location where the film is taken at the beginning and end is Sendai.
    The complicated route map that appears in the middle of the film is probably in Sendai as well.
    This city is famous for beef tongue, Sendai wagyu beef, and zunda (young soybean jam).
    The food is delicious and the climate is mild and comfortable, so please come and visit us!!

  • Edgar Agapay
    Edgar Agapay  Жыл бұрын +1

    ive had 3 trips to japan and i noticed each time it got easier. in 2013 i dont remember seeing many signs in english while in tokyo. in 2015 i saw more signs in english. in 2018 i noticed there were so many more plus my favorite restaurants had english menus when they didnt have them during my first trip

  • Panador
    Panador 11 ай бұрын +2

    We spent our (delayed) honeymoon (2.5 weeks, another few days in South Korea) in Japan without speaking a lick of Japanese. I was able to read most hiragana and katakana at least and know very, very few words, no kanji though. But without actually knowing words, that only barely helped. We still had mostly a comfortable experience, especially in more urban or tourist-y areas/locations.
    In Tokyo there's a lot of English written everywhere. If a restaurant doesn't have a duo-lingual menu they often have either a specific printed english menu they can bring you, or they have a server who can speak english and help you.
    We noticed this got less and less present the more "rural" areas got. It was great in Tokyo and Hiroshima, slightly less so in Kyoto, even slightly less so in Okayama and Naha. Still good though, because they're major cities.
    We visited Innoshima (yes, Hikaru No Go) as well, which is VERY rural. There were barely people around during the day (working, school etc.) and there was NO english anywhere, not even in the Honinbo Shusaku museum, not even bus stations etc. We couldn't even tell which direction the bus was going, if it went towards where we wanted to go or further away from it.
    Had a hell of a time getting back to the train station. Little bit of an adventure, but would not return without knowing more japanese.
    We also used a Suica card and the JR Rail Pass, both helped A LOT getting around. Also had portable wifi, another AMAZING investment. Helps A LOT to have constant internet access so you can google stuff, look up maps etc. without having to worrying about roaming etc.
    While we could get around with English, mostly, imho the stereotype of japanese people not knowing english very well, or at all, is NOT really wrong. Could also be that some *knew* english but were embarrassed and didn't want to use it, end result was still, we couldn't communicate in english with them.
    We definitely wanna go back to Japan for vacation. I'd love to learn Japanese, would definitely help, but at my age and given the effort of learning it vs payoff (speak japanese on a 2-3 week vacation, maybe other future vacations, and read/watch manga/anime) I doubt I will. :/

  • JimA Anders
    JimA Anders 2 жыл бұрын

    I've only spent a few weeks in Japan but I did have anxiety over language difficulties. That's just me.
    Having paper and pencil with you is a very good idea for making notes.
    In Europe at least, a lot of people can read a little bit of English even if they can't speak or understand.
    Also, be sure to write in CAPITAL letters. That makes a big difference.
    If the local person writes something for you, you may be able to read it.

  • Noriaki Kakyoin
    Noriaki Kakyoin 2 жыл бұрын

    I went to Japan a couple years ago on holiday. So many people were so kind and at a Studio Ghibli shop, the person there thought we spoke Japanese when we said “Konnichiwa” and we laughed it off as they understood we didn’t. Since then, I have watched this channel and it has really been enjoyable. Thanks for being a really nice person to watch

  • Pro100
    Pro100 5 жыл бұрын +92

    What I like about Abroad in Japan is that not only is Chris' humor great, but so is the comment sections humor. They play off each other perfectly. I like this community. :D

    • Jan D.
      Jan D. 4 жыл бұрын

      Animepro100 it's like a magic!

    • Mylon Ash
      Mylon Ash 5 жыл бұрын +2

      Animepro100 Nice work placing the apostrophe in the correct location to show possession. "Chris' humor"

    • ND
      ND 5 жыл бұрын

      Animepro100 KZcliprs tend to create a community similar to them. Chris doesnt take himself too seriously and hes a funny bloke, but he does take the quality seriously. Therefore we all tend to joke around, but also have a deep appreciation for the content and legitimate things to talk about :^)

    • Ohayo Gozaimasu
      Ohayo Gozaimasu 5 жыл бұрын

      Animepro100 just love there

  • Rachel Koh
    Rachel Koh  Жыл бұрын +3

    Got on an express train and got lost. A bunch of local who doesn’t know English tried to help us. So friendly and helpful even they don’t even know English. 👍 I left my handbag 👜 at the train station counter and it was still there when I ran back to get it 👏 . Missing Japan ☹️ can’t wait to travel again!!

  • Deadbeat Gamers
    Deadbeat Gamers 2 жыл бұрын +10

    Also, pre-download the map area for where you plan to walk around as it uses less data and loads faster when needing directions

  • puremoonlite
    puremoonlite Ай бұрын

    My sister and her SO needed this video. A lot of the culture is second nature to me now so I forget what's not considered common sense to others

  • Sudarshan Gurung
    Sudarshan Gurung  Жыл бұрын

    Can confirm that in most of the Asian countries , English is taught as a subject throughout our whole school life. But we tend to be uncomfortable speaking it or understanding long sentences due to the lack of communication in English between the students. So not only japan, if you’re visiting any Asian country just simplify the sentence or keep it one word short.

  • Noah Rush
    Noah Rush 2 жыл бұрын +1

    I was in Aomori, and we just got lost in the city for half the day and decided took the train back to Misawa in the evening. The train station we went too was just a platform with a small booth for tickets. The ticket machine broke (Not enough change for 5,000 yen), so we had to call someone to come fix it. The man was very professional and understanding, and helped us out no problem. It was one of the best experiences of my life just wandering the city and hitting up several locations, and everyone was very nice and patient with us. The Buddhist temple Showa Daibutsu was absolutely amazing and one of the most peaceful places I've been too in my life.

  • capinkyky
    capinkyky 5 жыл бұрын +208

    Chris, I just got accepted into the JET program! I have to thank you for inspiring me to apply--I couldn't be happier(:

    • illythekitty
      illythekitty 4 жыл бұрын

      Congrats dude!😀

    • Dad Can Too
      Dad Can Too 5 жыл бұрын

      Congratulations. Be prepared to stay a long time. JET Kyoto 1989-1991. Haven't gotten rid of me yet.

    • iatsd
      iatsd 5 жыл бұрын +2

      +MLG420 Mcswaggerten It's ~ 8 months from start to finish.
      The JET Programme has a long recruiting cycle. It is long because they are coordinating ~2500 hires from ~30 countries between the hirers in Japan and the recruiting/interviewing bodies around the world. Applications for the 2018 intake were taken Nov - Dec 2017. Screening was done Jan. Interviews are usually in mid to late Feb at the consulate or Embassy you sent your app to. Selections are done in March. Initial decisions are sent out in April. Actual placement selections are done late April into May. All the applicants are ranked globally based on interviews and then matched against applicant requests for placement and hiring body requests. The higher up the list you are then the better the chance of getting the type/location placement you asked for. As they work down the list your chances drop until they are simply matching names against available slots. Placement notices are sent out in June, depending on numbers and various other factors. Home country orientations (for those that still do them) are done in July and the move to Japan is done late July or August (depending on the year - usually mid-late August these days).
      JET, despite the rumours, actually runs a very good Best Practice hiring process - not perfect, but given the limits and constraints they work within, they do surprisingly well at it overall. There has been a large increase over the last ~10 years in hiring people with Japanese language ability and/or teaching qualifications into JET. It used to be that if you had a pulse then you had a decent chance of getting in. Not any more. These days upwards of 25% of accepted applicants are qualified to teach or have Japanese language degrees. They're looking for ability to teach and durability to survive in Japan.
      It's *very* competitive in most countries to get an interview, especially in NZ and Australia. The essay is the most important part of the application packet, followed by the recommendation letters. If you get an interview then you have about a 50/50 chance of getting a placement - they usually take 50-75% of intreviewees each year, depending on programme overall numbers and the churn that particular year.
      If you get rejected at the interview stage then it means you did something seriously wrong or you are seriously unsuited to being around children or living outside your home country. I've been on interview panels where people have shown up in track suits, spent their time talking about how exciting they find anime/manga/Japanese schoolgirls/whatever. I've had people tell me all about how they will go to Japan and save the Japanese education system. I've been fascinated to have people tell me in interviews for the programme how they intend to use it as a paid base from which to network and find a "real" job in Japan.
      I've seen people show up in martial arts gi and I've seen them outright panic and flee.
      The JET Programme really is an amazing opportunity. And it is very equally very much what you make of it.

    • Thundercuck
      Thundercuck 5 жыл бұрын

      Hello, How long does it take to get accepted (or declined) into the JET program from first date of application? Thank you :)

  • Ark FG
    Ark FG 3 жыл бұрын +3

    Just started following your channel and really enjoying it. I love Japanese culture, I think. To be fair most of that has been learned through anime and manga and the food which I get is probably not an accurate representation, given that anime and manga is fiction, although the Japanese good I’ve eaten is amazing! Really looking forward to visiting one day and seeing what it’s really like.
    Hahaha was saying to the screen, it’s has to be the French! Made me laugh when you said that! They get so pissy about the language sometimes, even if you try!

  • Richard Cooper
    Richard Cooper 3 жыл бұрын +87

    It's been my experience that French people get mad at you if you can't speak French even if you aren't in France.

    • Troodon
      Troodon 10 ай бұрын

      @EternalDestiny Something that some of them need to be reminded of often.

    • Constant Change
      Constant Change  Жыл бұрын +2

      @EternalDestiny they have their own dialect now. it's hardly true French anymore

    • EternalDestiny
      EternalDestiny  Жыл бұрын +1

      @Flatlander_71 Montreal isn't in France, it's Canada :/ They are the vestiges of the time when France had control over part of America, but even if they speak français, they are totally independent.

    • Flatlander_71
      Flatlander_71  Жыл бұрын +3

      I could tell you a few stories about my two month internship in Montreal. I don’t know how many times I had to explain that no, I didn’t have time to become fluent in French because I was in a difficult science program.

    • EternalDestiny
      EternalDestiny  Жыл бұрын

      @Above The Law France is a nice country with nice people who also love japan culture. All of France's problems now come from our politicians. They do a lot of stupid shit and the image of the country is degraded. The country is also multi-cultural so there is a lot of diversity (which unfortunately leads to communitarianism).

  • phillydisco
    phillydisco 2 жыл бұрын

    If you stick to the main JR modes of transportation, there's plenty of english. Once you get to buses and taxis, that's where knowing some Japanese is useful. I did a lot of pointing, and showing where I wanted to go on my phone using Google Maps, or if I had a pamphlet I point to it. Google Maps was definitely useful before when finding out train times and train names, but last time I went, they didn't show those anymore. So I used Hyperdia, which is very exact as well. For restaurants, I usually ate in malls, not the smaller side street restaurants, unless they had plastic versions of their food in the window. Then I'd take a photo and show them inside and ask for that meal. If I was too tired to deal with that, it was Family Marts and Supermarket sushi. Apple is ringo as well, I remember that because of The Beatles. Apple corp was their organization, and Ringo was their drummer. ;) Those four words/phrases were what I leaned on the whole time.

  • Dmdeal
    Dmdeal 3 жыл бұрын

    Thank you for these videos. I've been an American all my life, but after actually studying Japan (actual study, not just anime, manga, and video games), I've given serious thought to moving there as a long term goal.

  • 81Earthangel
    81Earthangel  Жыл бұрын +19

    From my own experience, it was extremely easy to travel through Japan in 2018. Everything is so well organized and many Japanese were interested to start up a conversation in a bar. Trains are amazing. Couldn’t imagine working there, but traveling is great.

    • Luke T
      Luke T Ай бұрын

      @Darassyl Moniakam what do you mean?

    • Darassyl Moniakam
      Darassyl Moniakam  Жыл бұрын +3

      @81Earthangel naivety then

    • 81Earthangel
      81Earthangel  Жыл бұрын

      @Darassyl Moniakam I don't speak any Japanese.

    • Darassyl Moniakam
      Darassyl Moniakam  Жыл бұрын

      easy to say when you speak a little of japanese

  • xKiLLzZx1
    xKiLLzZx1 3 жыл бұрын +3585

    English simplified to Japanese people:
    What I want to say: Excuse me, where do I find the restroom?
    What I end up saying: Me, Shit!

    • AidanB
      AidanB  Жыл бұрын

      @_SoulGamez _ すごい 日本語上手!

    • Uniimeert
      Uniimeert  Жыл бұрын


    • Italo García
      Italo García  Жыл бұрын

      Me(pointing), unko?!

    • Arabella Z.Y
      Arabella Z.Y  Жыл бұрын

      “Boku unchi-!!” HAHAHAHAHAH

    • João Costa
      João Costa  Жыл бұрын


  • Astro
    Astro 2 жыл бұрын

    I visited Japan last year for two weeks without knowing a lick of Japanese. I was able to get by *mostly* okay, but god I wish I'd known some of the language (I've been studying since though). There were quite a few instances that were awkward where I'd have to break out my phone and use Google Translate. I always felt awful needing to do that. BUT for the most part, I got by just fine. I really lucked out in a few places where a worker or someone happened to speak a little English, but they were few and far between. I should note that I traveled alone and never spoke to anyone lmao so take this with a grain of salt.

  • MonoKupa
    MonoKupa 3 жыл бұрын +1

    I’m honestly just scared that my parents will make me look stupid in japan. I’m going to japan in January and I just keep thinking about “what if I get lost in japan because my family knows nothing?”. When I was in japan last year at a convenient store I was trying to look for onigiri with tuna and mayo, I couldn’t read the characters but my dad decided to ask the cashier in english. The cashier looked so confused I just wanted to walk out but thank god for the guy behind us who speaked very fluent english and helped us. I’m looking forward to the people who helps just like that guy, of course I’m not expecting fluent english..

  • Niccolò Reiss
    Niccolò Reiss  Жыл бұрын

    I've only been to Japan twice, but neither time did I ever have any issues communicating. Granted, I can read and write mandarin which allowed me to type out things on my phone for people so they could get the gist of what I was saying, but even that I didn't need to use often because I could usually find someone who spoke both Japanese and a language I speak whether that was English, French, or Mandarin.

  • Thenderick
    Thenderick 3 жыл бұрын

    A few months ago I was in Tokyo and for tourists they have a special metro cards where you paid once and could use it for 24, 48 or 72 hours (depending on which you bought) for free! 1500 yen for 72 hours of unlimited use. It was only for a selected few metro lines but that wasnt so bad since we only used one line to go to odaiba which wasnt included. But besides that it was amazing. We managed quite well with a very small amount of Japanese language. What was annoying is in certain restaurants they have these machines where you can order, you can select the language, but the english menu had half of the items the Japanese one had... Luckily a kind woman helped us! It was an amazing trip and I'd love to go back once more!

  • Karl Warner
    Karl Warner  Жыл бұрын +2

    last time I was in Japan I spoke English the whole 3 days. everyone understood me and was very kind and friendly. very beautiful country, just kinda expansive. hope to be there soon after this covid blows over.

  • Reddevii
    Reddevii 4 жыл бұрын +767

    When I went to Japan, I got a bad sunburn and needed aloe vera. My japanese at the time was not good and I could only make simple, short sentences. I tried asking the clerk for aloe vera アロエベラー, but felt helpless when he couldn't understand. A nice woman came up to me and said that she would take me there. She took me to a medicine shop which was out of her way and even stayed to help me find it. Things like that are so uncommon in America, because people are busy and don't have time. I was very happy that day.

    • sirmione905
      sirmione905 2 жыл бұрын

      @jumpmomongaable I agree that New Yorkers are somewhat cold, but here in the Midwest, people are nicer and friendly even to me who is Japanese and have accent in her English. I have been to many places in the US and I felt New England was the least friendly area. In NYC, people seem not to care about others.

    • jumpmomongaable
      jumpmomongaable 2 жыл бұрын

      Japanese are busier than American. I never left this early from work in japan as I do In nyc now. But Japanese helps even giving up their own time. I miss my country. Never knew it was such a wonderful place till I left. I was such a stupid brat complaining about japan. Now I can’t stand my young generation people complaining at work in nyc. Work is so easy and so little stress but people here still complains!!! When I try to help elders on the street, most my friends try to stop me doing say leave it alone. I don’t get it. Btw I’m not only talking about American. Nyc consists of a lot of immigrants. So I’m not gonna stay it’s all American culture. I just didn’t know how cold this world is.

    • Kiki Holland
      Kiki Holland 3 жыл бұрын +1

      I have been helped by people going out of their way here in L.A. and it just makes your heart soar.

    • Purple Citrine
      Purple Citrine 3 жыл бұрын

      I try to be as helpful as possible but my main reason why i shy away from helping strangers anymore is bc the last two times i tried being helpful, the first person groped me in public and threatened my life indirectly and tried to take me away. I called the cops on him. The second and last time i tried to be helpful the guy (who was in his 50s) asked me how old i was. Sensing he was coming on to me i told him "23 and im pregnant and living with my boyfriend". He still asked me for my number and was very creepy. I gave him a flat "no" and he finally left me alone. U can't really trust anyone in America :(

  • Daniel May
    Daniel May 2 жыл бұрын +1

    Honestly, when I visited Japan last year it was pretty easy navigating it via English. I do know some Japanese, but like just barely enough. I've traveled to a few foreign countries, and I've found that body language like pointing and nodding and smiling and hand signs work extremely well at getting the basic point across. Also, pretending you understand what someone is saying to you when they don't speak your language lol. Just nod and mirror their facial expression. And say sorry a lot if that doesn't work.

  • Abbie Gilfilen
    Abbie Gilfilen 2 жыл бұрын

    I love this channel because it's not so much Chris's Vlog Abroad in Japan, as it is Abroad in Japan & Friends. As I'm watching it I look forward to recurring characters like Ryotaro and Natsuki. I've been binging since I discovered it this week.

  • Marcus Franconium
    Marcus Franconium  Жыл бұрын

    Learning a countrys language is a sign of respect .

  • Pieman
    Pieman 3 жыл бұрын

    Been to Japan a few times and yeah the country and the people are amazing. I tried learning a few phrases as a sign of respect. If I had a query the Japanese people would have no problems trying to help. I remember doing charades or weird dance at a ticket vending to get concert tickets, by the way you have to go to a baseball game. I'm from New Zealand I hope to go back this year for the Tokyo Olympics.

  • Jesta
    Jesta  Жыл бұрын +1

    Since im planning a trip to Japan in the near future this is absolutely helpful. Next is the budget video. Won't lie was scared on getting lost in translation but the simple sayings and 4 key phrases will help, might learn a few extra just to help myself and impress the family at parties XD

  • whocares783
    whocares783 4 жыл бұрын +644

    this channel has really improved over the years. the image quality is better and the protagonist no longer appears suicidal

    • Vinni2K
      Vinni2K 3 жыл бұрын +1

      @no, it wasnt me
      nah theyre all great girls
      monika is the best girl
      just monika

    • no, it wasnt me
      no, it wasnt me 4 жыл бұрын

      i m dead 😂😂😂

    • Brendan Berney
      Brendan Berney 4 жыл бұрын

      Maybe it's just me, but he's lost some weight over the years

    • bee
      bee 4 жыл бұрын +4

      Yes, I love Knaifu Waifu!

    • WinterPy
      WinterPy 4 жыл бұрын +6

      Lmfao both of you are incorrect.
      Yuri is best girl, knife wife for life

  • Trymeer
    Trymeer 3 жыл бұрын +24

    I forgot my backpack inside a resturant once and one of the servers came running out in the street when he noticed, I'e only had good experiences with people in japan, they're so helpful!

  • Tech News for Tech Noobs
    Tech News for Tech Noobs 3 жыл бұрын +8

    When I was 18 I went on a 2 week trip to Japan as part of a Boy Scout/Sister City excursion. While I was there and staying with my host family, who spoke only a little English aside from the daughter of the home (who was RIDICULOUSLY beautiful!!!), I was trying to find bookstores and model shops to buy some anime books and models. Well, when the daughter Harumi told me where a few closeby were, I stopped in.
    Not one person I initially spoke to spoke English. Notice I said "initially", because the person I first spoke with went and found someone who DID speak English so I would be able to communicate, and then that person went above and beyond what above and beyond would normally look like to help! One girl who spoke near-flawless English told me that they do teach English in school, but since most people in Japan rarely have the chance to continue practicing and using it, they forget it all. Makes sense...sometimes I forget my own English...and it's my native tongue. lol

  • jordi de waard
    jordi de waard  Жыл бұрын

    4:16 I remember when I went to Vienna I got some kind of week pass for public transport. At first I thought I would have to check in at the bus driver, but he just looked at me weird. Apparently everyone is allowed to just enter the bus without checking the tickets, though fees for gettjng caught without a ticket are MUCH higher than in my country. Those week tickets are absolutely amazing though, so convenient

  • M. de Jo
    M. de Jo 2 жыл бұрын

    extra tip for travelling in rural areas: take the english AND japanese map from a hotel. If you want to go to a specific place or are lost, the japanese person can point it out on the map. If you only bring a English map, not everyone can work out where you are exactly as they can't read the map with English words very well.

  • Samurer12
    Samurer12  Жыл бұрын +1

    Well done Chris from Abroad! I appreciate your insights regarding those who are thinking of traveling to Japan that do not speak their language. I know this video was posted three years ago and I want to say regardless of how long your videos have been posted it is still very informative and your videos are made with the highest quality. I hope that one day I will be able to meet you in Japan Chris! Keep up the good work! -Samurer12

  • birdwithabrokenwing
    birdwithabrokenwing 4 жыл бұрын +748

    *cough* France! *cough* YEP! I’ve traveled and lived all over the world, and France is the only country where it feels like people make no effort to understand you, even when you’re actually trying to speak the language- in fact they often just pretend they cant understand or purposely ignor you. My sister is married to a wonderful Frenchman who is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met- but the stereotype of French rudeness to foreigners is very true in my experience.

    • Giannil Yanicks
      Giannil Yanicks  Жыл бұрын

      i still prefer ferenches than japanese not because i am myself french but because they're more genuine than japanese , they show feelings they don't act like robots etc

    • Yorick
      Yorick 4 жыл бұрын +1

      My mother tongue is French and I also don't feel welcome there don't worry it's not personal 😌

    • punkx_xchanel
      punkx_xchanel 4 жыл бұрын +1

      i dont think french people are rude bc the same way goes for some other countries. you're kinder if you see the person trying to speak the language bc it shows they had interest in your culture before flying over. its rude to just fly somewhere and expect the locals to understand your language w/o putting any effort in. English is a universal language but still.

    • Orbotus
      Orbotus 4 жыл бұрын

      If you are reading this, how were you able to live around the world? It sounds perfect! Im 20 and the thought of living all my life in one country, in boring job is an nightmare.

    • Callum Dryden
      Callum Dryden 4 жыл бұрын +2

      I am 14 and me and my parents moved to France 7 months ago I think it is true but in certain areas but it is true they do get very mad and rude when you can’t understand it’s really not helpful to encourage people to learn the language I have learned the language luckily but it’s hard for my brother who gets teased and the teachers are just terrible

  • Primarina Princess
    Primarina Princess 3 жыл бұрын

    Every time I traveled to a foreign country I had little trouble communicating with the locals / workers. But when there is a language gap, most of them helped the best they could and I'd thank them for their assistance. Or sometimes they can completely save you from a unexpected experience or awkward situation without going through any of the details. An example:
    When I was on a family vacation with my older brother, grandparents, and great-grandma to Italy we went to a restaurant near the Colosseum . We had spent a long day walking through Palatine Hill and through the Colosseum itself. So when it came time to eat we were tired and ready for a good meal. At some point my Grandma needed to use the restroom and the staff pointed her in the direction of the bathrooms. After a while she came back and said that she had used the restroom in the LGBT / gay bar right next door because the two establishments were connected to each other via a simple door. (She didn't tell me this until after we got back to our hotel)
    But when I went to go use the restroom one of the male servers stopped me before I went in the same direction as the LGBT / gay bar and told me to go down the spiral stairs where the restrooms were located. I think they just didn't know she went through that door to the other place but they made pretty sure that I didn't have that same experience. But during my entire family vacation there we had no problems communicating with others since English was widely spoken everyone. If I went to Japan though, I'd need someone with me at all times. Due to my ADHD and anxiety issues.

  • Kay
    Kay Ай бұрын

    The notebook image is a v60. Chris definitely not a big coffee drinker and doesn't know. The best ones in the UK are made in Japan, even if they now sell on amazon for about £20.
    Years after watching him however, this video is amazing, and going to really help my long trip to Japan. All the phrases are pretty much anime intensive also, so kind of fun to see that they're actually useful after years of being a big anime fan too.

  • Ivy Daphne
    Ivy Daphne 2 жыл бұрын +3

    Watching this video gave me flashbacks of my last visit to Japan. I was learning french at the time as a subject in university & I know some japanese phrases since I watch a lot of anime. But somehow my brain got confused & had a hard time communicating. I would accidentally speak french thinking I was saying something in Japanese haha

  • gameboyTTV
    gameboyTTV 2 жыл бұрын +10

    I traveled to Japan knowing 4 words. It was great, I had no issues.

  • sarahhchan
    sarahhchan 2 жыл бұрын

    Something I strongly recommend before anyone goes to a country where they can't read their language, is to download the Google Translate app AND within the app, download the language. Then, without WiFi, you can point the camera at the writing and it can give you a rough translation (far better than nothing). It has helped me with many picture-less menus on vacation.

  • Kyle Napp
    Kyle Napp 3 жыл бұрын +5537

    Joke's on you I can't even socialise in English let alone in a foreign language

    • cLuTz
      cLuTz 3 жыл бұрын

      My first language is Spanish, but I more or less know English, I understand it when I hear it, i can read and write (More or less).. but I can't pronounce it properly... Since i'm pretty shy sometimes I stutter when i'm talking with people (In Spanish), so I think you can already guess what happens when I try to speak English..
      I'm trying to learn Japanese at the momment (Hiragana alphabet), I know I should focus on my English pronounciation, but oh well.

    • yaree zap
      yaree zap 3 жыл бұрын

      i cant in a single language lmao

    • VELOCT
      VELOCT 3 жыл бұрын

      Good to see lots of introverts here

    • VELOCT
      VELOCT 3 жыл бұрын

      Im an immigrant myself here in the US, I have socializing skills in English but not in my native language

    • Haruhi Suzumiya
      Haruhi Suzumiya 3 жыл бұрын

      I'm starting to correct the grammar of Japanese sentences.

  • naguoning
    naguoning 3 жыл бұрын

    As someone who speaks Mandarin and English well but not Japanese I would say Japan is one of the harder Asian countries to travel in from a linguistic perspective and that is from the perspective of someone who could read the meaning of much of the Kanji. Ironically for us it is only Kanji that we can understand for Japanese writing. That the Osaka subway ticket machines only had Japanese surprised me as in a number of other non-English speaking Asian countries the subway ticket machines still have English (eg Taiwan). I still really like Japan though.

  • Jack Fitzpatrick
    Jack Fitzpatrick 9 ай бұрын

    I studied French in school,French being at least a *tiny* bit like English...same alphabet at least. When I was dome I knew how to ask where the bathroom...and the library....was. My visits to Japan were very frightening. I once got lost in the Tokyo subway system and would still be there if it wasn't for a helpful Japanese man who noticed the distress on my face.

  • Walks With Dominic
    Walks With Dominic 2 жыл бұрын

    When I went a couple years ago it was really easy to talk with people, the hardest thing was the appliances. Everyone I met in Tokyo spoke some rudimentary English and that was usually enough to get around. The oven, toilet, and street signs were brutal though.

  • ibuybagel
    ibuybagel 2 жыл бұрын +4

    I personally found it super easy to travel there without Japanese. The only difficulty I had was getting from the airport, to my hotel in Tokyo. I was told not to use Google maps at the time, so I wound up getting super lost and started panicing. Once I flipped on Google maps, traveling became a breeze. The train stations themselves are the only thing that's difficult...but thats due to the size of the stations and the fact they use multiple train companies in the same stations.

  • Moomin
    Moomin 2 жыл бұрын +4

    When I was in Japan most of the time my girlfriend spoke for us because she knew a little japanese. But one day I had to go to a theatre alone. I was incredibly nervous because no one had spoken english to us the entire vacation. When I arrived I realized that it's pretty easy to communicate even without a common language in most situations. But to be polite they brought one of their managers who was able to speak english. He was SO nervous and was blushing and sweating the entire time. I said that it's fine and that I will manage without help but he insisted on explaining everything to me in english. It was unneccessary but so sweet. In the theatre I sat next to an older japanese woman and she ignored me as best as she could. But at the end of the first act of the play the lights went on and we were both crying from what happened in the first act. We were both wiping our tears away while trying to protect our makeup when our eyes met. We both had to laugh and after that she offered me some lemon candy. When the play was over we kinda "talked" for a bit even though I didn't speak japanese and she didn't speak english. She showed me the way to the shop and I was able to tell her that I was from Germany. At the end we bowed and she waved at me until I was out of sight. So I learned that day that I can understand a good portion of a theatre play even without knowing japanese, that japanese people WILL help you (if you want it or not lol) and that you don't need to speak the same language to find human connection.
    I really want to go to Japan again one day and I will work on my japanese until then. But I'm way less scared now because of the experiences I made the last time I was there.

  • Stephen Stout
    Stephen Stout 3 жыл бұрын +2238

    "japanese is typically only spoken in japan"
    as I sit here in america where 3 different neighbors next to me are trying to pronounce their favorite anime opening lyrics

    • Allie Cable
      Allie Cable 2 жыл бұрын +1

      uhhhh.... My Japanese is limited to telling someone I am Dio, that I have a dream, calling them an idiot, and saying good grief, useless, impossible, and hello. I can also tell them to die or that they are already dead. That's enough to carry a conversation.... right?

    • Char
      Char 2 жыл бұрын +1

      When i was nine i fluently learned the Sword art Online opening song

    • Liam
      Liam 2 жыл бұрын


    • Phillip Lawton
      Phillip Lawton 2 жыл бұрын

      Mine is "sousa kanashimi wo yasashinai"
      Anyone know the anime?

  • hmpython89
    hmpython89 2 жыл бұрын

    I am loving this video and your sense of humor. What you said about Japanese being a extremely helpful and selfless is true. If you are traveling there, you don’t need to know much Japanese at all. Although it will definitely help you to know the four words mentioned as well as male and female.

  • wakcedout
    wakcedout 2 жыл бұрын

    Like how your Japanese friend cleared up that simplifying english to talk to Japanese locals isnt rude as by our standards it may seem. But it actually helps them understand.
    Didnt think even a simple sentence of 3 words can sound like 1 blurred.

  • あかねまる
    あかねまる 2 жыл бұрын +7

    「oh, beef !?」って笑って真似しながら理解してくれて