Living in Japan: Culture Shock!

Living in Japan: Culture Shock!

I think Japan might be one of those few countries
in the world where you can sit and eat Ghana and drink Sour Calpis whilst simultaneously watching a man hypnotizing a woman into having
a seizure on National Television in front of a very large man…dressed as a woman UK has Cadbury’s, America has Hershey’s Japan of course has Ghana which is the finest cheapest chocolate you can get, for about a hundred yens It’s great, I don’t know if it has any connections with Ghana, or somebody thought “Let’s call it Ghana!” Really great! If you come to Japan, definitely buy this stuff! And there’s no better way, to wash that Ghana down with a nice can of Calpis! Calpis Sour I guess that any drink..that claims to be filtered through vodka and charcoal will to same degree, taste like Calpis So I have been in Japan for about 2 months now I feel like I’m no longer on holiday, I really do live in Japan And this is quite weird for me ’cause this is the first time I’ve ever lived abroad So one of the things
I wanted to talk about is Culture Shock As its something who affects people who move abroad for the first time And it’s something that I’ve had now
particularly as I don’t speak Japanese And it’s quite a weird sensation There are 3 stages to Culture Shock The first is Initial Euphoria This beer came with a free hand towel How good is that? Oh look, there are Buddhas…carved in the rock Oh my god those sushis What are all these colorful things? Woaw that is a mountain! Oh a vending machine! It’s a vending machine Oh another vending machine!!! I just opened my bank account, and I got a free towel…a FREE TOWEL with my BANK ACCOUNT You would NOT get that in the UK!! Yeaaah….it’s a………water bill… The Second is Irritation and Hostility Literally, I’m running out of room
for these f….ing towels I just got my Internet but I feel a bit of a snag I….can’t read any of this… Where are the god damn muffins???! Hello I’m having problems with my Internet Oh I don’t speak Japanese English…? No?…..Okay Yeah, well I don’t need the Internet anyway What are they on about? The third stage is Gradual Adjustment And I think that’s the stage I’m in now There are days where I feel like i’m in a giant theme park and there are days where I feel like there is a barrier between me and the Japanese people So at least Culture Shock
is driving me to learn Japanese Pushing me.
So in retrospects it’s probably a good thing! There’s a big theme of convenience in Japan And you’re never far away from two things: Convenience Stores, and Vending Machines Vending machines sit pretty much
on every street corner In the UK having a vending machine
on every other street just wouldn’t work Simply because they would get smashed up
after only 45 minutes Here in Japan you can put one in the middle of nowhere Because of the almost non-existent crime rates It’s not a problem Small convenience stores line every other street Opened 24 hours a day 11 days a week, 365 days a year And you can do some pretty cool things
at the convenience store From buying airline tickets to paying your water and electricity bills Unless like me… you can’t read your bills so you just put them in this special Japanese cupboard designed to put your bills in Because you aren’t gonna pay
for something you can’t read All the way up until you get deported One of the most convenient tools in Japan, is this: It’s called a Hanko Stamp And basically it’s your own personalized stamp which you use to stamp all the hundreds and millions of documents you get on a daily basis And I’d never heard of it before I came to Japan And there are entire shops dedicated to craft these personalized stamps and selling these cases And you can get some pretty pimped-up stamps made of like gold or silver… ..depleted uranium.. Little holders for your stamp it’s pretty cool admittedly And I like using it coz I feel like a lazy gangster Because you do get so much paperwork in Japan as well, it’s easier than doing a signature again and again It’s a lot of fun to use And I quite like stamping things just for the fun of it As I mentioned in my last video My kitchen is quite small,
designed to make you eat out every other night Because in my mind it’s too difficult to physically prepare dinner or food in such a small space But to some degree this kitchen is once again a good example of Japanese innovation on foresight because by having such a small kitchen,
I eat out every other night and in the process making me walk to restaurants, keeping me fit! So, to some degree,
the Kitchen is keeping me fit and healthy Although I did just get a car BUT one of my favorite places is a chain of sushi restaurants called Kappa Zushi And it’s popular with families or with people who like to stuff their face with raw fish, soy sauce and green tea All for a 1000 yens which is 8£ or 12$ When I first started going I thought,
like most things Japanese it had a real air of convenience about it, after all your food comes to you on a conveyor belt or you order it on the screen
and it comes to you on this little train Which is amazing, it’s honestly the future but now, in train form and you wonder why all your food
isn’t brought to you on a train It just makes sense But what I find is it’s not the convenience
of it all that’s impressive but how it’s actually designed to make you eat more than you’d actually want in the first place And maybe it’s me just being greedy but…allow me to explain! You go in, sit down, pour your green tea and then you go up to the screen,
ordering what food you want While you’re waiting for 5 minutes
for the train to pass by, you’ll inevitably take some things off of the conveyor belt Just..just to get you started And when you finish those, the train will probably pull up with all your food and off you go again When it’s time for Round 2
you turn your attention back to the screen Go through a few pages And you come across something called… First bonito Concrete Floor And this isn’t just any Bonito Concrete Floor,
this is the FIRST Bonito Concrete Floor Err..assuming that there’s…more than one Bonito being “beautiful” in Spanish,
or at least I thought it was and when you see something
that says Bonito Concrete Floor which is either a ridiculous mistranslation or just the world’s greatest order at a sushi restaurant You inevitably get it! And sit there and wait! If you’re someone impatient like me, you start taking more and more fish from the conveyor belt So when the Concrete Floor finally does arrive And disappointingly appears to be just some sort of fish instead of a bag of Concrete You feel a bit disappointed You know, when you order a Concrete Floor, at the very least you expect a Concrete Floor So, you start ordering more fish So the cycle continues, you’d order off the screen,
while you’re waiting
you eat more food off the conveyor belt And when you’ve finished, the experience culminates with you walking out stuffed full of raw fish and with your monthly bank balance decimated Well that’s the end of the video I’ll be putting up my next video in a few weeks I actually spent most of the budget for this video on that shot of the windmills at the start So here’s that shot again And, yeah, any questions, ask away See ya later There are three stages to Culture Shock The first is Initial Euphoria WTF is that? Shut up There are 3 stages There are 3 stages to… Oh my god that bird is gonna die There are 3 stages to Culture Shock Oh this is not happening Come on! Shut up!! There are 3 stages to Culture Shock,
the first is Initial Euphoria…Oh my god! That bird.. What is it doing Why is it so loud? The best thing about the 24hour convenience store is At 1am you can go and get some sort of roll And, I’m quite excited about this.. Fried Potatoes with….Toothpick? I’m excited coz i’ve never had potatoes
out of the hot cooker thing They have a really good hot food section and..
there we go! let’s give it a shot! They might’ve been out a while They’re pretty bad But generally the food is awesome I recommend it, get some hot food from Seven Eleven Fuck shit Just dropped a chip in the cooker


  • Pheng Ov says:

    Is Japanese shows all weird like that? In NZ we used to have the dog show about dog chasing sheep into metal gates, when I first went to NZ. Was more innocent back in NZ back then. Japan looks so foreign to me. Vending machines not safe in NZ on the street will also get vandalised by drunk people. Japan looks like a better place no vandalism.

  • Pheng Ov says:

    Watching your really old video 7 years later is trippy because also watch your new stuff your knowledge of Japan has improved heaps and you seem more sarcastic now :))

  • Tijn Jansen says:

    I got a free towel once in the Netherlands from my bank.

  • Ortal Bialik says:

    The bird is the best part of the video! 😂

  • Matthew Meeks says:

    Is this your second video?

  • Rob Sch says:

    That bird is having a euphoria of its own.

  • Gogo says:

    My Hanko was in romanji, family name

  • Kristen225 says:

    do any of these videos say what you do for a living in Japan? I can't seem to find it

  • Pablo Jimenez says:

    Fuck that bird

  • Elessar Strider says:

    Might have been slight mistranslation. Maybe they mean 'cement'.

  • Ham God says:

    "For god's sake…why won't this mug just work??"

    Underrated joke there Chris.
    Excellent job mate.

  • Rob Stumbo says:

    Its 2019 right now, post cycle across Japan and i gotta say "damn, chris used to be fat"

  • Napa Extra says:

    Who's else is here in 2019?

  • MINIGIRL007 H says:

    Having watched over 1 video I've Subscribed now and watched over 10 lol. I'm an American who has lived abroad in the UK and now curious about Japan lol. Keep up the great work, awesome videos. Best of luck to you!😁

  • J. Jehml. says:

    so this video is realy fcking old but i still feel like i have to share this mistranslation story lol

    when i was in greek once, me and my parents went to some bar in the middle of nowhere and in the salad section of the menu there was αβοκάντο σαλάτα (avocado salad)

    however in the german section u could instead opt to order "Advokatensalat" (lawyer salad) LOL

    still makes me laugh to this day (ㆁωㆁ*)

  • kairon156 says:

    It's weird seeing such an early video. I might have to go to that hair saloon some day.
    Those stamp things are a pretty cool idea. I've only recently heard about them.

    Would buying an English internet Modem work in Japan?
    Also, I'm happy that you lost weight in your later videos. I myself could stand to loose a good 15 pounds.

  • Tommi Tommi says:

    Here from 2019. You’re still rocking it!

  • rimuru slime says:

    11 days a week? i want 2012 back

  • Antonia Maldonado says:

    Oh boi

  • 藤原光 says:

    This was the best, now he's just a little sarcastic tour guide.

  • Sebastian Jørgensen says:

    Fat guy dressed as a woman is called Matsuko Deluxe 🙂

  • 肇Gnim says:

    松子 large man dressed as a women, arguably the most influential Japan tv show celebrities,

  • BlueGreyWolf says:

    3:27 – lol, K-POP. Expected J-POP there! 😂

  • さきたまさいたま says:


  • G A says:

    What happened to the first video?

  • hadi 0838 says:

    I love this old abroad in Japan I wish to see more of this

  • 이세희 says:

    just let u know that Ghana chocolate is from S.Korea products.

  • ethereal _ says:

    This was my first video I've ever seen of you l. Can't believe it's been 6 years. I'm saving up and getting ready to enroll into school so I can get my degree so I can enroll into JET and move to Japan. I'll be 30 when I'm ready and I know I have a late start but I know I can do it. These videos always gave me hope that I could one day myself move here. I'm so glad you made the best decision of your life and moved to Japan!

  • 黒帽子 says:

    あー、"自動販売機"は英語で"vending machine"って言うんですね。
    私は簡単な英語しか知らないので、最初"便利(Benri) machine"っていう

  • Timefliesbye says:

    Nothing is more entertaining to the Japanese than a woman screaming in terror.

  • SgtxAnus says:

    its scary how much like the 80s 2012 cameras were

  • Uremawife Nowdave says:

    There’s a story (it may be apocryphal) that Coca Cola built an apparent indestructible vending machine that they tested in various cities around the world. The story goes that it had survived relatively unscathed in New York, but the one they tested in Glasgow was destroyed within a day.

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

  • eVan 25 says:

    Anyone watching it on 2019?

  • Luka JalÅ¡ovec says:

    Did you remove your first video? Wasn't there a video before this one, the one where you talked about settling in and your first apartment and demonstrated you amazing pull-out couch bed? It doesn't seem to appear on your video list.

  • Cool Beans says:

    What the hell you haven't aged since this video

  • puzzle factory says:

    If you want even more culture shock move to Pennsylvania.
    I just saw a device being used on a clip about Japan. It's a little bit smaller than a cellphone. It's a translator.
    When you speak into it it translates instantly to Japanese! Just speak into it and hold it towards the people your speaking to and a Japanese voice comes out.
    It works great!
    Maybe you got that towel as a hint that you should wash yourself. The Japanese think foreigners stink ! I think they were speaking about Americans but I think your included in that assessment since you got the towel. LOL

  • Elvermen Zero says:

    There's alot of things we don't know abt them japan….

  • Nicol Amarfi says:

    Wow I just realized how old this is and how old I am as I see the Japanese for busy people book on the table…

  • sたもつ says:


  • 宮上純 says:


  • Karol Bakuła says:

    That bird was certainly ill-mannered. These reshoots have left me in tears from laughing. 😀

  • Why Name? says:

    Cheeky nipslip on that hair saloon there lol

  • そういうの大丈夫ですから says:

    concrete floorはタタキのことだな。つまりタタキ→三和土→concrete floor

  • LouTheLoo says:

    To think it has been 7 years since watching this and now starting Japanstudies in University Leiden, Netherlands 😀

  • 木口由羅 says:


  • renka kamioshi says:

    "very large man dressed as woman"
    月曜から夜ふかし wants to interview you

  • Peter Booth says:

    Baby bird stealing the show

  • Colby Chaos says:

    3:26 T-ara – Bo Peep Bo Peep

  • Suprotik Basu says:

    Song @01:18 is

  • dadeki100 says:

    Look how far you've come

  • Dancingrain says:

    Lifegoals.. start conveyorbelt food restaurant 🤣

  • papillon407 says:


  • papillon407 says:


  • KAY B 14 says:

    me: searching for weird funny porn
    japan: you like our tv shows?

  • predvcecerom says:

    No wonder Japan is so advanced when they have 11days a week.

  • iya supun says:

    Thus video is good quality

  • zorbratron says:

    I had to go back and watch all your videos. So far i am not disapointed

  • MrBeefy says:

    Wow this is 1st time see this one it just show up on my channel lol

  • Katsu Drako says:

    Why tf is this in my recommended in 2019

  • Will Behague says:

    Cried with laughter with the bird at the end

  • マライカ says:

    Never knew how much chris would grow. Congrats on 1.36 million subscribers mate

  • Garlic Avenger says:

    Wait so YouTube recommends me this on 12th of September 2019 (I saw this the day it was released, but I guess YouTube has Alzheimers), and nearly 7 years ago – in this very video – Chris states that he just puts his bills in a special cupboard and ignores them until he's deported… So you've not paid a water bill and have been dodging deportation for 7 years?? NICE MATE 😂😂😂

  • matt winward says:

    Early-days Abroad in Japan videos have the same exact humor as current ones except filmed on a jitter cam. They’re great!

  • KimikoSAMA JD says:

    It feels weird binging chris's newer videos then this one appearing. It's like going backwards in time and seeing how far hes come :O

  • Giacomo Camilli says:

    Curious, in Italy we have a large man dressed as a woman on national tv as well…

  • Yanko Fingerton says:

    “1000 yen. Errr 8 pounds or 12 dollars.” Ah such bizarre pre-brexit times.

  • ねぎま3 says:


  • silky silk says:

    Even in your first video you are rather funny.

  • Chip says:

    I’m attempting to watch every abroad in japan video…wish me luck…

  • Spam can says:

    Watching this after binge watching the Journey Across Japan videos and hearing "nihongo ga wakarimasen" and hearing Chris going on about conveyor belt sushi after hearing him say that's not real sushi in a recent video gave me some culture shock. He really grew and changed in the past couple years. I really like how he always had his sense of humor though.

  • Autum Breeze says:

    A small kitchen is something we share (I realize this is an old video, so you more than likely live somewhere else in Japan now, but let's ignore that for just a second) and, honestly, if not for my roommate offering to cook dinner most nights, I'd probably eat out more myself, especially since, after moving to my new house, even though many of the better conveniences I had at my old house aren't around here, there is a Pizza Hut, as well as Sushi place and Indian restaurant not too far away, so I could literally eat out almost every night if I really wanted to

  • Connor Hay says:

    hehe nob

  • Sara says:

    How did I end up here

  • David Martin says:

    stores are open 11 days a week?

  • maika m says:


  • psycho candy says:

    イギリス的ユーモア大好き。サイモン ペッグ&ニック フロストみたいだ。

  • Skip- Jack says:

    って、 ロケ地は山形の庄内地方じゃん!😀

  • Lord man says:

    7 fucking years ago

  • ゆきめい says:


  • Charles Jannuzi says:

    Well done.

  • A random person who loves deh and bmc says:

    Your videos are great but can I just say that the "large man dressed as a woman" is a trans actress? Her pronouns are she/her.

  • ガガイスト says:


  • 抹茶ちょこ says:


  • Viima says:

    The first time I saw that thumbnail, I thought ”WTF does Paula Abdul have to do with this?” 😀

  • Livvy says:

    Wonder if this video was ever claimed by MBK Ent.

    That songs stuck in my head for the next two years now, cheers.

  • Gobbollino says:

    I take it you now know that ‘bonito’ is indeed a Spanish word but not only the one you thought it was!
    (Type of high quality tuna)

  • Blixem says:

    wonder if you can hypnotizes a person to have a seizure if said person doesn't know what a seizure is….

  • Liliana Tan08 says:

    I wonder… is sushi really tasty? Since you eat a lot….

  • 野獣四原色 says:


  • Crystal says:

    Japan has some weird ass shows

  • you sugi says:

    Japanese like to give away towels free of charge.


  • Troy Lewis says:

    Sour Calpis? I'll just stick to the original. Peach Calpis is okay as well. I've only tasted those two flavors. One time, a vending machine had been clogged with coins. I wanted root beer and it wasn't working. I kicked it and a bunch of coins spewed out of the machine. On that day, I received about two dollars in coins and root beer. I put the coins back into the machine. It just so happens that if you do that, it gives you drinks. I didn't steal them. I consider it payment for fixing the machine.

  • しずくじん says:


  • ruio jack says:

    i just live in china but teach japanese it tech on youtube, and i have never been in japan, if you have language problem, you can come to me.—

  • Syndra says:

    01:25 – "Hair Salon" … yeah right xDDD

  • The tower says:

    2019, sup brah?

  • Joel Walby says:

    To be fair to the UK, which I am quite often not. UK bank accounts come with better than a towel, they give free money if you switch to them depending what the bank offers. Usually £100-200 free money/gift card

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  • Gary Mackey says:

    So many Nob shots.

  • のん / Non* says:

    日 本 の 恥

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