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I Went Back to Japan!

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Well, after 14 months, I returned to Japan! But I only stayed for 11 days. You may wonder why I was in Japan. It was for family reasons. My wife’s grandfather passed away, so we attended a ceremony for him. More on that later.

I decided to do a vlog series on our visit to Japan. I’ve already done the first three videos, which you can see below.

First up is before our flight. Check it out!

Next, we’re flying to Japan. I do a lot of talking about our flight and what it’s like to return to Japan after more than a year. As a bonus, my daughter is featured a lot. She’s 5 years old now.

And finally, getting reacquainted with everyday Japanese things. We go shopping, we eat out, we take a train. Oh yeah, sushi!

More will be coming soon. If you want to keep up with my adventures in Japan, then please subscribe to my channel. I also do book, movie, and TV videos there.

If you have anything you’d like to say, let me know in the comments section!

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Vlogging in Japan

It’s been a while.  No, I haven’t forgotten this blog.  Just been incredibly busy with my writing and book blog.  However, I have started something new.  Vlogging.  I’m making videos on YouTube, and many of them will be about Japan.  So, please enjoy these videos and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Here is my announcement video:

And here I take a quick look at rice fields with a surprise from my daughter.

And finally, I made a short video about Guarana Soda.  Have you ever tried it?  Actually, have you ever seen it?

Let me know what you think.

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Japanese TV pranks

Japanese TV is full of comedy shows.  They’re mostly evening and night time variety shows that involve a lot of comedians and other celebrities, and there’s a large variety of topics and activities.  Sometimes quiz shows, sometimes they show clips from overseas, sometimes they play jokes on each other.  While American hidden camera shows will play jokes on the average person, Japanese hidden camera shows usually play jokes on celebrities.  And many of these jokes may seem cruel.  But it’s part of the job.  The following are some Youtube videos from Japanese variety shows featuring some great pranks.  Just one note, most have no English subtitles.  Enjoy!

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Fun with Youtube

Sometimes, I like watching random videos on Youtube.  Usually, they’re not very interesting to watch, but sometimes I find some really unusual stuff.  I found a couple music videos through a guy who calls himself Buffalax on Youtube.  He takes non-English songs and gives them English subtitles.  He interprets the sounds in the song as English, trying to find the closest sounding words.  He gets very strange lyrics that are often rather rude and may be offensive to some people.  But I’m going to show you two of the original videos that were just really, really strange (they are not subtitled).

First is Vajas’ “Sparrow of the Wind.”  Vajas is a group from Norway that sings traditional Sami music.  I found the singer’s voice kind of strange in this song.  Part of the song, he sounds like a dog.  Just watch:

Second is a group called DyzaBoys.  They’re actually a pair of comedians from the Czech Republic, and it seems obvious that they’re doing this for laughs.  Their dancing is ridiculous, awful and just plain funny.

Keep watching for some major updates during Silver Week!

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