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  • Obama City, Japan | No Trump Tower here

    Obama City, Japan | No Trump Tower here

    This place is for real! A city in Japan called Obama. They must have named it after the former president, right? Well … Republicans can sigh a breath of relief as this Obama was here first. Obama City, Japan’s history […]

  • Death by Naginata | Fukushima Spy Story

    Death by Naginata | Fukushima Spy Story

    Japan’s “Samurai City” is a short and scenic train trip from Tokyo’s TOBU Asakusa Station. This place of warriors, Japanese sake and good food is called Aizu Wakamatsu located in west Fukushima. It’s the focus of my cringe-worthy spy story […]

  • How Japan Became High Tech | Tomioka Silk Mill

    How Japan Became High Tech | Tomioka Silk Mill

    The most modern and advanced country in the world? Well, Japan is certainly at the top, but it wasn’t always that way. Before the Meiji Restoration (1868) Japan was closed to the outside world. Before 1868, it was the time […]

  • Bluefin Tuna (Maguro) Story | Sea to Sushi Shop

    Bluefin Tuna (Maguro) Story | Sea to Sushi Shop

    Japan’s most prized bluefin tuna comes from a town called Ōma where a HON-MAGURO auctioned in Tsukiji once fetched $1.4M (2003). Oma Maguro is a brand. Just the location it’s caught increases the price of the tuna by as much […]

  • Tokyo’s Secret Island Paradise | AOGASHIMA

    Tokyo’s Secret Island Paradise | AOGASHIMA

    Jurassic Park may be the first thing that comes to mind when you see Aogashima Island from the air – but yes, THIS IS TOKYO! It’s famous for having a volcano inside a volcano surrounded by dense jungle. It’s also […]

  • Ramen Battle in Asahikawa ★ ONLY in JAPAN

    Ramen Battle in Asahikawa ★ ONLY in JAPAN

    So you want to eat a big bowl of ramen and you can’t decide which restaurant to visit? Which one is the best?! It’s a typical problem for hungry travelers so ー let’s try three different places in Asahikawa, Japan’s […]

  • Inside SHONEN JUMP: Japan’s Manga Industry Uncovered

    Inside SHONEN JUMP: Japan’s Manga Industry Uncovered

    Behind the scenes of Weekly Shonen Jump, home of popular manga series NARUTO, ONE PIECE, DRAGON BALL, CAPTAIN TSUBASA, KOCHIKAME and so many more, where I’ll talk with the editor-in-chief Hiroyuki Nakano and Shuhei Hosono. When publisher Shueisha asked me […]

  • Year Old Sushi Eating Challenge ★ ONLY in JAPAN

    Year Old Sushi Eating Challenge ★ ONLY in JAPAN

    If you think day old sushi is bad, try YEAR OLD SUSHI! That’s exactly what Funazushi is, a local delicacy still made in the traditional way, the recipe dating back over 1000 years. With Japanese, it’s notoriously sour, totally evil […]

  • Edamame | World’s Healthiest Snack Food

    Edamame | World’s Healthiest Snack Food

    Edamame is the world’s healthiest snack food, enjoyed everywhere in Japan during the summer when it’s harvested ー and it’s my favorite Japanese appetizer by far ー but I also had a lot of questions about this amazing super bean: […]

  • World’s Most Beautiful Starbucks: Toyama vs Kyoto

    World’s Most Beautiful Starbucks: Toyama vs Kyoto

    Where is the world’s most beautiful Starbucks? Japan, of course. In Toyama city’s Kansui Park is a shop that has won awards for it’s design, but it’s also the location that makes it beautiful. Those big windows overlook a lake […]

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    Hitchhiking in Japan: A Video Guide

    I thought I’d make this video guide on tips and tricks I learned to hitchhike Japan safely. Please write a comment in the YouTube video comment section if you have any questions. I found a way to travel with ZERO […]

  • Fukuoka Ramen Eating Spree

    Fukuoka Ramen Eating Spree

    Fukuoka is the capitol of TONKOTSU RAMEN and man, do they make it good! Tonkotsu — made from pork bone based soup — is the ramen of choice here and this time, we’ll go on a ramen eating binge from […]

  • Hiroshima Street Food Guide (on Miyajima Island)

    Hiroshima Street Food Guide (on Miyajima Island)

    I hope you’re hungry because we’re about to go on a street food eating binge on Hiroshima’s amazing island, Miyajima. It’s a street food paradise and in this episode we’re going to attack the following foods: ★ Hiroshima Oysters / […]

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    Nara Street Food Guide w/ Extra Mochi

    STREET FOOD! We’re back for more in one of Japan’s most traditional cities, Nara. What was once Japan’s capitol is now a place loaded with delicious street food for humans and deer alike. So, what’s Nara got to offer? I […]

  • Highway through a Building Story ★ ONLY in JAPAN

    Highway through a Building Story ★ ONLY in JAPAN

    Osaka’s Gate Tower Building is an amazing sight to see because … well, how should I put this? A highway goes through the building. It literally does, and there is a story behind it. In this episode, John not only […]

  • Extreme Airport Snow Removal Team: White Impulse

    Extreme Airport Snow Removal Team: White Impulse

    Aomori Airport has gone to the EXTREME when it comes to snow removal. They’re so good at it that this airport has NEVER HAD A SNOW CANCELATION. Not once despite having the most snow on Japan’s main island. What’s the […]

  • Manhole Craze ★ ONLY in JAPAN

    Manhole Craze ★ ONLY in JAPAN

    Manhole covers are trending high in Japan and for good reason — they’re stunning! Only in Japan are manholes to cover sewage designed so beautifully that they now make MANHOLE TRADING CARDS! (Travel around Japan and collect them all. They’re […]

  • Japanese School Lunch Menu and Taste Test ★ ONLY in JAPAN

    Japanese School Lunch Menu and Taste Test ★ ONLY in JAPAN

    Japan is the king of SCHOOL LUNCHES and in this episode, I find the answer to why — while eating a lot of Japanese school food. School lunches in Japan are world famous for being super healthy and delicious. With […]

  • Gachapon Capsule Toy Experience: Akihabara 360

    Gachapon Capsule Toy Experience: Akihabara 360

    Japanese capsule toy mania is here! So — what’s inside this famous gachapon game center in Akihabara? Join John on a virtual tour and adventure in a shop with hundreds of them stacked to the ceiling. These machines have been […]

  • Christmas Present Vending Machine: Tokyo Gift Shopping Made Simple

    Christmas Present Vending Machine: Tokyo Gift Shopping Made Simple

    Christmas shopping can be stressful – but not today! I’ve found a Japanese Vending Machine that is perfect, making it easy for you to shop and save time — and save money! There are over 650 of these King’s Treasure […]