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  • Sapporo Snow Festival Experience

    Sapporo Snow Festival Experience

    Japan’s most amazing snow festival takes place every February in Sapporo and we’re flying there to bring you to the fun! So — grab your down jackets and snow boots! It’s Hokkaido and Japan’s northern most capitol is cold. The […]

  • Japanese Vending Machine Restaurant and Food Unboxing

    Japanese Vending Machine Restaurant and Food Unboxing

    Japanese Vending Machines combine technology with convenience. Now, let’s take that to the next level – THE VENDING MACHINE RESTAURANT ★ No staff at all ★ It’s super clean ★ Retro machines ★ It’s fast, cheap and fun! This is […]

  • Air Sword Martial Arts: Sports Chanbara (SPOCHAN) in Japan

    Air Sword Martial Arts: Sports Chanbara (SPOCHAN) in Japan

    Japan is home to a lot of martial arts, many of which John can not physically do. However, there’s one he can – SPOCHAN! It uses air swords and doesn’t require a big financial investment. Basically, that means not only […]

  • Japanese Mascots Gone Wild: Yuru Chara Grand Prix

    Japanese Mascots Gone Wild: Yuru Chara Grand Prix

    Japanese Mascots have gone wild all over Japan! There are literally thousands of them representing local towns and areas, cities, government agencies, banks, products – even prisons! Japanese mascots are called “yuru chara” in Japan and there are certain guidelines […]

  • Ultimate Japanese Sake Guide: Dassai Brewery

    Ultimate Japanese Sake Guide: Dassai Brewery

    Japanese sake.  Let’s go on an adventure across Japan to learn about the country’s official drink. How do you make this stuff? How should it taste? Is polish size important? Is it like wine or like beer? How do you […]

  • Kyoto Street Food Guide: Nishiki Ichiba Market

    Kyoto Street Food Guide: Nishiki Ichiba Market

    You’re in Kyoto and you want to eat traditional and very cheap local food? NISHIKI MARKET is the place to be! It’s called “Kyoto’s Kitchen” for a reason – if it’s famous and eaten in Kyoto, it’s here. Nearly every […]

  • Way of the Samurai: Spochan PART 1

    Way of the Samurai: Spochan PART 1

    Recently I’ve been taking a closer look at Japan through a new window. Bushido is the way of the samurai and sword play is considered by some as one level. In Japan, there’s kendo, a sport with long sticks that […]

  • Crane Game Secrets Revealed: Japan’s UFO Catcher Academy

    Crane Game Secrets Revealed: Japan’s UFO Catcher Academy

    It’s time to head to a Japanese Game Center dedicated to UFO CATCHERS also known as the CRANE GAME. Glass boxes with pinchers you can control to win all sorts of treasure – if you have the skills and experience […]

  • Aomori NEBUTA FESTIVAL Experience

    Aomori NEBUTA FESTIVAL Experience

    This past summer, I participated in the Nebuta Matsuri and documented my experience in an episode. This is by far my favorite summer festival in Japan and I have attended 3 times over the years — maybe a 4th next […]

  • The Pikachu Train Adventure: The Coolest Anime Train in Japan

    The Pikachu Train Adventure: The Coolest Anime Train in Japan

    Japan’s trains are awesome not just because they are modern, fast and efficient. They’re also super cool! Need an example? How about this: The Pokemon With You “Pikachu” Train! Need more? The GeGeGe no Kitaro “Kitaro Family Train” train in […]

  • Rice in Japan: Food, Sake, Festivals & Religion

    Rice in Japan: Food, Sake, Festivals & Religion

    This episode is more than just rice! Perhaps this will open your eyes to the adventure you’re about to take: ☆ Beautiful scenery ☆ Dangerous animals ☆ Delicious foods ☆ Handling heavy machinery ☆ Booze and parties! (Sake and festivals) […]

  • Japanese Ice Cream Flavor Challenge

    Japanese Ice Cream Flavor Challenge

    Tokyo’s summer is hot with temperatures often over 35C / 94F and humidity so high it’s like being in a sauna. One was to stay cool it so eat ice cream. Japanese has it’s own original flavors and ingredients. Nevermind […]

  • Japan’s Most Terrifying Bridge: Eshima Ohashi

    Japan’s Most Terrifying Bridge: Eshima Ohashi

    It’s been nicknamed the ROLLER COASTER BRIDGE because of it’s super steep slope and appearance of being a bridge to the sky. That’s the Eshima Ohashi Bridge straddling Shimane and Tottori prefecture in Japan. Facts about the Eshima Ohashi: ★ […]

  • Japan’s Night Trains: Sleeper Car Adventure: The Sunrise Izumo Express from Tokyo

    Japan’s Night Trains: Sleeper Car Adventure: The Sunrise Izumo Express from Tokyo

    Night trains! That’s right. Japan has a few of them left.From Tokyo, there is one that departs daily, and if you arrive in Japan with a JR Rail Pass you can ride it – with no additional cost. That means […]

  • Tokyo Cat Cafe Experience at Temari no Ouchi

    Tokyo Cat Cafe Experience at Temari no Ouchi

    Cat Cafes have been booming here in Tokyo. What’s all the fuss about? John and Jennifer Juilen visit Temari no Ouchi Cat Cafe in Kichijoji, Tokyo. It’s one of the top cat cafes in the city. Temari no Ouchi has […]

  • Mos Burger: The Japanese Burger Experience with extra OMOTENASHI!

    Mos Burger: The Japanese Burger Experience with extra OMOTENASHI!

    Recently, I got a chance to produce a video with a fantastic team to highlight Mos Burger’s famous “Mos Burger” (the one named after the restaurat) from my own point of view. You see, in Japan, there is a concept […]

  • Cat on the roof

    A Visit to Tokyo’s Cat Cafe Temari no Ouchi in Kichijoji

    A lot of viewers have been asking me to do an episode on a “cat cafe”. I finally started doing some research on it and found that Tokyo has more than 30 cat cafes! I knew they were popular, but […]

  • The Oiran Tradition: Japan’s Real Celebrities

    The Oiran Tradition: Japan’s Real Celebrities

    If you’re looking for Japanese culture, Asakusa in Tokyo is the top spot. On this day, John visits the Yoshiwara for the Oiran Dochu, a parade re-enacted annually to preserve the old traditions of the neighborhood. The event is attracting […]

  • Tokyo Manga Shop & Anime Studio Mega Tour

    Tokyo Manga Shop & Anime Studio Mega Tour

    Anime and manga fans are increasing world wide! Tokyo is at the center of it all so in this episode, John Daub and Patrick W. Galbraith, author of the Otaku Encyclopedia and Moe Manifesto head to Nakano Broadway and Mandarake, […]

  • This is the stem of the wasabi from the farm fresh and raw

    Complete Wasabi Guide

    If you’ve ever eaten sushi, you know about wasabi. It’s green and sort of spicy, the kind of spicy that burns through the nose. Pretty awesome, right? It dawned on me that after many years in Japan, I knew very […]