ONLY in JAPAN Episodes

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Tsukiji Fish Market: Tuna Auction and Breakfast Odyssey

    Tsukiji Fish Market: Tuna Auction and Breakfast Odyssey

    The world’s largest fish market is one of Tokyo’s biggest attractions. Tsukiji is set to move to a new location soon so we went for a visit this month. Here is where we went. ★ Tuna Auction 04:00 to 05:00 […]

  • Stay in a capsule hotel in Shinjuku Tokyo on the cheap. Japan's most unique ONLY in JAPAN experience.

    Tokyo Capsule Hotel Experience

    A real life capsule to sleep in. Cool! This is one of the most “ONLY in JAPAN” experiences possible — staying in a capsule hotel in a Japanese city. It’s cheap and convenient but why do people actually stay here? […]

  • Mt. Fuji at the sento local public bath house

    Japan’s Public Bathing Exposed: The Naked Truth

    I remember when I first came to Japan and a new Japanese friend invited me to a sento, a public bath. My first thought was “WTF dude! I’m not going get naked with you in the same bath and pretend you aren’t […]

  • Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Shine’s 10,000 Gates Explored

    Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Shine’s 10,000 Gates Explored

      Adventure in Kyoto! Loads of culture and history in one city. Kyoto’s “Shrine of 10,000 ‘Torii’” or Gates is simply awesome. It’s also ranked as Japan’s no.1 attraction for foreign tourists* Yes, it can be crowded during the day, […]

  • Pepper the artist at pepper tech fest 2014

    Japan’s Robot World Unleashed: They’re Here!

    Robots in Japan have entered the next stage! From science fiction to THEY’RE HERE right now standing next to you! Soon, everyday life will have some kind of robot in it. Let’s take a look at what’s here right now […]

  • John Daub and Joseph Tame dance with Honda's ASIMO at the Welcome Plaza in Aoyama, Tokyo.

    Japan’s Amazing Robots: Honda’s ASIMO, UNI-CUB and the Robot Culture

    John Daub and Joseph Tame go on location to Honda’s HQ and Welcome Plaza in Tokyo to meet ASIMO, one of the world’s most famous humanoid robots! The ASIMO project isn’t just about building a robot. From this research, Honda […]

  • Tokyo’s Monster Food Challenge: Man vs Food no.20

    Tokyo’s Monster Food Challenge: Man vs Food no.20

    [I wrote up an article about this on TokyoCheapo.com > http://tokyocheapo.com/food-and-drink/jumbo-food-challenge-eat-godzilla-sized-gyoza-free-9600yen-video/ ] A free feast in Tokyo? Imagine that! Let’s keep imagining. It’s a meal so big that it’ll fill you up for the rest of the week, you’ll earn […]

  • Hiroshima Okonomiyaki Lunch Experiment no.19

    Hiroshima Okonomiyaki Lunch Experiment no.19

    Hiroshima is one of the top destinations for foreign visitors in Japan because of it close proximity to Miyajima Island, it’s peace park and museum and the small city feel full of super friendly people. One thing you can’t miss […]

  • Japan in India: Otaku World Order no.18

    Japan in India: Otaku World Order no.18

    In this episode, we go to India to check out the Otaku movement. An “Otaku” is someone who is obsessed with something in particular — like a mania or a maniac — but outside Japan, it’s used to categorise people […]

  • Japan in India: Instant Ramen and More no.17

    Japan in India: Instant Ramen and More no.17

    John travels to India to find a piece of Japan on the other side of the world. In this episode, we’ll focus on Japanese food in India. In part 2, we’ll turn to how anime and manga are making an […]

  • The Manga Cafe Experience no.15

    The Manga Cafe Experience no.15

    Published on Oct 9, 2013 In this episode, we’ll go to MANBOO! Manga Kissa, a manga cafe that’s more than just manga and coffee. * Services * Costs * Manga collection * Booths (size and features) * Overnight options * Rules […]

  • Tokyo Game Show 2013: Let the Gaming Begin! no.14

    Tokyo Game Show 2013: Let the Gaming Begin! no.14

    TOKYO GAME SHOW is one of the biggest gaming showcase events in the world. Since it’s in Markuhari near Tokyo, ONLY in JAPAN is here to cover all the fun. I was seriously blown away by some of the advances […]

  • Gachapon: Capsule Toy Adventure in Akihabara no.13

    Gachapon: Capsule Toy Adventure in Akihabara no.13

    Published on Aug 27, 2013 Gachapon is toy capsules from coin dispensing machines that are found all over Japan. What’s unique is that they don’t only have high quality anime figures and other surprises, but they’re loved by adults as well […]