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  • well that's it isn't it the video's demonetised  before it's even begun look at this this is tengu  

  • mythical creature uh with a questionably shaped  and rather large nose and uh today we're in guma  

  • prefecture about two hours outside of tokyo  about to go on a road trip and uh joining me  

  • is a rather improved ryotaro that is  a major improvement ryotaro i must say  

  • let's go gunmer is a landlocked prefecture two  hours west of tokyo famous for its mountains  

  • its sake and its traditional japanese inns today  as we journey through the region we'll meet the  

  • man who's encouraging folks to drink his sake  out in a forest alongside the very spring where  

  • the water is sourced from we'll taste the juiciest  award-winning local tonkatsu port cutler and stay  

  • overnight at a rustic japanese inn so large you're  transported to your room in a self-driving cart  

  • something we've never seen before but our day  starts off high in the mountains at the tengu  

  • mirakuji temple and this happens to be the largest  tengu mask in the entire country at six and a  

  • half meters tall with a nose almost three meters  long he'd certainly give pinocchio a run for his  

  • money all right it's time to take it off that is  legitimately creeping you out actually put it back  

  • on that was yeah well guys we've hit 2 million  subscribers here on the abroad japan channel  

  • recently thank you so much for that i'm what what  are you gonna say out of the two million viewers i  

  • mean the subscribers actually the uh it's a 1.5  million it's on me oh yeah is it oh isn't it i  

  • don't have to know about that realtor your videos  tend to get less views so actually see these  

  • sellers these videos together as some sort  of charity project this is a special charity  

  • project but we are in goomba today and the first  place you seem to bring me is uh is here why why  

  • did you bring me here it's creepy isn't it it  is a bit yeah i mean obviously the war that you  

  • have never been here right the goomba first time  it's it's yeah we've sort of working our way down  

  • through japan right we've done tohoku we've  done the six prefectures of tohoku many times  

  • we're sort of working our way down japan now  we're going yeah well i mean not only to this  

  • uh uh creepy tingle temple but i'm planning to  take you to the the best sakura breweries ever  

  • in japan and also a beautiful japanese inn  to celebrate the two million subscribers  

  • for you and for me something doesn't feel right  about this i think it's probably because we've got  

  • two gigantic tengu right behind us with their  noses sticking out let's get out of it let's go

  • one of the most important ingredients that  goes into sake is the mineral water and sake  

  • breweries will do anything to get their hands on  the purest water that they can find nagai sakuya  

  • produces highly polished jamaisaki to create  their famous mizubasho brand and the sixth  

  • generation owner of the brewery suny ocean  again has brought us here to the very spring  

  • where the water is sourced so we can sample it  firsthand and also appreciate the importance  

  • of where you drink the sake i mean who  wouldn't want to get drunk in a forest

  • i've been on they always talk about how good the  water is they always bang on about the water but  

  • they never ever actually take you to the water  today we're here by the stream by the water by  

  • the source of where the safety comes from and  now we're gonna drink it out of champagne glass  

  • from the stream it's so surreal just  taking a glass and take it out of the water

  • it tastes just like well it tastes  like bottled spring water yeah ah cold  

  • very cold very cold oh is it right  from the snow is it delicious beers

  • like champagne yeah wow

  • oh so good so good so good party  kanji on it yeah very refreshing

  • just good job so kind of relaxing so the air is  so cool and refreshing with this cold spring water

  • the water's so cold in spring because  all the snow melts right on the mountains

  • fall in the spring water float down so many sucky  breweries always go on about how important the  

  • water is but to this day on the 20 or so tours  i've been on none of them ever have taken me to  

  • the actual source of the water to the spring  itself like this and when you come somewhere  

  • like this and sit in the forest and uh try the  pure spring water you really get a sense of  

  • why the water's so important and you're able to  kind of appreciate it and get drunk in a forest  

  • and while folks are working in offices  in tokyo and the guy sam gets to sit  

  • out here in a forest and just drink sake and  i think i think he's won i think he's one at

  • life gummer is known for having some of the  juiciest pork in all of japan in fact the nearby  

  • city of maibashi boastfully carries the title city  of pork it's not every day that you pass through a  

  • city of pork and so for lunch we head off to tryfreshly breaded and battered tonkatsu pork cutlet  

  • it's really hard to pick up it's so  huge it's really thick look at that  

  • one word heavenly that's what it is there's two  key components in good tonkatsu number one the  

  • pork and number two the batter right it used to  be kind of crispy and then soft kind of juicy  

  • meat on the inside oh wow that's what i'm saying  i actually think it's the thickest tonkatsu i've  

  • ever had once you've had tongue paste you don't  need to eat for a long time like two hours before  

  • you close two hours that's a long time most decent  train stations in japan actually have a tonkatsu  

  • restaurant somewhere so if you're passing through  a train station somewhere you're feeling hungry  

  • swamp hats is one of the best things to go  for definitely and do not ever sit next to  

  • the side who's a left-handed person because  otherwise we're like oh yeah yeah that's  

  • what happens we should have worked this out  after like four or five years of doing this  

  • one last thing about like uh some techniques  of um uh of eating pork right what tactics  

  • you i always leave the edge of the  pole last because this is the part  

  • that contains the the biggest portion of like fat  right that's what that's like i love this part so  

  • that's better this bit i love saving the best  tool yeah exactly it's like a song i've i noticed  

  • i do that as well without even realizing it oh  really instinctively some serious pork tactics  

  • going on here exactly eating the edge tactics  why does that sound so wrong pork tactics

  • having spent half the morning appreciating  the connection between saki and nature  

  • by getting drunk in a forest on our way to the  traditional inn we stop off at a brewery to  

  • quickly appreciate how you drink sake tsuna nori  abe's family have been producing sake at their  

  • brewery for 280 years and for his tasting session  he specializes in trying sake in a variety of  

  • ways to show how different cup sizes and different  temperatures can make subtle changes to the flavor

  • how is it oh so sweet kind of  sweet delicate kind of flavor  

  • i really like drinking a cup like this you  really appreciate it look at the size of it  

  • it's so cute but i don't want to say the word cute  because that goes very much against my character

  • of course

  • 48 degrees celsius

  • in there um it's kind of rich  flavors but like drinking  

  • whiskey or something you know at the  back of your throat because it's warm  

  • you're learning some japanese can describe  things in japanese better than i can in english  

  • yeah i must admit when the sake is heated up you  can taste it a lot better a heck of a lot better  

  • like the flavors really come out and it's but  it's less easy to drink because you're suddenly  

  • aware of the alcohol right you can really taste  the alcohol um so it's probably a safer way to  

  • drink sake and a better way in my view at least  in winter when it's cold you know it's nice

  • every day every day can't buy it  look at this this is the entrance  

  • of japanese in the ryokan it's like  straight back in time to back to edo era  

  • tonight we're staying at kawaba onsen atbeautiful rustic inn so large it stretches  

  • up the side of a mountain and our first  surprise is how we get to our room  

  • chauffeured away on a self-driving cart  it's fully automatic so where from sir

  • from britain we australia the taxi  driver so we're in a golf cart  

  • uh slowly making our way through the rather large  

  • kind of hotel i feel like i'm in a cut scene  an opening cut scene for a video game where  

  • we're just sort of sitting on something waiting  it's it's definitely faster walking slow death

  • and the guy's following me like laughing

  • hello okay so it's pretty big isn't it

  • wow this huge room

  • hold on no on the rest buddy you  complete the video game well done  

  • finish the mission finish the  mission stage seven cleared  

  • exploring exploring europe exploring  with rioters the challenges

  • oh bathroom oh my god oh they even have onsen  with it look at that oh wow now we're talking  

  • no we're talking in this look it's really  nice it's a seriously impressive room like  

  • it feels more like somebody's house really quite  impressive one of the better places that i'd say  

  • you and i have stayed at over the years well  i guess so i guess when when i'm in the video  

  • i always let you stay at the really good places  that's why that's what's happening always good  

  • food it's not without its downsides though we  are sharing this room i'd rather sleep in a bag  

  • than spend one night in a room with riotro even  if it is this good to be honest all right um one  

  • thing i really like about this place is the high  ceiling normally the japanese japanese hotels are  

  • really low ceilings they're so like in for  especially for the uh tall american people  

  • um sometimes you come in you you kick your  head um onto this one of these things here but  

  • not that does not happen to this room for sure  because start high ceiling and check it jump

  • don't cry for me el gentina the truth is this  is a song i really want to sing whenever i  

  • come to this kind of balcony uh but anyway  look at the view it's amazing look at the  

  • the roof the of the house the main  building has it's called a straw like  

  • roof and it takes a lot of maintenance  you need to replace it every 30-40 years  

  • and it's expensive lord ryotaro overlooking his  domain coming emperor why you are nothing kill

  • me

  • after a much needed escape from  ryotaro in the room's private  

  • hot spring we meet up downstairs  for dinner over a sukiyaki hot pot  

  • an assortment of fresh sashimi and a few  bottles of sake from the breweries we stopped  

  • at on our journey today and yet despite the  impressive assortment of dishes and drinks  

  • the main thing that's got our attention is the  chopstick holder oh dear i thought the saudin was  

  • always used to like eat for eating but  here they use sardine as a chopstick rest  

  • so brutal i know and then i was just told that the  half of the people who come here actually they end  

  • up eating it what's this called in japanese  the sort of thing you put your chopsticks off

  • yeah like the chopstick west and uh  yeah i mean that is speaks for itself

  • oh the crunchy sound oh dear okay so we've gone  through some breweries today right and then so um  

  • now we've got this whole like nice dinner and  i've already asked ryokan to recommend some sakes  

  • for tonight dishes okay all right sashimi we've  got sukiyaki exact sukiyaki coming up and uh so  

  • you're actually going to drink something  oh just a little bit just a little bit  

  • it's the it's the pairing and i need to pair it  yes yeah that's it that's it let me take it home  

  • yeah cheers i mean we joke about you not being  able to drink quite a lot but it must be a little  

  • bit annoying no i'm so used to it you know was it  annoying one thing is the thing is right and um  

  • that was one of the true truth that was one  of the reasons why i did not look for a job in  

  • the japanese company in japan seriously i mean it  would have been really hard oh yeah it would have  

  • been really hard and the first job i got was in  germany right and when i came back surely that's  

  • no better they drink what they drink more every  day but it's not they don't have kind of you know  

  • some kind of a ritual right and keep drinking it  seems to me that in japan people change quite a  

  • lot when they drink though and i heard that people  are able to blow off steam and actually open up  

  • to their colleagues a lot easier once about a few  drinks certainly when i was a teacher when we had  

  • work parties teachers would switch after having  a few drinks you would tell me like their deepest  

  • darkest secrets and all their teachers they  hated it was really awkward and i had to sort of  

  • sit there and be like oh you hate that one oh  yeah it's really awkward so um i invited this time  

  • uh kim chris board to all these creative breweries  christmas that's why it's crazy breweries and this  

  • would be nice ryokan and how do you feel good  huh to be honest i do hang out with ryotaro  

  • i do feel like chris board so it does make sense  but i'm celebrating you right yeah four four  

  • you know having more than two million viewers  it's a team effort we did it me natsuki pete  

  • dawson from the podcast joey the anime man  uh charlotte's been in quite a few videos um  

  • yeah it's been a real team i'm not gonna give  you any more beef that's what i've decided just