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  • Hey guys! So, it’s actually fairly common for us to get comments or messages from people

  • who don’t like Japan and seem to have an image of here based off of negative stereotypes,

  • so today I wanted to be positive and share with you guys the five big reasons,

  • other than Jun, why I love Japan.

  • #5 The ancient culture

  • So America’s less than 250 years old.

  • There were Native Americans living there before we commandeered their land,

  • but they didn’t build giant, lasting castles or shrines or anything like that.

  • So, for an American, who sometimes feels like we hardly even have a culture,

  • it’s really fascinating to be able to go to a country where we can see things

  • that were built around the 7th century.

  • The Horyu-ji temple was founded in the year 607.

  • That’s the same century Islam as a religion was founded.

  • This is a map of what the world looked like at that time.

  • America is beautiful, and we have some of the oldest living trees in the world, but

  • there’s something almost magical about seeing things that were left behind from civilizations

  • from so long ago. It really takes you to another world.

  • One of my favorite things to do in America was go hiking through the woods,

  • but here when I go hiking the trees, the plants, the structures,

  • everything is so different and new to me.

  • Here I’m sharing the forest with bamboo and monkeys,

  • and I can climb trails to reach ancient temples. It’s amazing.

  • It reminds you how big this world is, and how small you really are.

  • #4 Food

  • Food! I’m able to eat so much more food than I used to be able to eat.

  • I was the pickiest eater in the world.

  • I probably lived off of pizza and French fries and cereal in America.

  • And that was like all I ate.

  • Thanks to Jun cooking for me and introducing me to all these Japanese foods,

  • now I can eat meat, I can eat vegetables,

  • I can eat tomatoes, which I used to hate.

  • I’m probably going to live 20 years longer than I would have

  • if I had lived my whole life in America, because I eat so much healthier now.

  • Sashimi, chicken nanban, yakisoba, nabe pots...

  • Japanese food is awesome!

  • #3 Fashion

  • I love being able to dress up, and wear dresses and skirts and heels everywhere.

  • Where I’m from, in Cincinnati, in America, you don’t really do that kind of thing.

  • Girls walk around in jeans, or shorts, or sweats.

  • And if you dress up in a dress and heels you really stand out.

  • And people whistle at you and make you feel kind of uncomfortable.

  • So I don't ever wear dresses or skirts in America anymore.

  • And here I can!

  • I can wear all the fashions that I like,

  • like the thigh high tights, where the tights only go up to your thighs.

  • (Which I'm actually wearing today).

  • This is reeeally sexually suggestive in America.

  • I would 100% get whistled if I wore this outside,

  • if my family even let me out of the house in it.

  • Here I’ve never been cat-called. I've never been whistled at.

  • I feel really comfortable wearing what I like to wear.

  • #2 Chian, or public order

  • Japan is famous worldwide for being orderly and safe.

  • It was huge news in America during the 3/11 tsunami

  • when Japanese refugees would line up politely to take their fair share

  • of rations instead of looting and fighting.

  • Most people clean up after themselves.

  • They follow the rules here.

  • Sometimes it can be a little annoying when you just want to be like,

  • Just bend the rules just a little bit, this one time, PLEASEEEE!!”

  • and they're like, “Shouganai, that's the rules.”

  • But honestly, it’s great trait for a culture to have.

  • It makes Japan a very safe place.

  • There’s still some crime here, of course, just like anywhere else.

  • But Japan is one of the safest countries in the world.

  • A lot of people talk about problems with perverts or groping women on trains and stuff,

  • but after five years it still hasn't happened to me yet.

  • So personally, just for me, I feel very safe and comfortable here.

  • #1 Omotenashi

  • Omotenashi is genuine hospitality.

  • It's Japanese people welcoming others because they want to give them good experiences

  • and they want to share with them the awesome parts of Japan.

  • So weve only uploaded two Shokunin videos so far

  • (shokunin are traditional Japanese craftsmen and artisans),

  • but weve actually interviewed quite a few.

  • And every single one has been so welcoming and open,

  • sharing their day with us, sometimes even multiple days if we have to go back,

  • and even letting me try making their crafts with them.

  • After we got to know one of them,

  • one of them even gave me a necklace that his family made,

  • and I cried because I was so touched by it.

  • And it was really embarrassing.

  • Every single time I finish meeting one of them, I just feel such a love for the people here.

  • When someone opens up to you and welcomes you into their culture

  • you just feel such an appreciation toward them.

  • We recently had the hanami and I got to talk to a lot of people.

  • And there were quite a few people here who were traveling on their own to Japan,

  • some who didn't even speak Japanese,

  • and even they had all these experiences that they shared with me.

  • And I hope that you guys don't mind that I'm sharing your stories on the internet now

  • because I didn't ask you about it.

  • But one of them, she got a private tour of a conservatory from the head person there.

  • I met with someone else recently who I think he said he ended up

  • meeting an actor someone who was friends with

  • a really famous manga artist who had passed away.

  • And my friend was a huge, huge fan of that artist.

  • So that actor invited my friend to go visit

  • the artist's grave with him so he could pay his respects.

  • And that's just such an insane level of welcoming someone in this country.

  • More than anything else, that’s the part of Japan that touches me the most

  • and makes me want to live here.

  • There are small negative things about every country,

  • there will always be some annoying things,

  • and sometimes it's hard to be apart from my family,

  • but every time I meet someone like this it just reaffirms that this is such a wonderful place.

  • You see a lot of negativity about Japan online, especially people saying

  • "It's so xenophobic, they hate outsiders," and stuff

  • but if they got the chance to experience this part of Japan,

  • I think they would change their minds.

  • I really wish I could just show you how incredibly kind

  • some of these people have been to us.

  • This is the part of Japan I want to show to the world.

  • I’m really looking forward to getting more of our Shokunin videos edited.

  • We have one on taiko drums coming up in the next couple weeks

  • so I hope you guys will watch it.

  • And thank you for watching today! I'll see you guys later! Bye.

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