| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

My Japanese Apartment and Arriving in Japan


Every morning, generally without fail, I get
woken up by a hawk. At least I think it’s a hawk.
I don’t know a lot about birds, and I don’t really care for birds much but… This hawk
means I no longer need to use my alarm clock, so I’m saving electricity. So in essence the
hawk has actually lowered my cost of living. And it’s innovations like that in Japan that you just look at and go, “Why don’t we do that in England?” Umm, and the honest, the honest answer, “I don’t know.
I don’t know why we don’t do it in England.” So I’ve been living in Japan just over two weeks now, and I’m settling in well. I live out 300 miles north-east of Tokyo in a province called Yamagata. It’s quite a cold region,
except it’s not. Because it’s actually like 36 degrees celsius with 80% humidity making it at least hotter than the sun. The town I live in is surrounded by sea on one
side, and on the other side we’ve got a tons of mountains, which look beautiful, amazing.
One in particular dominates the skyline, it’s called mount chokai and it has been called
Mount Fuji of the north, because it has a similar sort of shape, in that it’s symmetrical
like Mount Fuji. Except it’s not symmetrical at all, whatsoever,
so I don’t know where that came from. I’m still learning Japanese, so I can’t actually
read a lot, which makes the smallest things pretty difficult. Like microwaving a pizza. It can take 40 minutes
just to work out how to use the microwave. No! No! I’ve seen two fireworks displays whilst being here and they are ridiculously big. They look
like scenes out of Apocalypse Now. With the sound of The Good The Bad And The Ugly, and together… It’s a pretty big experience, but pretty cool. And they go on for about 2 hours,
rather than 5 minutes. But yeah, it’s the small things that make
Japan interesting. Like this apartment or flat
or bedsit or whatever you wanna call it. So lets go have a look, shall we? Okay, so this is my place. First thing you do when you come in,
take of your Jesus sandals. This area is public space, believe it or not,
even though it’s in your apartment. People such as postmen can still come in and actually
stand here if the door’s unlocked, so always lock your door, like that,
and nobody gets hurt. Okay, so this is my sink area and kitchen
area as you can see, there’s absolutely no room
for cooking or preparing anything, which means I have to go out and eat every night. It’s just the way it is, because I can’t cook. Microwave, some other stuff, rice cooker! Haven’t used it yet, don’t know how. Okay, this is the shower room, I don’t know if that is a bathtub
or just something you stand in. If it’s a bath then I don’t know how I would fit in it. I I don’t really know
what this is either, but you can do this… and then you can do that as well, so that’s
pretty good, there’s the shower. Okay, so, here is the toilet. I love this,
this is such a clever toilet though. Not in the sense that it’s electronic though, like
a lot of Japanese toilets but… this thing here. When you flush the toilet, it refills
this bit up from a sink that you can wash your hands in. So you go to the toilet, flush
that, and then look! Oh, you can wash your hands! You got about 30 seconds to wash your
hands. But how clever’s that? So that’s really recycling water,
and it just gets me excited every time. Such a simple little thing, but so clever,
and if that doesn’t excite you, nothing will. So yeah, pretty good, first room, quite spacious
in terms of just being able to do every day stuff. But lets go and check out the room
that we’ve all been waiting for… Ta da! Oh, I better tidy it up. Da nuh, here it is. My main room.
As you can see it’s a reasonable size. Especially for one person. It’s got
a really cool sofa, I’ve never sat on it once because I love this chair too much. It reclines, so I often sit there and watch amazing Japanese television! Okay, so this is a traditional Japanese kind of eating table. I don’t, can’t remember the
name of it. But underneath it’s got a heater here so in the winter when you sit here with
your legs underneath the table you can keep warm because typically Japanese accommodation
and houses aren’t that well insulated against the cold and it gets pretty cold here. Over here, got quite a lot of space for putting rubbish, probably shouldn’t have done that,
’cause now I can’t get my bed back in. Here’s my wardrobe, pretty colourful, good enough. This is a bit odd, I’ve got a mirror here, fair enough, but there seems to be some sort
of outline, a female outline, that’s been stuck on
with tissue paper. And I don’t know why. It’s even more worrying knowing that my predecessor was in fact a guy as well. So, I don’t know what he was doing, at all. Okay, so these are Japanese sliding doors
also known as ‘shouji.’ Because they slide they don’t take up that much room, so they’re quite clever and they let in light, and it makes the room really nice, so you can keep
them shut and keep the room cool. This is my, this is my balcony, it looks just
terrible, but, it is nice to come and sit out here and relax. Me and my neighbours drink
a lot of water. Water, of course, comes in cans in Japan, so, yeah. But no, we sit here, and it’s lovely. And here’s my pretty, not great, view. But, it does the job, you can
sit out here and drink water. And that’s my air conditioning unit as well. Great. This is the main room, very nice. And it’s got some sort of rug which is always good.
You’re probably wondering where the bed is, although you’re not, ’cause I’ve ruined the
surprise, but this room also doubles as my bedroom so… It’s a futon, I roll it out every night and put it away every morning. It’s a bit of effort
but you know, it’s not a problem. And it’s very comfortable, lovely to sleep on, it’s
the biggest bed I’ve ever had. But this is like a double bed almost, and it’s very comfortable and pretty good, so lets have a look. Da nuh! So this is it. Um, yeah, pretty comfortable.
Love it. Now I’ve gotta put the damn thing… now I’ve gotta put the damn thing away. Okay, so, that’s my apartment.
Pretty good value for money. Less than a hundred pounds
a month. So for the size, I think it’s great. And it’s perfect for living alone. Yeah, so, hopefully I’ll put up some more videos of Japan and the area itself. It’s a beautiful area and there’s loads to see and talk about and stuff. And if you have any questions ask away,
but sensible questions, not stupid questions. So yeah, great! See
ya later! Thanks. Why’d I do that? Why’d I fall back?
Should’ve just ended it.

100 Comments

ZiKoN22

Nov 11, 2017, 2:50 am Reply

how is that even possible, less than 100 pounds a month? what is the size of the city? I live in a city with ~450,000 people which is 1 hour away from Toronto and you basically can't get anything cheaper than $900 Canadian a month (without living in a super sketchy building) which is about 450 british pounds a month. I don't understand -_-

j rock

Dec 12, 2017, 1:36 pm Reply

I can’t watch this. why?

WritTheFuture

Dec 12, 2017, 6:57 pm Reply

A master piece or a time shot of ancient time so long ago before the dark days.
2012 was a good year
But now Brexit is a thing and so much more

Leo Ki

Dec 12, 2017, 11:42 am Reply

why is it not available?

Carly Conolly

Dec 12, 2017, 12:21 am Reply

haha, this is great

Jason Stone

Dec 12, 2017, 8:15 pm Reply

You needed a manzier when you first arrived. Soon after, you no longer had a use for it. Isn't living in Japan great?

Jason Chiang

Dec 12, 2017, 11:53 pm Reply

Nooo you removed it

NoobFin

Dec 12, 2017, 5:54 pm Reply

What? Why i cant watch this? It says: "Video not useable"

Oisín Dilger

Dec 12, 2017, 7:10 pm Reply

It says this video isn't available

Haywyre L

Dec 12, 2017, 3:43 pm Reply

Anyone else just starting watching the entire channel playlist again for the fun?

JeanGrayson

Dec 12, 2017, 4:22 pm Reply

Wait is this his first video?

Christian Jorgensen

Dec 12, 2017, 9:26 am Reply

Water that comes in beer cans, LOL.

Sharkus

Dec 12, 2017, 11:36 am Reply

Wowowowowoowowowoww

ZiroAnimations

Dec 12, 2017, 5:42 pm Reply

5 year later, still the same guy with the same humor, never change Chris

Nasmes Kartz

Dec 12, 2017, 6:45 pm Reply

After lots of hesitation, finally must subscribe to this channel. Love this video, and Happy New Year.

nawab256

Jan 1, 2018, 1:55 am Reply

watching in 2018 son!

amber lily

Jan 1, 2018, 6:20 am Reply

2018年1月1日

Loai Sultani

Jan 1, 2018, 6:47 pm Reply

2018

Blank

Jan 1, 2018, 12:15 am Reply

Watching in 2018

Kiki Abdulloh

Jan 1, 2018, 2:18 pm Reply

Dude, you're not looks fat here

PHAiley ANIME

Jan 1, 2018, 6:13 pm Reply

Yeah….I just watched this video in 2018….

Bogdan M.

Jan 1, 2018, 8:19 pm Reply

you have come big way from your first video Chris 😀

António

Jan 1, 2018, 12:46 am Reply

Watching this in 2018…

Lazy Leafeon

Jan 1, 2018, 12:38 am Reply

Do you still have a kotatsu ? if so do you have what i can only assume is a duvet for it ( from what I've seen in images ) also, last question can you magically get them in england? I'd be so grateful to have one in the winter _

ScotLAD

Jan 1, 2018, 3:11 am Reply

Watching in 2018, going back is like watching my child grow up. Best YouTuber ever.

Spectra Blaze

Jan 1, 2018, 1:29 pm Reply

Anyone checking in in 2018

Alistair Jackson

Jan 1, 2018, 8:02 pm Reply

Watching in 2018.

Michael Frazier

Jan 1, 2018, 12:54 am Reply

Why did he move to japan?

jamie ackerman

Jan 1, 2018, 3:27 pm Reply

00:00 a legend is born

Roshan Dhali

Jan 1, 2018, 11:42 pm Reply

is this his first video?

Justin

Jan 1, 2018, 11:44 pm Reply

Watching in 2018

Dhanush Mendu

Jan 1, 2018, 12:04 pm Reply

Sad to see hawk

Jayce Perkins

Jan 1, 2018, 6:23 am Reply

I'm going to have that tune stuck in my head for a week now.

Jacob Lepley

Jan 1, 2018, 8:04 pm Reply

Wow… 6 whole years

Gangster Hamster

Jan 1, 2018, 10:22 pm Reply

That place looks SO cozy I’ll love to live there for college

Oli Overwatch

Jan 1, 2018, 7:59 am Reply

Do you have a video on why you originally moved to Japan?

Ola Lalala

Jan 1, 2018, 1:44 pm Reply

"Rice cooker…havent used it yet…dont know how" This made my day

Tristan Knarr

Jan 1, 2018, 6:40 pm Reply

the guy who lived there before liked to stand naked in mirror and pretend he was a girl

Slit518

Jan 1, 2018, 12:54 am Reply

Where the heck do you find an apartment for less than 100 pounds a month? I could live in Japan part-time, pay a whole year off of the apartment, and travel back and forth between the US & Japan.

Morrius07

Jan 1, 2018, 9:12 am Reply

less than a 100 pounds a month? That's super cheap! Holy hell! I could even live in Japan. lol I love small cozy spaces. My dream house is a large room where the kitchen and bedroom is connected and the only separate room would be a bathroom.

avdey adz

Jan 1, 2018, 5:58 am Reply

Watching in 2018…

Beauty Babe

Jan 1, 2018, 9:46 pm Reply

I love this video. Your main room is lovely and I love the Japanese sliding doors ?

Tray Terra

Jan 1, 2018, 9:49 pm Reply

I need that toilet. Everyone does but I certainly want that toilet.

Connor Melton

Jan 1, 2018, 11:13 am Reply

Less than 100 pounds a month??? Damn, I should finish my schooling there lol. Dorm prices are killing my wallet.

zachary gierisch

Jan 1, 2018, 6:36 am Reply

Just finished all your videos just found your channel maybe 3 weeks ago your great and thanks for all the good content and I’m looking forward to more videos. I’ve always wanted to go to Japan all my life thanks to you I’ve been marking plans for later this year super excited just want to say thanks again

bulblast89

Jan 1, 2018, 5:14 pm Reply

Sukiyaki was an excellent choice for music.

Lord Explosion Murder

Jan 1, 2018, 6:12 pm Reply

"It's a pretty cold region, except it's not"
-Some guy named Chris, 2012

anon nymous

Feb 2, 2018, 2:03 pm Reply

Literally re-watching all your vids for the 4th or 5th time. Love all of it. Keep up the good work!

Sakura Nippon

Feb 2, 2018, 2:43 am Reply

Song at 0:35 anyone?

Gábor Molnár

Feb 2, 2018, 7:20 pm Reply

Wait, what is written on the plane? 😀 https://youtu.be/CDQ6UrStnIY?t=56s

kaevn

Feb 2, 2018, 11:24 pm Reply

I just watched all your videos, from most recent to your very first, it took me the whole week to complete it LOL! I noticed there no videos on tattoos in Japan. I was hoping maybe one day could dedicate a whole video to it. Thanks. love your videos.

thehalim

Feb 2, 2018, 10:28 am Reply

7:20 drink water eh? ????

mario marini

Feb 2, 2018, 9:13 pm Reply

but doesnt JET program pay for your house ??

Mikr Bruh

Feb 2, 2018, 7:47 pm Reply

was it really water tho

Nathan Smith

Feb 2, 2018, 4:20 am Reply

I think it would be interesting to see something along the lines of a "this is where I was, here is where I am now" video, in terms of how you've progressed linguistically, how you've adapted culturally, and any other way you may have progressed since the beginning, highlighting those key moments/people that helped you along the way. I've been subscribed for about the las three years now, and I've enjoyed the material you put out. Keep it going!

Happy K

Feb 2, 2018, 8:50 am Reply

Confused 2012 Chris has quite some charm to him.

Imonacloud Gaming

Feb 2, 2018, 4:14 pm Reply

whats the song name?

Daniel Salgado

Feb 2, 2018, 9:36 am Reply

I remember finding these first videos through reddit. Straight-forward, funny, sarcastic and informative. Quality videos with good editing and good humor. Glad the channel has grown to what it is now

Rahul

Feb 2, 2018, 5:31 pm Reply

Watching this and seeing how far you've come makes my heart happy.

Dog God

Feb 2, 2018, 8:56 am Reply

"Less than 100 pounds a month"
Are you friggin' kidding? Studio apartment smaller than that around where I live is at leas $500 a month (about 350 pounds)
And everyone told me Japan was expensive

Fig Newton

Feb 2, 2018, 12:42 pm Reply

What was the box thingy on the inside of the door

Alex Inquisitor

Mar 3, 2018, 8:11 am Reply

Anyone knows what is the starting background song?

Ink Bold

Mar 3, 2018, 12:32 pm Reply

Your successor of the house will wonder the same as to why your mirror has female figure carved in but you living there as a guy.

Tycho Kersten

Mar 3, 2018, 12:22 am Reply

Your video quality has gone up so much, love it!

RantingSpidermanTV

Sep 9, 2019, 2:19 am Reply

Like the McRib, this video is back.

mysticinvasion

Sep 9, 2019, 5:46 pm Reply

Only the mt. Fuji video left and all will be right in the world again.

IcyQuayle

Sep 9, 2019, 5:49 pm Reply

I dont know why but only recently this video has become available to watch for me. I thought the first video on the channel was the culture shock one?

Melinda Johnson

Sep 9, 2019, 10:49 pm Reply

Watching in 2019. Love this dude. From yr southern US fan.

Airman3221

Sep 9, 2019, 9:53 pm Reply

who's watching it in 2019?

Groundhog Day 1993 is AWESOME!

Sep 9, 2019, 11:43 am Reply

Practice sure makes perfect…. your videos have vastly IMPROVED over the years!

Jessie Carty

Sep 9, 2019, 1:24 pm Reply

Less than 100 pounds a month WOW even for 2012!

anima099

Sep 9, 2019, 1:35 pm Reply

Why did this suddenly make a reappearance?|

Edit: Oh I get it, copyright audio issues. Notice the "muted" parts.

Xenin7

Sep 9, 2019, 3:56 pm Reply

Ok I have two questions concerning the missing vids: 1. Couldn't you have just used a different track of music instead of just blocking out the sound completely? and 2. Is it also possible to recover the other North Korean missile vid you put up as well?

Øxygэи

Sep 9, 2019, 7:29 pm Reply

Watching in 2019 😀

George Benta

Sep 9, 2019, 8:57 am Reply

The video is back! 😀 This video was blocked before. But why is the audio cutting? Are the other blocked videos back too?

Frouch Itude

Sep 9, 2019, 12:14 pm Reply

Nice

cv 33

Sep 9, 2019, 12:16 pm Reply

Little did he know

Kool Aid

Sep 9, 2019, 1:56 pm Reply

Welcome to another episode of 'Why is this in my recommendations?'

Gojira Mosura

Sep 9, 2019, 2:33 pm Reply

2019? Anyone?

Balázs Bóta

Sep 9, 2019, 8:26 am Reply

Was this one of your videos that got taken down for copyright reasons? It just suddenly appeared out of nowhere.

Lewis 1992

Sep 9, 2019, 8:36 am Reply

Great to see the origins of the channel. I absolutely love this channel, it’s a great mixture of humour and information.

Thanks!

Lisa Naga

Sep 9, 2019, 4:36 pm Reply

Rewatching (yeah, binge… such is my life)… thanks Chris, we miss you… come back recharged?

Bagastya

Oct 10, 2019, 7:05 am Reply

Finally without that bloody copyright

Mfholiday

Oct 10, 2019, 8:26 am Reply

Classic

Jamie Lu

Oct 10, 2019, 10:00 am Reply

please do a reaction video

komo

Oct 10, 2019, 3:07 am Reply

Wtf, less than 100 pounds a month??? Apartments here are like 1300 Canadian a month..

~[Ματ2468χκ]

Oct 10, 2019, 6:04 am Reply

Nice Jesus sandals.

Adam Starkie

Oct 10, 2019, 4:23 pm Reply

Amazing how far you've come, Chris. It's been a pleasure to watch!

Voylin’s life

Oct 10, 2019, 7:07 am Reply

I know wh you changed the audio (copyright issues) but I prefered it with the old song ^^", + We can't hear you for a part

Puneet D. Thakur

Oct 10, 2019, 4:34 am Reply

Who is watching Chris's old video in 2019?

Danielle Hunt

Oct 10, 2019, 12:09 pm Reply

“HOPEFULLY I’ll put up some more videos of Japan”

Anirban Samanta

Oct 10, 2019, 2:17 am Reply

Wow, the video is back online! awesome job Chris! Interesting solution to the problem. 🙂

Micheal Prendergast

Oct 10, 2019, 10:06 pm Reply

???? this is hilarious

That guy you never knew

Oct 10, 2019, 10:05 am Reply

Wow back in the day, when Chris was still young not cynical and innocent. ?
Well young at least ?
Who am I kidding you sir have grown in awesome ways indeed.

Onigiri

Oct 10, 2019, 5:44 pm Reply

"It's perfect for living alone…

… "
?
And then Natsuki happened ?

Laia Bordas

Oct 10, 2019, 6:12 pm Reply

Talking about contrast! Practice really does make perfect!! xD
Don't know why Youtube recommended this video just now, but I'm glad it did 😛

Nic Flynn ニック フリン

Oct 10, 2019, 1:40 am Reply

Wow, it’s been 7 years. I can’t believe it..

Deepanshu kaswan

Oct 10, 2019, 12:17 pm Reply

YouTube recommendation in 2019??

Prince Afrika

Oct 10, 2019, 4:03 am Reply

Love the channel brother! Been watching your videos for a year now! However did you always plan on going to Japan and staying? What took you there? Just interested to know. Sending good wishes from the UK!

Mango

Oct 10, 2019, 5:10 pm Reply

Love your boobs

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