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  • (light music)

  • - So we've been living in Japan for almost four years now

  • but most of our videos are around the Tokyo area

  • and we don't really get to explore Kyoto enough.

  • - So when we got an email from The Mimaru Hotel being like,

  • "Do you guys wanna come out to Kyoto and stay in our hotel

  • "and explore our neighborhood?" we were like

  • (funky violin music)

  • - Of course! - Heck yes!

  • - So today we're gonna show you a little video

  • about what we like to do in 48 hours in Kyoto.

  • (jazzy bass music)

  • - So we're at Takagi Coffee and this isn't one of those

  • places that we normally recommend, where we're like,

  • it's modern, it's new, it's got this, it's got that.

  • No, it just feels like a kind of local, comfortable, diner.

  • The kind of place that I go to on like Saturdays and

  • Sundays with my best friend Jackie.

  • And it was like a little greasy spoon where they would make

  • just like eggs and things that you could make at home.

  • - This isn't a modern cafe, I think the aesthetic stopped

  • at like 1978.

  • - They opened in 1976, so--

  • - Really, that's it, they kept the same vibe

  • It has an awesome vibe.

  • - Lovely.

  • - There's a lot of smoking in here

  • a lot of salary men here also but it's got a good

  • kind of home diner feel to it.

  • - And I also love the fact that it feels extremely polite.

  • When you go to visit diners in North America

  • there's almost like a joke feeling of people being like,

  • "What do you want," and there's like cigarettes falling

  • into your food and you're like "It's gonna taste great."

  • Here's the opposite, everyone's polite and lovely

  • and wearing really beautiful uniforms and bow ties.

  • It's just like going back to a polite time period.

  • - Nobody's been rude to me yet, like where's the sass?

  • Where's the attitude?

  • I ordered, you're not allowed to have any of this.

  • - Okay.

  • - I ordered the hot dog set because I know when you see it

  • you're gonna be like damn I wanna try some.

  • - I ordered omurice and a comforting omurice.

  • This sounds like it's gonna be amazing.

  • - This place seems like the perfect place to get an omurice.

  • - Yeah, I know.

  • (sensual music)

  • - Martina got the omurice set, I thought I'd be adventurous

  • and try the hot dog set.

  • - Yes, what did you get?

  • - I mean, I got a hot dog bun with four different wieners

  • in here and some gravy put on it and some iceberg lettuce

  • and a fork.

  • How do I eat a hot dog with a fork?

  • Mmmmm.

  • - Is it a sausage, is it a hot dog?

  • The world needs to know Simon.

  • - It's not bad.

  • (laughing)

  • I'm actually disappointed that it's not bad,

  • I was expecting this to be a lot worse.

  • - And you're European so you're quite picky.

  • - [Simon] So one of the reasons we're recommending

  • this place is because we found a lot of coffee shops

  • don't really open that early.

  • A lot of them open around 10 a.m.,

  • and if you're coming here and your jet lagged and your awake

  • at seven, come here, get some decent coffee.

  • It's got toast and it's got sausage. (laughing)

  • - Everything you want from a diner in Japan.

  • - It is pretty smokey here.

  • - All right tally-ho snuffmuffler, we're leaving.

  • - Stop trying to make snuffmuffler happen,

  • it's not going to happen

  • - Could be snuffmuffler.

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  • Now this is gonna be, you know, high level of hipster

  • Martina coming out here, but one of the things that we

  • really love to do in Kyoto is to just get lost in very

  • noisy intersections because that's real life and for real.

  • You just wander around and it's very different than being in

  • Tokyo because the buildings don't go extremely high

  • which means you can't see past all the streets.

  • So you'll be walking

  • and then you just turn a corner and you go,

  • "Oh my god, there's like a little temple here."

  • And it's like this little tiny bit of ancient Japan nestled

  • in between an apartment building lump a modern motorcycle.

  • So I really have to say just get lost in Kyoto between

  • destinations when you're walking.

  • If it's raining, if it's snowy,

  • you're gonna find something amazing.

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  • Well this place was extremely difficult to find.

  • - [Simon] It's not on the main street, it's hidden behind a

  • parking lot.

  • But this place right here, Weekenders,

  • is a gem of a coffee shop.

  • - Also, I'd like you to notice Exhibit A,

  • Dan if you could just pan around here to, yup

  • - When we recommend places for you,

  • these aren't easy to find, these are hidden special gems.

  • And this coffee here is really damn good.

  • - [Martina] I know it's great.

  • - [Simon] I'm really enjoying this latte.

  • - [Martina] The espresso is beautiful.

  • - It's built out of this old looking house and they have

  • really modern style espresso drinks.

  • You know, with like the clean glass looks and...

  • - I know what you're trying to say.

  • - Well what's that aesthetic called, is there a name for it?

  • (upbeat music)

  • - We went for one coffee shop which was like old-school

  • diner feel and now we're going to a place that is updated

  • and modern, doing hand drip coffee.

  • I'm sure you're looking a sexy food porn shots of this

  • as we speak.

  • (lofi music)

  • (bubbly music)

  • Tanuki.

  • I think I like swings so much because I don't feel my body

  • on a swing.

  • Tanukis.

  • (light music)

  • - I'm very excited for this place here, this is

  • Gontaro Okazaki.

  • My friend who's a super otaku for udon,

  • he loves udon more than anything else, said that we have to

  • eat at this place here in Kyoto because

  • not all udon is the same.

  • Tokyo udon and Kyoto udon

  • have very different tastes. - Different beasts.

  • - I think one of the things about Japan that's no neat

  • is that you feel like you might know one area really well.

  • Perhaps you've been here a couple times and you're like,

  • "Oh I know Japan I don't need to have udon again."

  • But you do because every region just has something so

  • lightly different.

  • - Kind of like how Texas mexican food and L.A. mexican

  • food is very different Mexican food.

  • The udon here is gonna taste much different than what we're

  • used to, gonna call it you-don.

  • - You might've called it you-don

  • - The you-don, here comes our beer.

  • - Cold beer.

  • (speaking in foreign language)

  • - Hai.

  • - Isn't this lovely?

  • - They just got such a nice outfit on.

  • - Yeah.

  • - Simon's like I didn't notice because I'm a boy.

  • - No, I noticed!

  • - Did you see her shoes?

  • - That I didn't notice, I have never noticed a woman's

  • shoes, that's not just because I'm a man, it's because I'm

  • so tall that from the distance you can't see peoples feet.

  • - From a distance, you guys can't see this but we keep

  • distracting and looking over because the sun is setting.

  • And it's cutting through these clouds behind us

  • and we just had a sun shower where we heard the rain

  • glittering down upon the trees beside us,

  • I'm like this is nonsense. - Right above us.

  • We got the mosquitoes nibbling our ankles below us.

  • - Nibbling gently at our ankles

  • - We got this beautiful house here.

  • - What a nice balmy, 33 degree, October 1st.

  • Kampai!

  • (funky music)

  • Itadakimasu - Itadakimasu

  • - I'm going in for my shrimp

  • - Oh look at that.

  • Beautiful, steamy noodles. (slurps)

  • So this here is a tentoji udon, this is a Kyoto specialty.

  • It's tempura udon with scrambled egg on top.

  • The egg is super soft and silky and it just has a very home

  • cooking kind of feel to it, yum!

  • This is so different.

  • - [Martina] So good.

  • - Wow, so much sweeter, the noodles when it comes

  • to Kyoto udon are a lot softer.

  • From what I've been told

  • you're not supposed to chew them as much as it's supposed to

  • have a good throat feel.

  • There's a Japanese word for it that I don't know.

  • Also the broth is super sweet compared to what Tokyo

  • broth is like.

  • It's not like candy but it just tastes a lot sweeter.

  • - They do like mirin or when they do miso soup it always

  • seems to fall a little bit on the just sweeter side.

  • - [Simon] Yeah.

  • - But the throat feel thing, it's a real thing.

  • You just put it in your mouth and then you swallow the

  • noodles whole and it's supposed to be soft enough that you

  • can do that, one shot, no chewing.

  • - How'd that feel?

  • - Felt very warm.

  • - It's very warm.

  • - I still feel a whole warm mass of udon noodles making--

  • - You feel the warm as it works it's way down your throat.

  • - I feel it warming, yes I do.

  • - There you go. - Yes.

  • - This house to me feels almost kind of like a smaller

  • version of that Kyoto Kitcho house we went to.

  • This feels like we're part of a different land right now.

  • This doesn't feel like Tokyo whatsoever.

  • - Can't hear you over the sound of the truck.

  • - I said it feels like we're part of a different land.

  • - Oh I see.

  • - It's very

  • - Tranquil

  • - Very historic.

  • (low funky beat)

  • Never really knew that you could dance like this

  • She makes a man wants to speak Spanish

  • Como se llama, bonita, mi casa, su casa

  • Shakira Shakira

  • - You see how it looks?

  • Just testing out the camera angles, this is the kind of

  • difficult thing, you have to figure out when filming.

  • - Especially with me because I'm a big boy, I shake

  • everything when I move.

  • - Oh my god Simon, how are you doing that?

  • When I walk around I'm just like

  • din-din-din-din-din-din

  • and you're like nein-nein-nein.

  • See look at this.

  • - I'm a big boy.

  • - We've been through this before,

  • look at my eye level, nips.

  • - Stop staring at the nips, you pervert.

  • - You're so pervert I can pick you up and squeeze--

  • - [Martina] Bork bork, bork bork.

  • Oh no, snuffmuffler's angry

  • - [Simon] Bork bork.

  • - Come here big snuffmuffler.

  • Good job, snuffmuffle.

  • Little muffler of snuffs.

  • Oh yeah, get on top, hi-yah!

  • So we're going to be sticking in today and just making

  • like a nabe hot-pot miso because there's a kitchen in our

  • hotel room and you know that we're really into cooking.

  • So there's like tons of stuff you have to do after vlogging

  • and unloading and dumping and everything sounds like

  • a washroom joke but since I'm in Kyoto I'm gonna kind of

  • indulge in the local miso.