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  • so this is my uh my vladimir putin calendar  um it's on sale in just about every shop  

  • in japan they love i love putin in japan ummight not agree with the man or the politics but  

  • there's no doubt the photos in this calendar bring  me a lot of joy in my everyday life so here he is  

  • uh with some binoculars just looking through  some binoculars here he is it's casually sitting  

  • on a rock and having a bit of fun yeah it's a  great reminder that you can run a country of 146  

  • million people but you can also you can also have  a little bit of fun along the way as well lovely  

  • they say you can learn an awful lot about  someone from having a look at their bookshelf so  

  • i'm not really sure this is a good idea i call  it my disappointing bookshelf because by the  

  • standards of most bookshelves it's pretty small  just by virtue of the fact i do live in a tiny  

  • japanese apartment with walls made of paper i'd  like to point out most of my uh more intellectual  

  • books they're all on kindle so don't judge  me just buy these books all my goods you know  

  • intellectual books they're definitely definitely  on my kindle i do think now more than ever there  

  • is a place for physical books in a world where  everything's digitized i like to just walk in here  

  • if i'm feeling like i haven't got any ideas  or inspiration i can turn my attention  

  • to this bookshelf just simply pick up a book and  you know dive in and find ideas and inspiration  

  • it's not all books on here though there are  various objects and narcissistic items designed to  

  • inflate my ego like this paper this newspaper and  this is the japan news the english um component of  

  • the yamiri shimbun the biggest newspaper in japan  here on the back on the on the back of the paper  

  • uh videos videos like a party videos likeparty look for the real japan and then beneath  

  • this huge headline there's a large photo of  me standing alone in the middle of a road  

  • filming myself with a camera alone videos videos  like a party nevertheless it was a privilege um so  

  • thank you to the yamiri shinmun for that um where  to start let's start with some of the more weird  

  • things we've got here let's start with oshiritante  literally detective [ __ ] he is a detective with  

  • a ass for a face and um he goes around solving  crimes really i'm not really into or shiritante  

  • even though he's a really quite big figure in  japan particularly for kids he's designed for kids  

  • don't know who thought that was a good idea  really and the reason i own it is not because  

  • i like this character or the concept in  any way shape or form but it reminds me to  

  • think outside the box because you don't need to  write a masterpiece with great narrative structure  

  • or wonderful characters you literally just need  a detective with an ass for a face to succeed  

  • and the money will come rolling in the bar can  be fantastically low also got this dvd here  

  • of this is a superhero japanese superhero planting  tree man let's make the forest of life with  

  • dream courage and hope his motives are simply to  encourage the planting of trees i got given this  

  • when i was at a buddhist ceremony once the people  working there i think they had too much money to  

  • spend and for tax reasons maybe they wanted to you  know spend the money on something and that's where  

  • planting tree man came in although given the sheer  amount of youtubers who seem to be planting trees  

  • at the moment um it seems like it was ahead of its  time bit prophetic if anything planting tree man  

  • continuing on the theme of slightly odd stuff  this is a notepad i bought from the 100 yen store  

  • where they often have weird english written  on the front um this isn't so much weird as  

  • well it made me think made me reflect  on my life and how i do things  

  • it says you alone can change your life no one  else can have a really fun day meow meow meow  

  • i don't know why this is there i don't know if  it's the cat saying it it seems like a slightly  

  • odd juxtaposition nevertheless i like that and uh  whenever i'm having a bad day i don't look at it  

  • while we're up here we've got some artwork  some of the coolest fan art i've had  

  • handed to me in person at an event in tokyo in  february i've got myself there natsuki with the  

  • balloons i don't like the fact that riotro is on  a cloud sort of insinuating he's got some sort of  

  • god-like status that's my only criticism other  than that fantastic artwork and thanks again to  

  • the person who made that you're awesome there's  a few books on here that i'm a little bit  

  • uncomfortable with being on the shelves for one  reason or another um i think this is one of them  

  • the big book of philosophy um it's it's  a bit awkward in conversations when you  

  • bring this up to be honest hmm yes i find in  these highly irrational times people tend to  

  • underestimate the important row philosophy  can play within contemporary discourse  

  • wouldn't you wouldn't you agree yeah oh yeah  definitely it's important to um think about  

  • stuff um where did you where'd you study yes well  i was initially at oxford for three years i did an  

  • awfully long thesis on the unified account  of rationality in belief desire in action  

  • oh yeah yeah i like that one it was quite the  adventure down the academic rabbit hole so to  

  • speak how about yourself where did you do  your reading um the big book of philosophy  

  • oh gosh oh dear i did actually buy this  book for a good reason though other than a  

  • nice presented overview of philosophy about  four or five years ago when i got this book  

  • i was studying japanese and i stumbled across this  memorization technique that meant i could learn  

  • 40 to 50 japanese kanji characters in a day how  to write them and their meaning i started applying  

  • that memorization technique to just general  information so the idea was i was to get this book  

  • go through every single one of the 300 pages and  memorize all the philosophical kind of terms the  

  • people the times you know what for the first  30 to 40 pages i actually succeeded i was able  

  • to memorize the people the places the facts pretty  well um and then i realized at the end of it all  

  • that i needed to get out more and that was the  end of that oh and then i forgot it all and that  

  • was a complete waste of time i think the second  most embarrassing thing on this bookshelf is this  

  • um what was that no that's a receipt from from  a bookshop 14 pounds ah so that's how much  

  • my relatives spent on this book at christmas this  was brought to me by a relative who knew that i  

  • loved filmmaking but didn't know that i despised  the for dummies series which tends to oversimplify  

  • things it's true it's written by an award-winning  filmmaker but i just don't like them i can't stand  

  • them i think they're hideous i think they're ugly  you see them on coffee tables people never read  

  • them the only time i actually find practical  application practical use for this is when i'm  

  • using it to prop open my door you know you need  to keep the door open it's actually the perfect  

  • size and weight to make that happen and that is  why i still carry it besides i'm not a dummy i  

  • don't think a dummy could make videos like a party  if you do actually want to learn about filmmaking  

  • highly recommend the big screen by david thompson  fantastic overview no criticisms there better than  

  • filmmaking for dummies i've got quite  a few books that seem to revolve around  

  • creativity and self-help i've got this book here  this little book 642 tiny things to write about  

  • and inside you've got loads of random prompts  and things to kind of give you ideas like write  

  • a breakup text to yourself if you could time  travel to last week for one hour what would  

  • you do i think i wouldn't have drunk as much sake  on friday write a one-line ad for a rubber band  

  • bendy bollock far don't [ __ ] know write the  first line of a constitution for the new country  

  • you just founded uh in the country of broad topia  nobody can buy or sell legally the for dummies  

  • guide series of books they are  completely outlawed on penalty of death  

  • there are some things on this bookshelf i look at  and think oh that's disappointing like this book  

  • here the daily stoic journal this is a diary and  you're encouraged to reflect on your day basically  

  • the good and the bad and i bought this with a real  sense of optimism for the first time in my life i  

  • was actually going to sit down and keep a journal  keep a diary and i got two how far did i get  

  • that's empty oh dear didn't even make it to  the end of january i made it to january 23rd  

  • and then i gave up so that was unfortunate it's  a good book though i do recommend it and it does  

  • kind of make you think about what you're  doing in everyday life so i mean this one  

  • may 13th write about the bad habits you're fueling  um in my case not writing in the diary i suppose  

  • one thing you might have noticed is there's a  complete lack of fiction on these shelves the  

  • only fiction that i have is this animal farm  george orwell's animal farm fantastic book  

  • even then that is essentially non-fiction it's one  big allegory for the rise of the communist party  

  • in russia nevertheless great book fantastic guide  on how not to run an agricultural business and  

  • the artwork is fantastic look at that i used to be  something of a self-help junkie around the age of  

  • 18 19 i was a bit lost in life i didn't  know where i was going or what i was doing  

  • don't think i do now really but back then i needed  some help and i did buy a lot of self-help books  

  • along the way such as the seven habits of highly  effective people i don't really like it instead  

  • of reading books like this i would just recommend  reading autobiographies about entrepreneurs and  

  • what they went through to build their company  or what they battled against to get there  

  • what are the seven habits of highly successful  people spoiler alert be proactive think and win  

  • synergise sharpen the saw jesus it sounds like  sounds like some pretty dodgy advice to me  

  • and these are going to make me look really bad  given what they're called not doing myself any  

  • favors here the 33 strategies of war and this one  is the 48 laws of power straight off of a bomb  

  • villains bookshelf above all they are really just  history lessons for example law number four always  

  • say less than necessary and then we've got case  studies here from roman history french history  

  • backing up that principle so it's quite above all  it's basically a history lesson that just sounds  

  • a lot more sinister than it is but i highly  recommend it if you're into business strategy  

  • history really good books highly recommend them  very well written by robert greene i should  

  • probably turn some attention to the japanese books  given that that is overwhelmingly what i have on  

  • these shelves and that is because for the most  part i find when it comes to learning materials  

  • in japanese they're still better in printed form  and that's because in japan printing is still much  

  • bigger than digital bear that in mind if you want  to learn japanese i think my favorite learning  

  • japanese book is down here as you can see it's  ripped to pieces just because i've actually used  

  • it quite a lot over the years i still occasionally  use it now the ultimate japanese phrase book  

  • this book has 1800 sentences uh used in everyday  life in japan it doesn't teach you the grammar  

  • but what it does do is teach you casual useful  phrases like my wife is having an affair  

  • in this it's a useful phrase to know they have  a section for just about every situation you'd  

  • ever face um often in chronological order  for example this one has the private zone  

  • and it talks about dating  can i sit next to you tonight

  • sweet talk i'm having a great time with you

  • can i walk you home

  • is there a love hotel near here shikakuni do  you have protection get the idea it takes you  

  • from going on your first date to kissing and  doing stuff in love hotels to having children  

  • babies kids and teens and then eventually and  inevitably it ends with divorce i've got some  

  • manga books here which i use for learning and  reading um one piece and detective conan i  

  • never really got into manga though so don't ask  me questions about manga because i don't know  

  • any and then also for the next level up there's  breaking into japanese literature where they have  

  • on one side they have the japanese and then on the  other side there's the english translations now  

  • there is a book here on the shelf that is a little  bit odd it's not something i would normally buy  

  • or get or read and it is this one uh onago room  it's basically a book filled with fantastic photos  

  • of rooms of girls or girls rooms um like that  one that's a girl in a room i was in a bookshop  

  • in sendai i was strolling through it and this  book caught my eye i think the front cover is  

  • quite provocative it's quite cool and i picked  it up and had a flick through and i was just  

  • completely in awe of the sheer variety of rooms  one of the things you find we're living in japan  

  • is we don't have a lot of space to live in you  really have to be creative and flicking through  

  • this book just seeing how women across the country  have adapted their rooms and managed to pack all  

  • their belongings into such a small space and  infuse their own kind of sense of personality  

  • i find it really kind of hypnotically brilliant  and interesting some rooms are tidier than others  

  • as you can see and also as somebody who's into  film and cinematography i really enjoyed looking  

  • at the composition of the images and the lighting  it sounds like i'm making this up sounds like i'm  

  • trying to justify why i bought this book which may  appear to be a little bit sleazy pretend though  

  • great book onago room and it's by shiori kawamoto  because most of my favorite books aren't here  

  • on this bookshelf and i don't feel like it's an  entirely accurate representation of who i am i'm  

  • going to list off a few books that i do recommend  that i do love the first one is the obstacle  

  • is the way by ryan holliday the ancient art of  turning adversity to advantage it basically uses  

  • stoic philosophy as we saw earlier with this book  i think he wrote this one as well actually brian  

  • holliday he loves stoicism but it kind of gives  you a framework for everyday living that helps  

  • you take on lots of challenges and feel like you  can actually win samurai william by giles milton  

  • chronicles the real life adventure and story of  william adams a british guy who got on a boat for  

  • two years sailed to japan and ended up becoming  the right-hand man of tokugawa iayasu the most