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  • ah christmas my favorite time of year there we go  

  • perfect we all love it for different reasons  family food jesus as for me i like it because  

  • of the presence to get the presents thatso sorely deserve i like to mock beneath the  

  • christmas tree the night before christmas  and guess what's inside each and every box  

  • this year though my christmas eve was rather  stressful when i opened my phone to reveal some  

  • some pretty worrying news instead of gettingjovial man burst down my chimney i received a  

  • news alert informing me that my beloved bathmat  that i've been using every day for two years now  

  • is actually filled with asbestos the toxic fiber  known to cause lung cancer asbestos heavy bath mat

  • yeah on the second day of christmas my true love  gave to me a bathmat filled with asbestos and a  

  • partridge in a pear tree doesn't really work  does it doesn't really fit the sort of upbeat  

  • christmas narrative yes rather embarrassingly it  turns out one of japan's biggest retailers sold  

  • 2.4 million items manufactured in a dodgy factory  in china where they tried to cut costs by stuffing  

  • various household items full of asbestos and if  you know the correct way to dispose of asbestos  

  • please leave a comment below help because i don't  really know what to do i mean i could do in a  

  • broad japan christmas giveaway could be rather  good no actually it's probably not a good idea  

  • but to be fair in a year where absolutely  everything went wrong it seemed like a fitting  

  • end to the year seemed like a fitting end to  2020 to get a visit from the ghost of christmas  

  • asbestos now for the past eight years that i've  lived in japan i've actually only been here for  

  • three christmases typically i flee to the uk to  stuff myself full of mulled wine and cheese but  

  • with everything going on in the world i couldn't  do that this year and there are many reasons that  

  • i avoid christmas in japan like a lot of foreign  residents that i know living here so in this video  

  • i thought i'd answer some key questions number one  what's it like to have christmas in japan number  

  • two why do i avoid it and number three why dorecommend not visiting the country between late  

  • december and early january for some pretty big  reasons which i'll get into in a minute but before  

  • that you might be wondering what father christmas  did actually bring me this year in between  

  • bath mats filled with cancer and i did actually  receive some pretty amazing things and some  

  • not so amazing things as well but we'll start  with the good stuff and my first thing is this  

  • cd projekt red the makers of cyberpunk 2077 uh  send me a collector's edition of the game in this  

  • gigantic box because it turns out some of the team  at cd projekt red actually watch abroad in japan  

  • how awesome is that and i look forward to playing  that on my imaginary playstation 5 when it arrives  

  • sometime in the next 10 years because right now  not even god can get a hold of a playstation 5. i  

  • do have a playstation 4 but i want to wait until  the glitches and performance issues have been  

  • ironed out so i could play it the way it was meant  to be played so thank you to cd projekt red for my  

  • favorite christmas present the second present well  it couldn't be any more different you might be  

  • aware that here on the abroad japan channel we've  tried and failed miserably to uh get ken watanabe  

  • japan's number one actor to feature on the show  for some years now fantastic actor you might have  

  • seen him in inception godzilla or the last samurai  however my pursuit of him has been so ruthless so  

  • obsessive and disturbing that i suspect any  chances of ever getting him on the show are pretty  

  • much gone by now but fortunately this christmas  an incredible viewer sent the next best thing uh  

  • which is of course [ __ ] up a life-size cardboard  cutout of the man himself there he is ken watanabe  

  • in the flesh in the cardboard and i look forward  to finding a use for ken sometime in 2021 most  

  • likely to uh scare children right let's just put  him over here in the background good old ken there  

  • you go actually it looks really looks really quite  disturbing let's just not do that you can go over  

  • there ken right present number three we're now  going into not so good present territory i think  

  • that might be an understatement this is white  musk uh air freshener it has this rather troubling  

  • english on the front that says uh john's blend  hang it in a closet a bedroom entrance doorknob  

  • etc john's proud aroma will spread in your room  john's proud aroma will spread in your room what  

  • a disgrace who is john why is he so proud of  his aroma what does it actually smell like  

  • oh god [ __ ] it smells like cigarettes apples  and despair i don't know what john was thinking  

  • i don't know why he's proud of that and finally  firmly at the bottom of my list quite comfortably  

  • is this pen shaped like a carrot might just be  the worst christmas present of all time from a now  

  • former friend and it says here in big letters  fresh veggie pen these look so real veggies  

  • look so real veggies but they are pens the veggie  pen would be a very fun gift item would it it's  

  • hard to imagine why someone felt this was an  appropriate gift item an item so unimaginably  

  • [ __ ] that it's practically begging for somebody  to buy it as a gift um and there you go a carrot  

  • like a pen clearly no expense spared there i'm  starting to think the asbestos bath map would make  

  • a better gift than this so how does japan  celebrate christmas does it celebrate  

  • christmas at all well even though roughly  one percent of japan's population claims to  

  • be christian and december 25th is not a public  holiday the christmas season does still exist  

  • in a rather bastardized commercialized form in  fact on the surface it almost looks like christmas  

  • back home in europe or north america you've got  the decorations the music the christmas trees  

  • the kfc bucket all right maybe not everything  but interestingly christmas in japan starts a  

  • month earlier than back home it kicks off on  november 1st when all the decorations go up  

  • christmas trees candles crap covers of last  christmas you can enjoy all that from november 1st  

  • but even though the christmas season startswhole month earlier than it does back home it also  

  • ends early as well rather bizarrely it ends on  december 26th almost overnight all the decorations  

  • and every sign of christmas is removed it's taken  down the end result is christmas in japan captures  

  • that excitement in the right to christmas day but  then boxing day just feels rather hollow and empty  

  • it's a bit like having a three-course meal but as  you're about to dive into dessert someone chucks  

  • a rock at it and [ __ ] it all up but you know  what for any criticism i may have of christmas in  

  • japan i'm still grateful to have it in some form  because you are able to get in the festive spirit  

  • despite it being a purely commercial holiday  uh where the origins of christianity and the  

  • nativity are all stripped away after all jesus  never really made it to japan well that is  

  • unless you believe the people of shingle village  and elmore prefecture where they believe jesus  

  • was quite literally laid to rest no i'm not making  it up tucked away in the mountains of north japan  

  • there's a tomb with a cross and even an impressive  stone tablet written in hebrew to commemorate the  

  • real resting place of jesus as well as an in-depth  story of how and why jesus made this surprising  

  • journey honestly it's either the most compelling  conspiracy in the history of christianity or it's  

  • a shitty pr stunt that went a little bit too far  uh and i'm inclined to believe it's the latter but  

  • i'm not here to judge you decide in the comments  below uh all i know is when i covered it in a  

  • video a few years ago an australian newspaper  referred to me as an alternate theorist which  

  • is a title i never knew i wanted but in the  absence of jesus the closest thing japan has  

  • to a divine spiritual figurehead for the festive  season is an individual of great power and great  

  • wisdom and i am of course talking about colonel  sanders and for once i'm really not exaggerating  

  • when december 25th rolls around colonel sanders  is essentially jesus christ and father christmas  

  • rolled into one when 3.6 million japanese families  sit down to eat a kfc christmas dinner which  

  • perhaps unsurprisingly is exactly what i did this  christmas the kfc christmas menu is a big deal for  

  • kfc said to make up a third of kfc japan's yearly  sales which is completely believable given you  

  • need to reserve it almost a month in advance  in order to secure the premium christmas menu  

  • the festive tradition kicked off in 1974 whenkfc manager allegedly heard an expat claim that  

  • chicken was the next best option after turkey  a meat which isn't commonly sold in japan kfc  

  • marketed their chicken party bucket as a delicious  alternative with the slogan kentucky christmas  

  • literally kentucky is christmas the luxurious  feast doesn't come cheap though at around four  

  • thousand yen about forty dollars though you do  get a lot of bang for your buck including a party  

  • box packed with eight pieces of chicken a triple  berry tiramisu and a shrimp gratin thrown in for  

  • extra measure for the real big spenders you can  even snag an entire premium roast chicken which  

  • costs a whopping 5 600 yen about 56 but seeing  as natsuki isn't a big spender this year we did  

  • without it's such a weird like array of dishes  and food kfc chicken a christmas cake and a gratin  

  • all laird under what's going on do you want it  merry christmas merry christmas so happy christmas

  • grace is over cold been over

  • maybe oh we're not quite that scared for  today while i'll admit the kfc christmas  

  • menu is no match for a full-blown christmas  dinner it's still a fun way to celebrate the  

  • christmas season i'm sure colonel sanders  would be proud and undeniably surprised  

  • to see how his finger-licking good food has  somehow become a beloved japanese tradition

  • so the main reason i avoid christmas in japan  is i always think back to my first christmas  

  • that i spent here back when i was an english  teacher working at a senior high school it'll be  

  • an empty senior high school because on christmas  day in japan there are no students they've all  

  • gone home for the holiday season however because  christmas isn't a national holiday in japan  

  • i still had to go into work i sat at my desk and  did nothing all day on christmas worse still the  

  • entire staff from was empty i worked with 120  teachers now those 120 teachers only about four  

  • of them actually stayed around and did something  while the rest took their annual leave in the  

  • run-up to the new year's holiday so what that  meant was i was sitting in a staff room alone  

  • just sort of doing doing nothing uh on christmas  day i was very stubborn i didn't want to use my  

  • few days of holiday leave i wanted to cling on  to it like the final hand grenade for a special  

  • occasion after wasting the day away at my desktrudged through the afternoon blizzard and i just  

  • remember i fell over in some snow and that was  that was a real low point i remember laying there  

  • in a pile of snow frozen to death while  my phone was bombarded with messages  

  • from friends and family around the world  eating turkey having fun opening presents

  • i cursed the day i stayed in japan  for christmas and did nothing

  • to be fair i only had myself to blame most of  my uh foreign colleagues had either gone home  

  • for christmas or going skiing for the week uhwas just a little bit stupid you know the absence  

  • of family and friends and a good christmas dinner  is one thing but there's all the other things you  

  • take for granted at christmas you know sitting  down to watch tv watch another remake of a  

  • christmas carol or a rerun of die hard or sitting  in a pub with a glass of mulled wine all those  

  • things it took moving to japan to make me realize  that there was far more to christmas than just  

  • christmas day itself and while my favorite bit  of christmas is actually those relaxing days in  

  • between christmas and new years where you can  sit down and play with your train set and open  

  • your buzz lightyear toy meanwhile in japan  though far from being relaxing in those days  

  • after christmas the whole country suddenly gets  very busy and chaotic and turns into a nightmare  

  • there are a few things scarier than going to  an atm and discovering that it doesn't dispense  

  • any cash especially in a country where cash is  king and credit cards still don't often work but  

  • that is exactly what happens over the new year's  holiday in japan where families across the country  

  • enjoy a rare get-together and for a short time the  country shuts down during new year's families in  

  • japan descend on temples and shrines to pray for  good luck in an event called hatsumode literally  

  • the first shrine visit and if you're into that  aspect of japanese culture it can be a rewarding  

  • experience to visit the country and take part  pray for your own good luck but if not i would  

  • genuinely advise you not to visit the country  between december 25th and january 5th because  

  • traveling is anything but fun whether it's  queuing outside one of the few restaurants  

  • that are still open standing for two hours on an  overcrowded shinkansen or wondering how you're  

  • gonna pay for it all because the atms don't work  between december 29th and january 3rd and for the  

  • three years that i've been in japan for new year's  i've forgotten this every single time and had to  

  • beg for money from my unamused friends i mean this  time this year again i have forgotten and i've got  

  • uh five i've got about a thousand one  thousand and eleven yen which is enough to buy  

  • like four kitkats um for the next few days still  if the worst comes to the worst i could always  

  • pawn off some items i think there's enough  here to maybe buy me uh maybe four or five  

  • breadcrumbs so there you have it christmas in  japan it's not really that bad is it and i mean  

  • the kfc christmas bucket while it's no  substitute for a real christmas dinner  

  • and as long as father christmas doesn't bring  you a carcinogenic bathmat japan is still one  

  • of the better non-christian countries to be  in if you want to get in the christmas spirit  

  • you know what 2020 not a great year but we  still do get to do some amazing things here  

  • and i wanted to end this video with a montage  of some of the highlights and best moments from  

  • 2020 here on the everyone japan channel but for  now guys as always for more behind the scenes  

  • videos check out the abroad japan patreon  in the description box below and on behalf  

  • of myself natsuki ryotaro pete donaldson from  the podcast and now ken watanabe himself i'd  

  • like to wish you all a very merry christmas andhappy new year roll the tape welcome to my house

  • this is

  • right that's not a green screen look i can  reach out i can touch it i can touch it

  • this is like a first person horror  game that i don't want to be in you  

  • think you're better than me  will you go for it you can't

  • hot sauce

  • kanpai cheers cheers

  • bye natsuki bye

ah christmas my favorite time of year there we go  

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    Yiu Fung Chow に公開 2021 年 09 月 01 日
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