LWIF EP125: Japan’s Body Image Gym

So I found out about this special gym in Japan by one of my viewers, who said it was unlike anything he’s seen before in North America. Instead of focusing on only body fitness, it also does fashion, hair styling, and make-up. Not only that, it also acts as a kind of social club. I seriously had a very hard time editing this video, because everyone was so positive about the experience and it felt like I was making a giant ad for the place. But as you know, I always disclose sponsorships, and this is not a sponsored video.…

LWIF EP123: Making Hoshi-imo at a Japanese Sweet Potato Factory

We visit Namegata’s Farmer’s Village in Ibaraki to make dried sweet potatoes (hoshi-imo) in a school that was converted into a working sweet potato factory as well as a museum. Thanks to Ibaraki TV who invited us and sponsored our visit. To learn more about Ibaraki, please visit: Kanko Ibaraki Ibakira TV What’s a Farmer’s Village like where you’re from?

LWIF EP122: Why Foreigners Have Difficulty Renting in Japan

In a recent survey by the Japanese Ministry of Justice, it was found that 4 out of 10 foreign residents in Japan have been refused tenancy because they were a foreigner. In this video, we explore why it’s so hard for foreigners to rent in Japan. Special Thanks! David Chart¬†https://www.patreon.com/mimusubi/ Erica Kyde & Eric https://www.youtube.com/user/kepsux John Daub https://www.youtube.com/user/ONLYinJAPANWAORYU Kanagawa Housing Support Center for Foreigners http://sumasen.com/ (they have very helpful renting in Japan guides you can download) Taka from Tokyo Best Realtors http://www.tokyobestapartment.com/ Sources: Japan Ministry of Justice Foreign Residents Survey 2016 http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001249011.pdf https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/31/japan-racism-survey-reveals-one-in-three-foreigners-experience-discrimination http://www.davidchart.com/2016/11/02/experiences-of-racism-in-japan/ http://www.davidchart.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/kawasaki-interviews-on-discrimination.pdf http://www.davidchart.com/2015/05/27/racism-in-japan/ http://www.davidchart.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Discrimination-in-Kawasaki.pdf https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/12/25/national/japan-approves-steps-help-make-life-easier-foreign-workers/#.XFd951wzZPa Leopalace 21…

LWIF EP118: Pros and Cons of Life Outside Tokyo | Rural Japan

I usually tell stories about what life is like in Tokyo, because that’s where our family lives. But today we head out to Matsuyama in the prefecture of Ehime to find out what life in non-Tokyo, the countryside of Japan, is like. Special thanks to Sherry for showing me around Matsuyama/Ehime. Check out her YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/SherryBerryinEhimeENG Sources http://cornerstonemag.net/urbanization-city-growth/ http://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/ https://population.un.org/wup/Country-Profiles/ https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/08/japan-rural-decline/537375/ https://www.mof.go.jp/english/pri/publication/pp_review/fy2017/ppr14_01_06.pdf https://www.tofugu.com/japan/japanese-countryside-emptying/ https://apjjf.org/2017/06/Matanle.html https://scholarship.depauw.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1049&context=studentresearch Matsuyama – By Reggaeman – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10946362