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Tokyo's Secret Island Paradise | AOGASHIMA ★ ONLY in JAPAN

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Aogashima, Japan

Aogashima (青ヶ島?) is a volcanic Japanese island in the Philippine Sea. The island is administered by Tokyo and located approximately 358 kilometres south of Tokyo and 64 kilometres south of Hachijō-jima. It is the southernmost and most isolated inhabited island of the Izu archipelago.

Tokyo Beach?

After climbing and crossing Tokyo Bay's Rainbow Bridge, I walked through Tokyo's Odaiba Beach on a Sunday afternoon.

Table of Contents
00:53 Gathering Beach Shellfish for dinner
05:00 My iPhone gimbal needs a battery change
10:00 Walking the beach
13:35 Apartments on the Beach
14:30 Families
17:37 Large Woman in a Bathing Suit
21:44 Odaiba Seaside Decks / Shopping Area
23:20 Odaiba's Statue of Liberty
27:00 Walking to FUJI TV building
28:00 Waling to Diver City Shopping Mall
32:45 Gundam Mobile Suit Statue GONE?!
35:50 Go Inside the Mall
37:40 Walk back to Beach
40:10 One Day Passes
44:45 Future ONLY in JAPAN ideas
47:15 Let's go see the Android robot staff!
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Kanamara P*nis Festival Exposed ★ ONLY in JAPAN

★ Special Episode ★ This festival will next be held on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Here's a preview with all the background you'll need.
Japan's Kanamara Matsuri as you've never seen it before!

Every now and then something very bizarre from Japan pops up in the news. This time, it happens to be bright pink and carried around the streets of a town near Tokyo. The #Kanamara Matsuri / #Festival is definitely unusual but there is much more to this story including a strong historical backbone and religious significance.

So – WHY #JAPAN ?!?! WHY ?!?
The international media sees the images and write the stories but never ask the questions. Let me do that for you in this episode.

The festival sometimes dubbed the “Penis” festival or the Utamaro Festival has a long history going back 200 years.
It was created by a transgender salon in Asakusa called Elizabeth who wanted to bring attention to the issue of STD, HIV / AIDS and the LGBT community. They succeeded in getting a lot of attention but over the last several years, the message has gotten lost in the shock and -- bright pink of their hand made phallus. Whatever you may think about Elizabeth, there is no doubt that it is the most photographed mikoshi in Japan!

Kanamara #Shrine is dedicated to both fertility and a place for prayer for women afflicted by sexual diseases. It's a place women go to today to pray to get pregnant and for a healthy child.
Those who have been unfortunate to contract a STD have been coming here for centuries. The priests approach those afflicted with a lot of compassion. Kanamara Shrine is certainly one that opens its arms to anyone and everyone who is suffering and that compassion is admirable.

In recent years, the worldwide media attention has been overwhelming skewed on the weird and the Kanamara Matsuri has become something of a joke and embarrassment in many Japanese eyes. I really hope that this episode can help shed light on the cultural, historical and religious significance of this festival in Japan today. It's more than a gag, a comedy piece.

Parental Guidance suggested:
Because viewers of the shows come from all different backgrounds and ages, I highly recommend anyone under 13 have a parent watch with them. There are no actual body parts shown but I know the material is sensitive for parents; and parents should be the ones making the decision if this should be seen or not. I added a rating at the opening for this purpose.

Where is Kanamara Shrine?
Here's a Google Map:
Address: 2-13-16 Daishi Ekimae, Kawasaki Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture 210-0802
How to get to the Kanamara Matsuri:
Station: Kawasakidaishi Station / 川崎大師
Take the JR LINE to Kawasaki Station then change to the Keikyu Dashi Line, a 50 meter walk from JR. Take the train 3 stops, 140 Yen.

MUSIC CREDIT:
Teknoaxe /
The Unicycle Crew #136

64 Sundays by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (
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The video has the STANDARD YOUTUBE LICENSE and is not Creative Commons.

This show has been created and produced by John Daub ジョン・ドーブ. He's been living and working in Japan for over 18 years and regularly reports on TV for Japan's International Channel.

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Volcanic Sand Bath Experience ★ ONLY in JAPAN

VOLCANIC SAND BATH? YES!! Welcome to Ibusuki, Kagoshima!
In this episode, John travels to Kagoshima prefecture on the bottom of Kyushu to visit this unique style of onsen. It's call “suna mushi onsen” (砂むし温泉) in Japan. This style of Volcanic Sand Bath is only in Ibusuki, Kagoshima.

There are several health benefits associated to suna mushi onsen.
★ Good for the skin
★ Improves blood circulation
★ Increases your metabolism
★ Relaxation

The sand is on average 50 to 55 degrees Celsius (~122 F) and that heat can be adjusted for children (cooler) -- or hotter for those who can take the heat.
The recommended time limit in the sand bath is 10 minutes although I like to stay under for 15 minutes. You can stay as long as you like but to be honest, you can't stay over 15-20 minutes because your skin and body just can't manage it.

After the sand bath, you rinse off, return to blue yukata robe and soak in an onsen if you like.
The whole experience is only 1080 yen.
A small towel is 120 yen. Lockers and a yukata are included.

Getting to Kagoshima:
Flight: I flew SKYMARK airlines for 9,800 yen but ANA and JAL also fly to Kagoshima from Tokyo as well as Osaka / Kansai.

Train:
Kagoshima is now linked by the Shinkansen like from Tokyo but it takes about 7-8 hours with a change of trains in either Hakata (Fukuoka).

Bus: There are night buses from Osaka, Fukuoka and Tokyo.
I recommend flying though.

Google Map:

Suna Mushi Onsen
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Subtitles: I welcome any help with any language so viewers around the world can enjoy the show! Submit subtitles here: THANK YOU! Send me a message when finished so I can give you credit.

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This show has been created and produced by John Daub ジョン・ドーブ. He's been living and working in Japan for over 18 years and regularly reports on TV for Japan's International Channel.
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Sapporo Snow Festival Experience ★ ONLY in JAPAN #45 札幌雪祭り!

Update: The 2018 Sapporo Snow Festival will be held between February 5 to February 12, 2018. This video will help you get an idea of what to expect.

Japan's most amazing snow festival takes place every February in Sapporo and we're flying there to bring you to the fun!
So -- grab your down jackets and snow boots! It's Hokkaido and Japan's northern most capitol is cold.
The Sapporo Snow Festival is a must-see event for any visitor to Japan in February and this episode will highlight things you should know before going.

In this episode, John travels from Tokyo to Sapporo and spends a couple of days exploring the attractions at Odori Park and Susukino, Sapporo's entertainment district. We feature Sapporo TVs Attack on Titan snow sculpture and light show as well as tour the Dragon Ball , Macau's Ruins of St. Paul and The Hokkaido Shinkansen snow sculptures.

Sapporo Snow Festival Food
★ Grilled Uni (Sea Urchin) 700 Yen
★ Grilled Hotate (Sea Scallop) 500 Yen
★ Grilled Snow Shell (Crab) 1000 Yen
★ Asahikawa Ramen (Shio ramen) 700 Yen
★ Sapporo Miso Ramen 500 Yen

Ice Cleats (Suberidome / 滑り止め)
1000 Yen at convenient stores

Sapporo TV Tower
Entrance 720 Yen
Hours: Open from 9:30am to 9:30pm
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Please follow us for updates!

* Special thanks to Sapporo TV for explaining their snow sculpture in detail to me this year.
* Thank you to Sapporo TV Tower staff for guiding me around the tower and their kindness.

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This show has been created and produced by John Daub ジョン・ドーブ. He's been living and working in Japan for over 18 years and regularly reports on TV for Japan's International Channel.

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