TOKYO, Japan travel guide: Akihabara, Bic Camera, Pachinko, Ueno Park | Vlog 7

TOKYO, Japan travel guide: Akihabara, Bic Camera, Pachinko, Ueno Park | Vlog 7


Hey, did I catch you drinking a Coke
in the streets of Tokyo? Yeah. You know you’re not
supposed to do that. Japanese don’t drink
anything here on the streets. -If you buy something…
-No, there are all kinds of people -No, not at all.
-No. -Watch… two people just…
-Nobody is drinking. Two people just walked by. Japanese people don’t drink
or eat on the streets If you buy something
from the vending machines, you drink right there. [music] When you think of Japan,
a lot of people associate with electronics, computers, flashing signs, manga, anime, and, you know, the best place
to see all this together is this area here called Akihabara,
known as Tokyo’s electric town. You got to keep some order here,
lines to go and lines to come back, otherwise, you can’t. The fame year started
shortly after World War II as Akihabara became
a major center for electronics and also the post-war black market,
and then it just grew. Today we’re gonna walk
from Akihabara to Ueno and see what we find
along the way. Look at these girls. [music] Isn’t it like a dream come true
to be in an electronics store in Japan? Can you tell the prices? -Yeah, $135.
-Are they good? -I know, but is that good?
-I don’t know. So, this is the price
for the new Sony Alpha 7R III. ¥346 (thousand) for the body only. It’s more expensive than in the U.S. This third ring is set up
for f-stop Look at that,
right there. This is your focus
and this is your zoom. -This is the new lens?
-Oh, yeah. You’re excited, huh? This was the lens
that Gordon checked. ¥127,000. This is our camera
that we got in the U.S. Let’s see if here
it would be cheaper. ¥202 (thousand), that is like US$2,000,
just for the body. It’s expensive, isn’t it? How much there at B&H? $2,000, yeah, plus taxes in the U.S. And here if we can take
the 15 percent off? Salesman: Oh! Oh, my God!
You know, in Japan, our camera shop is every day the price (goes) up and down -Gordon: Yes.
-Renata: Uh-huh. Salesman: Today, the price is ¥230,750 -Gordon: No, it’s right there.
-[laughter] I see it with my two eyes. Salesman: Yeah, yeah.
Oh, my God, this is my mistake. Guess what? The price was wrong.
Salesman almost went crazy here. So, it is like ¥30,000 more,
then it is cheaper in the U.S. That is so interesting. I thought because Canon
is Japanese or Sony, it would be cheaper
to buy here, but no. We got 15 percent off
for tax-free, but even with this discount,
it is still more expensive. [music] This is creative.
A bag that becomes your own seat. Now this here, it’s a discount
chain store all over Japan. And look at what’s down here Pachinko, this is really
big business in Japan. -Loud.
-It is very. Pachinko is a mix
of arcade game with gambling and it generates
more revenue in Japan compared to gambling in Las Vegas,
Macau, and Singapore combined. This store is called Don Quijote or simply “Donki”,
as the Japanese know it. Oh, there’s so much going on here. You’ll find
all kinds of things here. [music] Are you winning? I always win.
I’m a winner. [laughs] If you’re familiar
with Japanese pop culture, you’ll recognize this group here. This is AKB48.
It’s a Japanese idol girl group. Named after Akihabara. AKB stands for Akihabara. At some point,
they had 48 members. Today, it’s more than a hundred. And their theater is located
right here inside the store Eighth floor,
it’s where they perform every day. [music] A quick lunch break here. And I discovered
a new dish for me. This is called doria. It’s a rice-and-butter-based dish
and it looks very Italian. This is so good. Mmm. You like it, too, don’t you? It’s so delicious and so creamy. Look at the rice here, And I can’t believe
how cheap this is, ¥300, like US$3. [music] These girls are dressed as maids,
like fantasy style. In fact, there are lots
of maid cafes here in Akihabara. They served you
dressed like that, and there are shows
and everything. Totally old school. This reminds me of childhood. Are you understand everything,
all the settings? -Absolutely.
-[laughs] Oh, you won.
[laughs] Look at you.
You won. Give me one. -You want more?
-Yeah. So, let’s see how good you are now. How crazy.
You can smoke here inside. There are people smoking there.
It’s allowed. It felt like childhood again? -No.
-Why not? Because you lost? [laughs] [music] Just a few blocks
from all that craziness, two interesting religious sites here. And, listen, how peaceful. You hear the cicadas
and no traffic. This temple here
is called Yushima Seido. The Confucius temple established
in the 17th century. Once I had a guide here in Tokyo, and she told me that kids
come here to pray to get to good schools. I guess this is what they’re doing. The largest Confucius statue
in the world. [music] The gate between the sacred
and the ordinary. Very close to that temple,
you’ll find Kanda Shrine which is over 1,200 years old. Most likely, the oldest
Shinto shrine in Tokyo. Before getting in,
you should purify yourself right here. Let me show you what you need to do. You see? First, you wash your left hand, then you wash your right hand, then you get some water,
clean your mouth, spit what’s left, and use the remaining water
to clean the stick, and then you’re ready. [music] This is very interesting
about Japanese people. Regardless of their religion,
they come to Shinto shrines for happy celebrations. New Year’s Day,
for example, a birth, or some kind of festivity. And they go to Buddhist temples
for occasions they are not so happy, like pray for the dead. They go to both,
pray to both, respect both. The current structure here
of the shrine is rebuilt several times Yeah Fire, earthquakes, war. It’s actually difficult
to find old buildings in Tokyo because of earthquakes. And this here is unique, I bet you don’t find
in any other shrine or temple in the world. Manga tablets. The proximity to Akihabara. How interesting, a gas station. Look at their pumps,
they’re in the ceiling. That’s a really good use
of the space, huh? Yeah. Here it explains, this area here
was full of temples at some point, but then there was a fire in 1657. And it became a residential area for people who were assisting
in some way or another those who were visiting Edo Castle. Oh, wow.
This is the 7-Eleven smoking room. You cannot smoke on the streets, so they have these rooms
for smokers. Now it’s already
the neighborhood of Ueno and we’re walking
towards Ueno Park which is like the Central Park of Tokyo. And Gordon is waiting for me
here in the shade. -You’re tired?
-No -Just the heat?
-No. See that tiny street over there? That’s Ameyoko, also known here
as American alley. That’s because post-World War II, American soldiers were here
giving candies to the kids, and then this became a place
where you could first find American products like blue jeans. Today it’s just a shopping street
where you can find all kinds of goods. [music] Interesting how you see tax-free,
tax free all over, right? -Yeah.
-They’re really catering to tourists here. -Crab?
-Yeah. Oh, look at how good the salmon looks. [in Japanese language] -A Japanese premium sake.
-Yeah. One glass, ¥500. Look at their tourist
information maps here. Everything electronic. Oh, and it moves. [laughs] Welcome to Ueno Park,
one of the first public parks in Japan, and today this might be
the most popular city park in the entire country. [music] Have you seen those beautiful pictures
of cherry blossoms in Tokyo? They were probably taken right here
along all this alley Look at this, all over But you got to come at the right time. They only last for two weeks
during spring. Now, here’s a tip. If you come too early
for cherry blossoms in Tokyo, try going to southern Japan
because there it starts earlier. And if you’re too late,
go to the north. Ueno Park is also home
to a number of museums. It might be a great idea
for a rainy day. Look how interesting, nobody crosses
until the light turns green. The entire lake here
covered with lotus flowers. Ah, it’s just gonna open.
Look at that. Yeah. [music] Fortunes that should go away [music] Look at this, how interesting. A Buddhist temple
right here on an island in the middle of the pond. -Just relaxing?
-Shh. Such a peaceful place. Who would have guessed?
This is Tokyo What is that?
You want to appear in my video? -No.
-No? Imagine if you did. -The humidity is killing you, isn’t it?
-No, it isn’t. It’s nothing. -Nothing?
-Yeah. -I’ve been to Thailand.
-Look at you. I’ve been to Thailand and Malaysia. This is nothing. Okay, says the Canadian. You be careful. That’s the fun me.
The one who has all… the character I think the humidity is killing you. [laughs] The character

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    Renata Pereira

    Hello, hello! Sorry it took me a while to edit this video, I've been working soooo much and filming a whole new series in Indonesia, and I had to take advantage of the sunny days before the monsoon kicks in… Hope you enjoy! 😊😊😊

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    Sumanth K S

    Hay Renata my dear Sister! Yeah… Me and my Wifey were there in this Electronic City Akihabara! Ho it reminded us of our Japan Trip! Such a lovely vlog….. Wifey sends lots of love and kisses for you and your hubby!💓💛💚💙…. Love from Sam & Christina!

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    The Couchsurfer

    Nice video, subscribed

    Definitely on the list of places to visit soon.

    If you ever come by Norway, let me know! And feel free to give some feedback on my stuff.

    And to all the ones watching, have a beautiful day!

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    Oishii Chikah

    🌸沖縄🌸オキナワ🌸OKINAWA! First cherryburassamu in japan
    I recommend the enjoyable OKINAWA too next to TOKYO!

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    anatano siranaihito

    日本を楽しんでますか~ 新しい物と古い物がミックスされてる面白い国でしょ
    しかし、夏は湿気が多くてタイ人もビックリするほど暑い 
    桜の咲く4月か紅葉の11月が観光には良いね でも、夏にしか休みが取れない人は残念だね
    良く喋るRenataと寡黙な御主人は良いコンビだね 日本ではオシドリ夫婦って言うんだよ さて次は何処かな?。

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    akira kaji

    hi^^ longtime. No see ^^ 8~17/Oct in Moscow was. Everyday rainy n very cold weather n came to astana city. Too ! Cold 2day n almaty 9day was good season that n came korea -Seoul now^^ next month. i'll go to tokyo! U still. in tokyo. jp👏👍👏👍 ! Kaji words

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    Scott Joseph Whiley

    They had the typhoon in this area and that caused the cancellation to the rugby game and almost to the formula one in the sazuka circuit

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    Effie Colida

    Hi Renata I was so excited to see you uploaded a video today I watched it right away It was excellent You have a great deal of talent

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    cimajeen Vet

    I am glad that you went to Ueno park after Akihabara and Ameyoko^^ As you commented in this vid you can visit many museums in Ueno! I would recommend the Scientific Museum and the National Museum! So far as I know no youtubers have ever introduced them^^; Tempra of lotus root is a popular food in Japan!

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    Yuki Uehara

    Really enjoying ur video with interesting information (I didn't know why the street near ueno is called ameyoko but now I got it)! I'm from Japan and it's getting colder in a short time cuz now it's autumn, and the sounds of cicadas on ur vieeo remind me of summer and make me think time flies! Thank u for sharing many things about Japan to ppl all over the world

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    anand loungchat

    As always a great video. Thanks a lot for showing us the beautiful site of Tokyo. Waiting to see more videos in coming time. 👍🏻

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    Stas Lom

    Отлично)))))
    И кто бы мог подумать, что ещё полтора века назад, Япония была одной из неразвитых азиатских стран , молодцы японцы.
    Восхитительно и то , что по сути это страна где работают и модернизируются "иноземные мозги" (простите за правду, но на самом деле это именно так)
    Так же замечательно , когда традиции пересекаются с современностью .
    Рената, вам на заметку , женщины в моей стране хорошо отзываются о японской парфюмерии и косметике )))))

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    Adrian Koh

    Hi Renata !! Incredible city ! This city is insane & unique in many ways. There is so much to see and discover. Shops selling all kinds of items unknown to us. Great video. Let's see what else Japan has to offer in your next video. Safe travelling .

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    Monish Kumar

    Great Job, I Liked it a lot, See this New Album 'Monish Jasbird – Death Blow', channel link www.youtube.com/channel/UCv_x5rlxirO-WKjLIyk6okQ?sub_confirmation=1 , you might like 🙂

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    Ambient Walking

    A great hack that I want to share with everyone, especially if you need a lot of carbs is to Google 'Yayoiken' within Google Maps, and you will find that this particular restaurant has 19, yes, nineteen branches in Tokyo alone (They have branches all across Japan!). The amazing thing about this restaurant is that if you're REALLY on a budget, you can go between 5 am and 11 am (most branches are open 24 hours, if not till really late) and order a 'Natto Breakfast' for 390 yen. What you'll get is a portion of natto (fermented soybeans… it tastes better than it sounds), some seaweed, miso soup, a raw egg, a piece of tofu and here's where the best deal is: You can refill your bowl of rice, and eat as much rice as you like till… kingdom come. There's also complementary pickles on the table that goes well with the rice. If you're REALLY not into natto… then go for the next cheapest set, which is the fried egg set at 470 yen. I have survived for months in Tokyo on a 1000 yen a day budget with this hack. If you time it well, and get the cheapest set just right at 10:45 am or something, with enough rice (the rice is REALLY delicious) and pickles, it should last you the entire day. Intermittent fasting is great for you! You don't have to eat ALL the time! Here is the menu. https://www.yayoiken.com/en_files/regular_menu_pdf/31_2019.10Regular_EN.pdf?id=1481

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    yopparaiiii

    For those we missed the cherry blossom or never seen them, next best thing. http://pano.ducsu.com/sakura-viewing

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    Glenn Davies

    Oh I missed you Renata! Great to see you both back with another high quality. Love the soundtrack music you put on the videos.

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    islander 78

    Прекрасный Токио, великолепный Уено. Этот район мне нравится больше всего.

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    ecosselion

    Hi to you both, as I have already stated Japan is a country of many contrasts, and your Vlogs show that to be very true, by the way, I had better mention that a new emperor was installed just last week in Tokyo, a ceremony of old Japanese cultural precision full of meaning.
    I know you are no longer in Japan, you were very fortunate to get a flight out before the big storm struck the Japanese mainland as everything was being closed down before the storm struck in force, I will depart and catch up with you both later, so take care and God bless.

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    Ayaka Sayaka

    途中に出てくる湯島聖堂は、1970年代のドラマ「西遊記」で
    お城や宮殿、怪物の館の一部として頻繁に登場しました。

    The Yushima shrine that appears on the way is a drama "Monkey" from the 1970s

    It appeared frequently as part of castles, palaces and monster houses.

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    Thomas S

    This is not ordinary travel video.
    Your video has the brief explanation of Japanese culture and history.
    I can't wait for the next Vlog

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    elena segovia

    its not that it's not allowed to eat or drink on the streets, it's just etiquette and easier to dispose actually to eat and drink where you bought it coz you wont see a lot of trash bins everywhere

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    mPD780C1

    "pa CHI nko"… Oh, when you say パチンコ you shouldn't put the accent on the チ sound because the natives (like me) might recognize the word as just チンコ (which means "dick" in English) 😉

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    Arthur Butler

    What a powerful culture. Man this is awesome Renata!! I have missed your vlogs!! This place seems like a futuristic planet and yet it is on our great privileged and undeserved blessed planet!! This vlog is one of my favorite because it gives homage to the sacredness of who we are as human beings and the infinite possibilities. What respect of this fascinating culture! Wow, wow, wow. So glad Gordon is giving us more camera time!! Love it!! "…what a peaceful place. This is Toyko!" – RenataPereiraTV

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