[LESS INFO] 20 VIEWS | ADDED 04:13:28 07/14/09
Hi there! Just the other day, Aaron and I were invited to a local JET Program orientation for this year's outbound JET participants. You won't believe what happen next.... We were just standing around talking when a guy named Elliott came up to us and told us that he was a viewer of Happy Hour Japan! How crazy is that?! Aaron and I were completely taken by surprise! We ended up inviting him to join us for an episode of Happy Hour Japan...and well, here it is! In this episode, we'll introduce you to Elliott and his friend Tom. Both of them are leaving for Japan on the JET Program later this month. We had a great time talking about Japan and the JET Program--so much that we couldn't fit it all in just one episode. So we've broken it up into two videos and this is part 1. I hope you enjoy it and stay tuned for part 2 where I'll tell you a really embarrassing story about my JET interview way back when! Until then, Kanpai! Kevin
[LESS INFO] 2 VIEWS | ADDED 05:02:22 06/26/09
How's it going? I hope all is well! Rob, who was our special guest last time, was nice enough to hang out with us again for this episode of Happy Hour Japan. Since Rob lived in Japan for a year, Aaron and I decided to take this opportunity to interview him and ask him what it was like! Watch as we delve into things like culture shock, convenience stores, and man-made islands! Enjoy! Kevin
[LESS INFO] 7 VIEWS | ADDED 05:42:00 06/11/09
Hey everyone! Sorry for not posting an episode for so long! We got such a great response on our last video, we decided to make back to back episodes on travel! In this episode, we cover some of our personal tips for finding good deals on airfare, discuss more on places to stay, and reveal our favorite seasons to visit Japan. BONUS!! In this episode we welcome our first guest to Happy Hour Japan, Rob!
[LESS INFO] 10 VIEWS | ADDED 06:15:03 05/28/09
In this episode, we've taken a suggestion from one of our viewers (Ari) and will talk about traveling to Japan. There's no way we could discuss everything we want to cover on this topic in a single episode, so think of this as part 1 of an ongoing series! This time we'll focus on onsen (Japanese hot springs), trains, and a tip on saving money on hotels. Enjoy!
[LESS INFO] 11 VIEWS | ADDED 02:46:27 05/20/09
Drum roll please!! Watch as we draw the lucky winner of our omiyage prize!! Plus, learn how to say "congratulations" in Japanese! Thanks to everyone who entered their names into the drawing and for commenting!! We really really appreciate it! So who won?? Well, you'll just have to watch and find out! Kanpai, Kevin
[LESS INFO] 9 VIEWS | ADDED 03:21:20 05/10/09
In this episode, we'll be talking about gift-giving in Japan. Omiyage is an important part of Japanese culture but it can be a little tricky sometimes. We'll go over the proper way to give and receive omiyage, as well as when you're expected to buy omiyage for others. Speaking of omiyage...I (Kevin) just got back from a short trip to Japan and brought back an omiyage for our Happy Hour Japan viewers! Unfortunately, I only have one so we'll holding a drawing in our next episode for it. If you're interested, comment below and be sure to let me know you want to be entered in the raffle! Cheers!....er, I mean, Kanpai!
[LESS INFO] 7 VIEWS | ADDED 01:50:09 04/23/09
Tokyo and Osaka are both awesome Japanese cities to visit but they are also very different. Some differences between the two cities are obvious when you visit, like the spoken dialect. But others are more subtle, like escalator manners! In this episode, we talk about these differences as well as some fun facts about Tokyo and Osaka! Plus, you'll find out which of these two cities we like more. But we don't want it to stop there - we want to know what you think too! Vote in the comments below and tell us which city you like better!
[LESS INFO] 19 VIEWS | ADDED 17:31:27 04/07/09
Japanese manners are not something to take lightly... do the wrong thing and you will likely be mischaracterized. In this video we cover: * Shoe and slipper rules * Basic ohashi (chopstick) rules * Tipping while in Japan * A funny story ;)