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Friday, January 14, 2011

Taking Questions from J-peoples

I started a new video series, talking entirely in Japanese, while drinking, answering Japanese viewers' questions about foreign countries and foreigners.

I've been thinking about it for a while, but finally got up the courage to do it.

I've been doing cooking videos and other videos in Japanese for a long time, so why should this require courage?

Any time I've ever made a video talking about any cultural aspects of Japan or America

(even this video that I made about BREAD)


it tends to garner more attention than a cooking class video. Sometimes they get linked on Japanese blogs, or featured on Japanese YouTube pages which is FANTASTIC for the view count and the revenue.

But it also brings the assholes out in force. Check this comment from the bread video.


日本食に対するベジタリアンの思い込みは、なんとかならんのか。

昔から、日本人はベジタリアンじゃないから(呆)


The person didn't bother to watch any other videos and realize I wasn't a vegetarian, nor think it would be strange to wonder why vegetarianism should have any bearing on bread, nor consider the fact that bread isn't 日本食。Just assholism.

And they'll be pretty ruthless about my Japanese abilities too.
Watching the first new video I just put up, I've got three or four things that I wish I had said better, or mistakes that I notice.
At one point I pronounce 結ってる (yutteru) as 酔ってる (yotteru). WHOOPS.
I can never get them to come out perfect though, so...

Anyway, deep breath in. HOLD. And begin.

4 comments:

Blue Shoe said...

Hey man, I think that was a great video! Keep up the good work and try not to mind the trolls. Let them try making a candid video and posting it for the world to see. I doubt they'll be perfect or please everyone.

Bobby Judo said...

Thanks! You still making trips into Saga?

Julie said...

Hey Bobby,
I have been watching your youtube videos off and on all day and they're really entertaining. Ciaela's video was on the front page of Youtube Japan this week, and I found your youtube channel through her channel.

Then I realized that you're the same guy who writes this website, and I read this one pretty often. This site is entertaining and also such a great way for me to be able to learn the kind of Japanese I don't normally get a chance to learn in Japan.

Thanks!
Julie

Blue Shoe said...

Girlfriend's been visiting a lot recently, but I'll make another trip in March.