Tofugu’s Going Back To Japan (Again!)

I know what you’re all saying: “Omg, where is TofuguTV? You’re going back to Japan, again?” And, if I was listening to you right now I’m sure I’d be all like “ikr, but listen, it’s going to be better this time, really!” Then we’d all laugh and hug and it’d be okay. Really though, it’s going to be great. Here’s what’s up:

TofuguTV Season 1.5, Or 2, Or 1

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When we go back this time, we’re going as a team. None of this “take footage of myself Survivorman style” ridiculousness. There will be two people on camera (Viet & Hashi) and we’re going to have great equipment (5d, 7d, plus more side dongles and widgemawoozles than you can shake a tripod at). We’ve also been practicing quite a bit over the last month trying to hone our craft and learn how to make a documentary style show. I hope it really shows in this show, because we really, really want to make something a lot more professional than what we’ve been doing in the past.

So, I’m considering the last Season (which isn’t even all published yet) a test-run. So, it’s like Season 0.5, or something like that. I learned a lot from that trip and want to apply that knowledge and more to another month of shooting, and this time there will be multiple cameramen.

New Places!

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We only have a few places really planned out, but they’re big deals. The first scheduled place we’ll be heading to the Snow Festival in Hokkaido to see the snow sculptures, ice sculptures, ice bars, and giant snow slides (will have to take multiple shots of this until we get it right / I’ve had enough slide time).

The second scheduled place is the big Yuki Gassen tournament also in Hokkaido. That’s basically just a big professional snowball fighting contest. I’m pretty stoked. I’m also hoping one of the teams is short a player due to some kind of “unfortunate” accident… *cough, cough*

On top of the scheduled places, we have many unscheduled places we plan to go to as well. So many of them are places you’ve probably never heard of or dreamed that they even existed. I’ve been keeping a giant list, so there’ll be more than we could ever hope to go to in our time there. I’m sure you’ll hear more about these places at a later date.

Old Places!

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There are also some places I want to go back to. Of course, there’s Cat Island, Japan. All those Cat Island sequel titles aren’t all that ridiculous anymore, are they? I’ve gathered that you folks pretty much love cats more than almost anything.

There are a few places I want to refilm from Season 1, too. Places like Jigokudani (where monkeys go to hang out in hot springs) and Okunoshima (Rabbit Island) come to mind, but there might be a couple of other places that we’ll re-go to as well.

With all the practice we’ve done, the new equipment, and not to mention an actual crew… well, I just think some places deserve another shot. No pun intended.

Research & Resources

It’s not all fun and games, though. I also am planning to do research and collect resources for posts, TextFugu lessons, and more. Lots of opportunity to take pictures and video that can be used to help you to learn Japanese. No better place to do it than Japan, don’t you think? Hopefully you’ll start to see these particular fruits of labor sometime in March or April.

When We’ll Be Going

We’re going to spend the month of February gallivanting around taking video of things in Japan. For the most part we don’t have a schedule and won’t plan things until the day or two before, so we won’t really know where we’ll be and when.

This also means that things will be on a limited schedule here on Tofugu. Posts are getting cut back to 5 a week (sometimes more, never less) and responses to email will probably be slowed down. We’ll try to keep things running as normally as possible, but since we’re all traveling around at the same time it’s going to be a little more difficult than usual.

So, that’s it. Just letting you know what’s up. We’re all very excited and we’ve all been working very hard getting ready for this. I hope we can do a good job filming and editing to bring you a taste of Japan that you probably haven’t seen or heard of before.

P.S. And, in case you wanted it (we all know you did), our wonderful artist Aya has put together a desktop background based off the header image on this post. Enjoy!

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  • Ben

    Exciting! I can’t wait to see the results of this trip. Good luck, have fun! :D

  • 古戸ヱリカ

    Hopefully this will garner Cat Island the popularity needs for it’s own spin-off show. It deserves it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/YokaiAkito Gerran Coppin

    Whoo~! While I loved last season, I can’t wait to see what you all have in store for us this time! You guys spoil us! :3

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    Real Housewives of Cat Island?

  • DAVIDPD

    Badass! Thanks for taking the time to do this! Hokkaido is my homeboy!

  • http://kirstenwinkler.com KirstenWinkler

    CAT ISLAND!!! ‘nough said :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500065617 Meredith Peruzzi

    You guys are going to the Snow Festival?? So am I! I will be taking the Hokutosei train up there on the 9th and flying back on the 12th. I would be most honored to buy you guys a drink there. Tofugu, Textfugu, and Wanikani have really enhanced my time living here. Please get in touch with me if I can buy you a drink in Sapporo.

    Be careful going to Cat Island, though. From what I have heard, Ishinomaki still hasn’t really recovered from 3/11, and getting to Tashirojima may not be easy. I ended up trading my dream trip to Cat Island for a trip to visit Tama the Stationmaster Cat in Wakayama!

  • bomblol

    I’m far too excited about OTHER peoples travels… but I can’t wait!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ben.schroder.167 Ben Schroder

    Sweet! can’t wait to see this stuff.

  • Valin

    Omg, 札幌雪祭り、I’ve always wanted to go. So awesome that you guys are filming that.

  • FoxiBiri

    Ouuu I want to go >..<"!!

  • Afaf Khan

    Yay, I love watching other people have fun!

    I heard there’s a really pretty place in Yamaguchi. I hope it’s on your list! I really want to go there myself, anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cassandra.land.5 Cassandra Land

    How fun! I can’t wait to see the videos of your trip. (Any chance there will be new lessons posted on TextFugu before you’re gone?) ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/joel.alexander.980 Joel Alexander

    Bring me along? I can be a groupie. I mean, roadie.

    …Research elf?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmdjryudo Jeffery Molaison

    This sounds great guys! I’m going to be honest though, I love the comedy in your past videos. Not saying it’s a bad thing you guys want to make them more professional, but I’m going to miss the jokes. :P

  • Tora.Silver

    Is Fiona going too?

  • Aya

    CSI: Cat Island

  • Fee_Fi_Fiona

    I love that Hashi’s holding some Richard Gere DVDs!

  • Jesse Cadd

    Cool, we’ll be in Sapporo as well. Maybe we should have a Tofugu meetup?

  • Aya

    I’m going to miss u guise so bad. :'(

  • sweeny

    oh how nice! I am going to be at the snow festival for a few days too.

  • http://zoomingjapan.com/ zoomingjapan

    Wow!

    You’re coming to Japan again!!

    Too bad you’re mainly staying in Hokkaido / Tohoku as it seems .. and on top of that in February. Otherwise I would have loved to meet you guys! ^___^

    I loved the old episodes, so I’m really looking forward to new stuff!

    I have been to all 47 prefectures and to most places you featured in your videos, but yet I absolutely love watching them!

    I can highly recommend the snow monkeys in Nagano, so I hope you will be able to go there! ^__^

    Are you going to the “Naked Men Festival” (Hadaka Matsuri) in February in Okayama? Because I plan on going – although it’s a bit dangerous – or so they say.

  • http://zoomingjapan.com/ zoomingjapan

    Hi!

    No worries about Cat Island! I have visited Ishinomaki as well as Cat Island after the tsunami hit in spring 2012. There’s still al ot of devastation, but it’s safe to go there.

    I wrote about it here: http://zoomingjapan.com/travel/tashirojima-cat-island/

  • http://zoomingjapan.com/ zoomingjapan

    What is this beautiful place you are talking about? Akiyoshidai? Or maybe somewhere in Hagi?

  • Hello Sandwich

    Great news! Come along to a Hello Sandwich workshop in Tokyo if you’re in the mood for some creativity!

  • http://www.vietamins.com Viet

    We will be making our way south after the snow festival.. hopefully as far as Kyoto/Osaka, before heading back north for Yukigassen.

  • http://zoomingjapan.com/ zoomingjapan

    I hope you’ll be updating on Twitter or so because I’d love to meet you if you are in Kansai!

    Not sure if you guys are interested in the temple that was the shooting location for “The Last Samurai”, but that’s in Kansai (Himeji).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001535919021 Heather Stewart

    Jersey Shore: Cat Island

  • 古戸ヱリカ

    I’m sure it’ll be fine. You can take the tofu fugu out of comedy, but you can’t take the comedy out of Tofugu. Because they have the place rigged with TNT in case of thieves.

  • Scott Greenwald

    Any meet & greets planned if you’re going to be around Tokyo? If you want to experience the countryside of Ibaraki (just North of Tokyo), then I’d love to be your tour guide. We have cool things to see here, like the world’s tallest Buddah statue in Ushiku, about an hour outside of Tokyo, and conveniently close to my house! The statue is amazing to experience in person. It’s 3x the size of the statue of liberty. And you can go inside too. Plus, they have a petting zoo. And monkeys!

  • Afaf Khan

    Oh you’re so smart! Yes it’s Akiyoshidou! *__* I’m not big into tourist spots, but when an actor from Yamaguchi talked about it I wanted to go lol!

  • http://www.vietamins.com Viet

    Hahaha… Didn’t know our Minecraft antics had such an effect.

  • http://www.vietamins.com Viet

    Ask Koichi to FaceTime you in via iPads… http://i.imgur.com/D8mZ2.png

  • http://www.vietamins.com Viet

    Ask Koichi to FaceTime you in via iPads

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    I own it on bluray

  • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.fergusonhook Lauren Ferguson Hook

    I’m also going to the Snow Festival! Hopefully I can see some of the filming in action :)

  • Brokolino

    I’ll be in Sapporo the whole February too :)
    All the Tofugu readers (and staff) who will be there during the snow festival should meet up for a Nomikai! :D

  • Phillip

    Hachi in fact, which is appropriately about a Japanese dog!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500065617 Meredith Peruzzi

    Wow, what a great trip report! Thank you so much for the tips! Unfortunately I won’t likely make it there but it’s good to know the island can still be visited safely! (I do also recommend a trip to visit Tama, the Wakayama region is beautiful!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500065617 Meredith Peruzzi

    The Ushiku Daibutsu is actually beat for height by statues in China and Burma, but it’s still super impressive! It’s also only about twice the size of the Statue of Liberty, but it’s still awesome! But I have not actually been there despite formerly living in Tsukuba…don’t suppose you’d be interested in guiding a Tokyo resident up there? I’ve only been to the Daibutsu in Kamakura and would love to see this one, it looks so amazing from afar! What’s the easiest way to get there?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500065617 Meredith Peruzzi

    For some reason it is billed as the さっぽろ雪まつり…I have no idea why. Hopefully the TofuguTV videos will include an explanation of why it is さっぽろ and not 札幌!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500065617 Meredith Peruzzi

    I would love this. And if we get enough Tofugu people together, Koichi, Viet and Hashi HAVE to come. Right? Right? How about Sunday the 10th?

  • http://zoomingjapan.com/ zoomingjapan

    I’ve visited Tama, the Station Master, a few years ago! ^__^
    I’ve been to many great places in Wakayama Prefecture. I can highly recommend Kumano Kodo (esp. Nachi-san) and Shirahama! :)

  • Scott Greenwald

    Tskuba Represent’! I live in Moriya, and can see the statue from my house, about 20 miles away. You’ll have to drive there or take a bus. The Ushiku Daibutsu is near the Ami Outlet mall (also worth visiting if you’re out that way). It’s like Disneyland for gaijin out there. Right off of what I believe is the Ushiku Central Expressway. And my reference for the Daibutsu height comes from a diagram inside the museum there. I think they were including the base of the statue of liberty in the measurements.

  • violetea

    Have fun in Japan, guys! Really looking forward to the next TofuguTV shows. Thoug I’ve got to say that there waas nothing wrong with the old ones. Enjoyable, interesting and well filmed. :)

  • Lord Fawful

    aww take me with you! i wish i could go so badly :(

  • Jesse Cadd

    We leave on the 10th, but could possibly meet up in the morning. We’ll be there 8, 9, 10.

  • http://www.tofugu.com/ Hashi

    Thanks for the offer! The trouble is, I think we’re leaving before the 9th (on the 8th, I think . . .), so we might not be able to take you up on it :(

    Everything’s still pretty tentative though, so we’ll let you know if things change :)

  • Fee_Fi_Fiona

    I’ll tag along in spirit ; )

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500065617 Meredith Peruzzi

    Please do! I would also be happy to buy you guys a drink in Tokyo, where I live, if you have time while here. Like I said, the Tofugu family has had a huge positive impact on my life in Japan, and I’d like to show my gratitude. :)