Why This Japanese Town Eats BEARS

In Japan's northern region of Aomori, the locals regularly eat bear meat. But why's it popular and how does it taste? We travel across Aomori to try 5 dishes and uncover why it has the shortest life expectancy of any prefecture in Japan. (And no it's got nothing to do with the bears!)
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  1. Abroad in Japan

    Abroad in Japan

    9 өдрийн өмнө

    NOTIFICATION SQUAD: On our 200km journey around Aomori we ate our way through five local dishes. WHICH ONE do you want to try the most? Also, don't miss Ryotaro's absurd rap. He truly outdid himself this time. Jokes aside, it's good to be back on the road together. I always enjoy these little excursions and I hope you guys enjoy coming along the ride! (ESPECIALLY now Abroad in Japan is in 4k). Right, I'm off for a liquor breakfast.

    • Dwayne


      Өдрийн өмнө

      @Jonas Arnesen おそらくそうです。彼 ステーキみたいだと言ったので美味しいと思います。

    • Jonas Arnesen

      Jonas Arnesen

      Өдрийн өмнө

      @Dwayne 熊肉が美味しいですか。

    • Jonas Arnesen

      Jonas Arnesen

      Өдрийн өмнө

      Last week I studied 502 Japanese words. Is it bad for my brain?

    • truth finder91

      truth finder91

      Өдрийн өмнө

      Anyone seen the viral picture of "the big slut" burger? Is that a for real ad? Or someone make that up?

    • oocares


      2 өдрийн өмнө

      Surprised Chris has never had venison in the UK. (Deer) Plenty of Gastro pubs serve it.

  2. shawn purcell

    shawn purcell

    46 минутын өмнө

    Do bears have trichinosis in Japan

  3. Plebasaurus Rekt

    Plebasaurus Rekt

    5 цагийн өмнө

    Still think the next journey should be called ”Chris-crossing japan”

  4. eka nanda

    eka nanda

    7 цагийн өмнө

    Fun fact : even though Aomori people has the lowest average life expectancy in Japan, they're still way higher than the other countries have. According to the government's most recent statistics, the average life expectancy for men in the prefecture is 78.67 years, and 85.93 for women

  5. Hans TheGamer

    Hans TheGamer

    7 цагийн өмнө

    I guess Aomori is the promise land of Exusia

  6. ash0787


    7 цагийн өмнө

    I like how chris is actually respectful of the country whereas connor cdawgva not so much !

  7. ash0787


    8 цагийн өмнө

    Are you at the town that has the dolphin statue ? I found that on google earth ages ago. There was also this photo taken from some sort of tower / lighthouse / mountain around there which had awesome view ( some sort of tourist spot ). Also found this video on youtube years ago of this seaside village that was really cool but its one of those things where I will never find it again, very quiet village that had a lot of old wooden objects / old stuff.

  8. M4XF8R


    8 цагийн өмнө


  9. Siffe 333

    Siffe 333

    9 цагийн өмнө

    Bears are super avoidable, you just have to make yourself known, for example my grandma always talks to herself loudly to avoid meeting one and she lives in a place where they sometimes leave the forest and walk around her lawn.

  10. Gusti Subagja

    Gusti Subagja

    9 цагийн өмнө

    no kidding frut price is so ridicilous in japan or maybe is because its sub tropis country btw i live in tropis country

  11. japanese culture

    japanese culture

    10 цагийн өмнө

    Aomori is very beautiful!!!

  12. tori bees

    tori bees

    10 цагийн өмнө


  13. Robert


    12 цагийн өмнө

    I would love to visit Japan but I hear they speak a different language there or some shit like that...

  14. OHM-GUO Pan

    OHM-GUO Pan

    13 цагийн өмнө

    Thank you 😊 💓☺ 💗 💛 💖 💓 Apple 🍎 ❤ 💖 💙 💕 ♥ Cider

  15. A. Van

    A. Van

    13 цагийн өмнө

    BIG CONGRATS, Chris!!! for reaching 2m subs...have been your fan since the first Journey Across Japan!!!

  16. Awesome Matt

    Awesome Matt

    14 цагийн өмнө

    Did anyone else think of the Earth Queen from the "Legends of Korra" this episode?

  17. Anthony Rodriguez

    Anthony Rodriguez

    14 цагийн өмнө

    That curry looked incredible!

  18. Aidil OP

    Aidil OP

    14 цагийн өмнө

    Apple look to deleciuos

  19. Star Gazer

    Star Gazer

    14 цагийн өмнө

    CHRIS, GO TO KUTCHAN it's near Sapporo...is it true? What do you think?

  20. Nathan Li

    Nathan Li

    14 цагийн өмнө

    please expidite some dear bear boar and applie pies to canada

  21. SeeKaysee


    15 цагийн өмнө

    Actually....I'd love to see you both go on a tour to eat all the apple pies....

  22. insurgent of the watermelon rebellion

    insurgent of the watermelon rebellion

    15 цагийн өмнө

    honestly, the only thing i knew about aomori is that yoshie shiratori escaped from a prison there.

  23. insurgent of the watermelon rebellion

    insurgent of the watermelon rebellion

    16 цагийн өмнө

    the old saying of mankind: _if it doesnt kill you, you can eat it_

  24. Enekyo


    16 цагийн өмнө

    wait wasn't this the place that one cute little drummer who's an actual beast at the drums?

  25. k s

    k s

    16 цагийн өмнө


  26. Slyder81


    17 цагийн өмнө

    I'd be more interested in trying the Deer sashimi. That apple pie looked so good too! I'd definitely try about a dozen of the variations! :D

  27. Lars Sandgaard

    Lars Sandgaard

    18 цагийн өмнө

    I would like to taste the curry :)

  28. Varim Kadas

    Varim Kadas

    19 цагийн өмнө

    I subscribed today. If I am gonna keep watching your videos, I guess its time to give in. Don't go telling people I am easy though! ( I ain't that kind of guy! )

  29. Kawehi Cabuzel

    Kawehi Cabuzel

    19 цагийн өмнө

    The 2M looks so clean

  30. Shee Vang

    Shee Vang

    20 цагийн өмнө

    Im doing that apple pie map.

  31. Sandrine Brasseur

    Sandrine Brasseur

    20 цагийн өмнө

    I hope your apple pie is freakin' worth it!

  32. Comical


    20 цагийн өмнө

    "What did you pray for?" "The total destruction of Israel."

  33. Billy Butler

    Billy Butler

    20 цагийн өмнө

    Would it be too forward to ask you to marry me?

  34. Dustin H

    Dustin H

    22 цагийн өмнө

    Sadly I'm allergic to apples

  35. Mr. Graf

    Mr. Graf

    22 цагийн өмнө

    idk why horse meat is so looked down upon, its literally so fuckin good. I'd for me its even better then beef

  36. Yeetus da Fetus

    Yeetus da Fetus

    23 цагийн өмнө


  37. one reviewer

    one reviewer

    23 цагийн өмнө

    you look like a bear lately.

  38. Gwei Totoro

    Gwei Totoro

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Apple pie and curry sounds very good to me 🍛🥧🍎

  39. Alan Roberts

    Alan Roberts

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Deer meat tasting like fish? should it?

  40. limeonion


    Өдрийн өмнө

    Ryotaro subtly reducing Chris’ life

  41. Nippon Studio

    Nippon Studio

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Could do with a steak and kidney pudding right now...

  42. eilrach299


    Өдрийн өмнө

    I want it all!! Are you going to do a visit to each prefecture in Tohoku? Could be a good series.

  43. bar10dr bar10dr

    bar10dr bar10dr

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Please try to be nicer to Ryotaro, his face always seems a bit sad when you unleash the full force of British humor on his gentle Japanese soul :( It's hilarious but at the same time I can't help but think that Ryotaro doesn't really like it; i might be wrong, if so I apologize.

  44. TheShadowChesireCat


    Өдрийн өмнө

    Forget the pie and the bear, I want the cider 😍

  45. Iya


    Өдрийн өмнө

    Chris: The deer, the boar, the bear, apples, which do you want to try? Me: EVERYTHING. Also I envisioned myself asking Denpoya-san 「りんごは一個持ってもいいですか?」

  46. Chip Skyler

    Chip Skyler

    Өдрийн өмнө

    That is one Wildest Cook pot. God Damn.

  47. Zulik Langoba

    Zulik Langoba

    Өдрийн өмнө

    I just realized, that "aboard" is a pun with Chris Broad's name. A Broad, like one of the Broads in Japan.

  48. VixenXL


    Өдрийн өмнө

    You probably won’t see this but I have begun learning Japanese and I love your videos! Thanks for the content and inspiration!

  49. Sharang シャランガ Bhattacharya

    Sharang シャランガ Bhattacharya

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Hey! Chris where is the 2 Million special video?

  50. AlphaDan22


    Өдрийн өмнө

    The title should have been ryotaro stuffs me.......... with local dishes

  51. Saunders Mitchell

    Saunders Mitchell

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Yang milih allah like yg Mili dajal hirawkan 1:39.........m.

  52. trshxgod *

    trshxgod *

    Өдрийн өмнө

    I want to try the wild deer from japan! I’ve had great venison in Wyoming! And elk is great too!

  53. Jinhunter Slay

    Jinhunter Slay

    Өдрийн өмнө

    However, I learned from Shokugeki no Soma and Binging with Babish’s red dead redemption video....that bear meat is just awful and a real hassle to handle and cook (the smell, bacteria, etc) I don’t think it’s worth the bother

  54. Ink Mage

    Ink Mage

    Өдрийн өмнө

    DEER BEAR BOAR!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  55. KittieXaBlaze


    Өдрийн өмнө

    I want to see that short lived tour in Aomori.

  56. stephanie kievaughan

    stephanie kievaughan

    Өдрийн өмнө

    only 140 people attacked hells bells thats not much Let's Go out and have a Picnic

  57. LadyDerpsALot -

    LadyDerpsALot -

    Өдрийн өмнө

    That is the most perfect but most dry-looking apple pie I've ever seen in my life.

  58. Holzwurm _HD

    Holzwurm _HD

    Өдрийн өмнө

    We need the Ryotaro remix in your Soundboard!

  59. Aaron Ferris

    Aaron Ferris

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Y’all can eat me raw 🤣

  60. johana1


    Өдрийн өмнө

    Take a shot each time they say aomori

  61. Owen McPro

    Owen McPro

    Өдрийн өмнө

    i was watching the video and an ad came up surprising me and got rickrolled

  62. Ras Fari

    Ras Fari

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Living in Canada I’ve ate a lot of bear, deer, moose, etc... but bear usually just tastes like pork but sweeter and more fatty

  63. Haze


    Өдрийн өмнө

    PETA's ideal version: "Why Bears eat this Japanese Town"

    • Vaiyaktika Solar Beam

      Vaiyaktika Solar Beam

      8 цагийн өмнө

      NOOOOO But yeah probably in their view

  64. Leslie Garcia

    Leslie Garcia

    Өдрийн өмнө

    First and foremost, I want to try all the coffees! (#coffeeadict) Out of curiosity, I would try the hunter's plate. Is the meat gamey though?

  65. Yui Bustamante

    Yui Bustamante

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Russian part of Japan

  66. Timer im Grinder

    Timer im Grinder

    Өдрийн өмнө

    i swear you look like the european kaji yuki or kaji yuki mixed with eren jäger

  67. LimePotato


    Өдрийн өмнө

    Does Ryotoro just insert himself into everyones lives, how is he friends with everybody, impressive.

  68. Mag nolia

    Mag nolia

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Love your channel!!!

    • Bloody Propaganda Exposed!

      Bloody Propaganda Exposed!

      Өдрийн өмнө

      Don’t listen to Him! It’s me!

  69. yasio bolo

    yasio bolo

    Өдрийн өмнө

    If you kill Rissotoro in Aomori, wouldn't the life expectancy go up cause as we all know Rissotoro is 400+ years

  70. zega zega

    zega zega

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Loved the video! It had such a calm feeling to it

    • yasio bolo

      yasio bolo

      Өдрийн өмнө

      I would like to try the deer sashimi the most ngl

  71. Laura Errity

    Laura Errity

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Hi Chris I hope you and everyone is well. Me and my partner enjoy watching your channel. I have all ways loved Japanese culture 😁. We would like to come over for our honeymoon and see friends in Japan hopefully when the covid situation gets better 😅. Our question is what food & drink can and can't you bring back from Japan to the UK??? Meny thanks stay safe 🙂. Laura E (York,UK)

  72. Simi822


    2 өдрийн өмнө

    I member there was a old Japanese movie that I loved as a kid about a old bear hunter...it was also called Matagi

  73. Star Gazer

    Star Gazer

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Kutchan-cho , Abuta-gun, Hokkaido, have you been here????? Our timeshare has 3 resorts where we can stay.

  74. Sarah Liljestrand

    Sarah Liljestrand

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    I lost it at the meat rap

  75. Steve Mann

    Steve Mann

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    An average life expectancy of 82 is still better what is in the UK which I think is about 75 😬

  76. cjd29


    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Hey now. Nagano has lots of great sake (originator of no. 7 yeast!) and apples now, so that's definitely not a factor 😉

  77. David Daris

    David Daris

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    We love your videos and how you get out and and see Japan while providing an awesome dialogue. We're getting ready to move to the UK and are trying to find the same sort of channel related to living in the United Kingdom. All we found are people sitting in their living rooms and droning on in front of the camera for a half an hour which is frustrating. Can you recommend anyone that does videos like yours about living abroad in the UK? Thanks.

  78. Jean Pierre Polnareff

    Jean Pierre Polnareff

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    eating deer is pretty common in germany too

  79. Jean Pierre Polnareff

    Jean Pierre Polnareff

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    is taking the apples illegal

  80. Andie


    2 өдрийн өмнө

    The curry!

  81. UglyBoy Donk

    UglyBoy Donk

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Dear Bear Boar sounds like the perfect meal

  82. Martin Dye

    Martin Dye

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    What's the milkshakes you're drinking at the end?

  83. WätSup B8tçh

    WätSup B8tçh

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    🦌, 🐻, 🐗....Yetchaaa!

  84. bonehead


    2 өдрийн өмнө

    for some reason ryotaro reminds me of ryuku from deathnote...

  85. A


    2 өдрийн өмнө

    This is literally the real "Black Bear Diner", I guess. Aomori is a hidden gem. There are museums (Towada Museum and Aomori Museum - That's where artist Yoshitomo Nara is from), Osamu Dazai Museum if you like Japanese literature, Shuji Terayama Museum if you are into Japanese avant-garde poetry. If you wanna talk to your dead Grandpa, you can go visit Osorezan to see a Shaman. Ultra crystal clear Towada Lake is also a great spot to visit. Needless to say, seafood there is AMAZING. BTW, Aomori isn't the only place you can get bear meat. It's called Gibier in French (local "wild game meat"), and you can still find some exotic food throughout the country. It's not that popular, but if you find one, you should definitely try dear, bear, boar, etc.

  86. Bok Woon Chua

    Bok Woon Chua

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    I would like to try the deer sashimi the most ngl

  87. D G

    D G

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    When the moon hits your eye like a big apple pie, thats Aomori

    • Jmfirelord


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  88. Soumya's Kitchen

    Soumya's Kitchen

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Delicious food my new Friend 👍🔔

  89. Drives & Details

    Drives & Details

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Where I come from, they call all that uncooked food “bait”! 😂😂😂

  90. Chris88


    2 өдрийн өмнө

    great video, next time I visit Japan I will visit amori! other question, do japnese people like to go to restaurant to eat european food like italian, german, english or french food?

  91. Cavi587


    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Matagi, another thing that Golden Kamuy taught me. Most anime series are not true to the real world, but Golden Kamuy is really well researched and you can learn a lot of cool stuff about Hokkaido Ainu and hunting etc. Anyways, sreat video, as always. I'd like to try some of that meat one day, just to be able to say I did :D

  92. Rising Oblivion

    Rising Oblivion

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    This is one of the best videos iv seen from the channel. Love this type of content !!!

  93. Ed B.

    Ed B.

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    do a video on the ryukuan culture/languages

  94. that one commenting gatorade

    that one commenting gatorade

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Was it unBEARable?

  95. Just Anubis

    Just Anubis

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Eating Bambi Raw...lmao

  96. sami walters

    sami walters

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    i want to tried bear curry because of lovely complex and this video

  97. jerky scientist

    jerky scientist

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    if only the bear as cute as nagaserete island kuma kuma

  98. Chip Ge

    Chip Ge

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    2Mil lets go! Congrats!



    2 өдрийн өмнө

    "People might find it uncomfortable" Me: Has a cold room in a workshop full of deer.

  100. YAG SIPCC


    2 өдрийн өмнө

    OMG I think id love it there ha lots of meats from different animals, count me in XD