Why This Japanese Town Eats BEARS

Jan 10, 2021
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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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  • 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.

    Abroad in JapanAbroad in Japan7 days ago
    • Surprised Chris has never had venison in the UK. (Deer) Plenty of Gastro pubs serve it.

      oocaresoocares11 hours ago
    • The Bear and the Curry.

      pierre853pierre853Day ago
    • I'd eat the bear. I love steaks so the bear seems like the best one for me.

      DwayneDwayneDay ago
    • dude where can I download your sound effects? It's pretty awesome!

      Bernard BlancaflorBernard Blancaflor2 days ago
    • def the apple pie! If you don't do it I will somehow get that map, analyze it, learn it by heart and eat every pie on it!! This seems appropriate for 2021.

      Jen PolarJen Polar2 days ago
  • I want to see that short lived tour in Aomori.

    KittieXaBlazeKittieXaBlaze17 minutes ago
  • only 140 people attacked hells bells thats not much Let's Go out and have a Picnic

    stephanie kievaughanstephanie kievaughan19 minutes ago
  • That is the most perfect but most dry-looking apple pie I've ever seen in my life.

    LadyDerpsALot -LadyDerpsALot -39 minutes ago
  • We need the Ryotaro remix in your Soundboard!

    Holzwurm _HDHolzwurm _HDHour ago
  • Y’all can eat me raw 🤣

    Aaron FerrisAaron FerrisHour ago
  • Take a shot each time they say aomori

    johana1johana1Hour ago
  • i was watching the video and an ad came up surprising me and got rickrolled

    Owen McProOwen McPro2 hours ago
  • 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

    Ras FariRas Fari2 hours ago
  • PETA's ideal version: "Why Bears eat this Japanese Town"

    HazeHaze3 hours ago
  • 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?

    Leslie GarciaLeslie Garcia4 hours ago
  • Russian part of Japan

    Yui BustamanteYui Bustamante5 hours ago
  • i swear you look like the european kaji yuki or kaji yuki mixed with eren jäger

    Timer im GrinderTimer im Grinder6 hours ago
  • Does Ryotoro just insert himself into everyones lives, how is he friends with everybody, impressive.

    LimePotatoLimePotato7 hours ago
  • Love your channel!!!

    Mag noliaMag nolia7 hours ago
    • Don’t listen to Him! It’s me!

      The Real Chris BroadThe Real Chris Broad5 hours ago
  • If you kill Rissotoro in Aomori, wouldn't the life expectancy go up cause as we all know Rissotoro is 400+ years

    yasio boloyasio bolo7 hours ago
  • Loved the video! It had such a calm feeling to it

    zega zegazega zega9 hours ago
    • I would like to try the deer sashimi the most ngl

      yasio boloyasio bolo7 hours ago
  • 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)

    Laura ErrityLaura Errity10 hours ago
  • I member there was a old Japanese movie that I loved as a kid about a old bear hunter...it was also called Matagi

    Simi822Simi82210 hours ago
  • Kutchan-cho , Abuta-gun, Hokkaido, have you been here????? Our timeshare has 3 resorts where we can stay.

    Star GazerStar Gazer10 hours ago
  • I lost it at the meat rap

    Sarah LiljestrandSarah Liljestrand10 hours ago
  • An average life expectancy of 82 is still better what is in the UK which I think is about 75 😬

    Steve MannSteve Mann11 hours ago
  • Hey now. Nagano has lots of great sake (originator of no. 7 yeast!) and apples now, so that's definitely not a factor 😉

    cjd29cjd2911 hours ago
  • 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.

    David DarisDavid Daris12 hours ago
  • eating deer is pretty common in germany too

    Jean Pierre PolnareffJean Pierre Polnareff12 hours ago
  • is taking the apples illegal

    Jean Pierre PolnareffJean Pierre Polnareff12 hours ago
  • The curry!

    AndieAndie12 hours ago
  • Dear Bear Boar sounds like the perfect meal

    UglyBoy DonkUglyBoy Donk12 hours ago
  • What's the milkshakes you're drinking at the end?

    Martin DyeMartin Dye13 hours ago
  • 🦌, 🐻, 🐗....Yetchaaa!

    WätSup B8tçhWätSup B8tçh13 hours ago
  • for some reason ryotaro reminds me of ryuku from deathnote...

    boneheadbonehead13 hours ago
  • 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.

    AA14 hours ago
  • I would like to try the deer sashimi the most ngl

    Bok Woon ChuaBok Woon Chua15 hours ago
  • When the moon hits your eye like a big apple pie, thats Aomori

    D GD G16 hours ago
  • Delicious food my new Friend 👍🔔

    Soumya's KitchenSoumya's Kitchen16 hours ago
  • Where I come from, they call all that uncooked food “bait”! 😂😂😂

    Drives & DetailsDrives & Details17 hours ago
  • 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?

    Chris88Chris8818 hours ago
  • 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

    Cavi587Cavi58718 hours ago
  • This is one of the best videos iv seen from the channel. Love this type of content !!!

    Rising OblivionRising Oblivion20 hours ago
  • do a video on the ryukuan culture/languages

    Ed B.Ed B.20 hours ago
  • Was it unBEARable?

    that one commenting gatoradethat one commenting gatorade21 hour ago
  • Eating Bambi Raw...lmao

    Just AnubisJust Anubis21 hour ago
  • i want to tried bear curry because of lovely complex and this video

    sami walterssami walters22 hours ago
  • if only the bear as cute as nagaserete island kuma kuma

    jerky scientistjerky scientistDay ago
  • 2Mil lets go! Congrats!

    Chip GeChip GeDay ago
  • "People might find it uncomfortable" Me: Has a cold room in a workshop full of deer.

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

  • I love the music selection

    Carlos López JiménezCarlos López JiménezDay ago
  • Russia will remember this

    Mastjh 21Mastjh 21Day ago
  • They should have chicken and broccoli instead

    ButtershooterButtershooterDay ago
  • is it possible for you to do your podcast on your own or without pete? I like hearing your perspective on japan, not a random guy that never appears on the channel and is frankly annoying.

    OliverOliverDay ago
  • do you guys think natsuki cuts chris's hair? i like to imagine he does. actually, i would love to see a video of exactly that.

    vaevaeDay ago
  • Nice room

    Matthew HahnMatthew HahnDay ago
  • Nice bridge

    Matthew HahnMatthew HahnDay ago
  • Don’t forget about your vaccines is coming soon

    Matthew HahnMatthew HahnDay ago
  • Liquor? I barely know her.

    Mysticfox2010Mysticfox2010Day ago
  • It reminds me to Shokugeki no soma,love aomori and bear 🐻 meat.

    Yura ChanYura ChanDay ago
  • Grats on 2Mil, may the sarcasm also be with you this year.

    Timoté NoéTimoté NoéDay ago
  • That apple curry looks so good

    BuddyBuddyDay ago
  • Where is Natsuki gone?

    闘将ダイモス闘将ダイモスDay ago
  • If I ever moved to Japan I would have to live here, hands down. Apples are my favorite.

    DisigDisigDay ago
  • This channel has fake views

    Kayson SmithKayson SmithDay ago
  • Dear Chris, I am traveling to japan in hopes of meeting you, and living. You have inspired me to travel, and until a few dats ago, i was afraid to fly to japan. but now i am leaving to japan in july. thank you for being such a good person and inspiring me to travel the world !

    Chase ErbChase ErbDay ago
  • Eating bambi raw, together with Pumba stew and a side of Baloo.

    Richard HerkertRichard HerkertDay ago
  • Hey fat boy, You need to shave that drawn on looking facial hair. (I hope you know I'm joking. Have a great day)

    joseph albrightjoseph albrightDay ago
  • “i’m gonna say this is some sort of local beef” “uhm local bear” “local... WHAT?”

    neneneneDay ago
  • Next in the journey series - 'Journey across Aomori: The hunt for all the apple pies'

    sehhi vootysehhi vootyDay ago
    • Gotta eat 'em all!

      MM10 hours ago
  • Ah, Aomori. Japan's Rubacava.

    axperienceaxperienceDay ago
  • I mean... we eat alot of deer here in Scotland, pretty normal...ish.. especially at Xmas time.

    Fuji_lewFuji_lewDay ago
  • Ryotaro - the album.

    Jas IsakJas IsakDay ago
  • Your videos just make my day you’re so funny 😂 🤣

    Renat RookieRenat RookieDay ago
  • I don't get male humour. Is it really funny to just continually be depricating towards each other? Can't you just be nice?

    CarmenCarmenDay ago
  • How's the life expectancy of Ryotaro now?

    Rafi MuhammadRafi MuhammadDay ago
  • Aomori? Isn't that the Kingdom of nyangostar?

  • HehHaahaHEhehaha

    GLobDeliGLobDeliDay ago
  • i just had these apples yesterday, the seller told me that they were grapes & he offered me 1 to eat, it was sweet but it had small seeds in it and grapes don’t have seeds in em but m not an expert lol. So yeah tried it for the first time in my life and m glad i did.

    Rahul MogheRahul MogheDay ago

    snorkosaurussnorkosaurusDay ago
  • Oh *deer* me. I can't *bear* to watch Chris eat such a *boar* ing meal.

    TakoyaKyonoTakoyaKyonoDay ago
  • An apple pie tour of aomori would be so fun with a friend!

    Anaas joAnaas joDay ago
  • This guy is like the bottom gear of japanese food.

    AntoAntoDay ago
  • I would like to try the pie . I love how the Japanese focus on the apple in the pie with minimal crust . I wish the western world would adopt such habits we might live to 82 !

    Tamara LeviTamara LeviDay ago
  • Eating the bears before they eat us. Smart.

    Grimslade LeviathanGrimslade LeviathanDay ago
  • That apple pie tho....

    Hannibal LecterHannibal LecterDay ago
  • Oh... maybe too late to tell you this, Chris, but, pay attention if you get a fever and muscle aches from one month after you ate that bear meat. I say that because in case that bear had trichinosis and you guys didn’t cook it properly, you guys might have it. usworlds.info/slow/video/h61pkYCuaYajrpU

    YellowHornetJPYellowHornetJPDay ago
  • have you ever been examined for polyps? you sound so nasal. No offense!

    Michael GronemeyerMichael GronemeyerDay ago
  • I wanted to try everything there. Again Ryotaro is a blast to be with Chris, lol.

    Pop GasPop GasDay ago
  • He's eati g bear at the start of the year... Can't wait to start another pandemic

    GodGodDay ago
  • Heard the word 'bear' too many times and now it sounds like you guys are saying beh, beeeh, like sheep.

    Fruity SaladeFruity SaladeDay ago
  • We ate deer here in Texas.

    F. Alfredo CabralF. Alfredo CabralDay ago
  • Happy New Year!

    F. Alfredo CabralF. Alfredo CabralDay ago
  • Please get your liver and heart checked, I'm seeing tell-tale marks of oncoming disease creep into your face, body, and complexion. I'm not trying to be rude by any means, I'm actually concerned about you. Been there, done that. It couldn't hurt...

    VeronicaVeronicaDay ago
  • I'd love to try the deer sashimi!

    boomcakesboomcakesDay ago
  • the more you hate, the more you luv. >UwU

    J GallardoJ GallardoDay ago
  • Whats the difference between fat & chubby ohh i know its you chris

    Red HawkRed HawkDay ago
  • no wonder they hunt bears, Loco bears sounds like they are a bit crazy and unpredictable...

    JonJonDay ago
  • 2 million subscribers 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳

    Jeremiah AkpabioJeremiah AkpabioDay ago
  • Definitely the curry 🤤

    Andrew RoqueAndrew RoqueDay ago
  • The boar hotpot looked tasty.

    Eli CashEli CashDay ago
  • If the love of salty and sweet foods, love of sake (for it is cold there), and love of instant ramen (for it is cold there) results in a 2-year shorter life expectancy than the rest of the country, I will say it is all worth it. I will say kampai to it with 4 ounces of Aomori cider in the morning.

    Joe FirmaJoe FirmaDay ago
  • Fancy a "Lagar" Chrisu...?? usworlds.info/slow/video/lJ6EhoO4h5d6nIs&feature=emb_logo

    Abu DabuAbu DabuDay ago