Survive the Summer in Tokyo

Survive the Summer in Tokyo

Whenever people ask us when the best time of year to come to Japan is we always tell them anytime but the summer. It is a raging inferno here, but we understand that some of you only have your vacations during in the summertime. And so this is a time of year that you will be coming to Japan. May God have mercy on your soul. All right, all right, so I know it sounds like it’s really bad and I admit it is very hot, but luckily Japan has a lot of things they do to make the summertime bearable. So today we’re at Tokyo Midtown and we’re gonna give you some hot tips about how to stay cool in Japan. You like that? Very clever intro.
– Jury’s still out on that. I didn’t fully agree
– Was it the big corny? Ahh
– It was pretty Theres a little poll right there with the corny. Yes or no? Let’s get on with the rest of this list. -Get them quick and cool and with it. Trust in me. I have two different earrings All right, hot tip, cool tip Simon tried to do that but he was incapable of doing it gonna try it Hot tip, cool tip. -Hot tip, cool tip. See? It’s no good hots tip, cool tip from Martina is to come check out these kind of free Festivals that pop up all over the city in the summer time. So we’re a Tokyo Midtown right now, and what’s neat is it’s surrounded by like skyscrapers, there’s major hotel chains here, but suddenly out of nowhere comes this area with grass and flowers, and it’s a really nice relief from the summer heat. So these festivals that you see here happen pretty much only in the summer time; you won’t see them other parts of the year and you’ll see them all over the city as well. You’ll see them even in schools, by subway stations, and even in some temples and they offer you lots of cool things to eat and drink to cool you down, lots of shade that you could hide under. Think of this as like a Japanese siesta. -Ah, yes That’s how I describe it because you shouldn’t be walking around doing stuff in the high noon afternoon. -Not at all. Let’s go do some cool things, hip, and cool, and with it. I feel like a kid doing this. When’s the last time I was in a chair and my feet didn’t touch the ground? So we’re here in Ashimizu. It’s basically this little tiny pop-up river that they’ve made where you can sit out on- what would you call this?- like a dock almost like a floating bench and to us, it’s wonderful and adorable, but to Japanese people, this is kind of representative of what you might do in the summertime. I know a lot of you when you’re planning your vacations in Japan- we’ve seen some of your itineraries- and you pack them insanely from morning to night. That works a lot of time throughout the year, but in summertime, you have to schedule time to give yourself a break or else you’ll just die in the heat -You’ll explode It’s crazy hot. Take some time to find some shade and enjoy something like this. Hop tip, cool tip. You might see a lot of people walking around with these little tiny handkerchiefs. It looks kind of old-fashioned when you first get here because you’re like who uses the handkerchief anymore, but they are little tiny hand towels. You can buy them at any convenience store in the summertime If you’re fancy, you can start getting like really cute ones like this one is so cute and I got it -We got that at the Ghibli Museum. Yeah and I remember coming here like a little while ago to Japan before we live here and seeing these tiny towels for sale at like any pop-up place will have it- like the Kirby version and the Sailor Moon version- and I never knew what they were for, and then I found out it’s for dabbing your face because you’re gonna need it. I also think that as soon as you buy one of these, you acknowledge that you’re an adult a young version of me would absolutely refuse have a handkerchief with him, but now the times have changed. I’m an older man. So a couple steps away from the liver- A couple steps away from the river you have the Roku Gin Lounge, which as soon as you walk in to give you fans which is number one, one of my favorite product placements for special times make it, ah. I’m sure you guys have already seen the businessman video that we did. – You must have seen that one What a terrible day at work today. -It’s kind of funny though that they gave us these fans because it really is a big part of Japanese culture and we first came here it was kind of like do people really use fans because you see it used in animes and mangas and you’re like maybe it’s just like a special thing that they’re doing. I remember when we were in Canada Yeah, and like you use a fan like this girl is weird for using a fan I was using a fan and I had a sun parasol in University, and everyone thought I was weird, and I was like I don’t want to get cancer, so… -Here in Japan though, the fans aren’t just common; they’re mandatory. The real con of having a manual fan is actually that you just get really tired, and sometimes you get even sweatier from using it. Ow, my hands. -It’s not my hands; it’s my pits because you’re like pumping away and you’re like, oh my god, this is so good, and the next thing you know, you’re like super soaked in sweat. So instead I’d like to use an electric fan. This is a real fan of mine It’s adorable and I love it and you just push the button and then it creates an automatic breeze. You can see Martina’s is a bear fan. It makes a heat more Bearable. You’re definitely the big corny in this relationship. Martinez fan is a bit too big I’d say so they have these little compact fans You can see right there, and I’m not sure if we can hear my audio anymore, but this thing really works Yeah, these are really intense. -The reason why you want to use an electric fan is number one It keeps you from sweating and number two when you get on a really stuffy train and everyone is trying to get on the last Train from Shibuya and you’re matched up against people and everyone is just pouring sweat. -Fanning isn’t an option. You need an electric fan Trust me, your vacation will be a lot better If you have a little electric fan with you. Hot tip about subways You will notice on the site of some of them that they’ll say air conditioning: mild. Only a few of those carts have them they are the absolutely the worst Why would anybody want to be on them? -Also those signs are written in Kanji. The sign is written in dark blue and the other one is written in baby blue The baby blue is the no go away. Stay away. No, thank you. No. Thank you Kakigori, Kakigori K-A-K-I-G-O-R-I Simon messed up! Kakigori, Kakigori K-A-K-I-G-O-R-I Kaki-Kakigori Ah! I messed it up! Kakigori, Kaki-Kaigori. K-A-K-I-G-O-R-I Nailed it. We have to whisper more because people started looking. -What are we talking about, again? -We’re talking about kakigori. This is only available in the summertime. If you come here to Japan and you suffer the heat without suffering this why even bother coming? This is the most important part of your trip right here. It’s so cold, and so great. There is something really special about being extremely overheated, and then having really really really cold ice It’s super refreshing. If you were to have this, let’s say in like December No. It wouldn’t feel the same feeling same at all. It kind of has that like summer festival vibe to me where you want to be like just sweaty and eating something refreshing. You know? There is back when we lived in Korea the idea of Xuan Hutta in which if you’re very hot, then you’re supposed to eat some hot soup, and that will make your body cool down. I could say that is 100% false. I’ve tried it many times. It never works. But eating is some nice kakigori. That’s what will cool you down. Now, I am gonna say there’s some high-class kakigori because she layered it. -She layered it. -I watched her layer it. So the one that I have right now is Japanese lime, lemon is the way that you want to think of it. It’s kind of like it’s tiny and circular and you think it’s the line but it has much more of a sour kind of yuzu punch to it, but not sour like a lemon. So it’s really really refreshing. Yours, I bet, is creamy. I have the strawberry Ichigo milk. It’s just called the Ichigo melt like a teenage girl. Yes. I’ve got the girly one You know Why? Because it’s summertime and I need to find some semblance of youth so I can make it through this unbearable date and I love it. I mean, it’s delicious. -I’m gonna trade mine with yours. -You’re gonna call me teenage girl I’m gonna trade nothing with you. Well, I just want to let you know what this tastes like so you might feel excited about it It tastes like freshly squeezed lemonade like in the summertime when you have real limey lemonade. Are you ready for this? -Hold on All right, Wow, you wait just so much more than me yet. I think you were talking the whole time Oh, yeah, this is a really fluffy one Oh, yeah when it comes to kakigori There’s this very fine balance in what you’re trying to eat this fast enough so it doesn’t melt but you also try to eat this slow enough so you don’t die of brain freeze and there’s this like really dangerous tightrope that you’re walking on. I almost- one more spoon and I would have died. I’m back for more. -I would have died but I balanced it out. -Oh my god. -Right? You see how refreshing it is? Wow, yours is better than mine. -Mine’s a very adult kakigori. -This is adult go back. I want to be a teenage girl again. Remember above all, kakigori. -And you have to sing the song that we sang. Which for those of you the play categories. They should know that song Categories, cat-categories C-A-T-E-G-O-R-I-E-S. Prime numbers. -Oh my god. What’s a prime number? It can only be divided by itself and one. No other number in between that. -Like seven? Seven is a good one. Okay, seven. -Three Seventeen. -Eleven. -Who’s confirming all this by the way? -I am cuz I’m a math genius. Twenty-three. -Thirty-one um Thirty-seven. -Right? Forty-one. -Forty-three. -Thirty-nine. -Thirty-nine can be divided by three. -Yes it can. I beat the smart kid. I beat the smart kid. So the Sun is finally set and you’ve spent the whole day gathering and collecting sweat on all the different parts of your body and Culturing all these lovely bacterias and smells on you. What are you gonna do? Japan has just the right answer for you. Oh, yeah a perfect transition These are body sheets. Now at first glance when you go into like any convenience store you’re gonna see all these sheets that are out front and it kind of looks like are these like baby wipes or like what are these for? They’re actually deodorant sheets Yes, and also cooling sheets. So some of them have like a menthol in it and you take them and you wipe it down on your skin and it makes you feel, apparently, -3 degrees colder. -I’m not sure how they measure that but these actually work I was very skeptical of them, but they’re really cooling sheets. It’s almost like if you ever have like those Listerine mint strips in your mouth, and you feel cool. That’s like a mint strip on your body. -This was a little bit different. It’s actually a powdered deodorant sheet. It has kind of like almost like a talcum powder finish. So if you’re like rubbing it on your skin, once it dries, it feels like there’s less moisture there. So there’s a whole lot of neat things that you can play around with in Japan to help you stay cool. These are a big deal here go to the convenience store picks them up. Your summers will be so much better. -Oh, yeah So that’s it for our hot tips on how to stay cool in Japan video. -That title actually is growing on me. I thought it was kind of lame at first, but you know what? I like it now. -It makes sense is all I’m saying. I hope you found these tips very useful. You will need to find ways to beat the heat here in Japan, and this list is a good starting point. If you have any other tips, we’d love to hear them because we hate the summer here. Okay? I love this summer. Look at my cute summer dress. I have my watermelon earing on -You look great girl. Pineapple earring on. -That’s very nice. -And this area that we’re in right now with Tokyo Midtown; this is kind of like a sculpture artsy zone. -Yeah. -And it has all these different exhibitions that happen here like there’s usually like mist coming out. -Oh, shit here we go! See, Martina was magical. I say there’s mist coming up. Make sure you come by and enjoy a summer festival. The Tokyo Midtown festival is gonna be on until around the end or mid of August So yeah, I’m not sure if you can even see us anymore And that’s a bye. Goodbye, everyone. Now for those of you that are already living in Japan or if you’re getting an airbnb in Japan we have another tip for your apartment/house that didn’t really fit in this video so click on this bonus video here, or if you want to see some extra clips from the shoot including a little bit of laughter make sure you clip on these bloopers you clip on them. You click it. Click the bloopers dah.

100 thoughts on “Survive the Summer in Tokyo

  1. Konichiwa! I ❤️ these tips! I'm going to Tokyo next week…it will be my first time in Japan! Thank you both for everything, I will definitely try the kakigori. Ya'll (yes i'm from Texas🙄 lol) have amazing videos that I've been using as a guide for my 2 week trip!

  2. it's funny because looking back at pictures and thinking about the memories of summer in Japan, it definitely captured my heart and I wanna go back. But whenever I'm actually in Japan during summer it's the worst ever. 😂

  3. I feel bad S&M. I watch the videos with my wife on her laptop, even though we're both long term sub'ers. Feel like I'm robbing you of some views. Should we watch this videos individually?! Haha

  4. I have a purple bear fan, and it is one of the most useful things. I get some weird looks, but I don't care. It's adorable and keeps me cool.

  5. Hi guys,

    Just wanted to say I enjoy all your videos. I especially enjoy how fun and informative you guys are. Keep doing what you’re doing! I’m going to Japan for two weeks this October. Hitting Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka! Can’t wait!

  6. We have snowcones, snowballs and shaved ice.. all different and delicious but made from the same or very similar ingredients.

  7. Some more recommendations
    – use fever cooling patches on your forehead (especialy if you have bangs)
    – there are cooling sprays for your shirt
    – sports drinks like Pocari Sweat help you to regain minerals which you've lost during the day
    – use armpits cotton pads, they prevent you from ruining your clothes

  8. I just came back from my trip in Japan (in the Kansai region), and I can't agree more about the fans and taking time to rest. Our schedule was packed, but we ended up chilling out and resting a lot more. As someone also from Toronto, Canada (and is living as a teacher in Busan, South Korea)…WOW I'VE NEVER EXPERIENCED SUCH HEAT! All of this is such great advice. . . . i just wish I had watched it before I went to Japan! Hahaha <3 Love the videos!!

  9. So the trains that say air conditioning mild, is it bad because those are overly crowded with people hoping for air or because the air conditioning is really bad on those

  10. As soon as I saw you guys eating kakigori I got a popsicle out of my freezer (lemon mint flavor) , truly the best part of summer

  11. I can relate, used to live in the Emirates, now I just come for vacation. You hardly see anyone outside during the day. It was 31C with wind chill of 47C, just unbreathable at this point. Best way to survive it is to jump from one cooled building to the other in a car that struggles to cool itself 😂

  12. I love the Japanese summer aesthetic (fireworks! wind chimes! fans! kakigori!), but I would literally sweat myself to death. Still want to experience it someday. 😀

    Love this video. Everything looks so pretty! That's a cool art installation thingy with the lights and fog! (And your hair is gorgeous, Martina. :D)

  13. I've lived in Arizona for most of my life, but for real after moving to Japan… The amount seconds that my face can go from completely dry to sopping wet with sweat is insane. I too had the same discovery of the handkerchief… Everyone carries them here! And you bet… I carry a fan with me every where. That compact fan though!!! I have never seen it!!! And I'm also going broke buying water from the vending machines every 5 min

  14. lol the woman in the white beige outfit at 12:36 on the right, I wonder if she realized she was making faces to the camera lmao (or the camera just distorted her face

  15. while watching this video im playing mined craft and evertime a "hot tip" of yours comes up i think there's a witch attacking me

  16. handkerchief is used by everyone, its main purpose to dry your hands after washing them like in public toilets etc

  17. I’m currently trying to survive my first Korean summer (I’m dyiiiiing. Gimme that Midwest snooow), and it’s funny to see how many of these I’ve already picked up, like the parasol (mine isn’t as cool as yours!) and the electric fan (I need a mini one!!). I can’t believe I forgot about handkerchiefs though! Now sure where to buy one though…!

  18. Also thanks for the tip about taking things slow. I feel like it gives me permission now to be lazy and relax in the summer haha. I still want to see things here in Korea, but sometimes my Korean friends want to pack the days SO FULL OF EVERYTHING when we go out places, and I’m like “please help me I’m just a poor sweaty American and I’m dying.” Gotta stand up for myself more and find some SHADE dangit! 🤣

  19. All this talk about brain freeze and I can't relate cuz I've never had one in my life

    Why does not have searing pain in my head somehow makes me feel excluded? I'm obviously a superior breed, so I should be feeling sublime.

  20. Fun thing, I just came back from 3 weeks in Japan and I must say that the temperature was more tolerable than in Italy! I was still sweating like mad, but I could stay out in the sun all day long
    Maybe it’s me, but it wasn’t that bad at all

  21. I just moved to Japan at the beginning of August and I my apartment had air conditioning for the first week. This video has saved me! Thanks guys

  22. So glad to see you two still making videos! I first found you both when you started in South Korea, I love checking-in! Now I want to go to Japan! I loved this video, and the background noise from what I think are cicadas? Sounds like summer!

  23. MARTINAAA. Your clothes and fashion sense are really cute! I have a large chest and am taller than average as well and I struggle finding cute things that fit nice. Also to add you're living in Japan. How is it possible to find these things?! I am requesting a closet tour and your favourite outfits that make you happiest, or feel prettiest, or that are just comfy and awesome! (Simon can do one too he has some interesting duds and some flashy but really cool outfits.)

  24. 1. Have some cold mint tea in a isolated bottle with you. 2. sprinkle your hankachi/handkerchief with it. 3. wipe your face, arms and neck with it. Same as those whipes, but without insane amounts of trash.

  25. During our vacation we found Mentholated wipes called men’s sheets They were a life saver started getting hot and sweaty pull out a sheet wipe away the sweat and leave the areas minty and cool

  26. I'm kind of bummed that these festivals only pop up in summer- when I finally make it to Japan I want to go in the spring or in the fall (my favorite times of year), but I love all of these little cute events. Does Tokyo Midtown have this art vibe all year? It's really rad! I loved all the lights and sculptures etc. I want to get my boyfriend some of those deodorant sheets! We live in socal and though there is no humidity here (I'm from the Midwest, summer there is about 15-20% less humid than Japan), it does get pretty dang hot, and he runs really hot! I wonder if they have them at any Japanese grocery stores over here… I have a little fan that I can plug into the bottom of my phone, I love it for small things out here, but I should get a separate one like what Simon had, my fan kills my battery haha. Thank you for the video, I'm glad Tokyo Midtown sponsored you guys!! I enjoyed seeing what they created this summer 🙂

  27. Wow, I never thought Japan would be that hot… probable they way someone might not think that Ontario, Canada isn't a sweatbox in the summer too.

  28. I found this video after I watched this last week! Lol I lived in Korea for a bit and was also told that drinking hot water when you're hot it good for you, but here's scientific evidence that you guys are right!

  29. This is off topic but today I found out that one of the businesses next to my work is owned by a couple… named Simon and Martina!!!!!!!!! I always thought Martina was such an uncommon name but now I’m hearing it everywhere.

  30. "Anytime but the summer"

    Me: sweats because I went on a week long trip to japan and just returned back to the states

  31. The first thing I bought today in Osaka was a little towel like the ones you guys mentioned and wow I've been missing out seeing as I sweat enough to fill 7 swimming pools on a regular day 😬 Your tips are going to help a lot the next couple of weeks! Thank you so much for making this video!!

  32. Drinking a hot beverage in a hot environment does lower your body temperature because it triggers the release of sweat, which then evaporates. The caveat of course is this doesn't work in highly humid environments, like Japanese summers.

  33. Hello Simon and Martina ❤️😬
    I want to share my thoughts about climate.
    I see that you are complaining quite a bit about the heat over there in Japan, but let me tell you drinks tea 🍵
    I am from Mexico 🇲🇽❤️ and specifically from a state called Baja California. Here there is a city in which I live called Mexicali ❤️💪🏻🌄.
    Let me tell you about the heat waves here. Right now the climate is around 110-120 F (around 44-48 C) and we get up to 60% humidity. So come to my city to experience the real heat waves 😎.
    That’s all I wanted to say, I’ll just keep scrolling to your videos Serves up more tea 🍵
    Really love your videos a lot ❤️❤️. Hope you are doing great and that Martina’s health is good and not aching 🙏🏻.
    Keep the great job guys. Also I really love to hear your podcast, it is really great 🥰.
    -Alex B.

  34. 確かに外国の観光客は真夏は避けたほうが良いかも知れません。私は日本の暑い夏は大好きです。

  35. Checked the average high temperature for Tokyo during August, it's only 31°C.

    So pretty much a cool summers day or a very hot winter's day (this actually happened last year) in Sydney.
    Last year during a particularly bad heatwave it got hot enough that major interstate motorway highways started to melt and the temperature in some places in the outback was over 50°C.

  36. The mist starts coming up the EXACT moment when Martina says the word "mist" and I don't know why more of the comments aren't talking about how satisfying it was.

  37. WAIT THE SHOTS IN THIS VIDEO WAS VISUALLY STUNNING ₊*̥(∗*⁰͈꒨⁰͈)‧˚₊*̥ i felt myself get lost in the endearing shot of Simon and Martina playing Categories ❤️❤️❤️

  38. You guys were so funny in this video. BTW Simon looks so much better as an old man LOL, and I'm loving Martina's purple hair.

  39. I know in Vietnam we wore long sleeves or jackets and hats year-round just to keep the sun off despite the heat, especially when driving (motorbikes). After a while, you just get used to 100F/40C weather.

  40. Oh, if I had the chance to visit Japan, it would totally be in summertime! I absolutely LOVE Asian summer! Been to China in summertime, in May, June and July and my body just absolutely loved the heat and high humidity! I’m pretty much feeling my best (or well, least bad) in like 35 degrees C with high humidity. Heck, I handled the heat better than my ex husband and in-laws who have grown up there (and in-laws have always lived there) they expected me to suffer in the heat but yeah, they wanted to stay indoors with air conditioner and I wanted to go outside lol Just something about heat and high humidity that helps my pain a fair bit, guess the heat just reaches the achy areas better when it’s also very humid.

  41. just came from the malmo video …i feel like martina's wearing the same outfit more or less haha it miggght beh me

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