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 Japan9 days ago

    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.

  2. Dwayne

    DwayneDay ago

    @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。

  3. Jonas Arnesen

    Jonas ArnesenDay ago

    @Dwayne 熊肉が美味しいですか。

  4. Jonas Arnesen

    Jonas ArnesenDay ago

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

  5. truth finder91

    truth finder912 days ago

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

  6. oocares

    oocares2 days ago

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

  7. Fruiitpunchsamurai

    Fruiitpunchsamurai15 minutes ago

    Mista is correct

  8. 1r1shm0n1

    1r1shm0n149 minutes ago

    Apple pie.

  9. Takara Hayashi

    Takara Hayashi2 hours ago

    the only time i had bear was in a can... doubt it taste the same fresh lol. Also I notice they put gelatine in their apple pies... I need to try that.

  10. Bacon

    Bacon3 hours ago


  11. WifeBot

    WifeBot4 hours ago

    I want to try that apple curry.... yum

  12. Smartfork

    Smartfork7 hours ago

    The only food from Japan I wouldn't eat was horse. I can eat almost any type of food but I grew up raising horses so it would just feel weird for myself if I ate something that I saw as a friend growing up.

  13. Rhayr Harry

    Rhayr Harry8 hours ago

    Super super bitchy mode On. Hahaha

  14. April Rants

    April Rants9 hours ago

    Ryotaro is adorable

  15. derMemory

    derMemory11 hours ago

    Sounds like Aomori is great place to live

  16. Marseilles Vieux

    Marseilles Vieux11 hours ago

    I want to try them all! 🤤

  17. shawn purcell

    shawn purcell12 hours ago

    Do bears have trichinosis in Japan

  18. Plebasaurus Rekt

    Plebasaurus Rekt17 hours ago

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

  19. eka nanda

    eka nanda18 hours ago

    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

  20. Hans TheGamer

    Hans TheGamer19 hours ago

    I guess Aomori is the promise land of Exusia

  21. ash0787

    ash078719 hours ago

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

  22. ash0787

    ash078719 hours ago

    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.

  23. M4XF8R

    M4XF8R19 hours ago


  24. Siffe 333

    Siffe 33321 hour ago

    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.

  25. Gusti Subagja

    Gusti Subagja21 hour ago

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

  26. japanese culture

    japanese culture21 hour ago

    Aomori is very beautiful!!!

  27. tori bees

    tori bees22 hours ago


  28. Robert

    RobertDay ago

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

  29. OHM-GUO Pan

    OHM-GUO PanDay ago

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

  30. A. Van

    A. VanDay ago

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

  31. Awesome Matt

    Awesome MattDay ago

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

  32. Anthony Rodriguez

    Anthony RodriguezDay ago

    That curry looked incredible!

  33. Aidil OP

    Aidil OPDay ago

    Apple look to deleciuos

  34. Star Gazer

    Star GazerDay ago

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

  35. Nathan Li

    Nathan LiDay ago

    please expidite some dear bear boar and applie pies to canada

  36. SeeKaysee

    SeeKayseeDay ago

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

  37. insurgent of the watermelon rebellion

    insurgent of the watermelon rebellionDay ago

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

  38. insurgent of the watermelon rebellion

    insurgent of the watermelon rebellionDay ago

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

  39. Enekyo

    EnekyoDay ago

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

  40. k s

    k sDay ago


  41. Slyder81

    Slyder81Day ago

    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

  42. Lars Sandgaard

    Lars SandgaardDay ago

    I would like to taste the curry :)

  43. Varim Kadas

    Varim KadasDay ago

    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! )

  44. Kawehi Cabuzel

    Kawehi CabuzelDay ago

    The 2M looks so clean

  45. Shee Vang

    Shee VangDay ago

    Im doing that apple pie map.

  46. Sandrine Brasseur

    Sandrine BrasseurDay ago

    I hope your apple pie is freakin' worth it!

  47. Comical

    ComicalDay ago

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

  48. Billy Butler

    Billy ButlerDay ago

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

  49. Dustin H

    Dustin HDay ago

    Sadly I'm allergic to apples

  50. Mr. Graf

    Mr. GrafDay ago

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

  51. Yeetus da Fetus

    Yeetus da FetusDay ago


  52. one reviewer

    one reviewerDay ago

    you look like a bear lately.

  53. Gwei Totoro

    Gwei TotoroDay ago

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

  54. Alan Roberts

    Alan RobertsDay ago

    Deer meat tasting like fish? should it?

  55. limeonion

    limeonionDay ago

    Ryotaro subtly reducing Chris’ life

  56. Nippon Studio

    Nippon StudioDay ago

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

  57. eilrach299

    eilrach299Day ago

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

  58. bar10dr bar10dr

    bar10dr bar10drDay ago

    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.

  59. TheShadowChesireCat

    TheShadowChesireCatDay ago

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

  60. Iya

    IyaDay ago

    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?」

  61. Chip Skyler

    Chip SkylerDay ago

    That is one Wildest Cook pot. God Damn.

  62. Zulik Langoba

    Zulik LangobaDay ago

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

  63. VixenXL

    VixenXLDay ago

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

  64. Sharang シャランガ Bhattacharya

    Sharang シャランガ BhattacharyaDay ago

    Hey! Chris where is the 2 Million special video?

  65. AlphaDan22

    AlphaDan22Day ago

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

  66. Saunders Mitchell

    Saunders Mitchell2 days ago

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

  67. trshxgod *

    trshxgod *2 days ago

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

  68. Jinhunter Slay

    Jinhunter Slay2 days ago

    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

  69. Ink Mage

    Ink Mage2 days ago

    DEER BEAR BOAR!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  70. KittieXaBlaze

    KittieXaBlaze2 days ago

    I want to see that short lived tour in Aomori.

  71. stephanie kievaughan

    stephanie kievaughan2 days ago

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

  72. LadyDerpsALot -

    LadyDerpsALot -2 days ago

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

  73. Holzwurm _HD

    Holzwurm _HD2 days ago

    We need the Ryotaro remix in your Soundboard!

  74. Aaron Ferris

    Aaron Ferris2 days ago

    Y’all can eat me raw 🤣

  75. johana1

    johana12 days ago

    Take a shot each time they say aomori

  76. Owen McPro

    Owen McPro2 days ago

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

  77. Ras Fari

    Ras Fari2 days 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

  78. Haze

    Haze2 days ago

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

  79. Vaiyaktika Solar Beam

    Vaiyaktika Solar Beam20 hours ago

    NOOOOO But yeah probably in their view

  80. Leslie Garcia

    Leslie Garcia2 days 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?

  81. Yui Bustamante

    Yui Bustamante2 days ago

    Russian part of Japan

  82. Timer im Grinder

    Timer im Grinder2 days ago

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

  83. LimePotato

    LimePotato2 days ago

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

  84. Mag nolia

    Mag nolia2 days ago

    Love your channel!!!

  85. Bloody Propaganda Exposed!

    Bloody Propaganda Exposed!2 days ago

    Don’t listen to Him! It’s me!

  86. yasio bolo

    yasio bolo2 days ago

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

  87. zega zega

    zega zega2 days ago

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

  88. yasio bolo

    yasio bolo2 days ago

    I would like to try the deer sashimi the most ngl

  89. Laura Errity

    Laura Errity2 days 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)

  90. Simi822

    Simi8222 days 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

  91. Star Gazer

    Star Gazer2 days ago

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

  92. Sarah Liljestrand

    Sarah Liljestrand2 days ago

    I lost it at the meat rap

  93. Steve Mann

    Steve Mann2 days ago

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

  94. cjd29

    cjd292 days ago

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

  95. David Daris

    David Daris2 days 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.

  96. Jean Pierre Polnareff

    Jean Pierre Polnareff2 days ago

    eating deer is pretty common in germany too

  97. Jean Pierre Polnareff

    Jean Pierre Polnareff2 days ago

    is taking the apples illegal

  98. Andie

    Andie2 days ago

    The curry!

  99. UglyBoy Donk

    UglyBoy Donk2 days ago

    Dear Bear Boar sounds like the perfect meal

  100. Martin Dye

    Martin Dye2 days ago

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

  101. WätSup B8tçh

    WätSup B8tçh2 days ago

    🦌, 🐻, 🐗....Yetchaaa!

  102. bonehead

    bonehead2 days ago

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

  103. A

    A2 days 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.

  104. Bok Woon Chua

    Bok Woon Chua2 days ago

    I would like to try the deer sashimi the most ngl

  105. D G

    D G2 days ago

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

  106. Jmfirelord

    JmfirelordDay ago


  107. Soumya's Kitchen

    Soumya's Kitchen2 days ago

    Delicious food my new Friend 👍🔔

  108. Drives & Details

    Drives & Details2 days ago

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

  109. Chris88

    Chris882 days 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?