This is the second and final q and a video, so today I’m going to be answering more of your questions.
(question from: Tubenjunge) What was the first thing you did after arriving in NZ?
The first day, I can hardly remember because I was so tired. The night before we left Japan I only slept for about an hour because we were so busy packing up. And, so, by the time I got here I was so tired. And I think all we did was … yeah, we just went back to my grandmother’s place and had a shower … yeah, that was the first thing I did, have a shower. That’s pretty much all I wanted to do after a long flight. And then in the days after that, just started to look for an apartment, get a mobile phone, that kind of thing … not very exciting.
Will we meet your grandmother as a guest?
Hmm. That’s a good question. I’m not sure, I’ll have to ask her.
Have you had any doubts about your decision to move to Auckland?
Not really, apart from the speed of the internet.
What’s up with KNF? Is he enjoying NZ and had he ever been there before?
No he’d never been here before and yes, he’s enjoying it.
What are you missing already?
Ah, fast internet. Um. I have a cold right now and there are these delicious lollies in Japan called “nodo ame” which I really like. And the pharmacies that I looked in yesterday didn’t have anything like that. Ah, so, yeah, just little things like that. Um, and some of the services in Japan are better, like courier services. And … what else? Ah … oh, washlet toilets, those are the best things ever. New Zealand really needs washlet toilets.
(question from: isaacsenglish) Did you suffer from a reverse culture shock?
Yeah, I think so. I’d been away 8 and a half years so a lot of stuff has changed … like there are now apartment buildings all over Auckland and there didn’t used to be. And lots of stuff is still the same and sometimes I’m not sure if it’s changed or not because I can’t remember what it was like.
Are you missing any of the foods you’d gotten used to in Japan?
Um, I haven’t really started to miss them, because I’ve been enjoying the foods that you can get here but not in Japan. But I guess I’ll start to miss them. And yeah, I miss things like tofu, natto and plain soymilk – the stuff without sugar and other stuff in it.
Have you visited your family?
Yes. I have caught up with many family members: mother, father, grandmothers, sister, nieces, cousin, aunties and uncles … not all of them, yet, but um, yeah, it’s been great catching up with family.
I know very little about New Zealand, will you tell us about the country in your future videos?
(question from: maximum1) Will you continue to do shows about and interview people from Japan?
Yes. Less than we did when we were in Japan, of course, because we’re not there any more. But, yeah, I’m sure Japanese news will continue to feature in Stick News … because I haven’t stopped reading Japanese news online. And yes, definitely planning to interview Japanese people in New Zealand. I’m really looking forward to that.
(question from: skippyXG) Do you think it will be easier/harder to find people to interview for Monday Guest in Aotearoa?
I think it will easier. But I guess I won’t know until I start asking people.
Any plan to start a new segment on Auckland's culture/people?
Yes. We’re planning to visit different places in Auckland and go to Auckland events and interview Auckland people – both for Monday Guest and also we’re planning to do lots of street interviews. I think those are really interesting to see a cross section of the people who live here.
What's your opinion on YouTube's new channels design?
I don’t really like it. But … oh well, I guess I’ll get used to it.
(question from: 3000hisham) Do you think that teaching English in a native English country is easier?
Yeah, I think it might be because there are materials everywhere and the students have the advantage of being able to use what they learn immediately. But then again, it depends on the student and, yeah, there many factors and I think probably both have their advantages and disadvantages.
(question from: Redfrettchen) Were did you live between moving and finding an apartment?
With my grandmother. It was awesome. She’s an amazing cook and I didn’t want to leave. (question from: TandemFuri) What are some of you're favourite movies?
(question from: maximum1) What are the challenges (if any) when teaching English to Japanese students? Are there any particular English language concepts native Japanese speakers find difficult to grasp?
Hmm, that question probably requires a longer answer than I can give now. And … If you want to compare Japanese students with students from other countries, I’m probably not the best person to ask, because I’ve mostly just taught Japanese students. But, in general, a few examples, ah, the hesitation to try and speak can be a challenge, and as for grammar, ah, the difference between the past simple and the present perfect can be difficult to grasp.