Okay, honey, I took the bait and watched the video but first I had to down a few vodka cranberries at my favorite watering hole in Kabukicho because as you know it's impossible for me to watch a Norm video sober. Now I'm just sitting on the sofa and kicking my feet up because them dogs is barking! So yeah... I have to admit that this video was not as cringeworthy to watch as his other videos but for the exact opposite reason that you enjoyed it. Honestly, I found the "let's carry a life-sized cardboard cutout of Elon Musk around Tokyo" segment to be totally cliched, unoriginal, and predictable. Even my cats got bored and began swatting at my feather boa. Fortunately, the video redeemed itself when Norm arrived in the high class hooker section of Shimbashi where -- lo and behold! -- he met Sharla and her boyfriend Chris Broad at an Irish bar. That's when things really started to heat up, honey. Upon seeing the Elon Musk cutout, a slightly inebriated Sharla screamed: "Is that how tall he actually is?! He looks so hot!!" confirming that she has a fetish for Elon Musk and tall guys. (Note to Sharla: You're in the wrong country sweetie!) So apparently this was a birthday party for Sharla and that's why Norm got her the Elon Musk present. Whatever. It was far more interesting that Chris Broad remained in the background the entire time as though he didn't want to be seen in the video or be associated with Norm. Who can blame him? Let's hope Chris organizes an intervention for his girlfriend to help her choose better friends because, frankly honey, that poor girl needs some serious help! After leaving the Irish bar, the group headed around the corner to a top secret izakaya (which will be explained later). What's notable about this scene is that it's the last time we see Chris Broad in the video. Once they are in the new location he has simply disappeared from the video -- no goodbyes, no explanations, no acknowledgement that he ever existed. At first I thought that was weird but then I remembered that Norm is a more effective human repellent than a steaming pile of dog shit so perhaps it was inevitable. Cut to the scene where Norm is standing outside the doorway of a bar that he claims he's never been to before but that he's heard is "really weird", but he can't say where because "Sharla is doing a whole video on it". Okay, so I guess we are supposed to believe he doesn't want to upstage her video or something. No idea. Anyway, this is a bar I've been to once so I know exactly where it is and it's not that great. Honestly, I'm not a big fan of traditional Japanese sit down izakayas (sitting on the floor) because I have an artificial hip and sometimes it pops out on those hard floors. It's just really uncomfortable for me. Also, I'm not a fan of that kind of performance art entertainment. When I go to a bar I want good booze and good conversation. I don't want to listen to a middle-age Japanese man shrieking at the top of his lungs about penises while dressed as a frog. Here is an article on the izakaya which I will wrap in a spoiler so as not to upstage Sharla. I leave it to the reader to decide how to proceed with this extremely sensitive information... Lol: And that's basically the end. Which brings me to the second reason why this video was surprisingly tolerable: it's slightly less than 6 minutes long. Let's hope this trend continues. Edit: Just noticed that Sharla uploaded her video! So you don't need to feel guilty about viewing the spoiler...
My goodness, how can anyone objectively judge someone's appearance based on one snapshot taken in the morning without makeup? When I wake up in the morning I look like Shrek. Young people who live a healthy lifestyle usually don't age much at all between 25-35 but we are our own worst critics. One tiny little wrinkle around the eye and it's the end of the world. Lol... Just wait until 40 hits, honey. It's all downhill from there!
Anytime you're game, honey! Yes, I was wondering the same. Since she actively reads these threads, maybe she is trying to send us a message about her whereabouts. But it's just a few random scenes anyway (which she explains away as having to do with an allergy). The majority 95% of the video is against the same old blank wall. I suspect this is old footage passing for new but who really knows?
The Cat Cafe Mocha that she went to is in Akihabara but I've never actually stepped inside because I've got enough cats at home to keep me busy. Interestingly, it's very near to a different type of cafe that I sometimes visit called Cafe New Type which exclusively employs cute young t-girls (pre-op transgender types). Every time I go to there with my entourage I have a blast. The service is amazing and the atmosphere is always fun and full of surprises. I wonder if Mira will do her next video about Cafe New Type? What do you think? Lol
First, despite being a big fan of Judge Judy, I am not a lawyer. Second, I've helped out quite a few scared young people in this situation and have consulted lawyers. Here is what I've learned: for overstay, there are two types of people. The first type intentionally overstayed their status and are deported for knowingly committing a crime. The second type unintentionally overstayed and need to prove their case. In practice, that means notifying immigration as soon as it's discovered and telling the official a good sob story while apologizing profusely and bowing a lot. As long as you have no criminal record, chances are good you'll be granted what's called a "special permission of residence" (SPOR) status which allows you to stay legally in Japan (but not work) while your previous status is being renewed. This is a relatively common procedure nowadays. The only catch is that if you admit you were not working during your overstay then it's an admission of knowingly overstaying since it shows clear intent and you'll be deported. Therefore, every lawyer would advise their client to tell the truth about working during the overstay period since it actually helps their case. Emma mentioned YT videos that were being "currently posted", so presumably she only removed videos that were posted while on the SPOR status since it does not permit work. That was probably a wise precaution! I didn't hear her make any claims of it being retroactive to when her previous status expired but if she said that then it's incorrect. Well, honey, I'm not so sure about that. Remember to separate the TC content from the individual YouTubers' content and it makes more sense. The "Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Visa" is actually a very broad catch-all visa for everyone from Gaba instructors to hedge fund managers at Goldman Sachs. Since TC's business model seems to be striking deals with Japanese businesses that want to promote products and services targeted at foreign tourists and expats, it's reasonable for TC to hire YouTubers who connect with their target audience. In that context, the visa sponsorship seems totally legitimate to me.
Oh yes, honey, I absolutely love to watch Mr. Daub in action!! He is without a doubt one of the sexiest, most handsomest beefcakes on YouTube and he's not afraid to show a little skin from time to time! Wow... you know when people talk about how beautiful half Japanese are and we all kind of roll our eyes because we just know better? I mean, seriously, if you've been in Japan long enough then you know that half Japanese are no more or less likely to be beautiful than the rest of humanity. But when I see a gorgeous hunk like John Daub strutting his stuff I can certainly understand where that misconception comes from. He is blessed with a very rare combination of genes: a handsome chiseled face with a beefy toned body... my goodness have you seen his nice thick legs? And that lovely patch of fur on his chest?! Oh...my...LORD... be still my aching heart!! <Missy is currently imagining herself running her fingers through his silky chest hair while sipping a strawberry daiquiri>... must be heaven! I nearly had a heart attack when his sento / bathhouse video came out and this scene flashed on my screen: Oh....my sweet baby Jesus! I got so hot and steamy that all the pancake makeup literally melted off my face and my friend Atsuko thought I got hit in the face with a mop again. Yes, Mr. Daub is a lovely specimen of manhood, honey. I have nothing but glowing reviews for him!
There was never a "honeymoon" phase. According to Norm's mom (who is a very sweet lady by the way), he's been obsessed with living in Japan since the age of SEVEN. Not sure how you concluded that Norm "realized" that he was a foreigner in Japan and therefore "not that special". In fact, it's exactly the opposite. Norm specifically came here because he knew that foreigners are treated differently in Japan and his intention has always been to exploit that special treatment to gain easy access to fame and fortune. The talesofjapan/japanrants experiments were just a distraction during his mundane Gaba years. The only thing it proves is that Norm has no problem trashing Japan, the Japanese people, and his friends if it means it might help him get ahead somehow. Well, he did talk about it. I don't normally watch Norm's videos unless absolutely necessary but I figured that if he was going to mention it then it would have to be on a video made during or shortly after his last visit to Narita Airport and prior to the date of that 「YOUは何しに日本へ」 episode which aired on August 27, 2018. This logically led me to the "LEAVING SEOUL KOREA" video which he posted on June 25, 2018: Not a very interesting video and it's self-evident that the entire 「YOUは何しに日本へ」 segment was staged. Norm is very adept at promoting himself and he's been working with agencies to get booked on shows and do interviews for years now. It's also well known that 「YOUは何しに日本へ」 stages most of the "encounters" where they end up following the person around Tokyo. The reason is because there are too many legal and privacy issues involved that it's not worth taking a chance on a random gaijin to do that. Also, how coincidental is it that Norm just happened to be the only person in the arrival area and just happened to get a call from the Yoshida Brothers exactly when the 「YOUは何しに日本へ」 staff were there looking for a random gaijin to interview? Not very likely, honey! The tour of his apartment was also clearly staged. There is nothing to indicate that his wife and son were living there and the interviewer never once mentioned his family nor asked about them (even though they are still very much living with Norm by the way). Then they zoomed in on a relatively obscure prize that Norm just happened to have on display front and center. The "James N. Westerhoven" prize is not exactly a household name in Japan, but the prop allowed the interviewer to talk about how Norm chose the Kanji 「乃流夢」 which is just a phonetic spelling of NO-RU-MU. Lots of gaijin do this by the way so it's not very novel. It would have been far more interesting for the audience to know why his last name is listed prominently as「中村」 (NAKAMURA) directly above 「乃流夢」because it is VERY unusual in Japan for a gaijin male to be taking his wife's last name like that. Yet they completely avoided the topic because the producers obviously agreed not to discuss his Japanese family in a prior contractual agreement. >> You can judge the quality of his Japanese by yourself, but I did not find it that bad... His Japanese has definitely improved since I last heard him speak it in person but it's still not very good (at best N3). He makes lots of basic grammatical mistakes and can't be bothered to use the -masu form which gives the impression that he's very rude and/or amateurish. >> I would say that there is one discrepancy between what he said there and on this Japan Forward interview. In the interview he say he drove 9h to go see the show, and in the program he said that he went to the convention and they happend to be there (but I saw that elsewhere too). I'm very surprised that you would mention that Japan Forward "interview" as though it were real or legitimate journalism...wow! I mean it's so obviously a puff-piece posted on a questionable, unknown web site, that it's difficult to believe anyone could take it seriously. Norm is constantly embellishing, confabulating, and fabricating his life story to such a degree that it's completely futile to try and resolve his contradictory biographical statements. I literally lol'd when I read the part about Norm being an expert "drift racer" who was accepted into the Tokyo "drift community" and how he almost died in an accident. Well, I knew him then and I can say that he was working at Gaba full-time 8-10 hours a day 5-6 days a week. He once told me that he bought a used $3k car and wrecked it on a controlled drifting course that is popular with young, male, Western tourists. Lots of amateurs wreck their cars on that course and it's not a big deal. He was more upset about wasting $3k. So to recap: between 2010 - 2012, Norm has claimed (at various times) to have been engaged in the following activities: Running a successful and growing business called "Japan Lifestyle Consulting"Being accepted into the Tokyo "drift community" and "drifting".Being a professional actor and stuntman on Japanese television and in Japanese films.Becoming an expert in extreme martial arts.Amazing that he could do all that and still have time to work at Gaba full-time, get married, start a family, and take up the Shamisen. Sorry, Norm, pull the other one! >> ... I don't get it.... ...Then allow me to spell it out for you: Norm is a narcissistic, pathological liar, who is willing to say and/or do anything to achieve fame, fortune, and celebrity status in Japan. Everything in his life is just a means toward that end. Any more questions?
Yup, seems like a classic case of BPD to me, honey. At the very least, she is deeply disturbed. I have a lot of sympathy for people with mental health issues and do feel sorry for her. But I also have a lot of sympathy for her victims, of which there appear to be many. I would say it's kind of like watching a train wreck in slow motion but that would imply there is an ending. This is more like watching a train wreck stuck in an infinite loop.
That's the Spacia Ebisu (スペーシア恵比寿) apartment complex in Shibuya/Ebisu. My friend Brenda lives there and she throws the most amazing parties! She only serves gin from the craft gin market near Shibuya station and she claims the tonic is also craft but I don't believe her. But I digress... anyway, I immediately recognized the building from its unique architectural flourishes and interior features. I like to say that it's very "90s chic" because it does sort of evoke the design style of that era. Imagine my surprise when I looked it up just now and learned that it was built in 2003! At least, I think it's the same place, but I'm not exactly sure because I've misplaced my glasses again...
https://www.property-bank.co.jp/rent/1179/ Here is the view from the balcony during the day:
OMG...Yes, honey! That's exactly what I was feeling when I watched that video. I don't know this guy but he seems to desperately need the approval of others and thinks he can get it by being as shallow and predictable as possible. Forcing his "Creators" to call him "CEO" and titling the video Our CEO's Apartment Tour in Western Tokyo. Then going around showing off little boring trinkets and captioning them for the viewers (as if we cared) while telling their equally boring history... what a snoozefest! It reminded me of that old Hollywood film Harriet Craig starring the legendary Joan Crawford. I remember watching it in the theaters when it came out in 1950 and I was spellbound. Of course, nowadays we can conveniently watch it on YouTube... lol In the movie, Crawford plays a manipulative, self-obsessed, desperately insecure woman who wants everyone to believe that her life is perfect--basically Chris Okano in a dress. One evening she throws a party and gives the female guests a tour of her exquisitely decorated home, telling them a rehearsed story about a Chinese vase that comes off as very stilted and awkward. Here is the scene: The TC video reminded me exactly of that scene! But then he takes cringeworthy to a whole new level when he shows the girls his bedroom and says "THIS....IS...WHERE...THE..." and then Emma (supposedly) spontaneously interrupts him "...WHERE THE SLEEP HAPPENS!" Oh dear...what was that all about? Are we supposed to believe that he's some sort of lady's man getting lots of action in bed? Sorry don't buy it! And that was even more awkward and obviously more rehearsed than Joan Crawford's Chinese vase speech. Pathetic.
Wow... I'm curious to know how you found this out about Sharla's visa type and sponsorship? How reliable is your source and how certain are you that it's true? In my experience, visas are not that difficult to get if you have the right connections. I know a girl here in the business and her agents use high priced law firms to get her 5-year work visas. These lawyers, from a particular law firm, are all former high ranking immigration officials and have direct access to the process at immigration. The turnaround time is fast--usually less than a week--and she has never once had to set foot in the immigration office. it's a very convenient setup and perfectly legal.
Sorry, honey, but I don't know who this Dogen person is... but he/she must be a very naive person to make a collab video with Norm. To answer your question: yes, I did know Norm personally as we used to worked together at Gaba for many years. He's extremely arrogant and condescending and treats people as objects, as a means to help him achieve his dream of becoming a famous celebrity. If you can't help him achieve that end then you are of no use to him and are treated accordingly. I'm sure Norm could make a video where he appears to be fluent in Japanese. Frankly, it would not be all that difficult with a little help from a native Japanese speaker to write the script. As for his son, when we were working at Gaba together Norm hardly ever mentioned his son or his wife. He worked all day and in the evenings he would hang out with pretty, young Japanese Gaba counselors or students. I'm guessing he speaks English to his son when they interact as that is relatively common among mixed nationality parents here in Japan. But that's pure speculation as I've never seen Norm and his son together in person. Back to the subject of Norm's desperate need for attention, fame, and stardom... I've seen this very, very ugly side of him and witnessed a serious controversial event at Gaba that involved him and a minor celebrity. He tried to ingratiate himself with her but given her experience with Hollywood sleaze, she immediately clocked him as a phony opportunist and rejected him outright. This infuriated Norm and what happened next... well, I'll save that story for another day. To be continued!
I'm really very annoyed with this Tokyo Creative Club because they have taken over the space where I have my weekly meetups with my Sisters of The Moon Senior's Bridge Club. My friend Atsuko, who lives in the building, organizes the meetups during the week and we play bridge from the afternoon until well into the evenings when the young people start coming home from work and kick us out. We normally play in the bar-lounge because, as you know, when Missy's in the building the booze is free flowing! WELL! Imagine my surprise when I was told that our bridge game would have to take place in the residents dining facility instead of our usual spot. Atsuko told me that a film crew had taken over our favorite bar-lounge meeting space. I was shocked when I peeked inside and saw Chris Broad talking to a camera with a large film crew and very bright lights on him. Then, while we were playing bridge in the dining facility, I kept seeing Sharla walking in and out through the back door. I nearly spit out my Mimosa.... It was very surreal. So imagine my surprise watching Sharla's most recent video and seeing her sitting exactly where I normally would be sitting with my bridge club ladies. Hopefully this was a one-off filming event because there are few places in Tokyo that can accommodate the special needs of drunken seniors playing bridge. And if I ever see Norm stumbling around the place -- LORD help us all! This is the building I'm talking about: https://www.social-apartment.com/eng/builds/tokyo/bunkyo-ku/view/29 TC must have some kind of partnership with the Social Apartment company because they also did an event at "The Millenials" hotel which is owned by the same company:
Well...it's actually true! Back in the 50s when I was entertaining the troops, any time we met a civilian who loved Russian culture and language and spoke with a fake Russian accent then we just called him a Commie because that was the thing then. My how times have changed!
You may be right about that. I do sort of recall a conversation about that in one of her vids. But I also recall her saying that the main thing is that they wouldn't want their children to be educated in the Japanese public school system. I've heard other foreigners in Japan say the same thing which has always puzzled me since all my Japanese friends who went to Japanese public schools turned out pretty smart and successful. Maybe it's the conformity and lack of individuality that turns off foreigners.