Yes, seems like he's running low on ideas for interesting new content now that he's pretty much covered all of the low-hanging fruit about life in Japan. But even subjects that would have been either interesting or entertaining with other YouTubers came out pretty boring and/or cringeworthy under Norm's direction. The recently uploaded video titled "5 Weeks in Japan - Abandoned Buildings & Trapped in a Typhoon" is a giant nothing burger. It's basically b-roll footage of Norm and his dopey brother driving around the Japanese countryside in moderate rain while hipster Starbucks music plays in the background. That's it. It's even more boring than Kandajin's video about the condiments in her fridge. It also seems that his videos continue to average between 4-5k views and they're most likely being watched by his hardcore "fans" I guess. I don't know who these people are but Norm did make another video recently where he was going to meet a couple of fans in Asakusa but he only showed them for about 15 seconds before cutting back to his face for the rest of the video. He then talked about his favorite bar in "A-Suk-Suh", completely botching the normal way to pronounce Asakusa in Japanese. So I had to stop watching. I tried watching the Italy video you mentioned but it was so excruciatingly boring that I had to jump around just to get the gist of it, which is basically Norm walking around a run down outdoor venue in Italy talking to himself and harassing random shamisen players. We can only speculate how he has the money to fly back and forth to Italy to do something so utterly pointless. Maybe he saved up a lot of money while working at Gaba? Maybe he's come into some inheritance? Maybe his wife is raking in the yen? All I know is that he sure ain't making much money from YouTube views, honey.
Any time sweetie! You don't need a phone because I'm very easy to find. Just look for an 80-something year old exotic dancer shaking her money maker in Kabukicho. And yes, my milkshake does bring ALL the J boys to the izakaya...
Story time! Well, once upon a time, Miranda fell in love with a gay closeted half Japanese Muslim boy named Rodi. Despite shoving her ass in his face every ten seconds, he seemed completely uninterested and was even repulsed by her advances because "Islam forbids" and "you are like sister to me" (even though they just met, but that's beside the point). After many months of doing cringeworthy livestreams together where viewers paid them to smell each others' armpits, Miranda finally realized that this relationship wasn't going anywhere and decided she could win him over by converting to Islam. She rationalized this decision to her viewers by explaining that it came to her one day while spinning a globe and her finger landed on Saudi Arabia which obviously meant she should immediately convert to Islam. Her viewers were skeptical because (A) she claimed that she owned a globe and (B) there is no B, see A. Now Miranda and Rodi don't talk anymore and she's making videos about the condiments in her fridge while wearing a hijab. The end. Any more questions?
In real life, Norm's Japanese is beginner-conversational or somewhere between a N4 and N3 if you're familiar with the JLPT classifications. That is based on my personal observations of him speaking with the counselors at Gaba or interacting with staff in izakaya. His Japanese is passable but as soon as the sentences get more complex than basic everyday tasks, he gets lost very quickly.
@Xinxinsong Oh dear, now you've done it. You made me go over to his channel to see what he's been up to and I stumbled across a video from August 8th entitled "Japan's Hidden Valley of Wisdom" which is an absolute disaster movie. Now I feel compelled to comment and explain why. In this video, we watch Norm and his brother Alexander (clearly a Manga obsessed weeb) stumbling around a river bed in Tochigi with a waterfall crashing down in the background. Soft piano music plays from one of those old Time Life "Classical Moods" albums while Norm lisps through a meaningless new age explanation of what this place is trying to "teach" him. As I'm sure you've already guessed, there is no such place as "Japan's Hidden Valley of Wisdom". That is just a moniker that Norm invented to make the location sound more mysterious and special than it actually is. In fact, it's really just another well known tourist spot along the Hokigawa river in Tochigi's Nasu Shiobara Valley. Friendly, English speaking guides hand out maps to this place in the visitor center at Nasu City. But for this video, Norm wants us to believe that he has found an ethereal secret place where the river attempts to communicate with him telepathically and impart some sort of esoteric life wisdom which apparently only he is privy to because, you know, Norm has this very deep and spiritual connection with the Japanese homeland that you don't. He explains this at 3:25 in the video: "This location that was meant to teach me some kind of deeper lesson in life. Because you see no matter when I come here, how often and what time or who with, there's always something that comes up as I get down there that pulls me back." Wow, such wisdom! He goes on: "There's a message in there. There's a life lesson hidden within that... kind of a roll with the punches kind of deal." At this point I'm wondering what language the river is speaking to Norm because I still have no idea what he's talking about. Then it get's worse, much worse. I've never seen a YouTuber so selfishly tease their audience with stunning views of Japan's natural outdoor beauty only to then intentionally withhold the location of the area from them. He even went so far as to blur out any road signs that could possibly give the location away. This, more than anything, reveals just the sort of narcissistic, manipulative, douchebag that we are dealing with: Cut to Norm's rental car (all rental cars in Japan have license plates beginning with the Japanese letter わ) where Norm continues his incoherent rambling about how the river is trying to teach him about "last minute changes". The rest of the video is just more of the same BS with Norm trying to explain why this river is a metaphor for his life using the language of a junior high school student desperately trying to win a poetry contest. After having to endure more than 9 minutes of this psycho-babble, Norm finally decides to tell his audience that he's not going to reveal the location of this place to them because you know, it's HIS special mysterious place and you can't come! Just for the record, this spot is called Ryushunnotaki Falls and can be pulled up on Google Maps very easily. It's well known and frequently visited by many Japanese and foreigners alike. Since Norm doesn't have a day job, he could of course go there during normal business hours while everyone else is at work, hence making the place appear to be empty and secluded. It most certainly is not. I can't even imagine why his subscribers continue to put up with this level of douchebaggery.
I agree. I think Japan will always be home in Sharla's heart and she is clearly in her element whenever she's back over here. I really enjoyed seeing her reunite with Micaela and watching their trip to the Shikoku area. Even though it was obviously one big infomercial for the city of Kochi, the videos are well made and the places they visited looked like a lot of fun so I wasn't bothered by that at all. Interestingly, she seems to be completely avoiding Norm this time around which is great because he always seems like that giant turd in the punch bowl.
While technically true, it should be noted that she was the ultimate Harajuku loving "white Japanese" waifu weeb which is essentially a religion all by itself. In retrospect, it seems like a rather charming and harmless lifestyle choice given her current sad state of affairs.
Hello darlings, sorry for my long absence. I've been traveling the world the past couple of months to escape from the Tokyo heat and humidity but I'm back now! Anyway, I saw that Norm gave a very lengthy (and boring) interview to the "Tokyo Creative Talk" channel on Sept 20th: I left a comment which was not surprisingly blocked within 24 hours:
Some things never change! Edit: Forgot to mention that the interviewer is the lovely Shizuka Anderson whose videos I have always enjoyed watching in the past. It saddens me to see her pandering to Norm like he is some sort of important person or celebrity. He's bad news, honey! Stick with your friend Max Capo who is the real deal and cute to boot.
It's entirely possible that I misunderstood something, honey, as it's currently 00:40 here in Kabukicho and I've already downed a few Sangrias and I've misplaced my glasses again. But with regards to this statement: "All I am saying is that this is what she chooses to follow. All I am saying in short that she is against homosexuality becayse it is forbidden in islam and that is what she chooses to follow" -- no one ever said anything to the contrary. It doesn't change the fact that she willingly chose to follow something that she knew was bigoted. So yeah, I'm calling her out for that.
And what makes you think I haven't looked at the Qur'an? When I was young I actually went to this place called a PUBLIC LIBRARY and read it. Let me tell you that I was NOT impressed one bit. By the way, this was about four decades before Google and it was before you were born or your parents were born. So spare me the sermon, please. And what's this about "blindly bashing Mira" and the "truth sucks"? Are you now telling us that Islam is the truth and that Mira is not responsible for the choices she makes in life? Ummm... sorry, no. Listen sweetie, I'm not here to debate religion with you. This isn't about some ancient script written in the desert 1500 years ago. It's about using your brain to distinguish right from wrong. Criticizing Miranda -- who is an ADULT that grew up in a secular society with secular parents -- for willingly embracing a backwards belief system that condemns minority groups for whom they love is not "blindly bashing" her. Maybe if she had it hammered into her developing mind as a child then we could say that she might have a slightly more plausible excuse to believe in this crap. But that's not the case. She chose to believe in it from adulthood and that is sad and pathetic (especially when you consider that she probably did it to bag Rody).
So now she is a homophobe. Very sad how far she has sunk. Let me state this very clearly in proper English so she understands: you say that it's a sin to have sex before marriage, yet it's also a sin for gays to marry -- that's a catch 22. It means that gays can never have sex. What kind of God would deny some people one of the few pleasures in life that every consenting adult has the capacity to experience? What a miserable hypocrite Miranda has become.
You don't even need to go to other sites to find her old videos. When she deleted them all she said it was because she didn't want her male fans jerking off to them. In the comments section I linked to a video on Rody's channel where she shows off her booty. I made the very fair observation "Why would you delete all your hard work when videos like this are still all over Youtube?" SHE BLOCKED ME TWO MINUTES LATER!! Video I linked to:
This is interesting... Apparently Norm was interviewed for a now defunct Japanese men's fashion magazine. In this interview, Norm gives Japanese men dating advice and how he likes to woo a woman on their first date. This article was published November 9th 2012, which means that when Norm gave the interview his wife was at home taking care of their newborn son. Classy! It's very difficult to find this interview online since the magazine has been out of business for a few years now. But I have my sources! Here is a copy from the Internet Archives: https://web.archive.org/web/20130309150732/http://www.shotmagazine.jp/2012/11/mens-voice-date-7/ Here is a screen cap of the interview in the original Japanese with a Google translated version side-by-side: