A Life in Japan. Free documentary on Youtube. 3 million views for the English subtitle version alone, and more than 4 million views all versions combined!

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Engelsk, svensk text

みみずくず 「踊りましょう」

What others have said about the documentary

The film turns out to be one of the best things ever made on Japan (even if you overlook my comic contributions to it). Beautiful, insightful, moving. I was initially skeptical, and a little reluctant, but the filmmaker really nailed it.

— Scott Mason

I watched ‘in solidarity’ at home from here in L.A. I lived in Kyoto from '78 to '86 and must say it brought back so many memories. I found myself agreeing with so much of what was said, remembering my own experiences. Beautiful images, and really nicely edited. Thanks for making it available.

— Ed Shorer

[…] I think that ‘A Life in Japan’ would be most useful for people who are considering moving here from abroad, or for Japanese who might be interested in getting a fresh perspective on their own country […]. I would happily recommend it to anyone who is curious about life in Japan, or perhaps even as an educational tool.

— Michael Lambe, Read the whole article at Deep Kyoto

[…] what I really like about this short documentary is that he covers both the positive and the negative sides of living in Japan […]. I find that many videos talking about living in Japan usually only show one side, either they are really positive or really negative, but in this film I thought he did a really good job of showing both sides […]. If you're a foreigner and you're thinking about moving to Japan, I think this video gives you a pretty accurate description of what it's like to live here.

— Tokyo Podcast, About 5 minutes into the podcast Prisoners & Patriots