Legend of Cabbage Man & Food Field Trip ★ ONLY in JAPAN

Ramen, Sashimi and Cabbage Man: Food Adventure I’m about to embark on an amazing adventure to the far reaches of Tohoku. It’s a quest for food — and for fun and to get there, I’ll be leaving Tokyo on this The Shinkansen The Shinkansen is one of the fastest trains in the world with speeds up to 320 km/hour. It’s a food field trip! Coming to Japan to eat is one of the best reasons to visit and I’m expecting to do a lot of that up there ”Up there“ being IWATE PREFECTURE and if you don’t know where that is don’t worry! I got you covered. Iwate is Japan’s second biggest prefecture after Hokkaido, over 15,000 sq km big! The capitol is Morioka and a major stop on the Tohoku Shinkansen. I’ll try some making some ramen here later. I start off here, Iwate Machi for food, sake and a festival, but I’ll also be traveling to the pacific coast to catch some fresh fish at Tanohatamura. FIELD TRIP! Let’s go – it’s over 550 km from Tokyo to Iwatenuma-kunai Station. The view on the way changes from city to beautiful countryside. It’s about a 2.5 hour trip from Tokyo. Iwate prefecture is one of the most natural places in Japan As a result, they also have some of the best vegetables. We’re going to be asking — WELCOME to this place! Lettuce Man CABBAGE MAN! CABBAGE MAN! Wow. Cabbage. Yes! Cabbageman is a local mascot or yuruchara a chubby masked cabbage maniac with a t-shirt a few sizes to small. But that doesn’t impact his superpowers at all. Hello, Cabbage Man!![00:02:03.13 He’s beloved by all in the town. How much does Cabbage Man love cabbage? I thought I’d race him and his buddy for a trophy cabbage 50 meters away. Iwate Machi’s cabbage is so good that it deserves our best effort, winner take all! To the Victor — goes the cabbage. In town, he’s famous! Cabbage Ice cream anyone? Want some? I can’t eat THAT! My mouth’s too small! Cabbage is in a lot of local dishes here and Cabbage Man and his side kick took me to a place for some HORUMON NABE. Fresh cabbage with meat, tofu and soup. Nothing powers you up quite like it. After a few minutes, the ingredients and flavors all come together. It’s more than good. It’s awesome. But there’s another side to cabbage cuisine in Iwate. Refined and sophisticated. It’s Iwate Machi Cabbage Shioyaki Udon All local ingredients stir fried to perfection. Enjoy it with some sparkling cabbage flavored cider. Pour it like a fine champagne. One of the finer things in life. Iwate Machi Cabbage Shioyaki Udon should be served on a plate any will do. Civilized. Feel privileged. This is Iwate’s best cabbage, and it’s divine. In Iwate, cabbage is taken to the highest level. A hundred kilometres away from Iwate Machi is Tanohatamura. A new fishing experience starting at the crack of dawn + 2 hours (after breakfast) offers the ultimate local food adventure. The captain navigates the rugged coastline with unique rock formations and tunnels. There’s even a cave with a special attraction from in here, you can see the true color of the pristine water as the light pushes through the darkness. As the wave push into the cave, so does the light revealing a stunning emerald color. There’s nothing like the feeling of being on the open sea on a clear cool day like today. But we’ve got some fish to catch. The traps were set the day before. From the start, we had quite a catch! We’re here for this! DONKO! Not really a fish, more like an eel. It’s a local favorite. We also caught other fish like this — Soi I was told that I had to prepare my own lunch! Cut here? Yes, there. Wait! It’s still alive? Yes, it’s alive. IT’S ALIVE?! IT’S ALIVE?! ISN’T IT PAINFUL? IT”S PROBABLY PAINFUL!? It won’t hurt him at all. No, the opposite way. That meant gutting and cutting the Donko. I’d never done this before, it’s nice to have these wonderful ladies as guides. It’s not easy when you have to do it yourself. “Donko, I’m so sorry about this.” The ladies showed me how to prepare donko with miso and onions. The results looked good. Donko sashimi a little wasabi and soy sauce and … Delicious. And the Donko Miso? Another winner. What an experience. RAMEN! You knew it was coming. IWATE RAMEN NOODLE CLASS This is a Morioka Ramen Noodle making class! It’s located in the city where ramen chefs are here to teach you all that you need to know about Morioka Ramen Everything was prepped for me by Onodera-san leader of the Morioka Ramen Club FLOUR BAKING SODA SCALE AND MIXING BOWL SALT WATER AND SALT You can mix it old school by hand it’s really hard to do. Or you can just add all the ingredients to a noodle making machine. That’s more fun! Fresh ramen noodles ready to be turned into a bowl of deliciousness. We have thin hosomen and thick futomen. In the kitchen, It’s a crash course with the shop owner. I started with the vegetables and meat. Need to stir fry it up for this miso ramen. Add some broth to build up the flavor. While that’s cooking, I had to get on to the noodles. There’s no stopping! They need to be boiled for a couple of minutes. Stay focused! Don’t forget the meat and vegetables – skim the fat, lower the heat and back to the noodles they need another 30 seconds. Stir the vegetables – add the broth to the miso in the bowl THE NOODLES! It’s not easy to get them all in the strainer. Scoop and shake the water out. Quickly get all those noodles into the bowl. Don’t forget any of them. Add the vegetable toppings to the miso broth — and DONE. The results? Beautiful. Awesome experience. THANK YOU! Delicious time. Iwate ramen! What a lovely day! Now it’s time to change into something more traditional for my next adventure. A kimono. Putting one on goes a lot faster with some help. 3 minutes — and out the door. I’m dressed in a beautiful Japanese kimono. Now I’m going to try some Japanese sake and I’m dressed for the part! There’s a place in Iwate Machi where you can try Japanese sake brewed locally. It’s got quite a selection. Tohoku is famous for it’s high quality nihonshu and Iwate makes some of the best. It’s hard to know which you’ll like best so I picked two to try and went upstairs. All right! So I’ve got 2 bottles of Japanese sake Nihonshu, here! I’ve never heard of these brands They’re all locally made Maybe I can ask somebody to help me. Fugane-san! This requires the help of Fugane-san. He’s a local businessman who also knows a lot about the area sake so we started with this one. YUKI NO TSUTSUMI With nihonshu, the drink of Japan you must remember protocol don’t fill your own glass. Oooh-tooh-tooh-tooh Enough Always drink sake like a man, unless your a woman, then drink it tough like this. It’s a way to show your respect to the mighty rice and national drink of Japan. Smooth. Delicate. The taste bites a little then melts and leave a pleasant after taste. Mellow, isn’t it? Next, we try this WASHINO-O Pour for your drinking buddy — then sip. Nice. A little sharper, robust flavor but Fugane-san knows that sake is also best enjoyed with a snack. He’s brought some of his shops locally made Iwate raw ham! Cut thin, loaded with flavor. Eaten with a cup of sake it’s the perfect compliment to Iwate’s local brands. Iwate sake with Iwate raised meat … Iwate ham, Iwate sake Iwate guy Sake is always enjoyed best with friends. Delicious. The best. Iwate Machi’s Autumn Festival During the day I noticed these really tall floats pulled by a lot of people with ropes. Taiko drums, cymbals and flutes. The floats had actual pine trees in them, the whole structure seemingly made of wood. This is Iwate Machi’s Autumn Festival. I asked the shrine’s priest and a local artist to tell me more about the festival that dates back centuries. How many people pull these floats that can weigh several tonnes? About 100 people. Sometimes 200 to 300. We have cherry blossoms and pine trees. And what else? We also have outer space. And the ground, ocean and people. And the four seasons. Anyway, there are a lot of elements. This explains what we got from god. The floats have a deep religious meaning, made to show appreciation to god. At night, they really stand out. This year, there were 6 floats made by each local group. I joined the Shinmachigumi procession. Each design is different and made anew every year. Festivals are also a great place to make friends with locals. The floats start moving slowly at the start with the Taiko drums setting the beat. I love these kinds of events because all of us right here are working as a team to pull this parade float which weighs a couple tonnes, at least! And that gives it extra meaning because — the parade floats is a sacrifice to god. and … it give all of this extra exertion this extra power that we need to pull it so much more meaning. This festival is not all floats. Dancers and musicians join in. The floats are as tall as the highest road signs, several meters up! Since telephone and electrical wires are suspends above in Japan due to earthquakes, the floats have a team of people with poles to make sure the lines don’t get snagged. This can be a challenge when rounding corners. Festivals are a lot of work for teams and there’s nothing better than the celebration that takes place when it’s all done. This is the Shinmachigumi party. There’s loads of drinking and food here. This is a simple tofu and soba nabe topped with miso and green onions. It warms you up and tastes so good after a long day. Someone’s always watching to fill you up! Make sure you have a good time. After all, the Autumn Festival is a celebration. What a fantastic day! I saw so much on this field trip. Food, fun and new friends. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending. So if you want to make the trip up to Tohoku Hit Iwate because there’s so much to see and do here. — and it’s a lot of fun! Kanpai. Next time, I travel to the city of knives. Seki, in Gifu prefecture to check out some of the world’s best knives and swords. Seki has a long tradition for making samurai swords and now into knives, best seen and bought during their annual knife festival. Thanks for watching ONLY in JAPAN Check out the latest episode, channel playlist and don’t forget to subscribe A big special thank you to ENSORQ for setting up this wonderful trip around Iwate. See you next time. Mata ne.

100 comments on “Legend of Cabbage Man & Food Field Trip ★ ONLY in JAPAN”

  1. Nirlipta Das says:

    Why not a video on anime!!

  2. Nikki Budders says:

    Are the Cabbage guys some sort of sponsored thing for a store or are they just two blokes who decided "what the heck" and followed their cabbage dreams?

  3. Márcio Napoli says:

    John, absolutely love your videos, but I stopped watching before you cut that fish alive. Food is ok, pain is not. At least kill the poor animal first, make it less painful.

    I really can't go past that horrific scene. Can anyone tell me if the fish at least died quickly?

  4. Mara Ram says:

    i cant believe just how good these videos are.!

  5. goodfella21f says:

    Why are they wearing Mexican luchador masks?

  6. crippling depression says:

    dat poor fish ;-; also, is it true fish don't feel pain?

  7. Emma S says:

    Was anyone else reminded of the cabbage seller in Avatar: the Last Airbender when the Cabbage Man mascot was introduced? Either that, or think that Iwate would be heaven for the poor guy…

  8. Wila Broccoli says:

    Cabbage man= cabbage love goals

  9. halfthefiber says:

    Hey John! I noticed that at 6:58, you mixed in the wasabi with your soy sauce. Chefs and personalities here in the US keep on saying that you shouldn't be making a slurry of the soy and the wasabi. What do the Japanese do?

  10. Josiah says:

    Very entertaining and insightful!

  11. Chronic Awareness says:

    this is why i love Japanese culture

  12. Chat Village says:

    cabbage is my favorite food

  13. THOMAS COWART says:


  14. Kiren Lataquin says:

    holy fu..

  15. na na says:

    I love it when u make it about food ❤️ please make more food related video

  16. George Donnelly says:

    John, we're huge fans here, watched all your stuff, adore it, look forward to new episodes but you freaked us out with preparing a live fish like that. That's not you. You shouldn't do that. You're only going to hurt your good name and reputation doing stuff like that. We had to skip that section but if I didn't already know and like you so much, I would have unsubbed and been done forever. Please rethink this and don't surprise us with that kind of animal cruelty again.

  17. cosmo_rebeljdal97 says:

    Your videos never cease to amaze me.

  18. Wealthy Daddy says:

    That shinmachigumi really sounds like a yakuza family

  19. Humongous Chungus says:

    Cabbage man tenia las máscara del Doctor Wagner

  20. Odhil95 says:

    Which is the best way to learn japanese before going to Japan? Japan is definetely one of my dream countries to visit, but I would like to learn japanese too to enjoy the experience better.

  21. Hemmy says:

    I want to be a cabbage man when I grow up.

  22. Christian Valentin cota says:

    3;21-3:38 music name

  23. Brandon Szparagowski says:

    why do i want to try cabbage cider

  24. Scott Reeves says:

    One of this channel's best! Iwate looks like it kicks ass

  25. HeresFrank Betches says:

    So sorry for that donko

  26. Guoenyi says:

    Lost my shit when he said "Wata rahvulay dai!"

  27. 〜マーク君 says:

    We want Kevin he's sexy asf.i would smash

  28. K Mont says:

    Hello Mr. Daub! I love your videos, they are always so fun to watch and very informative. The quality of your production never ceases to amaze me. Thank you for all your hard work and I hope you never stop. (:
    Also, I would like the know the name of the song that played at 4:29 , I recognize it and I think it's beautiful. Have a wonderful day!

  29. Mike D'Eletto says:

    There are little things in life that look as good as a bowl of steaming ramen

  30. Hank Anderson says:


  31. hiroyuki hasegawa says:


  32. Ivy animations says:

    I have a ramen machine

  33. Hanen Den says:

    where are you from John daub your origin

  34. Nobuta says:

    Fancy dining at its finest!

  35. Duececoupe says:

    Maaaaan….I just love these videos!

  36. noirprncess says:

    I would love to just eat my way thru Japan with you as a guide. That would be a ton of fun.

  37. Sazuvik2 says:

    do you wear a hearing aid?
    i think i saw it

  38. frank cao says:

    13:10, is that Michael Fassbender?

  39. MageThief says:

    Oh I love and miss Iwate, spent most of my time in Japan there, in the south central part of inland Iwate, in Kitakami.
    You have to go back to Iwate, try the Jajamen in Morioka, really good and simple. Think that the 26th every months the onsen day in Iwate, it is half price then. Geto Onsen, way up in the mountains is so wonderful. It is a mixed outdoor onsen next to a river.

  40. TheRayblade says:

    "IWATE lovely day"

  41. AM Productions says:

    With a tshirt a few sizes too small

  42. Jim Ellison says:

    LOVED IT…………..

  43. Zurf IOS says:


  44. GP says:

    My Favorite episode yet! You really need your own T.V. Show – NHK should buy ONLY in JAPAN!

  45. Erick Nabung says:

    Make a video about Wagyu beef

  46. Jotaro T. says:

    Cabbage man’s costume literally looks like the shocker men from the Showa era Kamen Rider series

  47. Spiritual Coconut says:

    Are you a one man production +ONLY in JAPAN ?

  48. Rin Nhem says:

    All hail cabbage man

  49. pyrosinugami says:

    otototo mamama

  50. TacTacTech says:

    Great to see your videos. Also at 15:03 the kids dressed up as two legged horses in the autumn festival.Its amazing to see this since It is also a form of dance performance found in villages of southern indian state of TamilNadu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMKcyAnT7JQ. Its called as "false legged horse dance"

  51. Kenny Wa says:

    japan – cabbage man
    mexico – taco man
    india – curry man
    usa = hamburger man

  52. InspireNewGeneration says:

    Did anyone noticed kids not using child seat?

  53. PopukoLemon * says:

    Cabbage man vs Ray Mysterio !

  54. Will K says:


  55. Trippel T says:

    Really loved this episode, so much good vibes

  56. Electric Midnight says:

    Fish don't feel pain

  57. Dani Mikhael says:

    I love your videos. They are very soothing and interesting 🙂

  58. d34dj0k3r says:


  59. Shivam mane says:

    never expected that cabbage could be used in so many different ways.

  60. Jackson Hatcher says:

    All I can think about watching this video is how loud the music is

  61. 4ever808 says:

    This was one of my favorite videos. Kudos for an excellent video–informative and amusing.

  62. Shayantan Banik says:

    Love u man

  63. 鹿卡鹿卡 says:

    hahahahahhahahahhahahahahhahahahahahhahahahah~~~~T+++++++++++++T~!! big thumb !!

  64. Teddy P says:

    i just want to cuddle the chubby cabbage man 😛 lol

  65. keerthan ks says:

    Just few more subscribers for 1 M

    Waiting for it

  66. Dr. Persikka says:

    I have one friend who is usually called in Finnish Kaaliman aka Cabbage Man in con conventions and this just makes me extreme happy.

  67. MsMarie0072 says:

    Wow cabbage ice cream 🍦 I’ve never heard of it before…

  68. DoneWithYourShits says:


  69. John Goodman says:

    Cabbage man! Save us with you're Great Justice!

    I am talking about Cabbage man!!☺️😄😃😲😆
    He will return for the promised day together with Godzilla and Mothra to save us from the tyranny of King Giddorah! You mean you never heard of the holy Trinity? 😳

    Jesus who? 😕 Meh! Never heard of him 😒 not interested either…😴

  70. John Goodman says:

    Ossu! 😡 Bows for the mighty rice with 120% pure manliness roar! 😠

  71. Bagik Jwelmah says:


  72. FENRIR-ART says:

    My Cabbages!

  73. bennett cameron salvator cassese says:

    rock fish have a barb that has poison that can kill you if it hits you, probably should not try and touch a rock fish in the future.

  74. bennett cameron salvator cassese says:

    you chose the wrong noodle basket stupid american

  75. Slacquer says:

    Raw ham? Don't they have trichinosis over there?

  76. Atom_0shArk 370 says:

    Pink man have no chance

  77. Amélie Zh says:

    Cabbage ice cream!? 🙀🙀

  78. Prince Live says:

    Lions and Tigers don't eat cabbage.

  79. Ohma Connor says:

    why are you hanging out with green shocker ?

  80. DJ Priyesh Jivan says:

    Is it just me or do Japanese people have life figured out???

  81. Andrea Doria says:

    That's why i love Japan. Most of them makes life more… "laughable

  82. 鈴木昌治 says:

    Its fun!

  83. Theresa Tedesco says:

    I was rapped by cabbage man

  84. z_Bebop says:

    Love the energy you have in all your videos.

  85. Thomas Barca says:

    That cabbage looks delicious

  86. Hiram Eberhardt says:

    Sake, sake, sake

  87. victor patiu says:

    abung abung cabbage variety

  88. dava tri says:

    im a fan of this chanel hahaha

  89. Sudo Beerme says:

    The more I watch, the more I notice that when food is being talked about, John goes into Iron Chef commentator mode. That's the original Iron Chef Japan with English dubbing.

  90. Manic Mailman says:

    The humble cabbage is greatly underrated.

  91. LE NGOC Huy says:

    In Vietnam, cabbage soup, salt and cabbage and fish cabbage are famous

  92. The Blue Duck says:

    Aw don't body shame Cabbage Man, it's okay he is strong and super cool 💖

  93. FOOD & TRIP Official says:

    hello friend your channel encourage me and inspire me to do something really unique just like you did, i wish you could also visit here in hakodate its a nice place sir

  94. Nothing says:

    Why hasn't Cabbage Man been a boss in Mega Man yet?

  95. Ondrea Torrence says:

    Cabbage man is awesome! 😅❤❤

  96. Mat_GachaPlayz says:

    John: Cabbage.
    Cabbage Man: YiS

  97. MJD Games says:

    Cabbage Man took my wife

  98. Parag Hule says:

    I loveee cabbage 😍😍😍😍😋😋😊😋😋
    With mixture of ramen and fish ,

  99. Ashutosh Mishra says:


  100. anon non says:

    This cabbage has been so gassed up I’m about to book my flight rn

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