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Abroad in Japan is a Youtube channel with a focus on semi-professional travel documentaries hosted by Chris Broad. Originally travelling to Japan after applying to the JETnote  program as an English teacher, Chris nowadays focusses on videos documenting his experiences throughout Japan, or giving travel tips to people thinking of visiting Japan, all wrapped up in occasional dry British wit and occasional antics of his two eccentric Japanese friends, Ryotaro and Natsuki. Aside from those two, he also collaborates with other Youtubers, both Japanese and International, and travels with them to different Japanese tourists spots while setting up challenges sent by his subscribers. Most notable among these would be The Anime Man, who is a recurring guest in several of his "Journey Across Japan" travel vlog series of videos.

Alongside his youtube videos, Chris also co-hosts a similarly-named podcast alongside London radio DJ Pete Donaldson. Thanks in part to his popularity on Chris' videos, Ryotaro has also created his own, dedicated Youtube channel, which Chris himself occasionally recommends to his viewers.

Abroad in Japan contains examples of:

  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: Chris has an entire video devoted to some of the bizarre translations he's seen while out and about.
    • He also has a video specifically on how Google Translate can end up with these when translating Japanese into English and why, while using some absolutely bizarre restaurant reviews as the examples.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Natsuki, to the extent of being the subject of a feature-length Patreon-funded documentary.
    • Mark Kagaya, a massively eccentric bar owner, as documented here.
    • Subverted from Chris' perspective when meeting Hyde, who came off to Chris as rather scary in his music videos, but came across as very down-to-earth upon meeting him in person.
  • The Comically Serious: Chris, who always speaks in a serious tone and straight face no matter how ridiculous a situation is.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Parodied with Ryotaro and Natsuki, who have a "sword fight" that basically involves them drunkely lunging at one another, with Ryotaro easily handing Natsuki over.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Chris himself, who takes the time to sarcastically praise something (usually any Gratuitous English he finds) in a completely straight face.
  • Dying Town: The channel has visited several dead or dying towns in the Japanese countryside, showing the effects the current economical climate in Japan has on small rural towns when its younger generations increasingly move into more urban areas.
  • Epunymous Title: Chris Broad is a Broad living abroad in Japan.
  • Foreign Queasine: Happens in both cultural directions when Chris and Ryotaro are challenged by the Kissbee Samurai Girls. Chris brought in black liquorice, Marmite and root beer, while the Samurai Girls brought grasshoppers and natto (fermented soybeans), the latter of which Chris describes as, "the worst food ever made by humans".
    • Ends up being Chris' opinion on the elusive Wasabi KitKats. Particularly when washed down with a bottle of Calpis. He's also said in passing to avoid pickled plum-flavoured onigiri.
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  • Foreign-Language Tirade: As seen in the video where Chris, Natsuki and Joey go to an abandoned love hotel, whenever Natsuki witnesses something particularly terrifying, he has a tendency to repeat the phrase 'Cho Fuck!' Since Cho is Japanese for 'Super', that's when you know the situation isn't just fucking scary, but super fucking scary!
  • Gratuitous English: Chris at one point shows off a notebook with a number of motivational phrases on the cover...along with the word "DRIBBLE" plastered right across the top.
  • Intentional Engrish for Funny:
    • Two items on Chris' merch store are based on bizarre phrases that Natsuki has used in an attempt to describe objects in English. In those two cases, he called a microwave oven an "Electric Box", and misheard "Vacuum" as "Fucking", both of which Chris found funny enough to put on some of his merch.
    • He has a series of videos focusing on Japan's tendency to put random English words everywhere, from underwear, strip clubs, and even food as shown when he buys a bagel labeled "Nice stick". He explains that there's a trend within the Japanese market called "Kazari Eigo", meaning "Decoration English". Since Japanese people aren't fluent in English to check the grammar of such uses of English, marketers plaster random English words everywhere as cheap decoration. On the other hand, some examples of Decoration English are structurally and grammatically sound, but happen to be amusingly vague, abundant in Ice-Cream Koan phrases, or hilariously blunt in the way they describe the product they adorn.
  • Katanas Are Just Better/Shotguns Are Just Better: In Chris' opinion, to the extent of being a higher priority than bulky Samurai armor (Though not while naked, as Ryotaro presumed).
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Cinnamon water of terror"
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The abandoned tunnel that Chris explores with The Anime Man.
  • One Chris Limit: Subverted - Chris' cameraman is also called Chris.
  • Punny Name: Abroad in Japan, made by Chris Broad.
    • When talking about recipes and/or cooking Chris will refer to the channel as Abroad in a pan.
  • Road Trip Episode: The entire "Journey Across Japan" series, where Chris, accompanied on occasion by Natsuki and Ryotaro, and a camera crew bike to different parts of Japan. Along the way, Chris usually accepts random challenges sent to him by subscribers, ranging from mundane (getting a local to speak an English greeting) to ridiculous (Chris speaking with an American accent for a day).
  • Running Gag: Playing certain stock sound effects during befuddling or unsettling situations (usually a Scare Chord).
    • Chris' go-to method of showing contempt (or punctuating a segment where he's about to show contempt such as "Most Annoying Comment of the Week") is to have a close-up of Natsuki's face appear in a puff of smoke saying, "Go fuck yourself".
    • The name graphics that appear whenever Chris introduces someone in his videos always list the given person's occupation. Naturally, it's never something serious.
    • Describing food with the phrase, "Melt in your mouth", mainly thanks to how often Chris has Wagyu beef. He's tried in vain to encourage people to describe them in other ways.
  • Self-Deprecation: He jokes that Japan must know "there's a British weirdo that buys a lot of clothes with English on it" when talking about the Engrish labels plastered in hats.
  • Scare Chord: Two types of scare chord regularly appear throughout his videos to punctuate whenever something extremely bizarre or daunting is mentioned.
    Chris: Many foods, the words themselves are 'Gairago' or foreign borrowed words. Take for example beef, chicken, and pork.
    For beef you can say 'bi-fu'
    For pork you can say 'po-ku'
    For chicken you can say 'chikin'
    And for horse you can say 'BASASHI' [in a very low gravelly voice followed by a scare chord and a horse neighing]
    Alright there's a handful of exceptions but you get the general idea.
  • Spit Take: Happens with Chris' beer after Natsuki tries to introduce Chris to the Wanko Soba challenge (mainly because his way of introducing it came out as, "Let's wank soba")
  • Surprisingly Good English: Ryotaro, who speaks in a really good British accent. This is due to him having studied abroad, first in the US and then later the UK, ever since he was a teenager.
  • Take That!:
    • Chris delivers a lengthy one to comparatively cynical travel vlogger Ryan Boundless for his "DreamCrusher" series of videos.
    Chris: I've sat through a few of these DreamCrusher videos and the experience was about as fun as falling down the stairs into a bucket of used syringes. Quite honestly, you could learn more about life in Japan by staring at this photo of a bemused fucking donkey than you will ever learn through watching one of his multimedia tirades. So please, just ignore them. They won't crush your dreams, but they will rob you of your precious time - the same precious time that you'll need to make your dreams become a reality. Oh and, uh, no. We're not friends.
    • Another, levelled at influencers who fly out to North Korea to show off to their followers, all while directly funding a regime that kills and imprisons its own people, and fires ballistic missiles over Japan with reckless abandon in "Being Rudely Awoken by a North Korean Missile":
    Chris: This is what annoys me about all the people who go to North Korea on holiday because it's so different and unique seeing a culture that's so weird and strange like the 1960's, fuck off. Like, every time you go to North Korea you're funding a regime that butchers its own people, that has hundreds of thousands of its own people locked away in concentration camps, and fires just stupidly and randomly at 6 AM in the morning. If you go to North Korea, you're a fucking idiot. Don't go. And now, I'm gonna go to sleep and I'm really angry.
    On-screen text: It was the third missile North Korea has launched over Japan. The last was 2009. North Korea continues to receive income from foreign tourists going on "really awesome" holidays. Tourists spend a week in Pyongyang and seem to think their meticulously choreographed trip somehow represents the country. Just because Pyongyang has a rollercoaster, it doesn't mean North Korea is good.
  • Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: He recounts one incident where an American fan somewhat recognized him in a fish market but calls him "Dave from Japan".
    Chris: (in a deadpan voice) Yeah, yeah, that's me, Dave. Dave in Japan dude. I love your videos Dave in Japan. Yeah, Dave in Japan.
  • You Are Fat: He has a self-deprecating video about his own weight. It also delves how the Japanese people, in full force to their indirect nature, try to remark about his body weight all the time while trying not to say he is fat.