Although she was born in Australia, Kim Dao has made a name for herself on YouTube as the go-to guide for all things Japan. Ever since she moved to Japan for work, Kim has produced hundreds of videos helping first-time travelers to the Land of the Rising Sun make them most out of their voyage.
In the near future, however, fans might not see many videos of Kim exploring the streets of cities like Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. A new video entitled “Leaving Japan Again!” on Kim’s vlog channel explains why.
In this video, Kim takes us with her to her office at Tokyo Creative and explains how she’s going to be flying soon to her hometown of Perth. After she grabs some food at Taco Bell, Kim films her journey on Singapore Airlines first to Singapore Changi Airport and then to Perth Airport.
When Kim gets home, her dog Yuki greets her with tons of energy. Kim shows her viewers all of the Pokémon toys she shipped from Tokyo to her parent’s home in Perth and Yuki can’t resist trying to tear a few Pokéballs to shreds.
Kim doesn’t explain a whole lot in this video because she is super stressed with the demands of her job. She says she has to get at least two professional quality videos out to various clients, so she has to keep these vlogs short. Viewers can expect a few new vlogs from Japan on her secondary channel, but they probably won’t be posted as often as before.
Anyone interested in traveling to Tokyo has probably run across vlogger Kim Dao’s videos on YouTube. Although Kim was born and bred in Perth, she has spent the majority of her working life in Japan. The most popular videos on Kim’s YouTube channel have to do with travel to the Land of the Rising Sun.
In one of Kim’s new videos, she shares helpful information on visiting one of Japan’s most famous stores: Don Quijote. This famous department store can be overwhelming to first-time travelers, so Kim is here to break down the 10 unique Japanese items every tourist should try out.
First, Kim Dao suggests everyone take a good look at the Japanese skincare products on sale. Not only are Japan-made skincare creams popular in Asia, they’re highly sought after all over the world. According to Kim, one of the best things about buying skincare at Don Quijote is that these products are extremely cheap.
Keeping with the skincare theme, number two on Kim’s list is Japanese makeup. Kim says the packaging of Japanese makeup products is exceptional, especially if you’re into popular anime characters. Personally, Kim Dao is a fan of the “Sailor Moon” inspired makeup products as well as fake eyelashes.
Next on Kim’s ideal shopping list at Don Quijote is a packet of ichiran ramen. In case you haven’t heard already, Ichiran Ramen is a famous restaurant throughout Japan. This restaurant’s ramen is so popular that it sells boxed ramen meals in stores like Don Quijote. If you can’t make it to an authentic Japanese ramen restaurant, Kim highly suggests purchasing a box of ichiran ramen at Don Quijote.
Some of the other suggestions on Kim’s new video include specialty KitKats, mini Japanese food, kitchen utensils, and hot eye masks.