5 Gen Y Youtubers for Learning Japanese that You need to Watch

Sharla in Japan
(aka Sharla)

Sharla

Sharla is a Canadian YouTuber who’s videos showcase Japan’s food, weird foods/products, sites and events happening around the Tokyo area. While she’s still studying in Japan, she made videos and has slowly grown her reach to over 97,000 subscribers.

Subtitles her videos?: Yes (hardsubbed)
Video Timelengths: 
Generally 3-4 minutes.

Micela Braithwaite (ミカエラ)
(aka Micela Braithwaite)

micela

This girl has been around the internet world for a long time and (in my opinion) in the prime of her youtube-entertainer career. What started off with a clip of her riding her bike around Japan to show her parents has exploded into mini-episodes of the quirky foods and mostly interesting sites around the Fukuoka and Tokyo areas. She’s now sponsored to do videos but has kept the essense of the ‘down-to-earth’ nature of her videos, editing them all herself. Personally, I love the self-depreciating humour and more introverted-personality style that comes through her videos.

Subtitles her videos?: Yes (hardsubbed)
Video Timelengths: 
Generally 2-3 minutes.

PDRさん
(aka Duncan Pain)

Duncan

If you don’t mind the occasional crude humour and slap-stick humour, then Duncan’s page is for you. He’s lived in London and now resides in Japan. He has an English-Audience dedicated channel as well but he made his fame through this PDRさん. He’s channel is not about showcasing Japan but teasing pop-culture, the stupid things and life and (if I’m honest) him expressing his humour.

Subtitled: Yes (not hardsubbed)
Video Timelengths: 3 mins

Miss Hanake
(aka Hannah)

MissHanakeMeet Hannah. 16 year old from London who has self taught herself Japanese. If you’re looking for inspiration in what is possible with sheer will and determination, then watch her channel. Its more a video-blog style but her gentle yet no-nonsense approach to learning a language make her stand out to me. She offers advise, lists her resources for learning Japanese but is also on her way to learning German and French. Definitely worth a look.

Subtitles her videos?: Yes (hardsubbed)
Video Timelengths: 
Generally 3-5 minutes.

Ryuzaki1311
(aka Grace)

Ryuzaki

Grace is amazing. Before facebook, youtube and twitter were popular, she was teaching herself Japanese online. She’s never been to Japan and is completely self-taught, using skype and instant messaging to interact with Japanese friends she met online. Though she is not frequently uploading, he youtube videos hold useful gems of information relating to language learning while at the same time, she updates about her life all in Japanese, taking the time to subtitle it English.

Her channel is not flashy but she’s authentic and a great source of inspiration to all of us self-teaching language learners.

Subtitles her videos?: Yes (hardsubbed)
Video Timelengths: 
Generally 3-4 minutes.

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