Do you like ASMR? Do you enjoy Japanese culture? Are you a weeb like me that wants to live in Japan but can’t at the moment so instead you vicariously live through Japanese vloggers? Then allow me to introduce you to the world of Japanese ASMR Cooking.
It all started during one of my average work days while looking for something to watch on Youtube. I always watch videos while I’m drawing and usually look for content that’s either educational or relaxing to help me get in the zone, such as ASMR. Through the generous recommendations of the Youtube algorithm, a video titled “What I Eat In A Day, Japanese Office Worker’s Weekend” pops up on my feed. This stood out from my other recommendations as I’ve never seen this channel before, called Tina’s Life. I decide to watch it.
And thus, my latest obsession began: Japanese ASMR Cooking channels.
Daily Life of a Japanese Office Worker
The look and atmosphere of this video is absolutely cozy and aesthetically pleasing. With no background music, her videos focus on the subtle and satisfying sounds that occur while cooking without being noisy. She shows in this video step by step how she likes to make breakfast on the weekend, which includes mushroom soup, tamago-yaki (omelette roll), ham and rice topped with Tarako (fish). I always admire how healthy a Japanese person’s normal diet is. Lately I’ve been trying to incorporate more fish and fermented food in my own diet as well, my favorites being salmon and kimchi, though not necessarily in the same dish. Watching these videos inspires me to eat healthy in a thoughtful way while easing any anxiety I may have throughout the day with its ASMR sounds and visuals.
Even though Tina’s Life videos mainly focus on cooking, she sometimes incorporates some vlog-like elements in her videos as well. The video below shows her going out with a friend and walking around the city at night. They have such a relaxing and magical feel to them, showing first hand her life in Japan. I want to live in the world that she creates in her videos.
Kawaii Cat VS Delicious Sweets
While looking through the recommended videos on the right sidebar after finishing another Tina’s Life video, a particular image catches my eye: an adorable cat next to delicious-looking custard donuts. Of course I’m gonna click and watch.
This channel is called Nino’s Home. Though similar to the cooking ASMR style of Tina’s Life, these videos have a unique personality of their own. The guy cooking (presumably Nino) sports a bear mask to cover his face and likes to leave long subtitles in his videos, taking light jabs at the watcher. For example, he comments that a cheesecake he’s making in one video looks chunky, just like the viewer. However, his viewers don’t seem to mind these jabs and instead leave amusing comments, some even professing their love for Nino. Who knew we could fall in love with a guy cooking in a bear mask?
Most of his videos focus on making delicious looking sweets such as chocolates, custard-cream donuts and pudding. If you’re a sweets lover like me it’s almost impossible to not drool watching his videos. If only I could sit in Nino’s kitchen and enjoy these sweets with him and his adorable cat. In the meantime, I’ll keep watching his videos.
Though I might fall asleep in the comfy atmosphere of these videos before attempting to actually make any of these recipes, Japanese ASMR cooking channels are a delight to watch. Do you like watching Japanese vloggers? If so, who is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below, and make sure to check out Tina’s Life and Nino’s Home on Youtube for some delicious relaxation. And if you’re interested in kawaii desserts, make sure to check out my recent blog on how to get the cutest donuts in NYC. Thanks for reading!