In Joelโ€™s welcome episode to Asia, he visits the Ginza Shopping District in Tokyo, famous for being the first area in Japan to have electricity. He takes you to his hotel where Deaf people work, interviewing Hiragi, Miyagi and Nakasawa, deaf women in the laundry room with Yumi as the interpreter โ€“ and Matsuzuki and Togash at a printing shop. To meet more working deaf people, Joel visits Michiko who runs a shop with deaf employees, and a computer-operated order screen so hearing customers can buy food. As Japan is famous for its robotics, Joel finds a cute dinosaur that responds when you pet it, and a robot doing push-ups. Tokyo is also known for its city lights, and a trip to Tokyo Tower shows you the famous view of the city at night. In the Tsukiji Market, Joel tries eating some sea urchin and slices of the infamous blowfish — slice it wrong and the meat is fatal. Joel samples authentic, fresh sushi before hitching a ride on a pedicab with quite unique shoes worn by the driver. At Asakusa, Joel gets a lucky fortune and visits a temple, before going to Ryogoku Kougikan, a sumo stadium where he watches a few rounds of sumo wrestling. Yet another deaf-owned business is found, a restaurant owned by Fusao and his wife who are interviewed, along with Akira, an employee. Special thanks go to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. For more information on Tokyo, go to: and

An around-the-world trip took Joel to seven countries and many different successful Deaf individuals! In just two weeks, No Barriers with Joel Barish traveled via air to spend about two days in each city and truly showcases how empowered deaf people are all around the world. The trip was a positive outlook on the potential of deaf people to succeed in any aspect. No Barriers with Joel Barish would not have been able to complete the trip if it were not for tourism offices in each country. The offices provided Joel with local Deaf tour guides and accommodations to promote their countries, and No Barriers with Joel Barish is always open to new ideas and locations and partnerships with local tourism offices.


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  • I do REALLY enjoy watch your video during your Around The World. Lot of interesting facts out there. Glad that youre able to share with us. Keep camera rolling

  • Its wonderful deafs in Tokyo,Japan.I love to watch your tour in Tokyo,Japan. Congratulation for the owner japan deaf in restaurant and success business.

  • I really enjoyed watch Around The World: Tokyo, Japan. I love sushi! I knew the best sushi in Japan. Someday I’ll be there to eat sushi with deaf people. That was so cool about deaf owns restaurant and I am proud of them. Congratulation for success in business. Thank you Joel for keep camera rolling around the world! I can hardly wait to see other country. Right now I am too busy in Graphic Design.

  • hey!!! that make me wanna to go Japan to be social with deaf people plus want to work there!!!!!! that is sooo amazing!!!! I know that there will be never bored period due to many activity everywhere!!!

  • Hey, this is a very good video. I went to Japan five times and I enjoy visiting new places, meet new people. I met many deaf people there and I noticed they work hard to achieve their goals just as the one that have his own restaurant.

    You should visit other Japan cities and show more of Japan to the world.

  • Hi Joel, I really want to visit Japan and meet the deaf Japanese but I don’t know how to get ASL to JSL. Thanks, Michelle

  • I surely miss Japan very much. I have lived in Japan for 5 years (2002-2007). It was a rich experience and culture shock. It helps me lot to understand the culture and Japanese Sign Language before I return back to USA. The funny thing, it changes my attutide. Thank you to you all Japanese friends!!!

  • Hi Joel,

    I am really impressed with you to communicate with different countries through ASL and own sign languages. I wish to follow you wherever you go so I will learn to get good experience… ๐Ÿ˜€

    I am in Singapore. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • We love in japan coz of my relative live in tokyo, Japan. I really miss them coz she always of me that i was toddle. BUT i not meet yet to deaf people. Next time i will visit there as soon.

  • Hi Joel, I really want to visit Japan and meet the deaf Japanese, you know deaf japan sushi adders give me. Thanks, christina

  • WOW cool!. I will going holiday to Tokyo, Japan on next 2 year July 2017. Thank DeafNation make good show. from Michael ( United Kingdom)