Day in the Life of a Japanese Car Repair Worker in Toyota

Day in the Life of a Japanese Car Repair Worker in Toyota


this is a Dana life in a Japanese auto repair shop [Music] this is Edina she’s 30 years old and works at a car repair shop in Toyota Japan and she’s just waking up her work she lives with her parents in this two-story house which is very common in Japan even outside of the city you don’t take a shower in the morning she says she prefers to take baths at night instead very common in Japan how long does it take to wear makeup [Music] for breakfast her mom makes her an O negative which he packs with her Mookie child oh yeah and she’s thanked her favorite morning drink soy milk tea unlike major cities like Tokyo Adina commutes to work by car she rents a parking space from her neighbor nearby since the two Lots at her house are full oh yeah and I keep saying Toyota and you might be wondering well the answer is yeah the city was named after the car manufacturer as Toyota is located here fun fact 85% of the population in Toyota works in the car industry an IT prefecture where Toyota is located has more registered cars than anywhere in Japan oh and look she’s watching the morning TV news on her navigation screen so her commute time is about 15 to 20 minutes without traffic which is pretty normal here and it definitely beats the average 1 hour long Tokyo shoulder-to-shoulder train commute Wow did you hear the enemy voice that’s your coworker activating this car security system oh wow just in time that’s what the mechanics are doing right now is called Raji oh tae-seok which translates to radio exercises it’s a warm-up calisthenics performed to music and guidance from a radio broadcast the mechanics here do it every morning before they start work in fact it’s an old Japanese tradition dating back to 1928 not all Japanese companies do it these days but many still carry on the tradition oh and the mechanics follow up the morning exercises with children a morning company meeting to review with each other what work needs to be done for the day and Lina works for a company called i hoed Enki an auto repair company employing about 30 staff mainly mechanics like most people Audrina works Monday through Friday but she’s also required to work every other Saturday when Audrina arrives to work every day she has to snap an attendance book pretty old-school right I think the mechanics are still discussing today’s tasks so how do you start your day many smaller Japanese companies don’t hire daily cleaning services but instead rely on workers to clean the office it’s supposed to promote selfishness and community what do you guys think nice now the shop is clean as a carburetor she can finally get back to her desk and work on accounting tasks her Japanese title is kitty Jimin which means both office accountant and office administrator I don’t know if this is common in other countries but let’s just say she has a expensive role in the office are you usually by yourself in the office so it looks like one of them is cleaning a different part of the office and the other one is picking up a mechanic at a customer site hmm like I gave her something what is that so fax machines are still alive and well in most Japanese companies in fact if you ever receive a Japanese business card you’ll notice that most respectable companies still have a fax number listed [Music] hey did you notice how she waited a long time to hang up the phone after talking that’s because hanging up the phone before the client is considered immensely rude in Japanese business culture I guess she’s busy doing her morning desperate so let’s go see what’s under the hood of this shop so the weather itself is kind of taking a turn for the worse it’s really raining outside so I’m just gonna kind of see what they’re fixing today what are you guys fixing right now Oh got it not too replacement AC evaporator for the car can you tell me what this is put in la paga home judicata topping off Gigi sugar hot that it for the warning Oh basically it says which mechanic has to do what for the day so if you look right behind me you’ll actually see a little shrine and you’ll find this a very common in Japanese houses as well as Japanese businesses they’re known as a sense of good luck for the business there’s actually kind of like a thanks right to it where it always needs to face the same direction what’s actually quite interesting are these magnetic stickers these stickers are used as indicators for when someone’s a new driver basically you attach the magnetic sticker to the front and the back of your car and back in my case they don’t drive so much in Tokyo or in Japan for that matter so every time I Drive I prefer to actually have one of these stickers on the car so right now she’s gluing down special receipts called real shushil for record-keeping these official receipts are used to track expenses in Japan and they’re quite magical as only the total amount of the expenses listed and the individual items disappear Idina are you going somewhere so ordering and picking up bento lunches for everyone is another one of our daily tasks but damn it’s a pain when it’s raining like today especially for filming oh I guess a quick smoke to help her along to the next task [Music] it’s also part of our job to prepare tea for everyone before lunch even though everyone can buy their own drinks from a vending machine see traditional Japanese business culture is still very apparent in this company as group needs are placed above the individual oh that’s thoughtful / apparently when it’s hot outside she makes barley tea instead she changes depending on the weather this is the break room and she’s now setting things up for everyone how nice of her so how much is one bento Wow about four dollars and fifty cents she further explains that the company subsidizes the bento so it only costs 350 yen about three dollars and 20 cents [Music] wait you’re not eating with everyone else thanks ed eanes hard work the mechanics and have a pleasant lunch break so the bento menu is always the same okay I guess I’m gonna explore more at least the rain has let up a little bit it’s still a bit cloudy but it was a lot better than earlier check out this car behind me it’s kind of like a three-wheeled little buggy it has one wheel in the front and has two wheels in the back and it has kind of like a truck bed and in fact I’ve never actually seen one of these in my life in the door opens up in the front right there I can see that it has even red seats oops I just caught her during a lunch time now let’s turn off the camera and come back a little bit later after a nice lunch nap Edina has to clean up the break room [Music] so it looks like we’re going on the delivery run to drop off some parts for a customer [Music] why did you choose this job come on our best guys what’s your favorite car suited use ICT will do so they’re off delivering the packages right now to the client and they should be back and all of it it took about I don’t know like maybe 15-20 minutes to drive here oh the back house quick finishing the rest of a job this afternoon it’s a bit quiet so let’s play some Inspector Gadget you can look around this place so these two young mechanics are new hires let’s see what they’re up to hey what are you guys doing this side you’ll see the time I need nothing so basically they’re removing the black glue from the blocks so they can reuse them for installations so what’s up for this Porsche oh I guess AC repairs are in high demand for the summer Idina what are you doing right now [Music] traditional Japanese companies are still very much paper-based so Edina has to prepare the monthly payment slips for each employee her second smoke break of the day at least this time she has a break buddy so he’s telling me that his work officially starts at 9 a.m. every day but he has to ride even earlier for the exercises and the morning meeting damn it really takes a dedicated mindset to work in a Japanese company exchanging business cards when you first meet someone is still very much an important part of Japanese business culture the cards though start to pile up so she has to organize them for the CEO now she’s picking a part of the storage room for the mechanics she really does everything in the office so it’s half-past five and one of her final duties is to empty out the trash bins throughout the office oh look it’s a talking anime car I didn’t get a chance to show you guys earlier what do you think all right end of the day time to count the money so Japanese money is made with thick paper so it allows them to count like this it’s quite differently compared to America I wonder if any other countries counted this way [Music] nice finish just after 6:00 I’ve noticed more and more companies in Japan on topping standard working hours of for their employees but don’t get me wrong many Japanese companies still have crazy long work hours it seems like a dog Coco time mr2 at the end of the day her mom usually prepares a meal if she doesn’t have plans with her friends and look she’s serving hamburger tonight I think it’s a great way to end of the day but what did you think about her day as you can see right after dinner they’re just hanging out watching TV and this is like basically a day in the life working at an auto repair shop if you guys want to help support the channel then definitely check out the Tokyo merch and if you want to see more videos in this day in the life series and I’m coming up with so much more so definitely hit that subscribe button and the Dublin and I’ll catch you guys in the next one

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  2. one place I worked tried the morning warm up exercises but they stopped after one of the guys got "hurt" doing them and got months of workman's comp LOL

  3. great video. I went to Toyota city, almost the whole city works for Toyota, and the Toyota museum and one of its factories. Amazing engines in the hydrogen cars that were on show, that was 2012, those cars are now on the streets with toyota and honda. Looked like something out of transformers. Amazing factory design and work ethic, all the engines dangled from big metal chains from the ceiling moving around a roof rig passing by each worker (all woman on the motors) so no floor space cluttered with stuff. Most of the cars inner parts were being assembled by guys piecing and drilling things in working like ants, super fast. I was just a tourist on a tour with some business people studying the work flows. Great experience.

  4. Bruh, if there’s one thing I miss about the blue collar industry, it’s the fucking AM meetings before the shift starts. Idgaf who you’re favorite comedian is, put a bunch of disgruntled dudes(none of whom want to be there) ranging from all ages/backgrounds into a fucking room before their shift starts and watch the comedy happen LOL

  5. The video should have been her spending the day in the hospital after getting into a car accident because she was watching tv while driving to work

  6. Really nice looking family.
    Are they rich? I thought most Japanese families can't afford such a sized stand along house? Or is it in a place where land is cheaper?

  7. I'm a mechanic in training atm and all I can say that things are simaler but different at the same time, start at 8 30 finish at five, three half hour breaks first at 10,second 12 and third at 3. I get told what jobs I'll be doing and if I haven't done that job before I will be shown how and then next car that comes in I'll do the whole thing on but this is only one day of the week for my work ex for my course and I don't have to get paid and I'm fine with that. Also being able to drive cars in and out of the workshop is cool to because I have my restricted license

  8. Something to think about when many complain about their jobs and then see how these people work, and are so disciplined. I cannot even work 5 days a week anymore.

  9. If this was in the US the lady would be bitching about how it's sexist to have her fetch the food, make tea and clean up. I think the Japanese have a nice system.

  10. this just seems sad. this woman is 30 and it seens she is mothering a mechanic shop rather than children. no wonder the population decline there is so critical

  11. I find it so funny how it sounds always so "weird" to not shower in the morning. For me I could NEVER shower in the morning. It makes no sense to me since I go outside after so I get dirty at work or school or in generally outside. To me showering ,bathing belongs to the evening before you go to bed or you won't leave house anymore and if you are smelly in morning from sleep or I dunno a quick wash would be fine.

    I find it so silly that it's always put on emphasis like it's so totally not normal for them to not shower in morning. To me it sounds like total wasate of time to do so xD

  12. O.o she's they're entire finance department yo. Dannngg. Basically accounts receivable with maybe some comp troller… go accountant lady whose also admin cleaning lady and larts deliverer

  13. I'm a tech at Chevy here in Florida, and I too take lunch naps. Pretty much the line of life and death for customers and co-workers xD

  14. She does not take shower on the morning. So her feet and pussy smell and taste are real nice wen coming home in the evening. Tasty

  15. Quality of life outside big citys is so much better!! In the big citys people look like rats in a cage without a life.

  16. whiteboards, fax machines. At repairshop where i worked, everone had a computer with stuff to do, and now in metalworks workshop we have led touchscreen for welders, we print out our drafts ourselves. All we have to do is on screens :p

  17. 10:04 Always love that informal socialization meeting among coworkers. It's always the same everywhere in Asian countries even developed one like Japan

  18. How to live with parents at 30 years old?? Get rent, do something. I am 25 years old and don t live with my parents anymore thanks God. I moved with my girlfriend. We pay rent but it is a lot better this way.

  19. I was having the exact same shoes (even color) as her the day when a car hit me when i crossed the street, sadly it was a German car. Coincidence??

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  21. Great video man, yet this is not a Toyota repair station… It is a random repair station that accepts all cars!!!

  22. Anime car security system? Okay so I'm going to need mine to say… "Raise your head, Wabisuke!" Then I walk away.

  23. I just checked the exchange rate on those Bento boxes, 500 yen is only£3.87. I can't believe it. That is so cheap. I'd be having them every day if they were that price in the UK.

  24. Wow! That three-wheeled Daihatsu looks amazing! Used to be a lot of that in Indonesia. We called it "Bémo" and used as public transportation in the '70s.

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