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Japanese TV Adverts #24 and #25

In this next line-up of Japanese TV adverts we start off with a man who is running faster the a ostrich – just a normal TV advert from Japan one might say. Other adverts that can be seen in this post are: an advert for Coca-Cola, which has been running last year in Europe (the “share a coke with” ad), our favourite dog is back from Softbank and he is being put on a diet for being too big. Also in the next video down we find another advert from Softbank, which is giving the feel of being filmed in England. We also have a man dressed as a turtle going to the supermarket, and a lot more great TV ads can be found. Enjoy!

As always, please check out this YouTube user for more adverts: http://www.youtube.com/user/JPCMHD
Also check out older posts with Japanese TV adverts under the media category to the right of this post.





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Harajuku Happy Times

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Harajuku happy times

Pharrell Williams song “Happy” has been a big hit all over the world. Some might love it, some not. At first I didn’t think much of the song really, it wasn’t going to a song I would buy. But its a happy and cheerful song, so I could see why others would like it. The song was first released last November, in 2013.

Music video

The original music video has lots of different people miming to the song while dancing around in different parts of Miami. The video has inspired more than 1500 videos from people all over the world to dance to the video in their part of the world. The easiest way to find all the inspired videos is to search for “Pharrell Williams – Happy – We Are from [name of the city]” on YouTube. This will help you find the city of choice. There is also a website that has a collection of all the inspired versions of Happy. 
http://wearehappyfrom.com

Japanese version

I have seen a couple of diffrent versions of the video in Japan, but this one I think is my favourite video. The title of the video is Harajuku Happy Times and the video seems to be, for the most part, filmed in and around the trendy part of Tokyo called Harajuku. The video has a good mixture of different Japanese people of all ages dancing and miming to a part of the song. My favorte part is the sumo wrestlers, because they always seem so serious, but in this video you can see them smiling and walking to the song.

For me it was first when I saw this video that I became a fan of the song, and it is definitely this video that makes the song for me. This version of the video has it own YouTube channel, and also can be found on the following site: http://harajukuhappytimes.com There is not much about the video on the site though. There is a little section under “about” where can you read a little about it in Japanese.

Anyway, here’s the video below. Hope you enjoy it as mush as me!

 





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Japanese TV Adverts #22 and #23

In this post we are sharing the next bunch of Japanese TT adverts from Japan: some of the weird and wonderful adverts that can be seen this time are: an advert with a man jumping on a trampoline while running up a wall, an advert for an app from Google and an advert from a compay called Yellow Hat. Also, there’s an advert from gaming company Konami, but this time it’s for the sports club. This, and a lot more can be found in the videos below. Enjoy!

As always, please check out this YouTube user for more adverts: http://www.youtube.com/user/JPCMHD
Also check out older posts with Japanese TV adverts under the media category to the right of this post.





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Music Video Filmed In Japan #7: Backstreet Boys

Backstreet Boys – Bigger

Backstreet Boys are an American formed boy band, but nowadays are more seen as a vocal harmony group. The band originated from Orlando, Florida. They were first formed back 1993 and all five original members of the band are still active in the band to this day. Backstreet Boys, or as there are known to their fans – BSB, are A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell. Kevin is the only member of the band that had a break to work on other projects, but he returned to the band in 2012. On many of their tours they have played in Japan and during their latest tour (In a World Like This Tour) they performed a total of 11 gigs all over Japan.

Bigger

The video to Backstreet Boys single Bigger was filmed on the 2nd of October when the band was on a mini tour in Japan to promote their album This Is Us, that the song is included on. The song was recorded in Sweden at the being of 2009. Bigger had its music video premiere via the Backstreet Boys official homepage on the 2nd of November and the single was then released on the 29th November 2009. The video, directed by Frank Borin and filmed in Tokyo, shows different shots of some of Tokyo’s busy streets. The group can also be seen at a maid cafe, singing with all the maids in the background. A games arcade is also shortly seen. Other places that are featured are one of the many temples that can be found in Tokyo, and the band singing karaoke with some Japanese people – I guess just a normal day out in Tokyo for the Backstreet Boys.

The Backstreet Boys official homepage can be found here: http://www.backstreetboys.com/





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Japanese TV Adverts #21

The next lot of TV adverts from Japanese TV has arrived. In this collection of TV adverts we find some of the following: an advert from mobile phone opertator AU featuring Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, a group of penguins playing PSVita, some of the girls from pop group AKB48 playing a dance game for the Wii U, plus a lot more. Enjoy!

As always, please check out this YouTube user for more adverts: http://www.youtube.com/user/JPCMHD
Also check out older posts with Japanese TV adverts under the media category to the right of this post.

 





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