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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu World Tour 2014

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu World tour 2014

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has just published her world tour dates for this year. After her world tour last year (which was a success, with tickets selling out for shows in London and New York) I’m sure that this time the tickets will sell out just as fast or even faster,  in line with her becoming more and more popular around the world.

The Tour

This year her world tour will start off with shows in the US, with five shows dotted around the states, and then a show over in Canada. She is also playing a bunch of shows around in Europe – UK, France and Germany. Same as last time, but at different venues. This time the venues in Europe will be bigger ones than her last shows, so now more people will get to see her. Which is great for all those that missed out last time she toured in this part of the world.

This tour is said to be an even more engaging and exciting event than her foreign dates from last year. What I would love to see is more of a setup, like she has on her Japanese parts of her tours, with lots of dancer and costume changes and big stages. But of course that would be costly to transport all of that over the world, so maybe it would take a trip to Japan if I wanted to see that. With her new album that came out last year (our review from the album is here: Nanda Collection) I think we will get to hear lots of songs from the new album, and of couse songs from her early stuff. Im sure when and where ever you see KPP, it will be a great show.

Check out my previous review from her 2013 show in London here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Tour dates are as follow:

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13 Seattle, USA/ Best Buy Theater
15 San Francisco, USA/ The Regency Ballroom
16 Los Angeles, USA/ Club Nokia LA Live

March
5 Chicago USA/ House of Blues Chicago
7 Toronto, Canada/ Sound Academy
8 New York, USA/ Best Buy Theater
23 Sydney, Australia/ Metro Theatre

April
5 Hong Kong, China/ ROTUNDA
3, KITEC 25 Paris, France/ Bataclan
27 Cologne, Germany/ Gloria
29 London, UK/ Shepherds Bush Empire

May
17 Tokyo, Japan/ Zepp Tokyo
18 Tokyo, Japan/ Zepp Tokyo
30 Taipei, Taiwan/ Taipei International Convention Center

June
21 Singapore/ N/A
28 Bangkok Thailand/Bangkok Convention Centre, Central Plaza Ladprao (BCC HALL)

Check with the official tour page for up to date information on the link below:
http://kppweb.tumblr.com/





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Kit Kat opens world’s first store in Tokyo

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Kit Kat Store Tokyo

Kit Kat has just opened it first store in Tokyo. From Jan 17th, anyone in the Tokyo area will now be able to visit the store to stock up on all the goodness that Kit Kat offers. Kit Kat is famous in Japan with many exciting flavours to choose from that can only be found in Japan. Check out our previous post about Kit Kat here: Kit kat and Japan. The new Kit Kat shop, called Kit Kat Chocolatory, is located in the Seibu department store located in Ikebukuro.

The Store

The store has some limited edition flavours that you will only be able to purchase there. Some of them are Sublime Bitter, Special Sakura Green Tea and Special Chilli. The store will the No. 1 place to find the new Kit Kat flavour when others become available on the market. According to It Media the store will aim certain flavours to adult tastebuds for the different seasons. Next time I’m in Tokyo I’m looking forward to visting the store. Check out this review from YouTuber Sharla in Japan from when she visited the store:

 Store information are as follow

1st floor Seibu department store 〒 171-8569 Tokyo Toshima-ku, 1-28-1 Minamiikebukuro
Underground station: Ikebukuro
Opning times: Mon-Sat 10:00 to 21:00, Sundays and holidays Holidays 10:00 to 20:00
Department store Seibu homepage http://www2.seibu.jp/usrinfo/index.html (in Japanese)
More information can be found in the news release from Nestle here: http://www.nestle.com/media/newsandfeatures/japan-kitkat-boutique

Photo credit: Nestle





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Japanese TV Adverts #14 and #15

Here’s the next update of Japanese TV adverts. This time you’re getting another double serving on adverts that are on TV in Japan at the moment. In this selection of adverts we find one for the girl idol group SKE48. We also find a fun advert for Nintendo WII U game, a buch of dancing squalls, an advert for Perfume’s new single, and 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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Rilakkuma Christmas

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Rilakkuma Christmas

Last November we were in Japan on our holiday. Normally one of the things we do on our holiday is to visit some (well most) of the Rilakkuma stores in and around Tokyo. You can check out our first post about Rilakkuma to read what shops we visited by clicking here or searching for Rilakkuma on this site.

Rilakkuma Christmas releases

Rilakkuma usually has a limited edition set of things for different events or holidays, so being around Christmas it was the Christmas set that was to be released at the time we were in Tokyo. This was a great for us since we love all things Rilakkuma. The products were to be release the weekend before we were to go home, so it gave us enough time to visit one of the many Rilakkuma places to pick some stuff up.

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Meeting Rilakkuma

What we wasnt expecting at first, but thanks to a Japanese friend of ours who told us about it, was that if we were to visit one of the bigger toy stores in Tokyo (Kiddy Land in Harajuku) then we could get to meet Rilakkuma in person. So we took a trip over to Kiddy Land toy store, of course we wanted to see Rilakkuma! When we arrived we found out that if you wanted to meet him up close and have your photo taken with him, then you would have to get some sort of free ticket from the store before hand. But for us it was enough to just see him, so we decided to waited outside the store, together with all the other Rilakkuma fans. A little while later and there he was, together with Korilakkuma. They just walkedalong the street and then stopped outside of the shop, where the ones with the tickets were allowed to meet and greet, one by one. The rest of us took loads of photos of them and it was a bit of a surreal moment since we had only seen videos of them in real size before. We know its only people in costume, but still, it was a bit like seeing a mega celebrity. It was like a little extra Christmas gift to us you could say. Check our video below of Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma outside Kiddy Land:

Rilakkuma Christmas

After seeing Rilakkuma outside, we went into Kiddy land to find the Rilakkuma store and find the Christmas goods. We bought three of the plush Christmas edition, which we got in a Christmas bag, and earlier we had also picked up a fun dancing Rilakkuma, a sweet thing that moves when pushing the button on the back, see video below. And that was our Rilakkuma Christmas surprise from last year!





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Kawaii! Japan’s Culture of Cute Book Review

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Kawaii! Japan’s Culture of Cute is an in-depth book about the history of Kawaii in Japan. The book describes how kawaii has grown and become more and more popular in Japan and gives you a guide to all things kawaii, from the past and all the way to the present day. If its kawaii, you most probably will find it in Kawaii! Japan’s Culture of Cute. The book is written by Manami Okazaki and Geoff Johnson and was first published 2013 and the book is printed in English with tons of high quality pictures.

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Manami Okazaki

Manami Okazaki is a freelance journalist and is author of several books, one of them of course being Kawaii! Japan’s Culture of Cute. Other books that she has released are Kokeshi, From Tohoku with Love, Tattoo in Japan, Japanese Buddhism, Kicks Japan and her new book Toy Tokyo, which is to be released in May of 2014. She has freelanced for the Japan times, CNN Traveler, Time Out, and other publications across the world. Her freelanced works often focus on Japanese traditional culture, pop culture, food and style. Check out the video at the bottom of this post, where Manami talks about the book.

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Geoff Johnson

Geoff Johnson is an Australian guy who has based in Tokyo since 1989 and works as a professional photographer. Geoff Johnson photos have been published all over the world. His photos normally portray Japan in one way or another. He is the photographer for this book. Geoff has been published in travel magazines and newspapers all over the world, like Harpar’s Bazaar Japan, Esquire Japan, the Sunday Travel in the UK and New York Times. He has also worked on adverting for Adidas and Apple in the past.

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About the book

Kawaii! Japan’s Culture of Cute takes you on a detailed trip through the world of kawaii, sharing with you a lot of the kawaii history. The book starts off with talking about the roots of kawaii, showing some pictures of what was concidered kawaii then. The book then goes into what kawaii exactly is and what makes something kawaii. The book continues on to show rich pictures of different as aspects of kawaii.

The book goes in to great detail to describe and show kawaii in its very many and different forms, like the clothes that are conceded to hold a Kawaii feeling (conomi, lolita, gothic lolita, Harajuku fashion and of course cosplay too).

The book also focuses on the characters of Kawaii. Its got many pages dedicated to the characters and the companies behind them. Like San-X for example. Theyre the company behind Rilakumma, Sentimental Circus and more – and when we say more, we mean more. It is said that San-X has created over 800 different characters over its time. In the book we can also find pages on Glommy Bear, Swimmer, Hello Kitty and more.

Other aspects in the book focuses on is food. Yes, even food can have a kawaii theme to it. The book has some great photos of the typical bento boxes and it goes into the maid culture in Japan too. The book also goes into the more elegant side of kawaii with showing art work from John Hathway, Chikuwaemil and Yosuke Ueno.

The book has a great and cute map over the area of Harajuku in Tokyo, where you can find almost anything that is connected to Kawaii. One of the shops that is dedicated to to Kawaii and is featured in the book is 6% DOKIDOKI, a great little shop to visit if youre in Harajuku and you like kawaii.

The book seems to cover everything that is kawaii. There are lots of things in the book that I never would have though would have anything to do with kawaii. I found the book to be a great read. It has lots of very colourful photos from the first page to the last, and I found it to be the right mixture of text too. So even if your a person that does not like to read much you will still find this book great by just browsing all the photos in it.

I think the best way to describe this book in one word would just be it’s very “kawaii”. This 226 paged book is well worth a buy if you love all thing kawaii.

Our book was bought from Bookdepository.com for around £15. The book is also available on other sites, like Amazon.





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