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Events

Brighton Japan Festival 2013

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Brighton Japan festival

About a month ago the Brighton Japan Festival was held in seaside town of Brighton, which is on the southcoast of UK. The festival started about 5 years ago with just a one day event, but has now grown into a 10 day festival. This year the event ran from 13/09 – 22/09. The festival ran both in the daytime and in the evening too. The festival was mainly set out around rock gardens, which close to most parts of central Brighton.

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Festival

The festival is a mixture of all things Japanese – from music, culture and food to kawaii and more. If its Japanese, it probably could be found, one way or another, at the festival. The festival was first started by the Brighton & Hove Japanese Club, which once was a very small event, compared to now being one of the major Japanese culture events on the south coast. It is very parent now that Japanese culture is having a bigger and bigger effect on the rest of the world these days, with more and more of Japanese culture reaching to different countries all around the world.

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Events

The festival had a mixture of events, some you had to buy a ticket to get access to and some were free of charge. In the way of music, there were nights dedicatied to j-rock music, with bands like Esprit D’Air, Colors Of Fire and Fate. Most of the bands are based outside of Japan, but still brought the j-rock theme to the event. There was also a Harajuku night with artists No Cars, Erika and Kero Kero Bonito playing into the night.

The festival had a Taiko drumming performance (from one of the most well known taiko groups in the UK), cover songs from Brighton’s very own Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (Fume) and Kids Dancers too. There was a Japanese horror movie night (which was held on Friday the 13th), a big Japanese fashion show, lots of food and a big market selling all things Japanese. The list goes on. If you’re into Japanese cultureIm sure you would find something of your liking at the festival.
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The following video was found on this Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/HDViewin

Links to Brighton Japan Festival:
Offical homepage: http://www.brightonjapan.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BrightonJapanFestival?fref=ts

Photos courtesy of: Clarissa

 





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Fanta Japan

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Fanta Japan

whysojapan fanta cans us ukFanta is a well known drink all over the world. Fanta is created by and belongs to the Coca-Cola company. Fanta is mostly known for its orange fizzy drink and by far orange is most probably the most popular of all the flavours, almost all over the world.

On my first trip to Tokyo a friend to me told me to look out for the Fanta drinks while I was there. He said there are a lot of different flavours that we dont have here in Sweden. All you have to do is pass one of the vending machines on any street corner and you will see a slection of Fanta cans and bottles that you might not have back home.

Of couse, you can find the typical Fanta drinks. But in Japan they like to try seasonal flavour. For example, one flavour was released in limited addition, it came out in spring and was called Fanta Ume, which is a sort of Japanese plum that grows in the early part of spring. Thats the plus of living in a country that has a lot of people. Its a lot easier for a company to make a product for a limited time and sell lots of them.

Fanta grape

whysojapan fanta japanOne of the Fanta that I first tasted in Japan was a can that was purple and it looked to have a grapes on the can, so we gave it a try. The first thing I thought it tasted like was like a sort of bubblegum flavour. I really liked it! I have also been able to try it back here in Sweden. I’ve been able to get hold of both the US and UK versions of Fanta grape, since there is no Swedish version of the soft drink. But nothing beats the Japanese version of the drink. I found out that Fanta grape is the only version of Fanta that is sold in a glass bottle. This I found out after buying one and adding a photo of it to Facebook and was informed by a Japanese friend about it.

Fanta has even tried some very different drinks, like one thats called Fanta Moo Moo White, which was a zero calorie drink with extra calcium. Its sort of a fizzy milky yogurt drink, very different.

Some of the new flavours that are available in Japan are grapefruit, peach and ume. Some of the other flavours that are and have been available are Honey Lemon, Melon Cream, Fruit Punch, Pineapple, Apple and more.

It is definitely worth looking out for the different Fanta while youre in Japan and giving a flavour that you might never heard of a try.

Here’s the link to Fanta Japan: www.fanta.jp





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Video report from super potato Akihabara

Super Potato Akihabara

This was a great video report about the retro game shop Super Potato, which is in Akihabara (electric town). The shop sells all sorts of retro games and console games and a lot more. It’s well worth a visit if youre into retro gaming. This report is in Swedish, so sorry to anyone that can not speak Swedish. But I still wanted to share it here in the blog.

Here is also a link to Super Potato website: http://www.superpotato.com





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Mameshiba Love Winter book review

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Mameshiba Love Winter

The second book to be released by Viz media featuring the Mameshibas was Mameshiba Love Winter. The book was first released in November of 2011, which at the time made it the perfect Christmas present for me to give to a loved one. The book was bought from the UK, from Amazon if I remember correctly. I’ve noticed that Amazon still have it for sale. Follow this link for more info (amazon.co.uk). When I bought the book it wasn’t very expensive at all, and with buying it from the UK and Amazon, it was fast delivered and in time to be given away as a present on Christmas day that year.

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Mameshiba Love Winter is a hardback book that consists of around 12 pages or so. This book is very different from the first book. The first book was more about getting to know the Mameshibas. On the very first page of the book is an envelope that says to be very special. Inside the envelope your find some cardboard cutouts on your favourite Mameshibas, and a selection of winter themed stickers. Now you might wonder what all of they are for. Well, if you go to the last page of the book, a winter castle will pop out of the book, allowing you to place them around the castle and cover them with stickers.

whysojapan mameshiba love winter bookThe story to this book is all about the Mameshibas’ day, playing out in the snow, and while some of the Mameshibas are playing around in the snow with their sledges and snow balls, the others decide that they need to make a castle, but not any sort of castle – a snow castle. Through this short story you get see them design and build their castle to the end, where the castle becomes a popup book. That’s where the story ends and your own imagination begins.

The book is a another great way of getting children that might not be aware of Mameshiba into them. The book has nice pictures and even if its a bit short, it is still fun to read and even if you dont use the castle at the end of the book, it still makes it a great addition to your Mameshiba collection.

Feel free to read our other posts on Mameshiba via the links below:
http://www.whysojapan.com/japanese-characters-mameshiba/
http://www.whysojapan.com/meet-mameshiba-book/





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Yamanote train line products

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Trains, a popular hobby in Japan

Trains is very popular hobby in Japan. When you’re in Tokyo you might find yourself passing a shop that sells something to do with trains, from the underground trains to bullet trains, and the product assortment is endless from post cards, puzzles, stationary and more. There are a few shops that sell the different products, shops like Tokyu Hands and Yodabashi camera selldifferent assortments of products. The products are not always all available in one shop, so some shops might sell one sort of train product and another shop something totally different.

Yamanote train line

The Yamamote line, which normally has a green strip on its trains, is one of the most popular lines in the Tokyo area as it circles the greater parts of Tokyo, and it also goes past some of Tokyo’s most important stations. The line is run by the JR East company. You can use either Sucia and Passmo pre paid tickets, and other tickets are available from the station ticket machines.

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Yamanote train line products

Because of its popularity, there are a lot of products available to do with this line, so you find a lot of different things.

During my visits to Japan Ive picked up a few Yamanote line products. One of them is a money box (photo at the beginning of this post) that I got from Tokyu Hands. This money box is shaped to look like the front cab part of the train and each time you put a coin into the slot the the train lights up and it plays a melody. At all Tokyo train stations there is a cute melody played for when the train is at the platform and the melodies are different from line to line. It sort of a happy melody for the most part. So this money box plays melodies from the stations along the Yamanote line.
To remove the coins from the money box there’s a slider door on the back of the train. The video below the unboxing I made of it when I first got it.

The other two products that I picked up from Yodabashi Camera are these two keychain music players. Each time you push the button it plays that station’s melody.

JR East official English homepage can be found on the following link: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/index.html

Do you have any Japanance train products if so share?





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