Japanese Manhole covers T-shirts from 47Regions

Japanese Manhole covers T-shirts from 47Regions Japan is a place of so many different and wonderful things to do and see. A lot of times when we are planning our trips to Japan we decide not always to have our whole day Read more

Kizuna Japanese subscription box

Kizuna Japanese subscription box This is a promotional post. We were offered the opportunity to try a new subscription box from Kizuna Box from Japan. Of course we jumped at the chance. We were given the option of two different boxes, Read more

Sakura Matsuri Stockholm 2017

Sakura Matsuri Stockholm – Cherry Blossom Festival On April 22nd was the annual cherry blossom hanami festival in Stockholm (“Körsbärsblommans Dag”), Sweden. It's an event organized by the Japanese Association, and we were very happy to see that they - once Read more

Top Japanese places to visit in London

Top Japanese places to visit in London In this post we have collected our top Japanese places to visit in London. The city has so many places that are connected to Japan in one way or another. In our top Read more

Best art, crafts and stationery shops in Tokyo

Best art, crafts and stationery shops in Tokyo As a person who love all things art and crafts I've hunted down the best shops that I could find during my travels in Tokyo. Here's a guide to my personal favourites. Read more

Music Video Filmed In Japan #4: Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs – Man On Mars

The Kaiser Chiefs are a British indie rock band that as of present consists of Ricky Wilson, Andrew White, Simon Rix and Nick Baines. This song, Man On Mars, also has Nick Hodgson in the video, who has left the bad now. The band started in  in Leeds 1996.

The video for the song Man On Mars was filmed while the band was visting Japan to play at the 2011 Fuji Rock Festival. The video shows different clips of around Tokyo
and some of their performance from the Fuji Rock Festival. The video also consists of some of the fans singing to their songs at a karaoke bar and the video also follows one of their fans on his trip from Tokyo to the gig at the  Fuji Rock Festival.

One bit of the video to listen to is when the audio cuts out at the train station and you can hear the platform melody.

The video was first relased on to YouTube on August 11, 2011.

The Kaiser Chiefs official homepage: http://www.kaiserchiefs.com/





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Japanese TV Adverts #3

TV Adverts in Japan

Here’s the next update of Japanese TV adverts. This update features lots of adverts for smart phones, new music singles and various food, plus more. Enjoy!

Please check out this YouTube user for more adverts: http://www.youtube.com/user/JPCMHD
Also check out older posts with Japanese tv adverts:
http://www.whysojapan.com/japanese-tv-adverts-01/
http://www.whysojapan.com/japanese-tv-adverts-2/

 





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Maru – the famous cat from Japan

World famous Japanese cat Maru

The cats have taken over the internet with their cuteness and one of the most popular cats is, of course, from the land of kawaii – Japan. Meet Maru, a male Scottish Fold, who has charmed the world with his cute looks and adorabe personality.

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Photo from Maru’s blog: http://sisinmaru.blog17.fc2.com

Maru on YouTube

Maru’s owner has a blog and a YouTube account where she posts photos and videos regularly.

Maru likes to lazy around, jump into boxes, and be generally mischievous. The videos are with sound, but you never hear any humans speak and you never see the owner. The feeling of the videos are very Japanese, clean and simple, and the title cards are in both Japanese and English.

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Photo from Maru’s blog: http://sisinmaru.blog17.fc2.com

Book: “I am Maru”

The YouTube videos are very popular. Every time a new video is being uploaded millions of people watch it. Maru is so popular that he’s even got his own book out, titled “I am Maru”.

Get the book here: I am Maru at Amazon

Maru facts

The name Maru means “round shape” and it fits him very well. His charming features are described as “round face and white socks”. His favourite hobby is “trouble making” and his special skill is “sliding into any open box”.

Official YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/mugumogu

Official blog: http://sisinmaru.blog17.fc2.com





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Meet Mameshiba! Book review

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Mameshiba

If you haven’t heard about the Japanese character Mameshiba, read the previous post that we have published all about them: Japanese characters: Mameshiba

Meet Mameshiba!

Meet Mameshiba! is the first book from Viz Media. Viz Media is one of the largest distributors and licensors of anime and manga in North America and has now taken on Mameshiba to bring it to the world. The books are published in English, which is great for us that love Mameshiba but don’t understand Japanese. The first book was first available to buy from the 5th of July 2011.

The first book Meet Mameshiba! is exactly what its called – a book all about each character. Some of the mameshibas you get to meet are Edamame, Tiger Bean, Soybean, Chili Bean and other of their friends.

The book guides you through the world of Mameshibas, giving you loads of small facts about them. The book includes some of the Mameshiba saying, small quizzes, how to draw your own Mameshiba, true and false pages, small comics, and even a page that helps you learn some basic words in Japanese, and more.

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The book consist of 96 pages and the book comes in a paper back version and has a square shape to it. The book is very colourful. It is very light on text, there are mostly pictures, which makes its a great book for kids that you want to introduce to the world of Mameshibas. Its also a great collectors item.

We bought our book from amazon.co.uk but the book is available from many online shops all over the world. The book costs around £5 when we got it on the release date.

More reviews are to come in later posts, of the other Mameshiba books that have been made available in English. Stay tuned!

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Link to the book on amazon.co.uk:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Meet-Mameshiba-Carrie-Shepherd/dp/1421539721/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371836238&sr=1-4&keywords=mameshiba

 

 

 





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Timeout Tokyo

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Timeout Tokyo

Timeout is a company that keeps you up to date with whats going on in some of the biggest cities all over the world. For Japan there are two versions and you can reach both of them by going to timeout.jp. There you can choose to either view the Tokyo version or the Kyoto version.

Via Timeout Tokyo/Kyoto you can find whats going on in the cities, from gigs to cinemas listings to events going on and what pubs to visits or museums to go to. Timeout is definitely a good site to check whats on.

A big plus – the page is English too, so maybe give it a try on your next trip to Japan.

Check out the site at http://www.timeout.jp





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