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

Mini beverages from Tomomasu

Mini beverages from Japan

whysojapan mini drinkDuring our latest trip to Tokyo we went to the island of Odaiba, where we visited a shopping mall called Decks. On the second floor there are lots of small shops that sell candy, some sell American candy, some sell Japanese candy. In one one of them they also sell all kinds of different carbonated drinks. This time I bought four drinks there to bring home with me to try. Three of them being the mini’s.

The drinks are called Mini Cola, Mini Orange and Mini Melon. The reason why they are called mini is because the size of the bottle. They’re really tiny! You get one big swig out of the bottle and its gone, but they’re  very cute. I think I would need maybe 4-5 to quench my thirst, but its a very unique thing to see. It’s something that I’ve never seen in the world before, so I had to buy them. I always find it fun to try different cola flavoured drinks from around the world so this was a must!

The drinks had a nice taste. It seemed that the cola one did taste a bit like an ice lolly that Ive eaten before. The other two where just as nice to try, but I think I liked the cola most out of the three.

The drinks are made by Tomomasu (http://www.tomomasu.co.jp) and they have been around for over 100 years now. They also make many other drinks that can be seen on their homepage. They are also known for making beer for kids, hopefully without any alcohol in it.

The bottles now sit empty on a shelf in the kitchen. The bottles are too cute to just throw away, so I will keep them there.

Have you tried any fun drinks from Japan?





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Taiko drum performance

A week ago I went to watch a Japanese drum performance. A man played on the traditional taiko drum together with a young man, who I believe was his student.

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The man said that he had visited Japan on several occasions and had been inspired by the music there, and now he played rhythms that came from different parts of Japan. Apparently he has been playing taiko drums for twenty years!

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After the performance, the audience was invited up to try out the drums, and drum sticks were given out to children for them to tap along with the drumming.

Here’s a closer look of the taiko drum.

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Here is a video of the performance. The sound of the drumming was a lot more impressive in real life, its hard to capture on film. Enjoy!

Read more about taiko drums at Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiko





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Japanese TV Adverts #1

TV Adverts in Japan

Adverts is of course big business in Japan. Trying to get your product onto what can be describe as a crowed market is hard. Adverts are one of the ways companies try to get their products across, and of course TV adverts are very important to the company, and its not unusal to see a famous face like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu advertising a certain product on the behalf of the products manufacturer. I found some of the latest adverts that run on TV at the moment, or adverts that were recently being shown in Japan.

See who you can recognize in these latest ads from Japan! I will update with new ones as soon as they become available on the net.

Please check out this YouTube user for more adverts: http://www.youtube.com/user/JPCMHD

 





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Music videos filmed in Japan #3: Katy Perry

Katy Perry – Simple

Before Katy Perry was a well known pop star to the world with her first album “One of the boys”, she had already released other songs before that. One of them being a song called “Simple”. This was originally going to be realised on Katy’s first album, but this album was never released. In the end the song ended up being used in the 2006 movie “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and was also featured on the soundtrack of said movie. The music video was also apart of the 2012 film documentry Katy Perry: Part of Me.

The music video to the song premiered on YouTube and the video stars Katy Perry running around the streets of Shinjuku in Tokyo.

Katy Perry’s official site: http://www.katyperry.com





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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Live in London – Part 1

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu London ticketTicket release for London show

I thought I would share how it was to see Kyary Pamyu Pamyu when she did a live concert in London in February earlier this year.

We were one of the lucky 800+ people to get tickets. It was pure luck that we got the tickets, really. I was searching her name on Google to find more about when her up and coming tour would be, because I knew that she was coming to Europe to have two show in Belgium and France, and we had decided we wanted to go and see at least one of them. But by luck, I found out via Google that she was to have a show in London, and I found that out only the day before tickets went on sale. So I got up early to buy the tickets the next day and I got a hold of two. It was only after the tickets went on sale that the KPP Facebook page had made a post about it, and by then it was too late for a lot of people, because even though there were no real adverts for it, they sold out quick. I dont think they were expecting that!

Getting to London

Travelling over from Sweden  to London was not a problem, since we have family there. No need for a hotel, plus we got to have a mini holiday in the UK, which was nice.

The day of the show we travelled up to London by train. We decided to have a mini Japan day, so we went around few of the different Japanese shops that we know of that sell all things Japanese. We also had Japanese lunch in china town. After that we spent the rest of the afternoon just looking around some of London’s shops before heading to Islington o2 Academy…

Part 2 coming soon.

 

 





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