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

Japan Candy Box review + giveaway

Japan Candy Box This is a promotional post. The Japan Candy Box was kindly sent to us to try and review for Why So Japan. We've been wanting to try a Japanese themed box for a long time now and thanks Read more

Suica Penguin Mascot

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Suica card

If you have used public transport in Tokyo you might well have used one of two smart travel cards: the Pasmo or a Suica card. In Tokyo the cards have pretty much the same function, both  allowing you to pay for travel on the public transportation system in and around Tokyo. Both smart cards can be also used in other parts of Japan for travel, but sometimes you can only use one and sometimes both. It’s always best to check with the local transport for the area you are visiting. The cards that you pre charge can also be used to purchase stuff in different shops and be used as payment on most vending machines.

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Suica Mascot

Japanese companies love you to have a mascot to represent their company. Normally the cuter the better. While traveling in Japan you will almost certainly come across the cuteness of the company mascot that is one of my favourites – the cute penguin that represents the travel card Suica. You might wonder what a penguin has to do with travel? Well, penguins are seen to swim through water with ease and that’s how it should feel when using the Suicacard, a smooth moving process as such.

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Sucia Penguin

The mascot named Suica Penguin, or just Penguin, was designed by Sakazaki Chiharu and has been used as the mascot since 2001. The penguin has become very popular and I can understand why. Who could not like the cute penguin? I’m sure a lot of people choose that smart card for travel just because of the cute penguin on the card. I know I did on our first trip. whysojapan_suica_penguin_japan_04We saw the Sucia penguin on a lot of posters on the public transport in Tokyo, but didn’t really know what it was to do with, since we had a different travel card on that journey, but after coming home and looking the penguin up, I had a better idea to why we saw it on a lot of places. After that we started to watch a lot of the TV adverts on watch here YouTube featuring the cute penguin, showing how to use the card which I loved. Silly that it might sound, like I said, I’m a sucker for a penguin. I also received some merchandise with thanks to a friend in Japan that hunted the products down and sent them to me, and to this day when we meet always manages to find me some cool Suica penguin stuff. The latest thing being a 2015 year calendar, that we now have on display at home. After our latest trip back in 2014 we found the Suica Penguin store in the Tokyo station, called Penguin Stadium, Pensta. They had loads of stuff to sell, like books, food, games, tea towels, inflatables, key rings and more. Now I will never run out of Suica Penguin stuff. If you’re looking for the shop, it can be found via this link.





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Japanese TV Adverts #43

This time we start off the first advert in a typical Japanese bath with an ad for a bag of sour sweets that I would love to try one day. We also find lots of other great ads, some being a cool advert from SoftBank making a 3d figure appear from a mobile screen, the Pocky devil is also back with a new advert sharing Pocky with someone in heaven this time and a whole lot more to 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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4TE new music video: Ippo Zutsu

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Ippo Zutsu

Last month we wrote about 4TE (our original review), a new j-pop girl group. Now they’re back with a second single and a brand new video to go along with it. The second single is called Ippo Zutsu (One step at a time), and just like the first single it sounds very like other well known j-pop groups like Perfume, which we absolutely love. The song has really captured the essence of what a j-pop band should sound like and we thought this single seems even stronger than the last single. If the group continues releasing song in this quality we are sure that they are going to become big very soon. It would even be cool of a group like this could become famous on the Japanese market, since they’re from the other side of the world.
The music video this time features the dance group by the name FrolicLassie, which happens to be managed by one of 4TE’s managers. The video follows five Japanese school girls (FrolicLassie) and their future plans of life throughout the music video, while cutting back and forth between shots of the members of 4TE.

The song has a very happy feel to it and and uptempo vibe. It’s a great song to listen to while on the go also.

Once again the group has delivered a strong single and a great video. What makes it even stronger this time is the collaboration with FrolicLassie.

Last week 4TE had a promotional event to go along with the single release, which allowed all the fans to interact with the group, which is a great way for the fans to get in contact with their favourite member of the group.

 





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Book Review: My Japanese Husband STILL Thinks I’m Crazy

My Japanese Husband STILL Thinks I'm Crazy

About the author

Grace Buchele Mineta is an author, blogger, freelance writer and YouTuber from Texas, who now resides in Tokyo with her Japanese husband.

Whysojapan My Japanese Husband STILL Thinks I'm CrazyWe first came across Grace (Texan in Tokyo), the author of “My Japanese Husband STILL Thinks I’m Crazy”, and her husband Ryosuke through our love for all things Japanese. In this particular case our first encounter with Texan in Tokyo was their YouTube channel. We stumbled upon the channel after hearing other J-vloggers (Japanese videologgers on YouTube) talking about them. After watching a couple of their videos we added them to our subscription list.

The YouTube videos are a part of her blog, Texan in Tokyo, where she posts a mixture of  personal essays, videos and comics, all from personal experience, or as she puts it on her own blog, “a window into the life of my husband (Ryosuke) and my entertaining and wonderful life in Tokyo”.

My Japanese Husband STILL Thinks I’m Crazy

This is the second book from the self published author. The book is an autobiographical collection of comic strip styled shorts about her and her husband’s life on a day to day basis and informative text snippets about Japanese culture and life.

As we were already fans of Grace and Ryosuke, it was great to read the comic styled book, with them both in. It was like watching some of the videos we had already seen on YouTube, but done into comic strip form. But you don’t have to have even heard of them before to fall in love with the book itself. It’s a charming, quirky and sweet look into their relationship. After reading the first couple of pages it is easy to get hooked. You can’t wait to see what Ryosuke gets up to on the next page, because he always has something crazy that he is up to.

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I found the book was an easy read, since it’s comprised of many short and comical comics, which is great for a person like me who hate to read page after page of text. You don’t have to be a Japanese fanatic to enjoy this book, but of course it does help. I am now looking forward to reading the first book, My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy, which is available on Amazon, along with her new book.

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Get the books on Amazon, and check out her website to continue following Grace and Ryosuke.

For the next couple of days you can download both books for free. Check the books on their Amazon page below for more info.

 

My Japanese Husband STILL Thinks I’m Crazy on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Husband-STILL-Thinks-Crazy/dp/0990773698/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1424030842&sr=1-1

My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Husband-STILL-Thinks-Crazy/dp/0990773698/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1424030842&sr=1-1

Texan in Tokyo website and blog:
http://howibecametexan.com/





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Japanese TV Adverts #41 and #42

We start off this bunch of great Japanese TV adverts with the ad from Cup Noodle playing tennis with a sword, Disney Tokyo showing off it’s terror tower ride (which is a scary but great ride), cat in cafe advert, an ad for Chintai with KPP, another cute advert with the Book-Off mascots, a cool ad from SoftBank, featuring what we call the SoftBank dog, an advert for the toy Tamagotchi (which I never knew was still around), and of course a lot more of some of the best TV adverts being shown on TV in Japan at the moment. 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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