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
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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
It's been a while since we last posted about Japanese TV adverts from YouTube user JPCMHD who uploads them regularly. They're always fun to watch, and the latest upload includes adverts for Mouse the computer company, Y! Mobile with Read more
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Often referred to as “the King of Rock and Roll” or simply “the King,” Elvis Presley’s influence and image makes him one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. He’s so popular Read more
Japan National Tourism Organization
JNTO in Europe has just started it's largest ever promotional campaign for inbound tourism from Europe, as a part of the visit Japan project. The tourism organization based in London has launched a site showcasing what Japan has Read more
Martin Solveig and Dragonette – Big in Japan (feat. Idoling!!!)
Big in Japan was made by the french DJ and music producer Martin Solveig and Dragonette. Martin Solveig has been an active DJ since 1994. Some of his other well known songs to date are Hello, The Night Out, and Ready To Go. Some of his songs also feature work with the Canadian electronic music band Dragonette.
The music video features Martin and “his manger” Lafaille visiting Japan. Parts of Tokyo can be seen, like the big Shibuya crossing, video game playing in one of the many arcades that can be found around Tokyo, the swimming pool at Tokyo Summer Land and a sumo wrestling competition. They can also be seen walking some of the busy streets of Tokyo. The song features vocals by the Japanese idol girl group Idoling!!! which were formed by Fuji TV. The group can be seen performing with Martin Solveig in part of the music video. The song is part of Martin’s 5th studio album, Smash, which was released in June 2011.
Big in Japan was first released on YouTube on the 18th of October, 2011. The video was filmed just a week before the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The music video features the following text, that can been seen at the end of the music video: “This video was shot before the tragic events of March 2011. We share the grief of our Japanese friends and admire their courage throughout these difficult times. With this in mind and together, there are more reasons than ever to be Big In Japan!”
The song made it to place 21 in the UK dance music chart. The song is available to buy via iTunes and other digital download services on the internet.
Daniel Stein aka DJ Fresh is an English music producer and DJ from Worthing, a town on the south coast of the UK. He is also well known for making drum and bass and dub step music. He was a part of the group Bad Company UK, with other members being Jason Maldin, Darren White and Michael Wojcicki. The group were active between 1999 and 2005. DJ Fresh also runs the drum & bass music label Breakbeat Kaos. His latest album that was released was his 3rd studio album, Nextlevelism, which was realised back in 2012, with his 4th one due to be released this year (2014).
The music video to The Feeling was shot in Tokyo and was directed by Ivan Oglivie. The song was then released on Septemper 23, 2012 in the UK. It reached place 13 in the official UK singles chart and 2nd place in the UK dance chart. The main vocalist on the song is RaVaughn, who now has an album out called Love Always. The whole song gives off a nice vibe feeling to it, with people having a fun day out, riding around the streets of Tokyo on their very cool looking ultra modern scooters that look very Japanese styled. While they cruse the streets of Tokyo you get to see shots of some known places like the entrance to Takeshita Dori Street – the street in Hajajuku where a lot of trendy clothes are sold and Yasukuni Dori – a major road that run throw Shinjuku with its bright lights and big TV screens. Also present in the video are diffrents shots from around Uno and night shots of Rainbow Bridge. This is a great upbeat song and if you love dance music and drum and bass you might just like this too.
Pharrell Williams song “Happy” has been a big hit all over the world. Some might love it, some not. At first I didn’t think much of the song really, it wasn’t going to a song I would buy. But its a happy and cheerful song, so I could see why others would like it. The song was first released last November, in 2013.
The original music video has lots of different people miming to the song while dancing around in different parts of Miami. The video has inspired more than 1500 videos from people all over the world to dance to the video in their part of the world. The easiest way to find all the inspired videos is to search for “Pharrell Williams – Happy – We Are from [name of the city]” on YouTube. This will help you find the city of choice. There is also a website that has a collection of all the inspired versions of Happy. http://wearehappyfrom.com
I have seen a couple of diffrent versions of the video in Japan, but this one I think is my favourite video. The title of the video is Harajuku Happy Times and the video seems to be, for the most part, filmed in and around the trendy part of Tokyo called Harajuku. The video has a good mixture of different Japanese people of all ages dancing and miming to a part of the song. My favorte part is the sumo wrestlers, because they always seem so serious, but in this video you can see them smiling and walking to the song.
For me it was first when I saw this video that I became a fan of the song, and it is definitely this video that makes the song for me. This version of the video has it own YouTube channel, and also can be found on the following site: http://harajukuhappytimes.com There is not much about the video on the site though. There is a little section under “about” where can you read a little about it in Japanese.
Anyway, here’s the video below. Hope you enjoy it as mush as me!
Backstreet Boys are an American formed boy band, but nowadays are more seen as a vocal harmony group. The band originated from Orlando, Florida. They were first formed back 1993 and all five original members of the band are still active in the band to this day. Backstreet Boys, or as there are known to their fans – BSB, are A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell. Kevin is the only member of the band that had a break to work on other projects, but he returned to the band in 2012. On many of their tours they have played in Japan and during their latest tour (In a World Like This Tour) they performed a total of 11 gigs all over Japan.
The video to Backstreet Boys single Bigger was filmed on the 2nd of October when the band was on a mini tour in Japan to promote their album This Is Us, that the song is included on. The song was recorded in Sweden at the being of 2009. Bigger had its music video premiere via the Backstreet Boys official homepage on the 2nd of November and the single was then released on the 29th November 2009. The video, directed by Frank Borin and filmed in Tokyo, shows different shots of some of Tokyo’s busy streets. The group can also be seen at a maid cafe, singing with all the maids in the background. A games arcade is also shortly seen. Other places that are featured are one of the many temples that can be found in Tokyo, and the band singing karaoke with some Japanese people – I guess just a normal day out in Tokyo for the Backstreet Boys.
Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, a town in Devon, which lies in the south west of England. The band is formed of 3 members; Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard. The band started out in 1994 with their first album released 1999 called Showbiz. Since then to the present album, The 2nd Law, there has been six studio albums released by Muse to date.
The latest single of the album is Panic Station, and this video was mostly filmed in Tokyo while Muse was on a tour there in January 2013. The video was released on 22 April 2013. One of the locations that can be seen is the Shibuya crossing, which is one of the most famous crossings in the world (because of the amount of people that cross it at once). Another place that can be seen is Center Gai, one of the streets that leads off the Shibuya crossing. The video was also shot inside the robot restaurant which can be found in Kabukicho in Shinjuku-ku.