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
#thatPower is a single from Will.I.Am’s 3rd album #willpower which was released in April 2013. The song was written by Will.I.Am, DJ Ammo (who has worked on other tracks with Will.I.Am and Black Eyed Peas, a group Will.I.A. is a member of) and Justin Bieber. The track features Justin Bieber who sings. The track was first released on YouTube the 15th of March 2013 with the iTunes release a couple of days later on the 18th of March. It had it’s first radio play in the UK on Capital FM the 15th of March. The track made it quite high up in both the UK week chart and the US Billborad, with UK ending up at 2 and the US at 17th place. The music video to #thatPower was first released on the 19th April 2013.
The Music Video
The music video to #thatPower was filmed in Japan. It features Will.I.Am and a hologram of Justin Bieber dancing in different locations across Tokyo. The locations being more of an architectural standing. Some locations I did recognize and some I had no idea about. The video features the well known dance/music group World Order, which if you haven’t yet seen I suggest you check out one of their videos on YouTube. Some of the places that can be seen in #thatPower are Tokyu Plaza Omotesando, which is kind of a shopping centre that has a futuristic entrance with mirrors pointing everywhere, which gives you the effect of a kaleidoscope effect when going in. The shopping centre has a great rooftop café, which gives your nice sights over the city and it’s a really nice place to sit down for a while and relax. Another well known location in the video is the Eye of Shinjuku, a big art installation in the west exit of JR Shinjuku station. The Eye of Shinjuku has been there since 1969 and can be seen in the Beastie Boys – Intergalactic music video from 1989. Other places that can been seen in the video are the Tokyo Big Sight, a large convention centre in Tokyo and the Florian Claar’s “Fragment No.5″ which I had never seen before. It can found in Tokyo Midtown. There are a lot of very modern design buildings as backdrops in the video, which does not surprise me, really. Will.I.Am is a very creative person with an eye for something different and the locations that are featured in #thatPower are of the more modern architecture to what you might be used too seeing.
Just Can’t Get Enough is a song from the American hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas. It is the second single from the group’s album The Beginning. The song was written by the group and produced with help of DJ Ammo, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, and Tommy Brown. The Black Eyed Peas have been a group since 1995 but they did not hit it big until their album Elephunk was released in 2003. To date the group are one of the all time best selling artists with 35 million albums and 41 million singles over the sold over the world. They were also ranked 12th on the Billboard ’s Decade-End Chart.
The video consists of all the members of The Black Eyed Peas: will.i.am, Apl.de.ap, Taboo, and Fergie. The video was shot while The Black Eyed Peas where in Japan on a press tour. It only took three days to shoot, it was filmed in Tokyo and directed by Ben Mor (who has also directed the music video for Scream & Shout).
What I love about the music video is the futuristic feel, with some of the locations being Sega Joypolis for like half a second, which was a shame. You can also see the driverless train in a couple shots, the one you can ride out to Odaiba to go to places like Sega Joypolis or go and see the massive Gundam robot behind Tokyo Diver shopping centre. There are also lots of street views of Tokyo at night in the video, which look fantastic. One of the shots features some of the led signs near the Shibuya crossing, and you can also spot Don Quijote in Roppongi in the background in of one of the shots.
The Just Can’t Get Enough video was released on Vevo on the 16th of March 2011 and the single was released about a month before that. The single reached number 1 on the UK dance chart and number 3 on the offician UK singles chart. It also reached the same position on the Billboard charts. The video was shot a week before the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, and just like the music video Big in Japan by Martin Solveig and Dragonette., it features a message: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people of Japan. We love you”
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.
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.