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Music videos filmed in Japan #6: Muse


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.

Panic Station

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.

Official site for Muse is

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Japanese TV Adverts #17

Here’s the first batch of adverts from Japan for 2014. In this lineup we find adverts with a bunch of statues that  train to music for a sports club, an advert for the relase of the PS4 in Japan, Mets Cola, and a year of Google, plus a lot more. Enjoy!

As always, do check out this YouTube user for more adverts:
Also check out older posts with Japanese TV adverts under the media category to the right of this post.

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Tour Akihabara with maids

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Tour Akihabara With Maids

Akihabara in Tokyo, also known as Electric Town, is one of the most amazing places in the world for of us geeks out there. It’s got everything a geek loves and needs. From all your DIY electric projects, to buying your favourite anime figurines – you will find it there.

I just saw this fun video over on where they follow the Akiba maids showing you around the maze of streets in Akihabara. It is something different, not many can say they’ve had a tour of Electric Town by their own maids. It’s a fun idea!

You can check their homepage for more information here:
To watch the video click the link here or the picture above which will take you over to mtv81’s site:

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Japanese TV Adverts #16

Here’s the next update of Japanese TV adverts. It’s the end of year speical. Among the adverts that can be seen your find some of the following: Nintendo 3DS, adverts from some of the big mobile phone companies, adverts for both Shinee and Super Junior’s latest singles to be released in Japan, and a lot more. Enjoy!

As always, please check out this YouTube user for more adverts:
Also check out older posts with Japanese TV adverts under the media category to the right of this post.

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Swedish Retailer Lagerhaus Establishing In Japan



Lagerhaus, the Swedish interior design retail company, recently opened in Japan. It has been present on the Swedish market since it’s first store opened 1996 in the city of Gothenburg in an old run down cinema premises. A year later, their second store opened in the Swedish capital Stockholm. Fast-forward to the year 2009 and the retail company had expanded to more than 30 stores in 19 different city and towns across Sweden. To date Lagerhaus now has 34 stores and an online webshop. A lot of the products that are sold in their stores are of their own design, meaning that the stores have unique products to the market.

Lagerhaus to Japan

For the last year Lagerhaus has been working close with one of Japan’s major retailer Uny, which owns the department stores APITA. One of the reasons why Uny has started to work with the Swedish retailer is because of their low prices of products sold by Lagerhaus. Another reason is that Lagerhaus sells a lot of home interior product, making it an attrative retailer to work with. Lagerhaus’ first store has opened inside one of the APITA department stores as a shop-in-shop, setup with a 100 square meter area. Since the store opened in October of 2013 another four stores have now opened, bringing the count so far to five stores, all working as shop-in-shop setups. Lagerhaus has recieved coverage in Japanese media with its Scandinavian design. One of the press releases from Lagerhaus says that Scandinavian design is one of the popular trends at the moment. Lagerhaus is to continue expanding in the Japanese retail sector with more stores on their books in the next year. They’re hoping to have 20 stores up and running in Japan.

Lagerhaus stores can be found at the following locations:

Stores that are now open

The next stores that are planned are:
Toyama Higashi

For more information about the stores, check out there Japanese homepage on the address bellow:

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