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Moshi Moshi Tokyo App

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Moshi Moshi Tokyo App

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is the go-to person when it comes to all things popular in Tokyo these days with this new app Moshi Moshi Tokyo that has just been released in the iOS app store. It’s available for both iPhone and iPad, but not Android as of yet. I think it is great for those that might like to have a guide book in a regular book size and then just having it on an iPhone or iPad screen is a big bonus. The app is available in three languages, English, French and Japanese. Kyary puts on her guide uniform and is ready to be your personal guide to all her favorite places around Tokyo. You’ll find a mixture of places to see and shops to visit, plus more.

Moshi Moshi Tokyo Guide book

Moshi Moshi Tokyo is also the name of her guidebook that has been available for some time now, but is sadly only available in Japanese. But it can still be a great buy, just for the pictures alone. We got our copy of the book from and we found it quite a cheap buy. But now that the app is here – and in English, I’m sure next time we are heading to Tokyo we will have it loaded up to our iOS devices without a doubt.

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The App

Once you have downloaded the app and you have opened it, you come to the library section where you get to chose what language you want to download. Note that it is only in English and French at the moment. I’m guessing that they will add Japanese later on. Here I clicked to download the English version. As stated in the App Store infomation about the app, you’re only getting a sample of the book, which allows you to read up to the first half of Harajuku station. In the future I’m guessing that you will either be able to download the rest of the book via the app library in sections at a set price, or maybe you will be able to download the book in its entirety, once it becomes available. The price and how the book will be available has yet to be announced.

App VS. Book

The app is a copy of the book, but I think between the app and the book is the interactive side to the app that somewhat wins over the book. Of course, that it is in English is great too. The interactive bits I’ve seen of the book so far are clickable boxes that pop up with more info about certain things (i.e. price of her uniform and more), rolling banners of what Kyary thinks of a certion shops, google map links to where the particular shop is located and more.

Final Thougts

I think if the pricing is right for the rest of the book I’m sure it will be a great success. I’m sure even if you’re not going to Tokyo you might end up buying just for all the stuff with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu in it. If you are going to visit Tokyo it might be a great read on the plane trip there, helping you to decide where to visit first once you get to Tokyo. The only negative thing I can think of with the app is that all the pricing, shop locations, opening times for different places are as of 2012, which since then might have changed, moved or even shut down, so it would be great if they could do a bit of an update to the information. If you’re unsure, it might be a good idea to do a quick check on the web to see if that place or shop you want to go to is still there.

The app is available from the app store now via the button below or search for moshi moshi tokyo in the iTunes store.

Check our other posts on Kyary Pamyu Pamyu via this link or use the tag Kpp or Kyary Pamyu Pamyu in search box on the left.

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Japanese TV Adverts #26 and #27

It’s time for another post with those crazy and wonderful Japanese TV adverts. Some of the adverts included this time are: a lot of adverts for different refreshment drinks, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu advertising a few different companies and products, a singing animal, that cute Soft Bank dog and a lot more for your enjoyment.

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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Music Video Filmed In Japan #8: DJ Fresh

DJ Fresh The Feeling

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 Feeling

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.

DJ Fresh offical homepage can be found via this link: 

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Japanese Candy Popin Cookin Sushi


Japanese Candy

Japan has a large and great selection of sweets (candy, if you’re American). Over the next couple of months or so we will be sharing some of the wierd and wonderful treats that can be found in Japan, and even bought online, for the worlds delight.

Popin Cookin Sushi

First up is one of the many great mixture packs from Popin Cookin. The best way to describe Popin Cookin packs are to the likes of making  your own sweets, a DIY project one could say. You start off with a few sachets that you mix into different compartments of the tray filled with water. You get all that is needed to make your sweets looking like sushi. If you don’t know Japanese then it might take a little time to figure out which sachet is to mix into which compartment. Thats where our making video below will come into hand for everyone that is trying to make their own Popin Cookin Sushi kit! We have made a step by step guide on how to make them correct, making it easy for you to follow and be successful when making them yourself.

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I would highly recommend these sorts of DIY kits for families, since what’s more fun than just eating sweets is making them first, of course. You can check out the manufacturers of Popin Cookin via this link: where you can find lots more of their kits that can be made. We got our kit from the UK company CyberCandy and it cost around 4-6 pounds from their store ( There are also a lot of other online stores that sell all over the world, so just do a search for Popin Cookin via Google for other places to buy them from.


We found it great fun to make. I think it was more fun making it than actually eating it, but that’s mostly due to that we might not be used to Japanese sweets in that way. We have a couple of more boxes from the Popin Cookins series to share with you in up and coming posts, and we also have other fun sweets to share with you all.

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Video of Tradition And Modernity Journey in Japan today

Tradition And Modernity Journey in Japan today

This is a video of A Journey Between Tradition And Modernity in Japan from Kyoto to Tokyo. The video is beautifully shot with some very nice scenes from both Tokyo and Kyoto. The video is showing two sides of Japan, the modern and busy city Tokyo, and more of the traditional side of Japan in Kyoto. Watch the video and enjoy!

Check out the YouTube site from where the original video comes from and for more information:

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