Yohio has released a music video for his song Hearbreak Hotel, the song he competed with in the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 (he finished in 2nd place, but was favourite to win). Yohio is very inspired by Japanese music culture, especially the visual kei artists, and the video was filmed in Tokyo.
Im very excited about Yohio and I really want him to do well in Sweden (and the rest of the world) because he is bringing attention to the Japanese music scene and showing people something that they are not used to seeing over here.
Yohio is signed to Universal Music in Japan and has worked with the Japanese artist Gackt Camu and the Japanese band Velvet Eden.
I love sushi. Its been my favourite food for years and something I buy when I want to treat myself. But I always knew the kind of Sushi we eat here in Sweden is no where near as good as the one you get in Japan. So it was a given I had to try real Japanese sushi the first time we went there.
We stayed at a hotel in Shinjuku, and a couple of block from the hotel I found a nice looking sushi place called Tsukiji Sushiko. Its on Yasukuni street, next to the English pub Hub. Tsukiji Sushiko have pictures of the sushi bites on display outside, and once inside I was presented with a menu with pictures, so all I had to do was point at whatever I wanted and tell them I wanted it as take away. “Take out” is what you say in Japan, by the way.
They asked us to sit and wait for the sushi, which is prepared fresh, and while we waited they gave us green tea. Such a nice thing!
The way the sushi was packaged surprised me. I was only having it as take away, but still it was wrapped like it was a special gift. They used a wooden box with a lid and laid the sushi bites on green leaves. Then the box was wrapped in nice paper and then put in a sturdy paper bag. Amazing! In Sweden the sushi just gets thrown into polystyrene takeaway boxes.
WhySoJapan is a blog all about Japan from a view of someone living on the other side of the world. After visting Japan a few times I was hooked. I was hooked on how it was so different to what I was used to. It felt so refreshing to start to just think different about things. Even though some things I just diden’t understand at all, I guess that’s what really got me hooked. It’s like learning something new in the beginning you don’t always get it, but the more interested you become the more you start to understand. Even though I still know very little about Japan, I’ve found myself hooked and I’ve got a passion for Japan and it’s ways.
In this blog I would like to share what I’ve ended up liking with Japan – from culture to music, from style to it’s cuteness and love of characters. I’m not saying I know it all, cause I dont. I feel I’ve just started to learn about Japan. But after visiting Tokyo a few times I think I could share tips and trix with the world of what I found was hard to understand from the beginning.
I would like to share my knowledge of what I have of Tokyo – from places to go to things to see and do and so on. I’ve been to different sides of the world, but it’s Japan that I’ve gotten hooked on and will return to it again and again. Hopefully by reading this blog I can share with you why Japan is so different and then you might understand WhySoJapan.