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TCY Radio On Block.Fm

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TCY Radio on block.fm

TCY Radio is part of Block.fm, an internet based radio station based out of Tokyo. Block.fm plays a vast mixture of music, including some of the following: reggae, hiphop, house, techno, electro, DnB and EDM. The station has a mixture of weekly shows and monthly ones. A lot of the shows are Japanese based, shows like: TCY Radio, Shibuya OIRAN warm up Radio, 楽屋裏Radio and more. Block.fm also plays a lot of import shows from the like of Carl Cox’s Ibiza Global Radio, Ministry of Sound Radio, Hed Kandi Radio and more. Block.fm is probably the biggest dance “radio” station based out of Japan on the net. It’s is not just an internet radio station, it holds different events all year around, like it’s block party at Clubasaia, where it showcases some of its DJs for the public’s pleasure, and for the last two years working with Burn to find the world’s next best DJ.

The Founder

The guy that started Block.fm and who has weekly shows on the station is Taku Takahashi. He is also part of the group M-Flo and works as a record producer too. His main show, and what I would say is the flagship show of Block.fm, is TCY Radio. He runs the show together with Takeru John Otoguro (TJO) who has other shows on Block.fm too. Taku is behind the record label TCY Recording  and he has also done many remixes for the likes of Calvin Harris and others.

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TCY Radio

I first heard of Block.fm after stumbling over TCY Radio show. Since I’m a big dance music fan, I found the show to be exactly to my taste. The show had a great mixture of all different types of dance music, which is a big plus since there’s something for everyone that likes dance music. The show’s two main DJs are Taku Takahashi and Takeru John Otoguro (TJO). Taku brings a great lot of energy to the show. He speaks both and English and Japanese, which makes the show even more interesting for the non-Japanese speakers out there, and at the same TJO keeps the tunes coming.

The show regularly has guests in the studio, from Japanese to international artists. The show has featured lots of mixes for the UK DJ Jaguar Skills and Taku Takahashi has a feature on a mini mix show called Jaguar skills and His Amazing Friends, which was a part of a late night show on BBC Radio 1 show with Kissy Sell Out. Here’s that mix:

From listning to TCY Radio you can hear that the show gets a lot of it’s influences from shows on Radio 1 in the UK in the way the style of the show plays out. Both the DJs complemets their show and both bring their own part to the show.

TCY Radio is live from Tokyo every Friday evening from 21:00 (9.pm) and because of time zones that means depending where in the world you live it will be on at diffrent time. For us in Europe that means it’s on Friday afternoon, but don’t worry if you miss the show, because they have a great archive of all the lastest shows that have aired, so just check it out there instead if you missed it live.


Taku Takahashi:

Takeru John Otoguro:

Another great article with in-depth about the start up of the station is from the Japan Times web site: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2011/07/07/music/tcy-radio-aims-to-revive-club-scene/

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Japanese TV Adverts #28 and #29

And here’s the next lot of fun Japanese TV adverts for your viewing pleasure. It seems like there is no let up on adverts out of Japan. I know here in Europe you see a lot of the same TV adverts for a month at a time, but it seems every week or so there is a whole bunch of new TV ads out in Japan. I guess it’s because there is such a bigger market, which is great for us, since we never get tired of them.

In this slection ads you can find: a talking robot from Soft Bank, an advert for Line Play (which is just one of Line’s popular cell phone apps), fun Super Mario ixed car ad, KPP’s new album, a fun robot dog called Hello Zoomed, plus a lot more!

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

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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 cdjapan.co.jp 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: http://www.youtube.com/user/JPCMHD
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: http://www.thedjfresh.com 

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