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Japanese TV Adverts #5

Here’s the next update of Japanese TV adverts. This update features adverts as normal: Softbank with the talking dog, an advert for AU (starring Kryary Pamyu Pamyu) which is also a cell phone company , a funny advert that uses cats as stars and more.

Please check out this YouTube user for more adverts: http://www.youtube.com/user/JPCMHD

Also check out older posts with Japanese tv adverts:

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That dog from the Softbank adverts


It seems to be common practice in Japan for companies that advertise to have some sort of mascot. Its an easy way for someone to remember the company. Like the dog from the Softbank adverts for example, he has become one of the most popular adverts used in Japanese media today.

Softbank Adverts

The adverts are based around the White family, where the dog, Otousan, is the father. The rest of his family are humans, including his wife and his two grown up kids. Yes, the dog has a human wife, weird right?

Otousan the dog’s name is Kaikun. The dog, who is a white shiba, seems be a lot of the time in a bit of a grumpy mood. but he seems to have a good eye for mobile communications, which is good since he is advertising for one the biggest mobile communication companies in Japan – Softbank.

Watch the adverts online

The adverts have also become very popular across the Internet, with sites like YouTube having most of the Japanese adverts from Softbank uploaded. But what makes this even better is that the person or persons that have uploaded some of the adverts to YouTube has taken the time to put in the English translation, which is great if you don’t understand Japanese. Some of the subtitled ones have for some reason disappeared, but if you are ok without subtitles they’re still great fun to watch even if you dont understand what theyre saying.


The adverts features some well known American movie stars, like Tommy Lee Jones and Quentin Tarantino.

Products with Kaikun

Kaikun has used his fame to sell someproducts. There’s been beer made with the dogs face on the bottle, and he has his own series of books, where you get to follow Kaikun during a whole day and you see what he gets up to. There will be a review of the bokk coming soon.

Softbank also sells a lot of products with the dog on – from mobile cases to bikes to speakers shaped like a dog and so on. Check out the link below to see whats available at the moment.

The softbank campain sites with different Otousan products:

You can see a video of the talking dog outside Softbank’s store in Ginza:

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Yamanote train line products

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Trains, a popular hobby in Japan

Trains is very popular hobby in Japan. When you’re in Tokyo you might find yourself passing a shop that sells something to do with trains, from the underground trains to bullet trains, and the product assortment is endless from post cards, puzzles, stationary and more. There are a few shops that sell the different products, shops like Tokyu Hands and Yodabashi camera selldifferent assortments of products. The products are not always all available in one shop, so some shops might sell one sort of train product and another shop something totally different.

Yamanote train line

The Yamamote line, which normally has a green strip on its trains, is one of the most popular lines in the Tokyo area as it circles the greater parts of Tokyo, and it also goes past some of Tokyo’s most important stations. The line is run by the JR East company. You can use either Sucia and Passmo pre paid tickets, and other tickets are available from the station ticket machines.

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Yamanote train line products

Because of its popularity, there are a lot of products available to do with this line, so you find a lot of different things.

During my visits to Japan Ive picked up a few Yamanote line products. One of them is a money box (photo at the beginning of this post) that I got from Tokyu Hands. This money box is shaped to look like the front cab part of the train and each time you put a coin into the slot the the train lights up and it plays a melody. At all Tokyo train stations there is a cute melody played for when the train is at the platform and the melodies are different from line to line. It sort of a happy melody for the most part. So this money box plays melodies from the stations along the Yamanote line.
To remove the coins from the money box there’s a slider door on the back of the train. The video below the unboxing I made of it when I first got it.

The other two products that I picked up from Yodabashi Camera are these two keychain music players. Each time you push the button it plays that station’s melody.

JR East official English homepage can be found on the following link: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/index.html

Do you have any Japanance train products if so share?

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Japanese TV Adverts #4

TV Adverts in Japan

Here’s the next update of Japanese TV adverts. This update features adverts for Softbank with the talking dog, a post is coming up all about that dog soon. The adverts also include a famous US actor and some video game ads. Enjoy!

Please check out this YouTube user for more adverts: http://www.youtube.com/user/JPCMHD

Also check out older posts with Japanese tv adverts: http://www.whysojapan.com/japanese-tv-adverts-01/http://www.whysojapan.com/japanese-tv-adverts-2/ and http://www.whysojapan.com/japanese-tv-adverts-3

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NHK World – Japanese news world wide

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NHK World

NHK World is a worldwide English language TV channel that focuses on news and current events. It also has a range of its own TV shows that can been seen both via TV cable networks and satellite TV. The channel is broadcast all over the world to 160 million households in more than 130 countries and also streams 24/7 via NHK’s World homepage where you can get updates of the news and even download Japanese lessons. The online stream is free of change and most of the content that is available on the site is also available for free. NHK World news shows fokus on world events too, using its own corresponds from all over the world.

NHK World is a great channel to keep an eye on news and current events from Japan. The site has many different sections and its easy to spend alot of time reading though the site.

Check out the NHK World site http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/

NHK World Premium Television

NHK World Premium Television is a subscription only service that is also broadcast around the world. The main difference is that you have to pay to watch it. The content is mostly in Japanese and it is a mixture of news, entertainment and sports. In Europe the service is broadcast under the name JSTV, and in the US you can find it using the name TV-Japan. NHK World premium can be compared to channels like BBC World News and France 24.


The company behind both NHK World and NHK World premium is the Japanese broadcast company NHK, translated to English it would be “Japan Broadcasting Corporation”. NHK has a few different TV services that are broadcast only in Japan. NHK TV channels are financed by a TV license fee, similar to a lot of countries. NHK was modeled on the British broadcaster BBC. NHK also runs its own radio station which can also been listen to via their website.

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