Japanese Manhole covers T-shirts from 47Regions

Japanese Manhole covers T-shirts from 47Regions Japan is a place of so many different and wonderful things to do and see. A lot of times when we are planning our trips to Japan we decide not always to have our whole day Read more

Kizuna Japanese subscription box

Kizuna Japanese subscription box This is a promotional post. We were offered the opportunity to try a new subscription box from Kizuna Box from Japan. Of course we jumped at the chance. We were given the option of two different boxes, Read more

Sakura Matsuri Stockholm 2017

Sakura Matsuri Stockholm – Cherry Blossom Festival On April 22nd was the annual cherry blossom hanami festival in Stockholm (“Körsbärsblommans Dag”), Sweden. It's an event organized by the Japanese Association, and we were very happy to see that they - once Read more

Top Japanese places to visit in London

Top Japanese places to visit in London In this post we have collected our top Japanese places to visit in London. The city has so many places that are connected to Japan in one way or another. In our top Read more

Best art, crafts and stationery shops in Tokyo

Best art, crafts and stationery shops in Tokyo As a person who love all things art and crafts I've hunted down the best shops that I could find during my travels in Tokyo. Here's a guide to my personal favourites. Read more

Cherry blossoming in Stockholm

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I have previously written about hanami, a celebration in Japan where people go out and view the blossoming cherry trees and enjoy a lovely time together. We dont have that tradition in Sweden (the Japanese Society in Stockholm have a cherry tree day), but we do have some lovely cherry trees in central Stockholm, and people appreciate their beauty just as much here.


The cherry trees now are blossoming in Stockholm and Kungsträdgården (the King’s Garden) has been transformed into a beautiful ceiling with pink cherry blossoms. After an extra long winter and very late spring, the temperature has finally gone up and people are now enjoying hot sunny days.


It was a few days ago that the cherry flowers came out in bloom in Kungsträdgården, and for those who want to see the flowers before they disappear should hurry, the flowering will only last for a week and there are only a few days left now.

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I visited Kungsträdgården on Wednesday and took some photos and filmed a bit. It was beautiful weather that day, and many had finished work early, so it was full of people who gathered in Kungsträdgården to admire the cherry blossoms and take pictures of all the beauty. People sat down at the fountain or in the grass, enjoying the sunshine and good company. It was a really lovely day!


Here is a video that I filmed there:

Do you have a place where you live with cherry trees?

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Japanese heat pads

Japanese heat pads

Heat pads to warm up your body

In Japan heat pads are commonly used. Most of the time theyre used for heating up sore parts of the body, like tense muscles, back aches and neck aches. Theyre also commonly used by people as hand warmers. Something we noticed on our latest trip to Tokyo, was that it was very common to see people with these in their hands while walking around in the cold. They are prefect to have in your pocket, as they take up little room and they hold heat for around six hours.

To acivate then, remove them from their plastic seal, and after a few minutes you will feel the heat.

There are some available with sticky backs that you can attatch to a piece of clothing in the area of where you are experiencing pain, like shoulder ache.

You can buy these ones in multi packs and theyre available from most discount stores, like Donki. Its a perfect thing to have with you on a cold day.

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Japan-loppis: Japanese flea market in Stockholm

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Last week me and a friend went to a Japanese flea market in Stockholm, arranged by kimmiko.se, where both compaies and private individuals sold old and new items. Japan-loppisen, as its called in Swedish, was at Aggregate in Sundbyberg, where there are a lot of cultural activities for young people.

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The queue to get into the flea market was very long, and even though we arrived only 30 minutes after the opening, we had to wait almost two hours to get in. People queing were mainly teenagers (and some parents), and a lot of them had dressed up wearing amazing lolita dresses, wigs and make-up. Some guys had also dressed up in ellaborate costumes.

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At the last bit of the queue was a dance group called R-10 performing K-Pop dance routines on stage (video at the end of this post) and opposite were a couple of tables with pretty lolita clothes for sale. Special guest of honour was model and designer Victoria Eriksson, known for appearing on Top Model Sweden and Project Runway Sweden. She was there selling her clothes.

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Finally we got it, and we could find clothes, mobile phone cases, bags, accessories, manga and anime merchandise, soft toys and many other things. There was a mixture of handmade, second hand and new goods. The tables were very popular and sometimes it was difficult to to see what was for sale at the tables, because it was so crowded.

The youths shopping there seemed very happy, as we saw a lot of them leave the flea market with bags full of stuff.

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The Japan-loppisen takes place a couple of times every year, and next time they have an event will be on 15 June, 2013.

Here is a video of R-10 performing at the event.

For more information about upcoming Japanese flea markets in Stockholm, check out their Facebook pages.

Japan-loppis sommar 2013: https://www.facebook.com/events/232099593596257/

Official Japan-loppisen Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Japan-Loppisen/181852625204076

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Music videos filmed in Japan #1: The killers

Music videos filmed in Japan

There have been quite a few music videos filmed in Japan for some well know and some not well known international artists over the years. Some of the videos have been Japanese inspired by using using different asbescts of Japan, other videos have purely used Japan as a  awesome backdrop to its videos.

Over the next month or so I will post some of the videos that I’ve seen on the Internet. Some of the videos are songs that I like and some are songs that Ive never even heard of or seen before I started researching.

The Killers – Read my Mind

The first music video is “Read my mind” by the rock band The Killers. The group is from Las Vegas, Nevada, United States and has four members: Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci Jr.

This video was shot in Tokyo with shots from Shinjuku video game aracde and a capsule hotel. The video was directed by Diane Martel. It had its premier on February 8, 2007, on the MTV show Total Request Live.

Check out The Killers website at http://www.thekillersmusic.com

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Potato Chip Grabber


Japanese Potato Chip Grabber

The potato chip grabber was something I saw on the Internet before one our trips to Japan. It was something I said I just have to buy it. It seemed like such a crazy thing and so Japanese. So while in Japan we found it at Tokyu Hands and it did not cost too much, so I bought it.

The idea

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With the help of this you can pick the potato chip up and enjoy it with out getting greasy fingers from the potato chip. It can be annoying sometimes can be annoying, like lets say if you are sitting at your computer and you don’t want to get grease on the keys on the keyboard. it also bosts 3 functions that can been seen on the picture.

Now it is a fun idea, but it seems like this product was a bit of an over think. It takes a lot more time to use and its not that much of a major problem using your fingers to pick the potato chip up. If you don’t mind a bit of grease, its not a big problem really.

The company behind it is Takmara Tomy who also makes lots of toys and gadgets. Its just one them ideas that is more thinking outside the box, maybe a bit far but then maybe not, since this product is now on sale in mosts parts of the world. I think most people, like me, buy it because its fun.

You may have seen this product on the show An Idiot Abroad 2. Karl Pilkington came across it when he was travelling in Japan.

Link to Takmara Tomy: http://www.takaratomy.co.jp

So what do you think of the Potato chip grabber? Would it make your life easier?

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