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Harajuku happy times

Pharrell Williams song “Happy” has been a big hit all over the world. Some might love it, some not. At first I didn’t think much of the song really, it wasn’t going to a song I would buy. But its a happy and cheerful song, so I could see why others would like it. The song was first released last November, in 2013.

Music video

The original music video has lots of different people miming to the song while dancing around in different parts of Miami. The video has inspired more than 1500 videos from people all over the world to dance to the video in their part of the world. The easiest way to find all the inspired videos is to search for “Pharrell Williams – Happy – We Are from [name of the city]” on YouTube. This will help you find the city of choice. There is also a website that has a collection of all the inspired versions of Happy. 

Japanese version

I have seen a couple of diffrent versions of the video in Japan, but this one I think is my favourite video. The title of the video is Harajuku Happy Times and the video seems to be, for the most part, filmed in and around the trendy part of Tokyo called Harajuku. The video has a good mixture of different Japanese people of all ages dancing and miming to a part of the song. My favorte part is the sumo wrestlers, because they always seem so serious, but in this video you can see them smiling and walking to the song.

For me it was first when I saw this video that I became a fan of the song, and it is definitely this video that makes the song for me. This version of the video has it own YouTube channel, and also can be found on the following site: http://harajukuhappytimes.com There is not much about the video on the site though. There is a little section under “about” where can you read a little about it in Japanese.

Anyway, here’s the video below. Hope you enjoy it as mush as me!


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