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PIKOTARO and Donald Trump Characterized at 2017 Sapporo Snow Festival

15 Feb

pikotaroBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

One of the biggest events of the year in Japan can be found in Sapporo. The Sapporo Snow Festival is held over two weeks in the largest city on the north island of Hokkaido, is the Sapporo Snow Festival. The festival displays giant ice and snow sculptures in Sapporo’s downtown area that are createed by artists from around the globe. The larger sculptures are built and later demolished by the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF). During this festival Sapporo hosts winter-themed events and offers tasty culinary delights.

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Starbucks Japan Announces 2017 Lineup of Sakura Drinks and Drinkware

12 Feb

starbuckssakura20171By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

President and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Japan Co., Ltd., Takafumi Mizuguchi, announced the 2017 line of sakura themed products to mark Japan’s celebration of cherry blossom season. Products such as tumblers, mugs and Starbucks cards will be available for a limited time through Starbucks Japan stores nationwide (excluding some stores) and through online ordering.

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Fairies’ Release First MV ‘Synchronized’ Under New Formation

9 Feb

fairiescddvdBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Japanese pop group Fairies (フェアリーズ) have released through their official YouTube channel their first music video under their latest formation. The video titled “Synchronized” is the first without member Fujita Maria and will be released as a single March 1st of this year. Fujita announced through her Ameba Blog early in January her retirement from the entertainment industry. Fujita expressed interests in studying for a career.

Fairies will be promoting “Synchronized” with an evening performance at Zepp Tokyo in Aomi, Kōtō-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture. The performance will start at 18:30 (6:30pm) on Sunday, February 19th. Those who are unable to attend can watch the performance through the LINE LIVE app. The viewing url will be https://live.line.me/channels/21/upcoming/979450.

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Major Japanese Retailer Expands to Canadian City of Vancouver

23 Jan

muji-storefrontBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

MUJI, a major Japanese retailer and brand, will be expanding to Vancouver, British Columbia with the opening of two locations. MUJI Canada announced earlier today that they will be opening a storefront location on Robson and another in Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. Both locations are to be approximately 10,000 square feet and will open sometime in late 2017.

MUJI sells minimalist products ranging from small appliances and stationary to clothing and cosmetics. The company has currently over 400 store locations within their home country of Japan and another 400 stores across Asia, Great Britain, Germany, and the United States. Three of those locations in Canada are in the greater Toronto area.

Until the store locations open, shoppers can visit MUJI’s pop up shop within the JAPANESE UNLAYERED exhibition at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver. To avoid long line ups for customers at the pop-up store, MUJI asks that shoppers register online with their company. The shop will be open from 11am to 7pm from Friday, January 27 to Sunday, January 29, then Monday to Friday through Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Another Japanese retailer, UNIQLO, is expected to announce their first Metro Vancouver location later this year.

Source(s): MUJI Canada, Kenneth Chan, Chuck Chiang, Vancouver Sun, and Daily Hive.

Photo Source(s): MUJI Canada.