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Mass of Fans Break Barrier, Crush YouTuber at Japanese Idol Festival

9 Aug

TokyoIdolFest2016LogoBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

As Westerners we consider the Japanese as a polite people, but when it comes to a j-pop idol concert, that politeness quickly disappears. On one hand they may bow to you out of respect, on the other hand they have no second thoughts of taking you down if you get between them and their performing idol. YouTuber Storehouse Channel (保管庫ちゃんねる) was witness to such an incident on the 2nd day of the Tokyo Idol Festival, the world’s largest idol festival, held annually In the Odaiba and Aomi area.

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Wind Up Geek’s Cool Japan: Godzilla Appears at Tokyo Bathhouse

22 Jul

GodzillaBathhouse2By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Godzilla has appeared at a Japanese bathhouse in southeast Tokyo in a district known as the Ōta ward. The depiction of Godzilla as he appears in the latest film Godzilla Resurgence (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira), can be seen alongside a pagoda from Ikegami Honmon-ji (池上本門寺) temple and Haneda Airport, both symbols of Ōta ward. The five-storey pagoda is a structure that has been classified as “Important Cultural Property” to the people of Japan by the Japanese Government.

Mizuki Tanaka is the artist behind the sento (bathhouse) mural and is the country’s only female bathhouse painter. She apprenticed under sento art master Morio Nakajima for almost a decade. Tanaka’s mural was in collaboration with Ōta officials. Tanaka decided to paint Shin Gojira after discussing it with her family. The mural took 20 hours to paint.

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Sanrio’s Hello Kitty to Help Educate the Prevention of Heat Stroke

6 Jul

HelloKittySummerBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

The Japan Weather Association (JWA) has appointed Hello Kitty as this year’s ambassador in the JWA’s fight to combat heat stroke. According to the Ministry of Environment that oversees the JWA, more than 5,000 people have required ambulance services this year due to the effects of heat stroke. As a result, the Ministry has named July “heat stroke prevention awareness month” and are organizing four awareness events to be held in densely populated cities. The cities that will be hosting these events are Tokyo, Sendai, Kobe, and Fukuoka.

As part of the event original Hello Kitty summer greeting cards and heat stroke meters will be handed out, instruction classes in the use of parasols will be held, heat stroke seminars will be given, and products to prevent against heat stroke will be made available. Other activities are:

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Band Ja Naimon! Releases “Kimemaster” MV as Part of Pony Canyon Debut

9 May

BandJaNaimonCDBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Jpop group Band Ja Naimon! (バンドじゃないもん!) released the music video attached to their upcoming single “Kimemaster! (キメマスター!)”. The all-female idol group was transferred from Warner Music Japan to Pony Canyon in January, 2016. “Kimemaster! / Kimochi Dake Sanka Shimasu (キメマスター! / 気持ちだけ参加します。)” will be available for purchase May 18th and is the 2nd major label debut for the group formed in 2012.

“Kimemaster” is directed by Daisuke Kondon with animation by Yuka Ota and Akane Okamoto of pH Studio Inc.


 
Band Ja Naimon! will be performing May 17 and 18th at the Akasaka Blitz (赤坂BLITZ) in Minato, Tokyo as part of the Band Ja Naimon! nationwide Tour 2016 ~Teppen Mezasouze! Mushashugyo-hen~. Doors open at 6:15 pm (18:15) with show at 7 pm (19:00).

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