Now here’s how flashmobs go down in Akihabara. Nice, cute and orderly…just keep watching for the local police to show up and try to restore order 🙂
Now here’s another example of the power of makeup but this time it’s featuring a young male Twitter user from Japan who goes under the handle of @y_cute_ He’s well known to his Twitter fans as being a pretty boy and recently posted a pic of himself with zero makeup which he was applauded for.
— よきき (@y_cute_) December 1, 2016
He has also posted a video showing how to achieve the double eyelid look using makeup which shows the amazing transformation which he goes through to completely change himself. Have a look at the video below!
A mind-blowing futuristic theatrical experience from Japan
The multi-award winning Japanese phenomenon, SIRO-A, will bring their theatrical spectacular to Australia for the first time and exclusively at The Concourse from 10th to 22nd January 2017.
SIRO-A are renowned for their mind-blowing performances combining visual effects, mime, dance, comedy, puppetry and high-energy music in a spectacular feast for all the senses.
Taking the world by storm, SIRO-A has attracted millions of views on You Tube, sold-out shows across the globe including New York, London and Edinburgh, and wowed audiences with their appearances on America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent.
Described by critics as ‘Japan’s answer to the Blue Man Group’, the six performers in SIRO-A perform alongside technology to create a visual spectacular. A vast projection screen acts as a backdrop, and the latest video-mapping, light animation, laser effects and 3D video projection are utilised throughout the performance.
Each performance is divided into short visual sketches that seamlessly blend reality and animation, performed meticulously by the SIRO-A artists alongside two DJs spinning an electro soundtrack.
SIRO-A was formed in 2002 by six classmates from Sendai, Japan, who shared a desire to create the next generation of entertainment; outside the boundaries of conventional theatre and performance art.
Performing for the very first time in Australia, SIRO-A’s multimedia and family-friendly performances will transcend language and captivate audiences of all ages!
WHEN: 10th to 22nd January 2017
TIMES: 7pm on 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th; 8pm on 12th to 14th and 19th to 21st; 3pm on 15th and 22nd
WHERE: The Concourse, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood
TICKETS: From $29. Available from Box Office (02) 8075 8111 or online via www.theconcourse.com.au
SUITABLE FOR: Ages 8+ years
DURATION: 60 minutes
Here’s a quick look at SMASH! 2016 with a dash of cosplayers and general shenanigans thrown in. The video is courtesy of YouTuber, NifTiaz, who I’m happy to report will be doing similar videos for It’s Japan, Man! Give the video a look, it’s quite funny, cute and shows off SMASH! 2016 in a great way.
I don’t normally get too political on Japandaman.com but something has flared up recently that I need to have my two cents. The issue I’m referring to is it seems a lot of people aren’t happy with the casting of Scarlett Johansson in the lead role of Motoko Kusanagi for the Hollywood live action adaptation of Ghost In The Shell. Now granted that this series is an absolute cult phenomenon and even before the 2 season series and the recent new releases, the manga and the original movie are regarded as being absolute classics.
I for one am of the firm belief that even if the casting had gone with an Asian actress, people would still have their arms up in the air with the choice of actress, in that it wasn’t the actress they wanted. This goes beyond the whitewashing and into feverish fandom that often plagues these productions and classic fan favourites. Not taking anything away from whitewashing which is a real issue. So it’s with this mind that I found the following video from YouTuber, That Japanese Man Yuta, particularly interesting to see what the Japanese public thought of the casting decision.
Interesting and varied reactions, right? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the casting, the video or both.
I’m a huge fan of Hatsune Miku, probably the most well known vocaloid. I don’t profess to know all her tracks but what I’ve heard, I love.
It’s such a shame that she’s a virtual idol and not a real life person. I mean, who wouldn’t want their picture taken with the blue haired superstar? Well thanks to a new app, now you can. The app is on iOS and Android and is called Miku Picture. So now no matter where you go or what you’re doing, you can snap a picture with Miku chan!
I’d love to see your pics and don’t forget to use the hashtag #Mikuture if you grab a snap!
Source: AFA Channel
The weekend that just passed saw the commencement of the convention season for 2015 with Supanova rolling into Melbourne. Melbourne is the first of many stops for the Supanova train. Always attracting many Supa Star guests, this year was no different. From Christopher Lloyd from Back to the Future, George Takei from Star Trek, Charisma Carpenter from Buffy and Angel, Jason David Frank from Power Rangers and loads more!
A convention of this calibre is always a great spot for cosplayers to converge and show off what they’ve been working on, sometimes up to months before the actual event. They come from all over Australia to meet up and arrange photoshoots and make new friends. Here’s a photo album from the IJM Facebook page.
Japandaman was on site doing his duties for TV show It’s Japan, Man! along with co-host, the always kawaii Neko. This year IJM decided to put together a little cosplayer highlights video so even if you couldn’t make it, this video will give you an idea of the fun that went down.
Hope you’ve had a look at the photo gallery above, now here’s the It’s Japan, Man! cosplay video highlight reel.
For those that don’t know about Hachiko, a brief background. Hachiko was an Akita breed dog that used to wait for his master everyday at Shibuya train station. One day, his master, a university professor named Hidesaburo Ueno, passed away and never came back to meet Hachiko. Ever the faithful canine, Hachiko continued to wait everyday at the station for nine years until he too passed away.
A statue of Hachiko was erected at Shibuya train station which to this day is a hugely popular meeting place for loads of people. Now at the University of Tokyo, where the professor taught, a new statue was erected. The statue coincides with the 90th anniversary of the passing of the professor and the 80th anniversary of Hachiko’s passing.
The statue is a loving memorial with both dog and owner showing Hachiko happily greeting Ueno in a loving pose. In case you missed it, Hollywood made a film starring Richard Gere around this story, you can catch the trailer below.
Now here’s something you don’t see everyday…George Clooney is starring in a Japanese ad for Kirin beer as we speak. Hollywood stars making some spare change overseas is nothing new but what does stand out about this short TV spot is Clooney’s ability to sound like Batman when he speaks with just one word.
We ran a piece a little while back about the temporary store selling dedicated Hatsune Miku products at Haneda Airport in Japan. One of the more stand out features of the store is the life sized Miku statue that greets visitors.
The Miku 39ch YouTube channel recently posted a video outlining the process of bringing this amazing statue to life. You can see the hard work involved in the making of video below.