If you’re in Japan right now and were looking forward to partying in the Shibuya streets with an Asahi and a kanpai, you’re going to have to put those plans on hold.Continue reading Shibuya Imposes No Drinking Rule For NYE
Great day for Nintendo fans with the news that the Nintendo Tokyo store opened today in Shibuya.Continue reading Nintendo Tokyo Store Opens
Planning a trip to Japan to see this year’s Cherry Blossom season but unsure of where to go and more importantly when? Check out this handy guide below which covers the major prefectures and blooming dates for 2018.
Halloween in Japan is going down and it’s jumped in popularity over the past handful of years where it used draw the attention of a few hundred to well over 100,000 in Tokyo. So if you happen to be in Japan right now and are wondering where to go to see the Halloween sights for 2017, then look no further, we have you covered.
We’ve mentioned Halloween before in previous posts but it really is an amazing place to check out the Halloween cosplay and fun that the locals get up to. It’s chockfull of people wearing crazy outfits and even more outlandish make up. Here’s a look at Halloween in Shibuya:
Date (unofficial): 30th October 2017
2. Ikebukuo Halloween Cosplay Festival
We recently ran a post about this very event, in case you missed it you can give it a look right here. Suffice to say that it’s another fun filled event which be loaded full of Halloween antics.
Date: 28&29 October 2017
Website: http://ikebukurocosplay.jp/ (Japanese)
3. Roppongi Halloween Parade
This will be a huge event as Roppongi is actually one of the first places in Tokyo that started the whole Halloween craze in the first place so no doubt they’ll be throwing a massive party! There’s parades, heaps of food stalls, cosplay, live music and loads more!
Date: 22nd October 2017
4. Kawasaki Halloween 2017
Kawasaki will be throwing a massive shindig with cosplay comps, food stalls, live music and a dance party. The theme this year is “LOVE & JOY!” which pretty much sums up the night.
Date: 29th October 2017
5. Tokyo Tower Halloween Night Fantasia
Even famous landmark Tokyo Tower gets into the act and festivities by throwing a massive event. The tower itself will be decked out in Halloween themed art and NAKED will be supplying an impressive digital art projection. There’s also free costume hire so you really don’t have an excuse to join in.
Date:~31st October 2017
Hours:18:00～22:50 (projection mapping)
6. Odaiba Fireworks 2017 & Halloween Beach Festival
If you want to see Halloween in with a bit more bang then Odaiba has you covered as they’ll be having a fireworks display as well to light up the sky. The fireworks show will be synchronised to music while having stunning Rainbow Bridge in the background. Food stands, a Halloween parade and performances round off the night and while you’re there, stop by the new Unicorn Gundam and say hello!
Date: 21 October 2017
Ticket : 5,800 yen~
7. Shibuya Otona Halloween Party
Not content with having a street festival, Shibuya joins the list again with another event they’re throwing for Halloween. Whilst the first event on this list is official, this is the official event thrown by Shibuya. It’ll be held at the Hikarie Building on the 9th floor and promises to be a less crowded event than the street party.
Date: 28th October 2017
Admission Fee: FREE
Website: http://otonahalloween.com/ (Japanese only)
8. Disney Halloween @Tokyo Disney Resorts
If Disney is more your thing then this destination has you covered. Halloween time at the Disney theme parks is always a fun event event with parades, themed food, music performances and decorations as far as the eye can see. And that’s just the parks, the various Disney resorts also join the fun and deck themselves out in true Halloween style.
Date:~31st October 2017
9. Puro Halloween Party @Sanrio Puroland
You didn’t think everyone’s favourite feline had been left out, did you? Hello Kitty receives the Halloween treatment as well courtesy of Sanrio Puroland. All the Sanrio characters have been given the Halloween makeover and been transformed into even more cutesy versions of themselves.
Date:~31st October 2017
10. Halloween Buffet @Hilton Tokyo
And lastly, for those with a bit more upmarket taste, the Hilton Hotel is getting into the act with a Halloween buffet loaded with an obscene amount of Halloween themes candy and treats which will look great on anyone’s Instagram account. Just take a look at the pic below!
Date: ~31st October 2017
Hope something in the list grabbed your eye and if yo do attend any of the events, we’d love to see your pics. Just drop us a line or make a submission and we’ll post them right here for you!
Source: JW Web Magazine
The Nintendo Switch has been out and selling for a few months now but even in its native Japan, people are still clamouring to buy one with thousands of people queueing for only a few hundred available in stores. Don’t believe me? Check out these pics from Tokyo and Osaka where not hundreds but thousands braved the Japanese Summer (read: hot and humid) for 250 units on sale at Akihabara’s Yodobashi Akiba department store.
And the thing is, these queues aren’t even for the Switch itself but like a lot of things in Japan, it’s for a lottery ticket to then have a chance at actually buying one!
— Eric_nishi (@bnr32nismo32) July 16, 2017
— めんたいこ (@mikesplatoon) July 16, 2017
— 島崎アキラ@黒猫 (@dango_3k) July 16, 2017
— スプラトゥーン攻略 – ナワバリ速報 (@nawabarisokuhou) July 17, 2017
— バンジョー&ベレス (@pazudorazera492) July 16, 2017
— たけ丸@真・秋葉原おすすめランチ (@akibalunch) July 16, 2017
And if Tokyo wasn’t bad enough then check out the similarly massive queues in Osaka where once again there were thousands for only 200 consoles!
ヨドバシ梅田のスイッチ200台にコレ 無理だぞw pic.twitter.com/ybjaOC8wlL
— ONOMA (@onoma_jp) July 15, 2017
Hopefully no one passes out while bearing the very hot Japan sun!
A view from another part of Tokyo, it’s Kabukicho! It’s actually part of Shinjuku and is known as the entertainment and red light district of the area. There are many host and hostess clubs, shops, restaurants, clubs and heaps more entertainment to discover.
Ever wondered just how busy a street crossing can get? Especially one of the most heavily used street crossings such as the famous Scramble Street crossing in Shibuya? You can see what goes down using the handy web cam below!
Here’s a live camera shot of Chuo Dori which is in the middle of Akihabara. Chuo Dori is one of the main streets with a ton of otaku stores on both sides.
Miss Hokusai is an absolutely beautiful slice of life drama from the 19th Century set during the Edo Period in what would come to be known as Tokyo. Production I.G have done a stellar job with this anime adaptation and crafted something quite beautiful with exquisite storytelling, music that captures the very essence of the time and artwork that is up with some of the absolute best.
The film adaptation of the manga tells the story of young artist O-Ei who lives with her father Tetsuzo also known as the talented painter Hokusai and a pupil of her father’s, Zenjiro. O-Ei has a particularly strained relationship with Hokusai as he constantly berates her and tells her that her artwork is not up to scratch even though she’s highly talented at drawing more risqué art with women and men. Zenjiro is also particularly adept at drawing sensual women. O-Ei has a very tight relationship with her younger sister, O-Nao who was born blind. O-Ei often takes her to a busy thoroughfare bridge where she describes the environment to her blind sister in great detail while he sister loves taking in the smells and sounds of the people around her. It’s worth noting that in the manga that the film is based on, the younger sister doesn’t have a big as role as she does in the film. The role was expanded for the film and the writers have done an outstanding job with fleshing out the relationship. You can clearly tell that O-Ei loves and cares for her sister very deeply. They go for walks together, all the while the elder sister describing the world for her younger sibling. It’s very touching and endearing watching them together. O-Nao lives with her mother in a separate dwelling to Tetsuzo, O-Ei and Zenjiro.
Tetsuzo also has a difficult relationship with O-Nao as he hates being around sick people because he fears them. This results in him hardly ever visiting his younger daughter. O-Nao loves receiving visits from her father and look forward to them even though half the time he visits her it’s usually because O-Ei has been prodding and hassling him to do so.
There are quite a bit of spiritual themes with many various apparitions seen by different people in the film which is something that is normally caused by a piece of artwork in the house. Tetsuzo is often called upon to examine the art and modify it to stop these “demons” or other visions to stop occurring and bring peace to the household. The themes vary in origin from Buddhism to Japanese mythology but they’re woven very tightly into the story and provide some of the most delicate artwork in the film. The film basically weaves in and out of their lives over a few years through different seasons and finishes with a nice written epilogue on the screen which wraps everything up, suffice to say, being a slice of life drama, it doesn’t always end well for all.
The film has completely stunning artwork and gorgeous animation and comparisons between this and Studio Ghibli are inevitable. However, after seeing it, I feel like it stands on its own and deserves it’s own merit. Ghibli is Ghibli and is perfect but this is something original and beautiful in its own right. Once again this film delivers some stunning 3DCGI that is used sparingly and definitely adheres to the less is more philosophy. The animation is sublime with the muted colour palette serving the time period well. You wouldn’t necessarily be expecting to see a swathe of brilliant colours but what you do get is a feast for the eyes nonetheless.
The music is beyond perfect while main instrumental song, Wind In Edo by Yo Tsuji still bouncing around in my head with its delicate string chords just absolutely beautiful to hear. And in fact the entire soundtrack itself is gorgeous, I couldn’t help myself and am listening to it as I write this review. Production I.G are normally known for more violent and futuristic fare such as cult classic Ghost In The Shell, Psycho-Pass, Guilty Crown and more but with Miss Hokusai, their experience in the anime industry shines through and gives them another classic. The only nitpick I really had with it is that it was too short at only 90 minutes long. I would have loved it for it to have gone for at least 120 minutes or even a bit more but then again, I love slice of life anime.
Thanks to Madman for review copy.
Final Score: 8.5/10
And so the trip comes to an end 🙁 But on our last day, we head to Gotanda to pay a visit to Culture Japan to pick up some new clothes and other bits and pieces for our Mirai Smartdoll. I then get all nostalgic and thank everyone for watching the J-Vlog and for sticking with me for the ride…yadda yadda yadda 🙂
THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR WATCHING AND THE SUPPORT…IT REALLY MEANS THE WORLD TO ME!!