Tokyo Bon—the next “PPAP”—garners 40 million views in the first week!

16.January.2018 | MUSIC

Asia’s top artist Namwee, a Malaysian Chinese artist and composer whose C-pop and hip-hop tracks garner millions of views, teamed up with Asia International Film award winner for Best Actress Meu Ninomiya to co-produce the new viral hit Tokyo Bon.

Internationally active Japanese dance master Ukon Takafuji was responsible for the choreography, which takes the traditional dance culture of ‘Bon Odori.’ The music video has blown up online across Asia and is receiving much attention.

 

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Right now, the original “Tokyo Bon 2020” video and dance version combine to make 9.6 million views (as of January 13th). The views continue to grow at a rapid pace every day.

 

The video has been seen at a grand total of 40 million times across international video platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Weibo, Miaopai, Meipai, Touku, bilibili and more. It has also been picked up by overseas news media in places such as China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

 

The video lit a fire in Japan on the popular “Tik Tok” app used by young people where over 5,000 covers have been posted, mostly by young high school girls, amongst which the video is a huge craze.

 

 

Tokyo Bon 2020 Official Video

 

In the video, Namewee plays the role of a foreign tourist that can’t speak Japanese, together with a cute, Japanglish-speaking Meu Ninomiya who is dressed as a high school girl. The two of them sing together with the oriental music and guide is through various places in Japan.

 

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In the video, Namewee plays the role of a foreign tourist that can’t speak Japanese, together with a cute, Japanglish-speaking Meu Ninomiya who is dressed as a high school girl. The two of them sing together with the oriental music and guide is through various places in Japan.

 

We are shown aspects of traditional Japanese culture, with the climax taking Namewee to a sumo arena with a giant sumo wrestler who forces him to dance with courtesans, renshiji, ninja and more. The cast is also made up of famous Japanese YouTubers. The video is appropriate in the run up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as it takes on the mood of a Japanese festival by incorporating the traditional ‘Bon Odori’ which involves people lining up together in a circle to share happiness through dance. It displays the Japanese spirit of peace and harmony in a humourous fashion.

 

The lyrics play with nonsense Japanglish words which can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. The world has expressed how once you listen to it once, it’ll never leave your head, and have even called it Japan’s next legendary piece from Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen.

 

 

Comment from Namewee

“I respect the cultures of the world. Japanglish is considered very charming and telling by foreigners, so I used them in the lyrics of this song.

 

“I hope the idea to use Bon Odori, performed by Cool Japan TV, has the world dancing together, creates synergy, and breaks down the boundaries to create love.”

 

 

 “Tokyo Bon” is taking the world by storm right now, so be sure to check it out if you haven’t yet!

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    Ordering: In store or online
    Sale Date: February 2, 2019 – February 3 ,2019
    Available: At approx. 400 AEON and AEON Style branches across the Honshu and Shikoku parts of Japan
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    *Variety stock may differ in certain regions.
    *Taken from Michelin Guide Tokyo 2012~2019 /©MICHELIN 19-001

     

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    ◼︎Information

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    Daimaru Tokyo

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    InterContinental Yokohama Grand

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    ◼︎Information

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    Location: Matsuzakaya Nagoya, Floor B1F of main building

     

    Matsuzakaya Nagoya

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    TEL: 052-251-1111

    Website: https://www.matsuzakaya.co.jp/nagoya/

     

    Feeling hungry yet? When in Japan, do as the Japanese do and get your hands around a delicious ehomaki.

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    Cool Japan TV released another viral hit titled Tokyo Bon in collaboration with Malaysian hip-hop artist Namewee last year which currently has over 34 million views. The video acted as a bridge between Japan and the rest of the world, prompting people to post videos of themselves performing the traditional bon odori dance themselves.

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    The music video for Once In Your Life In Osaka -Osaka Bon- features popular Thai artist Room39 as well as bon odori choreography by Ukon Takafuji. The colourful video captures the excitement of Osaka tourism and the bubble festival as they sing in English, Japanese, Thai and Chinese.

     

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    Check out the video for yourself to witness the charm of Japanese culture.

     

    ■Information

    Bubble Festival -Osaka Bon 2018-

    Location: Osakajo Ongakudo

    Date: August 25 (Open 4:30pm / Start 5:00pm) / August 26 (Open 12:30pm / Start 1:00pm)

    Price: 1-Day Ticket ¥4,500 (Tax Included)

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    To celebrate the expansion, a curation page for experiencing world architecture has been set up in co-operation with internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. A new destination has also been added for people to go and visit a building created by Kuma in the town of Yusuhara in Kochi Prefecture. Bookings opened on July 31.

     

    Comment by Yasuyuki Tanabe (Country Manager, Airbnb Japan) 
    Experiences at Airbnb are a platform offering a chance for guests around the world to experience local charms and the passion of individuals. Hosts in Japan are able to provide true local experiences through Experiences which give a glimpse into Japan’s rich culture and attraction. By expanding the service, I hope to also promote to the world the hidden charms of regions outside the famous tourist spots.”

     

    Comment by Kengo Kuma
    Airbnb’s platform offers various experiences related to architecture that enable people to see architectural structures, from worldwide famous structures to locally unique ones. As part of that I have curated some local experiences offered by hosts who are rooted in their local region. As well as that, there are many structures I have created in Yusuhara in Kochi Prefecture, also known as the town atop the clouds, which I am extremely happy are now a newly introduced available experience on Airbnb. Travel is a treasure house of inspiration. I hope that by using Airbnb, lots of new inspiration will be born from exchanging and promoting to the people of the world Japanese culture and people’s individuality. Japan also has a lot of assets it can boast to the world. Anyone in Japan can become an Airbnb Experiences host, so I hope lots of people use this opportunity to challenge themselves.”

     

    ■Infotmation
    Airbnb (English): https://airbnb.com
    Airbnb (Japanese): https://www.airbnb.jp/
    Kengo Kuma’s architectural structures in Yusuhara:  https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/309981
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    * Airbnb, エアビーアンドビー, and logos are registered trademarks of Airbnb Inc.
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    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88541

     

    ■Information

    Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon Yukata

    Released: April 2018

    Available Stores: Premium Bandai, department stores, kimono stores and online stores in Japan

     

    Price:

    ・Yukata Set (Yukata + Tsukuri Obi) – ¥16,800 (+Tax) – 6 Designs

    ・Yukata – ¥38,000 (+Tax) – 7 Designs

    ・Obi – ¥15,000 (+Tax) – 4 Designs

    ・Folding Fan – ¥3,800 (+Tax) – 6 Designs

    ©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP・Toei Animation

     

     

    Yukata Fukubukuro

    Kyoto based traditional Japanese clothing brand KIMONOMACHI are selling yukata fukubukuro, or ‘lucky bags.’ There are several lucky bags to choose from, including one containing a single yukata, a 2-set which includes a yukata and obi, and 4, 5 and 6-sets which include that plus accessories. Part of the reason for the popularity of these bags is that you can pick from four sizes: Small (S), Free, (F), Tall (TL), and 2L. Choose from a variety of kawaii infused yukata!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/108656

     

    ■Information

    Website: https://www.kimonomachi.co.jp/

     

     

    Disney Princess Yukata

    Disney have released a range of yukata and accessories at five of their stores and online. The Ariel and Rapunzel are original designs that were specially illustrated for these yukata. No matter which you choose, all of them embrace the characters’ stories down to the tiniest of details. Pick one of these yukata and become a Disney princess this summer!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/113122

     

    ■Information

    Disney Original Yukata & Accessories

    Released: June 22, 2018

    Available: 5 Disney Stores (Tokyo Disney Resort, Shibuya Koen-Dori, Sendai Toei Plaza, Shinsaibashi, Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi) + Online

    Webpage: https://store.disney. co.jp/special/yukata.aspx

    *Please be aware that items may sell out.
    *The designs, price and release dates are subject to change.
    ©Disney

     

     

    Tokyo 2020 Emblem Yukata

    Summer 2018 marks two years until the Tokyo Olympics. Gear yourself up for the excitement this summer with these official Tokyo 2020 yukata, jinbei and accessories. Cloisonne design yukata with the Tokyo 2020 emblem on them were released on July 3, and the above indigo design will be available from early August. Both are stylish and come in a gentleman’s version and a lady’s version.

     

    ■Information

    Tokyo 2020 Official Online Shop: https://tokyo2020shop.jp/

     

     

    SCANDINAVIAN PATTERN COLLECTION

    This collection is a Northern Europe design project developed by Andfika for children. There are yukata for girls and jinbei for both boys and girls. The collection incorporates designs from three designers in Sweden and Finland. The clothes are a unique mix of Northern Europe designs and traditional Japan clothing.

     

    ■Information

    SCANDINAVIAN PATTERN COLLECTION

    Website: http://scandinavianpatterncollection.com/

     

     

    Did you like this list? There’s a lot of variation when it comes to yukata, so be sure to pick the right one for yourself this summer in Japan.

  • Ukiyo-e & Sengoku Busho Crest Limited Edition Soy Sauce Packaging

    18.June.2018 | Uncategorized

    Soy sauce company Marusen Shoyu, who are based in Yamagata Prefecture, are selling bottles of soy sauce with limited edition packaging. Get your hands on either the ukiyo-e soy sauce or sengoku busho crest soy sauce.

     

    Yamagata Prefecture has a long history of ‘dashi soy sauce,’ which takes regular soy sauce and adds stock like bonito and kelp which brings an exquisite balance of sweetness and deliciousness and deepens the flavour of the soy sauce. Aji no Daimyo Shoyu is a type of dashi soy sauce made with dashi bonito. It was developed 40 years ago and remains a best seller among customers.

    When the 2011 Tohoku earthquake hit Japan in 2011, Marusen Shoyu began to think up ways they could cheer up customers, locals and Japan as a whole from Yamagata by using their soy sauce. This is what led them to start producing dashi soy sauce. First and foremost was putting a smile on people’s faces, and so they used the great local ingredients at their disposal as well as delicious ingredients in Japan to enable people to enjoy a bit of luxury and brighten up.

     

    The new limited-edition packaging is linked to this idea.

     

    Ukiyo-e Packaging 220ml x 3 Bottles

    These make for a perfect souvenir outside Japan. The bottles are designs on the ukiyo-e pieces of Sharaku, a print designer of the Edo Period.

    Sengoku Busho Crest Packaging 50ml x 3 Bottles

    These mini bottles bear the family crests of Nobunaga, Hideyoshi and Ieyasu from the Sengoku period. They each have their own flavours and make for a great gift.

     

     

    Both package designs come with 3 bottles each containing 3 different flavours. The Aji no Daimyo Shoyu is made with bonito dashi to make a sweet and deep flavoured dashi soy sauce. The Kombu Daimyo Shoyu is made with a delicious and fragrant kelp dashi. The Tokugawa Shoyu, which isn’t made with dashi, has the same kick you’d find in a high quality soy sauce for sashimi.

     

    Try these soy sauces for yourself, you’re guaranteed to get addicted to each and every one of them!

     

    ■Information

    Ukiyo-e Packaging 220ml x 3 Bottles – ¥1,300 (Tax Included)

    Sengoku Busho Crest Packaging 50ml x 3 Bottles – ¥420 (Tax Included)

    Product Page: https://www.mrsn.co.jp/ukiyoe/index.html

    Marusen Shoyu Website: https://www.mrsn.co.jp/

     

  • Asakusa: Experience Amezaiku Candy Sculpting at Ameshin

    20.May.2018 | SPOT

    Tezuka Arts & Crafts Co., Ltd. will newly open Asakusa Amezaiku Ameshin in Asakusa’s district of Hanakawado on June 17, 2018.

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    The desire for a hands-on travel experience with people inside and outside Japan has been on the increase recently. That’s where Asakusa Amezaiku Ameshin comes into play which will serve as an expansion of the branch in Imado, Taito.

     

    Amezaiku is the Japanese art of crafting candy sculptures from heated sugar, most often into the form of animals.

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    The new shop in Hanakawado not only has a hands-on class for crafting amezaiku, but also original Ameshin products that you can buy to take home to make your own amezaiku. They also sell ready-made sculptures. The new shop is also closer to Asakusa Station than the previous, improving accessibility for travellers. The indoor space has been expanded to accommodate groups and school trips.

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    The old Amezaiku Ameshin in Imado will no longer be used for classes or amezaiku displays and instead become the company building and factory.

     

    Get involved and hands-on with amezaiku, one part of Japan’s rich culture, in Asakusa.

     

    ■Information

    Asakusa Amezaiku Ameshin – Hanakawado

    Address: Hori Bldg. 1F, 2-9-1 Hanakawado, Taito, Tokyo

    Grand Opening: June 17, 2018

    Running: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: Thursdays

    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Asakusa Station via all lines

    (10-minutes on foot from Asakusa Station via Tsukuba Express)

    TEL: 075-354-8511

    Website: http://www.ame-shin.com

     

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