THE BUBBLE RUN in Chiba prefecture!
Aiming for the goal tape while being covered in foam bubbles that gets released from the bubble machine took place in Chiba prefecture Makuhari park. The running course is 3km long, as has 3 places with the bubble machines. It shoots out yellow, blue, and pink colour bubble, perfect for the upcoming summer weather! The participants enjoyed running through the bubbles. Because this is not a competitive running event, every person was able to enjoy this event.
After the goal, there were popular DJs and artists showing off their performance while the participants danced to the beat covered in bubble. This out door “bubble party” event was a great success with 10,000 participants.
The BUBBLE RUN will also take place on Aug.29(Sat) and the 3oth (Sun) in Osaka Maishima Arena. Unique fun runs is a great trend, why not enjoy the perfect blend of music and bubble!?
The second “Niku- Fesu”(/Meat Festival) in Tokyo is being held April 24-29, May 1-6 at Komazawa Park and May 1-10 at Toyosuna Park in front of AEON Mall Makuhari. (http://nikufes.jp/)
At the two venues in Komazawa Park and Toyosuna Park, various meat dishes from all over the world are introduced,promoted, and sold. A lot of shops are there and supported by world’s embassies and other associations which could be a “meat world expo”. the host Food Nation has a purpose of promoting cultures through foods and started the meat festival last year, which was so successful with 290,000 and 420,000 visitors to the events. Visitors can enjoy variety of meat dishes and enjoy food cultures of the world.
Jyojyuin garden in Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, which is usually closed to public, is being open for limited period bewteen April 25-May 13. (http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/lang/01.html)
The Jyojyuin garden is known as “The Moon Garden” and built about 400 years ago and a disgnated national place of scenic beauty in Kiyomizudera Temple that is a world cultural heritage site, which is quite popular and huge number of people visit on daily basis in Kyoto.The garden is called “The Moon Garden” with its beauty and included a lot of strange- shape rocks and stone oblects and shakei or borrowing background scenery.
The first Tokyo My Matsuri was held April.25-26 at Ueno park, which is quite famous as one of the best sites to appreciate beautiful cherryblossoms in spring in Tokyo. (http://tokyo-dance.jp/yousu)
This was a dancing festival and competitions of children’ dance teams supported by educational organizations and local commericial associations. About 50 teams joined the event and two teams of “SAKADO WINDS” and “dancecompanyREIKA組” won grandprix. I wass there on the 26th and ate some food at stall shops in the venue, The atmosphere there was quite lively and a lot of people were enjoying the festival. The second Matsuri is going to be held in Shinjuku on Oct.3-4.
The monthly number of foreigners visiting Japan achieved the record high in this March, reported JNTO(Japan National Tourist Organization) on April 22nd. The number reached as many as 1,526,000 which marked a 45 % increase of the number of the same month last year. The March’es number also prevailed the number of last month which was 1,380,000 and maked the record high which was also the first time to mark a number over 1.5 million.
The sources of this drastic increase are said to be the weak yen, relaxed visas systems, expanding scopes of duty free items, and so forth. The no.1 nationality to have come to Japan is Chinese (338,000, ＋83.7%), No.2 is Taiwanese(278,000, ＋33.2% ）, and No.3 is Korean(268,200, ＋39.6%). The monthly numbers of visitors from HongKong, Vietnam,US,Canada,UK,and Germany recorded high as of one month respectively.
Exhibition for girls who wants to be “kawaii”
A woman photographer “Edamame’s” aesthetics is ” girl’s cuteness can only be made by girls”.
Her first photo exhibition with the theme ” I’m going to turn cute, okay?” will be held on April 22nd (Wed) to April 26th (Sun) at Asagaya TAV GALLERY.
With the concept ” all girls have the hope to be cute”, she is going to exhibit photos where she posted online and exclusively for this exhibition.
She uses photography as a communication tool with the models and the girls. Being a woman herself, she understands deeply about women’s strong sense. She captures photos of models with their look as well as their instability of feeling crushed by pressure. That’s the beauty she sees in them.
Edamame exhibition “I’m going to turn cute, okay?”
2015.04.22（Wed） – 04.26（Sun）＠TAV GALLERY
OPEN 11:00／CLOSE 20:00
From 2015 Spring, Laforet Harajyuku renewed 30 stores with high end brands, new creators,and food zone (first ever store in Japan)! Not only limited to fashion, but includes the three of people, objects and things, which is the concept of the brands included this time.
BATTY GARAGE BY AYMMYS
The exciting thing is that from March 20/Friday, Laforet increased their limited shop “contenna” to 8times more than their previous size. They are showcasing what they think is interesting and whats it’s now and next. Justin Davis presented their new bridal collection on first floor.
Also, the highly waited ” The dress and tights store” opened, as well as “BANK” which focuses their concept on ” 100% Japanese brand clothing”. The “ROTARI PARKER” sells accessories that fools with your mind! It only looks like real snacks and food!
BATTY GARAGW AYMMYS is a selected store produced by “Aymmy in the batty girls” by Seto Ayumi.
At the beginning of April, a concept shop by the Harajuku street culture pioneer, NIGO will open. A shop produced by the hands of NIGO, includes not only creativity, but projects from his wide connections.
The highly designed and comfy shoes brand UNITED NUDE will open its store at Laforet.
The dress and thighs store
PUNYUS , produced by the comedian NAOMI WATANBE has her limited shop until April 5th. From small size to extra large size, it fits for everyone!
Lastly, the first every in Japan is the burrito specialty store called GYG. A nice snack after shopping sounds good, doesn’t? It seems like this Spring, you can enjoy Laforet in a different way!
“The Sendai Committee UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction” was held Mar.14-18 in Sendai, the capital of Miyagi Pref. ,which is one of the major damaged areas of the Great east Japan earthquake on 3.11 2011. (http://www.bosai-sendai.jp/en/)
The conference resolved a new policy of “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030″ to strengthen international cooperation systems. The first (in Yokoham in 1994) and the second conference(in Kobe in 2005) were also held in Japan, which may imply that Japan is a significant “key contry” when it comes to considering disaster-prevention policies in a huge scope of international visions. Sendai is not only the capital of Miyagi but also the economic center of Tohoku region (Aomori, Akita,Iwate,Yamagata,Fukushima,and Miyagi) and one of the three major Tohoku festivals “Tanabata festival”(/Star festival) in held on July 7th every year which is quite popular. At the 3.11 tragedy, Sendai was damaged especially its airport was, but now has miraculously recovered. At the conference the spirit and concept of “Omotenashi in Tohoku” (the warm Japanese style hospitality in the northeast region ) was referred to as well.
Hokuriku Shinkansen (The North-central Bullet Trains ) grand opened its full service (Tokyo-Kanazawa)on this Mar.14th. (http://hokuriku-w7.com/about/)
Hokuriku Bullet Trains started its operation partially just between Takasaki and Nagano in 1997 and Tokyo-Takasaki (Tohoku Shinkansen) and Takasaki-Nagano(Nagano Shinkansen) became a part of Hokuriku so that the line Toky0-Nagano began as “Nagano Shinkansen”, which is a part of the planned total line of Hokuriku line. However, this time Takasaki-Joetsumyoukou-Kanazawa line opened on the 14th and the “full line”(Takasaki-Kanazawa 117 km plus the existant Tokyo-Takasaki line). Another bullet train line between Kanazawa and Atsuga is also planned to be opened in 2023 to be a part of the Hokuriku line.
Now due to the launch of the new line, it has come to take only 2 hours and half ,while it used to take about 4 hours including transferrings. Since this new convenience of shortening time, Kanazawa, which is the capital of Ishikawa Pref, and is a traditional city of traditional cultures and history, now is even more popular among tourists. To tell the truth, I used this new Hokuriku Bullet Train line from Tokyo to Kanazawa just one week after its grand opening. The new Shinkansen “Kagayaki”(/ a Shine) was quite comfortable and other passengers seemed so happy and enjoying the trip as well. Though I had been to Kanazawa many times, this time visiting the city by Hokuriku Shinkansen was a fresh and exciting experience. Kanazawa is full of attractions with historical sites and tangible and intangible cultural things, such as Kenrokuen garden, The 21 Century Museum, gold leaves, Wajima-nuri, Kutani-yaki porceline ,and others and seemed quite lively and full of energy with the new attentions by the sightseers or visitors. I hope the attractions there will be recognized even more and more popular.
On this March 11th the national memorial service to commemorate the Fourth Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake was hosted by the government and the emperor,empress, PM Abe, the chairpersons of the House of the Councillors and the House of the Representatives, the chief judge of the Supreme Court, bereaved families and others were invited at the National Theater in Tokyo.(http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e-okotoba/01/address/okotoba-h27e.html#0311)
The emperor , prime minister, and bereaved families gave impressive sppeches there. Commemorative ceremonies of the fourth anniverssary of the unforgettable tragedy of the huge disaster were held in many places including the damaged areas all over Japan.
US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy gave a video clip of appreciation to the donor of hina doll set that was given to the late John .F. Kennedy, the-then US president 53 years ago this Feb.26th. C.Kennedy had long searched for the donor of the special present to her father before she finally found the person with the US embassy staff.
The donor is Ms. Taeko Matsumoto (92 yrs) in Kitami City Hokkaido. Hina dolls are special dolls representing ancient emperors, empresses, courtiers and their styles and are decorated on the Girls’ Day falling on March 3rd to wish for a girl’s good fortune and health. This time the dolls proved to be a rapport between Japan and US.
The 20th Tokyo Girl’s Collection 2015 Spring/Summer (TGC) was held on Feb.28th at the venue in Yoyogi. 33700 fashionistas attended to watch their favorite models strut the runway, as well as 303 media companies, which added up to 1,021 staff related members. This all hit the highest amount of attendants, and event staffs.
The show started off with Kiko Mizuhara, followed by Yu Yamada after her pregnancy. Rinka did he cat walk for the first time in 5 years, and finished off with BIG BANG; a perfect show all the way to the end to celebrate TGC’s 10th anniversary.
The first half of the show included RINKA with her brand MAISON DE REEFU, Tsubasa Masuwaka’s EATME、Yukina Kinoshita’s Avan Lily、Yu Yanada modelling forEMODA, and the first ever Miss Dior. The show continued in heat with a special appearance of the actress Kasumi Arimura, and the actor Sota Fukushi promoting their morive “Strobo Edge”. The first half of the show finished off with a dynamic liv performance by the comedian and designer Naomi Watanabe (PUNYUS).
The second half included BEAMS, with the hit comedian KUMAMUSHI singing their most famous ” attakaindakara” along with “Rusuun Gorerai” ‘s 8.6 second bazooka.
The actor Go Ayano walked the runway looking sleek and stylish.
The second half ended with the famous hair salon SHIMA ‘s hair show with an exciting performace by the BIG BANG!
The 38th Japan Academy Prizes 2015 was held at a hotel in Tokyo and The Best prizes were given to the nominated works.(http://www.japan-academy-prize.jp/index.php)
“The Eternal Zero”, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eternal_Zero)a work describing a zero fighter’s pilot killed in the war won the Best Picture prize and other seven best prizes, which was the first situation in the event’s history. Jyunichi Okada, who starred in that film won the Best Actor prize, also won the Best Supporting Actor prize with “Higurashi-no-ki”(/The diary of the higurashi cicada). Okada’s record was also the first one in the event’s history. The Best Animation Picture was given to “STAND BY ME, Doraemon”. And other works and staff won various awards there.
The “Blue Trains” are popular express trains with sleeping berths that launched operation in 1958. Most of the Blue Train series have terminated services due to decrepitude or old systems. The only remaining in service is “Hokutosei”(/The Polar Star) that runs between Ueno station in Tokyo and Sapporo station in Hokkaido. And Hokutosei, the Last Blue Train, is terminating its service in this March 14th because of aging and the need for JR to rearrange its railroad tables and systems for the plans of the upcoming bullet train services in Hokkaido.
A lot of railroad fans take travels using Hokutosei or take its photos sparing the short and precious remaining days of the Blue Trains.
“Tokyo Marathon 2015″ was held on Feb.22 in Tokyo. (http://www.tokyo42195.org/2015en/) That was the 9th of the annual events with about 36,000 participating runners.
The course covered some central parts of Tokyo starting at the front of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. Iidabashi~Hibiya Park~Shinagawa(turinig point)~Ginza~Azumabashi(turning point)~Toyosu(the Tokyo fish market is moving in here)~Tokyo Bigsight.
The runner of the Marathon Men finished first was Endeshaw Negesse from Ethiopia with the time record of 02:05:59 and that of Marathon Women was Birhane Dibaba from Ethopia at 02:23:15. The first runner of Marathon Wheelchair men was Kota Hokinoue from Japan at 01:30:21 and that of Marathon Wheelchair Women was Wakako Tsuchida from Japan at 01:46:28. There were some other categories of marathons in the event, all of which were popular. More than 34,000 runners successfully finished the total courses.