”Kawaii”-the every girl’s dream

By Mana - Last updated: 4月 16, 2015 at 12:41 am

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


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Laforet Harajyuku with new and renewed stores

By Mana - Last updated: 4月 1, 2015 at 8:28 am

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.






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.


Justin Davis



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!

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The 3rd WCDRR was held in Sendai Miyagi Pref.

By TERRY - Last updated: 3月 31, 2015 at 11:26 pm

“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.


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Hokuriku Shinkansen finally launched operation on Mar.14th

By TERRY - Last updated: 3月 31, 2015 at 3:45 am

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.


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The memorial service to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake

By TERRY - Last updated: 3月 31, 2015 at 1:12 am

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.

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US Ambassador Kennedy thanks the donor of the hina dolls to JFK after 53 years

By TERRY - Last updated: 3月 31, 2015 at 12:37 am

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. kennedyhinaningyouimages


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.

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The 20th Tokyo Girl’s Collection. 33700 fashionistas attends and hits the highest record

By Mana - Last updated: 3月 9, 2015 at 12:56 pm

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 theme of this year’s TGC was “Power of Fashion!” which was a good blend of 70′s, relaxed feminine, girly military, denim, whites and the most trendy items of spring and summer. image002

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!


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Japan Academy Prizes 2015

By TERRY - Last updated: 2月 28, 2015 at 5:27 am

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.

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The last BlueTrain finishing its operation in March

By TERRY - Last updated: 2月 28, 2015 at 4:47 am

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.


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Tokyo Marathon 2015 held, with about 36,000 participants

By TERRY - Last updated: 2月 28, 2015 at 4:01 am

“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.

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Node Uehara, a collaboration of food and living

By Mana - Last updated: 2月 25, 2015 at 12:47 am

Node Uehara, an unique combination of a mall and residence will open in Yoyogi Uehara, Odakyu line Yoyogi Uehara station in spring 2015. It is a very compact and the theme for this project is “food plus living”. While having high consciousness for food, ” making, eating, connecting” is the concept for those who want to achieve a high lifestyle.


The basement and the first flood has gourment restaurants, grocery shops and cafes with high quality ingredients.  The floors between the 2nd and 4th floors are available for DINKS and SOHO residences. With connection to other events, they want to spread the pros of Yoyogi Uehara to the world. Please feel the keyword “food” when you have the chance to drop by.


Node Uehara

2015, Spring

Address: Tokyo Shibuya ward, Nishi hara city 3-11-5, 11-11

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“Sazae-san Exhibition” at the main Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo

By TERRY - Last updated: 2月 24, 2015 at 9:38 pm

“Sazae-san” is a nationwide popular manga work being loved by Japanese people through generations. It’s special exhibition was held Feb.4-16 at the main Mitsukoshi department store in Nihonbashi Tokyo(http://www.sazaesan45.com/)


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The 20th anniversary of “1.17″,the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake

By TERRY - Last updated: 1月 30, 2015 at 11:21 pm

This year we Japanese people commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Great hanshin-Awaji Earthquake on the January 17th.  In the damaged areas, municipalities hosted special commemorative ceremonies and private societies also hosted events sush as charity music conserts and so forth.  Kobe City, Nishinomiy City, Itami City and others in Hyogo Pref,  Osaka, Kyoto and other rigions and areas in the western part of Japan keep helping sufferers and their bereaved  families of the victims.  ( http://19950117hyogo.jp/other/),(http://www.city.kobe.lg.jp/foreign/index.html)



Children who were born in that year of disaster now have come of age this year. TV shows, dramas, articles and even personal blogs featuring this anniversary and related events are around. Though all the places and areas have miraculously recovered from the damages and rebuilt so well, we still retain the sadness and would keep consoling the souls of the victims and strive for improving the situations for even better.




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“Ushiwaka-go” in Mount Kurama in Kyoto

By TERRY - Last updated: 1月 30, 2015 at 9:44 pm

A lot of people visited Kurama-dera temple on Mount Kurama for “hatsumode”,the first visit of the year in the fist couple of weeks of this year.  260px-Kurama-dera_sanmon

Whai is quite unique to the visiting practice of this temple is that there is a funicular railroad that is 200m  long. The cable roalroad connects the Mountain Gate station and  Tahoto(two-storied pagoda) station on the mountain side which is as steep as 27 degree.

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People who visit the temple use this cable car service and the car is called “Ushiwaka-go”. This name if from a historical hero. The temple is said to have been established in 770 and is on the top of the  Mount Kurama which is 584m high and located about 12km north of  the center of Kyoto City.  In 12th century  a boy called Ushiwakamaru who was a son of a powerful warrior who had lost and killed in a civil war and he was forced to live there to become a Buddhist monk by his father’s enemy. Ushiwakamaru, however, trained so hard to become a warrior to make an avenge for his father. There is a legend that he was so dedicated to efforts to be a strong  warrior, natural deities who lived in the mountain helped him trained him to become really strong. Later on, Ushiwakamaru changed his name and became Yoshitsune Minamoto, who was known as a great hero to lead troops to succeeded in completing his father’s avenge.  He was also a brother of  Yoritomo Minamoto, who established the Kamakura Shogunate, the first warrior- managing government of Japan in 1192.  Yoshistune was finally kiiled by Yoritomo and still is popular as a tragic hero.  The funicular car’s name is from Yoshitsune’s childhood name of Ushiwakamaru.

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Miyu Koike’s fan event of the first visit to Meiji Shrine

By TERRY - Last updated: 1月 30, 2015 at 8:34 pm

A young female idol Miyu Koike, who has become popular especially due to a TV show called “God Tongue”(http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/god/), hosted a special fan- meeting event  of  the first visiting of the year to Meiji Shrine in Harajuku Tokyo on the Jan. 3rd.(http://koikemiyu.cm-ent.jp/)


She sings “Nakimushi Princess”(/Crybaby princess) that is the theme song of “Anime mashite”, a TV show of featuring anime information.(http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/animemashite/index2.html) So, noe she is a popular singer and idol of subculture. This time she prayed at one of the most popular shinto shrine with a lot of  fans of hers for good luck fo the new year.

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