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“Sadako 3D” demonstration in Shibuya

By TERRY - Last updated: 日曜日, 5月 6, 2012

Sadako is a fictitious popular Japanese evil ghost of  J-horror  “Ring” series whose movie editions were also remade in Hollywood.

Sadako’s movie “Sadako 3D”was made this year for the first time in 12 years and is going to be released on this May 12th.   As a promotion event of the newest movie of the popular series, more than 50 women in  “Sadako’s costume” made a “parade” in Shibuya station area in Tokyo ,where they all took a pose of  jumping out of a TV monitor, on May 6th.

The parade was divided into three groups and they distributed “a letter from Sadako” to passers-by at Shibuya entrance, Shibuya MarkCity, and Moyai statue respectively. There were 12 kinds of contents in the letters. Some are written as, “This time I jump out of a screen, for I have got fed up with coming out of a well”, “See my new movie, or I will curse you, even you will see it , I will curse you anyway”, ” I have a surprisingly nice body. ” and others. Totally 10,000 letters were handed there, while  promotion trucks of the movie were driving around the town.A lot of excited young people took photos of the parade, some being shouting , screaming in joy or fear…

 

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Shibuya Hikarie grand opening

By TERRY - Last updated: 木曜日, 4月 26, 2012

A huge commercial complex called “Shibuya Hikarie” opened on this April 26th. http://www.hikarie.jp/ This new facility is adjacent to Shibuya station in Shibuya Tokyo, which is one of the busiest stations in Tokyo or even Japan.

The facility has 34 floors above ground and 4 below whose total floor space is 144000 ㎡ and consists of “ShinQs”, a commercial area having about 200 various stores and business area with “Theater Orb”, a musical theater, a disaster-prevention center of Shibuya ward, business offices. Some of the stores are restaurants,food shops, and so forth ,at one of which an ex Takarazuka actor gives advice concerning aesthetic matters to customers.

 

At the grand opening ceremony, the three presidents of Tokyu group’s companies that manage and support the facility showed up and conducted a ribbon-cutting and other activities. They are Chihiro Nihashi, president of Tokyu Department Store that manages ShinQs, Hirofumi Nomoto of Tokyu Corporation conducting a big project of  renovating Shibuya town as a whole, Atsushi watanabe of  Tokyu Bunkamura that runs Theater Orb. They have a strong intent to reinvigorate the town by launching this new store institution setting a target of  having 14 million customers in the first year and this is a part of  their “big project of the century” of renovation of Shibuya including constructing five new buildings, which is planned to be complete in 2026. This time’s Shibuya Hikarie is the primary part of the series of the new construction project.

Actually, my mother visited this Hikarie today, the very opening day, and found so many people there which made a surprisingly crazy situation, yet she received a special small gift as a token of  the opening at a Tokyu store near there.

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A new style Ginza-line train car “Series 1000” started operation

By TERRY - Last updated: 水曜日, 4月 25, 2012

A new train cars “Series 1000” of Ginza-line started operation on this April 11th.(http://www.tokyometro.jp/series1000/index.html)

A grand launching ceremony of the new car series was hosted at Asakusa station  on that day, where Emi Takei, a young popular female actor, clad in a station staff uniform, was in charge of  emcee who conducted  ribbon-cutting, giving bouquet flowers, and so forth. Takei is the image character

of “We are the Tokyo Navigator” the promotion campaign of Tokyo Metro.

The cars structure and the color of lemon yellow resemble the original cars’ appearances of Ginza-line when it started its operation 85 years ago. This time the first train of the new series cars departed the station at 12:11pm.  

The new series cars are operated as “Photo gallery Trains” whose cabins are decorated with old photos describing 85-year history of the line, the clock tower of the main building of Wako in Ginza 80 years ago, and others up to this April 30th.

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Hello Kitty shop offers dance-club atmosphere

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 水曜日, 10月 12, 2011

A Sanrio character shop opened in Tokyo’s Shibuya area in late September featuring a cool club vibe.

Club KT Shibuya, located in fashion building Shibuya 109, targets teenagers and sells about 1,000 items of merchandise mostly related to its Hello Kitty character.

Customers can browse everything from variety goods and cosmetics to accessories and compact discs as they listen to music and watch dance videos in shop decorated with mirror balls and spotlights.

Club KT Shibuya also has a DJ booth equipped with the latest turntable and mixer. “DJ Hello Kitty,” wearing headphones and a black dress, entertains customers at events, most held on weekends, and is often joined by guest DJs.



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Enjoy the cool breeze in the forest of Meiji Jingu Shrine

By Kikki - Last updated: 月曜日, 8月 8, 2011

Much cooler than other sightseeing spots in Tokyo

 

Free walking tour guide at Meiji Shrine

After the great disaster caused by East Japan Earthquake on March 11, foreign visitors to Japan have been decreased. Under the authorization of Meiji Shrine, I am personally participated in voluntary activity of guiding those foreign visitors in English around the shrine. Our activity is held once or twice a month regularly at the shrine. As usual we worked as free tour guide on August 7 to introduce Japanese couture while guiding around the precinct of the shrine.

Although, climate in Tokyo was really scorching hot on the day, and was the highest temperature recorded 34 ℃, once we enter the forest of Meiji Shrine we feel rather cool. The forest works reducing temperature here so it is quite recommendable for those foreign visitors to take a break in the shrine.

16 guides were participated to our voluntary activity on the day, including 7 new guides who had no experience of showing around the shrine. They try to learn how to explain sightseeing spots in the shrine through experienced guides while assisting to them.

 
New guides with a couple from New Zeeland & a family from Bhutan

 

Our team, consisting two new guides and I, could guide 3 parties from New Zeeland, the Netherlands, and Bhutan.

The first group from New Zeeland was a couple. They have been here when they were in honeymoon in Japan. The earthquake also attacked their country in February 2011 just before East Japan Earthquake. We exchanged consolation about the disaster each other. 

The four young people from the Netherlands were our second guests and new guides took a part of guiding around the shrine. The family consisting of four people from Bhutan was my next guests. Actually, last two groups started from the Harajuke Gate together, because there is no guide is available at the time. While assisting to two new guides, I personally guided the family from Bhutan. I had no experience to talk to people from Bhutan. They game me an information about their favorite wine in Bhutan when I guiding at the barrels of sake or rice wine. According to his information, it is similar to Shochu or a Japanese distilled beverage, made from grains of rice, wheat, and millet. It is a sort of home-made wines named ‘Ara’. We could really enjoy talking to them.

Why don’t you come and see us at Meiji Shrine when you visit our country.

Meiji Shrine (明治神宮,)

  

It is ,located in Shibuya, Tokyo, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken.

After the emperor’s death in 1912, the Japanese Diet passed a resolution to commemorate his role in the Meiji Restoration. An iris garden in an area of Tokyo where Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken had been known to visit was chosen as the building’s location.

Construction began in 1915, and the shrine was built in the traditional Nagare-zukuri or stream style and is made up primarily of Japanese cypress and copper. It was formally dedicated in 1920, completed in 1921, and its grounds officially finished by 1926. Until 1946, the Meiji Shrine was officially designated one of the Kanpei-taisha (官幣大社), meaning that it stood in the first rank of government supported shrines.

The original building was destroyed during the Tokyo air raids of World War II. The present iteration of the shrine was funded through a public fund raising effort and completed in October, 1958.

Meiji Shrine was brought into the flow of current events with the 2009 visit of United State Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. After arriving in Tokyo on her first foreign trip representing the newly elected Presiden Barack Obama, she made her way to this shrine in advance of meetings with Japan’s leaders to show her “respect toward history and the culture of Japan.”

In January 2010, German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle demonstrated the same respect when he concluded his visit to Japan with a visit of the shrine.

<Reference materials>

http://en.wikipedia.org/

 

For travelers from overseas

As a certified guide-interpreter in English and also a writer of the website “Cool Japan Guide”, I am very happy to introduce Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo. If you have something to ask, or need English speaking tour guide when visit Japan please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your kind cooperation, I am looking forward to your contact.

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Shibuya109’s Lucky Bags

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 火曜日, 1月 4, 2011

shibuya109 luck bags
As part of their 2011 New Year opening sales, several Tokyo department stores sold unique deluxe lucky bags. About 1000 girls lined up early morning outside Shibuya 109 to buy populer brand’s lucky bags of CECIL McBEE, SLY, moussy,W♡C and EMODA etc…

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6. Youth fashion stores come by the hundreds-Shibuya, Harajuku,Omotesando, Aoyama

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 金曜日, 2月 12, 2010
Tokyo Fashion Street

Tokyo Fashion Street

Even with the arrival of Forever 21 and H&M, there are countless independent fashion boutiques in the Harajuku area — all dedicated to generally insane forms of youth fashion.

Tokyo Fashion Street

Tokyo Fashion Street

If you count adjacent Shibuya, Omotesando and Aoyama into the region, you have the world’s largest fashion district: featuring basically every single major designer brand in the world.
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4. Street crossings are like a battle scene from ‘Braveheart’-Shibuya crossing

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 火曜日, 2月 9, 2010

4. Street crossings are like a battle scene from ‘Braveheart’

Shibuya crossing

Shibuya crossing

The scramble street crossing outside of Shibuya station is easily the world’s busiest, with a thousand people running into the middle of the street, weaving together in a huge organic mass.
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adidas Originals X STAR WARS

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 金曜日, 1月 29, 2010
Darth Vader at the adidas Original Shop in Shibuya

Darth Vader at the adidas Original Shop in Shibuya

adidas and Star Wars have joined forces giving fans of both brands a reason to celebrate a new era of interstellar style.

Darth Vader and some storm troopers arrive at the adidas Original Shop in Shibuya to promote the brand’s adidas Originals X STAR WARS collection.

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BAPE STORE Tokyo Shibuya

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 土曜日, 11月 29, 2008

BAPE STORE Tokyo Shibuya
At RISE BLD., 13-17, Udagawacho,Shibuya-ku,Tokyo
03-6415-6041
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Burberry Blue Label Tokyo Toyoko Shibuya

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 水曜日, 11月 26, 2008

Burberry Blue Label Tokyo Toyoko Shibuya
バーバリーブルーレーベル東急百貨店渋谷駅・東横店
At Tokyo Toyoko Shibuya store, 2-24-1, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
03-3477-4534  
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Burberry Blue Label Tokyo Sibuya Seibu

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 水曜日, 11月 26, 2008

Burberry Blue Label Tokyo Sibuya Seibu
バーバリーブルーレーベル西武百貨店渋谷店
At Seibu Shibuya store, 21-1, Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
03-5458-5882  
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