Sunday, June 29, 2014

Video: Vocaloid: Virtual Anime Character Hatsune Miku live in concert HD (Japanese)

Source: BlackRock Shooter, You Tube

"Through the sale of compilation CD's live performances, and collaborations with businesses, the popularity of Hatsune Miku has risen to that of living artists, and perhaps even beyond. Through the Internet, that popularity has spread throughout Europe, America and Asia"

Source: Vocaloids: Leading the way to a new music scene
Niponica Magazine page 17, No: 9, 2013

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Enjoy a foot bath on the Japanese shinkansen bullet train from July 2014

Japanese shinkansen bullet train Copyright Peter Hanami 2004
Picture: Japanese shinkansen bullet train 

¨JR East will launch the service in July, with one carriage on the "shinkansen" bullet train having two 2.4 metre-long tubs facing windows. Bathing is a ritualised and highly-prized activity in Japan and the footbaths are intended as places for passengers to relax¨

(see our video of a footbath on the street in Hokkaido, Japan here) Very relaxing!

Japanese bullet train adds footspa for passengers
March 7, 2014
The AGE Newspaper

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Why do Japanese high school girls wear face masks?

Japanese school students Copyright Peter Hanami 2014
Picture: Japanese school students 

¨high-school-age daughter wears one for a completely different reason. “She puts on a mask and sticks headphones in her ears so that people won’t bother her. It makes it harder for them to start talking to her.”¨

Why do Japanese people wear surgical masks? It’s not always for health reasons
By Casey Baseel
February 23rd 2014
Japan Today

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Japanese love hotels a must try when you study abroad in Japan

Japanese calculator Copyright Peter Hanami 2014

¨Japan's "Love Hotels" cater to almost every taste, offering a few hours of reasonably-priced privacy in a crowded country.And with the kind of occupancy rates that most hotels can only dream of, even during economic hard times, they are an almost recession-proof business.¨

Source: Afternoon delight: 'Love Hotels' booming for Japanese
February 17, 2014
The AGE newspaper