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Monday, 30 January 2017 20:55

Travel to Hokkaido

Travel to Hokkaido

The northernmost of Japan’s four main islands, Hokkaido offers an unparalleled view of the country’s magnificent natural wonders. Many travelers and adventure seekers visit the island to witness its splendid landscape of mountains and trees. Hokkaido is a winter wonderland for snowboarders and a spring and summer escape for hikers to wander through its gorgeous greenery. Its powdery snow, rolling hills, fresh air, blue skies and fantastic food make Hokkaido a desirable destination for both Japanese and non-Japanese tourists.

Monday, 30 January 2017 19:05

The Heroes of the Himalayas

Heores of the Himalayas

The Sherpa: Mountaineering and Trekking Guides

We hear stories about mountaineers achieving incredible feats and overcoming the most challenging circumstances. However, none of this would be possible if it were not for the Sherpas, the Himalayan people living on the borders of Nepal and Tibet with superior mountaineering and trekking skills. These silent heroes serve as guides working behind the scenes to make the ascents of the Himalayan mountains possible. While climbing one of the lower Himalayas, Island Peak, Ron John Ostlund sat down with his climbing team leader and senior Sherpa to find out more about these world-class mountaineers.

Monday, 30 January 2017 18:51

The Chaotic Contrasts of Kathmandu

The Chaotic Contrasts of Kathmandu

KATHMANDU is a sprawling nightmare. A million people live within the city’s labyrinth streets. Buddhist and Hindu temples are peppered throughout the city, their crumbling ramparts propped up with timber and hastily constructed retaining walls. Ancient buildings lean threateningly to one side; the adjacent buildings are sometimes the only obstacle delaying their catastrophic collapse. Incredibly, people still live in these dilapidated structures. Some inhabitants squat, cooking their meager meals over open ames. Others wash themselves with buckets of water on crumbling second-storey balconies, unconcerned with the potential avalanche surrounding them.

Friday, 27 January 2017 07:27

BLOOD

BLOOD

Japan’s Somber Scandal Meets Musical Melody

From October 14 to December 18, 2016, the political thriller musical BLOOD hit the stage of The Complex in Hollywood. The stage play was inspired by actual events that occurred in Japan in the 1980s and 1990s surrounding a tainted blood scandal in which 2,000 people died from AIDS after contaminated blood was knowingly sold by a company in the U.S. to Japan. The production received rave reviews during its spring 2016 premiere and the fall 2016 production did not disappoint.

Thursday, 26 January 2017 21:59

Join the Night Shift

Don’t Drop Out to Make it in the Music World.

Join the Night Shift.

Students of L.A.’s Citrus College Mega Band, Night Shift, Join the Pro Circuit

ONE of the biggest concerns with higher education today is whether graduates can find employment when they enter the “real world.”

Thursday, 26 January 2017 20:39

All-4-One

All-4-One

The Dukes of R&B for 20 Years

With millennials suddenly embracing the nostalgia of their childhood, many former pop-culture figures are profiting from this newfound popularity for all things ‘90s. All-4-One is no exception. Their 1995 number-one hit “I Swear” was named one of the greatest love songs of the 20th century by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. With sales exceeding 22 million records worldwide, constantly touring and releasing new music, the GRAMMY Award-winning band released their 20th anniversary album, Twenty+, at the perfect time. Tokyo Journal sat down with Jamie Jones, Delious Kennedy, Alfred Nevarez and Tony Borowiak as they revisited their roots and discussed touring Japan.

Thursday, 26 January 2017 19:58

Design Festa

Design Festa

There is more to Design Festa than Meets the Eye

The International Art Event Design Festa, known as Design Festa, is a large biannual convention focusing on art, performance, fashion and music. Tokyo Journal discussed the event with Design Festa’s overseas public relations coordinator, Sarah Feinerman.

Thursday, 26 January 2017 19:18

DRUM TAO's Drum Art

DRUM TAO's Drum Art

Combining the Japanese art of taiko drumming with contemporary costumes and choreography

DRUM TAO has entertained over 7 million people in 500 cities in 23 countries, performing at 120 locations around Japan every year. The wadaiko (Japanese drum) troupe combines the artistic visual elements of a Cirque du Soleil show with the dynamic energy of a rock concert performed with traditional Japanese instruments. The group reflects Japanese tradition through music and dance, while incorporating Maori, Korean and Indonesian influences, and mixing traditional Japanese songs with modern compositions created by members of the troupe. In addition to taiko drums, TAO uses other instruments including the shinobue (Japanese flute), bamboo marimba, gongs and the koto (horizontal harp).

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:18

Tokyo Journal's Top 10 Rankings 2016 Final

Tokyo Journal's 2016 Polling Results

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What are your favorite things about Japan and Japanese culture?

You vote. You decide!

 

 

 

In April of 2016 Tokyo Journal announced the first ever Top 10 Ranking for the reader's favorite Japanese entertainment icons, food, pop-culture, and travel locations. Over the course of 2016 we asked Tokyo Journal readers to vote for their favorite things in Japanese entertainment, food, pop-culture, and travel locations. This first year proved to be successful with over 500,000 votes submitted by readers from all over the world. Here are the top 3 winners for each category and stay tuned for the 2017 rankings.

Categories

 

Japanese Entertainmant / Food in Japan / Japanese Pop Culture / Japan Travel

 

Japanese Entertainment

Japanese TV & Dramas

Best J-Drama Actress

 

1. Satomi Ishihara

2. Akari Hayami

3. Haruka Ayase

 

Best J-Drama from 2015-2016

 

1. Flowers for Algermon

2. Mysterious Thief Yamaneko

3. From Five to Nine

 

Best J-Drama Actor

 

1. Tomohisa Yamashita

2. Takuya Kimura

3. Kazuya Kamenashi

 

Best J-Drama of All Time

 

1. Nobuta wo Produce (2005)

2. Long Vacation (1996)

3. Hana Yori Dango (2005)

 

Best Variety Show

 

1. Smap x Smap

2. Momoclo Chan

3. Shabekuri 007

 

 

 

Japanese Movies

Best Horror Movie

 

1. Ring

2. Ju-On

3. Sadako 3D

 

Best Japanese Movie

 

1. Battle Royale (2000)

2. Seven Samurai (1954)

3. Godzilla (1954)

 

Best Japanese Movie Actor/Actress Worldwide

 

1. Ken Watanabe

2. Takuya Kimura

3. Takeshi Kitano

 

Best Japanese Film Director of All Time

 

1. Hayao Miyazaki

2. Akira Kurosawa

3. Takeshi Miike

 

Best Akira Kurosawa Film of All Time

 

1. Seven Samurai

2. High and Low

3. Hidden Fortress

 

 

 

Japanese Music

Best J-Rock Band

 

1. X Japan

2. The GazettE

3. Babymetal

 

Best Japanese Female idol Group

 

1. Momoiro Clover Z

2. Morning Musume

3. *C-ute

 

Best Japanese Female Singer

 

1. Miwa

2. Yui

3. Ayumi Hamasaki

 

Best Male idol Group

 

1. SMAP

2. KAT-TUN

3. ARASHI

 

Best Japanese Male Singer

 

1. Tomohisa Yamashita

2. Gackt

3. Jin Akanishi

 

 

 

Japanese Sports

Best Favorite Japanese Male Athlete

 

1. Yuzuru Hanyu (Figure Skater)

2. Kei Nishikori

3. Kohei Uchimura

 

Best Favorite Japanese Female Athlete

 

1. Mao Asada (Figure Skater)

2. Ai Fukuhara

3. Saori Yoshida

 

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Food in Japan

Japanese Food

Best Street Food

 

1. Ramen

2. Takoyaki

3. Yakitori

 

Best Favorite Sushi

 

1. Salmon

2. Toro (Fatty Tuna)

3. Tuna

 

Best Japanese Sake

 

1. Dassai

2. Kubota

3. Hakkaisan

 

 

 

Restaurant in Japan

Best Theme Restaurant

 

1. Kawaii Monster Cafe

2. Robot restaurant

3. Maidreamin Cafe

 

Best Japanese Fast Food

 

1. Mos Burger

2. Yoshinoya

3. Pepper Lunch

 

Best Kobe Beef Restaurant

 

1. Ishida

2. Houki

3. Wakkoqu

 

Best French Restaurant in Tokyo

 

1. Les Cristallines

2. Troisgros Japon

3. Joel Robuchon

 

Best Italian Restairant in Tokyo

 

1. Pizzeria Da Napolistaca

2. Elio Locanada Italiana

3. Bulgari ll Ristorante

 

Best U.S. Restaurant

 

1. Outback Steakhouse

2. Hard Rock cafe

3. Denny's

 

Best Izakaya (Japanese Pub)

 

1. Hibiki

2. Gonpachi

3. Nihonbashi-tei

 

Best Mexican Restaurant

 

1. Fonda de la Madrugada

2. La Jolla

3. El Caliente

 

Best Curry Rice Restaurant

 

1. CoCo Ichibanya

2. Manten Curry Rice

3. Curry House TIRI TIRI

 

Best Tonkatsu Restaurant

 

1. Wako

2. Maisen

3. Katsuzen

 

Best Craft Brewery

 

1. Miyashita Sake Brewery

2. Baird Brewery Company

3. Abashiri Brewery

 

Best Asian Restaurant in Tokyo

 

1. Asian Palm

2. Monsoon Cafe

3. Mango Tree

 

Best Kaiseki Restaurant (Japanese Traditional Multi-Course Dinner)

 

1. Gion Karyo, Kyoto

2. Nakamura, Kyoto

3. Ogata, Kyoto

 

Best Tempura Restaurant in Tokyo

 

1. Tempura Kondo

2. Ten-ichi Ginza Honten

3. Tempura Motoyoshi

 

Best Sushi Restaurant

 

1. Sukiyabashi Jiro

2. Sushi no Midori

3. Sushi Dai

 

Best Tonkotsu Ramen Restaurant in Tokyo

 

1. Ichiran

2. Shibaraku

3. Botan

 

 

 

Japanese Sweets

Best Sweets

 

1. Melon Pan

2. Crepes

3. Taiyaki

 

Best Wagashi Shop

 

1. Higashiya Ginza

2. Tokyo Mise

3. Toraya Tokyo

 

Best Bakery & Dessert Shop

 

1. Sweets Paradise

2. Rose Bakery

3. Ice Monster Omotesando

 

Best Chocolate Snack

 

1. Pocky

2. Choco Pie

3. ALMOND

 

 

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Japanese Pop Culture

Japanese Anime & Manga

Best Shonen Manga

 

1. One Piece

2. Fairy Tail

3. Full Metal Alchemist

 

Best Shojo Manga

 

1. Akatsuki no Yona

2. Kimi ni Todoke

3. Orange

 

Best Kawaii Cartoon Character

 

1. Pika-chu

2. Totoro

3. Rilakkuma

 

Best Studio Ghibli Movie

 

1. Howl's Moving Castle

2. Spirited Away

3. My Neighbor Totoro

 

Best Anime 2012-2016

 

1. Attack on Titan

2. One-Punch Man

3. Tokyo Ghoul

 

Best Animated Movie

 

1. Wolf Children

2. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

3. The Girl Who Leapt Though Time

 

Best Anime of All Time

 

1. Dragon Ball Z

2. One Piece

3. Death Note

 

Best Gotochi Character (Regional Mascot Character)

 

1. Kumamon

2. Funassyi

3. Gunma-chan

 

 

 

Cosplay

Best Famous Cosplayer 2016

 

1. Touga

2. Reika

3. Linda Le(Vampy Bit Me)

 

 

 

Japanese Fashion

Best Harajuku Fashion

 

1. Galaxxxy

2. Angelic Pretty

3. 6% Doki Doki

 

Best Women's Fashion Brand

 

1. Cecil McBee

2. Olive des Olive

3. Freak's Store

 

Best Japanese Fashion Brand

 

1. Comme Des Garcons

2. Junko Koshino

3. Kenzo

 

Best Female Model

 

1. Kiko Mizuhara

2. Mirei Kiritani

3. Rola

 

 

 

Japanese Video Games

Best J-RPG of All Time

 

1. Final Fantasy VII

2. Kingdom Hearts 2

3. Persona 4

 

 

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Japan Travel

Japanese Destinations

Best Theme Park

 

1. Tokyo Disneyland

2. Universal Studios Japan

3. Tokyo Disneysea

 

Best "Day Trip" from Tokyo

 

1. Yokohama

2. Kamakura

3. Mt. Fuji

 

Best Vacation Spot

 

1. Kyoto

2. Ishigaki Island

3. Nara

 

Best Famous Landmark in Tokyo

 

1. Tokyo Tower

2. Shibuya Crossing / Hachiko Statue

3. Tokyo Skytree

 

Best Distinctive Building

 

1. Tokyo Station

2. Nakagin Capsule Tower

3. Omotesando Hills

 

Best Area for Hot Spring

 

1. Hakone Onsen

2. Kurokawa Onsen

3. Beppu Onsen

 

Best Ryokan (Traditional Japanese Hotel)

 

1. Takinoya

2. Shuhokaku Kogetsu

3. Hotel Hanayura

 

Best Ski Resort

 

1. Niseko Grand Hirafu

2. Fujiten Snow Resort

3. Hakuba Happo One Ski Resort

 

Best Japanese Architect

 

1. Tadao Ando

2. Kenzo Tange

3. Kisho Kurosawa

 

Best Place to Visit in Tokyo

 

1. Harajuku

2. Asakusa Temple

3. Odaiba

 

Best International School

 

1. Tokyo International School

2. The American School in Japan

3. Yokohama International School

 

Best Language School

 

1. Sendagaya Japanese Institute

2. Akamonkai

3. Coto Language Academy

 

 

 

Japanese Hotels

Best Five Ster Hotel in Tokyo

 

1. Park Hyatt Tokyo

2. Palace Hotel Tokyo

3. Imperial Hotel Tokyo

 

Best Hotel for Young Travelers

 

1. Kyoto Guesthouse Roujiya

2. Nui. Hotel & Bar Lounge

3. Hostel Haruya Aqua, Kyoto

 

 

 

Japanese Leisure & Recreation

Best Place to Karaoke

 

1. Shidax

2. Big Echo

3. Karaoke-kan

 

Best Game Center

 

1. Club SEGA

2. SEGA GiGO

3. Shinjuku Playland Carnival

 

Best Japanese Festival

 

1. Sapporo Snow Festival

2. Awa Odori Tokushima

3. Gion Matsuri

 

Best Fireworks Show

 

1. Tokyo Bay Fireworks

2. Sumidagawa Fireworks

3. Edogawa Fireworks

 

Best Department Store

 

1. Mitsukoshi

2. Matsuya Ginza

3. Isetan

 

Best Shopping Complex/Mall

 

1. Shibuya 109

2. Roppongi Hills

3. Omotesando Hills

 

Best Art Museum

 

1. National Museum Tokyo

2. Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

3. National Art Center

 

Best History & Science Museum

 

1. Tokyo National Museum

2. Edo Tokyo Museum

3. Samurai Museum

 

Best Special Interest Museum

 

1. Ghibli Museum

2. Cupnoodle Museum

3. Sapporo Beer Museum

 

 

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Friday, 13 January 2017 21:43

Tokyo Journal's Top 10 Rankings 2016

Tokyo Journal's 2016 Polling Results

What are your favorite things about Japan and Japanese culture?

You vote. You decide!

 

ENTERTAINMENT
POP CULTURE
FOOD
TRAVEL

 

 

 

In April of 2016 Tokyo Journal announced the first ever Top 10 Ranking for the reader's favorite Japanese entertainment icons, food, pop-culture, and travel locations. Over the course of 2016 we have asked Tokyo Journal readers to vote for their favorite Japaneseentertainment icons, food, pop-culture, and travel locations. This first year proved to be successful with over 500,000 votes submitted by readersfrom all over the world. Here are the top 3 winners for each category and stay turned for the 2017 rankings.

Spanning across Japanese entertainment, food, pop-culture, and travel locations.

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