The changing face (and bodies) of fitness

Aug 4, 2016

The changing face (and bodies) of fitness

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There has been a recent trend among Japanese comedians to go big — with their workouts. Toshiaki Kasuga, Nakayama Kinnikun and Yoshio Kojima all incorporate flexing into their routines, playing up macho stereotypes for laughs. However, Shun Kaneko isn’t laughing. “On Japanese TV, when ...

Millennials shun 'old-school' television for the likes of YouTube

Jul 4, 2016

Millennials shun 'old-school' television for the likes of YouTube

A media revolution is taking place, and most people over 35 years of age aren’t tuned in. Millennials and their successors are shunning old-school television in favor of watching what they want whenever they wish on Google-owned YouTube or other video platforms like Dailymotion ...

Big in Japan? Faux Trump ad video goes viral

Jun 18, 2016

Big in Japan? Faux Trump ad video goes viral

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Donald Trump is tangling with Japan again. This time, the only nuclear weapons involved are the ones being launched in a viral video posing as a Japanese-made commercial for the Republican U.S. presidential candidate. The satirical video, created by American YouTube personality Mike Dahlquist, ...

OkanoTV

| May 24, 2016

OkanoTV

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In a light-hearted yet informative way, YouTuber Chris Okano (known online as OkanoTV) gives viewers insight into many aspects of Japanese society and culture — from the usual guide videos to humorous takes on the more more left-field aspects of this country. Chris is a ...

Breaker helps pave a new path to stardom via YouTube

Apr 17, 2016

Breaker helps pave a new path to stardom via YouTube

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In the days of Japan’s bubble economy, the second-level basement of the Fiction Building in Tokyo’s Harajuku neighborhood housed a decadent Italian restaurant complete with a grand stairway down to the main dining area, providing every customer the chance to make an entrance. However, ...

The Uwaga Pies

| Feb 16, 2016

The Uwaga Pies

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The YouTube duo known as The Uwaga Pies — Krzysztof Gonciarz, from Poland, and Kasia Mecinski, from America — use their channel to give English-speakers a peek into Japan. The pair originally tried to document every single day of their lives in Tokyo for about ...

Staff plug Miyazaki Airport with video dance

Jan 19, 2016

Staff plug Miyazaki Airport with video dance

A 2½-minute YouTube dance video created by the staff of Miyazaki Airport aims to draw more visitors to the city in Kyushu. “I am hoping more people will become interested in Miyazaki by watching both a beautiful sky and fun dance,” said Seiichi Fujimoto, ...