Giant Cat Chewing Gum Commercial

22 de July, 2014 archived at Advertising

Fit’s (by LOTTE) is one of the most well-known chewing gum brands in Japan. Their TV commercials are usually pretty awesome. This time their new TV commercial features a giant cat!

Fit's giant cat

66 Doraemon Statues

21 de July, 2014 archived at Anime

66 Doraemon statues have recently shown up in Roppongi Hills, each one of them with a unique different face expression. If you are coming to Tokyo this Summer you will get the chance to see them if you come before the 24th of August.

These are my photos of the Doraemons at Roppongi Hills, always happy!

Doraemon Statues at Roppongi

Doraemon Statues at Roppongi

Doraemon Statues at Roppongi

Doraemon Statues at Roppongi

Doraemon Statues at Roppongi

Doraemon Statues at Roppongi

Doraemon Statues at Roppongi

Doraemon Statues at Roppongi

Doraemon Statues at Roppongi

Doraemon Statues at Roppongi

Doraemon Statues at Roppongi

Related post: Doraemon inventions that have become a reality

Godzilla in Tokyo Midtown

20 de July, 2014 archived at Cinema

If you go to the gardens at Tokyo Midtown before the end of August you will have the chance to meet Godzilla. Well, to be honest, you will only have the chance to see half Godzilla with an exact height of 6.6 meters (22 feet). The statue has been built to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Godzilla and also to promote the latest Godzilla movie, which is being released in Japan next week. Yes! Many movies arrive quite late to Japan!

Godzilla statue at Tokyo Midtown

Godzilla statue at Tokyo Midtown

Godzilla statue at Tokyo Midtown

Godzilla statue at Tokyo Midtown

Ninja Schoolgirls

18 de July, 2014 archived at Advertising

The new Suntory commercial for this Summer to promote the C.C.Lemon drink features Japanese schoolgirls with ninja abilities.

Summer Hail

17 de July, 2014 archived at Various

It’s 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) and near 90% humidity in Tokyo, it’s very hot! To cool off every Summer we have the “luck” to receive something known as “guerrilla rainstorms” ゲリラ豪雨, which are localized heavy rainstorms that come and go very quickly.

The novelty this year is that we are having “guerrilla hailstorms”. These are some photos and a video of a “guerrilla hailstorm” in Mitaka and Kichijoji 15 days ago.

guerrilla hailstorm

guerrilla hailstorm

guerrilla hailstorm

guerrilla hailstorm

guerrilla hailstorm

guerrillhyo

It’s impressive to see white streets at this time of the year. However this Summer hail in Tokyo can’t compete at all with the following Summer hailstorm in Russia!:

The Garden of Words – 言の葉の庭

15 de July, 2014 archived at Anime

The Garden of Words (言の葉の庭), is one of latest movies directed by Makoto Shinkai. For my liking Makoto’s movies are too romantic and slow. His only movie that I enjoyed was 5 Centimeters Per Second (秒速5センチメートル).

What really fascinates me about his movies is their artistic aspect, the scenarios are usually based on real places around Japan. Sometimes the artwork is so good that it’s not hard to confuse it for real photographs. These are some captures from The Garden of Words and the photo with the real place they are based on. All the action of the movie is set inside or around the park Shinjuku Gyoen.

The Garden of Words

The Garden of Words

The Garden of Words

The Garden of Words

The Garden of Words

The Garden of Words

The Garden of Words

Photos from imgur.

The Shrine That Cures Hemorrhoids

14 de July, 2014 archived at Traditional

Kunigami is a Shintoist shrine that is specialized in blessing its visitors to cure them or protecting them from hemorrhoids. In the shrine there is a big egg-like rock in a fountain and a statue of a hen. This symbolizes a hen laying a magical rock egg that will cure hemorrhoids. According to the ritual you need to squat and put your butt towards the egg.

Hemorrhoids temple

Hemorrhoids temple

Hemorrhoids temple

Hemorrhoids temple

Hemorrhoids temple

If you want to visit the “hemorrhoids temple” you can find it here on Google Maps.

Source: Itmedia

More about hemorrhoids and its kanji character in Japanese

Toranomon Hills

12 de July, 2014 archived at Architecture,Tokyo

This past week I have been working for a couple of days at Toranomon Hills, the new tallest building in Tokyo (inaugurated one month ago) after surpassing Tokyo Midtown. Toranomon Hills is 255.5 meters / 838 feet tall and has been built by Mori, the same construction company that built Roppongi Hills.

Unlike Roppongi Hills, this new complex doesn’t have a shopping area or a movie theater. It only has offices, several residential floors, two floors for conferences, many restaurants and a small area with a garden. The mascot of the building is called Toranomon (トラのもん) and was designed by the production staff of Doraemon.

Can you spot the Toranomon mascot in the following photos?

Toranomon Hills

Toranomon Hills

Toranomon Hills

Toranomon Hills

Toranomon Hills

Toranomon Hills

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Official website of Toranomon Hills


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