From the ordinary to the extraordinary, we will be selecting some of the best spots that Fukuoka has to offer, some of which are from our very own experiences. This second installment will be featuring: Yanagawa, Okawa River, and the Chikugo area, including Yame.
From the ordinary to the extraordinary, we will be selecting some of the best spots that Fukuoka has to offer, some of which are from our very own experiences. First on the agenda: The Momochi Area – home to Fukuoka Tower and Yahoo Dome.
Cat t-shirts and accessories coupled with a bag, cat ears that move based upon your brain activity, and cat tails. If you open the following link you can see a collection of cat pictures. After objective analysis, we will be exposing the reason behind why these past few years have been most ailurophilic.
“Tokyo No.1 Kawaii Radio,” aka “Kawaraji,” is the name of the FM radio program I host with voice actress, Uesaka Sumire.
It hasn’t been that long since I began this cultural diplomacy line of work but I’ve already managed to find my way to more than 100 cities around the world. I’ve visited a total of 23 countries and from summer I’ll add one more country to that list with my visit to the Republic of South Africa.
Northern China is a very special place for me. In January 2010 I visited Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province in northeast China. It may not be as big and well known as other cities like Beijing or Shanghai, but it does have a population of 20,000,000. It even has a direct flight route to Japan.
With a total of 740,000 copies distributed across Asia, including 540,000 copies to China, 120,000 to Thailand and 80,000 to Taiwan, “S Cawaii” has become a leader of the Asian youth fashion world.
“Sakurai-san is an otaku’s otaku, isn’t he?” I heard a young Japanese female otaku friend say to another friend. And it was right on the mark; I am indeed an otaku’s otaku.
I've written about Morning Musume and Hello! Project's connections to the outer world on a number of occasions in my previous publication, "J Pop Culture Observations"; my interviews with Ai Takahashi in particular receiving a positive response from people in Japan and all over the world.
From January 2010 I began focusing my cultural diplomacy efforts on China, and since then I’ve visited the country a total of 14 times. In April I went to Nanjing to pay a visit to Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology’s Media & Art College (established in 2008) after being awarded the position of guest lecturer.
In my new column, “Sakurai Takamasa’s JAPAN! JAPAN! JAPAN!” I’’ll be reporting stories and episodes of Japan’s growing connections with people and countries all over the world. For this commemorative first installment: my interview with the globally popular singer and voice actress, Minori Chihara.
Kawaii-loving French girls screaming “I want to be Japanese!” at the Japan Expo in Paris in July 2008 was one of the events that lead to the creation of the “Kawaii Ambassadors.”
I’ve been involved in pop culture diplomacy since December 2007 and this article I would like to reflect on some of the various turning points I’ve encountered in my activities thus far. More often than not, it’s not until a certain amount of time has passed that I come to realize the true significance of past events and encounters.
Haruko Momoi’s concerts are amazing. I’ve seen the singer/song writer and voice actor perform live in Mexico in February 2011, in Moscow in November and recently in Boston, and I have to say, her latest performance at Anime Boston was superb.