The Weekly Bulletin: Week 6, 2017
A belated Happy New Year and all that jazz! I hope you all have had a great holiday season and have made it into February still alive and at least somewhat intact. YJ and I headed to the US for a very, very, very brief trip over New Years. It was great! I ate bacon, grits, more bacon, raspberries, pulled pork barbecue, and plenty of other things I don’t remember but definitely don’t regret. Oh, and the scenery was nice, too.
- As much as I’m sure we’re all sick of Piko Taro and that darned PPAP song, there are some good things that have come out of it. Most notably, these two covers using Japanese traditional instruments and more.
Masashi Sada (a famous singer, composer, and actor) got in on the PPAP action:
As did the National Theatre, Tokyo:
- However, Piko Taro’s PPAP wasn’t the only song/dance craze of 2016. Singer Gen Hoshino made his acting debut in the TV series “Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku Ni Tatsu” (English titles: “We married as a job!” or “The Full-Time Wife Escapist”), which is a story about a woman who is employed as a housewife for a single businessman. I swear it’s less creepy than it sounds. Maybe. Anyway, Hoshino not only plays the boss/husband, he also wrote the theme tune “Koi” (“Love”) and created a dance to go with it. The dance went viral as couples uploaded their versions of it online. So viral, in fact, that the US Embassy in Tokyo (and consulates across Japan) made their own video. It’s worth the watch if only to see Caroline Kennedy dancing around in a Santa suit:
- Harajuku fashion staple FRUiTS magazine is set to end its print edition this year, after 20 years of documenting street fashion. The founder, Shoichi Aoki, stated there simply aren’t enough cool kids to capture on camera anymore. Whether he’s right or not, it’s the end of an era.
- I’ve been fortunate enough to do some traveling the past few months, and I have a couple more trips coming up in the next few weeks. I’ll be writing some posts about those adventures, but until then, here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come:
- I did a short piece about a trip to three areas in Gunma prefecture, complete with an awkward picture of me in the header (ugh). I’ll be doing more in-depth pieces about the area as there are so many interesting places to cover.
Do you have any travel plans for 2017?