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    Posts Tagged ‘video’

    Utada’s US foray, part 2

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 May 26日 Tuesday

    Hikaru Utada (Wiki, the number of languages is impressive) is the most popular singer in Japan, and has sold over 50 million records worldwide (though most of that is in Japan and some in East Asia).

    After a long and successful career in the Japanese and East Asian markets, she has tried to penetrate the biggest pop music market in the world, the US (she’s born and partially raised in NYC so she is a native English speaker).

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    Her US debut album EXODUS in 2004 was a dud, topping the Billboard charts at 160. She has just released her second all English album aimed at the US market, This Is The One. And she has earned a network TV appearance on CBS’s 2nd Cup.

    I gave the album a listen at my local HMV, and unfortunately her second all English offering is very similar in flavour to her debut effort. Her voice is extremely well suited for J-Pop but not the US Top 40. And her naturally bilingual wordplay makes her (especially early) Japanese albums great, but she can’t unleash this aspect in a monolingual album.

    This Is The One has entered the Billboard Album charts at #69, which is an improvement from her debut album, we’ll see if this is the peak or she can gain word of mouth cred and air play to move up the charts. She also violates my sampling rules by heavily sampling Ryuichi Sakamoto’s classic tune Merry Christmas Mr.Lawrence. I’m all for sampling, but not when the new song basically freerides on the coattails of the original (even though this is sort of like a tribute/remix). Unfortunately, for me, her recent Japanese album was rather soppy and lame as well, so she hasn’t produced anything that I really like in a while. Maybe she needs to marry another guy who could be her father?  😛

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    Lotte Fit’s dance contest

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 24日 Friday

    Lotte the confectionary company is holding a dance contest on YouTube as part of its Fit’s gum campaign. Here are the original Lotte commercials which hooks you in even if it’s annoying.

    And here’s a real neat contest entry by high school girls (google hits here they come  😛 )

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    Eri Kiribuchi at the Worlds

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 22日 Wednesday

    Goaltender Eri Kiribuchi, born in Japan, learned hockey in the Czech Republic, and now attending Bemidji State University in Minnesota, USA, playing for the Japanese national team for the first time in her career against USA at the 2009 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Finland. She gave up 4 goals against the world champions in half the game in Japan’s 0-8 loss in pool play, she looks to be a key piece for the future of the Japanese national team as she is the only person playing outside of the country and in the de facto women’s elite league that is NCAA Division I.

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    Getting delivery? Make sure it’s sushi!

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 5日 Sunday

    TV commercial for Gin no Sara sushi chain.

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    Riccardo Patrese & his wife

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 January 8日 Thursday

    Former F1 driver Riccardo Patrese takes his wife out for a lap in a Honda Civic Type R at the Jerez Circuit.

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    福藤選手のPV サンプル

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 October 1日 Wednesday

    SHOKO さんが作成したベーカーズフィールド・コンドルズの正ゴーリーであり日本人初のNHL 選手である福藤豊選手のPV のサンプルです:

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    Day 4: Videos

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 April 19日 Saturday

    Videos from Day 4 of Division I in Sapporo.

    Hungary – Croatia:

    Japan – Ukraine videos.

    The official English site doesn’t have the game highlights but the Japanese one does (they’re slightly delayed because of the editing, but there’s minimal Japanese in the graphics, so I don’t see whey they don’t post them on the English site either..).

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