Foreigners Get to Experience Japanese Pop Culture for Free! A Trip to the “Moshimoshi Nippon Festival 2014”.

2017-04-21   Events, Festivals&Events, Tokyo,


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Delivering Japan’s Latest Pop Culture to the World!


We took a trip to “Moshimoshi Nippon Festival 2014,” introduced in a previous article. As an event with the goal of drawing further appeal to Japan from the international community, there were plenty of foreign guests in attendance.
The event included fashion shows and a concert from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu on the live stage as well as booths where guests could enjoy presentations on things like nail design and fashion coordination.
What is it about Japan that the foreign attendees find so interesting? We decided to find out by interviewing a handful of the participants.

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Two women teaching English in Japan. The Japanese way of sorting trash is confusing

●Name:Mesiti、Jowa
●nationality:USA
●Time spent in Japan:Mesiti 1 Year
     Jowa 1.5 Years

TJ: What brought you to today’s event?
OP: It was free for foreigners.
We also wanted to see Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. She’s really cool and cute. Her cute style is really new for us.

TJ: What places have you been to in Japan so far?
OP: Mostly around Kansai. Hiroshima, Kyoto, Kobe, Osaka. Oh, we also went to Okinawa, Hakone, and Kamakura. The temples were really beautiful. There are so many, but no two are alike.

TJ: Are there any other places you’re interested in going to see while you’re here?
OP: Naoshima. We want to see the art museums there. Also Hokkaido, where we want to go to the Sapporo Snow Festival.

TJ: Was there anything you find difficult during your travels in Japan?
OP: It’s expensive to travel. Ordering food can be difficult, but since a lot of the menus have pictures on them, it’s convenient because you can still order food even if you can’t read the menu or don’t know the name of the food.

TJ: Were you surprised by anything when you came to Japan?
OP: Sorting trash is so complicated. I don’t think you would be able to figure it out if you just came for a visit.

TJ: What do you like about Japan?
OP: I love the food! It’s amazing how clean all the streets are.

アメリカ2組【Mesiti Jowa】

A high school student from Germany who likes the kindness of Japanese people

●Name:Rename
●nationality:Germany
●Time spent in Japan:It’s his first month as an exchange student in Japan.

TJ: What brought you to today’s event?
OP: I wanted to learn more about Japanese culture. We don’t have anything like J-pop or “cute” culture in Germany.

TJ: What places have you been to in Japan so far?
OP: I’ve been to Asakusa, The Tokyo Sky Tree, and a Tokyo game show.

TJ: Are there any other places you’re interested in going to see while you’re here?
OP: Mount Fuji. I’ve always wanted to go there. In Germany we don’t have any mountains that are so big and beautiful like Mount Fuji.

TJ: Was there anything you found difficult during your travels in Japan?
OP: No. Japanese people are really nice. If I ask them for directions, they always kindly tell me the way. It’s different from Germany (laughter).

TJ: Were you surprised by anything when you came to Japan?
OP: Not yet. I think there will be a lot of things that will come to surprise me, but I’ll do my best to have fun with them.

TJ: What do you like about Japan?
OP: The kindness of Japanese people. Japanese people are always easy to get along with and they’re always smiling.

ドイツ【Rename】

A model as cute as a doll who actually really loves Japanese history

●Name:Rose
●nationality:USA
●Time spent in Japan:5 Month

TJ: What brought you to today’s event?
OP: I love Japanese fashion.

TJ: What places have you been to in Japan so far?
OP: Osaka, Kyoto, and Nagoya. Kyoto was especially amazing. The Maiko were beautiful.

TJ: Are there any other places you’re interested in going to see while you’re here?
OP: Hokkaido… since I heard they have foxes there.

TJ: Was there anything you find difficult during your travels in Japan?
OP: You can get pretty much all the information you need on the Internet, so I haven’t had any problems.

TJ: Were you surprised by anything when you came to Japan?
OP: How Japanese people always make a line to wait for everything.

TJ: What do you like about Japan?
OP: Japanese food and Japanese history. I like The Tale of Genji from the Heian Period, and I’m also interested in the Edo Period. I also like how Japanese people are always so polite.

アメリカモデル【Rose】

REVERIE ROSE

Three visitors who came from Taiwan to see “X-JAPAN”

●Name:Bala、XiaoXue、Axi
●nationality:Taiwan
●Time spent in Japan: Tourists

TJ: What brought you to today’s event?
OP: We came to Japan to see the X-JAPAN concert, so we decided to attend this event since it was free for foreigners.

TJ: What places have you been to in Japan so far?
OP: We went all around Japan on motorcycles. The bikes were rentals.
I’d love to go to Hokkaido again.

TJ: Are there any other places you’re interested in going to see while you’re here?
OP: I’d love to go anywhere in Japan, as much as possible.
Everything we love comes from Japan, whether it’s anime, music, or any other kinds of culture.

TJ: Was there anything you find difficult during your travels in Japan?
OP: Once I ran out of gas on my motorcycle.
But when I told a fisherman in the neighborhood, he gave me some of his gas. I was really grateful for it.
We get most of our information from the Internet.
Since I can speak Japanese, I never really had any problems. But I look at a lot of sites and research everything very thoroughly.
Because both Japan and Taiwan use Chinese characters, there are a lot of things that we can understand even without knowing Japanese.

TJ: What do you like about Japan?
OP: X-JAPAN is amazing!

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