Takoyaki are small balls of fried dough stuffed with octopus. It was first popularized in Osaka.
I’ve tried a lot of takoyaki brands but nothing compares to Gindaco, the most popular takoyaki chain store across Japan, with branches in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and other parts of Asia.
Gindaco started its business operations in Gunma Prefecture in 1997. Just a year later, it opened its first store in Tokyo (Nakano ward).
The Gindaco in Harajuku
Basic Takoyaki (¥ 550 / 8 pcs)
Takoyaki are brushed with takoyaki sauce, drizzled with mayonnaise and sprinkled with shaved green laver and dried bonito.
Oishi desu ne!
- Outside is super crispy from the grill
- Inside is soft and moist
- Best takoyaki you’ll ever taste
MANILA, Philippines – Hollywood A-lister Sarah Jessica Parker is coming to Manila to grace the opening of SM Aura Premier in Taguig City on May 16.
Parker is known for her role as Carrie Bradshaw in the American TV series “Sex and the City”. She is scheduled to arrive in Manila on Tuesday night, May 14.
We all have our Hollywood idols and meeting them is surreal.
While covering the Japanese premiere of “Oblivion” at Roppongi Hills Arena in Tokyo last May 8, something unexpected has happened to me.
first international coverage. Thank you, Papa God!
crossing the line. Tom Cruise to me: “Come here, come here. You should stand here (pointing at the white carpet).”
I should have been more professional but how can I say NO to a Hollywood superstar?!
hugging tom. The best five seconds of my life!
(Photo credit: Toru Hanai/REUTERS)
TOKYO, Japan – Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise, model-turned-actress Olga Kurylenko and director Joseph Kosinski graced the Japanese premiere of their latest film “Oblivion” last May 8 at Roppongi Hills Arena in Tokyo.
Cruise spent two hours on the white carpet signing autographs and posing for photos with his Japanese fans and supporters.
Distributed by Universal Pictures, this sci-fi action film will be showing in cinemas on May 31.
(Photos by Florenda Corpuz)
E-mook (magazine + book) is a popular promotional reading material in Japan. Actually, it’s more of a catalog, which features the latest collaboration between leading fashion magazines and well-known fashion brands and designers.
Why e-mook is in demand?
Shoppers, especially women, love e-mook because of the premium gifts that come with every copy. Most of the time, the freebies are mirrors, tote bags, organizers and pouches. It’s widely available in Japanese bookstores like Tsutaya, Kinokuniya and Suharaya at a bargain price.
Got myself a Furla e-mook for ¥1,500.
What’s inside the box?
Furla candy bag that packs a lot. Love it!
TOKYO, Japan - Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko and Director Joseph Kosinski attended the ‘Oblivion’ press conference at Ritz Carlton Tokyo on May 7.
The movie will hit theaters on May 31.
(Photos courtesy of Universal Pictures)
TOKYO, Japan - Tom Cruise arrived at Haneda Airport on Monday, May 6 to attend the premiere of his latest movie “Oblivion”.
(Photos courtesy of Universal Pictures)
FamilyMart, the popular Japanese convenience store chain is finally in the Philippines!
The store opened its first branch on the ground floor of Glorietta 3 in Makati City last April, offering ready-made favorites like chicken adobo rice, katsudon, sushi trays, California maki and cold noodles, Japanese products including Meiji chocolates, Nissin cup noodles and other everyday staples.
Family Mart Philippines is a joint venture of Stores Specialists, Inc. and Ayala Land, Inc., with Japanese companies Itochu Corp. and Family Mart Co.
Family Mart began business in Sayama, Saitama, Japan in 1973.
The Tokyo-Manila Jazz and Arts Festival will be held at Solaire Resort and Casino from May 9-11.
Performers include jazz superstars CHARITO, Makoto Ozone, Gene Jackson, AMP BIG BAND, Kengo Nakamura, Yuki Arimasa, Art Manuntag, Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, Yoshio “Chin” Suzuki, Hiroshi Murakami, Tess Salientes, Dave Harder, Jorge San Jose, Skarlet, Jeannie Tiongco and the Philippine Youth Symphony Band.
May 8 - 2PM Press Conference | Executive Lounge 14F
May 9 - 6PM Concert Day 1 | Eclipse
May 10 - 7PM Concert Day 2 | Ballroom
May 11- 2PM Workshop | Function Room
For tickets, visit http://bit.ly/TMJAticketworld.
I will never get tired doing the touristy thing in Tokyo.
After covering the “9th Mr. & Ms. Thai-Philippines in Japan” held at Camellia Hall in Kameido, boyfriend drove me to some of Tokyo’s most fashionable places - Ginza, Omotesando, Harajuku and Shibuya, where we walked around, took pictures and enjoyed the beautiful spring weather.
First stop: Ginza. It is considered as one of the most luxurious shopping districts in the world.
Second stop: Harajuku, where the old and the new Japan meet and blend for your senses.
Last stop: Shibuya, the fun and fashionable place for the Japanese youth.
Samuel Lloyd Lacia Milby was born on May 23, 1984 in Ohio, U.S.A. He launched his show biz career in 2005 after being evicted from the Pinoy Big Brother House. One of the priced talents of ABS-CBN, Sam continued to make his mark in television shows and movies like “ASAP”, “Maging Sino Ka Man”, “You Got Me”, “And I Love You So” and “Babe, I Love You”.
After almost two years of being inactive in Philippine show biz, 2013 indeed stands to be an exciting and hectic year for rockoustic heartthrob Sam Milby. With multiple projects on his hands, he is as busy now as he was when he first came out of the Pinoy Big Brother house.
Sam is currently headlining ABS-CBN’s top rating romantic comedy primetime soap “Kahit Konting Pagtingin”, also starring Angeline Quinto and Paulo Avelino, where he is tagged “Comedy Romantic Heartthrob”. The camera also started rolling for “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala” – another primetime soap with Judy Ann Santos and KC Concepcion.
“It’s a dream come true. You will see a totally different Sam in this teleserye that’s why I feel challenged and excited at the same time,” said the rockoustic heartthrob.
Sam finished shooting for “Death March”, his fourth independently produced film slated for release on the big screen this year. The film also brought out another challenging yet refreshing character for him co-starring Zanjoe Marudo, Jason Abalos and many others. In June, Sam will start shooting for a new movie project with former girlfriend and love team partner Anne Curtis under Star Cinema.
Despite his busy schedule, Sam still managed to record the theme song of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla’s launching movie “Must Be Love”. He was Star Cinema’s first choice to sing the theme. He also sang the summer station ID theme song of his home network.
Last year, “Hindi Kita Iiwan” his first single from the latest album “Be Mine” under Star Records, won Best Ballad in the 26th Awit Awards. It was one of Sam’s greatest dreams, to have an Awit Award trophy. His music will soon be heard overseas, as he prepares to release another solo album under Star Records to be marketed in other Asian countries.
Sam’s solid fan following consists of various groups that stretch from the Philippines to countries around the globe making him one of the most followed Filipino male celebrities on Twitter (2.2 million followers as of January 2013).
The Philippines’ one and only “Rockoustic Heartthrob” remains to be one of the most versatile and most admired male personalities in the entertainment circle.
Sam Milby in Japan
Sam has a huge fan following in Japan. Being a kapamilya and former KDDI endorser, he has held numerous concerts across the country together with Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz, Jericho Rosales, Bea Alonzo, Pokwang and other ABS-CBN stars.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng suporta na binibigay ng mga Pinoy hindi lang sa Pilipinas kundi pati sa mga nasa ibang bansa lalo na sa Japan. Isa sa mga favorite countries ko ang Japan and whenever I go there sobrang warm ninyo hindi lang pag may shows ako. When I go around sobrang friendly ninyong lahat. Thank you sa lahat ng TFC subscribers na sumuporta sa “Kahit Konting Pagtingin”. Sana abangan nyo rin ang “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala”, soap namin ni Ms. Judy Ann Santos na sobra akong excited. Dream come true for me. Sana makadalaw ako ulit dyan. See you soon again, mga kapamilya! God bless!” Sam enthused.
(Published in FilJap Magazine May-June 2013, Japan)
(Photos courtesy of Star Records and Folded & Hung)