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TOKYO, Japan – Prominent women political and business leaders from around the world gathered here on September 12-14 for the very first “World Assembly for Women in Tokyo” (WAW Tokyo 2014!) organized by the Japanese government to further promote women’s active role in the country and the world.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe led the three-day conference together with his wife First Lady Akie Abe.

“’Creating a society in which women shine,’ has consistently been one of my highest priority issues since the launch of my administration in December 2012… I reshuffled my Cabinet on September 3, where I appointed five women, and that number is said to be equal to the highest number ever in Japan,” Abe said in his welcome remarks.

“Changes are now underway. And we have just now come to stand at the starting line. I will stand at the forefront as we work to build a society in which all people – both men and women – shine,” he added.

Among the participants were IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, Disney/ABC President Anne Sweeney and former U.K. First Lady Cherie Blair.

“To rescue the Japanese economy is to empower its women … Dynamism and ingenuity is what we need,” Legarde emphasized in her keynote speech.

Sen. Loren Legarda represented the Philippines in the high level symposium where she stressed the need to address the vulnerability of women to disasters.

“We need to capacitate women as part of the overall strategy on disaster risk reduction and management. They have a wealth of capacities that need to be harnessed. We need to tap these vital resources to achieve sustainable development, reduce disaster risks and promote resilience in our communities.” she stated.

The following issues were discussed in the meeting: economic benefits achievable by promoting the active roles of women, diversity in working styles, the development of society, and the common issues relating to women throughout the world.

Japan is one of the wealthy nations around the world with a small percentage of female workforce. The event was one of the efforts to achieve ‘A Society Where Women Shine,’ one of the main issues of the Abe administration.

The event was jointly hosted by four organizations: Government of Japan, KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation), Nikkei Inc., and the Japan Institute of International Affairs. Also, it was supported by the Japan Center for Economic Research.

Are you an avid YouTube fan? Or a creator who actively and consistently uploads awesome videos on this popular platform? Then YouTube Space Tokyo is the perfect place for you. 

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Opened in February 2013 at the 29th floor of Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills, YouTube Space Tokyo is a studio facility designed for creators to produce original video content, learn new skills and collaborate with the YouTube creative community, particularly those who are based in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region. It is one of the three YouTube Spaces in the world, the other two are located in London and Los Angeles. The fourth Space is set to open this fall in New York.

YouTube Space Tokyo consists of three production studios including a large studio with multiple sets, a green screen studio and a state-of-the-art news studio with a breathtaking view of the Tokyo skyline. There’s also a recording room, a control room, a training room, a make-up room, a guest room, an editing room fully loaded with professional editing software, a performance stage, a lounge and a mini-kitchen.

Apart from these exceptional facilities, YouTube Space Tokyo also offers production workshops, events and seminars free of charge.

Access to YouTube Space Tokyo is on an application basis and is open to all YouTube creators who can meet certain requirements like having at least 100 subscribers on their respective channels. For more details on YouTube Space Tokyo, visit their website https://www.youtube.com/yt/space/tokyo.html.

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(Photos courtesy of YouTube Space Tokyo)

TOKYO, Japan – One of the three major beauty pageants in the world, the 2014 Miss International will be held at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Shinagawa on November 11.

Beautiful and intelligent ladies from roughly 80 countries and regions of the world, including Mary Anne Bianca G. Guidotti representing the Philippines, will compete in this year’s pageant. From their arrival in Japan at the end of October until the final contest, they will actively take part in experiencing Japanese traditional culture as well as participate in various exchange events as the “Ambassadors of Beauty and Peace.”

The top 5 and special award winners will be announced during the coronation night. Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago will pass the crown to the next titleholder. 

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(Photo by Din Eugenio)

TOKYO, Japan – The first press conference to announce the event outline of the 27th edition of Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) was held on August 26 at Roppongi Hills.

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L-R: Yasushi Shiina, Harry Sugiyama, Hideaki Anno, Azusa Okamoto and Hiroyasu Ando

The press conference opened with a welcoming address from TIFF Director General Yasushi Shiina. He revealed that they will be featuring works by Hideaki Anno, one of Japan’s most prominent filmmakers.

“We are going to be showcasing animation films in a way that only TIFF could do this year. That is the retrospective program, ‘The World of Hideaki Anno.’ We will continue to present those outstanding Japanese filmmakers to the world.”

Anno made a special appearance at the press conference and announced the line-up of his retrospective program, which is around 50 films including his early works from his school days.

“I am quite excited to show most of my previous films at this year’s TIFF. By looking back my past work, I find that my creation style has not been changed since I started my career. Even some of the films from my amateur ages constructed a part of my career, so I am thrilled to show my films from all genres. Come to think of it, everything is challenge, all of my works are unforgettable and good memories as a director don’t remain but hard experiences led to build my creativity.”

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Other announcements include the new logo of the Festival, collaboration with the Japan Foundation for the next seven years and details about Special Screening at Kabukiza Theatre, showing Charles Chaplin’s “City Lights”.

Japanese actress Azusa Okamoto and British-Japanese celebrity Harry Sugiyama were introduced as “Festival Navigators”.

TIFF organizers will hold a second press conference this September to announce the festival’s film line-up, but the opening and closing films have already been unveiled. The opening film will be Disney’s “Big Hero 6” animation while the Japanese live-action film “Parasyte” will close the fest.

The Festival has five main sections: the Competition section in which 15 films from around the world will compete for the festival’s top prize; the Special Screenings section featuring highly anticipated films; the Asian Future section showcasing up-and-coming Asian directors; the Japanese Cinema Splash section featuring Japanese independent films; and the World Focus section showcasing must-see films that have received recognition at various international film festivals.

This year’s Competition section features a new joint award established by TIFF and Japanese broadcasting channel WOWOW – the ‘WOWOW Viewer’s Choice Award’ offering a cash prize of US $10,000.

The 27th TIFF will be held October 23-31 at Roppongi Hills, TOHO Cinemas Nihonbashi and other venues in Tokyo. TIFF’s affiliated multi-content market, TIFFCOM2014 (Japan Content Showcase 2014) will take place October 21-23 at the Grand Pacific Le Daiba in the Tokyo Bay area.

(Photos by Din Eugenio)

TOKYO, Japan – The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will open with the world premiere of Disney’s “Big Hero 6” animation while the Japanese live-action film “Parasyte” will close the fest.

“Big Hero 6” is the heartwarming adventure story of Hiro, a 14-year-old robotics prodigy, and a robot called Baymax. The film is set in the fictional metropolis of San Fransokyo (a combination of San Francisco and Tokyo). It will be released by Walt Disney Studio Japan on December 20.

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We are thrilled to premiere ‘Big Hero 6’ at the Tokyo International Film Festival; it is truly an honor to be selected as the opening film. The setting of our film, San Fransokyo, is a fictional, futuristic mash-up of two of our favorite cities in the world – San Francisco and Tokyo and the research we did in Tokyo informed every detail of the film. We look forward to bringing our film to this city that so deeply inspired us,” directors Don Hall and Chris Williams said in a statement.

“Parasyte” is directed by one of Japan’s best filmmakers, Takashi Yamazaki (“Always – Sunset on 3rd Street” and “The Eternal Zero”). The film was adapted from a Japanese comic by Hitoshi Iwaaki that was published in the magazine “Gekkan Afternoon” from 1990 to 1995 and sold 11 million copies. The film will be released by Toho Co., Ltd. on November 29.

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Meanwhile, TIFF Managing Director Nobushige Toshima expressed his excitement about the upcoming fest. “This is an exciting year for TIFF. Not only we will be showing films in two additional festival venues – Nihonbashi and the Kabukiza theatre in Ginza – we also will be focusing on animation, the most popular content in Japan. The highlights of this year’s festival will be the world premieres of two blockbuster movies, one from Hollywood and one from Japan.”

The 27th TIFF will be held October 23-31 at Roppongi Hills, TOHO Cinemas Nihonbashi and other venues in Tokyo. TIFF’s affiliated multi-content market, TIFFCOM2014 (Japan Content Showcase 2014) will take place October 21-23 at the Grand Pacific Le Daiba in the Tokyo Bay area.

TOKYO, Japan – The official residence of the Philippine Ambassador to Japan became the first and so far only officially-designated Philippine national historical landmark outside of the country, with the unveiling of a historical marker on March 3 at the property in Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku.

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(Photo caption: Ambassador Manuel Lopez and NHCP Chair Maria Serena Diokno unveil the historical marker at the property’s entrance, assisted by (L-R) Philippine-Japan Society President Francis Laurel, former Ambassador Jose Macario Laurel IV and former National Historical Commission of the Philippines Chairman Ambeth Ocampo.)

The unveiling completes the Official Residence’s elevation into a “National Historical Landmark” pursuant to Resolution No. 01, Series 2013 adopted by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) on March 11, 2013.

Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel M. Lopez and National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chair Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno presided over the ceremony, which was witnessed by officials of the Philippine Embassy and the Japanese Foreign Ministry. Also in attendance were guests led by former NHCP Chair Dr. Ambeth R. Ocampo and the Laurel family, represented by current Philippines-Japan Society, Inc. President and Director Francis C. Laurel and former Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Jose Macario Laurel IV.

“This is a historic and momentous occasion that honors the history and national patrimony of the Philippines,” said Philippine Ambassador to Japan, Manuel M. Lopez.

Located within a 4,500-square meter property of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the Iberian-style residence was first built in 1934 by the family of the prominent businessman Baron Zenjiro Yasuda, whose descendants include the international artist Ms. Yoko Ono.

The property was purchased by then President Jose P. Laurel for the Philippine Government on March 31, 1944.

To this day, the Kudan—as the residence is also referred to on account of its location near the Kudanzaka hilltop—serves as both the official home in Tokyo of Philippine Ambassadors to Japan, and a central venue for the conduct of Philippine diplomacy and cultural promotion.

“Kudan is the crown jewel of the Philippine Foreign Service, and we should preserve this important part of our diplomatic legacy and heritage,” Lopez said.

The NHCP Guidelines on the Identification, Classification, and Recognition of Historic Sites and Structures in the Philippines officially defines a National Historical Landmark as “site or structure closely associated with a significant historical event, achievement, characteristic, turning point or stage in Philippine history.”

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Nippon Ramen Association has once again organized a very successful Tokyo Ramen Show last November 2013 at Setagaya in Tokyo.

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Ramen lovers from all over Tokyo flocked to Komazawa Olympic Park Central Square to sample 40 regional types of ramen, which can be found in Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa, Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and many other places across Japan.

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Thousands of people lined up to have a taste of their favorite noodle dish including Hakata Ramen, Yamagata Ramen, Tokushima Ramen, Sapporo Ramen and Tokyo Ramen, which cost them 800 yen per bowl.

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Ramen is a staple food in Japan. It was brought to the country from China during the Meiji period (1868-1912). There are four main kinds of ramen: shioramen (salt flavored soup), tonkotsu ramen (pork bone based creamy soup), miso ramen (miso flavored soup) and shoyu ramen (soy sauce flavored soup). Common toppings include nori, egg and shinachiku.

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Tokyo Ramen Show is a yearly event that aims to promote tourism and food culture in Japan.

(Photos by Din Eugenio)

TOKYO, Japan – Exactly three months after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, the Philippines showed its appreciation to Japan for its strong and heartfelt support by launching a series of billboard messages at Shibuya Crossing.

“We Filipinos wish to reiterate our thanks to the people of Japan, for their humanity and compassion, and for being our true friends in good times and bad,” Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez said.

Japanese humanitarian aid has totaled $52.1 million (Emergency Grant Aid - $30 million; Emergency Relief Goods - app. $0.6 million; Assistance through Japanese NGOs (JPF) - $1.5 million; Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) of Asian Development Bank (ADB) - $20 million), with some Japanese private donations.

As part of the global campaign, billboards with the messages “Nihon no minasama, Firipin e no go shien, Arigatou gozaimasu!” (“To all Japanese people, thank you for helping the Philippines!”) were displayed in Q Front building. The billboards were displayed until the end of February.

Shibuya Crossing, a four-way intersection, is a famous spot for photo and movie shoots. Thousands of pedestrians stop and go to the beat of the street light making it one of the busiest pedestrian crossings in the world.

“The choice of Shibuya Crossing as the site for the ‘#PHthankyou’ tarps was because of its ideal location. This crossing has one of the highest pedestrian traffic in Tokyo,” Tourism Officer and Attaché Valentino L. Cabansag said.

“This is one way in which the Filipinos can express in one voice the deep gratitude that they feel because of the overwhelming support received from the international community,” he added.

All the people across Japan who have expressed sympathies and who have extended support, financial or otherwise, were invited to witness this message of appreciation from the Philippines and help share the country’s profound gratitude to the rest of the world by using the hashtag #PHthankyou.

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(Photos by Din Eugenio)

Choosing between Joël Robuchon Restaurant and ROTI as to where we’ll celebrate my 31st birthday wasn’t an easy decision for the simple reason that we’ve been wanting to try both restaurants since last year.

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On my special day, we settled on lunch for two at ROTI because we failed to make an early reservation at Joël Robuchon Restaurant in Ebisu.

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Located at Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi, ROTI is a casual wine bar and brasserie that serves American food. 

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Mixed Veggie Salad 

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Pan-Seared Salmon with Pasta and Spinach Cream Sauce

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Classic Chicken

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Gelato

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NY Cheesecake

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Thank you, Papa God for the gift of life. I am truly blessed. 

Verdict: 

- The food, ambience and service exceeded our expectations.

http://www.roti.jp/en/index.php

Learning the history of broadcasting is a must for every journalist.

Opened in 1956, the NHK Museum of Broadcasting in Atagoyama, Tokyo is the world’s first museum that exclusively displays broadcasting items.

Here, you can take a look back at the history of broadcasting in Japan that dates back to 1925.

The museum is run by NHK (Nihon Hoso Kyokai or Japan Broadcasting Corporation), the national public broadcasting company of Japan.

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This studio houses a replica of a double-button mic & speaker used at the dawn of broadcasting. You can listen to your own voice through the mic & speaker to experience the sound quality of those days.

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The first TV set in Japan invented by Kenjiro Takayanagi, the father of Japanese television

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Simulated Broadcasting Studio

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You can experience being a newscaster or cameraman using actual broadcasting equipment.

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http://www.nhk.or.jp/museum/english/index.html

Located on the corner of the Nishi-Azabu crossing point, Gonpachi is a popular Japanese-inn izakaya-style restaurant that inspired the set in Quentin Tarantino’s blockbuster film “Kill Bill (Volume 1)”.

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Gonpachi was founded in 2002 by Kozo Hasegawa, the president and CEO of Global Dining Inc. It gained fame over the years due to former U.S. President George W. Bush’s visit and Quentin Tarantino’s film “Kill Bill”.

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The entire feudal Japanese castle-like structure of Gonpachi is distinctly Edo. Its three floors are decorated in a warm, countrified style with many wooden furniture. 

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Gonpachi serves everything you would expect from a traditional izakaya like sushi, edamame, yakitori, karaage, soba noodles, sake, beer and other alcoholic beverages. They also offer Western and fusion dishes.

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Other prominent personalities who visited the place include Johnny Depp, Sylvester Stallone, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Adam Levine and Broadway superstar and “The Voice of the Philippines” coach Lea Salonga.

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Gonpachi is a nice place if you want to relax and unwind with friends after a hard day’s work. 

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(Photos by Din Eugenio)

(Published in FilJap Magazine November 2013)

TOKYO, Japan – Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada took part in a ceremonial wreath-laying at the bust of national hero Jose Rizal in Hibiya Park, Tokyo on September 27.

Estrada arrived on September 26 in Tokyo to attend the Barrio Fiesta 2013 in Yokohama. Manila has sister city relationship with Yokohama.

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(Photos by Din Eugenio)

(Published in FilJap Magazine November 2013)

I definitely loved Tokyo Disney Sea the first time boyfriend took me there so we decided to go back again and explore the entire theme park to our hearts’ content.

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Of all the theme parks that I visited, Tokyo Disney Sea has the most breathtaking views. I felt like I was transported to places like New York, Italy and Saudi Arabia.

The official line up for the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival was officially announced in Tokyo on September 19.

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"Barber’s Tales" (Photo courtesy of TIFF)

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"Rekorder" (Photo courtesy of TIFF)

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“Norte, The End of History” (Photo courtesy of TIFF)

The Competition Section and the Asian Future Section, announced at an afternoon press conference, include two Filipino films: Jun Robles Lana’s “Barber’s Tales” starring Eugene Domingo, Eddie Garcia and Iza Calzado; and Mikhail Red’s “Rekorder” starring Ronnie Quizon, Mike Lloren and Lowell Conales. While Lav Diaz’s film “Norte, The End of History” starring Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani and Archie Alemania will be screened in the World Focus Section.

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“TIFF is approaching in a month, in 2020, Tokyo will be hosting the summer Olympics. The Olympics is seven years later but TIFF will be held seven times more, each time we hope that the event will grow bigger,” TIFF General Director Yasushi Shiina said in his opening remarks.

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Japanese actress Chiaki Kuriyama who starred in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill Vol. 1” was introduced as the “Festival Muse”.

“It’s a great honor for me to be a part of this wonderful festival that connects Japan and the world. I am looking forward to fulfilling my role with delight and commitment,” she stated.

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The festival’s opening film will be Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips” starring Oscar winner Tom Hanks. The closing film will be Koki Mitani’s “The Kiyosu Conference”. 

Tom Hanks will be arriving on the opening day.

Actor Robert De Niro and director Sofia Coppola are expected to grace the event.

The iconic Ultraman Ginga and Pretty Cure will also make a guest appearance.

Directors, actors and actresses will walk on the Green Carpet that is made of recycled materials to emphasize the festival theme of “Ecology”.

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Heading the 26th TIFF Competition jury is Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige. Other jury members include Moon So-ri, Chris Brown, Chris Weitz and Shinobu Terajima.

The 26th TIFF will be held October 17-25 at Roppongi Hills and other venues in Tokyo.

(Photos taken by Din Eugenio, unless otherwise stated.)