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Mischa Barton in Japan in Magician Zero skit SMAPxSMAP

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When Hollywood star Mischa Barton was last in Japan in 2008, she appeared in a Magician Zero comedy skit from Japanese TV show SMAPxSMAP.

Mischa Barton in Japan in Magician Zero skit

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Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2012
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Jude Law and Cameron Diaz on SMAPxSMAP

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Hollywood stars Cameron Diaz and Jude Law were in Tokyo in 2007 to promote their movie “The Holiday.”  They also made an appearance on Bistro SMAP with the lads from SMAP to promote their movie.

Jude Law and Cameron Diaz on SMAPxSMAP

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Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2012
Under: Japanese Celebs and Idols, Japanese TV | No Comments »

Ben Stiller Kirin ChuHai Japanese TV commercial

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Hollywood funnyman Ben Stiller appeared several years ago on a Japanese TV commercial for Kirin’s ChuHai drink filled with cheerleaders and football players.

Ben Stiller Kirin Chu Hi Japanese TV commercial

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Posted on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
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Richard Gere in Japan on Bistro SMAP

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Richard Gere was another Hollywood celeb who ended up appearing with the SMAP boys on their hit TV variety show SMAPxSMAP.  Richard as always was a good sport on the section Bistro SMAP

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Richard Gere in Japan on Bistro SMAP part 1
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Richard Gere in Japan on Bistro SMAP part 2
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Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
Under: Japanese Celebs and Idols, Japanese TV, Jpop | No Comments »

Tommy Lee Jones and Nozomi Sasaki sing Sukiyaki on Suntory PSA

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After the earthquake and tsunami last year, most TV broadcasters pulled TV commercials as a sign of respect for the victims and aired Public Service announcements (PSAs) like this one about being nice to your friends.

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However, if you weren’t one of the gaijin that left Japan “the flyjin”, and was stuck at home with little to do except watch TV, you soon got sick of the PSAs and started to think about how entertaining most Japanese TV commercials really are.

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Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
Under: Japan TV commercials, Japanese Celebs and Idols | 1 Comment »

Japanese girl Mika explains movies Spiderman, Inception and Titanic

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One way for Japanese folks learning English to practice telling stories.  In this case, Japanese lady Mika retells Hollywood movies Spiderman, Inception and Titanic.

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Though English is not her native language, she explains the movies Spiderman, Inception and Titanic in simple English (and within 2 minutes!)

Spiderman in 2 minutes
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Titanic in 2 minutes
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Inception in 2 minutes
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Posted on Saturday, January 28th, 2012
Under: japanese movies, Living in Japan | 3 Comments »

Japanese Astro boy trailer and poster

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Astro boy (also called Atom アトム in Japan)  is the 2009 animated movie loosely based on the long running Japanese manga and anime  series 鉄腕アトム of the same name by Osamu Tezuka 手塚 治虫 .

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The 2009 Hollywood film featured the voices of Kristen Bell, Nathan Lane, Eugene Levy, Matt Lucas, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland, Moises Arias, Charlize Theron and Nicolas Cage.

Japanese Astro boy trailer

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Japanese TV coverage of the film
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Posted on Friday, December 23rd, 2011
Under: Anime and Otaku, japanese movies | 1 Comment »

Mel Gibsons 1980s Asahi Beer TV commercials

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Like other Hollywood actors, Mel Gibson did some Japanese TV commercials in his younger days.  He starred in a series of commercials promoting Asahi Beer in the 1980s.

Mel Gibsons 1980s Asahi Beer TV commercials

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Posted on Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
Under: Japan TV commercials | 3 Comments »

Cameron Diaz Softbank TV commercials in Japan

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From 2007-2009 Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz was the face of Japanese  mobile service provider Softbank. Her image was practically everywhere on billboards and on television commercials for Softbank phones.

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Posted on Thursday, October 13th, 2011
Under: Japan TV commercials | 2 Comments »

Matt Damon in Japan on Bistro SMAP

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Hollywood actor Matt Damon visited Japan in 2007 and found himself on Fuji TV’s SMAPxSMAP variety show.  He joined the SMAP boys on the Bistro SMAP section of the show. See what they cooked up for him.

Matt Damon in Japan on Bistro SMAP 2007

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Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
Under: Japanese TV | 2 Comments »