Well, if you haven’t guessed it already, I’m a big fan, and somewhat of an addict to Japanese pop culture. The fact that you’re reading this blog probably makes you an addict too. One of my goals for 2008 is to make it over to Japan and experience it for myself. However, if you can’t make it over this year, here’s something you may want to check out.
Tokyology is a DVD documentary, hosted by Carrie Ann Inaba, that explores contemporary Japanese pop culture. Now you may say that you’ve seen it all on Youtube, but Tokyology is a little bit different. They take you to the spots around Japan that you have to be Japanese to know about!
Have fun at the blasphemous Christon Cafe, sneak behind the scenes at a Japanese Rock TV show that pretends it’s shot in Los Angeles, stroll around fashionable Harajuku, go clubbing with outrageously costumed goths, or end the night at a super-stylish hair salon that is open for business until eight in the morning.
Tokyology was shot in high-def so you will see all of the crazy Harajuku fashion in bright stunning colors. I like that Tokyology shows you all of what Tokyo has to offer including fashion, anime, maids, cherry blossom festivals, Akihabara, and much more. It would have been cooler if it was longer than 1 hour and 8 minutes, but for $19.99, I think its a fair price for the glimpse into Japan that you probably have never seen before.