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”Public Annoucing Experience for Kids” at Odaiba New World

Sep 8, 2014

It’s been a busy summer for us here at Fuji TV with Odaiba New World as well as in terms of our CSR activities as you may have noticed through various blog entries and facebook posts. As a company, CSR has always been something that’s important; and with Tokyo being chosen to host the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic in 2020, we have launched a brand new program for kids at this year’s Odaiba New World.



Entitled as “Public Announcing Experience for Kids,” this program was implemented through collaboration between the Sales, News, CSR, as well as the International departments of Fuji Television. Not only it provides both exciting and educational experience to children of all ages, the intention behind the launch of this program is to increase Japanese children’s focus on internationalization and volunteer work by allowing them to make event-wide public announcements in both Japanese and English.








The program was held once a week during the event period of Odaiba New World, 6 times in total. In each session, 8 lucky participants between the ages of 8 to 15 who applied through the event’s official website are chosen by a completely random selection. (In the end, we received nearly 600 applicants altogether.)
 
Before the children make the event-wide announcement, they attend a special announcing class to learn the basics of being an announcer. The first part of the class is focused on Japanese announcement. The instructor for the Japanese announcing class is of course, one of Fuji TV’s professional announcers. Kids and their parents were both excited to meet the announcers who they are used to watching on TV screen and receive hands-on and in-person instructions from them.
 







Look how focused and engrossed the kids are in the activity! After a mere 40 minutes of class time, the kids’ announcements improved dramatically.
The second part is a class for announcing in English. The instructor for the English part is Mr. Nelson Babin-Coy.


If you hear him speaking, you might recognize his voice from somewhere. As a matter of fact, he is a professional musician and appears regularly on various TV shows. On top of that, he’s the narrator of the videos on our website!



Some kids were a bit shy at first when speaking in English, but Nelson-sensei sure knew how to make them feel relaxed with his cheerful, upbeat attitude and fun singing exercise accompanied by wonderful guitar performance.
 



After the announcing class, kids finally move down to the a special set based on a popular Fuji TV news program “Super News” located at the first floor entrance of the main Fuji TV building. This is where the kids make the public announcement that all visitors of Odaiba New World can hear.








Their announcements sounded perfectly clear and professional. In all 6 sessions of the program, it was always amazing and touching for us staff to see the progress all of the kids have shown. We hope that the predicating kids and their family members were able to take back some memorable moments with them from this experience.
 
A big, big round of applause to all the kids, for they truly put on a great performance!

 
-nori

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Izakaya EXILE PARK@Odaiba New World

Aug 15, 2014

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer so far despite the heat wave and humidity At here in Odaiba, our annual event Odaiba New World has been going on strong since it's opened on July 19th. At Odaiba New World, there's a lot to see and do, but in my post today, I'll introduce you some of the delicious food that you can only find here at this once a year event that will surely please your taste buds!







 
In Doki Doki Land, Izakaya EXILE PARK, one of the main attractions of Odaiba New World. This year they returned with expanded seating capacity to welcome more guests and wider variety of original drinks and food items created by EXILE members. Not only that you can also purchase special EXILE & Odaiba New World collaboration goods for sale. This area is open later than the other areas, until 10 p.m.







 





I had the chance to try some of the items on the menu, and I was actually very impressed by the visual creativity and the quality of each dish!






See how great they look? The snowman on the right photo is made with graded Daikon radish. I have to say this one was my favorite
 


 
For those beer lovers, how about some Edamame to go with ice-cold beer? You can actually take home the square wooden cup as souvenir! Also the little plastic shot glass can be taken home as well.  

Each table has a signature by the members. It'd be fun to walk around and try finding signatures of your favorite members.
I recommend you go with a group of friends so you can try a little bit of many different dishes and drinks.

 




 
 
If you haven't visited us yet, there are still plenty more days left, so come on out for a great summer experience filled with fun shows and exciting attractions!

For more information and English area map:

http://www.fujitv.co.jp/en/e_14_06.html
http://www.fujitv.co.jp/en/newworld_2014.pdf

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FNS Charity Flea Market on Fuji TV Day

Aug 12, 2014

Hi friends, 

It’s back! As per every year, Fuji TV’s “FNS Charity Flea Market” was held at our headquarters on last Friday on August 8th.

For those who are not familiar with this special one-day event, August 8th or 8/8 is designated as “Fuji TV day.” And in celebration of this joyous occasion, our staff organize a special flea market to raise money for charity. All our proceeds from this event will be donated to charity to support disaster recovery and relief efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.




Our flea market starts from 1p.m. to 3:30 p.m., selling program/event related goods and other personal items from home. As you can see, eager shoppers line up to get the first dibs on the great finds here.



 





Items for sale at the market vary greatly so it’s impossible to list them all, but almost anything you can think of can show up here. It can seem a bit overwhelming, but take your time and you can find some real treasures!




 ....like this authentic Miu Miu handbag sold for 30,000 yen (around US$300)! (um, still expensive, you might think, but for an almost-brand-new luxury designer bag, it's quite a bargain!)






We really enjoyed it and are thrilled by the great turnout. Big thanks again to everyone involved in this wonderful event. If you missed the event this year, do come visit us next year. We’ll be waiting with lots of goodies just waiting to be discovered!
 
-nori

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Farmer’s Market in Aoyama

Jul 15, 2014

This past weekend, my friend and I made a trip to the Farmers Market in Aoyama and was delighted to see so many fresh fruits and vegetables from local producers and various other things that brought a huge smile to my face.
 






The market is located right in front of the United Nations University in Aoyama, in the heart of Tokyo. They opene every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
 






Besides the fresh produce stalls, you can also find a wide selection of food trucks selling everything from hearty pastries to spicy curry, and craft beer, fresh juice to gourmet coffee. The market has outdoor tables to sit and enjoy your meal.




 
 
While strolling around, I ran into my friend as she was helping out a dog adaption event.
 








Awwww how cute are they!? 
There really is no better way to spend a lazy Sunday! If I lived near by, there is no doubt that I’d be at this farmer’s market every weekend...
 
If you are in town, do check out this farmers’ market in Aoyama. I guarantee you won't regret it!
 

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Sunny Side of the Doc

Jul 1, 2014

Last week I attended an internationally renowned documentary festival called Sunny Side of the Doc, which took place in La Rochelle in the South West France. This year marked the 25th year since it first started. Every summer, documentary professionals from all over the world flock into this beautiful seaport town for this event; and as for Fuji TV, this was our second year taking part.

 









The four-day festival attracted over 2,000 people from as many as 58 countries and was paced with special events such as pitching sessions, panel discussions, screenings, etc.



 



 
Among them, the biggest attraction is a pitching session where documentary creators are given an opportunity to present their projects to a panel of experts and all participants. A number of passionate, talented documentary makers made compelling presentations of their projects that they have invested their heart and soul into in hopes of finding potential co-production partners. Watching their presentations, I was often deeply moved and/or amazed by seeing striking images and finding out rarely-known facts. These pitching presentations can result in bringing together multiple partners from various countries at once.









As said, SSD is a place where documentary enthusiasts and the industry fellows gather from across the globe. At evenings during the festival, many participants continue and deepen the conversations over dinner while enjoying delicious wine and delicious fresh fish and seafood of La Rochelle. Through the four days of this event, we can undoubtedly expect many new fantastic documentary programs will be born into the world of global media.
 

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