Letters from DAIBA FujiTV English Blog

Au Revoir But Not Adieu

Sep 19, 2014

Hi everyone!
We are a little sad to say this but we wanted to let you know that, for the time being, we are no longer going to post new entries on this blog. Instead, our facebook page will be updated more regularly and frequently with our latest news, tidbits and snippets of the behind-the-scenes stories no one but only Fuji TV staff and employees can tell. This blog and all of its content are not going anywhere, so if you wish you may reach the blog from Fuji TV’s English website in the archive section with other contents from the past.
Please let us take this opportunity to mention that we greatly appreciate for your continuous readership and support all through the years. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading out posts as much as we enjoy posting them, and we also hope that you’ll continue to visit us on facebook as well as our website so that you can keep on top of all the great things we’re up to!

A big thank you once again to all our wonderful readers. See you again on our facebook/website!


With much love,
from all of us at the International Department, Fuji TV

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A very special drama series “ Nobunaga Concerto” coming up this October!

Sep 16, 2014

Today I want to introduce one of the newest drama series which is about to come on the air on Monday, October 13th.

The title of this special drama series which celebrates Fuji Television’s 55Th anniversary is “ Nobunaga Concerto”, starring a very talented actor, Shun Oguri.

What is so special about “Nobunaga Concerto” is that this is the very first collaboration of an animation, a drama series, and a movie ever delivered in the Japanese broadcasting industry . Based on the highly acclaimed comic by Ayumi Ishii, firstly, the animation version hit the air this summer, and after this drama series, there comes the big screen movie like an epic entertainment relay.

The story is about a just average young man Saburo who happens to travel through time back to the late 16th century and becomes the controversial historical hero, Nobunaga Oda ,who was a powerful samurai daimyo(feudal lord) and warlord of Japan.

Innocent Saburo faces the dilemma that he can hardly understand the virtues such as samurai spirit in an ethical view of a modern person living in the 21st century.
This drama series illustrates such Saburo’s dilemma, friendships, relationships, and finally, his determination to unify Japan near the end of the Warring States period.

The leading actor, Shun Oguri comments about participating in this project : “Nobunaga being portrayed in ‘Nobunaga Concerto’ is slightly different from the image I have had. But, since I have always wanted to act mysterious Nobunaga Oda for such a long time or at least once in a life time, when I was offered this role, I just jumped at it like ‘why not?’. My father is a history enthusiast, and after reading the comic, he even told me that this story is intriguing, which gave me a supportive push, too.”

Moreover, a very beautiful Kou
Shibasaki will act an appealing character.

Regardless whether you are an avid history fan or not, I promise there are lots of aspects you may sympathize with in this drama series.

“Nobunaga Concerto” starts on Monday, October 13th.  Just look forward to it!

Starring: Shun Oguri , Kou Shibasaki, Takayuki Yamada etc.
OA: October 13th〜 Every Monday 21:00〜
Official Site:  http://www.fujitv.co.jp/nobunaga-concerto/index.html


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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!


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Summer Memories

Sep 2, 2014

Hello everyone!  This is Bruno.

Near the end of August, the temperature dropped in Tokyo and there were a couple of opportunities for me to wear long-sleeved tops.
I can feel that summer will be ending soon. How did you enjoy summer?
For me, going to the beach with friends and spending all day at a cafe on shore was quite memorable.

In late August, I enjoyed a fireworks event at home with glasses of beer in my hand.

"Odaiba New World," Fuji TV’s summer event which was held near our headquarters arrived at its final day on August 31. Many people came to the fun-filled annual event and I suppose they must have made pleasant memories to remember it by.

To conclude, I will finish with a food photo which you may have come to expect from me now. It is a tempura of “Ayu,” (sweetfish) which are in season during summer. It was the most impressive dish I ate last month as it seemed to be still swimming on the dish.


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“Visual Deception U”at Bunkamura

Aug 29, 2014

Dear friends,

I had the chance to visit “Visual Deception U” with my family the other day. My kids are normally not so enthusiastic about visiting museums and art exhibitions but this one was different! They checked out the website by themselves and surprisingly asked me if they could go. Why in the world would a Mother want to kill their curiosity??? I arranged for the tickets right away

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Visual Deception U
Into the future

Sat. August 9 – Sun. October 5, 2014
* 9/8 closed

2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku,
Tokyo 150-8507
Tel: 03-3477-9111 (switchboard)
In the history of art, the genre of “Trompe l'oeil,” with devices that play tricks on the spectators’ eyes, is a well-established feature. This exhibition is the sequel to the Visual Deception exhibition held in 2009, Trick Art Exhibition, which broadly traced the history of the genre. While the previous exhibition emphasized the historical development of the genre of Trompe l'oeil, this time we focus on the evolution of the techniques of illusion in modern art as it branches out into many different streams. We’ve chosen works that are visually interesting as well as excellent in terms of artistry. Also, we divided visual tricks into categories such as “trompe-l’oeil,” “shadows,” “op illusions,” “anamorphosis” and “metamorphosis”; we exhibit new approaches to modern “Trompe l'oeil” along with the achievements of the established masters.
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Naturally, I was not able to take pictures in the museum but I can assure you they were amazing! Kids were constantly asking me, “which part of this masterpiece is visually deceiving??”

We rented an “Audio-Guide” so that we would be able to get a better understanding of the masterpieces, which turned out to be a very good experience for the kids.

This is what my kids bought as a souvenir for themselves.
A pen that looks like an injector and a mechanical pencil

It is worth visiting even if you are not an artistic person!
Ciao, Elena


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