Haikugirl’s Japan on TV!

Exciting news, folks… drum roll please…

Haikugirl’s Japan is going to be on TV! ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

Last weekend I had a fabulous time hanging out with a TV crew and filming for a programme called ‘Tokyo, Boy‘, which is broadcast on Tokyo MX (東京メトロポリタンテレビジョン株式会社), a Japanese TV channel.

TOKYO MX

TOKYO MX

‘Tokyo, Boy’ (トーキョーボーイ) is a weekly programme about what’s happening in Tokyo, but this particular episode is also going to feature some footage showing how popular Japanese culture is in the UK. On Saturday, we visited the wonderful Mitsukoshi restaurant on Lower Regent Street in London and, while I ate delicious unagi (eel), they interviewed me about my interests in Japanese culture.

Una-ju in Mitsukoshi restaurant, London

Una-ju in Mitsukoshi restaurant, London

Later, we went to a Japanese language exchange group, organised by some friends I used to study Japanese with. It was great to catch up with people and practice a bit of Japanese, although I realised I’ve become quite rusty lately as I haven’t been able to practice much. It was a fun evening, though, and it really motivated me to study more.

On Sunday, the TV crew came over to where I live in North Finchley, and filmed me as I bought some Japanese groceries in my local store, Atariya.

Atariya in North Finchley

Atariya in North Finchley

Then, back at my flat, they filmed me cooking okonomiyaki and blogging about it. Luckily, it turned out to be the best okonomiyaki I have ever made! I was really nervous, and I was sure I was going to mess up, but it went really well. Actually, it made me wonder if I ought to give vlogging (video blogging) a go – what do you think??

Cooking: Ebi Okonomiyaki

Ebi Okonomiyaki

I had such a fun time being a ‘TV star’ for the weekend, and I’d just like to say a big thank you to the crew for inviting me to be a part of the programme, and for being so wonderful over the two days. Also, thanks to Sei-kun and Ramata-chan for getting me involved in this! Thanks guys! 😀

(L-R) Kogame-san, Hitomi-san, Suhara-san, Rina-san

(L-R) Kogame-san (Director), Hitomi-san (Organiser & Interpreter), Suhara-san (Producer), Rina-san (Camera)

So, if you’re in Japan and able to watch Tokyo MX, please check out ‘Tokyo, Boy’! This episode will be broadcast on Sunday 17th February at 9pm (Japan time). Unfortunately the programme won’t be available in other parts of Japan or here in England, but surely we all know someone in Tokyo who can record it for us, don’t we? Spread the word – Haikugirl’s Japan is going to be on TV!

TOKYO MX  'TOKYO BOY'

TOKYO MX ‘TOKYO BOY’

106 thoughts on “Haikugirl’s Japan on TV!

  1. Fantastic! You are on TV in Japan! You should ask them to send you a DVD copy of the programme!

    Good idea about the vlogging, but sometime difficult to do, because it’s not so easy to shoot a lots of things and also sometime difficult to report something on the scene. Probably need some editing. When I see some vlog about event report, I always wonder if really need to report about the event from their own room, not from event space, instead of writing a report on their blog.

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    • Thanks for your comment, Akihiro! Yes, they will send me a copy of the programme, but I can’t upload it, so it’s just for friends and family to see. 😉

      I agree about vlogging. I think I might have a go for cooking, but I don’t think I would be good at live event stuff. Interviews might be fun in the future though…

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  2. That’s exciting!! Well done! I’d like to see that! I think vlogging is a good idea; I’ve been considering doing it too, especially with regards to interviews. With cooking, perhaps it would be a good idea to narrate afterwards. That’s what I would do, anyway.

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  3. Amazing, congratulations!! I hope you can post a link at some point in the future, would love to see it!

    I have started taking video but only family stuff, it actually takes me aaages to piece together and edit things so personally I’ll keep it for occasional family stuff : ) but I really think you would enjoy it and that it would bring another level to this wonderful blog you are developing here.

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    • Thanks, Joe! I’m sure I’ll find a way to share it at some point. 😉

      Yes, I have a feeling it would take me ages to piece a video together too, but it could be a fun challenge. I’d love to see your videos if they ever make it beyond ‘family stuff’. 🙂

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  4. As a casual bystander who thinks the Okonomiyaki looks absolutely wonderful, I agree that you should vlog.

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  5. TV見たよ!
    アリさんが日本の事が大好きなのが凄く伝わってきてとっても嬉しくなりました。
    キュート!

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  6. I watched you on Tokyo Boy and you’re good at cooking “Okonomiyaki”. It looks delicious! I like “Takoyaki” as well as Okonomiyaki. How about you?

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  7. Hi, I’ve just watched the program. Your Okonomiyaki looked very tasty.
    My wife enjoyed your program very much, too.
    We’re very happy that you introduce our culture worldwide. Thank you!

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  8. I watched “Tokyo Boy” and found your blog,too. The program was interesting and I’m so glad to know that you and your friends love Japan and Japanese culture so much! Keep up a good blog 😉

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  9. 番組、すっげ~楽しかったです!
    こんなに日本を大切に思って頂いて、本当にうれしく思います。
    あざーっす!
    これからも日本を大事に思ってくらさい!

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  10. こんにちは(^ω^)♡
    I watched the TOKYO BOY just now!
    Thank you very much for loving Japan.
    アリさん、とてもすてきです(๑′ω‵๑)

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  11. Hey! I’m living in Tokyo at the moment, just stumbled across your show – it was great! I was inspired to check out your blog (and am feeling very guilty for not taking more advantage of living here and sharing my experiences!). The okonomiya looked like it turned out nicely and it was awesome to see so many people at the conversation exchange. Keep up the great work on your blog!

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  12. Hello!
    I’m Ryo.
    I watched TokYo Boy too.

    I feel that Okonomiyaki you cook is so delicious.
    I want to eat too…
    Okonomiyaki is famous food in Osaka.
    I eat it a lot of times when i was children.

    Please do the best study Japanese culture n the future.
    I study asian country culture and football…

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    • Hello Ryoさん! Thank you for watching the show and finding my blog! I’m glad you think the okonomiyaki looked good! It’s my favourite food. Good luck with your studies too! (*^_^)v

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  13. Hi. Nice to meet you.
    I’ve watched the TV show. And I’m glad you are loving so much Japan. I’m leading English to communicate foreigners. Sometimes it’s too difficult for me to learn, but I got encouraged from you.
    Thank you! I’ll keep watching your blog.

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    • Hi Shinjiさん! Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog! I’m so happy I could help to encourage your English studies – I need to try hard with Japanese, too. がんばります! (*^_^)v

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  14. Aliさん、はじめまして。
    テレビを見て、とてもうれしくなりました!(^^)
    日本のことを愛してくれて、ありがとうございます。
    Aliさんの愛情が伝わってきました。
    これからも頑張ってくださいね。

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  15. Hi there! I’m living in Tokyo and just watched the TV programme and found your blog by searching the word Haikugirl. Nice blog! So much information that I didn’t even know. I just wanted to comment because it made me glad to see you loving Japan so much. 日本語の勉強がんばってください。

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  16. はじめまして。
    I’m gizu from Saitama. I watched TV program with my husband and we enjoyed it very much. From now on, I’d like to read your blog!

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  17. Hi. I just watched Tokyo Boy and enjoyed it with my wife. Actually, we lived Finchley Central in 1997-1998. Some scenes of the programme reminded of good times in England such as Atari-ya :). Like you love Japanese foods, we love English ones, for example, fish & chips. There is a good one at Finchley Central called “Two Brothers”.

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    • HI Kazuさん! Thank you for your message. I’m glad you and your wife enjoyed the programme. Isn’t it a small world? I can’t believe you lived in Finchley too! I’ll have to see if Two Brothers is still at Finchley Central and check it out! ありがとう!:)

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  18. Hi Haikugirl!!!!! You are amazing! You should start your own channel! My friend would like an autograph. Btw Two Brother fish and chips shop is still open and just as nice. I bow down
    m(o_o)m

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    • Hey, Monk! Do you really think I should have my own channel? LOL – maybe I should start with my own show first? 😉 Will definitely have to check out Two Brothers at some point… (*^_^)v

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  19. Hi, Haikugirl ♪ I am Mari 3-kids mom from Japan. I really like your tv program! and am happy to find this blog(⌒▽⌒9 \ I love okonomiyaki with some cheese and mochi∩( ´∀`)∩ let’s try☆☆☆ Now in winter, we make miso from daizu and kouji and salt. If you have a chance to get these only three ingredients, you will eat every morning miso soup d(@^∇゚)/ファイト

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    • Hi Mari san! Thank you for your message and for watching the TV show. Mmm… cheese and mochi okonomiyaki sounds good! I will try it! I think I should try your miso suggestion too – thank you! (*^_^)v

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  20. Hello. I’m Mihoko who live in Tokyo.I watched Tokyo Boy on MX TV last night.I lived in leeds when I was 3 to 4. I have some English friends.One English friend is 3 years old younger than my Mom. When she was young she lived in Japan a few years.And then she interested in Kan-ji, she was go to China to learn Kan-ji.Now she can read kan-ji ,too.What is the most interesting ,Japanese history? food?culture?

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    • Thank you for your message Mihoko san. I’m glad you enjoyed the show! I’m happy to hear you like England too and have some English friends. 🙂 I’m interested in so many things about Japanese culture, but especially food. Recently I’ve become very interested in history too.

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  21. Hi,Haikugirl
    I’m Etsuyo from Japan.
    I saw you on a TV show last night.
    And I also found your blog.
    I’m very happy.
    Because,I was able to find a lovely girl who lives in UK really loves Japan.
    I’ll continue watch your blog after this.

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  22. hello,ali-san.iwatched your TV-programme ,your okonomiyaki is perfect!
    You are like me,I always think of U.K.
    I love UK as you like Japan,Because i lived in west hampstead,15years ago.
    I really miss london.sometimes made some scones,victorian sandwich,with tea.
    I am going to keep watch your blog. see ya .love.

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  23. Hi
    today,watching TV
    I live in Tokyo

    watashiha eigoga wakarimasen
    anataga nihonga sukide
    ureshidesu
    London ha France yori
    nihon no koto sukima hito
    sukunaito omottemashita

    okonomiyaki oishisodeshita

    Do you know MONJA?
    Tokyo no okonomiyaki
    asakusa 浅草
    tsukishima 月島
    downtown ni takusan omise
    arimasu

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    • こんにちは Rikaさん、メセージありがとうございました。私の日本語はへたです。すみません!

      はい、MONJAわかる。食べたことがある。前に名古屋市にすんでいました。なごやで、ときどきMONJAを食べました。おいしかったです!

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