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Thursday, 16 March 2017 22:44

Tokyo Journal's Top 10 Rankings 2016 Final

Tokyo Journal's 2016 Polling Results

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What are your favorite things about Japan and Japanese culture?

Readers voted. Readers decided!

In April of 2016 Tokyo Journal announced the first ever Top 10 Ranking for the reader's favorite Japanese entertainment icons, food, pop-culture, and travel locations. Over the course of 2016 we asked Tokyo Journal readers to vote for their favorite things in Japanese entertainment, food, pop-culture, and travel locations. This first year proved to be successful with over 500,000 votes submitted by readers from all over the world. Here are the top 3 winners for each category and stay tuned for the 2017 rankings.

Categories

> Japanese Entertainmant
> Food in Japan
> Japanese Pop Culture
> Japan Travel

Japanese Entertainment

Japanese TV & Dramas

Best J-Drama Actress

 

1. Satomi Ishihara

2. Akari Hayami

3. Haruka Ayase

 

Best J-Drama from 2015-2016

 

1. Flowers for Algermon

2. Mysterious Thief Yamaneko

3. From Five to Nine

 

Best J-Drama Actor

 

1. Tomohisa Yamashita

2. Takuya Kimura

3. Kazuya Kamenashi

 

Best J-Drama of All Time

 

1. Nobuta wo Produce (2005)

2. Long Vacation (1996)

3. Hana Yori Dango (2005)

 

Best Variety Show

 

1. Smap x Smap

2. Momoclo Chan

3. Shabekuri 007

 

 

 

Japanese Movies

Best Horror Movie

 

1. Ring

2. Ju-On

3. Sadako 3D

 

Best Japanese Movie

 

1. Battle Royale (2000)

2. Seven Samurai (1954)

3. Godzilla (1954)

 

Best Japanese Movie Actor/Actress Worldwide

 

1. Ken Watanabe

2. Takuya Kimura

3. Takeshi Kitano

 

Best Japanese Film Director of All Time

 

1. Hayao Miyazaki

2. Akira Kurosawa

3. Takeshi Miike

 

Best Akira Kurosawa Film of All Time

 

1. Seven Samurai

2. High and Low

3. Hidden Fortress

 

 

 

Japanese Music

Best J-Rock Band

 

1. X Japan

2. The GazettE

3. Babymetal

 

Best Japanese Female idol Group

 

1. Momoiro Clover Z

2. Morning Musume

3. *C-ute

 

Best Japanese Female Singer

 

1. Miwa

2. Yui

3. Ayumi Hamasaki

 

Best Male idol Group

 

1. SMAP

2. KAT-TUN

3. ARASHI

 

Best Japanese Male Singer

 

1. Tomohisa Yamashita

2. Gackt

3. Jin Akanishi

 

 

 

Japanese Sports

Best Favorite Japanese Male Athlete

 

1. Yuzuru Hanyu (Figure Skater)

2. Kei Nishikori

3. Kohei Uchimura

 

Best Favorite Japanese Female Athlete

 

1. Mao Asada (Figure Skater)

2. Ai Fukuhara

3. Saori Yoshida

 

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Food in Japan

Japanese Food

Best Street Food

 

1. Ramen

2. Takoyaki

3. Yakitori

 

Best Favorite Sushi

 

1. Salmon

2. Toro (Fatty Tuna)

3. Tuna

 

Best Japanese Sake

 

1. Dassai

2. Kubota

3. Hakkaisan

 

 

 

Restaurant in Japan

Best Theme Restaurant

 

1. Kawaii Monster Cafe

2. Robot restaurant

3. Maidreamin Cafe

 

Best Japanese Fast Food

 

1. Mos Burger

2. Yoshinoya

3. Pepper Lunch

 

Best Kobe Beef Restaurant

 

1. Ishida

2. Houki

3. Wakkoqu

 

Best French Restaurant in Tokyo

 

1. Les Cristallines

2. Troisgros Japon

3. Joel Robuchon

 

Best Italian Restairant in Tokyo

 

1. Pizzeria Da Napolistaca

2. Elio Locanada Italiana

3. Bulgari ll Ristorante

 

Best U.S. Restaurant

 

1. Outback Steakhouse

2. Hard Rock cafe

3. Denny's

 

Best Izakaya (Japanese Pub)

 

1. Hibiki

2. Gonpachi

3. Nihonbashi-tei

 

Best Mexican Restaurant

 

1. Fonda de la Madrugada

2. La Jolla

3. El Caliente

 

Best Curry Rice Restaurant

 

1. CoCo Ichibanya

2. Manten Curry Rice

3. Curry House TIRI TIRI

 

Best Tonkatsu Restaurant

 

1. Wako

2. Maisen

3. Katsuzen

 

Best Craft Brewery

 

1. Miyashita Sake Brewery

2. Baird Brewery Company

3. Abashiri Brewery

 

Best Asian Restaurant in Tokyo

 

1. Asian Palm

2. Monsoon Cafe

3. Mango Tree

 

Best Kaiseki Restaurant (Japanese Traditional Multi-Course Dinner)

 

1. Gion Karyo, Kyoto

2. Nakamura, Kyoto

3. Ogata, Kyoto

 

Best Tempura Restaurant in Tokyo

 

1. Tempura Kondo

2. Ten-ichi Ginza Honten

3. Tempura Motoyoshi

 

Best Sushi Restaurant

 

1. Sukiyabashi Jiro

2. Sushi no Midori

3. Sushi Dai

 

Best Tonkotsu Ramen Restaurant in Tokyo

 

1. Ichiran

2. Shibaraku

3. Botan

 

 

 

Japanese Sweets

Best Sweets

 

1. Melon Pan

2. Crepes

3. Taiyaki

 

Best Wagashi Shop

 

1. Higashiya Ginza

2. Tokyo Mise

3. Toraya Tokyo

 

Best Bakery & Dessert Shop

 

1. Sweets Paradise

2. Rose Bakery

3. Ice Monster Omotesando

 

Best Chocolate Snack

 

1. Pocky

2. Choco Pie

3. ALMOND

 

 

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Japanese Pop Culture

Japanese Anime & Manga

Best Shonen Manga

 

1. One Piece

2. Fairy Tail

3. Full Metal Alchemist

 

Best Shojo Manga

 

1. Akatsuki no Yona

2. Kimi ni Todoke

3. Orange

 

Best Kawaii Cartoon Character

 

1. Pika-chu

2. Totoro

3. Rilakkuma

 

Best Studio Ghibli Movie

 

1. Howl's Moving Castle

2. Spirited Away

3. My Neighbor Totoro

 

Best Anime 2012-2016

 

1. Attack on Titan

2. One-Punch Man

3. Tokyo Ghoul

 

Best Animated Movie

 

1. Wolf Children

2. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

3. The Girl Who Leapt Though Time

 

Best Anime of All Time

 

1. Dragon Ball Z

2. One Piece

3. Death Note

 

Best Gotochi Character (Regional Mascot Character)

 

1. Kumamon

2. Funassyi

3. Gunma-chan

 

 

 

Cosplay

Best Famous Cosplayer 2016

 

1. Touga

2. Reika

3. Linda Le(Vampy Bit Me)

 

 

 

Japanese Fashion

Best Harajuku Fashion

 

1. Galaxxxy

2. Angelic Pretty

3. 6% Doki Doki

 

Best Women's Fashion Brand

 

1. Cecil McBee

2. Olive des Olive

3. Freak's Store

 

Best Japanese Fashion Brand

 

1. Comme Des Garcons

2. Junko Koshino

3. Kenzo

 

Best Female Model

 

1. Kiko Mizuhara

2. Mirei Kiritani

3. Rola

 

 

 

Japanese Video Games

Best J-RPG of All Time

 

1. Final Fantasy VII

2. Kingdom Hearts 2

3. Persona 4

 

 

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Japan Travel

Japanese Destinations

Best Theme Park

 

1. Tokyo Disneyland

2. Universal Studios Japan

3. Tokyo Disneysea

 

Best "Day Trip" from Tokyo

 

1. Yokohama

2. Kamakura

3. Mt. Fuji

 

Best Vacation Spot

 

1. Kyoto

2. Ishigaki Island

3. Nara

 

Best Famous Landmark in Tokyo

 

1. Tokyo Tower

2. Shibuya Crossing / Hachiko Statue

3. Tokyo Skytree

 

Best Distinctive Building

 

1. Tokyo Station

2. Nakagin Capsule Tower

3. Omotesando Hills

 

Best Area for Hot Spring

 

1. Hakone Onsen

2. Kurokawa Onsen

3. Beppu Onsen

 

Best Ryokan (Traditional Japanese Hotel)

 

1. Takinoya

2. Shuhokaku Kogetsu

3. Hotel Hanayura

 

Best Ski Resort

 

1. Niseko Grand Hirafu

2. Fujiten Snow Resort

3. Hakuba Happo One Ski Resort

 

Best Japanese Architect

 

1. Tadao Ando

2. Kenzo Tange

3. Kisho Kurosawa

 

Best Place to Visit in Tokyo

 

1. Harajuku

2. Asakusa Temple

3. Odaiba

 

Best International School

 

1. Tokyo International School

2. The American School in Japan

3. Yokohama International School

 

Best Language School

 

1. Sendagaya Japanese Institute

2. Akamonkai

3. Coto Language Academy

 

 

 

Japanese Hotels

Best Five Ster Hotel in Tokyo

 

1. Park Hyatt Tokyo

2. Palace Hotel Tokyo

3. Imperial Hotel Tokyo

 

Best Hotel for Young Travelers

 

1. Kyoto Guesthouse Roujiya

2. Nui. Hotel & Bar Lounge

3. Hostel Haruya Aqua, Kyoto

 

 

 

Japanese Leisure & Recreation

Best Place to Karaoke

 

1. Shidax

2. Big Echo

3. Karaoke-kan

 

Best Game Center

 

1. Club SEGA

2. SEGA GiGO

3. Shinjuku Playland Carnival

 

Best Japanese Festival

 

1. Sapporo Snow Festival

2. Awa Odori Tokushima

3. Gion Matsuri

 

Best Fireworks Show

 

1. Tokyo Bay Fireworks

2. Sumidagawa Fireworks

3. Edogawa Fireworks

 

Best Department Store

 

1. Mitsukoshi

2. Matsuya Ginza

3. Isetan

 

Best Shopping Complex/Mall

 

1. Shibuya 109

2. Roppongi Hills

3. Omotesando Hills

 

Best Art Museum

 

1. National Museum Tokyo

2. Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

3. National Art Center

 

Best History & Science Museum

 

1. Tokyo National Museum

2. Edo Tokyo Museum

3. Samurai Museum

 

Best Special Interest Museum

 

1. Ghibli Museum

2. Cupnoodle Museum

3. Sapporo Beer Museum

 

 

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 21:42

Tokyo Journal's Top 10 Rankings

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What are your favorite things about Japan and Japanese culture?

You vote. You decide!

Entertainment

Pop Culture

Food

Travel

 

 

> CLICK HERE to see the winners of Tokyo Journal's 2016 Readers' Choice Rankings

2017 marks the Tokyo Journal's second Top 10 Readers' Choice Rankings. Over the course of 2017, Tokyo Journal readers can vote once a day for their favorite things in Japanese entertainment, food, pop-culture, and travel locations. Voting closes on December 31st, 2017 at midnight Pacific Standard Time.

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 18:15

Japanese National Tea Ceremony

Japanese Nagtional Tea Ceremony
Treasures Displayed in L.A.

THE 92-year-old Daisosho (Grand Master) Dr. Genshitsu Sen XV visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on May 24, 2015 to showcase the museum’s March 29 – June 7 exhibition Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl. The exhibition of 100 ceramic tea ceremony objects spanning five centuries was the first of its kind in the U.S. free of the items were Japanese national treasures, two of which were tea bowls made by the earliest Raku potter Chojiro and lent to LACMA by the Daisosho out of the Urasenke Foundation’s collection.

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 22:34

Underground Music Spotlight

3 By Design

THE California quartet 3 By Design is a modern hard rock band that channels a variety of sounds such as Shinedown, Alter Bridge, Alice in Chains, Sevendust and The Black Crowes. Formed in late 2013 by vocalist Jon Goodhue, guitarist Kevin “KJ” Hicklin, bassist Frank Mullis and drummer Kent Diimmel, the band demonstrates tight technical musicianship on their EP Under the Surface and strikes an instant chord with audiences during full-throttle live performances. When asked what makes them click, all of the band members agreed that it is their chemistry, both on and off the stage, and wide array of musical influences. Check out their video for “Shatter” and their EP on their website: www.3bydesign.net tj

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 22:12

Cosplay Conventions

Cosplay Conventions in Tokyo and Los Angels

Monday, 30 January 2017 21:30

Samurai Spirit

Virtu in Japan

Samurai Spirit

Tetsuro Shimaguchi, known for his samurai choreography and appearance in the Quentin Tarantino movie Kill Bill, is the founder of the sword performance group Kamui, as well as the creator of Kengido, a fusion of martial arts with performing arts that delivers the beauty of the samurai. Samurai are well-known warriors of feudal Japan, who fought for their clans and their country. However, Tetsuro believes samurai were artists more than warriors who followed a strong ethical code. If we define a samurai as an artist, rather than a warrior, what makes a strong samurai? What strength are they are pursuing? According to Tetsuro, the key is shingitai (心技体). Shingitai is a term often used in Japanese martial arts. Shin (心) stands for the mind or heart, gi (技) is skill and tai (体) means body. Combined, shingitai is the balance of the mind, skill and body — and you may notice that mind comes first in this word. Tetsuro is spreading the samurai ’s sense of respect to the next generation and to the world through his workshops. He also arranges photo shoots of people in samurai armor at Sengoku Photo Studio Samurai in Yoyogi, Tokyo. Nanami Chinatsu spoke with Tetsuro Shimaguchi to learn more about the samurai spirit.

Monday, 30 January 2017 20:55

Travel to Hokkaido

Travel to Hokkaido

The northernmost of Japan’s four main islands, Hokkaido offers an unparalleled view of the country’s magnificent natural wonders. Many travelers and adventure seekers visit the island to witness its splendid landscape of mountains and trees. Hokkaido is a winter wonderland for snowboarders and a spring and summer escape for hikers to wander through its gorgeous greenery. Its powdery snow, rolling hills, fresh air, blue skies and fantastic food make Hokkaido a desirable destination for both Japanese and non-Japanese tourists.

Monday, 30 January 2017 19:41

Chef Ben Ford

Reviving Diversity in The Republic of Georgia

ONE of the wonderful benefits of being a culinary ambassador for the U.S. Department of State is getting the chance to travel around the world to places I might never have imagined experiencing. I’m definitely attracted to that gypsy/nomadic-parts-from-the-unknown thing, where adventures and cuisines collide. His inclination for exploration was what attracted me to the life of a chef in the first place.

Monday, 30 January 2017 19:33

Sake & Wine Cultures in Japan

Sake & Wine Cultures in Japan

Sake vs. Wine: Genealogical Differences

SAKE is often referred to as “rice wine,” but that’s a misnomer for a beverage gaining in global popularity. There are vast differences between sake and wine, where sake is a unique Japanese alcoholic beverage, a stand-alone product in a category of its own.

Monday, 30 January 2017 19:05

The Heroes of the Himalayas

Heores of the Himalayas

The Sherpa: Mountaineering and Trekking Guides

We hear stories about mountaineers achieving incredible feats and overcoming the most challenging circumstances. However, none of this would be possible if it were not for the Sherpas, the Himalayan people living on the borders of Nepal and Tibet with superior mountaineering and trekking skills. These silent heroes serve as guides working behind the scenes to make the ascents of the Himalayan mountains possible. While climbing one of the lower Himalayas, Island Peak, Ron John Ostlund sat down with his climbing team leader and senior Sherpa to find out more about these world-class mountaineers.

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