Filming at the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

Quite a memorable day today.

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*Twinkle* and George

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*Twinkle* and I

For our final episode of this series of Japan Podshow we knew we had to do something pretty special. We wanted to celebrate. Celebrate in Style.

A mysterious chain of events led us to the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, located on floors 45-up in the Tokyo Midtown complex.

Upon arrival, we were shown to a Carlton Suite on the 49th floor – it was ours for the night.

Over the course of our time there a string of guests turned up to congratulate us on completing series one. Champagne was brought to our room, Bob Cratchit and his wife appeared in our bed, we had live music from Kat McDowell and a Japanese lesson with a very cute teacher.

We relaxed in the jaccuzi, ran 0.08km on the treadmill.

Japan’s First Podcaster, Scott Lockman, presented us with a trophy.

It was all very cool.

The final episode, a video episode, will be released late next week over at www.JapanPodshow.com

In the meantime, here’s a video from my iPhone, and a few pictures all taken by Steve Nagata

Recording www.japanpodshow.com at the Tokyo Ritz-Carlton
Arrival

Recording www.japanpodshow.com at the Tokyo Ritz-Carlton
Champagne, kindly provided by the hotel

Recording www.japanpodshow.com at the Tokyo Ritz-Carlton
Our Japanese lesson

Recording www.japanpodshow.com at the Tokyo Ritz-Carlton
At the hotel bar

Recording www.japanpodshow.com at the Tokyo Ritz-Carlton
With the Tokyo International Players

Recording www.japanpodshow.com at the Tokyo Ritz-Carlton

Recording www.japanpodshow.com at the Tokyo Ritz-Carlton
In the spa

Recording www.japanpodshow.com at the Tokyo Ritz-Carlton
On the treadmill

Recording www.japanpodshow.com at the Tokyo Ritz-Carlton
With Scott Lockman, Japan’s first podcaster

Recording www.japanpodshow.com at the Tokyo Ritz-Carlton
In bed

Recording www.japanpodshow.com at the Tokyo Ritz-Carlton
Singing

Recording www.japanpodshow.com at the Tokyo Ritz-Carlton

Recording www.japanpodshow.com at the Tokyo Ritz-Carlton
Waking up

Video Exclusive: Susan Boyle sings live on a Tokyo commuter train

Having bought the most amazing computer in the whole world ever, I realised I needed to push myself beyond the confines of email and random web surfing, and into production, in order to justify the financial outlay.

This happened to coincide with that gala event at the Tokyo Hilton, at which I was seated on the Freinds-of-fatblueman YouTube table.

Well, sitting with them for several hours couldn’t fail to rub off on me, and so, a couple of weeks later, here we are, making YouTube videos.

The idea for this one came to me last Sunday morning. I had to go to the office to pick up the transformer for my mac that I’d left behind the previous night, and decided to make a brief stop at Kitanomaru park. I wanted to make a tribute video to Susan Boyle, as I’d been really taken with her voice.

It was only later that I decided that it might be fun to take the video outside of the park and onto the trains.

Whilst this video ends in Shibuya, the footage doesn’t. I’ll be posting another video in due course.

I’m using the making and promoting of this video for educational purposes. This is the first time I’ve ever used Final Cut (Apple’s pro-video editing software), and the first time I’ve done anything other than simple uploading with YouTube.

I think the lack of reactions on the train says a lot about Japan, or at least Tokyo. It’s only by isolating yourself in your own little world that you can survive.

Joseph