Ray Charles for Suntory White

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 7, 2009 in Japanese TV

In 1989 Ray Charles recorded a cover version of the song “Itoshi no Ellie” by the Japanese band Southern All Stars for this TV ad. Of course he made it his own and renamed it “Ellie My Love”, the ad did so well that it sent the song to be #3 in Japan selling more than 400,000 copies. Here’s the full length song performed in concert: Read more…

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Tess Tea: A Very British Drink for Japanese Anglophiles

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 4, 2009 in Japanese TV

This 80s advert for Tess Tea has a soundtrack that either inspired by the Katrina and the Waves hit Walking on Sunshine — or — the earlier Clash single Hitsville U.K. Although the irony of this is that much of British new wave music from that era owed a great deal to a reggae dancehall rhythm. I couldn’t find out much about Tess Tea online other than the fact that it was a brand from Suntory that must have been popular in the 80s. Here’s another anglophile commercial for Tess Tea from 1984: Read more…

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Nick’s Nippon Notebook: Suntory Carbonic Acid Gas Cylinder

Posted by Guest Author on Nov 30, 2008 in Design, Hobbies and Collections

Nick's Nippon Notebook

In my never ending hunt for cool and unblogged about pop culture in Japan, I found this mysterious item at the convenience store:

Suntory Carbonic Acid Gas Cylinder

What sold me was it apparently went fast enough or was powerful enough to shatter it’s own UPC code. My first impression was that it had something to do with racing given what I thought was a speedometer or cyclometer. Then there is the fake signs of scraping and damage printed on. Read more…

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