I’m catching up with my Japan Times articles. I had an article about Japanese TikTok accounts at the end of May: “Immerse yourself in the creativity and language of Japanese TikTok accounts.”
Here’s my TikTok translation of the article:
There are so many other great TikTok accounts that I couldn’t fit in the article. I’m enjoying the platform way more than I should. Here are a bunch of Japanese creators that I’m watching regularly, some better for Japanese study than others:
@omuraisupuro has me convinced that I will someday make a respectable omuraisu:
@tokuiyoshimi seems to be rehabilitating his image on TikTok after admitting to inappropriate tax sheltering. He mostly cooks, has cute cats, and eats out at fancy restaurants.
@syakanani.riisan are a set of twins (?) who are active on YouTube. They’re pretty funny trolls and do skits/trending videos.
@dpgolf is a virtual golf bar in Hiroshima. The staff make funny videos, some of which are good Japanese study.
@taketv1000 is a guy who drives electric vehicles in Japan. Pretty interesting look at how different electric vehicles are in Japan!
@sumibi_club is a viral charcoal griller who chows down on delicious looking food.
@shingunkun is a voice actor who made a super viral take on the “Nyan Ichi Ni San” dance.
@aaa_tsushi_ is a Fukuoka-based video artist who shows some of his tricks on TikTok.
@gomihiroisamurai are a duo who go around picking up trash in Tokyo. In this video they’re using the viral song なにをやってもあかんわ. They generally have a pretty good selection of Japanese songs as well.
@chikushowtime are a group of guys who, in their own description, 地元でバスケっぽいことしてます (we play something basketball-ish in the countryside)
@hirokisan79 duets animals and other random sounds. Very entertaining.
@deliva.offigaycial is a gay comedian. I’m not sure if I get his schtick, but he’s often collaborating with other TikTok stars.
@otacraft is an Okinawa-based TikToker who features his grandma.
@gyamashita_tatsuro is a cover musician who sings some Japanese classics. Check out this cover of Uchiyamada Hiroshi and the Cool Five.
@yoshi30244781481 is a comedian who’s gone viral for his comparisons of Japanese and Korean.
And I’d say there is one viral song worth knowing.
真夜中のドア by Miki Matsubara went viral last December when Gen Zers started filming their Boomer parents recognizing the song.