Ken Tanaka is Beautiful

Miwa Yokoyama is known in Hokkaido and all over Japan as being famous for Street Make. She does make up for people on the street. During her tour of the US she stopped at Royal-T maid cafe in Los Angeles, and I finally got a chance to be beautiful.

And last week, I posted this video of Remi and I at Comic Con, featuring some of the best and cutest Cosplay costumes that we saw at the con.

I had a great time at the con, and afterwards, Fangoria magazine did a review of my book Everybody Dies- A Children's Book for Grown Ups. You can check the book out at the website Http://

Japanese mom, Canadian kids, multicultural families

My friend from YouTube, a Japanese woman living in Canada, made this video for her children. It's a touching and funny and very sweet video message to her kids about her Japanese identity and how they might not fully understand why she is different.

I don't have kids (except for RAideen and Great Mazinga) but I think I can understand how she feels.

Tokyo-77 Loves You, Goodbye

Tokyo 77 is a small diner in the Culver City neighborhood of Los Angeles. It is hidden away in an alley behind a bank and a public parking lot, and the average person walking down the street would never even know it was there. The restaurant is owned by a very friendly and handsome Japanese family. They serve mostly American diner style food with some Japanese dishes like Oyako donburi on the menu as well.

Walking into Tokyo 77 feels like traveling back in time. There are headshot photographs on the wall from American TV shows from the 70's and 80's.

The breakfast menu has three full breakfast set items for $2.75, and almost everyone eating there has been a customer for ten years or more.
In some ways it reminds me of going to a restaurant in Harmonica Yokochoo in Kichijoji, Tokyo....and being time slipped back into the Showa era.

Tokyo 77 opened 30 years ago. After three years, they moved into there current location. Many regulars have been customers for so long that they still refer to the current location as "The new place", even after 27 years.

I had not been to Tokyo 77 for many months, then a week ago I had a dream that Tokyo 77 was closing. Two days later, I took my friend Polo there for breakfast. There was a sign on the door saying " After 30 years, We are Closing. December 18th will be our last day."

It was just like in my dream. I have never had a dream that comes true before. I have had dreams about flying bears, and monkey cats who become friends and let me ride on their backs through the starry skies and together we eat juicy sweat Magalore Fruits. But those dreams didn't come true. I wish this dream hadn't come true either. I will miss Tokyo 77 very much.
Tonight I will try to dream that they are not really closing and that it was just a joke. Maybe that dream will also come true.

Takeo's Onstar Parody Video wins editor's pick

In this new video Takeo Kun and I talk about the award he won for his Onstar parody commercial starring Shelby Young and Reid Ewing. Shelby is appearing in the film The Social Network by David Fincher, and Reid Ewing is on the TV show Modern Family.

Takeo won $500 and bought some delicious snacks.

Here is his film.

Click this link to see the video on and read about the award.

Vid Con, the Youtube and Vlog convention in Los Angeles

This weekend is the Vidcon in Century City, Los Angeles. It's a Youtube and Vlogger convention put on by the Vlog Brothers. It goes from today, Friday, till Sunday the 11th and if you are a youtube fan you can watch footage live at
this link.

There are panels about youtube, new media and how to use new technology for videos and vlogging. There are also many performances and talks with famous youtube celbrities like Shane Dawson, Phillip Defranco and Michael Buckley. If you are not a youtuber, you've probablyy never heard of these folks, but they are very famous in the youtube world.

If you live in LA and are a youtuber, you should stop by. Even if you don't attend the actual talks, you can have fun just meeting people in the lobby.

"I am Robot" won the 2009 Youtube Video Awards , thanks everybody.


Thank you all for voting for my video "I am Robot". The video (shown above) won the 2009 Youtube Japan awards for its category. You can seeall the winners here at my friend Hikosaemon's blog.

I am very excited because I will be getting a youtube trophy. I already have a pair of youtube socks, so they will go nicely with my trophy.

I want to say thanks to everybody who took the time to vote for my video. It was very kind of you.

Ken Tanaka Loves You.