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Japanese Twitch streamer reveals the problem with IRL streaming in Tokyo

Published: 7/Feb/2020 19:52

by Michael Gwilliam


Japanese Twitch star SAKURA Senpai explained some of the issues streamers face while trying to do IRL broadcasts in Japan.

While discussing visiting a ramen restaurant for content, Senpai suggested that she didn’t think IRL streamers have a “great future” in Japan and Tokyo – especially for those who live in the country.

“I’m Japanese. For other streamers, foreigners, livestreaming people, that is okay,” she said.

SAKURA recently hit 15,000 Twitch followers.

According to the streamer, foreigners who are visiting Japan have different expectations as tourists than people who already there and are used to obeying these unwritten streaming rules.

“Japanese people are really angry at live-streaming suddenly,” she added.

The example she gave was that if she just brought a camera into a shop, employees and patrons would be angry at her.

“Japan is like that,” the streamer sighed. She then recalled how the government in Tokyo was talking about potentially banning livestreaming in public.

While the government didn’t ban IRL broadcasts, it’s still frowned upon and a lot of places simply won’t allow it.

“Many, many places say ‘no camera’,” she revealed. “When I’m streaming outside, you guys saw that.”

As it turned out, in the past, SAKURA had been asked to leave places when attempting to broadcast. “If it’s live-streaming, it’s going to happen. But if it’s YouTube, I can ask in advance ‘can I bring my camera?’”

So, while IRL broadcasting Japan on Twitch may be difficult for many Japanese people, they’re more likely to create content specifically for YouTube or other video platforms.

It’s certainly interesting to think about how this affects content for Japanese entertainers such as SAKURA. However, as she said, for non-locals visiting the country, it seems like they’re free to livestream as they please.

So far, Senpai isn’t doing too bad for herself in 2020 having just passed the 15,000 follower mark on Twitch. Hopefully for her, the rest of the year can maintain this growth – even without IRL streams.


How to watch the TikTok Room Awards: Nominees, results & more

Published: 28/Nov/2020 16:01

by Charlotte Colombo


Popular drama page TikTok Room delighted its 1.8 million followers this week when, on November 25, they announced on their Instagram that they would be hosting their very own awards show!

The post also announced that voting would be on Friday 27 November, with the awards then streaming tonight on Saturday 28 November.

Details surrounding what the award categories were was initially vague, with the account teasing more information throughout the week before opening the polls on Friday for fans to vote for some of their favorite TikTokers in various categories.

Despite the categories remaining unclear prior to voting being open, that didn’t stop some of TikTok’s biggest stars endorsing the awards and encouraging fans to vote for them.

Among other famous faces like Skai Jackson, Nessa Barrett, and Jacob Sartorius, Sway House star Bryce Hall endorsed the awards in a video, joking that he was probably nominated in the “most problematic” category, while Charli D’Amelio, who recently reached 100k followers on the TikTok, told her fans that “there is a special award show on Sunday” and encouraged them all to vote.

Although some fans found that there was difficulty submitting their votes – with TikTok Room explaining in an Instagram post that this was due to heavy traffic on the form- by the time the polls were closed, TikTok Room announced that over 500,000 votes were cast after teasing fans earlier that day with just how close some of the categories were.

What are the categories?

The TikTok Room awards consists of 28 categories in total, and are as follows:

  • Most active with fans
  • Best couple
  • Best makeup
  • Most positive
  • Best style (male)
  • Best style (female)
  • Best ship
  • Best dancer (male)
  • Best dancer (female)
  • Best fandom
  • Funniest TikToker/ collab
  • Best diss track
  • Least problematic (male)
  • Least problematic (female)
  • Best role model
  • Best group/duo
  • Kindest TikToker
  • Best dance creator
  • Best song
  • Most talented musician
  • Most achieved (male)
  • Most achieved (female)
  • Favourite TikToker/ Influencer (male)
  • Favourite TikToker/ Influencer (female)
  • Best clapbacks/ comebacks
  • Best YouTuber
  • Best hair
  • Best house

The running order of these categories is not yet clear.

When do the TikTok Room awards start?

While the awards themselves start at 8pm Eastern Standard Time, TikTok Room have announced that there will be a pre-show from 6pm Eastern Standard Time.

It isn’t quite certain how exactly the awards will be broadcast, although TikTok Room did confirm to a fan in the comments section that they would be posting the results on their Instagram page throughout the night.

So, to watch the awards, your best bet is to keep an eye on TikTok Room’s Instagram account!