A Salaryman Escapes the Daily Grind in Booking.com's First Campaign for Japan

W&K Adapts its Theme for a Different Market

Published On
Jul 28, 2015

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Booking.com's first campaign for the Japanese market isn't quite as quirky as the Dutch brand's U.S. and European work, but it's nicely done and conveys the same sense of joyous escapism. Created by Wieden & Kennedy Tokyo (W&K Amsterdam is responsible for the global work), it's a good example of an agency adapting its work for a different audience in a way that doesn't change its essence.

The spot, directed by Matthew Swanson at Need, centers on three scenarios involving characters who are much in need of a vacation: a traditional, hard-working salaryman, a couple exhausted by their small kids and a bunch of girls fed up with their tedious workday routine. All of them dream of, and find, a different form of escape. For the parents, it's a hotel with a kids' club to entertain their offspring while they relax, for the girls, it's a traditional gassho-zukuri house in a secluded mountain valley and for the salaryman, it's a tropical retreat that inspires him to beam from ear to ear.


Jul 28, 2015
Agency :
Wieden & Kennedy-Tokyo
Brand :
Booking.com (Japan)
Client :
Booking.com (Japan)
Executive Creative Director :
Mike Farr
Executive Creative Director :
Tota Hasegawa
Art Director :
Matt Moore
Art Director :
Kazuhi Yoshikawa
Copywriter :
Charlie Gschwend
Copywriter :
Kounosuke Kamitani
Copywriter :
Takeshi Amata
Agency Producer :
Kenji Tanaka
Digital Producer :
Reiko Kawaguchi
Strategic Planner :
Greg White
Designer :
Keisuke Koumae
Designer :
Eriko Wakabayashi
Designer :
Ayano Takase
Designer :
Marek Okon
Project Manager :
Lizzie Murray
Print Traffic :
Yoko Onodera
Traffic Assistant :
Yuri Yoshimura
Translator :
Fumie Itake
Production Company :
Director :
Matthew Swanson
Producer :
Peter Slowey
Executive Producer :
Melissa Culligan
Editorial Company :
Editor :
Aika Miyake
Post Production Company :
Post Producer :
Megumi Irino
Online Artist :
Yusaku Yasuda
Colorist :
Ben Conkey
Music Company :
Sound Design :
Mixer :
Narrator :
Shinya Oowada

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