Understanding Japan

I don’t think we’re supposed to understand Japan.

“It’s Japan Day here on Bitterwallet, which means we’ve got this story and possibly another one later on that heralds from the alien world of Pachinko, the original Hole In The Wall (minus Dale Winton) and vending machines filled with schoolgirl knickers.

“Here are a couple of ads for Space Shower TV, Japan’s largest cable/satellite music channel. The first one is utterly, utterly, UTTERLY off the map and as we can’t describe it, we’re not even going to bother trying. Just watch it.

“Meanwhile, the second ad is just your typical tale of war and peace among inanimate objects in an everyday kitchen. Watch it also. Then watch the first one again. But not in the three hours that immediately precede your bedtime. That might not be so good for you.”
Commercial Break: Maybe the most deranged ad we’ve ever seen, by Andy Dawson, Bitter Wallet, June 18, 2009

Bitter Wallet is fast becoming my favorite “fun” blog.

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1 Response to Understanding Japan

  1. In Japan, if someone gave me a ride, and I ended up in the back seat, I’d always start digging around for the seatbelt. (You know, force of habit, click-it-or-ticket campaigns, the usual.) This either elicited a) ‘crazy gaijin’-type embarrassment laughter; or b) in the case of my homestay family – nani wo shimasu ka? I mentioned that in America, it’s the law for everyone in the car to buckle up, or the driver could get arrested. (I didn’t know how to say “get a traffic ticket” at the time”). Fortunately for me, my host family’s daughter was a member of the prefectural police force, where she met her husband, who is working his way up the PD ranks microsoft test.

    If I travel out of the major cities, among the little kids screeching “henna gaijin”, people would ask me why I was there, and was I with a group. The unspoken questions seemed to be “Why would some crazy gaijin go all the way out here (inaka)? Everyone knows there aren’t any interesting things to see or do outside the big cities. And it’s even worse if you’re not in a large group!”

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