Amazon did this (web translated)! When you search for a word
in Google, relevant store ads show up at the top line sometimes, right? Amazon
deleted this already, but when you search for “A-bomb test” in Google, there
was an ad selling an A-bomb test on Amazon. Here is the fish print (In Japan, to “take a fish print” means to save
a screenshot from the web to keep as evidence).
I wrote about Ghibli's movie locations before. Did you know that Neon Genesis Evangelion's locations are real too? Actually,
it's not so far from where I am living. For example, episode 4 is the "Hedgehog's
Dilemma," when Kenji left Nerv and tried to get on a train. The station
was called “Shin Hakone Yumoto” and was based on the real Hakone
Yumoto station. Here
is the comparison between the anime frames and the real location. The funny thing
is that Hakone
created their own Eva map to promote the area. You can follow what happened
in the story on a real Hakone map.
Japanese beverage maker Suntory is selling Pepsi in Japan. I don't
know why, but as of two years ago, we have had limited edition Pepsi with "strange
flavors." In 2007, it was cucumber. In 2008, it was Blue Hawaii. This
year, it is "shiso." Shiso means Perilla in
Japanese. We use it for sushi or as an herb for sashimi and soba. The red color
comes from red perilla leaves. It's a very good herb that’s used with many foods,
so maybe it’d be good with Pepsi. :-p
This is an ad for athlete's foot medication. Their pitch is that athlete's
foot is very persistent.
their official site, you can download the toenail (the toenail will follow
your mouse cursor around) and see other strange ads too. Oh, how sick (pun
intended!).?Though American people may not laugh, I think that this product
is really weird too!?
means "death from overwork." I’m familiar with the term because of this
well-known flash game. They released a second one: "Super
Karoshi." But like I wrote a few days ago, Japanese people think job stress is not so bad. But I agree
with Jeff, Americans and Japanese people consider stress a
normal part of life and Japanese people think that working overtime is normal
too (though I don't think so, I only worked 8 hours of overtime in last month).
But right now, some people want to work overtime but can’t because some
companies are prohibiting overtime as a cost curtailment measure!
Do you know the PlayStation game Okami? This
is a simple Okami
game, this type of game is so addictive for me.
This is a DVD
jacket making site, you can make your own version of "Dragon
Ball" or "The Day the Earth Stood Still."
This was an interesting article: "A bouquet toss is insulting to single women" (web
translated). The article says that single women feel uncomfortable attending a
friend's wedding because of the bouquet toss, because that custom assumes that
all single women want to marry and are envious of the bride. But it's not
always the case and some women hate participating in the bouquet toss. However,
it's really hard to refuse participating since it would ruin the good mood.
I read that Monster Hunter made a viral ad. Maybe they mean this video. In the
video, there are only Japanese people, but the location is not in Japan (I can
tell from the panel and gate). At the end of the video, they show the URL for this
Gigantica." This page wrote about it in this post .
the movie "Big Man Japan (Dai Nippon Jin)" directed by
Hitoshi Matsumoto got good ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. It's much better than Angels and Demons. :-P Maybe people who are interested in Japanese
culture watched it and gave it high ratings. In Japan, the movie had a bad
reputation and I didn't watch it. Maybe I should check it out.
at this site, that is a ukiyoe by my favorite ukiyoe artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi. To make that Ukiyoe with real women, a
guy asked people to send him nude photos that they have... and then people
actually reacted very well. Ha ha ha crazy.
By the way, when you buy Japanese antiques, you should choose a trustworthy shop.
This shop Uragami
Sokyu-do looks very good and they have English instructions so you can
download nice HOKUSAI ukiyoe blog parts.
This year, the word "Konkatsu" is hot, it means “marriage partner
hunting.” We have the TV drama "Kontatsu," but the drama was made because of the
current Konkatsu boom people in their 30’s and 40’s who can't find a partner
although they want to have one. Last week, we had this strange news: a cyber
agent (internet company) started a cell phone site named "boys ranch." On the site, women who registered
introduced their male friends to each other. The problem was the way that these
women categorized each guy as soushoku kei or nikushoku kei (herbivorous or carnivorous
type), poor or rich, handsome or not, and you can see the result as a cow on a mapping
of the ranch. One week after they launched the site, cyber agent had to close
the site because guys complained "are we farm animals?" ...That is so
true. Stupid service.
Shobu means "victory or defeat" or "contest." We use the
word to describe special clothes or underwear like Shobu shitagi (victory
underwear), Shobu fuku (victory clothes) or Shobu coordinate (victory fashion). It means that you wear such
clothes for a special occasion like spending a night together or going on a first
date. By the way, I laughed when I saw this site. For that
guy, those silver eyeglasses and loose gray sweater with the emblem are his shobu
clothes, which he always wore at important events. However, people told him that
his outfit is so DASAI (uncool) but he couldn’t believe it, so he let his friends
wear his shobu clothes and judge. Then, he realized that those clothes destroyed
everything, they made even fashionable-looking guys look like creepy underwear bandits...
ha ha ha! But it's a good idea to test out your fashion sense. Actually, I
don't know how to judge whether my clothes are okay or not by myself, because I
believe they are good.
According to the OECD Research Society’s "At a Glance 2009," Swedes have the highest percentage
of people who think their jobs are stressful, followed by Korea, France,
the UK, Norway, and Canada. The US is #12 and Japan
comes in at #16 between Portugal
Here is an interesting article (web translated). In answer to the question
"Do you come home from work exhausted?" 93.8% of Hungarians said yes
compared to 92.5% of French, 90.1% of Australians, 85.3% of Americans and 73.6%
of Japanese who said yes (Japanese had the lowest level found in this research).
I don't know, when I consider the
high rate of suicide, I think that our society is stressful, but for most
regular workers, jobs may be easy and not stressful? When you hear news that foreign
affiliate companies are in tough situations and have tight competition, it
might be possible. Actually I am not usually exhausted when I got home. Jobs
are stressful but it's not so bad now. Or it may possible that Japanese people
have good patience. What do you think?
The biggest advertising award in the world is the Cannes Lions Advertiser of the Year Award. I remember when UNIQLO won the Grand Prix last year with
this UNIQLO clock ad that was a fusion of dance video routines,time signal music and a clock utility. Another big ad award is the Clio Awards and a Japanese beauty salon won the gold award this year. This is it. What asilly ad...
I take one hour to clean up my house on Saturday morning and cleaning the
dust off the floor takes the longest time. I wonder where the dust comes from because
nobody is in my house during the day on weekdays. Since I like cleaning, I
don't mind doing it though this Panasonic wiping cleaner seems helpful, though the way it
moves is a little bit creepy. Fukirotimushi means “wiping worm.”
I watch more than 5 movies in a week. Last night, I saw Kamome shokudo (Kamome diner). It's rare that I watch
Japanese movies, but the movie was okay except for the first monologue about a cat.
My friends said that I’m similar to the actress Satomi Kobayashi. Not in the face, but in that I
have the same kind of funny air about me. Yes, maybe... Actually, I like her
(I Are You, You Am Me On )" the most. Story is about two teenagers,
Kazuo and Kazumi, who fall down a long flight of stone steps from a hilltop
shrine. While unconscious, their bodies are mysteriously exchanged. Upon
regaining their consciousness, they develop affectionate feelings for each
This was funny: an interview with the president of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata(web
translated). He said when he brought Pokemon to the US, American people said that such
cute things couldn't be called “monsters,” and they sent Nintendo a sample of muscular
monsters and wrote "monsters should be like this." Ha ha ha… That was
why some Japanese game characters were changed into such tough
I really appreciate this news: "Nobel Peace winners issue declaration." I
support Obama and I hope we can make it (Yes we can!). I found this video shocking:
Shock Wave." A hundred kilometers away, an atomic shock wave is felt
just as the blast ignites. Hiroshima and Nagasaki suffered atomic
bomb attacks and 250,000 people died, but beyond the bombed area, there were a-bomb
victims and a-bomb solders who got sick from the nuclear bomb testing. There
were far-reaching effects even 1000 km away, I read. 100 km was not far enough
I really love this topic! I was surprised to see this when I came to Japan (sorry
web translated). I agree that we decided many things through rock-paper-scissors.
Yes, nobody sings or even talks loudly on a train because we think it's rude.
My favorite is this: a TV show reporter scooped up a fish from a preserve and
said "Wow, it's fresh! Looks delicious!" I think it’s supposed to be
like that. Oh, I laughed at this too: "Pushing the crowd of people aside
while firing karate chops in a crowd. It's Moses!"
Anyways, here are some videos of Japanese car parking taken by foreign
travelers. Car parking may be interesting to foreign people.
This page said the same thing too. Since we have a law that
says that we can't buy a car without having a parking space, people find small
parking spaces and develop a super technique for parking like this, this,
We also had some ideas to help drivers.
We call low quality games "Kusoge (Kuso game)", we have a kusoge page on wikipedia. Last year, perfect closer was hot as a new super kusoge, do you remember? The pitcher was totally exorcist. As an old game, transformer convoy was a famous kusoge, nobody can survive more than 30 seconds first (because the enemy's shot is too small and almost invisible!). And the worldwide well known kusoge would be Big Rigs, I guess. There are a lot of comments to the video of Big Rigs on YouTube. When you check kusoge or クソゲー, you will see more videos on YouTube. Check them out.
Then today I read a post about a new online kusoge "QWOP". It's a simple game where you run 100m by using "QWOP" keys of the keyboard. However, nobody can run. Actually I could run -0.3m!
Here are somebody's trials, you will know how kuso (sh*t) game it is. I made worse than this though.