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Bathing girls. Sort of like the Abbey Road of Japanese television.
posted by four panels (40 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Pretty girls strip down to bikinis and shake their booties. Totally SFW.

???
posted by sidereal at 9:13 AM on August 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


No exploitation going on here.
posted by DU at 9:20 AM on August 22, 2007


Am I missing the Abbey Road reference? Is there video of John, Paul, George & Ringo in bikinis?
posted by NationalKato at 9:28 AM on August 22, 2007


Best of the web?



Yes!
posted by eyeballkid at 9:34 AM on August 22, 2007


What did I just watch?
posted by chillmost at 9:38 AM on August 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


Sort of like Abbey Road

Because the Beatles wore pink bikinis and sang into bananas?
posted by Peter H at 9:39 AM on August 22, 2007


Don't think Abbey Road as in "Here Comes the Sun" and "Come Darling". Think Abbey Road as in Magnum Opus.
posted by Plutor at 9:50 AM on August 22, 2007


Come Darling? I started writing "Come Together" and then decided to go with "Oh! Darling". Left hand, meet right hand.
posted by Plutor at 9:51 AM on August 22, 2007


ick
posted by unknowncommand at 9:54 AM on August 22, 2007


my limitted Japanese tells me this is some type of "election" for a reality tv show - can someone translate? it would be helpful if this could put into cultural context - otherwise this can degenerate into the "lost in translation" disguised racism.
posted by sjjh at 10:09 AM on August 22, 2007


LOLJAPAN.
posted by champthom at 10:10 AM on August 22, 2007


Just think, this is exactly what Iraqi television will look like in sixty years.
posted by ColdChef at 10:16 AM on August 22, 2007 [6 favorites]


The first music that you hear (00:03) in the clip is the melody of The Beatles' Please, Please Me, but that song wasn't from 1969's Abbey Road. It was the title track of their very first British release in 1963.
posted by wsg at 10:40 AM on August 22, 2007


They're pretty nice girls, but they don't have a lot to say.
posted by Faint of Butt at 10:47 AM on August 22, 2007 [3 favorites]


sjjh writes "my limitted Japanese tells me this is some type of 'election' for a reality tv show."

OK, I'm straight on to Channel 4 to suggest that they don't bother with Big Brother 9, and that I've found the ideal replacement.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 10:59 AM on August 22, 2007


Now is the time where we all act outraged because of 16 year olds in bikinis, right? How about now?
posted by 1adam12 at 11:00 AM on August 22, 2007


Super happy fun time!
posted by Mental Wimp at 11:07 AM on August 22, 2007


Now is the time where we all act outraged because of 16 year olds in bikinis, right? How about now?

Have you ever been to, like, the beach?

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Anyway, what the hell is the third girl doing with that spatula?
posted by delmoi at 11:17 AM on August 22, 2007


Sort of like the Abbey Road of Japanese television.

More like Rubber Soul, 'cause it sure gave me some Norwegian Wood! (This would be a better line if I was actually Norwegian.)
posted by Atom Eyes at 11:22 AM on August 22, 2007


Sort of like Abbey Road but with massive, massive cameltoe. And disturbing hand motions.

Wait, this is more like my first year in college, than Abbey Road. Well, it's what I replaced my memories of my first year in college with using calculated drug abuse.

Truly the best of the web.
posted by lumpenprole at 11:27 AM on August 22, 2007


Because it's on The Blue, it makes me cry.
Because. It's on. The Blue.......aaaahhh
Aaaahhh....
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:33 PM on August 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


People consider Abbey Road the magnum opus?
posted by Shakeer at 12:59 PM on August 22, 2007


People at the Opus Dei Abbey sometimes consider The Road with a magnum.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:12 PM on August 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


ChocoParty . . . good, good!
posted by landis at 1:17 PM on August 22, 2007


Bathing Girls: They came in through the bathroom window.
posted by Joey Michaels at 1:21 PM on August 22, 2007


Anyway, what the hell is the third girl doing with that spatula?

The balloon told her to "歯磨いて” or "brush [my] teeth." I'm thinking knowing Japanese only makes this more difficult to understand.
posted by GooseOnTheLoose at 1:56 PM on August 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


Magnús Ver Magnússon competed in his first strongman contest in 1985, finishing third in the Iceland's Strongest Man competition won by Jón Páll Sigmarsson.
posted by Pollomacho at 2:04 PM on August 22, 2007


People consider Abbey Road the magnum opus?

Some do. I do. It's the best of the last albums.

Some consider the transitional albums Rubber Soul or Revolver the best, it's all opinion.
posted by Bonzai at 2:29 PM on August 22, 2007


Ladles and gentlementals: Opus Dei and the Knights [Templar]!

I feel a bit light-headed; perhaps you should drive...
posted by ZenMasterThis at 2:35 PM on August 22, 2007


Ladles and gentlementals: Opus Dei and the Knights [Templar]!

Opus, my main man!
posted by Benny Andajetz at 3:09 PM on August 22, 2007


I like the pretty girls but the talking balloons scare me.
posted by Iron Rat at 3:34 PM on August 22, 2007


It's a clip from a television show called Dai-san wakusei aidoru ("Third planet idol"), about which a frightening amount of information is available at Wikipedia, but it's pretty much WYSIWYG. Young women endure a goofy "audition" in exchange for a shot at becoming a low-level idol and releasing photo books, songs, etc. Viewer votes decide the winners (allegedly).

One fact Wikipedia notes is that each viewer can vote as many times as they want, but contestants who get too many votes are disqualified. I'm sure there are game theory papers describing the optimal strategy for viewers here.

Language geeks will enjoy the fact that they insist on writing the title in old-school right-to-left style (ルドイア☆星惑三第), even using "rudoia" instead of "aidoru" in the URL.
posted by No-sword at 5:04 PM on August 22, 2007 [3 favorites]


I like the up-skirt dentist-mirror-cam snaking its way along the floor to the last contestant. And then vanishing.

I also can't help but feel that not understanding a word of Japanese enabled me to sit through this clip in its entirety.
posted by the sobsister at 5:58 PM on August 22, 2007


Thanks for the explanation of the balloon/catpoopscoopper thing. I'm still not really sure why they wanted her to do it, but c'est la vie. Now what about the surgical mask in this related photo shoot?
posted by mosessis at 6:38 PM on August 22, 2007


This was way hotter than Ringo in a bikini.
posted by kirkaracha at 6:49 PM on August 22, 2007


I like the up-skirt dentist-mirror-cam

Yeah, that was the one thing I took away from the whole show: Japanese television really panders to the pervs. The up-skirt cam was probably the brain-child of Isato Miyagura*, who also pioneered the bouncing-on-a-trampoline shot and the eyes-rolling-into-the-back-of-their-head-after-sniffing-underwear shot that we all know and love.

You have to wonder, though... television is usually composed of shows aimed at the least common denominator to maximize potential advertising revenue. You wouldn't expect to see an panty-sniffing shot on, say, The Rachelle Ray Show or Good Morning America!... it's just not mainstream enough. Yet they get this (and much, much more bizarre) every day. The Japanese are so many levels of crazy more advanced than we are.

* OK, I completely made that part up.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 12:46 AM on August 23, 2007


Kind of fascinating and weird, especially because I couldn't understand a thing that was being said and which I suspect was good.

This should be on American TV, prime-time, and with no translation, no explanation. I think that would have a positive effect on the country. Anybody now how we can get this done?
posted by From Bklyn at 1:49 AM on August 23, 2007


...know...

crap.
posted by From Bklyn at 1:50 AM on August 23, 2007


"my limitted Japanese tells me this is some type of 'election' for a reality tv show."

Man, if you say that in a comedy Japanese accent it takes on a whole new meaning.
posted by LondonYank at 3:12 AM on August 23, 2007


This should be on American TV, prime-time, and with no translation, no explanation. I think that would have a positive effect on the country. Anybody now how we can get this done?


they could put it on the spike channel, right after MXC.
posted by fuzzypantalones at 5:43 AM on August 23, 2007


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