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That green guy is beautiful.
posted by chrismear at 7:32 AM on November 23, 2007


words escape me.

Although I do believe that the garlic press, glass tube, bad breath technique may well work to change the position of members of congress who continue to fund the war....

...I'm serious....really...
posted by HuronBob at 7:34 AM on November 23, 2007 [1 favorite]


I like the part where the man jumps.
posted by I Foody at 7:37 AM on November 23, 2007


Slightly off-topic, what do ordinary Japanese people think of these tv shows?
posted by cardboard at 7:40 AM on November 23, 2007


cardboard... that thought crossed my mind as well..

But, then I thought about the stuff that we watch here in the US, and figured that anyone outside this country wonders the same thing... and, all be told, jumping bugs and garlic breath is better than american idol any day of the week..
posted by HuronBob at 7:43 AM on November 23, 2007


That was wonderful.
posted by dog food sugar at 7:43 AM on November 23, 2007


This is the same society that birthed Kodo and Zen meditation, right? What the hell happened between there and here?
posted by Mike D at 7:47 AM on November 23, 2007 [2 favorites]


Needed more sexy spider ladies.
posted by Astro Zombie at 7:47 AM on November 23, 2007


Stuperb post.
posted by googly at 7:48 AM on November 23, 2007 [4 favorites]


"Stuperb" is now my favorite word.
posted by HuronBob at 7:51 AM on November 23, 2007


This was a fun video, thank you!

But fuck you to whatever hideous Internet advertising company (Looksmart?) thought it would be clever to pop up clickable ads on top of the video. Particularly nice that they obscure the subtitles.
posted by Nelson at 8:06 AM on November 23, 2007


Best game show evah!
posted by Gungho at 8:10 AM on November 23, 2007


The Olympics needs more sports like this. High jump, pshaw!
posted by howling fantods at 8:11 AM on November 23, 2007



Slightly off-topic, what do ordinary Japanese people think of these tv shows?


Most of the time my Japanese husband just laughs a bit and mentions they are morons.

I mean this is what a lot of Japanese TV is like all the time. Comedians in strange costumes doing silly stuff. It's low brow physical comedy.

To be honest I think it looks stranger because they are shouting out in Japanese which if you aren't a speaker makes it more amusing and "wacky".
posted by gomichild at 8:18 AM on November 23, 2007


But fuck you to whatever hideous Internet advertising company (Looksmart?) thought it would be clever to pop up clickable ads on top of the video. Particularly nice that they obscure the subtitles.

I didn't see no ads.
posted by dobbs at 8:34 AM on November 23, 2007


The tv is background noise anyway. It's always on...you can watch it when you want, or turn your attention to a newspaper or a magazine, or your mobile. So prime time doesn't have to be all that intelligent or even interesting. Primary colours are important, though.
posted by KokuRyu at 8:34 AM on November 23, 2007


This is the same society that birthed Kodo and Zen meditation, right?

Well, Kodo anyway. The birthplace of Zen is India.
posted by StickyCarpet at 8:46 AM on November 23, 2007


Not bad, but it's no Quiet in the Library. (Or at least it wouldn't be if the YouTube Clip in that post were still up. Damn you YouTube! Damn you all to hell!!)
posted by Horace Rumpole at 8:46 AM on November 23, 2007


Nelson, that pissed me off to no end. Finally figured out the insipid link and added it to AdBlock. Bastards. Let's hope that doesn't become a trend. At least it was overlaid (and thus blockable) rather than embedded in the actual clip.
posted by caution live frogs at 8:55 AM on November 23, 2007


Words fail.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 8:56 AM on November 23, 2007


The birthplace of Zen is India.

China, actually.
posted by tkolar at 9:00 AM on November 23, 2007


Couldn't tolerate the ads. Weak.
posted by knave at 9:13 AM on November 23, 2007


...is better than american idol any day of the week

Lest we not forget that American Idol originated in Britain and is an international phenomenon. Not sure of what my point is, but that it's all from whatever cultural throne you make your decree from. I'd rather watch Takeshi's Castle/MXC, though. (or "Ow, My Balls!")
posted by not_on_display at 9:54 AM on November 23, 2007


...and somewhere out there, a man is watching a woman dressed as a spider breathing garlic-death-breath through a tube, and masturbating. Or paying a prostitute to don a spider costume, eat stinky food, and breathe at him.

I'm not sure which makes me sadder. Or more aroused.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 10:03 AM on November 23, 2007


It isn't really a game show if nobody has a pork chop strapped to their head.
posted by spilon at 10:27 AM on November 23, 2007


Metafilter: Not sure what my point is.
posted by Kibbutz at 10:42 AM on November 23, 2007


"Lest we not forget that American Idol originated in Britain and is an international phenomenon."

In which case, I can only say, damn the Brits...and...we're ALL doomed!
posted by HuronBob at 10:45 AM on November 23, 2007


But fuck you to whatever hideous Internet advertising company (Looksmart?) thought it would be clever to pop up clickable ads on top of the video.

There's a little 'x' in the corner, you can close those ads if you don't like 'em.
posted by delmoi at 10:54 AM on November 23, 2007


You could make a case that you're both right on the Zen thing. From what I read, Zen as a more formal tradition arose in the empire of the Liang, or perhaps the Northern Wei, but it takes its name from the Japanese version of the Chinese chan, short for channa, a transliteration of the Sanskrit. It is the school that practices dhyana, meditation originating in what is now India and maybe also Nepal.
Of course the canonical origin is when the World-Honoured One twirled the flower at Vulture Peak and Mahakasyapa smiled in silent understanding.
posted by Abiezer at 11:04 AM on November 23, 2007


I didn't see any ads. I'm thinking it's because I've got adblock plus and noscript. Everyone should be using them, imo.
posted by puke & cry at 11:43 AM on November 23, 2007


Anyone have a link to the "Open the beer with a helicopter" show? That one is always good for a laugh.
posted by Meatbomb at 12:03 PM on November 23, 2007


"...when the World-Honoured One twirled the flower at Vulture Peak..."

So that's what the kids are calling it these days.
posted by Mike D at 2:38 PM on November 23, 2007


Weird human-insect hybrids jumping over a pole and screaming with great excitement?

This is so much like my dreams it's scary.
posted by quin at 2:58 PM on November 23, 2007


Sweet Jebus... I thought I'd dreamt this program.

It was on this time last year whilst I was staying in Tokyo, but the episode I saw was stranger by an order of magnitude: the insect men had to climb to the top of a ~20' scaffolding tower and attempt to suck up milk from a glass on the floor through a length of plastic tubing. Those who failed got the garlic belch treatment. One of them threw up in a bucket.

I gave the BBC £135.50 this year and they didn't manage to work even one of those elements into a program.
posted by boosh at 3:31 PM on November 23, 2007 [1 favorite]


OK I thought I knew Lynch, but what's the hand finger wave thing he's doing?
posted by xmutex at 4:39 PM on November 23, 2007 [2 favorites]


Wrong thread!!!
posted by xmutex at 4:39 PM on November 23, 2007


I love this one where they strap binoculars to the players heads and make 'um play soccer.

http://break.com/index/japanese-binocular-soccer.html
posted by H. Roark at 6:24 PM on November 23, 2007


OK I thought I knew Lynch, but what's the hand finger wave thing he's doing?
posted by xmutex at 7:39 PM on November 23 [+] [!]


Wrong thread!!!
posted by xmutex at 7:39 PM on November 23 [+] [!]


Wrong. This is absolutely the correct thread for that comment to be in. Just like the log lady in the couple's living room, its so perfectly Lynchian.
posted by googly at 7:52 PM on November 23, 2007 [1 favorite]


MURDER BONER!
posted by Joseph Gurl at 8:12 PM on November 23, 2007


Anyone remember another Japanese game show where a bunch of dudes have to say a phrase really fast and if they mess up, they get whacked in the balls? I had it saved on youtube but it disappeared.
posted by special-k at 8:31 PM on November 23, 2007


Actually that's not a game show, it was just a segment on a comedy program. All those guys are very well known comedians - Down Town are the main duo in that program so searching with their name may help.
posted by gomichild at 8:34 PM on November 23, 2007


Here you go, special-k.
posted by dreamsign at 9:05 PM on November 23, 2007


Thanks dreamsign
posted by special-k at 10:03 PM on November 23, 2007


The internet is littered with all this weird as shit stuff from Japan. I always wonder--is this something that is popular in Japan, or is it some weird subculture thing like Star Trek conventions in the U.S.
posted by LarryC at 11:22 PM on November 23, 2007


gomichild writes "Actually that's not a game show, it was just a segment on a comedy program. All those guys are very well known comedians - Down Town are the main duo in that program so searching with their name may help."

That's pretty much the case for any "weird Japanese TV" thing you've seen on the net, too. Japanese "game shows", in the sense of "compete for prizes", are mostly verbal things. Trivia quizzes, Japanese quizzes, etc. And the contestants are almost always celebrities.

If, on the other hand, the competition is saying tongue-twisters or pole-vaulting over pudding or slapping people with fish, it's just a segment on a comedy show, with no prizes. And it's usually not the entirety of the show, it's just a 5 or 10 minute segment of a 30 or 60 minute show.
posted by Bugbread at 11:35 PM on November 23, 2007


LarryC writes "The internet is littered with all this weird as shit stuff from Japan. I always wonder--is this something that is popular in Japan, or is it some weird subculture thing like Star Trek conventions in the U.S."

The "weird ass product" stuff runs the gamut, from stuff nobody here knows, and which most Japanese would also find incredibly bizarre, to stuff everybody knows and thinks nothing of.

The "weird ass movie" stuff is almost always weird underground stuff.

The "weird ass tv" stuff is almost always mainstream stuff.
posted by Bugbread at 11:37 PM on November 23, 2007


Oh, and if it's weird and animated, it's the same as Star Trek conventions in the US: lots and lots of people may attend those, but the average American has never been, never will go, and doesn't really know what goes on there. The weird anime thing has lots of viewers, but the average Japanese has never seen one of those anime, never will, and doesn't really know what goes on in them.
posted by Bugbread at 11:38 PM on November 23, 2007


Slightly off-topic, what do ordinary Japanese people think of these tv shows?

Well, since you asked, I find them slightly amusing when I happen to stumble upon them when I'm channel-surfing with nothing else whatsoever to do, but I've never seen the 60-minute show in its entirety (It's called "Haneru no Tobira" BTW, though I'm sure nobody cares). There's another segment in the same program where the same comedians are dressed up as stereotypical dumpy housewives and try to avoid picking out the few super expensive items mixed into a selection of about 10 to 15 100-yen ones. When they do pick out the expensive ones, they have to pay for them out of their own pockets. I think this segment is a lot more entertaining than the bugs jumping over things, but again, it's not something I particularly look forward to seeing every week.

My 10-year-old son, on the other hand, finds shows like these absolutely hilarious, though he rarely ever gets to see them in full either. And I'm pretty sure this program and most others like it are targeted towards kids, teenagers and people in their twenties at the most.

I do, however, think it's hilarious that this video has been posted on the front page of MetaFilter.
posted by misozaki at 5:17 AM on November 24, 2007


Also, in the tradition of Takeshi Kitano, who also used to dress up in weird costumes and do all kinds of crazy stuff on TV here as "Beat" Takeshi (and still does from time to time), the guy who jumped over the hurdle first, Muga Tsukaji, is also crossing over into the film world as a serious actor (though admittedly in quirky roles so far), and has appeared in such movies as the Mamiya Brothers and Kisaragi. I don't know why I wanted to point that out, but I'm kind of a fan of the guy because he can be so funny in the skits by Drunk Dragon, the comedy duo he belongs to.
posted by misozaki at 5:44 AM on November 24, 2007


I remember remarking at a party when I first arrived in Japan that I had lived 27 years without having seen anyone's ass literally set on fire, and now I had just seen it twice in the space of a week.

My other early memory of being riveted to the TV but horrified by the content was the guy with clothespins attached to his privates (under boxer shorts) with strings attached to model rockets, which were launched whenever he got a question wrong. Sort of like COPS, I knew I was debasing myself by watching.

This is one of those links that reminds me how grateful I am that I came to Japan in the pre-Internet era, not pre-jaded with wacky Japan YouTube links.
posted by planetkyoto at 7:58 AM on November 24, 2007


Also, in the tradition of Takeshi Kitano, who also used to dress up in weird costumes and do all kinds of crazy stuff on TV here as "Beat" Takeshi (and still does from time to time)

Takeshi's Castle is actually on in the US... sort of.

It's remixed into "Most Extreme Elimination Challenge" or "MXC," with American actors dubbing totally different stuff over the original. The resulting product is very silly, but people seem to get hurt so that's okay.

Right you are, Ken.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:47 AM on November 24, 2007


Not bad, but it's no Quiet in the Library.

That clip, with Ernesto Hoost, is up here: Silent Library with Ernesto Hoost
posted by gen at 4:58 AM on November 25, 2007


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