"Picture the scene: you’re on Family Feud (US) or Family Fortunes (UK), and the oily host summons you to go head-to-head with a member of the opposing family. “Hands on the buzzers, please. Top eight answers in this round. We asked 100 people…to name something associated with Holland.”
Suppress lewd thoughts of red-light districts, window brothels, and sex clubs—this is a family show—and quick, the buzzer!
And that, in essence, is Huis ten Bosch, a $3bn theme park answer to a quiz show question nobody asked.
posted by MartinWisse
on Mar 15, 2014 -
Japanese folklore and horror stories are known for their psychologically terrifying ghosts and monsters that prey on the minds and bodies of humans. But there’s also a lighter side to Japanese folklore, where bumbling spirits cause only mild annoyance, actually enhance your daily life, and otherwise generally botch the whole job of haunting mankind and teaching vague moral lessons about treating your parents with respect and such. 8 Hilariously Nonthreatening Monsters from Japanese Folklore
posted by timshel
on Jan 28, 2014 -
's latest, "Last Dance"
, starts with a shot of TEPCO corporate headquarters. Also making apperances are the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), anti-nuclear protesters outside METI, and the Ministry of Finance. [more inside]
posted by needled
on Dec 24, 2013 -
In the last few weeks, extensive evidence has emerged that Japanese show business is saturated with the yakuza’s influence. Police records and sources, along with testimony from current and former yakuza members, have revealed that many powerful Japanese talent agencies and production companies are not simply fronts for the yakuza—they are the yakuza.
Yakuza Goes Hollywood
– Jake Adelstein reports on recent attempts to remove the yakuza from the entertainment industry
posted by timshel
on Dec 14, 2013 -
is a Japanese game show in which a gay man tries to force a straight man to orgasm. (Link is to Huffpo Article, and relatively sfw. Video within the link, not so much.) [more inside]
posted by emperor.seamus
on Nov 22, 2013 -
On Megami Tensei
Based on the Japanese horror novel series by Aya Nishitani, this one’s about a student computer genius, who’s also the reincarnation of an ancient Japanese deity, who uses his giant clunky 80s mainframe to summon up some horrifying devils. This involves some not-bad animation of a well-endowed teacher’s frilly brassiere heaving up and down as she becomes the conduit for horrifying monsters from another dimension to invade our world. Then giant piles of red goop start crushing students and a big blue hairy devil named Loki fights our student computer genius hero, who fights back with his reincarnated girlfriend and his magic sword and his pet devil animal throughout several alternate universes.
let's anime presents: The Top Ten Least essential OVA (anime) of the 80s
. [more inside]
posted by JHarris
on Nov 3, 2013 -
How a Kids’ Cartoon Created an Real-Life Invasive Army.
At the peak of their popularity following the animated series Araiguma Rasukaru
, Japan imported more than 1,500 North American raccoons annually... Raccoons compete both for food and for territory with the native raccoon dog (tanuki) and the red fox, and push native owls out of nesting spots in hollow trees. Ever since raccoons attacked a reproductive colony of grey herons in Nopporo Forest Park in 1997, the grand birds have not returned to their historic breeding grounds. [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi
on Sep 24, 2013 -
France has made Japan angry again
, this time with insensitive political cartoons
With radiation levels still spiking
, and the government only reticently admitting to constant leaks, some
are questioning the legitimacy of PM Abe's insistence that Tokyo is safe. With decisions not to prosecute
anyone involved in the disaster, it seems that amakudari
is, in Japan as in most other countries, still alive and well.
posted by GoingToShopping
on Sep 13, 2013 -
With mass layoffs still taboo in Japan, senior workers who refuse to resign are sent to "chasing-out rooms"
instead of being allowed to work. (SL NYTimes)
posted by reenum
on Sep 4, 2013 -
“One day, we looked around and realized that almost no one is making tokusatsu anymore,” said Shinji Higuchi, one of a handful of Japanese directors who still have experience in the genre, having directed three movies in the 1990s featuring the giant fire-breathing turtle Gamera. “We don’t want this technique to just quietly disappear without at least recognizing how indebted we are to it.”
- The last days of the rubber-suit monsters.
posted by Artw
on Sep 2, 2013 -
Massive earthquakes in Chile and Japan have been found
the dramatic increase in violent quakes around fracking's
largely unregulated wastewater injection wells observed in the Midwest in the past two years
, where injected water acts as a lubricant for geological faults
that were previously thought to be "dead" or stable for millions of years.
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Sep 1, 2013 -
In this video, you'll see people doing tricks on skateboards, rollerblades, and kendamas
, for which the crowd goes wild. Yes, kendamas
, the traditional Japanese wooden toy consisting of a handle, three cups and a spike (the "ken"), and a wooden ball (the "dama") on a string, with a hole opposite of the string. This toy has a long history
, and is similar to a number of games found elsewhere in the world
. But it wasn't until 1975 that it was formally organized as a competitive sport in Japan by the Japan Kendama Association
, which has patented the design of the kendama and designated the tricks required to reach specific rankings
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Aug 21, 2013 -
"The Notorious MSG’s Unlikely Formula For Success
: The umami craze has turned a much-maligned and misunderstood food additive into an object of obsession for the world’s most innovative chefs. But secret ingredient monosodium glutamate’s biggest secret may be that there was never anything wrong with it at all."
posted by arcolz
on Aug 19, 2013 -
In the autumn of 1832, 14-year old Yamamoto Otokichi was aboard the cargo ship Hojunmaru
when a storm hit. 22 years
and a trip around the globe later, he finally got back to Japan.
posted by Chrysostom
on Aug 13, 2013 -