I love this video! I you did this a U.S. city, someone would probably call the cops and accuse you of being a terrorist. Still, I wonder if the people in this video are playing along because Japanese people are just that cool or because the guy pretending to shoot people has a camera man standing beside him?
Archive for Japan 101
This photo isn’t particularly enlightening, but it is fascinating. I lived practically in spitting distance of an Asian market for nearly two years, and I used to find browsing its shelves very entertaining. However, apart from the raw fruit and vegetables, pancakes, and rice vinegar, I can’t identify many of these items. Any ideas?
According to the photo’s original caption, this is one week’s worth of groceries which cost ¥37,699 (US$317.99)
Ojigi is the custom of bowing in social situations in Japanese society. Even as akushu (shaking hands) becomes increasingly popular throughout Japan, ojigi remains an intractable and essential part of Japanese daily life. People perform some form of ojigi to apologize, to bid guests farewell, to express gratitude, to greet others, or even to introduce themselves.
According to various sources, most Japanese don’t actually expect gaijin to return bows, but most consider it rude for foreigners not to at least acknowledge such courtesies with a nod.
The following video lightheartedly demonstrates the most common forms of ojigi used to apologize, but keep in mind that if you’re actually using this video as a hard reference, the actor’s facial expressions are meant to be comical and that women cross there arms in front of themselves, rather than placing their hands at their sides, palms facing inward during shallow bows.
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Google has failed to reveal where I buy one of these, but the photo is amusing to look at nonetheless. It looks like it would be tasty, if spice, too. It appears to be standard sushi (sticky) rice dyed pink with curry sauce screens edged in Nori Seaweed and daikon buttons. It would probably be fairly simple to make at home for the average sushi connoisseur.
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… if not, divide at stairs to flee.
Japanese television never fails to stuns me. I sometimes wonder if there is anything these people won’t watch, and in general, I avoid link to Japanese television programming, because, I know from experience, that most of it will just make me stupider. In this case, however, I’ve found a show that just plain rocks! Japanese Bug Fighting!
Alright, alright, I might be just a bit biased. When I was little, bugs always fascinated me. And this show has bugs in spades. It pits one bug against another in thirty rounds, including beetles, millipedes, scorpions, tarantulas, and wasps. Even if you don’t find creepy-crawlies interesting, there’s a certain comic value to the videos. The announcer is very enthusiastic and seems to the death matches quite seriously.
Video Mirrors: Gladiator Bugs
An article in Friday’s New York Times featuring this photo cracked me up. Only the Japanese would think something like this up, and Japan is the only place in the world were anyone would actually use one. Designed by a twenty-nine year old fashion designer, the flaps that these fake vending machine consist of are concealed beneath a woman’s skirt. If she feels threatened, such as when she is walking home alone at night, all she needs to do is lift the flap and stand very still.
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