We all have televisions and the internet. We've all been exposed to the weirdness of popular culture in Japan. Now, we explore:
1) Japanese Game Shows
Japanese game shows are so insane they deserve their own article. I think there's a special place in the great halls of insanity for Japanese game shows. Often American culture (especially since the horror known as reality TV has been thrust upon us) has been accused of being cruel. Japanese game shows take things to another level. There is literally one show where all the contestants repeatedly get hit in the balls. There are also rules that have no rhyme or reason, like one show where all the contestants must pretend that they are in a library and speak in hushed tones. There are weird costumes, competitions against animals, strange sound effects, pain, things you couldn't dream up in your worst nightmares. For a reference point, let's take a look at that nut shot show i talked about:
Let's just take a look at one more for good measure.
2) The Poop Obsession
Yes, Japan has a poop obsession. You might not have known this, but it's real. Travel to Japan and you will undoubtedly run into any of a number of poop products. From a golden poop cell phone charm to poop stickers to poop children's toys to poop hats. There's even poop candy. Poop appears to be a friendly character in Japanese pop culture.
Look! It's the Japanese Jonas Brothers!
3) Tentacle Rape Monsters
I think this one speaks for itself.
Japan has outpaced everyone when it comes to developing robots. It seems like every couple of months there's some news story about a new robot launch in Japan. This is insane for 2 reasons. One, when the robot revolution comes where the robots rise up and enslave humanity, we'll know who to blame. I knew we should have translated the Three Laws to Japanese! Second, some of these robots are damn creepy.
Haha! I have the poop hat! I bought it when I was an exchange student in Japan :P and I loved their game shows. They were so funny! I encourage everyone to go on youtube and look up 'Hard Gay' segments.