Posts Tagged Japanese TV

August 29, 2005 – So many channels, nothing to watch

Today I took the day off and hung out at my parents’  house in Portage la Prairie. I decided to plant myself in front of the TV for a few hours.

There aren’t a lot of TV channels in Japan, so it was a culture shock to have hundreds of choices on my parents’ overloaded cable package. Even though there were lots of channels to choose from, most of them just show the same shows all day.

You don’t realize how little you will miss TV until you don’t watch it regularly.

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July 9, 2005 – The best food show ever

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Today I watched the greatest Japanese TV show ever since Iron Chef, and possibly the best food show ever: Debuya.

Every since TV was invented, there have been shows about food. Most of the shows involve cooking, but not many involve people eating. Debuya features two large Japanese men traveling around the country eating local delicacies. The best part is that they absolutely love EVERYTHING. The show reminds me of when Homer Simpson became a food critic on the Simpsons (before he intentionally started writing bad reviews). Debuya needs to be translated and sent overseas immediately; it will become a huge hit.

Other than watching people eat, I went out and bought the new Queens of the Stone Age Album: Lullabies to Paralyze. Like other QOTSA, this one is also amazing!

Buying CDs in Japan is usually more expensive than buying them back home, but there are often extras for the Japan release. For example, my CD had three bonus tracks for Japan, a book of Japanese translations of the lyrics, and a bonus DVD. How cool is that?

(2015 Update) I don’t think Debuya ever made it to North America, but there have been a lot more shows about people eating since I wrote this post in 2005. What does a person need to do in order to get a job traveling and eating? That sounds fantastic!

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February 3, 2004 – The Urinating Talk Show

Tuesday is becoming my favorite day for TV at Hello House. Before work I get to watch THREE back to back to back episodes of the Simpsons. Finding The Simpsons on TV in Japan is not easy, compared to Canada where it was literally on some channel any time day or night.

Curious about the non-Simpsons offerings on the TV, I browsed through the channel listings. I found a Japanese channel with a show called “The Urinating Talk Show” followed by “The Special Urinating Talk Show!”. That channel was blocked in Hello House, so I can only speculate on the contents. My best guesses are that they either talk about urinating or talk while urinating. Either way, I was not terribly upset that I couldn’t watch.

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January 11, 2004 – Revenge of Channel Kitano

Channel Kitano was on again, which is good because absolutely nobody believed me when I told them about it.

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January 10, 2004 – Is Channel Kitano even legal?

After work I went for a few beverages at the nearby izakaya. When I got home I wasn’t quite tired enough to go to sleep, so I decided to watch some late night TV. After flipping through the channels, I came across a variety program called “Channel Kitano”. In the segment I watched there was a female reporter walking around Tokyo talking to women with large breasts. The reporter asked for permission to touch and then PROCEEDED TO GROPE THE RANDOM WOMAN’S CHEST! This is usually how porn starts!

Many of the women that were approached instantly said no, and some ran away when they saw the camera coming. A few brave souls returned to the studio for an interview after their initial groping. At the studio there was an in depth interview, apparently about having large breasts. The interview would usually involve the reporter continuing to grab the woman’s breasts while saying “sugoi”, which means “great” in Japanese.

Channel Kitano was, by far, the most unusual thing I have ever seen on TV. Considering that some of the girls were only 16, I don’t know how this would be legal in other countries. Wow.

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January 1, 2004 – Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

After spending most of the day recovering from the sins of the previous night, I ended up watching a lot of The Simpsons in the Hello House common room. At about 9:00pm I went to the station to meet up with Marshall`s friend who was en route to Thailand and had a one day stopover in Japan. Since Marshall was skiing in Nagano, I met up with his friend, gave him the cheap tour, found him some dinner, and gave him directions for the next day. To close out the day we watched some very strange Japanese TV.

“Very strange Japanese TV” is probably redundant.

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