Meet Kawaii Metal’s newest band which includes a cross-dressing Scandinavian giant

World, say hello to LADYBABY (all caps, should probably include an exclamation mark). LADYBABY, say hello to World.

Like Babymetal, I would say that LADYBABY’s fits in with the surreal mix of heavy metal with growling, dance music, smidgens of rap and generous helping of J-Pop which has been called Kawaii Metal.

One thing that sets the band apart, though, is the lead singer / growler, who is white, blond, big – and a bearded man in a maid outfit.

It’s actually quite cool. Check it out here:

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Japanese marketing meets the English language in my shorts


Meet my shorts.

I have to admit that I am absolutely and totally in love with the way the Japanese use the English language. A lot of the time, it just makes life a lot better, and I’m not saying this in a ‘hahaha look, they have no idea about how to use the language I was brought up speaking and therefore they must be stupid’ sort of way.

Most high school students here would run rings about (see) my English grammar, and if we moved to other subjects, said rings would be more numerous than those found around Saturn – or an electromagnet’s coil.

It has to do with the way that the Japanese use of English does tend to sometimes inadvertently stray into the humorous or downright dadaistic domain.

Take my new shorts about, as an example, and let’s go through that writing bit by bit.

1st bit of text: Manchester’s Hearts. Right…not sure which hearts or whom they belong to…or why hearts is with a capital…are Hearts a sports team in Manchester?

2nd bit of text: PRIDE OF RANK. I’m guessing that means we’re number one, right? And that we’re proud of that? Good going and yay us! Us, or Manchester’s Hearts.

3rd bit of text: 53. What? We came in 53rd? Well, it’s all about participating. Unless it’s about Manchester’s Hearts, in which case they’re crap and should be ashamed of themselves for finishing so low.

4th bit of text: CAUSE OF FREEDOM. OK, freedom’s good…so you’re saying that my shorts are the cause of freedom? If so, they have more power than Ford Prefect’s towel…and that got him into space. I like my shorts.

5th bit of text: LIVERPOOL. Yeah, in theory putting both Manchester and Liverpool in there is like a double-up…except if you know England and the relationship between those two cities, it’s really not…

6th bit of text: (6) INCHES OF FORESIGHT FEEL. Now I admit to having the brain of a 12-year-old, but there is no way that that does not sound dirty….

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This might be the most Japanese math lesson of all time

Watching the eight minute of video here below left me feeling…confused, a little sad and a whole of of huh? I think it might be just about the most Japanese thing I’ve ever seen, due to the mix of kawaii, dedication beyond reason, somewhat sinister undercurrent and general levels of aforementioned huh?

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So that’s what you guys are like….

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WTF Japan? Commercial #OMGJeanReno – Featuring Jean Reno and a violin that kills monkeys…and a bear

As it says on the tin:

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The simple, but effectively unnerving art of adding eyes to pictures

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I think the images in this tiny gallery speak for themselves :-)

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WFT Japan? Commercial #ItHasADogInIt – Super propeller tail, panpipes and a flying house

I….no, I have no idea what to say about this:

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