What in the world is a potato party?

Have you ever heard of a potato party? No, it’s not a delicious new political group, but instead, a party… where you just eat fries from McDonalds…

Not this either

Not this either

 

We can trace this crazy phenomenon to Japan, of course. Last October, McDonalds started discounting their large fries in an attempt to get the Japanese people to start accepting the larger portions. Some students took this as a challenge, and attempted to scoff 23 large fries. After sending a photo of the attempt online, it quickly got a lot of love, a lot of hate, and a whole lot of re-tweets.

As the picture became more and more re-tweeted, a group of students from Okayama decided that their warrior spirits could easily handle a mere 23 large fries, and instead went and got SIXTY large fries. To celebrate this momentous occasion, they even had a special balloon made.

 

 If you’re going to consume 30,000 calories, you at least need a balloon

If you’re going to consume 30,000 calories, you at least need a balloon

 

The fad swiftly spread to South Korea where teens have been reportedly kicked out of mcdonalds restaurants for causing a mess, and disturbing other customers.

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You can’t really blame the staff…

 

 

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3 Japanese men, 10 burgers, what could go wrong?

Have you ever heard of Megwin TV?

If you’ve not, that’s understandable, since outside of Japan, they aren’t all that well known, they are however, one of Japan’s most prolific YouTube bloggers, uploading videos just about every day.

The group was started by Megwin himself (real name Ken Sekine), and has since expanded to include two of his friends, who go by the names Bandy and Falcon. Megwin regularly gives lectures about creating internet success and how the new “digital hollywood” is evolving. But how did they get this popular? By making awesome videos of course (with English subtitles, so we can enjoy them too!)

Take, for example, their burger eating contests, where they travel to America, and try to eat 1o hamburger combos in a day.

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The rules of the game are simple: they drive to a restaurant, and whoever’s colour is touching the ground when they arrive, has to order the most popular combo on the menu, no matter how big it is. This of course leads to some pretty funny moments…

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1- The “hirarious Engrish”

I’ve taught English in Japan for two years now, and I’ve gotten used to the way they pronounce things. The poor staff however, have no idea that when the guys ask for “za mohsto popyurah conbo” they really mean “the most popular combo”…

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2- For a guy in his mid-thirties, Megwin is a bit of a big kid…

Megwin himself is the star of the show, and he shows off by having an unusually outgoing personality (for a Japanese person anyway)…

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3- The size of the burgers

This being america, they have some pretty big burgers available…

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4- The overconfidence falls apart

Of course there was no way they could eat all that meat, plus it doesn’t help when they make mistakes with their orders…

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5- Extra challenges are issued.

Put a few guys together on a road trip in L.A. and of course there will be shenanigans…

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There are a whole load of other great moments, so you should really check it out yourself.

The videos are available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2LYx2GubsU&list=RDJ2LYx2GubsU&index=1

A dream come true (for me at least)

I have a word for people who don’t like capybaras.

In the interest of good taste, I won’t say it here, but suffice it to say that it’s an unpleasant word.

Just look how serene they are

Just look how serene they are

Prior to coming to Japan, I had only glimpsed capybaras from afar, but seeing as they were essentially dog-sized guinea pigs, which can also swim, it’s safe to say that I was smitten. Here in Nagasaki however, we have a “biopark”. The Biopark is like a zoo, except you can interact with the animals. Seeing as capybaras are just about the most amazing animal on the planet, they swiftly became the most popular attraction, with whole sections of the gift shop dedicated to the world’s largest rodents, with t-shirts or dress-up capybara dolls.

You can show your love with t-shirts

You can show your love with style

It's dressed as a cow, our argument is invalid

It’s dressed as a cow, your argument is invalid

 

This coming July, a zoo in Shizuoka Prefecture is opening what they call the “capybara Rainbow Plaza”.

Artist's impression of the fun

Artist’s impression of the fun

The plaza will feature opportunities to play with the capybaras, feed them and learn more about them, but the real attraction… swimming in a hot spring with them! Just imagine it, an entire pack of dog sized, water loving rodents swimming around you!

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Now while that thought may be enough to give some people nightmares, I am not amongst them. I will be leaving Japan in late July, so perhaps before I leave, I will have to pay the Rainbow Plaza a visit to see them in action…

 

 

What’s your type? (A guide to blood and condoms)

So there I was, trawling through the Japanese net, looking for something to post for Friday, and what do I see? A list of odd condoms available in Japan, you can check out the original post here: (http://inventorspot.com/articles/top_10_weirdest_japanese_condoms_5537).

However, the one that caught my eye were the supposed “Blood Type condoms”.

Yes, it's a real thing

Yes, it’s a real thing

I did a little bit of digging into these condoms and found out more information about them.

Type O – It would seem as though the type O condoms are the normal ones, although they do advise the users to seek a woman with type AB blood for “hot love” but also to tolerate how selfish they can be in the sack.

Type A – Or “featherlight”, as they may otherwise be known. In Japanese blood-typing, A’s are the stolid, dependable type, who apparently need a little extra stimulation to get them going, hence the extra-thin material.

Type B – Classic ribbed here, B’s are independent souls, but it appears as though they are not independent lovers, since they seem to care about their partner’s enjoyment too.

Type AB – AB’s are supposedly the most organized and thoughtful, so it comes as no surprise that their condoms are also the most technologically advanced. Not satisfied with mere ribs, AB’s go in for diamond shaped studs, to try to increase their potential.

 

But WHY is blood type such a big deal here?

Well, the answer to that is tied up in a whole load of attempted genetic typing of humans and sub-humans, so we won’t get into it here, but suffice it to say that today, in Japan, one of the first things people will ask of you is your blood type. Seriously, there’s nothing sinister about it, it’s similar to western astrology or other pseudo-science.

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If there’s one things that can’t be racist, it’s bath salts.

So instead of looking into the all-too-serious-and-depressing history, let’s look at the amusing present, and tell you a little more about the various blood-type personalities.

They wrote BOOKS about the different types

They wrote BOOKS about the different types

Type O people are often referred to as “warriors”. They are flexible, out-going and driven… for a time. They have the perception of being quite flaky, and quick to give up on projects for something else, even if the project is going smoothly. While they are working on something, they can be driven and ruthless, but that doesn’t always last long. However, they are also the most popular and social blood type, and often take the centre of attention. Japanese people view this type as the best type.

Type A’s are called “the farmers”, and have a shy, reliable demeanour. They are supposedly uncomfortable in large groups, but can keep a cool head should the group start to panic or argue. They crave responsibility and will focus on a task obsessively until it is completed. While this makes for very skilled, artistic and succesful people, they can also be very stubborn, arrogant and obsessive.

Type B. Ah, “the Hunter”. This is my own blood type, so you’ll forgive me if I forget some of my own poor traits. Or you would, if my type wasn’t a bunch of forgetful folks. We are apparently also very individualistic, preferring to trust ourselves and follow our own creative instincts than anybody else’s. When we’re not working on a task however, the individualism comes out in a kooky, free-wheeling manner, which creates fun, even if we don’t always remember why we decided to try to cram 10 pieces of sushi in our mouths at once…

Type AB. This is where Japan gets it’s oddballs. The AB’s vacillate between driven and relaxed, reliable and easy to stress, fun and… not fun. Japan likes these people the least, since they’re so unpredictable, and Japan loves order and predictability, their wild side doesn’t have a place here. They are the kind of people who will offer to help you move a couch, but only you pivot around the corners in just the right way.

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Proof that the Japanese have made a deal with the devil

(Or at least, one of them has…)

Take a look at this commercial here, don’t try to figure out what they’re selling, it seems to be some sort of beauty product. Just try to guess what age the woman is.

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Go ahead, take your time, I’ll wait…

Have you figured it out? Her name is Masako Mizutani and she is a staggering 45 years old! As in, 45 HUMAN years, I’m not trying to pull some canine-esque trickery here.

Mizutani has been nicknamed “Japan’s Lady of Eternal Youth”, or as I prefer to say “Lady Who Clearly Made a Deal With The Devil”. How else are you supposed to explain how she managed to remain basically unchanged for the last 20 years?

I mean, come on!

I mean, come on!

Mizutani claims that she maintains her looks by keeping a five hour daily beauty regimen. I however think that that is just a cover-up for “animal sacrifice to appease the dark gods”

Look at the fear in the poor dog's eyes

Look at the fear in the poor dog’s eyes

 

Ok, maybe I’m being a little hyperbolic, but can you really blame me?