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

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Why the Japanese TV Show that came to Ireland is just about the best program ever.

Japan, it seems, has embarked on a love affair with the rainy little island in the Atlantic ocean that some people call “Ireland”. It’s not surprising, I guess, Irish bands have been touring around Japan recently, Guinness is fast becoming one of “the usual foreign beers” alongside Heineken and Corona. All of these factors combined with others, have had such an effect that Japan is now Ireland’s 11th largest trade partner.

As such, Japanese people are wantin to know a bit more about Ireland…. So they send a talk show host and actor, Toshiyuki Nagashima, to Ireland to track down a Japanese woman to talk to… Don’t worry, it’s not as creepy as it sounds, it’s part of the show “Japanese over Here”.

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That sky must be photoshopped…

 

When the guy steps out of Terminal 2 in the Dublin Airport the first thing he notices is the cold and rain. Of course he couldn’t show up on one of the rare sunny days, so the world gets to see Ireland in all its rainy glory. However, when Nagashima realizes that he’s arrived on the wrong side of the country, he asks a nearby market-stall owner how to get to the town of Dowra. (hint, it’s far away). But when our plucky hero pulls out an enormous map of Ireland, the stall owner doesn’t bat an eye and gets down on his hands and knees to locate Dowra.

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I think we have to get INTO the map

MUCH better

MUCH better

 

Our hero also gets an education on how to drink a Guinness right. After being reprimanded for getting a Guinness outside of a bar, a fellow train passenger shows Nagashima that for a good Guinness, you have to wait.

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trying to drink Guinness before it’s settled, NOOB!

 

Japan’s public transport is a marvel to behold. The only thing more impressive is the lack of public transport in the Irish countryside! The host encounters this little factoid when he’s trying to get from the “major town” of  Carrick-on-Shannon to the tiny village of Dowra. So he has to hitch-hike. and don’t worry, the Irish show their kind hearts. The third car to pass by stops to give a lift to him and the camera crew. Granted, it took 45 minutes for the third car to even make an appearance, but hey, it’s the thought that counts.

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Proper Gentleman

 

Probably the best thing are the kids though. Seeing a half-Japanese, half-Irish girl with jet black hair and masses of curls is a strange sight. Taeko Lowe and her husband Peter have been married for a few years, operate a business together and have 4 kids, all with appropriately Irish names.

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The show is almost entirely in Japanese, so get ready for a challenge if your Japanese isn’t up to snuff, but if it is, or you just want to have a quick look, check it out here:

http://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x1sq8xz

 

5 examples of why Japanese prank shows are just better

These videos pretty much speak for themselves.

When it comes to scaring the crap out of people, the Japanese just don’t seem to care about damaged pride, emotions or bones…

1 The poor girl who drops out of a gameshow, don’t worry, she has a plunger to keep her safe

 

2 These people learn that if you ever encounter a wild red button, you should absolutely NOT push it… (skip the first minute of introduction)

 

3 These people who get caught in the middle of a gang war between rival Yakuza.

 

4 The people who stumble into the set of Jurassic Park.

 

5 A man who goes out to catch some human cockroaches… (skip to 1:10 to see the trap spring into action)

 

Truly, if the best we can come up with is “Punk’d”, we’ve lost this battle…