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Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra Jungle Boogie

One of Shizuko Kasagi’s (see previous two entries) best known songs is undoubtedly the Jungle Boogie. Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, better known as Skapara, performs a thoroughly modern modern version of it in this clip.

• Saturday June 20, 2009 • FunAdd Comment

More Shizuko Kasagi

Searching for more video clips of Shizuko Kasagi (1914-1985), I found this one in which her song Tokyo Boogie Woogie is used as background music for film clips of Japan in 1948. I love the haircuts of the little girls and boys!

• Saturday June 20, 2009 • FunAdd Comment

Shizuko Kasagi's Shopping Boogie

Just discovered the Kaimono Boogie (Shopping Boogie) performed by Shizuko Kasagi (1914-1985) in 1950. Kasagi was known as the Queen of Boogie. If you understand Japanese, especially Osaka-ben, this one is a lot of fun to listen to. I like the part where she tries to get the attention of the elderly shopkeeper, who happens to be extremely hard of hearing.

• Saturday June 20, 2009 • FunAdd Comment

Kentucky Fried Christmas

Christmas is in the air, as well as the smell of fried chicken… Over many years Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan has somehow managed to position its greasy offerings as a romantic Christmas delight. There is something deeply sad about fast food being seen as romantic.

KFC • Sunday November 30, 2008 • FunAdd Comment [1]

Monkey Waiters

A restaurant in Utsunomiya City appears to have found a solution for Japan’s looming lack of labor. It employs Japanese macaque monkeys as waiters. In line with animal rights regulations the two monkeys, Yachan and Fukuchan, only work two hours a day.

Diagonal • Wednesday October 15, 2008 • FunAdd Comment

Apen-obers

Een restaurant in de stad Utsunomiya lijkt een oplossing gevonden te hebben voor het probleem van onvoldoende werknemers. Het laat apen werken als obers. It employs Japanese macaque monkeys as waiters. Volgens voorschriften voor dierenrechten werken de twee aapjes, Yachan en Fukuchan, enkel twee uur per dag.

Diagonal • Wednesday October 15, 2008 • FunReageer [2]

How to Sushi...

If you have ever been to a real Japanese sushi shop, you will love this video clip. It takes a little time before it really gets going, but I almost fell off my chair laughing. Enjoy!

Boyok • Wednesday January 23, 2008 • FunAdd Comment