Thursday, May 25, 2006

tv in japan

Wondering where to get random clips from the craziest of Japanse television? Try TV in Japan, a website dedicated to sharing the stories that make Japanese TV one of my favorite things to laugh at.

Now, the proviso is that this is not representative of all Japanese televison. Like Spike TV, this website only takes the worst of what Japan’s stations put on the air.

The reality of Japanese television, however, is not exactly quality either. It is absolutely true that variety shows of the most ridiculous kind are frequent and elaborate practical jokes carried out for months are not uncommon. Stars of American television would never let themselves be subjected to what Japanese “talents” go through. But let me remind you that the most frequently shown American TV shows aired in on non-cable stations in Japan are the first three seasons of “Full House” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” So imagine what they think of you, too.

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