February 21, 2010

2010.02.17 Hyakushiki

山下翔央, Yamashita Shoon, Ya-Ya-yah
The theme of this week's Hyakushiki (日本の常識世界では非常識) would literally translate to "what is common sense in Japan shows a lack of common sense in (other parts of) the world", but that's very long-winded, so I chose to call it just "cultural differences". It was fun as it's always interesting (and useful) to learn that, for instance, what is a perfectly harmless sign in one country can be considered as offensive in another. Shoon was present in this episode, and supposedly will be in the next one too, as his name is still on the Hyakushiki site. There's quite a bit of class interaction apart from the usual quiz questions (to some of which Shoon's answers were pretty funny and bizarre) and for the first time in a long time two of the boys (Keito and Takada) went out of the studio. They (Keito, rather) talked to several foreigners asking them about the differences between Japan and their home countries. Also, in the last part of show, they re-aired a few yurugee bits, and I think a couple of them with Shoon and Keito hadn't been aired before. If you take it, leaving a short comment would be appreciated even though it's not necessary. The last show was downloaded 159 times and only 2 people said thanks.

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[480x272 - 158MB] 2010.02.17 Hyakushiki - cultural differences.avi

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