The good news about Japanese elections is that the campaign season is short. The bad news is that it is accompanied by vans and mega-phones spewing noise pollution everywhere.
And then there are the campaign signs. For local elections, at least you see different characters in different neighborhoods. These past weeks, these hideous Diet candidate posters have haunted me throughout Tokyo.
Starting at the top, how do white gloves obscuring your face express your character? Maybe she’s too clean to hold that dirty mike, or shake constituents’ dirty hands. Below this mom-focused candidate is in front of a corporate backdrop that makes me wonder if she’s selling home cleaners or personal hygiene products. Lastly, at the bottom is the pretty male actor with a smirk.
I wish they would all go to hell, or at least shut up and remove their faces from public places.
As the serious world of enterprise slows down at year end, I’m delighted to discover HBO’s Girls, a downwardly mobile Sex and the City set in Brooklyn. Think much much more unsatisfying sex, more existential angst, and many more Jewish characters.
The author, lead actress, and director Lena Dunham creates an often unsympathetic main character, who somehow manages to befriend a conservative girl, a bohemian girl, and a super painful virgin. But my secret pleasure is how she gave herself a disgusting boyfriend who is hot in a large nose and geeky fashion.
To share my mother’s characterization of this amazing talent: “I don’t like Lena Dunham, think she is a slob, painful to look at what she does with herself and how she wants/allows herself to be photographed.” I guess I agree with everything, except that I would delete the second word! I love it!
Is this what my college-age NYC nieces are watching? What is their review? I hope their parents, and frankly any parents, are *not* watching! And of course my husband has no interest since, as he says, “there are no zombies or werewolves.”
Johnny Tri Nguyen, a former Hollywood stunt double for Spider-Man and other films, has found greater success in the Vietnam film industry and in Bollywood as a leading hunk. Dreamy!
I am a huge fan of Shibuya Night’s blog, The Salaryman, The Yakuza and the Host Boy. It’s written as the personal diary and interests of a 20ish European woman who enjoys Japanese men, and it, too, was listed as one of CNNgo’s top 10 Japan blog in English. I love her nasty stories and constant visual stream of extreme male images. It’s a great reminder that some women find these super-femme boys very sexy.
I hope she doesn’t mind if I quote from her fangirling of this photo. And I wonder, do my readers think this video actor is hot or skanky?!
I want to ram him.
He’s in gay porn and straight porn. But he’s also pretty much a prostitute.
I could technically email his company and be like, I want a 60minute session with him please, but really… paying him…. serious? I doubt I would.
If I ever get so bored when I’m back in Tokyo, I might just go hang around takadanobaba and bump into him ha! Stalkerrrrrr
It says on his profile he’s not gay. Yum.
I am posting this only because I think Asano Tadanobu is one of Japan’s sexiest actors. I think the movie might be too violent for me to watch. Thanks #1 Japan Otaku Christophe for sending this along.
Ok, fan girls. Please help me out. Who is this barely legal looking actor/model/singer who’s hawking Panasonic’s technology wonder of a wet-and-dry electric razor? I figure one of my readers will surely know.
I love how lurid the campaign is: the image is saturated with water drops, his hair damp and immaculate, his skin eerily unmarked by age or imperfection. But mostly I love how he welcomes our attention. Perhaps he needs it ^^
ps: There’s also a video version of this ad in the Tokyo Metro. I hope no one gets so distracted they fall into the tracks. . .