exhibitionism

Competitive eating champ Kobayashi eats 7.5 lbs of turkey in 10 minutes

I love that Kobayashi Takeru shows off his body in a tank top while eating 7.5 lbs of turkey in 10 minutes. It seems he’s now focused on using social media to get “closer” to his fans: on UStream and Facebook. It’s a proud moment for Japan: beating the US at food gluttony while seducing Amerika with exhibitionism. This a big win for Team Japan!

Are no pants days really over for this year?

My interest in Shinto practice continues to deepen. I love a religion that brings the rice harvest to the city, and instructs men to go pants-less in public. Certainly there are many particularities I am still unfamiliar with.  The repetitive flute and metal percussion music puts me in a trance, and opens me to the possibility that these gods inhabit my neighborhood and are responsible for my daily meals. But ideas and concepts would be nothing without the flagrant masochism and exhibitionism central to the rituals.

It’s like the Catholic Easter passion, but better because of its multiplicity. There is more than one suffering man, and more than one god. If this is pagan, I am unable to resist. I will ask the gods this year to decontaminate the rice harvest.