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Musical food

There’s a Youtube user in Japan, heita3, who has an unusual hobby.  He makes musical instruments using various foods, mostly fruits and vegetables.  This kind of musical instrument is called an “ocarina.”  Please check out his Youtube channel here.

Here are some of his interesting videos.

Ginger

Banana

Eringi mushroom

Watch his channel for even more musical food.

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Japanese TV pranks

Japanese TV is full of comedy shows.  They’re mostly evening and night time variety shows that involve a lot of comedians and other celebrities, and there’s a large variety of topics and activities.  Sometimes quiz shows, sometimes they show clips from overseas, sometimes they play jokes on each other.  While American hidden camera shows will play jokes on the average person, Japanese hidden camera shows usually play jokes on celebrities.  And many of these jokes may seem cruel.  But it’s part of the job.  The following are some Youtube videos from Japanese variety shows featuring some great pranks.  Just one note, most have no English subtitles.  Enjoy!

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Nanikore

I’m watching the 3 hour Nanikore special right now, and they showed a funny dog. It has “hair” and “eyebrows.” Take a look!

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Fun with Youtube

Sometimes, I like watching random videos on Youtube.  Usually, they’re not very interesting to watch, but sometimes I find some really unusual stuff.  I found a couple music videos through a guy who calls himself Buffalax on Youtube.  He takes non-English songs and gives them English subtitles.  He interprets the sounds in the song as English, trying to find the closest sounding words.  He gets very strange lyrics that are often rather rude and may be offensive to some people.  But I’m going to show you two of the original videos that were just really, really strange (they are not subtitled).

First is Vajas’ “Sparrow of the Wind.”  Vajas is a group from Norway that sings traditional Sami music.  I found the singer’s voice kind of strange in this song.  Part of the song, he sounds like a dog.  Just watch:

Second is a group called DyzaBoys.  They’re actually a pair of comedians from the Czech Republic, and it seems obvious that they’re doing this for laughs.  Their dancing is ridiculous, awful and just plain funny.

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Michael Jackson died

I’m on my way to work now, but when I got up, I saw the news that Michael Jackson died. I was very surprised. He suddenly died like Elvis Presley. Are you surprised?

Edit:  This news is very big news in Japan.  A lot of my students have been talking about it in class.  So many are so surprised.

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