Archive for the ‘Tabloids’ Category

Gaijin Attack!!!!

October 9, 2008

A bald, naked Gaijin, A British or Spanish tourist, went swimming in the moat of Kōkyo(皇居: Japan’s Imperial Palace) yesterday! Yes!, a naked man evades Japanese policemen and shocked millions of peaceful citizens in the heart of Tokyo, I mean the heart of the Land of the Rising Sun

Article describes that he climbing the palace wall, throwing rocks, splashing water, chasing police with a rock and a plastic construction-site pole before being taken into custody. 

 

He did rock climbing, actually climbing up the eight-meter stone wall of the Imperial palace of Emperor Akihito.

The man was later released.  As Marmot noted it, it’s just a genuine stupid Foreigner Tricks yet it’s so funny to watch all those facial expressions on bystanders from the chasing-police shot. 

This incident just cracked everyone up in the office this morning!

And global netizens, indeed. 

Oh, I especially liked photoshoped one with the Star Wars theme.

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Been there, done that

December 11, 2007

Er….Not Exactly this occasion but it is so true that you need to take many forms of quizzes or exams in Corporate Korea.  I also took a series of quizzes and exams during company’s three-week long orientation program. Following pictures describe a cross section of Korean corporate culture or Korean “exam” culture very well.

Employees of Everland dressed in Santa Claus take an exam prior to “Christmas holiday Fantasy” events.  About 30 employees took part in a one-day course at its Santa Claus school, Yes, Santa Claus school in Everland Yongin Korea,  and will serve customers as Santa Clauses.  So,

1. Take a qualifying examination 

  

2. Get a certification

 

3. Take the Santa Claus 101 classes

4. Hit the Road, HO HO HO!

I am sure they will be placed every corner of Everland and give their certified “HO HO HO”to every single customers.   Wave and smile!

 The story and pictures ripped from here and  here.

The Ultimate Record

September 28, 2007

According to Reuters, More than 1,000 Australian women donned free bikinis on Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Wednesday for a group photograph to win a spot in the Guinness World Book of Records.

WOW! 

Speaking of the Guinness World Record, it also lists some of weird, wonderful and wacky abound of the Guiness. 

1. Using only ONE hand, Germany’s Thomas Vogel unfastened 56 bras in 60 seconds. (Definitely, I love to try it someday!)

2. Australian John Allwood smashed 40 watermelons with his head in just one minute. (Good for anger management?)

3. Italian Michele Santana wins an entry for typing 57 books backwards.

4. Indian yoga instructor G.P Vijayakumar snorted eight fish up through his mouth and out of his nostrils in a minute. (He is a Y.O.G.A instructor)

5. American Jackie Bibby shared his bath with 75 live western diamondback rattlesnakes.(Wacky!)

6. Frenchman Michel Lotito claimed the weirdest diet — over the years he consumed 128 bicycles and 15 supermarket trolleys which he washed down with six chandeliers, two beds and a pair of skis. (eeeeeeeu)

7. China’s Dong Changsheng — he pulled a 1.5 tonne car using ropes hooked onto his lower eyelids.

8. 3,541 Philippine women in Manila shared the record for the most women ever to have breastfed their babies simultaneously. (Were 3,541 babies in one place?)

9. American park ranger Roy C.Sullivan — he was struck by lightning Seven times. Each strike took its toll — he lost eyebrows and a toe nail as well as suffering singed hair and chest burns.  He died in 1993 — not killed by lightning but by his own hand after reportedly being rejected in love. (Poor man!)

I pick one of rising Korean hiphop singer, Leo Kekoa (리오 케이코아) from Hawaii for this week’s TGIF song.  He has been working with D.T, YDG, Buga Kingz and JK Kim Dong Uk.

Here’s “Like That (황혼에서 새벽까지) (ft. Rhyme Bus)” from his first album III Skill, Enjoy it!

 TGIF!

TGIF

April 13, 2007

I picked “Maria” by Kim A Joong from the Korean movie“미녀는 괴로워” (200 Pound Beauty) for this week’s “TGIF” song. 

And today’s top news would be Geek Squad (Best Buy) Sued For Videoing Customer In Shower

Here’s press confrence clip of it…

As of today, Geek Squad advanced to next level in the Blogospheres World .


 

TGIF!

Anti-Japan sentiments

April 11, 2007

It’s a week old article which caught my eye on Japan Today.  It’s a Japanese article about Son-Ha Yoon , one of Gaikokujin Tarento(外国人タレント)  just like BoA in Japan.  According to the article she was bashing Japan and reflects her double stands attitudes. 

Here’s part of article,  

“I was a fan because I liked how she worked hard, but I was shocked when I learned what she thought of Japan,” said one fan. “I even started taking Korean lessons because of her. I feel betrayed.” Another fan said: “Her remarks in South Korea completely differed from what she said on Japanese TV and magazine interviews.”

These fans are talking about popular South Korean TV personality Yoon Son-ha. Yoon, 30, first came to Japan in 2000 and debuted on Japanese TV the following year as the heroine in the NHK drama “Moichido Kiss.” Her cute smile and comical character gained her a massive following making her a popular TV personality and leading to countless appearances on various TV programs.
But Yoon’s star has dimmed in Japan since she relocated back to South Korea after getting married to a South Korean businessman last year. It all started on March 20 when South Korean daily Dong-a Ilbo posted an article on its website with the headline “Distress over Japan’s distorted education on history.” According to Dong-a Ilbo, Yoon was quoted as saying: “My young Japanese friends do not know much about the brutal acts committed during the imperial Japan era that we learned when we were little in South Korea.” She made the remarks at a press conference she attended for the South Korean Drama “Koibito Yo.” “We grew up listening to our grandmothers telling us painful stories about sex slaves, but there were many of my Japanese friends the same age as me who were not aware of the fact.” 
She pointed out the different historical perception between the two countries. The most frequently asked question, she said, when she lived in Japan, was: “Why do South Koreans get so heated when it comes to playing against Japan in sports?” “If they had a better understanding of the history, then they would know the answer. I suffered a lot when one person suggested that it was due to an inferiority complex with Japan. That person knew nothing about history.”
In the past, Yoon has said otherwise. In an interview with a Japanese women’s magazine in 2003, she said: “I was a little fearful when I first came to Japan as my grandma used to tell me about Japan. But upon coming to Japan, I learned that there wasn’t any particular feeling among our generation. I learned that there are many people in Japan who are keen on South Korea. I realized the past is just the past.”… 

According to the daily Chosun Ilbo, Yoon was quoted as saying on a South Korean TV show: “I got really furious once while shooting a TV show in Japan. One person kept referring to my country as poor. He said it was a joke, but I was angry.” 


Although the relationship between Japan and South Korea has vastly improved due to the “Hanryu Boom” in recent years, it seems there still is a deep division between the two countries. (Translated by Toshiya Fujii) April 4, 2007

Has  she really revealed her anti-Japan sentiment with her statements? I don’t see much anti-Japanese sentiment from her comments.   Is she a right-wing nationalist? I don’t think so.  Again she is just a Gaikokujin Tarento in Japan.  Nationalism does exist in every country on planet Eearth.  It’s just lead to wrong direction when flamed by stupid politicians and media.  In fact, both countries share more in common than any other country and could move on to the future if politicians and media do not play nationalism cards.  Of course I wouldn’t give much credit to this article as it was featured on the Shukan post. And ironically, the author of article criticizing Yoon Son-ha with articles from biased right-wing Korean newspapers (Chosun, JoonAng, Dong A).

Read rest of Article and debate goes on here.