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Saturday, June 02, 2018

Secret Maikos


As amusing as this Band-Maid video is, it's even funnier to learn that it is an April Fool's joke carried out to an extent that only the Japanese can imagine. My Japanese is not up to discerning this myself, but I am reliably informed that the band even went to the trouble of changing the lyrics of the original song to Kansai-ben, which is a Kyoto dialect that is said to descend from the geisha speech of the past.

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Blogger John Cunningham June 02, 2018 8:12 AM  

VFM 424 here--when I lived in Japan I stayed in a youth hostels that had a staffer who was a retired farmer from around Sendai. He asked if I had ever heard Tsutsuben, the archaic dialect of the northeast. Of course I had not, and he switched into it with me and a bunch of students. We could barely make out 10% of it. It was a blast.

Blogger JACIII June 02, 2018 9:40 AM  

I am starting to see why you wanted to study Japanese. It's like a country full of outrageous weirdness with some vanishingly subtle weirdness sprinkled around the edges.

How apt is the "meek and mild" stereotype of the Japanese woman? Is the Jap Girlband thing organic? I find myself wondering if there is some potbellied old dude behind the scenes producing all the cute Jap Girlband stuff.

Blogger VD June 02, 2018 9:48 AM  

I find myself wondering if there is some potbellied old dude behind the scenes producing all the cute Jap Girlband stuff.

You clearly don't understand Japan at all. There is an entire collection of very highly skilled professionals behind the scenes producing all of it. The same company that created and owns Babymetal also created and owns Perfume, which has an entirely different look, sound, and vibe.

Japan doesn't do organic. Japan does technical excellence. Korea does the same thing, only more crudely and ruthlessly. The Koreans would never permit flawed teeth or ears that stuck out in a girl band, for example.

Blogger JACIII June 02, 2018 9:53 AM  

So much for my picture of suburban garages filled with pigtailed heavy metal head bangers.

Blogger VD June 02, 2018 10:01 AM  

Among other things, there are no suburbs or garages in Japan. But Miku going from a dolled-up drinks girl at an Akibahara bar who didn't play any instruments to founding a rock band that got picked up by a professional organization is pretty interesting. I suspect there is probably a very skilled guitarist boyfriend behind the scenes somewhere, but it's a good story regardless.

Blogger JACIII June 02, 2018 10:30 AM  

It's "WTF?" fun stuff.

Blogger Gianna June 02, 2018 10:48 AM  

Thanks for posting. I loved this video, super stylish and beautifully done on every level. You really can't beat the Japanese.

Blogger Br'er Shaygetz June 02, 2018 10:58 AM  

Oh dear...

Blogger 罗臻 June 02, 2018 11:01 AM  

K-Pop: Girls' Generation 소녀시대 'Oh!' MV

Blogger Nym Coy June 02, 2018 11:12 AM  

Maikos slurping noodles 😂

Blogger SirMaorio June 02, 2018 12:56 PM  

VD wrote:I find myself wondering if there is some potbellied old dude behind the scenes producing all the cute Jap Girlband stuff.

You clearly don't understand Japan at all. There is an entire collection of very highly skilled professionals behind the scenes producing all of it. The same company that created and owns Babymetal also created and owns Perfume, which has an entirely different look, sound, and vibe.

Japan doesn't do organic. Japan does technical excellence. Korea does the same thing, only more crudely and ruthlessly. The Koreans would never permit flawed teeth or ears that stuck out in a girl band, for example.


The Japanese do technical excellence but to the exclusion of everything else even the flawed tooth is "perfected" so it has the appearance of imperfection. I've found that things that are taken to that level of perfection becomes uninteresting. Since my main interest is with cars, they are also taken to the more extreme ranges of perfection and in that becomes boring and less "alive" or lacking in character.

Blogger TrueBag PipeRock June 02, 2018 2:08 PM  

Amazing Young Lady Guitar Prodigies Li sa X Japan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUclvKayQxQ

Blogger TrueBag PipeRock June 02, 2018 2:10 PM  

Polyphia "Crush" cover / Li-sa-X (Japanese 11year old girl)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRWe26NJL34
her channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCElWWOcCFa1kYjlnPiPuCw

Blogger Looking Glass June 02, 2018 7:34 PM  

JACIII wrote:So much for my picture of suburban garages filled with pigtailed heavy metal head bangers.

It's more bottom-floor concert venues. The major cities are extremely vertical in ways you don't first suspect, owing in modern times to earthquake regulation, but from a historic & general lack of good building materials. (American design choices are built around living within or next to the world's largest supply of timber suitable for construction.)

As to Kansai-ben, it is a separate dialect, but it's a lot closer to the classic Tokyo speech than many others. It's more like the American-British English, in this specific instance, than the rest of the Japanese dialects compared to the Tokyo dialect. It's a harsher difference than any intra-Anglophone countries for dialects, but it's as much of a "southern twang" in the same way Americans tend to view Southern Accents.

Though taking a joke that far is a very, very Japanese thing to do. You have to see some of the regional, annual festivals to get an idea just how much technical precision they'll put into things for seemingly little reason. There's a good explanation in there for why the Japanese supplanted the Swiss for watch manufacturing volume, rather than getting into the Space Race.

As for the Koreans, I think it's been the interactions with Markku that gave me a much better understanding of them, at a cultural level. Finns always assume Russia is invading (because it's a good assumption), while the Korean culture shows signs of "China/Japan are invading". Being East Asians, they'll never say it that way, but, having picked up a few Korean contacts over the last few years, it ties the cultural assumption set together.

Which is also why they are cruising for a fairly hot civil war in the second half of the 21st Century. The country is on track for being majority Christian post-2070, and it's the type of place that's going to fight it out. Koreans are low-key ruthless in ways few other places are, which is also why there are websites that can track who did a person's cosmetic surgery. Ain't nothing natural about faces in Korean TV.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella June 02, 2018 10:13 PM  

yuge fan of what korea has done over the last 17 years: they decided to be cool, by government decree, more or less, and then set about becoming cool.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella June 02, 2018 10:13 PM  

yuge fan of what korea has done over the last 17 years: they decided to be cool, by government decree, more or less, and then set about becoming cool.

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