Every Sunday we gather the week’s weird and interesting Japanese news and present it to you in our Sunday News column. It might not always be hard-hitting news, but we hope that it still informs and entertains you. Enjoy!
Star of film ‘Hachiko’ to be celebrated with bronze statue:
A new statue of Hachiko, the legendary Japanese dog whose loyalty extended beyond his master’s death, is being dedicated in Rhode Island, of all places. The Rhode Island town was used as a location for the movie Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
, making the new statue part homage to the film, part tourist trap. This also brings the worldwide Hachiko statue count to just under 300 (outside Japan). [via Japundit
Girls Generation Reaches Double Platinum Status In Japan:
Korea continues to flex its pop muscles as Girls Generation AKA SNSD climbs the Japanese music charts and racks up album sales. Although, I’m not really sure why their musical success matters anymore; after meeting Bill Murray
, I would have called their career complete. I mean, where can you really go after that?! [via Japundit
Japan storm over ‘Beat’ Takeshi anti-gay comments:
On the heels of US president Barack Obama openly endorsing gay marriage, Japanese celebrity “Beat” Takeshi compared gay marriage to marrying a dog. I mean sure, bestiality isn’t even remotely
comparable to committing to a long-term relationship with another person but hey! He’s famous so he must know what he’s talking about, right? [via Japundit
Kyokutenho beats Tochiozan for title:
Sumo wrestler Kyokutenho made history last week by becoming the oldest sumo wrestler to earn a title. At age 37, Kyokutenho’s victory gives hope to other, older people. You hear that, older Tofugu coworkers? Your lives aren’t over yet! [via News On Japan
Annular Solar Eclipse:
Japan was lucky enough to witness a rare solar eclipse last weekend, bringing out people from all over the country to stare up into the sky with their specially-designed eclipse glasses. Check out some stunning pictures and video of the eclipse from our good pal Hikosaemon
, News On Japan
, or Kirainet
. Missed out? You’ll have to wait till 2023 for the next Japanese eclipse.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s “pamyupamyurevolution” Tops US iTunes Chart:
Turns out J-pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s brand of weird, colorful, saccharine pop has appeal outside of Japan. Does this mean a Katy Perry/Kyary rivalry is in the works? Who will be the queen of candy-themed music videos?! I can only hope that somebody is developing a California Gurls
mashup to broker the peace.
Japanese woman, 73, again oldest atop Everest:
Yet again, the Japanese elderly are putting the rest of the world to shame with their longevity and liveliness. I mean, if a septuagenarian can scale the tallest point on earth, what excuse do I have? Guess it’s time to start training. Anybody know a good Sherpa guide? [via News On Japan
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