New magic tricks by Cyril Takayama

Cyril Takayama, probably my favorite magician has new magic tricks online. The most fascinating thing about Cyrcil is that he performs all his magic tricks while walking on the streets of Tokyo or inside restaurants an cafeterias where the environment is very difficult to control.

The trick that starts at minute 8:00 is just amazing!

If you love to be surprised by Cyril I’m sure you will also enjoy these two extra videos with two hours of footage filled with magic:


Private school commercial

This is a TV commercial of a private school that helps students to prepare themselves for the university entrance examination. Any ideas about the hidden meaning of the commercial? How did they came up with this crazy idea?


Schwarzenegger promoting tourism in California

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Governor of California, and his team have produced several great commercials that are being broadcasted in Japanese TV to promote tourism in California. They have also started a website in Japanese with a lot of touristic information called I like the final result of the commercials of Schwarzenegger speaking in Japanese. This is one of them:

By the way, next week I will be visiting California!


Foreigner nose

Sometimes when Japanese people dress up like a “foreigner”, they put on a fake plastic nose trying to imitate our noses, which generally are more protuberant than theirs. For example, in this TV show, the comedian Tsukaji Muga is dressed up as an “Amerika-jin” (American). Notice the fake big nose and the tie 🙂

In the show, the contestants have to grab the food that passes by in front of them using chopsticks. In this other video you can see another contestant dressed up like a Mexican (curiously without nose, can anybody guess why?); there is also a Russian (with fake nose) and an Indian as well (also with plastic nose). The two girls represent China and Japan.

If you want to know what happens when one of the contestants fails and can’t get the piece of sushi watch this other video:

If you are enjoying the TV show and want to watch some more I put here a couple of more videos. In one of the videos the contestants have to dip down a meatball into a raw egg.


Quentin Tarantino in an Otosan commercial

Quentin Tarantino loves Japanese culture; he’s been multiple times in Japan and he has confessed to being a fan of Japanese cinema. Tarantino’s vision of Japan can be appreciated in Kill Bill: lots of blood but shown stylishly, with a certain iki feeling. In his last visit to Tokyo he was eating with Brad Pitt in front of TV cameras and also took the opportunity to appear as an actor in the latest Softbank Mobile commercial featuring Otosan, the most famous dog in Japan.


Kazuko Hosoki

Kazuko Hosoki is the most popular clairvoyant not only in Japan but in the whole world. She has published more than 100 books and her TV shows are followed by a huge audience.

Kazuko Hosoki
Bookstore section specially dedicated to Kazuko Hosoki books.

Guests that visit the TV shows of Kazuko Hosoki are “judged” live. Generally she is quite kind with the boys and she is very strict with the girls. She is usually criticized for being too traditional (and even sexist) but she is still worshipped by millions of Japanese women. In the following video you can see the visit of Bon Jovi to Kazuko Hosoki show:


Brad Pitt and Quentin Tarantino eating

It still amazes me how Hollywood stars are treated when they visit Japanese TV shows to promote their movies. This time it’s the turn of Brad Pitt and Quentin Tarantino, who visited Japan to promote Inglorious Basterds. In the “interview” they barely say anything interesting, they just eat and eat, Brad Pitt says that his children love Ghibli movies and Tarantino says that every time he comes to Japan he fills up his luggage with Godzilla figurines, DVDs, vynil records and other stuff that you can’t find in the US.


Ninja typing speed

The girl in the video works typing subtitles in real time for Japanese live TV shows. It is just amazing to see how fast she can type and how she does it doing combos with a tiny keyboard. It is even more awesome if you think that daily Japanese uses around 2000 different characters, she can type all those characters using so few keys!