Category:
Asia

Crying Sumo

A 400 year-old Japanese festival in which sumo wrestlers lift infants in the air, and the first infant to cry is the winner.

More info: NHK World. It was also mentioned by Chuck in a 2010 column.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 30, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Parades and Festivals, Asia

Fake Flavored Condom Candy



1 Box New Imported Candy Geli White Candies Fun Snack Condoms Durex Chocolate Candy FunFool's Day Tricky Evil Harry Potter Candy


I got nothin'.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 02, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Sexuality, Foreign Customs, Candy, Asia

Zhu Bajie, Enlightened Pig Hero



Buddhism is full of weird characters. I thought I knew most of them, but only just encountered Zhu Bajie.

Get your $400 statue here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 30, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Antisocial Activites, Religion, Statues and Monuments, Asia

Lotte Fit’s Gum Commercial



Japanese chewing gum promotes uncontrollable muscle spasms.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 17, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Dance, Asia

Turkish Airlines Safety Video



I traveled to Rome on Turkish Airlines, and found their safety video very amusing.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 04, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: PSA's, Air Travel and Airlines, Asia

Chinese Crosstalk Comedy





[Turn on CC in second video.]

Crosstalk, also known by its Chinese name xiangsheng... is a traditional Chinese comedic performing arts, and one of China's most popular cultural elements. It is typically in the form of a duo dialogue between two performers... The crosstalk language, rich in puns and allusions, is delivered in a rapid, bantering style... Canadian crosstalk comedian Dashan (Mark Rowswell) says the closest equivalent in English would be Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First?" sketch.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 01, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Humor, Comedians, Asia

Mount Mihara:  Japan’s Suicide Volcano

If you really have to do yourself in, suicide by volcano sounds pretty dramatic and exciting.






Original article here.

Wikipedia info here.


Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 20, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Death, 1930s, Asia

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