In the Western culture there’s some kind of taboos that are not allowed to be mentioned in the media, like sex, the economic crisis, the period or anything scatological. Year after year, we’ve seen how publicists have managed to sell yogurts that allow you to go to the toilet with visual metaphors such as balloons, dogs showing their snouts through doors or verbal magic tricks like “taking the log to the garden”.
However, it seems that the Empire of the Rising Sun has gotten rid of all modesty; you only have to look at their TV or, in this case, to the videos they use to learn English. If in the Western world it was Mickey Mouse who taught us how to ask for bread in the anglo-saxon language, in Japan it’s a group of dancers who, in a very graphic way, show us how to communicate that we have a bad case of diarrhea. I mean… Japan is Japan, let’s just not try to understand it.
- Sergi Casero
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