ONCE AGAIN… JAPAN: I HAVE A BAD CASE OF DIARRHEA

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.

JAPANESE INVENTIONS FOR THE DAILY LIFE

It’s obvious that from whatever level we consider – whether it is from the industrial, economic or production levels – the Japanese have some years – or even some decades – of a lead ahead of us. These smart brains from the Asian continent always make an impression with such creativity, even though at times they may be the only ones able to understand their instruments, engines or whatever other unidentifiable odd gadgets they may make. Their creations can easily range from total failures to absolute wonders to humankind. If taking sides, we declare ourselves loyal supporters of Japanese inventions, no matter how little our boss may or may not be interested in that country’s inventions.