Saturday, December 03, 2005
What's in the annual buzzwords-of-the-year contest?
I'll tell you two of the top ten.
One is "Foooo!" by Laser Ramon Hard Gay. Hard Gay/HG is kind of a star overnight in Japan. He is a comedian but he is known for his "Hard" costume and the buzzword, not for his performance. He seems to be very cheerful, open-minded person and pretty healthy. I don't know if he's a real gay. Maybe it's good to have a friend like HG. There are many older folks who think HG is indecent and not acceptable because he always shakes his hips. To me, HG looks much healthier than those who look pretty much like average but very sick inside. Check out HG here. http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20051028-00000027-rbb-sci.view-000
The other word is "Moe" that means sprout. It seems to be used for adolescent girls and it's a sexual innuendo. Yucky. I saw "Moe-Tan" in a bookstore. "Tan" means words and it's an English word study book for highschool students. Here it is.
Now you got the picture. The girl characters with animal ears and eyes of unusual size always give me a slight headache.
I saw some report on Akihabara, well-known district for Otaku culture and PC-related stores. I saw one Otaku shop which sells figures and goods of animation characters. There are many from Hayao Miyazaki works or other well-known animations like Gundam. That part is OK. On the upper floor, they sell those amazing figures. About 120 cm tall "Moe-Tan" kind of girls. I wonder who are willing to pay about 300,000 - 400,000 yen for them. I thought of a typical Otaku single male, in around 30's or 40's, right away but erased it in another second. I just didn't want to go further.
Another report showed a strange cafe. It looked like just a cafe but all waitresses were in maid costume. It's called Maid Cafe. Once you step into the cafe, you'll be a master. That's the concept. The reporter ordered a rolled egg. When a maid waitreess served it, she said, "I cooked it wholeheartedly, only for you, sir." A heart was drawn with ketchup on the top. She insisted that she's from the flower garden whenever the reporter asked her hometown. Fortunately or unfortunately, the reporter won a used maid costume when he felt he couldn't take it anymore and tried to leave. He was so embarassed but the maid said, "you won one of the bests, sir. Please put on this costume at home and enjoy." That was pretty funny. I didn't feel yucky because it was really humorous and harmless. When I visited NY, I went to medieval festival. There were many people in the costumes and acted like medieval persons. It's pretty much like that. I don't mean I want to go to the cafe but I wonder if they welcome female masters, too. You can see the cafe here. http://www.cafe-athome.com/index2.html
Well, let me go back to the buzzword. The maid waitresses showed up to take the award when "Moe" was presented. I was kind of happy to see them again, not one of those big figures. The annual buzzwords-of-the-year contest really tells the recent culture and society of our country.