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This week’s topic is based on an article that was published on the website of a major British newspaper recently. Actually, it was published just after the announcement that Tokyo had won the 2020 Olympic Games.
There were a lot of articles about Japan in British newspapers around that time because everyone was very interested in the topic, but I thought this one would give us the most to talk about.
Of course, this is a British newspaper, so the word “weird” in the title should really be changed to “weird (for us),” as these things are obviously not weird for Japanese people!
Japan has a bit of a reputation in Britain for being weird because of a TV show that used to show strange clips from Japanese TV. (I’m sure Kattie will remember this!) The most popular ones were from a game show that was translated as “Endurance,” although I have no idea what the Japanese title was. (Here is a link to a clip from it on You Tube.)
In the game show, contestants had to endure all kinds of physical torture for as long as possible. One I remember seeing when I was a teenager involved a group of men drinking lots of beer and then sitting in pools of ice water. The challenge was to resist the temptation to go to the toilet for as long as possible! Because of this show (it was really, really popular!), many British people tend to have a slightly warped view of Japan and the Japanese.
Anyway, I thought you might like to see how Japan is being portrayed in the British media. I thought it might also be interesting for you to know what aspects of life are seen as “weird” through British eyes.
I know there are a lot of TV shows about this kind of thing, and I’m sure you have heard a lot of these points before, but some of them may surprise you. Please let me know which ones!
Look forward to reading your comments.
PS It’s worth reading the comments on the original article too.
このブログは英語学習者のためのものです。レベルの高い人もいれば、初心者もいますので、自分のレベルや学習経験を気にする必要はありません。「いつもコメントを書いている人は仲間みたいだから参加しにくい」と思う方もいるかもしれませんが、勇気を出してコメントを書いてみてください。必ず温かく迎えてもらえます。多くのコメントは英語で書かれていますが、もちろん日本語もOKですし、英語と日本語を混ぜて書いても大丈夫です。言いたいことが言えないときは、How do you say 「〜」in English? と聞けば、きっとだれかが教えてくれると思います。私のエントリー、または他のメンバーのコメントの中に分からないところがあったら、「”…”はどういう意味ですか？」と遠慮なく聞いてください。このブログで使われているフレーズや表現をたくさん吸収すると、より自然な英語に近づけることができますよ！
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