Japanapalooza – as Amusing as it is Hard to Pronounce

By Dominique Flemings

Japan is a strange place to foreigners, and no mistake. The first few weeks, a regular trip to the store turns into a something not unlike a Twilight Zone episode (“You’re traveling through another dimension — a dimension not only of sight and sound but of bizarrely flavored foods”). That strangeness is definitely something we come to love about the place, but sadly, I confess to sometimes getting so used to it that I don’t stop to enjoy the many only-in-Japan moments that surround us.

As such, it’s nice to have a blog like Japanapalooza to keep you posted on the bits of quirkiness that crop up around Japan. From what Japan would look like should the apocalypse occur to a politician’s ascent to godhood, Japanapalooza features a great deal of nonsense that is a good use of any free time you might have online. Other posts of interest include topics such as the profession of gender-guessing for newborn chicks and a song concerning a toilet deity (perhaps the same politician mentioned earlier?).

Not all of the stories are humorous, but they are in no way less interesting or relevant. This story on the infamous relocation camps in which American Japanese were imprisoned during World War II fascinated me and led me to do a little more reading on the subject. In a similar vein, this post on a survivor of both atomic bombings at the end of World War II was a sobering reminder of the obstacles Japan had to overcome to arrive at the success it enjoys today. These stories balance out the more jocular articles nicely, and Japanapalooza has, in only one month, already obtained a diverse and excellent collection of stories.

Japanapalooza updates quite frequently, and the blogger seems most adept at finding oddities for his readers. Aesthetically, the blog is nicely set up and easy to maneuver, and I had no trouble finding certain categories for the blog. Overall, a job well done to Japanapalooza, and I hope they keep up the good work of their first month in the months and years to come. Thumbs up!

– Dominique

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~ by Japan Blog Review on January 31, 2011.

2 Responses to “Japanapalooza – as Amusing as it is Hard to Pronounce”

  1. Dominique,

    Thanks very much for the kind words! I appreciate that you took the time to review Japanapalooza. I’ll return the favor by giving you Blog of the Week honors on the next episode of the Planet Japan podcast (in about 2 weeks). You do a really nice job with Japan Blog Review.

    Doug DeLong
    Okayama, Japan

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