Video: Japanese tetris

posted at 11:06 pm on July 11, 2007 by Allahpundit

Between this and their robot obsession, I know where I’m moving if the expected electoral calamity befalls us next year.

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ROFLMAO! I love Japan.

TheBigOldDog on July 11, 2007 at 11:12 PM

Now that was funny!

kas on July 11, 2007 at 11:14 PM

If you don’t get off your butt and vote right it might happen.

harrison on July 11, 2007 at 11:15 PM

Yamamoto weeps.

Limerick on July 11, 2007 at 11:24 PM

Japanese game shows are wicked cool. And perverted. You can’t lose there.

Mindcrime on July 11, 2007 at 11:26 PM

Absolutely hilarious.

However, I’ll never move there.

congsan on July 11, 2007 at 11:29 PM

Between this and their robot obsession, I know where I’m moving if the expected electoral calamity befalls us next year.

I’m going to vote for Hillary just to see the video of Allah playing human Tetris in Japan.

FloatingRock on July 11, 2007 at 11:29 PM

Didn’t you already post human tetris, allah? If not, must have been on another site.

Anyway, they won’t take you in Japan. Unlike the west, Japan don’t much care for outsiders. They are racially homogenous, xenophobic, and wish to stay that way. In the end, WW VII will come down to islam vs. Japan.

Tora Tora Tora!

jihadwatcher on July 11, 2007 at 11:34 PM

Loved it, cool video!

abinitioadinfinitum on July 11, 2007 at 11:35 PM

Awesome! That looks like fun…tho I would’nt be very good at it!

DCJeff on July 11, 2007 at 11:43 PM

Pretty good game!

nottakingsides on July 11, 2007 at 11:52 PM

I’m going to vote for Hillary just to see the video of Allah playing human Tetris in Japan.

FloatingRock on July 11, 2007 at 11:29 PM

Amen to that! And perhaps I’ll join Allah Pundit over there as that means an iPhone without AT&T!

Darnell Clayton on July 12, 2007 at 12:02 AM

Definitely in the top 5 of the best game shows in the history of man.

The Ugly American on July 12, 2007 at 12:23 AM

This was incredibly funny. Can’t believe I watched the whole thing…

Japan is very safe, clean, expensive, modern, homogenous, workoholic, and there is no tipping.

Operating toilets there necessitates a certain degree of technicality (warming seat, possibility to rinse with warm water, and an entire array of never heard of before options).

The taxi drivers wear gloves and read the WSJ equivalent. Not working is a great dishonor; thus highly educated people take any kind of jobs.

Very fascinating to visit – not so much to move there, except of course for tetris, and other afinities.

Entelechy on July 12, 2007 at 12:26 AM

Japan, the country that comes up with the cutest and weirdest ideas.

wherestherum on July 12, 2007 at 12:27 AM

Well, there goes my suggestion for the next presidential debates!

stonemeister on July 12, 2007 at 12:50 AM

I love the Japanese. Lived in Osaka from 1990-1994, and from personal observation have got to say that they have some of the most delightfully twisted senses of humor I’ve ever seen. I still laugh so hard at times watching “Most Extreme Eliminations” on Spike TV that it brings tears to my eyes.

Spurius Ligustinus on July 12, 2007 at 12:51 AM

While normally I stay quiet, for what do I know?, and especially what do I know about things a la Japan?, having only lived here for a few decades and surely on my way to a few decades more, but for some reason jihadwatcher’s comment has got me to look up my password and log in. So thanks for getting me off my ass Jihadwatcher. And hello to my HotAir fellow-travellers, always a pleasure. And especially a warm hello to AllahPundit. A real pleasure. Been noticing the references to Japan have been jumping lately here and on many of the other blogs I regularly look in on. Above and beyond the normal links to robots and hard to understand but easy to enjoy game shows. Not a surprise, it’s election time over here, which means the NYT, and Reuters, and AP, and the rest of the media, are pulling out all stops to demonize the center-right coalition presently in power in an effort to help foster in some kind victory by Japan’s equivalent to Kucinich/Clinton and the Dems. Thus a bunch of the usual regurgitated tripe, and yes I do question the timing. But what is bothersome is how easily the folks I normally respect greatly for understanding how the media works and plays the game, can so easily turn off their shit-sensors when the most trivial or most loaded crap is served up about Japan. A few weeks back there was a story on Iwo Jima having its name changed to Iwo To which amounted to some obscure government agency in Nihon (yes, the Japanese, changed the name of Japan to Nihon–heartache–tricky bastard Japanese, I mean Nihonjin) changing the name of Sulphur Island to, get ready for the hearthache,–Sulphur Island. Same Kanji. Just a different pronunciation, and actually a more proper pronunciation given the context, of the word island. What was truly amazing was how generally thoughtful and intelligent folks were lead via the media by the nose from this meaningless, bureaucratic , and linguistically irrelevant change in the pronunciation of a word to all sorts of implications, and the cliches and stereotypes just flowed. It was quite a thread here. A real Rorsach test it was. Just what the AP and Reuters ordered. I’ll skip specifics. Some other time perhaps. Perhaps not. But in brief, Japan is far from a monolithic place. Politically, socially, and even culturally. Sad that smart folks at a place like this buy into such analyses and stereotypes. The nail that sticks up doesn’t get beaten down here, actually quite the contrary, though the academics in the West in their work on Japan do exhibit the very quality (beaten down nails repeating the same old tired refrains) they profess to see and categorize. It would be a great mistake to mistake pride in language, culture, excellence (and frivolity and a great sense of humor–from the trivial and juvenile kind to the profound kind and other good and interesting things) with xenophobism and homogeneity. It is a serious mistake, a very serious mistake, to buy, hook, line and sinker the Lefty (including the Western academic, the communist Chinese propagandistic, the media and film, etc, etc…) interpretation of post-war Japan. Not to mention all periods in Japanese history. My has this gotten long. I’ll stop here. Carry on.

dan on July 12, 2007 at 1:10 AM

I love Japan.

John on July 12, 2007 at 1:32 AM

I second that as the presidential debate format. Check the candidate’s quick problem solving abilility and their flexibility.

On the Democrat Side: Hillary Clinton would contort herself into unimaginable knots to pass. Gore would boycott because styrofoam is not biodegradable. The most entertaining would be Gravel, who would just stare at it and let it hit him every time–then he’d be the rock in the water.

What would happen on the Republican side?

p40tiger on July 12, 2007 at 1:49 AM


Be merciful, I don’t know if you’ve seen this yet:

Outstanding site with just one, simple mission: Japanese flavored TV awesomeness. The only down side is the high removal rate of clips by the networks/producers/whiners.

JoeEgo on July 12, 2007 at 1:59 AM

Domo arigato

Kini on July 12, 2007 at 2:02 AM


I don’t think it would be wise to knock any of the major contenders, but I’ll give it a partial go:

McCain would try to negotiate a compromise with it, hoping to convince it to only nudge him into the water up to his waist, but instead the entire platform would collapse and the show would be over.

Brownback would jump straight into the water before changing his mind and climbing back out, but before he even regained his composure he would be knocked back into the tank.

Gilmore wouldn’t see any value in the barrier because it’s not a taxpayer and would slip and fall into the tank while he was striking a pose.

Tancredo and Hunter would stand their ground and the barrier would break.

FloatingRock on July 12, 2007 at 2:10 AM


Allah – you gotta go. You’d love it there – I’ve rarely seen so many adorable young women in one place. And a relatively low level of political correctness. And they do love to laugh.

Halley on July 12, 2007 at 5:36 AM

My fav Japanese show is “Don’t get uliminated

TheSitRep on July 12, 2007 at 6:44 AM

fun loving, no doubt.

Zorro on July 12, 2007 at 7:00 AM

Japanese find £40 profit in spending a penny

An anonymous donor has left money in public lavatories across Japan totalling more than £100,000. The first cases were reported in April but a newspaper said yesterday that there had been at least 33 from Sapporo, in the far north, to Nagasaki, more than 1,000 miles to the south, in the space of a few weeks.

TheBigOldDog on July 12, 2007 at 7:57 AM

It seems many of those cut outs I have seen in the Chinese martial arts movies, such as Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle, and Mahjong Kung Fu.

One of my goals in life is to fly to Japan, one way, have enough cash to last one week, and stay for a year, earning enough to buy a ticket back to the States.

Sensei Ern on July 12, 2007 at 8:40 AM

AP, I spent five weeks in Japan during the Summer of ’03. Tokyo was the cleanest city I had ever been to–much cleaner than Dublin, Paris, London, Glasgow, etc. The people there are extremely giving and wonderful and they LOVE Westerners. I met a bunch of ex-pats from Canada, Engand and the USA and they had no plans on returning home. The crime rate in Japan is minimal, the culture is fascinating and the people are top-rate. Yes, true–you will never be “Japanese” if you are a Westerner, but who cares?

I can’t wait to go back. Saving up for it right now!

robblefarian on July 12, 2007 at 9:27 AM

You can’t go the Japanese well too often on a slow news day. They will always deliver. God bless Japan.

moc23 on July 12, 2007 at 9:33 AM

One of my goals in life is to fly to Japan, one way, have enough cash to last one week, and stay for a year, earning enough to buy a ticket back to the States.

Sensei Ern on July 12, 2007 at 8:40 AM

So, you’re gonna go the Megatokyo route then? Not sure if they still have the Mortal Kombat visas available.

Actually, I’ve always wanted to take a month long vacation in Japan. I’d love to visit Akibahara, and go on a guided tour of famous Onsen around Japan.

Unfortunately I married a woman who is aerophobic, and I have two autistic children to care for. So I’m probably stuck here in the US unless I get a divorce and have a mid-life crisis. (not necessarily in that order)

Oh well, at least I’ll always have the internet to provide me with my daily fix of all things Japanese. Mmmm Internet…

wearyman on July 12, 2007 at 9:38 AM

How do you become a contestant?

srhoades on July 12, 2007 at 10:06 AM

I could make it through every one of those. I’m 5’4″ and 100 lbs.

otcconan on July 12, 2007 at 10:34 AM

When can we get this game here in the US, with requisite lawsuit protection?

Sir Loin on July 12, 2007 at 11:12 AM

Thanks for that. That’s the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time. I needed that belly laugh.

ThackerAgency on July 12, 2007 at 11:14 AM

I lived in Japan back in the early 80’s and absolutely loved it! (although access to an American Military base for easy access to all things American probably made it a lot easier).

I was scolded several times by elderly Japanese ladies because I was American (and thus responsible for a lot of uncomprehensible stuff).

I was approached numerous times by Japanese school girls (and YES, they do wear those adorable uniforms!) who wanted to “practice” their English and who were absolutely delightful, giggling (while hiding their mouths behind their hands so as not to rudely display their teeth), blushing, respectful and full of life.

In general the people were wonderful, although it is true that no foreigner will ever be “Japanese”, but will forever remain “gai jin”.

Japanese T.V. was funny, shocking, incomprehensible and mesmorizing. The cities are very clean (the only cleaner place I’ve ever been in the world was Singapore) although one of the first things to greet my wife upon her arrival was the very common sight of a Japanese man urinating through a street grate down an alleyway.

There are night clubs and other places that will not allow entry to foreigners, but there are also places that welcome them and the Japanese business men there will encourage you to sing Karaoke with them, buy you all the sake you can drink and then see you get home safely.

I miss the musical garbage trucks, the ever present noodle (ramen) shops, the outstanding public transportation, the glove wearing conductors who stuff you into the subway cars so the doors can close, the police kiosks with their polite but firm police offiers armed with metal poles and clubs, the ability to spot your American buddies across the most crowded public squares because they all stand a head above the crowd and don’t have black hair, the cars, the motorcycles, the incredibly costumed young people, the technology, the traditions, etc. etc. etc. All in all one of the most fascinating places on the face of the earth.

If, God forbid, I ever found myself widowed and my children grown, I would certainly consider doing everything possible to become an ex-pat there (not an easy thing to do).

Fatal on July 12, 2007 at 1:58 PM

I laughed my a$$ off. Thanks, Allah!

tickleddragon on July 13, 2007 at 12:24 AM