Man, Japan is so awesome. Dom and I rocked up to two super rad media outlets today: J-WAVE radio and Fuji TV - both of whom I did interviews with last week via telephone. Both of whom half-jokingly invited me to come on their shows, should I ever find myself in Japan. Funny how a half-joke can become a reality in less than two weeks. half-jokes are so underrated. We met up with Kanae and Jon from J-Wave in the AM and did a cool live hit on the FM airwaves. I even got to request some songs. If Frontier Psychiatrist by the Avalanches confused anybody in Tokyo today, I take all the blame.
So that was great.
After hitting up J-WAVE, we rocked up to Fuji TV.
No, we didn't broadcast from the giant, oversized, super-shiny silver ball, and I'm more than tempted to lie and embellish and say that we did...but if that giant oversized super-shiny silver ball decided to fall, it would've crushed the two guys in this next picture:
See that guy I'm talking to? That's Mr. Kimura. He's the chief fun-affairs correspondent for Japan's largest news program, Super News. Yes, that's right - Super News. Once again, a straight forward visionary name that more than aptly describes the magnitude of a news program. It's safe to assume that no other Japanese news broadcast stands a chance. Anyhow, TV program adjective riddled names aside, Super News beams into more than ten million homes a night. Last week on our phone interview, Mr. Kimura half-jokingly invited me to come visit him in Japan. I said I'd "try my best" and we left it at that. The next day, another Fuji TV program, the now-legendary "Miracle Experience! Unbelievable", called me up and asked if Dom and I wanted to come to Japan. I told Mr. Kimura about our super news and we set up a time to meet. Cut to today and there we were - looking out at the Tokyo skyline talking about one red paperclip and Alice Cooper. Who woulda thunk it? After the interview Mr. Kimura's producer Eiko showed us a video tape of Super News's "little" story about about one red paperclip from last week. Dom and I promptly had our minds blown with arguably the best one red paperclip news clip of all time. Ten minutes long, including dramatic music, Japanese subtitles, multi-lingual dubbing, head-pasted-on-cartoon-legs-map-based-trade-rundown, crazy graphic effects - much more than the whole nine. We're talking the whole ten here, perhaps the whole eleven. It was amazing. I'll try to get a copy of the tape - and I'll cross my fingers and see if I can somehow share this masterpiece with you. So good.
Arguably gooder than this:
This is totally un-related to anything else, but just imagine what this key does:
Smoke 'em if you got 'em
But wait for the light to change
Till tomorrow - Kyle