Ballpoint pen marathons and things like that

We are sitting in front of the television, legs under the kotatsu because the temperature is back down into the 30's (4 deg C), and we are watching a ballpoint pen marathon on the show TV Champion. The show pits various experts against each other to determine who is the best at their trade, such as ice sculpting or cooking. Except this week they have 3 people sitting in the back of a truck that is driving back and forth across an airport runway, and they are drawing on a roll of tape that is unwinding to determine whose pen will draw the farthest. They just determined the winner - the pen drew a line for 5.5 kilometers before it ran out of ink. Now they are on to the next competition - how many coins can be stacked on a bridge of graphite mechanical pencil leads before they break. It's the stationery supply championships. They are up to 25 10-yen coins and the bridge of two graphite sticks is still holding. Impressive. Earlier I was watching a show detailing all the best places in Osaka to get fried food on sticks - they were eating tomatoes rolled in batter and deep-fried on a stick. And they said it was Italian. ? Who knows... There was even a place where you could get balls of green tea ice cream deep-fried on a stick. There are always food shows on - people cooking and eating constantly. My partner here is watching the stationery supply championships with a beanbag chair on his head, having had a hard day in which many people gave him angry stares or taunted him for being foreign. Most people are really nice, so don't get the wrong idea. But some days are better than others.


At 8:48 PM, Blogger Kieran said...

I cannot think of anything better to do than watch the Stationary Cahmpionships. Some people think television rots the brain and keeps us from enjoying the delights of the world outside, but this is conclusive evidence that is simply not true. Plus, wearing a bean bag on one's head is actually a really nice, even liberating feeling. I'm wearing one right now. More power to you!

At 7:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would watch that...for hours

At 3:30 AM, Anonymous neonvirus said...

dude!! I LOVE TEREBI CHAMPION!!! thats like my favfav show~! and let it be known i have a lot of days where i get crap for being foreign, so if y'all are only getting a few days, thank your lucky stars your in polite japan hehehe ^o^ anyway, watch more Japanese TV its the bomb diggity!

At 3:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

woooo!!! i watched that show too!! not the whole show, but yeah the ball point pen part,,, it was so CRAZY!! i love this TV probram toooo!!


At 2:33 PM, Blogger Nymeria said...

Nick and Lisa and I think that this weird TV sounds a lot like all the fun people in Portland. Did you know that Portland has a bumper sticker movement to "Keep Portland Weird." And all these pens writing is a lot like all the cool races that happen in Portland, like when the runners dress up in costumes and... hu... run!


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