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Bubbleman 2

04/20/06 | by silverso | Categories: Links and Articles

Link: http://www.suntory.co.jp/softdrink/bubbleman/may4.html

Do the koncho! Doot doot doot dee doot doot do doot do...

So I was watching TV the other day and a commercial for a new drink called Bubbleman 2 came on. It was your standard Mr. Sparklesque Japanese CM, and I didn't really notice anything out of the ordinary about it. My TV watching companion however (who would prefer to remain nameless) insisted that they saw a cartoon character doing something very inappropriate. Now I know that the Japanese aren't quite as puritanical as my North American brethren, what with the abundance of AV shacks along every country road and the availability of Ringu-Ringu in local grocery stores, but still this sounded like a bit much. Well I kept a watchful eye for the commercial, and sure enough later that night it came on again, and this time I saw it too! I couldn't believe my eyes, but it appeared as if the third Bubbleman cartoon character on the left was beating his own pleasure scepter with a drum stick! Well I decided to get to the bottom of this and tracked down the Bubbleman 2 website. There I learned that I had simply mistaken the Bubbleman Brothers Band's drummer's instrument for his member:

When placed between his big round green knees, you can see how anyone could have become confused by the sight of his hypersonic twanger. Don't believe me? Well, if you have a Windows PC with Media Player, then you can just go here and see for yourself what I mean.

Clearly my mental image of Bubbleman throbing his organ was no accident, but was by Suntory's design. Just look at the second "outtake" where the middle Bubbleman's bright red codpiece bumps into the camera if you're not yet convinced. Time to file another one under "Only in Japan".



Comment from: Chris

Hey, came across your site in a search for Aomori. I might be coming to the area to work for a private English School, and was wondering if you could give me any insight into it. I’ve been reading your posts, and winter seems to be pretty crappy.

PS - I’m Canadian too, but from Vancouver so kinda got spoiled during winter compared to the east coast.

04/21/06 @ 15:49
Comment from: silverso

Welcome to Aomori friend. You’re going to have to be a little more specific in your question than that though. What’s Aomori like? Lots of snow and good places to ski. Lots of apples and old people in white mini trucks speaking something that isn’t Japanese. No Starbucks. 5 TV channels. Lots of barbershops and pachinko parlors. I could go on, but I think it’s more fun to just show up and find out for yourself once you get here. Of course you can also consult any of these blogs too—>

04/21/06 @ 16:39
Comment from: mehan

i just saw this. sure, that’s an “instrument” if that’s what you want to call it.

04/22/06 @ 16:35
Comment from: mary preston
mary preston

Hi Jamie
I would love to see some more photos of yours and Kate’s goings on in Japan. Cartoons don’t do it for me. I did enjoy seeing your group teacher photo.
Auntie Mary

05/05/06 @ 03:37
Comment from: silverso

Hi Aunt Mary!
Sorry the cartoons don’t do it for you, but I guess lately I’ve been trying to keep the private life a little more private. Maybe I’ll send out an email to friends and family only with lots of photos instead of posting them all on here. Hope all is well with you and uncle Jerry in sunny old Edmonton, and I look forward to seeing the both of you again this summer!

05/05/06 @ 11:56
Comment from: mehan

so i went to the lawson for lunch today and when i saw that they had bubble man II in stock, i had to try it. the verdict? well, it’s a green soda that tastes something like an unholy cross between cream soda, apple juice and kid’s beer. so, in a word, disgusting.

05/10/06 @ 15:33
eric van

I am going to have to site spending some serious time looking at your site.

I’ve been in 30 countries and work 1/2 the year in the US 1/2 in Philippines (I’m American).

In spite of all this time in Asia I never get to visit Japan. My wife is Japanese, I’m a four hour flight from her parents and yet I’ve only seen Japan 1 time. Sad story. I learn from your blog.

05/13/06 @ 12:46
Avoiding life and teaching English in Noheji, Aomori, Japan


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