Saturday, 4 December 2010

Let`s do the Otagei!

This is for those people who wrote and asked why Japanese men never dance ...

Otagei (Ota from otaku meaning nerd and gei meaining performance) has been in the news recently. Groups of otaku gather in the nerd nerve centre of Akihabara and all over Japan to enjoy dancing while supporting their favourite female bands. In this news clip, a journalist visits a 21-member otaku group who are practising their dance at a karaoke bar. They are all fans of the dreaded Morning Musume (Morning Daughters). Otaku have gained some cool points recently because manga and anime (which they collect obsessively) are becoming more popular abroad, and last week a student showed me an i-phone video she took at a wedding with the guests doing the otagei. But just in case you think the entire Japanese nation is doing this, my own students who are too cool for school (judging by the number of absences and tardies they are racking up) fell off their chairs laughing when they saw this.

Yes, Japanese society can be juvenile but because of this it is also relatively drug and crime free. So altogether now... Pan Pa Pan Hyu!

(Thanks to my seminar 3 students who put me on to this video.)

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