Japanese comedian

Have You Heard of PPAP Singer Pikotaro’s New Song About Vegetables?

Following the fame of the “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” or “PPAP” song, Pikotaro has recently released a new song. This time, it is about vegetables! The song is in collaboration with Momoiro Clover Z, a Japanese idol group consisting of four girl members. How similar or different is it from PPAP? Is it also easy to learn and…

Do You Know These 5 Japanese Entertainers Who Showed Some Skin to Make It Big?

For geinin (芸人) or entertainers in Japan, fame is fleeting. You could be the most talked about person in Japan, but six months later, people talk about how nostalgic they feel after hearing your name or gag in conversation. In the past few years, the worst offenders of these popularity explosions are comedians who use…

What Guinness Award Did Pikotaro Win? And a PPAP Cafe in Tokyo?

Today, kids and adults alike are always up to date with the newest trend thanks to the easy access to the Internet. We all know that everything that’s popular now will come to cease after some time whether it be a trend or a fad. But the impact that it made will surely leave a…

What Is This Viral Japanese Video That Caught Justin Bieber’s Attention?

“I have a pen. I have an apple. *grunts* Apple pen.” This is how the song Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen by Pikotaro starts. It was uploaded on YouTube last August 25, 2016 and in just about a month, it has become an earworm that almost everyone can’t seem to get out of their heads. As of right now,…

What’s Up With Japan’s Funny Crying Politician?

Ever wondered what goes around in the world of politics in Japan? We’ve all heard of the saying “Politics is a dirty game”, and while it may be true, the country loved by many has been ranked as the 18th least corrupt country according to the Corruption Perceptions Index 2015, which makes the people in…

Why did you come to Japan?

About this question “Why did you come to Japan?”, a question often asked to foreigners in Japan, is actually a famous Japanese television program. This television reality program also known as “Yū wa Nani Shi ni Nippon e?”(YOUは何しに日本へ) is presented by two famous personalities in Japan, Osamu Shitara and Yuki Himura, the comedy duo called…

Japanese Comedians: the Funniest in the World!

Famous people on TV are rarely known outside their country. The Japanese have their own name for celebrities: お笑い芸人 (owarai geinin), お笑いタレント (owarai tarento), or simply 芸人 (geinin), which would translate to ‘comedian artist’, ‘comedian talent(ed) person’, or just ‘artist’. They are not talented people? There is often a duo of two comedians pairing to…