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Hamada Bamyu Bamyu~

Now this is the sort of quality output I expect from Japan.

I invited some Japanese friends over yesterday for a multicultural lunch in which we spent hours cooking together, suppressing our desire to just devour everything raw, and on the verge of desperation when we all realised we sucked at wrapping gyouza. Once the deed was done and are stomachs were full, we sat down together for hours. One thing led to another, and we ended up pulling out youtube videos of famous comedic Spanish and Japanese songs.
And it was brought to my attention that this jewel was currently going wild in Japan.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is Hamada Bamyu Bamyu (浜田ばみゅばみゅ,) little sister(?) to the famous idol Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, in her début single: Nandeyanen.

"With my little sister, Hamada Bamyu Bamyu"

As you can see the resemblance is uncanny. They must be twins!!
But it's time to break the magic. You might be shocked to hear this... but Bamyu Bamyu is actually not Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's little stister (yes, I know, take your time to let that sink in.) It's actually Masatoshi Hamada, the tsukkomi in the famous comedy duo Downtown. I'm actually not a fan of Downtown, but my cousin loved the program they host, Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!, and would go on and on about it, so I'm quite familiar with them (that and they're still very popular and well known in Japan, so I doubt there's a soul out there that doesn't at least know their name.)
In the gloriously colourful video of her début song "Nandeyanen," Hamada Bamyu Bamyu prances around with her furry friends in an overly frilly dress and a rainbow wig broader than her shoulders, all the while singing about her deepest desires to be cute and fashionable despite her scary face. "Nandeyanen?!" is Kansai dialect slang, and is often used as a punch line in comedy. It essentially translates as "why?!" or "what the hell!?" or in some cases "you've got to be kidding me!" (you get the gist.) Hamada Bamyu Bamyu repeats this line over and over in her video, all the while doing typical tsukkomi poses and hitting the cute little animals with the classical tsukkomi prop: the harisen.
In Japanese modern comedy duos the roles are separated into that of the ボケ boke and the 突っ込み tsukkomi. The boke (Matsumoto Hitoshi in the case of Dowtown, who also makes a sneak appearance in the music video) is the forgetful air-head, who tends to misinterpret what is being said. The tsukkomi carries the role of "butting in" and correcting the boke's mistakes. It's quite common for the tsukkomi to swiftly hit the boke on the head, and the harisen (paper fan) is a common prop used for this.
Hitoshi, the other half of Downtown, playing the guitar like the cool unicorn bro he is.

The song was released over a month ago, so I'm actually a bit late to the party, but the reason I'm sharing this with you anyway is because I am shamelessly addicted to this stupid song. There, I said it. I can't get it out of my head, I can hear it playing whilst I'm in bed, and I can't wait to get back to Japan to sing it at a karaoke.

Now everyone go listen to it until you start puking rainbows.

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1 comment:

  1. Reminds me of Lady Beard for some reason lol. So much cuteness with the oji-san


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